CELEBRATE POETRY MONTH

Black poetry can be described as providing a uniquely crafted collection of words and rhythms which summarize the sentiments of the times or topics from the Black perspective. This post will share memorable moments in Black poetry in hopes of stimulating interest anew in reading these works to accompany us on our journeys now. The poetry of Amanda Gorman. Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, and Gil Scott Heron will be examined
PODCAST INTERVIEW
Nzingha Nommo, owner of Afriware Books, Co was honored to be asked to be interviewed on Valerie Johnson's "Interludes" podcast recently. Take a listen below. Running time: 30min.
NEWLY RELEASED
As an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in Middle East, author, Layla Saad has always sat at a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives.


This book will walk you step-by-step through the work of examining:
  • Examining white privilege
  • What allyship really means
  • Anti-blackness, racial stereotypes, and cultural appropriation
  • Changing the way that you view and respond to race
  • How to continue the work to create social change
BLACK BIZ HIGHLIGHT
Thanks for the tip Danita! Recently got some shoes repaired at Hobdy Shoe Repair and was quite pleased with the quality of service provided. Check them out if you're in the area!

1322 W. 95th Street, Chicago, IL, 60643, 773-238-6655
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GET A FREE AUDIO BOOK
WHEN YOU PURCHASE FROM AFRIWAREBOOKS.COM ON
INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!!
April 24, 2021
To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, spend $15 USD in-store or virtually at AfriWareBooks.com between April 24th and April 26th and you'll get a free audiobook from Libro.fm!
BEST SELLERS
These titles have been flying off our online shelves ever since Queen Afua appeared on "The Breakfast Club." "Heal Thyself" and "Sacred Woman" have been a long time classic, and "Overcoming an Angry Vagina," and "Man Heal Thyself" are following in the same literary footsteps. During this pandemic, she shares jewels throughout. Get your copy today! Also, visit our Health and Wellness Category for a complete list of titles.
AUTHOR CONTESTS
NONFICTION CONTESTS
Eligibility: Creative nonfiction writers under contract with a publisher and at least two years into their contract
Prize: $40,000
Deadline: April 26, 2021

POETRY CONTESTS
Eligibility: Poets who have not had a full-length book of poetry published previously
Prize: $5,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: April 30, 2021
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS
Join the Chicago Music Association as we honor the late musician, conductor, educator, friend AND Afriware Books owner NZINGHA NOMMO's FATHER Irving Bunton with a choral concert featuring the Chatham Choral Ensemble, Chicago Community Chorus, St. Thomas Episcopal Church Choir, Trinity United Church of Christ, United Voices of Detroit and more. Register on Eventbrite.com for this free event at https://buntonchoralfestival.eventbrite.com. Attendees will receive the YouTube link the day of the event via email. Donations are appreciated.  
Tell City Council to Ban The Chicago Police Department's Violent and Unjust Police Raids.
On December 14, 2020, Anjanette Young, a Chicago social worker, courageously released a video of the CPD's raid of her home—video that the City of Chicago fought to hide from the public for more than a year.

Officers burst into Ms. Young's home while she was naked and pointed their guns at her, and handcuffed her. More about the ordinance is here.