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Sonia Sanchez

Entertainment & Toys, Books, Miscellaneous
Women Owned
Poet. Mother. Professor. National and International lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation, Peace and Racial Justice. Sponsor of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Board Member of MADRE. Sonia Sanchez is the author of over 16 books including Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, Love Poems, I’ve Been a Woman, A Sound Investment and Other Stories, Homegirls and Handgrenades, Under a Soprano Sky, Wounded in the House of a Friend (Beacon Press, 1995), Does Your House Have Lions? (Beacon Press, 1997), Like the Singing Coming off the Drums (Beacon Press, 1998), Shake Loose My Skin (Beacon Press, 1999), and most recently, Morning Haiku (Beacon Press, 2010). In addition to being a contributing editor to Black Scholar and The Journal of African Studies, she has edited an anthology, We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Stories by Black Americans. BMA: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review is the first African American Journal that discusses the work of Sonia Sanchez and the Black Arts Movement. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucretia Mott Award for 1984, the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, she is a winner of the 1985 American Book Award for Homegirls and Handgrenades, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities for 1988, the Peace and Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom (W.I.L.P.F.) for 1989, a PEW Fellowship in the Arts for 1992-1993 and the recipient of Langston Hughes Poetry Award for 1999. Does Your House Have Lions? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the Poetry Society of America’s 2001 Robert Frost Medalist and a Ford Freedom Scholar from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Her poetry also appeared in the movie Love Jones. Sonia Sanchez has lectured at over 500 universities and colleges in the United States and has traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Nicaragua, the People’s Republic of China, Norway, and Canada. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University and she held the Laura Carnell Chair in English at Temple University. She is the recipient of the Harper Lee Award, 2004, Alabama Distinguished Writer, and the National Visionary Leadership Award for 2006. She is the recipient of the 2005 Leeway Foundation Transformational Award. Currently, Sonia Sanchez is one of 20 African American women featured in “Freedom Sisters,” an interactive exhibition created by the Cincinnati Museum Center and Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition and she was the recipient of the Robert Creeley award in March of 2009.

Vashti Harrison

Entertainment & Toys, Books
Women Owned
Part author - Illustrator - filmmaker Vashti Harrison is an artist originally from Onley, Virginia. She has a background in cinematography and screenwriting and a love for storytelling. She earned her BA from the University of Virginia with a double major in Media Studies and Studio Art with concentrations in Film and Cinematography. She received her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts where she snuck into the Animation Department to learn from Disney and Dreamworks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now, utilizing both skill sets, she is passionate about crafting beautiful stories in both the film and kidlit worlds. Her Experimental films and videos focus on her Caribbean Heritage and folklore. They have shown around the world at film festivals and venues including the New York Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival. For publishing Vashti is represented by Carrie Hannigan at HG Literary. Please contact Carrie at carrie@hgliterary.com. For film and television, Vashti is represented by Mary Pender at UTA. Please contact Mary at penderm@unitedtalent.com

Yrsa Daley-Ward

Entertainment & Toys, Books
Women Owned
Yrsa Daley-Ward is a poet and is known for her published book of poetry, Bone as well as for her spoken word poetry. Daley-Ward grew up in Northern England and was born to a Jamaican mother and Nigerian father. While she is now better known for her poetry, both written and spoken, before releasing Bone in 2014, she released a book of short stories entitled On Snakes and Other Stories in 2013. Daley-Ward has used social media platforms such as Instagram in order to promote her work and connect with her fans.WorksDaley-Ward is known for her short poems on topics such as identity, race, mental health, and femininity. Daley-Ward is also known for being vocal on topics of depression, and is known for her poem entitled "Mental Health," which was published in her book, Bone. Daley-Ward has spoken specifically to the writing of "Mental Health," and recalled writing it while questioning her depression and mental state.BoneDaley-Ward's first published book of poetry, Bone, was released in 2014 and has garnered her critical praise and a loyal following. Daley-Ward's poetry is categorized by its honesty, brevity, and openness. Though it is only her first publication, fans of Daley-Ward appreciate her ability to poignantly discuss her identity as a black woman as well as her struggles with her own mental health.

Zadie Smith

Entertainment & Toys, Books
Women Owned
Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and Swing Time, as well as two collections of essays, Changing My Mind and Feel Free. Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won multiple literary awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Zerlina Maxwell

Entertainment & Toys, Books
Women Owned
Zerlina is the Senior Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM. She is the co-host of the award winning radio show Signal Boost on SiriusXM. She is the author of the book The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide (Hatchette, July 2020). She is an MSNBC Political Analyst, a speaker, and writer for a variety of national media outlets. Her writing focuses on national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues including race, feminism, domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality. She was formerly the Director of Progressive Media for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. She worked in the campaign’s press shop pitching coverage to progressive media outlets and curating daily messaging for online influencers. She also acted as a campaign spokesperson for the Presidential Debates. Zerlina is one of the most influential speakers and writers on the issues of campus sexual assault and rape culture in the United States. In 2016, Zerlina joined pop superstar Lady Gaga on stage at the 88th annual Academy Awards as part of a special performance of her nominated smash, “Til’ It Happens to You” from the film The Hunting Ground. Zerlina has been profiled in the New York Times as a top political twitter voice to follow during the 2012 election season and she was selected by TIME as one of the best Twitter feeds in 2014. In 2015, Zerlina was also one of five journalists invited to travel on Air Force One with President Obama on his trip to Selma for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. She has a law degree from Rutgers Law School–Newark and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

Oyegini

Health & Beauty, Skincare, Wellness, Entertainment & Toys, Books
Women Owned
About Oyegini. Oyegini is your favorite online organic and herbal remedies herb shop that empowers black women to experience freedom from yo-yo dieting by offering safe and natural herbal remedy products. When it comes to losing weight, Oyegini’s products target the bodies ability to burn fat, reduce water retention, and support immune health. Oyegini does this by sourcing out the highest quality fresh and organic herbs from around the world. About The Founder. I’m Tambria and I have been an herbalist for over nine years. I have been able to educate black women all across the world with my knowledge of traditional herbs. It has been my passion to open my own herb shop and provide organic natural remedies to black women. Having educated black women on living a healthier and happier lifestyle through the use of herbs, I have been able to host workshops, be featured in a local magazine, and meet so many black women who's lives have been changed by incorporating herbs into their lives.

Shanicia Boswell

Entertainment & Toys, Books
Women Owned
I became a mother at twenty three years old. To be honest, becoming a mother at twenty three felt like getting pregnant in high school. While all of my friends were graduating college and traveling the world, I found myself reading hypnobirthing books and decorating a nursery. The beginning phases of motherhood were an extremely lonely journey for me. In my mind, I had to give up all that I was and dedicate my life to raising my daughter. The reality was, my relationship was falling apart and I had completely lost myself. Actually, I had never even found myself to lose myself. I was somewhere straddling limbo trying to regain a physical form of someone who existed. Then, my world did fall apart. My engagement ended. My daughter and I were homeless, living with friends. I could not find a job that allowed me any time to be a mother. I was twenty six years old and had officially hit my rock’s bottom. I had become a statistic.

Renell Medrano

Entertainment & Toys, Books
Women Owned
Born and raised in the Bronx, Dominican-American photographer and director Renell Medrano creates work that speaks to her heritage, the intersections of culture within society and the communities around her. While earning her BFA in Photography at Parsons The New York School for Design, the 27-year-old was awarded a New York Times Lens Blog Award in 2014, and was included in the exhibition The Next Generation of Bronx Photographers in 2017. She has previously exhibited at MILK studios in New York and Gallery Rosenfeld in London. Select publications include; 10 MEN Australia, 032C, Allure, CR Men, Cultured, Fader, GQ Middle East, GQ, Hypebeast, Interview, New York Times, No Mans Land, Office, Oyster, Teen Vogue, Vogue, V, Wonderland, W, Wall Street Journal and WWD. Select clients include; 3.1 Philip Lim, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel Beauty, Dior, FENTY, GCDS, Jimmy Choo, Levi’s, Louis Vuitton, Moncler, Netflix, Nike, Nordstrom, Reebok, Supreme, Tiffany&Co.

Ahluwalia

Home & Garden, Decor, Fashion, Clothing, Entertainment & Toys, Books, Arts & Crafts
Women Owned
Ahluwalia combines elements from founder Priya Ahluwalia’s dual Indian-Nigerian Heritage and London roots, and explores the potential of vintage and dead stock clothing by giving existing textiles and traditional techniques a new life. The unique design process includes photographing her own research as well as re-considering a traditional mens wardrobe through working with responsible sourcing and manufacturing techniques. Ahluwalia launched her eponymous label in 2018, after graduating from the MA Menswear course at The University of Westminster and winning the H&M Design Award 2019. In 2020, Ahluwalia became one of the eight brands to win the LVMH Prize 2020 and was noted on the Forbes 30 under 30 on the European Arts and Culture List. The label also became part of the Matches Fashion’s Innovators programme which champions emerging design talent through mentorship, preferential business terms and marketing. In November it was announced that Ahluwalia would be taking part in GucciFest and showcasing their first feature film, Joy, with Gucci’s support. In December 2020, Ahluwalia was named a People Honoree at the Fashion Awards. Priya Ahluwalia has published two books. The most recent publication is called Jalebi and brings together several strands of Ahluwalia’s work into an expression of what it means to be a young mixed heritage person living in modern Britain. Photographed by Laurence Ellis, the narrative swaps between real and imagined as it reminisces of the designer’s own growing up and regularly visiting Southall, Britain’s first Punjabi community. The first book, titled Sweet Lassi, was inspired by a 2017 trip to her family in Lagos, Nigeria where the designer spotted people wearing obscure British clothing – including a London Marathon 2012 shirt. Following this, she went on a trip to Panipat in India, the global garment recycling capital of the world, where she photographed the environment that signifies the relationship of cultural heritage and the issues around sustainability in the West. Also a snapshot of the brand’s first collection for SS19, this edition marks the inception of the Ahluwalia ethos. Ahluwalia’s work has been featured in numerous global publications including BBC, New York Times, CNN, Vogue and GQ. Ahluwalia’s list of international stockists counts Browns, MatchesFashion, Ssense, LN-CC, Sivasdescalzo, htown, Nubian and more.

A Kids Book About

Fashion, Clothing, Accessories, Handbags, Entertainment & Toys, Books, Miscellaneous
It all started with A Kids Book About Racism, a book written by co-founder and CEO, Jelani Memory. As a black father with a blended family (four white kids and two brown kids), racism was an inevitable topic of conversation. He thought he’d only print one copy, but it turned out other grownups thought their kids could use an honest kids book on the topic. That one book turned into more by new authors on topics like belonging, feminism, gratitude, cancer, and so many more. Meet A Kids Book About, a new kind of publishing company that makes kids books that matter, because kids are ready.