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Courtney B. Vance

Courtney B. Vance, one of the most respected actors in the business, has carefully cultivated an extraordinary career that showcases his passion, talent, and intellect. Known for successfully finding the dignity and honor in each character he explores, the Harvard scholar and actor trained at the Yale School of Drama is a powerful presence from the theatrical boards to the silver screen. Now, he has authored the dynamic and critical book, The Invisible Ache: Black Men Identifying Their Pain and Reclaiming Their

Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America. He is the author of more than 60 critically acclaimed books that cover a wide range of ideas, genres, and forms including fiction (literary, mystery, and science fiction), political monographs, writing guides including Elements of Fiction, a memoir in paintings, and a young adult novel called 47. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages. The NBCC named its most prestigious award after him: The Walter Mosley Author of Distinction

Daniel Black

Daniel Black is an author and professor of African American studies at Clark Atlanta University. His amazing books include The Coming, Perfect Peace and They Tell Me of a Home and Black on Black.   The accomplished orator is the winner of the Distinguished Writer Award from the Middle-Atlantic Writer’s Association and has been nominated for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, the Ernest J. Gaines Award and the Georgia Author of the Year Award. He was raised in Blackwell, Arkansas, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Zakiya Dalila Harris

Zakiya Dalila Harris is the author of the New York Times best-seller, The Other Black Girl, which is also a television series on Hulu, the streaming network. The Other Black Girl  tells the funny, emotional and familiar story of a Black woman, Nella, being the only Black person working in an office. . . until a Black woman is hired, exciting Nella, who now has someone she can relate to. But then things happen that grabs and holds your attention through the

Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s foremost chroniclers of Black life, culture, and celebrity over the course of his 36-year career—both as a bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. He is the author or co-author of 21 books, including four New York Times bestsellers he wrote with iconic pastor, humanitarian, and producer Bishop T.D. Jakes (Disruptive Thinking: A Daring Strategy to Change How He Live, Lead, and Love; Faith Words-Hachette), R&B icon Bobby Brown (Every Little Step, Dey St.-HarperCollins),

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Speaker, Writing & Publishing Mentor, Podcast Host, and Founder of Successful Women of Faith – The Sisterhood, Kimberla Lawson Roby, has published 29 books which include her faith-based, nonfiction title, THE WOMAN GOD CREATED YOU TO BE: Finding Success Through Faith—Spiritually, Personally, and Professionally, as well as her novels, such as SISTER FRIENDS FOREVER, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, SIN OF A WOMAN, A SINFUL CALLING, CHANGING FACES, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL,

Victoria Christopher Murray

Victoria Christopher Murray is the New York Times best-selling author or more than 30 books, with more than 1 million in print. She is the author of Stand Your Ground, an NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Fiction and a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Her most recent works–The Personal Librarian and First Ladies–were smash hits and NY Times bestsellers.   Four of her novels, Lust, Envy, Wrath and Greed have been made into TV movies for Lifetime. Visit her at www.victoriachristophermurray.com.

Bernice L. McFadden

Bernice L. McFadden is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels including Praise Song for the Butterflies (Long listed for the 2019 Women’s Prize in Fiction ) The Book of Harlan (winner of a 2017 American Book Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction) Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012) and Glorious . She is a four-time

Ilyasah Shabazz

Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of the legendary Malcolm X,  is an author and professor who promotes higher education for at-risk youth, interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, and she participates in international humanitarian delegations. She has penned five books, including the revealing Growing Up X and The Awakening of Malcolm X, a novel with Tiffany D. Jackson. She served as a member of the U.S. Delegation that accompanied President Bill Clinton to South Africa to commemorate

Kalisha Buckhanon

Kalisha Buckhanon is author of the novels Upstate, Conception, Solemn and Speaking of Summer: a book pick of Essence, O Magazine, TIME, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmo, Buzzfeed, Lit Hub and more. Her latest novel Running to Fall makes history as the first book published by AALBC.com, the nation’s oldest and largest website dedicated to black authors and books. Her short stories have been printed in Fiction, Fiction International, Oxford American, Black Renaissance Noire, Michigan Quarterly Review, pluck! and more. She is also seen on ID, BET and TV-One true crime shows as an expert. Kalisha’s debut

Yasmin Angoe

Yasmin Angoe is the Anthony-nominated author of the critically acclaimed thrillers Her Name Is Knight and They Come At Knight of the Nena Knight series. She is a first-generation Ghanaian American and, in 2020, received the Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for Emerging Writers of Color from Sisters in Crime. Yasmin’s books were an Amazon Best Book of the Month for Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, and an Editor’s Pick. Her work has received numerous recognitions, was on a billboard in Times Square, Best Of lists, and a Library Journal Starred Review. Her

Isa Watson

Isa Watson is the founder & CEO of Squad, a next gen, interactive social experience for sports fans. Squad started by making genuine social connectivity with your friends fun and easy; their solution grew quickly among the genz demographic. Isa has been named Top 100 MIT Alumni in Technology and Top 100 Female Founders by Inc Magazine. She is also the author of the bestselling book, Life Beyond Likes: Logging Off Your Screen and Into Your Life, which highlights how

Stacy Hawkins Adams

Stacy Hawkins Adams is an award-winning author and freelance journalist who crafts fiction and nonfiction that helps readers find relevance in their own stories. She has penned nine women’s fiction novels and one nonfiction devotional book. She also has produced a compilation of original quotes and musings in book form (Abound) and in a notecard collection that features the art of actress/author Daphne Maxwell Reid. Stacy’s novel Watercolored Pearls has been a featured title in college coursework; Coming Home was a Target stores “Recommended Read” and The

Tara M. Stringfellow

Tara M. Stringfellow is the author of the 2022 sensation Memphis. Her debut novel was a blockbuster, elevating to best-sellers lists and capturing awards. She returns to the literary world in 2024 as a poet with the fascinating collection, Magic Enuff, radiant poems that celebrate Black Southern womanhood and the many ways magic lives in the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters. She’s a poet, former attorney, Northwestern University MFA graduate, and a semifinalist for the Fulbright Fellowship who has written for Collective Unrest, Minerva Rising, Jet

Brendan Slocumb

Brendan Slocumb is the acclaimed author of the amazing and award-winning The Violin Conspiracy. That riveting book–about a young Black musician who discovers that his old family fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius: when it’s stolen on the eve of the world’s most prestigious classical music competition, he risks everything to get it back–was an ABC Good Morning America Book Club selection and elevated Brendan in the literary world. Brendan’s second fantastic offering is the equally compelling Symphony of Secrets. Synopsis: In present day New York City, Bern Hendricks

Patricia Raybon

Patricia Raybon is a Christy Award-winning author and essayist who writes daring and exciting novels and books at the intersection of faith and race. Her upcoming new detective novel, Truth Be Told, will be released on June 11th. It is a heart-gripping narrative driven by secrets, romance, and lies. Annalee, the detective, must unravel a case with higher stakes than she imagined―one where answers about a lovely woman’s death point to truths and tensions still throbbing today. She also authors the Annalee Spain

Frederica Burden

Frederica Burden is a retired City of Miami Police Sergeant who spent 29 years maintaining order in various communities within the city. She used her experience and writing skill set to craft a series of engaging, enlightening, must-read books that are page-turners. In Miami Beat: The Secret Society, “Freddie” delves into how the beautiful days in Miami give way at night to tantalizing temptations that can excite and coerce the darkness out of even the best of us. It’s an action-packed story that leaves

Avery Cunningham

Avery Cunningham, a resident of Memphis and a 2016 graduate of DePaul University’s Master of Arts Writing & Publishing program, is the author of the The Mayor of Maxwell Street, a book NY Times best-selling author Victoria Christopher Murray called: “A debut novel everyone will be talking about, The Mayor of Maxwell Street is outstanding. Filled with intrigue, suspense, and a cast of characters I both adored and wanted to strangle, this novel kept me flipping the pages and holding my breath!” It releases on January 30th.

Dr. Pamela Mariva Mshana

Dr. Pamela Mariva Mshana is an international award-winning playwright, author and educator. Her novel, girls in search of cover, part 1 was an International Books Award final. Part 1 is the first book in a series that examines the lives of three generations of Black women scarred by rape and racism. The young heroine, Carmia Evans-Pullen, is a troubled young African-American girl whose drug-addicted mother relocates Carmia and her brother to Bovina, Mississippi—a deeply religious backwater where they all move in with Carmia’s grandmother,

Vanessa Miller

Vanessa Miller is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker who started writing as a child, spending countless hours either reading or writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels. Her latest work, The American Queen, releases on January 30th and has been selected by Good Morning America as one of 15 books to read in 2024. The book based on actual events that occurred between 1865 and 1889 and shares the unsung history of a Black woman who built a kingdom