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AALBC e-Newsletter: Books, Events, and the Top 50 Black-Owned Websites - 8/18/2020


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An enthralling literary tour-de-force that pays tribute to Detroit’s legendary neighborhood, a mecca for jazz, sports, and politics, Black Bottom Saints is a powerful blend of fact and imagination reminiscent of E.L. Doctorow’s classic novel Ragtime and Marlon James’ Man Booker Award-winning masterpiece, A Brief History of Seven Killings.


Building Community (Part III of Black Voices: Pushing for Change in Children’s Book Publishing) August 25, 2020, 1:00 p.m. ET

The third part of the series, Black Voices: Pushing for Change in Children’s Book Publishing, focuses on how creators, the publishing industry and book loving-community can disrupt racism and make a difference. We received more than a hundred questions over the past two webinars. We devote this session to answering as many as we can and continuing the conversation: How can we center Black creators and create change that endures?

Panelists include, Kwame Alexander, Judy Allen Dodson, Troy Johnson, Torrey Maldonado, Dr. Kimberly N. Parker, and Kelly Starling Lyons. The conversation will be moderated by Cheryl Davis. Register here.


Join Paul Coates on Aug 30th at 6 p.m., EST on Zoom for a conversation with S. A. Cosby.

Look forward to a thunderous discussion of Blacktop Wasteland. and Cosby’s larger work as a craftsman and writer. Register here.

“S. A. Cosby has written a winning book that resonates deeply with me. His is an exploration of Black men and their relationship with family, community and the white world connecting them. It takes place in a different world than the one where I grew up. It’s rural Black America and rural white America too. A place where trailer homes are for the fortunate, and Beauregard “Bug” Montage wonders if he owns his because he dreamed too big, or because he dreamed too small. Cosby knows this world, and he makes it all come alive in the fast-reading pages of his critically acclaimed, Blacktop Wasteland.” More ►


Black Classic Press announced the republication of selected titles authored by Tony Martin (1942-2013) and formerly published The Majority Press.

At the time of his death, Martin was a preeminent authority on Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). The UNIA, founded by Garvey, was the largest Black mass organization ever, with global membership estimated in the millions.

A native of Trinidad, Martin introduced a generation of students and others to Marcus Garvey. His meticulous work solidified Garvey’s importance to Pan-African history, the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power and African liberation movements around the world. Martin was one of the earliest scholars to view Garvey’s legacy as a lasting testimony in the struggles of Black diasporic people. More ►


The 15th National Black Writers Conference, November 11 – 14, 2020

Presented by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, the theme of this year’s Conference is “Activism, Identity, and Race: Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads.” The Conference is a public gathering of writers, scholars, literary professionals, theater and film luminaries, students, and the public. Panelists and special guests will examine the ways race, identity, politics, and popular culture shape the production of plays, films, and television shows. The four-day event features a Summit Keynote, roundtable conversations, panel discussions, a town hall, film screenings, author readings, writing workshops, local vendors, and much more. More than 60 playwrights, screenwriters, poets, and scholars will participate. The Conference will honor playwrights, screenwriters, documentarians and filmmakers: Carl Clay, Dominique Morisseau, Stanley Nelson, Voza Rivers, and Richard Wesley. The Center for Black Literature will also host a series of Pre-Conference activities related to the Conference theme in October and November 2020.

Registration is Now Open! For more information, the program schedule, and registration information, please visit The Center for Black Literature.


He Got Game, Stories and Visions for the Future Thursday, August 20, 2020 3 p.m. on Facebook Live

Our special guest will be Troy Johnson, President, founder and webmaster of AALBC.com (The African American Literature Book Club). The discussion will be moderated by Wesley Peters, co-founder of Conducting Creativity, a non-profit centered around literacy, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Please join the discussion and spread the word.

Learn more about Say It Loud!

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Tune in August 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. CST on Facebook Live. for a conversation with Ricky Boone (7 p.m.), Troy Johnson (7:30 p.m.), Dwayne J. Torres (8 p.m.), and Curtis Jordan (8:30 p.m.). The conversations will be hosted by Gwen Richardson, author and co-founder of the National Black Book Festival.


Newly Updated Algorithm!

Our ranking system considers a wide variety of information including the age of the website; strength of the site’s SEO; estimation of the site’s traffic; number of back links; and more. We are unaware of a more objective or fairer approach to ranking websites.

Our mission includes uplifting and supporting websites created for, and by, people of African descent. Our belief is that as the World Wide Web becomes increasingly controlled by a handful of extremely powerful corporations, content related to Black culture, and how we are depicted, suffers. All of us, regardless of background, are adversely impacted as a result.


Dear Reader,

Historically, the U.S. Postal service has provided excellent and affordable service. Unfortunately, in light of recent events this service has suffered. As a result, AALBC will ship most orders via United Parcel Service’s 3 Day Select®. We will absorb the increased cost and continue to ship orders over $75 for free! Learn more.

As always, thanks so much for your business and support. Reader who are why we have been able to celebrate Black books, and culture, for almost a quarter of a century.

Peace and Love,
Troy Johnson
Founder & Webmaster, AALBC.com


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★ AALBC.com eNewsletter – August 18, 2020 - Issue #299

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