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Writing gives Black authors the creative space to tell their stories. From non-fiction and fiction to poems and memoirs, African Americans are releasing their literary talents and creating award-winning books. For all of the book lovers and those searching for a good read, here are books by Black authors that are a great read. Becoming…

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Chantel Kelli is a veteran in the game of writing. As a child, she wrote at a feverish pace through numerous opportunities in her hometown of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. She never turned down an opportunity to put her pen to use, which led to her journey at The Shade Room. As one of the original members…

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Ardre Orie is the woman behind the words. Her publishing and celebrity ghostwriting skills have landed her major clients such as VH1’s Christina Johnson, MTV’s Javi Marroquin, Grammy Award winner and founder of iconic group The Commodores, Thomas McClary, and many more. Orie has her own company, 13th & Joan Publishing, which gives writers an opportunity to house…

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Kevin D. Johnson President and CEO, Johnson Media Inc. What inspired you to write your first book? In March of 2012, I started a business blog that discussed various ways that successful entrepreneurs think. The blog became popular with readers from all around the world and received tens of thousands of page views within weeks.…

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The greats are being called home one after the other this year. Publishing nearly 100 books for children and teens, Walter Dean Myers transitioned from this place on Tuesday at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Constance and sons, Christopher and Michael Dean. His books chronicled urban life, African American history…

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In a digitally shifting media landscape, many journalists struggle to advance in their profession. For Alexis Stodghill, the key to circumventing obstacles has been employing skills such as networking, resourcefulness and versatility. As a result, Stodghill has held various staff positions from senior editor to technical producer at companies such as Interactive One, Moguldom Media…

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