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The Crown and The Glory: 10 Books to Help Children Embrace Natural Hair

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In light of the Navy discharging Black sailor Jessica Sims after she refused to shave off her locs or cover them with a wig, it’s more evident than ever that Black children everywhere need to be fully stocked with affirmations that help them to embrace...

Author Launches “Kiley’s Purple Hat” to Promote Family and Spark Creativity in Little Girls of Color

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Jewelry-designer and avid reader Jaxon Barnes had a vision to connect mothers and daughters. Her love for journals and picture books inspired her to write “Kiley’s Purple Hat.” “Kiley’s Purple Hat” tells the story of a little girl artist who spends a lot of time...

Digital Publisher to Release New Sci-Fi Book by the Late Octavia Butler in June

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Diehard fans of prize-winning science fiction author Octavia Butler will be ecstatic to know that two of her stories – penned in the 1970s – were discovered and compiled into an e-book titled “Unexpected Stories.” “Unexpected Stories” reveals the themes that would become Butler’s lexicon:...

Book Review: ‘Til The Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma

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Lauren Francis-Sharma’s debut novel ‘Til the Well Runs Dry is a richly woven tale about family, love and sacrifice.  Set mostly in the lush environment of Trinidad in the World War II era, the story’s protagonist Marcia Garcia was inspired by Francis-Sharma’s grandmother.  When Francis-Sharma’s grandmother was...

In 2013, Less Than 3% of Children’s Books Were About Black People

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When I was little, my mother would tell me fairy tales as bedtime stories, and when I got older, I’d devour Babysitter Club books for fun. At the time I didn’t really think about the fact that the characters in most of the stories I...