Today we celebrate the release of 96-year-old working actress, Cicely Tyson’s memoir ☛JUST AS I AM [pub: HarperCollins] written with illustrious author Michelle Buford. It’s flooring that my earliest memory of the Emmy winner is watching her brilliant performance in 1974’s Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and that my most recent is last year’s Cherish The Day,
Somehow after performing her beautiful and brilliant poem, “The Hill We Climb” for the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman found time and the bandwidth to tweet that her forthcoming books ☛CHANGE SINGS: A CHILDREN’S ANTHEM [Viking Books for Young Readers] and ☛THE HILL WE CLIMB [Viking Books for Young Readers] are already topping Amazon’s best sellers list,
Novelist Ladee Hubbard‘s second book ☛THE RIB KING [pub: Amistad] releases today. The New Orleans-based author’s first book ☛THE TALENTED RIBKINS [pub: Melville House Publishing] not only won the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction,
ICYMI: We’re raising our glasses for National Book Award-winning author and historian Dr. Ibram X. Kendi who announced on his Instagram last Friday that Netflix is adapting three of his antiracism books ☛STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RACIST IDEAS IN AMERICA pub: Bold Type Books],
Celebrated poet Mahogany L. Browne‘s debut novel ☛CHLORINE SKY [pub:Crown Books for Young Readers] releases today! “Chlorine Sky is about an African-American teen dealing with fractured friendships, first romances, and her own empowering coming-of-age.” If you missed the chance to purchase tickets to Well-Read Black Girl’s Friendship Summit celebrating Chlorine Sky‘s launch today,
Being tethered to a career I had outgrown was like standing for two hours in a pair of six-inch spike heels: it looked good, but my feet were swollen and in agony!
Bevy Smith’s candid, hilarious and heartwarming book ☛BEVELATIONS: LESSONS FROM A MUTHA,
Authors Paula T. Renfroe and Eric Jerome Dickey pictured above in Barbados at the 2010 Girlfriends Expo.
I can’t believe Eric Jerome Dickey passed away of cancer on Sunday, January 3, 2021. The New York Times bestselling author was only 59 years old.
Debut author Mateo Askaripour‘s “raw and intimate” novel ☛BLACK BUCK [pub: Houghton Mifflin] releases today. If you’re thinking, “Wait. Isn’t ‘Black Buck’ offensive?” Yup. And it’s meant to be so. Not to mention the main character works at Starbucks, plus there’s the almighty Black dollar—all of which contribute to the provocative title.