Veterans Day Spotlight: Shoshana Johnson, First Black Female Prisoner of War

Veterans Day is a good way to recognize the sacrifices that were made by ordinary citizens who made the choice to risk their lives on behalf of their country. It ...

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Kameelah Janan Rasheed: 5 Must-Read Interviews With Young Black Writers

You could probably call Photographer and Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed the bohemian Black Barbara Walters. In Rasheed’s conversations with creatives, especially Black creatives, her incisive questions often result in incredibly ...

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5 Tumblrs For Black Women Who Love Books

Part of the appeal of Tumblr is that it’s a place where you can find hilarious memes and be immersed in Black art and literature in equal measure. And in ...

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7 Quotes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Junot Diaz’s Mind

Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz isn’t just a MacArthur ‘genius grant’ and Pulitzer prize winner, he’s a wickedly smart public thinker who just gets it. From his public commentary about “decolonial ...

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Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist Essays, Issa Rae's Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl & More Must-Read Memoirs

Memoirs have quickly become all the rage with celebrities like 30 Rock star Tina Fey, Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amburos and Girls’ creator Lena Dunham each penning collections of personal ...

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‘Project Row Houses’ Highlights African-American Culture, History and Art in Houston’s Third Ward

In communities across America, shotgun houses are often regarded as eyesores or threats to property values, automatically relegated to condemnation and in some cases, slowly edged out by gentrification. But ...

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Man Who Saved Girls From 10-Year Captivity Signs Book Deal

Remember Charles Ramsey? The man who helped three women escape from a Cleveland home where they had been held captive for over a decade? He recently signed a contract to publish his memoirs about the event. Ramsey signed a deal with Cleveland publisher David Gray...

Are Anorexia Memoirs Irresponsibly Training Women In How To Develop An Eating Disorder?

I'm not down with framing this as a problem -- because if it's a problem, it needs a solution, and what is the solution if not tell other writers of memoirs about eating disorders to be less forthcoming with their stories?

Alice Walker to Publish Writings from Her Private Journals

If you couldn’t get enough of “The Color Purple”, guess what? There’s more Alice Walker coming. In fact the Pulitzer-Prize winning author has been keeping a diary amidst the many poems, stories, and essays she’s penned. A diary, which follows her rise from Georgia poverty...

New Anthology Resets the Discourse on Black Fatherhood

What is it like for a young black female to grow up with a father in America? For many, the stereotype holds true they have no man to lean on in that regard. However an upcoming anthology titled “Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in...

We Love: ‘The Summer We Got Free’ by Mia McKenzie

The Philadelphian author creates depth in a new black narrative, a level of complexity that is often lacking from most black titles. Her fiction novel follows the Delaneys, an isolated family that struggles to deal with their psychological issues after a tragic event occurs. The...