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AMERICAN STREET Book Discussion

This past Tuesday we held our very first twitter, bookclub chat! I had planned for about 10 questions with a few extra to fill up an hour. However, I had not clue that an hour could go by pretty fast.

We Have A Winner!

We received several essays for our first giveaway contest for a chance to win a 12 month subscription to the Red.Blk.Grl Box! This contest is sponsored by an anonymous donor who truly values reading and wanted to share the gift with a deserving young lady.

Win a 12-Month Subscription in Our Essay Contest!

A 12-month subscription to the Red.Blk.Grl subscription box is being sponsored by a very generous, anonymous benefactor who believes reading is very important. We have agreed to hold a short essay contest in order to determine who will receive the subscription. The subscription will begin in May, 2017.

Whitewashing and the Erasure of Blackness on Black Book Covers

As if the difficulty of not trying to find books written by black authors with black characters isn’t enough, whitewashing of book covers continues to be a thing apparently. Whitewashing is when publishers opt to leave off a person of color from the cover a book about a person of color, or worse, they replace it with an ambiguous person or even a white person!

Last week, Black Sci-Fi writer Nnedi Okorafor took to Twitter to rant regarding the whitewashing of her novel The Shadow Speaker.
The initial cover on the left depicts a white woman with blonde hair in a bun. The corrected cover on the right depicts a woman of African descent and was changed only after Okorafor says she “threw a sh*t fit.”

This is hardly an oversight as Okorafor explains, “I described Ejii [the main character] as “black skinned” and subsaharan African, story set in NIGER and that left cover was proposed to me. WTF.”

Whitewashing black books is not rare either.

30 Days to Go!

Whoo-Hoo! The countdown is ON! On April 1, 2017 the Red.Blk.Grl Subscription box goes LIVE! to purchase and all the magic can begin! I can’t wait! Each box is like …

Our History

About six years ago, I found myself in the middle of a bookstore desperately craving something I knew I had not yet had; I just couldn’t figure out what it …