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Our motto is "graphic tees representing who you are, what you love, and what you wanna say." Our shirts feature everything from 90s Black girl nostalgia and pop culture sayings to affirmations and socially conscious tees saluting and advocating for Black boys and men. We often boast that we have “tees for every mood,” but we take the most pride in saying we have “tees for the revolution,” too.
We are absolutely in love with and lowkey obsessed with graphic tees. Our founder and owner Brianna Downing is a communications strategist, writer, and designer with a love jones for graphic tees, sophisticated correspondence, and all things sweet. Stoop+Stank is her brainchild and baby and what y'all see and get all stems from her creative genius—and mood.Visit Website
Brooklyn native Steven Van Patten is the author of the critically acclaimed Brookwater’s Curse trilogy, about an 1860s Georgia plantation slave who becomes law enforcement within the vampire community. In contrast, the titular character in his Killer Genius series is a modern-day hyper-intelligent black woman who uses high-end technology as a socially conscious serial killer.
SVP’s short fiction includes contributions to horror anthologies like Hell’s Kitties, Shopping List 4, and the Stoker Award-nominated New York State of Fright. A collection of short horror and dark fiction stories entitled Hell At The Way Station, published by his company Laughing Black Vampire Productions and co-authored by acclaimed storyteller, Marc Abbott hit shelves in 2018.
Along with a plethora of other honors and accolades, SVP won three African-African-American Literary Awards in 2019, two for Hell At The Way Station (Best Anthology and Best In Science Fiction) and one for Best Independent Publisher. He’s also written episodes of the YouTube series, Extra Credit/Extra Mythology, and is currently a contributor for the Viral Vignettes, a charity-driven YouTube comedy series benefitting The Actor’s Fund.
He uses his full name on Facebook but goes by @svpthinks on Twitter and Instagram. When he’s not creating macabre literature, he can be found stage managing television shows primarily in New York City and occasionally on the West Coast. Along with being a member of the New York Chapter of The Horror Writer’s Association, he’s also a member of The Director’s Guild of America and the professional arts fraternity Gamma Xi Phi.Visit Website
Mocha Girls Read is a book club for Black women who love to read, want to read more, and meet like-minded women. We are here to inspire women to read, share literature, fellowship, and encourage others in the joy of reading. We meet monthly in 14 cities across the US. We are an eclectic group of women and so are our reading selections. We don’t limit our reading to release dates, gender, race or genre.Visit Website
LISTEN MAMA, a 2022 Audie Audiobook Awards Top 5 Finalist for Best Memoir, transports the reader through a series of letters spanning 20 years that are at times heartbreaking, poetic, and humorous. A YA and New Adult journey of a lost soul searching for the love of his mentally ill mother. While facing seemingly insurmountable odds, Manny ultimately becomes her caretaker and guardian while also parenting his four younger siblings in 1990’s Houston.Witness Manny’s transformation from a disfigured black child, born into spirit-crushing poverty, to his teen years battling the deadly enemy of mental illness seen in his mother's terrifying behavior. Manny finds himself at war with his own demons of depression and suicide attempts as he struggles to find his place in the world. This story captures your imagination, ignites your soul, and soon has you racing from page to page, breathlessly waiting to discover what happens next…
Narrated by Audie and AudioFile Golden Voice award-winning actor JD Jackson, who voiced two 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning books - The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and The Tradition by Jericho Brown.
NetGalley Audiobook link:https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/248479
NetGalley e-book link:https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/248480
DL White is the oldest of three children to Marvin, a US Air Force, Retired and Angela White, a retired aircraft machinist. She grew up on various Air Force bases until the family settled in Spokane, Washington, where they remain today.
DL White began pursuing a writing career in 2011 after enjoying a lifetime of reading and hobby writing. In 2015, she published Brunch at Ruby’s, an upmarket contemporary fiction novel that explores the lives of three best friends and the soul food cafe at the center of their friendship. Since then, she has published ten Black romance and women’s fiction titles in eBook, print, and audio formats with more to come. Books can be purchased at booksbydlwhite.com/books.
A 1996 graduate of Eastern Washington University, DL holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication Studies and minored in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language. By day, DL is an Executive Assistant for a global beverage brand. By night, she writes, reads, and lives in the metro Atlanta area. DL has a legendary love for coffee, fried chicken, and brunch, especially on a patio. Her true obsession is water: lakes, rivers, oceans, waterfalls!
When not writing books, DL devours them. She enjoys romance, contemporary and historical Black fiction, mystery, thrillers, and suspense novels. She shares her thoughts on books and writing at booksbydlwhite.com/blog.Visit Website