These wonderful writers hail from every corner of the African continent and write across all genres. Learn more about their books; there are scores to choose from and you won’t go wrong picking any of them.
Our list of the Top 120 Children’s Books published over the last half century is updated on an ongoing basis and reflects some of the best, most beautifully illustrated books published in the past 50 years. Most are awarding winning, critically acclaimed, titles. Some have become obscure over years, and some were independently published and never enjoyed a large platform to gain a significant audience. The Illustration above is by Leo & Diane Dillon and is from the book Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions.
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Evans’ poetic voice helped define the 1960s Black Arts Movement. Over the course of her career, Evans has been a distinguished writer and university educator. She has taught at Cornell University, Indiana University, the State University of New York at Albany, the University of Miami at Coral Gables, and at Spelman College. She is the author of numerous articles, children’s books, plays, musicals, and books of poetry.
New York Times best-selling authors, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Beatrix Williams and Shelly Shepard Gray described their favorite independent bookstores during the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, which was held March 18 at Centennial Park in Fort Myers, Florida.
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Dina C. Tate set up Global Girls Squad LLC in order to develop and self-publish a series of chapter books for young girls of color. The idea is to set young heroines, Lizzie and McKenzie, on adventures that will have them traveling the world, learning about other cultures, and celebrate being different.
Tate makes a fine start in accomplishing her goal of, inspiring young girls to read about different cultures in her first installment, Lizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid. The adventure actually drives the story. Learning about Madrid is simply part of the adventure. Exposure to other cultures in this fashion is sure to make the learning process fun. Young readers will certainly look forward to more of Lizzie and McKenzie’s adventures as they learn about other places around the world.
“I recommend this wonderful book to anyone who wants to know the real story behind Barack Obama’s historic rise to national political stardom. Having covered Obama since his Senate campaign began, David Mendell offers an insightful, richly detailed and refreshingly balanced account of a ‘change candidate’ who was neither as perfect or as flawed as others might want you to believe.” —Clarence Page
Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!
The Black Panthers was the most effective grassroots black revolutionary group in American history — but one whose legend, replayed in sensationalized news stories, a major movie, and countless publications, has outlived the group itself. Featuring never-before-published reflections from former members as well as tables and illustrations, this pioneering collection of essays examines this unique organization in depth using a new approach that places the views of former Panthers alongside those of historians and cultural commentators. The result is a vital dialogue between inside and outside perceptions and realities. A section on gender dynamics offers a much-needed examination of the role of women in the Party. Other essays in the volume address the social forces that gave rise to the Party, the organizational dynamics involved in maintaining its activities, and the internal and external factors that eventually contributed to the Party’s decline.
In this middle-grade novel by Derrick Barnes, two thirteen- year-old African-American boys become friends during a three-day stint in an after-school suspension. They were both involved in two unrelated incidents with the same person, the resident menace at Alain Locke Middle, Tariq Molten. During this three-day span, the young men visit each other’s homes and chop it up on a variety of subjects including respect of self and Black women, the dire state of hip-hop music, the use of the dreaded N word, and masculinity. Before long, the three boys are on a collision course.
The Fourth Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair will feature more than seventy authors of African descent, showcasing and highlighting a diverse spectrum of authors and literature, from contemporary and historical fiction, to anthologies, poetry, academic books; children’s stories and books, non-fiction to biographies, self- help, and inspirational, religious, and financial works. AALBC.com’s founder, Troy Johnson will be giving a talk on “The Corporatization of the World Wide Web and its the Impact on the Black Book Ecosystem.”
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AALBC.com eNewsletter – March 28, 2017 – Issue #243
Editor’s Note: Subsequent to the publication of the article, a video of Milo making comments condoning sex between children and adults was widely circulated. As a result, his book deal with Simon & Schuster was pulled. He also stepped down from his role as an editor with Breitbart News.
Milo Yiannopoulos is laughing all the way to the bank. The interviewer from CNN (shown in the first video below), despite her faux outrage, is greatly helping this Milo’s profile. CNN is doing this because these interviews generate rating and money for their company. The hypocrisy is sickening.
This is solely about money. Milo is no different than Twitter, CNN, and CNBC. This is the exact same thing that raised Trump’s profile. Outrageous statements are profitable. Milo is simply the latest capitalistic troll to exploit the dysfunctional of our culture.
Now I appreciate I’m is actually feeding into the frenzy of Milo, but I do this because I know full well I’m not going to make money from this effort—corporations own that market. I just hope to make some points that will help readers think about the platforms they consume “information.”
Milo Yiannopoulos’ has a book Dangerous coming out in June. It was already #30 on Amazon’s bestsellers list on February 14th—not in some miscellaneous sub-category either. It is #30 overall! The book is published by Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Yesterday I posted a link to AALBC.com about a fascinating book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, which is also published by Simon & Schuster. I received the following in reaction,
The crazy thing is that I had no idea who Milo Yiannopoulos was prior to Emanuel’s comment. Milo is apparently the guy who spearheaded the racist trolling of Leslie Jones on Twitter. We previously talked about Leslie’s Twitter trolls on our discussion forum, without ever mentioning Milo. Leslie threatened to leave Twitter and Twitter booted Milo in reaction (presumably).
While we (or least I) was unaware of Milo extreme trolling, corporate media were obviously paying attention and anxious to capitalize off Milo’s racist attacks. In the process they raised MIlo’s profile; which of course boosts rating—adverse cultural impact be damned!
Simon & Schuster even offered him a $250K book deal! Imagine a quarter of a million dollar book deal, apparently for being racist enough to get thrown off Twitter?
But then Milo is not your garden variety troll; he has Breitbart News as a platform, he is very clever, media-savvy, and funny. I have been personally been the target of Trolls. Not only did it not bother me I found some it kinda funny and even posted examples. But my trolls don’t write for Breitbart, and I’m not a celebrity. For me, it is just another day on the web: I ban my trolls and keep it moving. No interviews on CNN, no book deals, no outrage on Twitter, indeed no attention at all. But celebrities and the trolls are a different matter.
There was a spate of angry tweets leveled against Simon & Schuster and others announcing boycotts:
— Chicago Rev of Books (@ChicagoRevBooks) December 29, 2016
— Raven Books (@ravenbooks) December 29, 2016
This is all very powerful stuff. Roxanne Gay caught my attention by pulling her next book which was also being published by Simon & Schuster. The book’s title is How to be Heard. A curious title, given Gay’s reaction is exactly the opposite of the title connotation silencing a troll
— roxane gay (@rgay) January 24, 2017
Honestly, I’m not a big fan of Simon & Schuster. Indeed, I’d seriously considered banning them in my own personal boycott because they are the only publisher of significance to never spend a penny, in advertising, with AALBC.com. This is despite the fact that Simon & Schuster has the top selling imprint on AALBC.com, Atria Books.
Now I would be more than happy to boycott Simon & Schuster. In fact with the website’s new design, I could remove all of Simon & Schuster’s titles from my website by changing a few lines of code.
But I’m not going to ban Simon & Schuster’s books, not for this reason. Simon and Shuster is a massive corporation Milo’s imprint Threshold Editions has nothing to do with the imprint 37 INK, who publishes some important books. It makes no sense boycott 37 INK’s titles because another imprint decides to publish the rantings of some racist troll. It is the reason I still carry Simon and Shuster’s books even though they won’t break down and support the site with ad revenue.
The real problem is not Simon and Schuster, or even Milo. Both are simply capitalizing on the fact that, in America, skilled trolling is profitable. One could argue that MIlo and Threshold Editions are behaving perfectly rationally given the environment.
We live a culture were saying outrageous things is not only very profitable but can get you into the Whitehouse.