Troy Posted March 7, 2012 Report Share Posted March 7, 2012 Please check out the article "New York Publishing's Black Pack" which originally appeared in Black Issues Book Review Magazine on May 1, 2001. the article describes a gathering of Black publishing industry professionals, at a small dive bar, in the East Village of New York City. The gathering has come to be known as the "Original the Black Pack Party": http://aalbc.it/bbporigin It is an article that has some very telling quotes about the state of Blacks in publishing over a decade ago: "We are over the hump in many ways in regard to publishing black books. Our most pressing concern was that the mostly white publishers would think that the upsurge in black book interest was a passing trend. That obviously isn't the case." "So while on one hand it's vital for us, as publishing professionals, to break into as many of the old boy's clubs as we can," continues Jackson, "it's also important that we nurture and work with each other, especially since there are still so few of us." In my opinion, things may be even worse today... For the past 6 years I with the help of other like minded folks have continued hosting annual Black Pack Parties. It is always a well attended event a lot of love and commraderie is shared. My concern lately has been over how much of the socializing actually turns into meaningful action. Are there any more Black folks in publishing than there were 10 years ago? Are the proffesionals in place actually working together to support each other and nurture new profesionals? I'm interested in reading what others might have to say about the state of the industry more than a decade later. I know folks are concerned about their career, and may not be willing to express freely, so if you want to post here and do not want your identity shared email your comments to me firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post on your behalf and promise to keep your comments confidential. Black Pack Party Photo Shoot 2011, Harlem, NY Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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