Marsha Meadows is a radio talk show veteran and executive. Going by the moniker of “M&M,” Meadows has worked with Radio One, “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” and Core Radio Group throughout her 20-year career. Meadows always has believed that the future lies with the next generation, often speaking at schools about the importance of […]
For many parents, the most difficult conversation to have with their kids is about the birds and the bees, however, Black parents also find themselves having to navigate complex discussions about race. African American history is rich with moments of celebration and tragedy, and it can be difficult to explain these realities to a child. […]
Christal Jordan is a journalist, publicist, and award-winning author. A public relations and media expert, Jordan is the CEO of Enchanted Branding and Publications, a premiere entertainment company based in Atlanta. She is the author of the 2006 thriller-romance novel Under the Cherry Moon, as well as the 2020 self-help book How to Win when […]
As the CEO of Evan Grace Group, an actress and a writer, Monyetta Shaw, is not only a jack of many trades, but she’s a master of them all as well. After starring in popular films like All That Matters and I Wish I Never Met You in 2020, Shaw has taken to the world of children’s […]
Libby Anthony is the owner and CEO of Independent Productions Inc., an agency specializing in the employment and advancement of performing artists and entertainers. Born in the rural countryside of the Louisiana Delta, Anthony has maintained strong roots and connections to Black culture and art. That connection ultimately manifested as a desire to support Black […]
Some scribes write novels. Some write memoirs. Others write graphic novels or comics. Ta-Nehisi Coates, however, writes all of the above. Author of the bestselling novel The Water Dancer and the popular Marvel Black Panther comics, Coates always has had a penchant for writing across various genres. That fact is demonstrated in his powerful, 2015 […]
Publicist Christal Jordan sat down with rolling out to talk about her latest book, How to Win When S— Happens and the importance of mental health.
A new Black superhero may be coming to the CW’s Arrowverse franchise this year. Actor David Ramsey, known for his role as John Diggle in the series “Arrow,” has signed on to play the character once again and committed to appearing in both “The Flash” and “Supergirl.” He also is set to play a “mystery […]
Life comes at young people fast and often before they are ready to receive it. This fact is doubly true for young, Black women, who are often expected to carry the burdens of adult life while still only a child. Brit Bennett, best-selling author and critical essayist, examines the ways in which young women navigate […]
Rolling out contributor Stone Erickson and children’s educator Derrick Shaw interviewed critically acclaimed author Ty Allan Jackson about his acclaimed series The Supa Dupa Kid as well as his personal journey and literary career.
Rolling out spoke with teen poet Fanta Ballo to discuss her upcoming book, For all the Things I Never got to Say, as well as her distinction as the winner of the first Shawn Mendez Foundation Award.
If a person attends a Black Lives Matter event, they will most certainly see a Pride flag. For some, the presence of the LGBTQ+ banner at an event focused on Black lives may be confusing. What could one possibly have to do with the other? More than you might think, according to world-renowned activist and […]
In a time of great political division, many citizens feel as though we live in two different Americas. In the first of these two Americas, success is possible for anyone who works hard enough. In the second, upward mobility is nearly impossible. Okey Ndibe’s, Foreign Gods Inc., explores the latter. The novel focuses on the […]
Though popularly known for middle grade and young adult literature, Jacqueline Woodson proves time and time again that she can also write compelling work for older audiences. Woodson’s Red at the Bone, released in September of 2019, records the journey of 16-year-old Melody’s family back three generations. The story’s narrative shows the complex ways in which […]
The summer of 2021 is promising to be an exciting one, as best-selling YA powerhouses Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, Dhonielle Clayton, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, and Tiffany D. Jackson have teamed up to write a thrilling novel. The upcoming novel, Black Out, will outline the journeys of six Black teens who each reckon with old […]
Age is not a determining factor of success. Eighteen-year-old college senior and prolific writer Fanta Ballo is evidence of that. The Harlem, New York, native tells the story of her community and identity through spoken word poetry. A rigorous academic, Ballo was the 2019 commencement speaker at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts, where […]
Ty Allan Jackson writes children’s books, but beyond that, he is a motivator. Jackson’s career as a writer began with his son’s lemonade stand thirteen years ago. After making fifty dollars in a few hours on a hot summer’s day, Jackson’s young son asked, “What am I supposed to do with all this money?” Jackson […]
Black writers do not often get the opportunity to make their mark in the publishing world. The New York Times recently released a statement that of all the books published in the United States, only 11 percent are written by people of color. Despite these staggering odds, there is still a wealth of Black talent to […]
Children and young adults of color do not often see their stories reflected in literature. New York Times bestselling author Andrea Pinkney has dedicated the entirety of her career to changing that narrative. A four-time nominee for the NAACP Image Award and recipient of both the Regina Medal and Arbuthnot Honor Award, Pinkney is known […]
In the wrong hands, social media can be used to provoke. In the right hands, it can be used to inspire. Following the extended siege on the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., by radical conservatives, Twitter and Facebook, temporarily locked the social media accounts of the incumbent president, preventing him from posting any status updates […]