Black, Bookish and Beautiful: This All-Black, All-Female Publishing Team Is Ensuring That Authors of Color Get Their Shine

Publishing is notoriously rough terrain for authors of color. Jack Jones Literary Arts—an all-black, all-female firm—is seeking to change that, committing to publishing and promoting books by writers who have traditionally been pushed to the margins of a historically white and male-dominated industry.

We Were 8 Years in Power Moves Ta-Nehisi Coates to Top of Black America’s Draft Board

On Jan. 21, 2004, Comedy Central’s groundbreaking Chappelle’s Show debuted the iconic “Racial Draft” sketch. In it, comedian Dave Chappelle imagined a draft in which each race selected and traded individuals to represent the race. The Asians drafted the Wu-Tang Clan, and Jews picked Lenny Kravitz. The concept quickly…

11-Year-Old Mo. Boy Launches Books N Bros Reading Club, Focusing on African-American Children’s Literature

Sidney Keys III loves to read, and about six months ago he concocted a plan to start a reading club for boys his age to band together and celebrate their love of literature. The reading club, which he dubbed Books N Bros, strongly emphasizes making reading fun while focusing on and celebrating African-American…

On Falling And Staying Madly And Deeply In Love With...The Library

I still remember my first library card. It was tan and all the private information that could be used for identity theft — name, age, face, favorite member of SWV, etc — was typed on its face. I don’t remember it because I have a great memory, but because my mom still has it. She is a hoarder of all things related to…