Maria Stuart noticed something was missing from her favorite books: herself. The RedBlkGrl founder created the subscription box filled with books for Black girls who want to see themselves in their favorite stories.
Not everyone has a passion for literature or a knowledge of coding. But, combining those with an interest in representation might result in something spectacular. For example, Dartmouth College student Kaya Thomas created new phone app called We Read Too. She saw a need for readers to find books written by diverse authors about diverse characters. Then, she fulfilled it herself.
12-year-old Marley Dias continues to impress and make us all wish we would’ve done more with our childhood.
After demanding more diversity in school reading lists, Dias’ #1000BlackGirlBooks took off. The effort saw more than 8,000 donations and resulted in books being donated by the GrassROOTS Community Foundation to far more schools than originally anticipated.
As if that weren’t already enough to put on an amazing college application one day, Scholastic has announced that it will be publishing a book penned by Dias to teach kids and teenagers the basics of activism and using their platforms to spark change.
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to read a book a week or once per month. And, if you are anything like me, you want those books to come from Black authors. Now, a company called Noir Reads is making meeting those goals all the more possible by delivering books from the Black Diaspora to subscribers for a small monthly or quarterly fee.
What were you doing at 11 years old? Probably not setting up a book drive that fights racism in literature like Philadelphia native Marley Dias.
We all know that the writing and entertainment industries rarely uplift and empower Black queer voices. To help challenge that fact, we have compiled a list if writers you need on your shelf this holiday season.
7-year-old Blake Ansari is a force to be reckoned with. Earlier this year, we talked about the amazing work that Blake is doing to make his city better.
Now, we are pleased to announce that Ansari is a proud honoree on the Kohl’s Foundation Regional Philanthropist list for 2014. Details of the program can be read below.
A Massachusetts school teacher was placed on administrative leave after authorities discovered he’d authored two books that described school killings.
Earlier this month, the Dorchester County Board of Education was alerted that eighth grade language arts teacher Patrick McLaw had several aliases, which he published the books under.
It’s difficult for girls of color to build a healthy self esteem in this world. With images telling them that how they look isn’t quite good enough, it’s very important for little girls to have a great sense of self worth and empowerment about not just their looks, but who they are as a whole.
We can’t rely on outside forces to teach our girls to love themselves. It must start at an early age and in the home. For Harriet put together a nice list of empowering books for little black girls.
Adichie had previously hinted at the project, but the news was just confirmed recently via the Stylist Magazine blog.