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Book Review and Soundtrack: No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L. Moore

*Book review also posted by me on Good Reads*

No Ashes in the Fire is a memoir following a man and his journey through identifying who he is in the world as a gay Black man through the 80's, 90's and now. The book talks about themes of forgiveness, sexuality, courage, fear, family, friendship, and love. The overall set up and premise of the book was great. I will say that I did have higher expectations, if I am to be totally honest.

I love hearing about perspectives that aren't similar to mine, but I feel like this book didn't go deep enough into his perspective as I expected. It seemed like this book was a starter pack for people who don't know much of anything about being gay and Black in America and kind of serves as an introduction to general thoughts and feelings without going too deep into how those thoughts and feelings manifested and what they really meant for him and the people around him.

Moore touches on various movements throughout his lifetime like Pride, and his involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement, but he doesn't go deep into what they mean for him or pivotal moments that connected him to the movements.

Another thing missing from the book was the definition of Darnell L. Moore. Who is he? Not just to his friends, his family, the people he encounters on the train or the people he encountered in school and at work. Who is Darnell L. Moore within his intersections. We get it. He's a gay Black man from New Jersey who worked as a grant manager and is now an award winning author, but I still feel like I don't know him.

This book leaves you wanting to ask questions. Too many questions for it to be satisfying.

What I did love about the story is how Darnell tied in the theme of forgiveness for his transgressors. I liked that he was able to evolve internally to be able to see himself in the people who abused him and find understanding where a person like myself would believe there is none.

I would challenge Darnell to write another book, or even a series of books, that go into deeper detail about his experiences and what they meant for him. I would challenge him to dig a little bit deeper to offer the richness that I know is in each of his accounts to provide his audience a better understanding of who he is and why.

Have you read it? What did you think about this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

As always, Indulge Endlessly.


Pusherman by Curtis Mayfeild

People Make the World Go Round by The Stylistics

I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Witney Houston

Somebody Loves You by Patti Labelle

Poison by BBD

U.N.I.T.Y. by Queen Latifah

Where I Wanna Be by Donell Jones

You Gotta Be by Des'ree

Butterfly by Mariah Carey

Freedom by Beyonce ft. Kendrick Lamar

*Find the playlist on Spotify @ Domonique Shante

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