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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' Is the 'One Book' for New Yorkers to Read This Spring

'Americanah' was chosen as the novel for all of New York City to read this spring.

One Book, One New York is America's largest community reading program. It sets out to support small bookstores and promote civic engagement through a citywide reading of a selected novel.


For its first collective reading, New York has chosen Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's seminal work, Americanah. Other contenders included Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me, Paul Beatty's The SelloutBetty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. 

The entire city is being encouraged to read Americanah and to attend small book club meetings throughout the spring. The city of New York has also donated 1,000 copies of the novel to the New York Public Library to help boost participation.

In June, a final meet-up will take place at the main branch of the New York Public Library and Adichie is set to be in attendance, reports Business Insider.

Americanah—Adichie's enthralling tale of blackness and identity—is a must-read whether you're in the city or not.

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Interview: Adekunle Gold Channels Refreshing Truths Into Afropop

Adekunle Gold achieves an artistic freedom that most mainstream artists don't have through a smooth balance of introspection and club bangers.

A few years ago, Adekunle Gold broke out into the scene with a refreshing way of carrying himself, presenting his art and speaking his truth with music. His debut single "Sade" started this journey of chart topping releases, sold out shows, and the constantly evolving sound that graces African airwaves. Gold's self assurance made him stand out from the very beginning, as his sound was delivered with intent, compassion, and stuffed with personal truths.

Not many artists are willing to try new things with their music, and in order to maintain mainstream success, some cling to one sound, one image and direction often crafted from fragments of their first hit. These artists get stuck trying to recreate a capsule in time, while true artists are open to the dynamic of change, and the necessity of renewal.

Adekunle Gold is one of a handful in his profession who draws on a spectrum of experiences to make honest music which is consistent with the self-revelations of a growing man. This has become his biggest strength, allowing him to craft contemplative songs like "Sade" and "Oreke" and still create afropop magic like "Something Different"

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