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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
Angry Black Girl by Elexus Jionde
This title may scare a lot of people away, but as Solange told me, “I got a lot to be mad about.” If you’re wondering why a lot of us black girls (and women) are so angry, this collection of essays on race, gender, and America may clue you in. If you’re ready to dive deep into blackness, also check out Jionde’s The A–Z Guide to Black Oppression for informative and entertaining essays that highlight the systems of oppression that have and continue to endanger black Americans.
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 at The Imagination Agency.
Dear Philomena by Mugabi Byenkya
The story about two strokes, one boy, and one girl in a series of thoughts and conversations between Mugabi and Philomena, the girl he was supposed to be, about the year he survived two strokes.
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.