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Librarian Launches Subscription Box To Celebrate Black Authors

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.02.2016 | Black Voices

One librarian is working to make sure black authors are more visible. Jamilah Gabriel, who works at Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center Librar...

Mychal Denzel Smith Shares The Fears Of Every Young Black Man On 'The Daily Show'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.11.2016 | Black Voices

It’s not hard to see how much of a threat racism is to black men in America. Author Mychal Denzel Smith touched upon this in his appearance Wednesda...

Read These 23 Books And Authors When The Injustice Is Overwhelming

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts

After tragedies like those the nation has grappled with in the past week ― the shooting deaths of two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling...

Mother of Black Studies

Poetry Foundation | Posted 03.01.2016 | Books
Poetry Foundation

Sarah Webster Fabio was an influential scholar, poet, and performer. Why isn't she better known? by Kyla Marshell Published in 2014, SOS—Calling A...

Life Upon These Shores

Poetry Foundation | Posted 11.11.2016 | Books
Poetry Foundation

How did Robert Hayden, devoted formalist, suspicious of identity politics, come to write the most powerful poem about the transatlantic slave trade? ...

21 Children's Books Every Black Kid Should Read

The Huffington Post | Shonitria Anthony | Posted 12.07.2015 | Black Voices

As a kid, growing up, there weren't many black characters in the books I coveted so much. From Madeline to Alice in Wonderland, it was hard to find a ...

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

Joseph Erbentraut

12 Reasons Writer Jamaica Kincaid Is A Total Badass | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.24.2014 | Black Voices

Jamaica Kincaid is simply not one to mince words. When she speaks, the revered 65-year-old Antiguan-American novelist does so deliberately -- and s...

Ethnic Minority and Underdog Writers Must Not Give Up

PP Wong | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
PP Wong

Twenty seven publishers in the U.S. and U.K. turned down my novel. The vast majority of rejections my literary agent received were surprisingly positive, but were knock-backs all the same.

To Maya: A Phenomenal Woman

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

They were beacons of light in our darkness, those teachers. And they offered us the words of Black authors to take with us on our journeys.

The Gift of Amiri Baraka

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

If you are lucky, or blessed, you will meet someone of such wisdom, courage, creativity and conviction that their influence, the very force of their spirit, will abide with you for the rest of your life. Amiri Baraka was that person for me, as he was for so many others.

Not an Urban Queen: Rants of a Bibliophile

Tayé Foster Bradshaw | Posted 06.18.2013 | Black Voices
Tayé Foster Bradshaw

I've been there, I see a rainbow everywhere. Is it because the media giants want to white wash out the experiences of black and brown women? Or is it because they think white women will not watch the show or read the book if the central character is a black woman?

WATCH: The Moment Alice Walker Became A Writer

Posted 02.28.2013 | Fifty

Despite the extreme poverty and racism she experienced as the daughter of sharecroppers, Pulitizer-Prize winning novelist Alice Walker remembers her c...

Glennisha Morgan

Staceyann Chin: Black Gay Community Needs Straight Allies | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Over a decade ago, Staceyann Chin burst onto the scene with Russell Simmons’ “Def Poetry Jam” on Broadway. Sharing the stage with other prominen...

What Is Your Guess for the 2013 Coretta Scott King Book Awards?

Kyra E. Hicks | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
Kyra E. Hicks

I'm not a statistician. I'm the author of the picture book Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria. Many bloggers and librarians focus on mock Caldecott award winners. I try to guess who will win the Coretta Scott King Awards.

WATCH: Do You Know 'How To Be Black'?

Michelle Marques | Posted 11.15.2012 | Black Voices

It's an age old question that has fueled many debates--what does it really mean to be black? Author Baratunde Thurston seems to have the answer. I...

Black Children's Books You Must Share With Your Youngster

Posted 09.16.2012 | Black Voices

Bedtime reading is one of our favorite childhood memories. There was nothing better than being told stories about princesses, magical adventures, myt...

Proud and Distressed: A Note From the Only African-American Bestselling Business Author in America

John Hope Bryant | Posted 05.06.2012 | Business
John Hope Bryant

I am proud of being African-American, even though I don't believe that I or anyone else should be "black for a living." We have to be able to compete on a level playing field like everyone else, and we can. We have. We do.

National Book Award Winner: We Do Not Live In A Post-Racial America

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.23.2011 | Books

Jesmyn Ward discussed her acclaimed novel, "Salvage the Bones," while standing in an open field. "There were houses here, lots of houses there," s...

Thrilling Short Fiction and Gay Best Friends

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marlynn Snyder

One of this season's buzz books, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (Riverhead), the debut story collection from Danielle Evans, proves that inno...

Reading Across the Racial Divide

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

I read a post on author Tayari Jones' blog on author Tayari Jones' blog earlier this month that hasn't left my mind. She asks why books by black writers aren't considered universal.

Conference For Black Writers Still Necessary In Age Of Obama

The New York Times | FELICIA R. LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

in the age of President Obama, when successful black writers can be found across genres and a Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison, can be tapped to be t...