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Welcome to Black and Bookish. Please take a look around.

originalphoto-485829906-7620721Hi. I’m Antoinette Scully, the creator and all around lover of literature. I am ecstatic that you have found your way to my corner of the internet. I’m a mother and writer, lending my voice to the growing number of black women who intentionally bring awareness to race relations and the healing of our larger cultural divide.

Black and Bookish is a carefully cultivated list of literary resources on blackness. Containing book reviews, opinion pieces, and specialty lists, you have stumbled upon a living history database of cultural studies focused on the African Diaspora. It is also my space to talk about race, culture, and living in the body of a black female millennial in a time of greater cultural awareness.

I started building Black and Bookish at the end of 2015 to hold myself accountable and read more books by black authors. For 2016, My Year of Black Books, I only bought or read books in this category and mostly written by women. There are so many books by authors of color in all genres and I had a clear deficit when talking about or understanding the content. The idea of blogging about this experience excited me and pushed me to learn more. I decided to create a space for myself (or anyone else) looking to read and explore African/African American history, culture, literature, and art. You can read more about my reasons in the following posts, What Made Me Go All Black and a review of Voices of Black America.


My goal is to show that individuals who identify as Black are NOT a MONOLITH. We are a diverse group of souls who tend to share a common bond due to our shared history of violence and racism. We are as complex as any group of people, regardless of how we are portrayed in movies and in the media.

“I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance.” ― bell hooks

 We come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.



originalphoto-485791099.854754I hold a very special place in my heart (and here on the blog) for independent and self published authors.


I enjoy attending local events and meeting new and upcoming authors. Let’s work together! I promise to be prompt with a request and will always be honest with a review. You can contact me through the form below with requests, recommendations, questions, or concerns. Or you can email me directly at