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Black History Month is going strong, and we want to keep it going by celebrating the contributions of black Americans with action and not just re-posting another #BlackHistoryMonth fact. Although, there’s nothing wrong with that, we’re excited to share some amazing black creators and businesses with bookish flare that definitely deserve your coins because “Reparations or bust!”
Indie Books for the “Empty” Spaces on Your Shelf
Black by Kwanza Osajyefo (Author) and Jamal Igle (Illustrator) Brought to us thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Black is a 6-part graphic novel series based on the novel question of “What if only black people had superpowers?” In this first issue of the series, a young man miraculously survives being gunned down by police. He must decide if it is safer to keep this secret or if the truth will set him free.
Dear Black Boy by Martellus Bennett This letter of encouragement is for all the black boys who think sports is the only way to have a better life. Bennett is here to remind them that with the right preparation, every black boy can win the most important game, The Game of Life. Dear Black Boy is available for pre-order at The Imagination Agency.
Gilded Girls by R.K. Johnson This book immediately caught my eye from the cover alone, and the premise in this YA historical fiction novel is totally Gilded Age Girlfriends! In the fall of 1883, four friends are determined to become members of the Firebirds Club, Washington D.C.’s leading social organization for ladies. However, before they can join, Hazel, Countess, Poppy, and Missy must put on the club’s annual masquerade ball while balancing their friendship and potential suitors.