Rashid Darden

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Rashid Darden is the author of Birth of a Dark Nation, first in a series of novels about African vampires brought to America during the transatlantic slave trade.

He also wrote the black LGBT novels Lazarus, Covenant, and Epiphany. His volume of poetry is called The Life and Death of Savion Cortez.

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Birth of a Dark Nation: An Interview with the Author by Thomas Williams

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Birth of a Dark Nation is the first in a series of novels about African vampires brought to America during the transatlantic slave trade.

Rashid Darden began with a question: “What if everything you know about horror came from Africa instead of Europe?” I can disregard the onslaught of vampire lore because I felt, as a gay black man, more than just intrigued. Darden flips the vampire origin story on its head by positing its creation with a darker hue and compounding this with gay male protagonists, Justin Kena and Dante.

Birth of a Dark Nation unfolds into something unexpected. After Justin finds himself face to face with a nightwalker, the vampire of old, we are transported to the golden valley of Africa, rooted into the Earth as we witness the fall of the Razadi; we are chained, humiliated, and drowning along the transatlantic slave trade; we witness the Razadi settle in Dominica in a time of peace; and we witness the Razadi in New Orleans struggling with the continued safety of their shadows against helping the black slaves rise up and claim their freedom. And it’s extraordinary, really. Birth of a Dark Nation is elevated because of this and becomes more than just another story of a human falling in love with a vampire. 

Darden weaves a story that is both realistic and fantastical, creates resonating characters and imagery that are compelling and phenomenal. It’s a novel that awakens in you a need to dig a little deeper, to question a bit more, and to find answers to questions that you didn’t even know you wanted to ask. Birth of a Dark Nation is the marching feet of forgotten ancestry as well as an acknowledgement of social issues both new and old.

I got the chance to chat with Darden about his latest work (MILD SPOILERS):

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This was SUCH a great interview.  Still humble.

ethiopienne:

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ethiopienne:

We Read Too is a book resource app created by Kaya Thomas (@kthomas901) that includes over 300 Children’s and YA books written by authors of color featuring characters of color. You can browse, search, view the details of every book as well as suggest any books that should be added in the app. This resource is for all people of color who have felt misrepresented or forgotten when finding books to read. Help the app grow by downloading it for free here (http://bit.ly/1mUfe2F), rating and reviewing the app, and suggesting new books & genres that should be included! Follow @WeReadTooApp on twitter and like Facebook page at facebook.com/WeReadTooApp for updates. 
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ethiopienne:

We Read Too is a book resource app created by Kaya Thomas (@kthomas901) that includes over 300 Children’s and YA books written by authors of color featuring characters of color. You can browse, search, view the details of every book as well as suggest any books that should be added in the app. This resource is for all people of color who have felt misrepresented or forgotten when finding books to read.

Help the app grow by downloading it for free here (
http://bit.ly/1mUfe2F), rating and reviewing the app, and suggesting new books & genres that should be included! Follow @WeReadTooApp on twitter and like Facebook page at facebook.com/WeReadTooApp for updates. 

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