Happy Friday Everyone! TGIF!
We did it! We made it through another week and no one got hurt. Congratulations sis! Job well done. Now let’s talk about books. Since this is the month Mocha Girls Read puts the spotlight on male authors, we thought we would add a few to your list. This Friday we are focusing on 5 Black male authors that are at the time of this post, under 40. This is just a drop in the bucket of amazing Black male authors but we selected them cause we thought you might be interested in their outstanding work.
Here we go. Let’s put 5 books on it.
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5 Black Male Authors Under 40
Ibram X. Kendi & Phillip B. Williams
Ibram Xolani Kendi (born Ibram Henry Rogers, August 13, 1982) is an American author, professor, anti-racist activist, and historian of race and discriminatory policy in America. In July 2020, he assumed the position of director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University. Kendi was included in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.
Phillip B. Williams (born 1986) is an American poet. Born in Chicago, he is the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels and Burn as well as the full-length poetry collections Thief in the Interior and MUTINY.
Robert Jones, Jr. & Jason Reynolds
Robert Jones, Jr. is a writer from New York City. He received his BFA in creative writing, and MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Essence, and The Paris Review. He is the creator and curator of the social-justice, social-media community Son of Baldwin, which has over 275,000 members across platforms. The Prophets is his debut novel.
Jason Reynolds (born December 6, 1983) is an American author of novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences, including Ghost, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature, and Look Both Ways, a Carnegie Medal winner. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap and began writing poetry at nine years old. His reading and writing focused on poetry for about 20 more years; he was 17 before he read his first novel cover to cover. He published several poetry collections before publishing his first novel in 2014 When I Was The Greatest, which won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent.
Saeed Jones (born November 26, 1985) is an American writer and poet. His debut collection Prelude to Bruise was named a 2014 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. His second book, a memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives won the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction in 2019.
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