Still Black

Young Adult - Social Issues
182 Pages
Reviewed on 04/05/2022
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Author Biography

Tammy Ferebee, or Birdie to her friends, lives and writes in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a dedicated mother and enjoys spending time with her two beautiful children. When she’s not cheering her kids on from the sidelines at a sporting event, she’s likely overcooking a new vegan dish, cozied up with a good read, or burning the midnight oil working on her next literary masterpiece.

While writing is one of Tammy’s deepest passions, helping others is what makes her soul sing. Tammy volunteers regularly, participates in several humanitarian efforts throughout each year, and has recently discovered a love for Reiki: both giving and receiving.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Malachi was black and had albinism. Double tragedy! Fortunately, he had a good life, a loving family, and kind neighbors. Everything came to a halt when Bennett Dickson and his dad moved into the community. The white racist would taunt Malachi’s family at every opportunity until it became fatal. Malachi and his mom escaped to his grandma at Dolorville, away from the cruel media and prying eyes. Unfortunately, they jumped from the frying pan into the fire. At Dolorville, he was cursed, isolated, and put through emotional hell for his albinism. Film-making was Malachi’s solace, but no matter how far he ran, he could never outrun the injustice done to his family. Would he let it go or pay a brutal visit to the past? Read Still Black by Tammy Ferebee for the details.

Still Black by Tammy Ferebee was a sobering book I couldn’t put down. It hypnotized me. I felt like I was watching the news. But this time, instead of the media version, I watched through the victims' eyes. I took a peek behind the scene to see how the victims reacted to loss, processed the pain and grief, handled the mental impact of varying testimonies, and how the majority drowned out their voices. Tammy approached this story from several educative angles, such as white on black racism and black on black racism. She also exposed people's ignorance of albinism and how cruel hypocrites hide behind religion to hurt others. Tammy is an excellent storyteller who wrote a brilliant story with supercharged emotions. I must also commend the creative and intentional cover of this novel. It made me want to see what was inside, and I wasn’t disappointed! Keep up the great work, Tammy!

Christian Buckman

This tale will do more than touch a nerve. I am shaken by the confidence author Tammy Ferebee takes in telling this story of being trapped in a racist nightmare and the consequences it takes to shake the trauma. I can envision every moment in this novel as if it is unfolding before me. This year's To Kill A Mockingbird. Brilliant.

Dreative Co.

I can imagine this book being used in every classroom to teach about racism. This small book contains so much strength and emotion. Pay attention to the trigger warnings, this is a really grim book but it is also very relevant. With flawed but believable characters, this author knows how to take you on an emotional trip. It's both upsetting and thought-provoking in equal measure.

Mr. K

The use of first person gives the story an autobiographical feel. This is an unflinching, often visceral tale right from the first page.


Malachi. I like that name.

So the pastor hasn’t had any experience with people losing loved ones before? He’s a pastor, for Christ sakes. What kind of pastor is that?

There was a scene where I felt like the mention of Joseph was a bit off or inappropriate rather. It’s as if Joseph became Malachi’s object of mourning rather than his brother and father that were gunned down by a racist. In other words, the main character was unrealistically more concerned with Joseph than the loved ones he’s lost.

While reading, I was so appalled at the behavior of the boy at the cemetery calling Malachi a cursed mute. Sadly, that is reality; you’d be surprised at how much people fail to educate themselves. The world would be a much better place. Nothing beats education with a heart full of empathy.

Also, I didn’t know that Malachi was once faith filled. I feel like this should’ve been showcased earlier, before his loss. I would’ve liked to see how faith filled he was as it concerns religious/spiritual beliefs prior to the loss.

The worldwide ignorance about albinism does indeed, “only shows how far and wide hurtful, fear-based untruths can travel.”

It’s heartbreaking and heart trending, this tale. In real life, as this novella accurately portrays, even in the big cities, with the protesting and the pushing for equal rights, not much gets changed. Also, it’s true that, “time hasn’t stood still but people have.”

It’s heartbreaking and heart-trending, this tale. In real life, even in the big cities, with the protesting and the pushing for equal rights, not much gets changed.

Overall, this was a very poignant GRIPPING read, and a lot of lessons were learned. I recommend it for anyone who cares about and wants insights into the nature of society, and what social justice and equality really means. 'Hope' is such a cliche word but a strong one that’s always relevant and often times it’s all we got.

“Albino Lives Matter is a hashtag now.”