It is no secret that black women are left in the margins of the publishing industry. This is most readily apparent when black women attempt to write novels of various genres outside of the “urban” section. If you go into any bookstore, more often than not, the African American section is replete with stories set in the inner city that involve drugs and gangs.
This is not to say that the urban genre does not help carve a valuable niche within the black community to get published or reflect the lived experiences of a number of people who experience the circumstances of these situations. However, it should be noted the genre is not an accurate representation of all the different aspects of our lives, nor is it an accurate representation of the genres we continue to slay on a regular basis.
If you like “urban” novels, as…
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