About The Author

I try never to take myself for granted as somebody who should be out there speaking. Rather, I’m doing it only because I feel there’s something important that needs to be conveyed.
— Angela Davis

Welcome To Black & Bookish

 In my favorite reading chair. 

I'm Antoinette Scully, the creator and all-around lover of literature. I'm a mother and writer, lending my voice to the growing number of black women authors who intentionally bring awareness to race relations through the study of history, culture, and literary arts.

I'm also a homemaker and homeschooling mom of two mixed-race daughters in a time that race and identity building is an imperative part of our mental health. I never expected to use this platform to speak on the issues of motherhood, homeschool field trips, or Sunday dinners, but I find my soul opens up when I stop compartmentalizing my life. The books I read, and the ones I read to my children, come into my home at just the right time. My bookish life has seasons that wax and wane just like everything else.

The idea of blogging about this experience excited me and pushed me to learn more. I decided to create a space for myself (or anyone else) looking to read and explore African/African American history, culture, literature, and art. I started building my site at the end of 2015 to hold myself accountable as an activist and historian with one goal: to read more books by black authors. I only bought or read books of black writers and mostly written by black women. 2016 was my First Year of Black Books and I found there to be numerous books by authors of color in all genres. 

    There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.
    — Audre Lorde

    It's Part of My History

    I was born and raised in the all black town of Eatonville, FL (yes the hometown of Zora Neale Hurston), but it wasn't until I moved to Los Angeles, CA that I realized I had a deficit when talking about or understanding the full history of race and race relations. This is not to say that I did not understand or experience racism but my experience of living in a black town is very different than those who live in the black part of white cities. I had only known black government officials, small-time southern life, and my close-nit family. 

    So What makes me qualified to blog about black authors, culture and books? 

    • I've lived with my own blackness in a world full of anti-blackness for over 30 years.
    • I've been reading for almost my entire life and have read thousands of books in my lifetime. 
    • I have a Master's in Teaching and experience working in both public schools and with private organizations. 
    • I have a Batchelor's in Humanities and one in Philosophy so I'm amazing at research.
    • I'm committed to building a comprehensive database of authors, books, and other art information based in the African Diaspora. 

    Black & Bookish exists as a space for exploration into African/African-American history, culture, literature, and art. It is through the lens of the books I read and the people I meet. It turned a year long experiment into a life long project.

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    • Long Winded- Posts can range from 500 -1500 words. Besides being good for SEO, they are researched and well-planned. 

    • Balanced Content- I try and post three times a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. That includes one book review and a list or round-up of our week.   
    • Slow Reader- I'm obsessed with books but I'm not as fast as I use to be. Plus with mother and wife duties, books sometimes take a backseat. 
    • Current Events- This is not a pop culture blog, but I do talk about topics that are current. Unfortunately, lots of historic issues are still being dealt with today. 
    • Accessibility- I try to read/review content that is available at the library or streaming. And it cuts down on blogger burnout. 
    • Discrimination Free- I am a Social Justice Warrior through and through. This space and my philosophical views are Womanist in nature and inclusive. Anti-blackness, homophobia, transphobia, or misogyny are not welcomed in this space. 

    Check out the following posts for a great overview of why I had to do this project: What Made Me Go All Black and a review of Voices of Black America

    I really think the range of emotions and perceptions I have had access to as a black person and as a female person are greater than those of people who are neither.... So it seems to me that my world did not shrink because I was a black female writer. It just got bigger.
    — Toni Morrison
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