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TaRessa Stovall is the author, co-author and co-editor of diverse books including the upcoming Swirl Girl: Confessions of a Racial Outlaw, whichexplores how a hard-headed Black-Jewish womanchild battles to maintain her sense of self while navigating the tightrope of intimate race relations, the treacherous politics of...

Stephanie Powell Watts is the author of the award-winning No One Is Coming To Save Us, which was one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York times, Entertainment Weekly, Nylon, Elle, Redbook, W Magazine and The Chicago Review of Books and many others. She is...

Cheryl Polote Williamson is a nationally sought after transformational speaker, author and certified life coach. She provides services that help teach entrepreneurs build business and personal relationships, with an emphasis on honesty, integrity and trust. She has authored Safe House, a lifestyle guide for...

Sadeqa Johnson, a former public relations manager, spent several years working with well-known authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag, is the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction. Her next...

Brenda M. Hampton is known as the writer who brings the heat. Her literary career is filled with many accomplishments, one being a National Bestselling Author. Her name has graced the Essence Magazine Bestseller’s List, she was named a favorite female fiction writer in Upscale Magazine and is also named in the Top 100...

Angie Ransome-Jones is the best-selling and award-winning author of Path to Peace, A Guide to Managing Life After Losing a Loved One. In her debut book, Angie chronicles her journey of finding peace after the sudden and devastating loss of her father in 2013.  After undergoing what she refers to as “the process,”...

Simba Sana is the author of the insightful Never Stop: A Memoir, about his life growing up in Washington, D.C. and the challenges of becoming the co-owner and CEO of Karibu Books, which was one of the most successful black bookstore chains in the country. He is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University and earned a...

Lutishia Lovely is a multi-gifted creative artist and a spiritual life coach. She has authored more than two dozen novels that her fans describe as “OMG reads.” Two installments from the wildly popular Hallelujah Series (A Preacher’s Passion, Heaven Forbid) were Romantic Times Book Review’s Best Multi-Cultural Fiction...

Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage (Algonquin Books, February 2018). Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo.  A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of...

Tina McElroy Ansa is a novelist,  publisher, filmmaker, teacher and journalist. But above all, she is a storyteller and cultural icon. She is at work on her sixth novel, From Here On, to be published by DownSouth Press, the independent publishing company Ms. Ansa established nearly a decade ago. Additionally, she...