Interviews
The Unflinching Honesty in Elizabeth Acevedo's 'Clap When You Land'
National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo holds no punches in her beautifully lyrical verse novel about two sisters who find each other over the loss of a father. Read now
Arts & Culture
#OwnVoices Stories from Top YA Authors
Teens are some of society’s earliest change adopters, and today’s world is full of budding young activists. But it’s critical for these same teens to see themselves reflected in the genre that is based on their experiences. Thankfully, YA fiction is rife with powerful stories from contemporary, black women writers. They have created some of the most enduring and popular fiction of the last several years, while showcasing the many subgenres of YA: contemporary, fantasy, romance, LGBTQIA+, and more. And each of these writers takes it one step further in their #ownvoices work, by poignantly highlighting social and racial injustices for their listeners. Read now
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Queer Black Voices
The 1969 Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in America, and was largely started and led by queer Black men and women. But queer Black Americans still live at the intersection of racism, homophobia, and transphobia, and face the most risk and discrimination within the LGBTQIA+ community. These stories aim to highlight some of the many inequalities faced by queer Black folks, while simultaneously acknowledging and celebrating the diversity of the queer Black experience. Read now
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The History of Institutionalized Racism and Oppression
There’s no denying the long and deep-rooted history of racism and inequality throughout America’s history. From the history of stolen and devalued Black labor to the legislative roadblocks and redlining that have intensified racial inequality, these listens uncover some of the many systemic injustices and crimes against the Black community that have gone unchecked and remained unchanged throughout American history. Read now
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Exceptional Tween Fiction by Black Writers and Narrators
Part of making this a more equitable world is ensuring that young readers and listeners can see themselves represented in stories, though for too long people of color have been underrepresented in publishing. If you’re looking for captivating listens for you or your kids about Black experiences, these are some of the incredible listens that have won our hearts. Read now
Arts & Culture
The Hidden Histories of Black Americans
American history is filled with brilliant Black figures, but it has also consistently denied Black leaders, artists, and scholars the recognition they deserve, stealing their ideas and labor or hiding it from view. These histories shine a spotlight on the diverse contributions of Black Americans who have had an integral role in shaping and advancing the modern world. Read now
Arts & Culture
Black Voices for Inspiration, Growth, and Optimism
In times of strife and trial we (especially those of us who relish the self-development genre) look to inspirational voices for guidance. This collection highlights supportive, hopeful, and uplifting Black voices—we think you’ll find some light and optimism here, too. Read now