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Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé On Darkness, Joy & Centring Queer Black Characters

Ace of Spades has been hailed as the must-read Young Adult book of the summer. It’s pitched as a cross between Gossip Girl and Get Out and has readers gripped with twists, turns and captivating characters.

The novel follows the gifted and talented Chiamaka and Devon as they attend the prestigious Niveus Private Academy as the only two Black pupils targeted by the mysterious Aces, who is leaking all of their secrets. Ace of Spades is a gripping and stark observation of the hurdles and barriers Black people are forced to navigate under oppressive environments and institutional racism 

Author, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, talked to us about portraying systemic racism and anti-blackness on a global scale, how she centres queer Black characters in all her work and the importance of representing the fullness of Black lives.