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Books Every Black Child Should Read 

Nappy Hair -  Carolivia Herron, Joe Cepeda (Illustrator)

The Snowy Day -  Ezra Jack Keats

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters -  John Steptoe

Meet Addie - American Girl Story 

“Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales” - Virginia Hamilton

Daddy and Me -  Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Dancing In The Wings - Debbie Allen

Something Beautiful - Sharon Dennis Wyeth

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6-year-old Vanae James-Bey has created a book celebrating black indigenous cultures across the globe

  • Even a 6-year-old understands that representation matters. Vanae James-Bey and her mother, Veronica Bey, teamed up to create a coloring book celebrating the black indigenous cultures around the world.
  • The coloring book, The Indigenous Adventures of Princess Vanae, has already been given high praise since going on sale on March 31. 
  • The book lets readers in on a journey learning about the history and culture of the native-born black people in Africa and the Americas, the Root reported.
  • “We’ve received tons of positive feedback, with orders from Australia to Amsterdam,” Bey told the Atlanta Black Star. “Parents asking for one for boys are as negative as the feedback gets.”
  • The book was a family project. Johnathan Ellerbee, Vanae’s uncle, provided the illustrations for the book in April 2016. 
  • Vanae, who is homeschooled, researched all kinds of indigenous cultures with her mother. Ellerbee then drew illustrations of the 6-year-old wearing their traditional dress and jewelry. Read more (4/27/17)

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In 2017...
  • Let’s see more black girl magic and black boy joy.
  • Let’s keep celebrating black excellence.
  • Let’s remind the younger generation and ourselves that black is beautiful.
  • Let’s continue to fight social injustice.
  • Let’s keep reminding everyone that black lives do matter.
  • Let’s support black businesses more.
  • Let’s be more kind to our brothers and sisters regardless of their shade of skin.
  • Let’s read more black books, listen to black podcasts and show love to black media/blogs.
  • Let’s stop calling black women angry.
  • Let black women remember they are valued. Show them respect.
  • Let black boys and men explore their sexuality without judgement.
  • Let’s remember that mental health does affect the black community.
  • Let’s speak out on cultural appropriation.
  • Let’s keep creating amazing music, TV shows and films.
  • Let’s push for greatness in all aspects of our lives.
  • Let’s make sure more of our young brothers and sisters stay in school and graduate college.
  • Let’s show the world what it means to be black and proud.
  • Let’s no longer be afraid to be black.
  • Let’s embrace our past, work on our present and ensure a great future for our people.
  • Let’s remember that we are forces to be reckoned with.
  • Last, but not least. Let’s stay woke.

Wishing you all a prosperous and fulfilling 2017. It’s our year for the taking.

Much love.

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Anna Sewell (30 March 1820 – 25 April 1878)

English novelist, best known as the author of the classic 1877 novel Black Beauty. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1. Cover from Black Beauty The Autobiography of a Horse By Anna Sewell. With Fifty Illustrations. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1897. 2. Cover from Black Beauty; The Autobiography of a Horse By Anna Sewell. Illustrated. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, n.d. 3.-4. Cover and frontispiece from Black Beauty; The Autobiography of a Horse By Anna Sewell. With Forty Illustrations. Chicago: W. B. Conkey Company, n.d. 5. Frontispiece “’I fell heavily to the ground on my side’” from Black Beauty The Autobiography of a Horse By Anna Sewell. With Fifty Illustrations. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1897. 6. Title page from Black Beauty; The Autobiography of a Horse By Anna Sewell. Illustrated. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, n.d.

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Tiana + Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon