Mission and Vision
When Black & Bookish launched in 20016, the goal was to create a living history database (both of the past and present) of Black culture. This could be done completely by studying Arts and Humanities created by people of the African Diaspora. Antoinette deepened her focus on literature, and challenged herself to read only books by Black authors for an entire year.
What Made Me Go “All Black?” gives an in-depth overview of how she started this project. 3 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Reading Only Black Authors is the first year in review. The content of the site has morphed and changed in the past two years but the focus has stayed the same.
Antoinette soon took on reviewing books by self-published authors to show the large range of Black writers. This has become a major part of the site and a place to spotlight writing from all over the world.
She attended local book events and in 2017 created some of her own. That was the year she also launched The Thomas House Project in Eatonville, a revitalization of the oldest structure in the town which will eventually be the site of the Black & Bookish Bookstore.
In 2018 she partnered with My Two Cents Editing to provide editing services to all kinds of writers. She specializes in Sensitivity Reader projects for white writers looking to eliminate bias from their stories. She also provides manuscript evaluations, beta reader services, project consultations, and of course, book reviews.
Black & Bookish is a celebration of Black Literary Arts and Humanities. The writings of Black people throughout the African Diaspora showcase the resilience of communities connected by a shared history of trauma and triumph. The mission of Black & Bookish is to provide access to literary information of those who want and need it. Through online and in print resources, literary services, community events, and social activism, this is a comprehensive education database to help you find the books that matter to you.
The sharing of Black literature works to provide a gateway to liberation and freedom. It is imperative for books for and by Black writers to be in every home and school, and for Black people to see stories about themselves told in familiar ways. It’s also important for other races to experience the joy of Black literary arts. This communal involvement builds understanding in people who don’t have our shared experiences but are willing to engage in racial equality for the betterment of all.
I am committed to centering the lives and stories of Black people.
I am committed to giving honest assessments on the books I read and review.
I am committed to helping writers tell the stories that matter to them.
I am committed to having an open and constructive dialogue about race and racial justice.
I am committed to building lasting relationships within our communities.