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Hello and welcome to Black Rules Everything Around Me! This is a blog created to keep you up-to-date on all things Black in books, writing, and publishing.

Author Spotlight: Saye C. Leneus

Saye Carrie was born in Far Rockaway, Queens, NY of Liberian parentage. She holds a master’s in social sciences. Saye is an author and Speaker. Her two books are Hidden Commonalities: Identifying Cultural Similarities among Africans and African Descendants and...

Author Spotlight: Kiara Gaton

Kiara Gaton's brand, Love Anise, is inspired by two-year-old Nova Janae. Love Anise was created to empower and educate children and encourage literacy amongst the African American community. Love Anise’s sole purpose is to provide our children with educational...

Author Spotlight: The Blakk Dahlia

The Blakk Dahlia (E. Alexcina Brown) is a self-published, romantic suspense author. The Macon, GA native has created ventures within the entertainment and fashion industries in front of the camera as an internationally published model, as well as behind the scenes. As...

Author Spotlight: Nico S. Adams

Nico S. Adams has a very fulfilling and peaceful life. She is a wife and a mom to one son. Nico always influences others to live a positive life and encourages them to follow their dreams. Growing up she had a happy childhood, she has one brother and grew up around...

Author Spotlight: Emily Nicole

Emily Nicole was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She spent her college years in both Aurora and Dekalb Illinois, where she majored in Pre-Med, Psychology, and Journalism. Her interests include art, animals, scenic photography, music, and anything creative."One thing I...

Author Spotlight: Keith Kareem Williams

Keith Kareem Williams – is the author of 15 books & currently working on his 16th. He still resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York where he delicately balances his time between his responsibilities as a single father as well as the challenges of being a...

Author Spotlight: Aminah Iman

Aminah Iman left her job to write in 2005 and is the author of 18 books, all published under Red Ink Publications, of which she is CEO. She clearly loves what she does and has a big heart for helping other authors find success. She took newcomers Jaqueline Stone,...

Author Spotlight: Natasha Carlow

Natasha Carlow is the author of the award-winning Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies and the upcoming children's book 'Mike Nero and the Superhero School.' She is married to her best friend and the mother of two rainbow babies. Natasha resides in the beautiful twin-island...

Author Spotlight: Mariah Kingsley

Mariah Kingsley is a legally blind author who writes real-life love stories with steamy love scenes. She loves to read and romance, of course, is her favorite genre. "I was strong, [and] no matter what life threw at me, I made it through the other side."Mariah...

Author Spotlight: Dr. Damon William

I call myself the "Chief Wellness Warrior," merging my professional identities as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master Certified Wellness Coach, educator, and consultant. My mission is to empower clients & organizations to be successful warriors- to win the daily...
Check This Out, Sista Ghoul

Check This Out, Sista Ghoul

"Knowing that I have opened a door for others to come into horror, specifically Black-centered horror kinda blows my mind."As Black authors, our books don't get the same placement in bookstores that nonmelanated authors do. Add Indie in front of the word Black, and...

Author Spotlight: Janay Harden

Author Spotlight: Janay Harden

To date, Janay has held many titles but her favorites are mentor, mental health advocate, and melanin storyteller. Janay's interests include African spirituality, Astrology, tarot, spa days, and crabs. She is also the author of Hey, Brown Girl released in March...

Author Spotlight: Author Untamed

Author Spotlight: Author Untamed

Author and poet, Untamed brings about enlightenment and amusement through real-life, everyday stories with resonating characters. This Cum Laude graduate of UMUC attributes her passion for the literary arts to her magnet school educational background. Her unique style...

Author Spotlight: A.E. Valdez

Author Spotlight: A.E. Valdez

Amanda Valdez discovered her passion for writing when she was given a journal by her 5th grade teacher and has been creating poetry, works of fiction, and gaming narratives ever since. As a child, she wanted to read more stories with people that looked like her. In...

Author Spotlight: Filoh Teny

Author Spotlight: Filoh Teny

Filoh Teny has a passion for writing about the issues that face Black youth today and is dedicated to dispelling the myth that being young protects you from real-life difficulties. Tell us about yourself: Well, first I’d like to say that Filoh is not my real name....

Author Spotlight: Alphonso Williams Jr.

Author Spotlight: Alphonso Williams Jr.

Alphonso Williams Jr.’s childhood was immersed in positive values that have extended through adulthood. These values helped him overcome adversity whilst living in the inner city of Florida. Alphonso Williams Jr. enlisted in the military immediately after completing...

Author Spotlight: Darius Myers

Author Spotlight: Darius Myers

Mr. Myers is a New York City-based fiction writer. Previously he was a marketing and media industry executive and entrepreneur who held senior roles at leading media companies that included Time Warner (Fortune and Sports Illustrated), Gannett (USA Today), and the CBS...

Three Ways to Write Tension Into Your Novel

Three Ways to Write Tension Into Your Novel

Hey, y'all 👋🏾  I was asked for my take on how to write tension into scenes, and I feel like there are three critical components that must be made clear to a reader in order for them to feel the tension in a scene, whether it be general discomfort or a life or death...

Author Spotlight: E.J. Holt

Author Spotlight: E.J. Holt

E.J Holt was born and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, he is a true sports fan and Philadelphian, claiming the Eagles as his favorite football team. He regularly writes for CrockerReport.com covering College and NFL football. Mr. Holt penned his first...

Author Spotlight: Shatina Brown

Author Spotlight: Shatina Brown

Shatina Brown produces family-centered, reality-based novels featuring African American families in positive ways that challenge the status quo. Shatina's writing aims to bring a feel-good experience to readers while sharing wealth-building and uplifting resources to...

Black Rules Everything Around Me

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