“Write with yourself and your own healing in mind, before you think of anyone else.” —Cicely Belle Blain, author of Burning Sugar
The owner of the recently opened Harriett’s Bookshop, which specializes in the work of Black and women authors, talks about the arts as a tool for social change and her vision for the store.
“I had to sit with the fear and let it talk to me.” —Joshua Bennett, author of Owed.
“How can I love a people who want to destroy me? How can I protect myself in that love?”
“You place yourself in the story, and one by one you begin to fill in the holes the world has left behind.”
“Where do Black folks put all this pain? Where do we put all our anger?”
The #PublishingPaidMe hashtag highlights anti-Black bias within the publishing industry and opens up the conversation about how editors determine book advances.
“These acts of solidarity are worthless if you are not consistently supporting and standing up for us every single day.”
“Telling stories of ourselves that offer not comfort but complexity is the way to maintain an honest dialogue.”
“I fear that this moment will not last long enough.”