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APHRODUST BOOKSTORE: TITLES FROM REVOLUTIONARY BLACK THINKERS


Jeremy Shaw’s favorite pastime is reading. The 26-year-old Florida State grad prefers revolutionary authors, like James Baldwin and Stokely Carmichael, who write about black history and civil rights. But he frequently had to wait days to order their books online. Barnes & Noble didn’t carry many of their titles. He dreamed of opening a bookstore that did.

“There aren’t spaces where the black community can gather and talk about these types of work and issues,” Shaw says. “I figured I’d create that.”

This fall, Shaw launched his business — an online and pop-up store called Aphrodust.

“It’s hinting at African futurism,” Shaw explains. “In the media, African people have a primitive feel about them. I’m trying to reimagine what African people will look like in the future, empowered through knowledge.”

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