Really interesting post from Toni over at Muderati's site. I've had this conversation several times with folks (as a former bookseller) about African-American fiction sections and what that naturally leads to when you think about young adult and any marketing/genre distinctions (in what ways are they helpful, in what was arbitrary).
I especially like her thought about Clarence and the, "I couldn't write that." The reading she mentions was a FABULOUS one at Chelsea's last year with Toni, Clarence and Ronlyn Domingue, arranged as a fundraiser for New Delta Review and also as a way to celebrate these incredible writers. I honestly can't think of three writers who are more different in their style and their subject matters and I adore them all as writers and as people. They all have in common the LSU MFA program, which might be surprising when you see what they've done since their time there. Or it might not be.
Check out their websites and books and see what you think: