BOOK CORNER: Concrete Rose By Angie Thomas

BOOK CORNER: Concrete Rose By Angie Thomas

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Read a sample on the HarperCollins site.

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Bookshop, IndieBound, Target and Walmart.


Black Indie Filmmaker Finds Passion in Hemp and launches His Own Company

Black Indie Filmmaker Finds Passion in Hemp and launches His Own Company

Nestled in Doylestown, PA is hemp processor, Doylestown Hemp Company, which was created to formulate, manufacture and distribute hemp products. Thomas K. Phillips (CEO of Doylestown Hemp Company) has a great deal of passion for hemp and continues to explore all avenues that this amazing plant provides from health and wellness, food, environmentally friendly plastics, biofuel and building materials.

After the release of his first feature film – “The North Star” in 2016, Thomas moved from behind the camera as a filmmaker, and spent the past three years living the life as a hemp farmer and processor.  In 2018, the passing of the Farm Bill, legalized hemp production and declassified it as a controlled substance and in turn marked Thomas’s 1st growing season as one of the first black hemp farmers and permit holders through the Dept. of Agriculture. He spent two years in the fields growing, researching and educating himself and others on the attributes and uses of hemp. In 2020, Thomas transitioned from farming in the fields to processing hemp material and launched his own company. He began to build his product line initially focusing on CBD, CBG, CBN and CBC and the main therapeutic cannabinoids found in the plant along with the hemp seed oil maximizing on the value hemp provides to our health and well-being.

DHC has an online emporium of wellness products that have been made with all natural, USDA certified organic hemp and ingredients and third party tested. Sublingual tinctures and oils, bath and body soaps and lotions, topicals (gels and salves), and even healthy and nutritious food items incorporating hemp are the varieties of products found when visiting DHC’s website Additionally, DHC is affiliated with various organizations and medical professionals who provide an array of expertise to help you make informed decisions in your journey to overall health and wellness of your mind, body and spirit.

Focusing on quality, innovation and service, allows DHC to provide a unique blend of health and wellness products that harness powerful botanical benefits while promoting the health, wellness, and betterment of our environment. Our mission is to create, educate and explore all possibilities on hemp and all of its countless natural properties.

Contact: Doylestown Hemp Company, 205 Doyle Street • Doylestown, PA 18901

or call 267-894-6840 and visit for more information.

New Platform for Kids Celebrates Black Beauty Through Natural Hair Care

New Platform for Kids Celebrates Black Beauty Through Natural Hair Care

New Orleans, LA — Silk Me Kids, the only kids’ salon in New Orleans, is ramping up brand awareness campaigns to spread their mission of becoming the educational leader and epicenter for kids to learn about and celebrate natural hair and black beauty.

The brand recently launched a slew of high-profile marketing efforts including a billboard campaign featuring their baby bratty ambassador Demi Skye, and in lieu of the cancelation of MARDI GRAS, the brand allows the spirit to live on with the “Krewe de Kuties” themed campaign and salon decor that creates the scenery and vibe of local New Orleans Carnival parade festivities.

In addition to running a kids’ only salon of the same name, the brand is also known for a range of natural hair care products for kids. Collections include Silk Me Kids hair care products for baby, kids, and teens as well as a Natural Remedy collection and a growing line of Silk Me Kids merchandise. Recent marketing efforts all ladder up to the brand’s ultimate goal of providing a spotlight for black and mixed girls and boys to celebrate their natural tresses and learn the best methods to take care of their hair.

“Kids who use Silk Me Kids hair care products are able to bring out their hair’s best potential and it instills in them a sense of confidence from being able to embrace and celebrate who they are. In addition to creating products to allow kids to look and feel their best, we create platforms, like campaigns, performances, and music videos, to give kids the spotlight where they can celebrate their beauty.” Said CEO Meme Kelly, who was featured in The Spa Queen Magazine in 2019.

Silk Me Kids also runs an online academy featuring a wealth of free digital downloads to teach parents and kids everything they need to know about caring for different hair types and textures. The library currently includes 9 eBooks and a hair care assessment, with topics such as Mixed Kids, Mixed Textures, Understanding Type and Texture, and Washing Hair Made Easy.

To learn more about Silk Me Kids hair salon, hair care products, and their educational mission, visit

For the latest news from Silk Me Kids, join their community of nearly 15,000 Instagram followers at @SilkMeKids.


McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Mentors Program Speeds Up, Bubba Wallace Comes on Board

McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Mentors Program Speeds Up, Bubba Wallace Comes on Board

McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Mentors program is driving into a new industry – the world of competitive racing – in the fourth episode of its digital content series featuring NASCAR driver and advocate Bubba Wallace. During the episode, Wallace mentors 18-year-old emerging NASCAR/Rev Racing driver Rajah Caruth, sharing advice about navigating adversity as the lone Black driver in the auto racing sport, industry insights and more. Starting today, fans can tune in to IGTV on @wearegolden to hear both mentor and mentee discuss their careers and experiences on and off the track.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be mentored by Bubba through this McDonald’s program,” says Caruth. “Bubba shared such great advice about racing and life, and I can’t wait to make him proud this year!”

In addition to providing one-on-one mentoring to Caruth – who is also a freshman at Winston-Salem State University – Wallace and McDonald’s gifted the driver a $1,000 gift card for racing gear.

Launched last fall, the Black & Positively Golden Mentors program pairs industry leaders with up-and-coming changemakers in the same fields taking steps today to own tomorrow. To date, the program has featured mentors in coding and music, including 16-year-old tech genius Ian Michael Brock, award-winning rapper and songwriter Big Sean and gospel legacy Kierra Sheard, respectively.

“As a McDonald’s racing partner, I couldn’t be more excited about being a Black & Positively Golden mentor,” said Wallace, who McDonald’s sponsors as a founding partner of 23XI Racing. “Mentorship is important in racing and in life, and I’m honored to help elevate young leaders as they pursue their passions and dreams. Golden Mentors is a perfect combination of both and I’m here for it all.”

The Black & Positively Golden Mentors program is a continuation of McDonald’s focus on elevating the next generation of leaders and shows the difference between being in a community and being part of one. McDonald’s is committed to feeding and fostering the communities they serve.

“Bubba Wallace’s star continues to shine brightly on and off the track, and because of that, we’re excited to call him a ‘Golden Mentor’,” said Marc O’Ferrall, Mississippi McDonald’s franchisee. “Connecting Bubba and Rajah, and the other mentors and mentees, is of upmost importance as we aim to positively impact the communities and people we serve at a time when it’s needed most.”

Visit to learn more about the Black & Positively Golden movement, and follow @wearegolden on Instagram for upcoming episodes featuring Journalist and Activist Jamilah Lemieux, and more.






Daveed Diggs And Lena Waithe Lend Their Voices To Scribd’s Audiobook Version Of Black Imagination

Daveed Diggs And Lena Waithe Lend Their Voices To Scribd’s Audiobook Version Of Black Imagination

Scribd, the reading subscription service that offers access to the best ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, podcasts, and more, has partnered with Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor, rapper, and producer Daveed Diggs, and Emmy Award-winning writer, creator, producer, and actor Lena Waithe to produce an audiobook performance of Natasha Marin’s Black Imaginationavailable exclusively on Scribd for a limited time. This audiobook marks the official launch of the company’s new program, Scribd Audio, which brings independently published books to life through the spoken word.

For its first celebrity narration partnership, Scribd chose to feature Black Imagination because of its unique artistic format and powerful narrative. Black Imagination, originally published by McSweeney’s in February 2020, is a groundbreaking collection of testimonies, stories, and poetry from individuals across the Black community in response to two questions and a call to action: What is your origin story? How do you heal yourself? Imagine a world where you are loved, safe, and valued.

The Scribd Audio adaptation includes performances by Diggs and Waithe, who were selected by Marin and Scribd. Diggs and Waithe bring their strong command of voice and ability to portray the diverse perspectives in the book, which include Black youth, the Black LGBTQ+ community, unsheltered Black people, incarcerated Black people, and others.

“With America at a critical inflection point and the work to support the Black community only just beginning, a book that portrays the limitless possibilities of the Black imagination has never been more relevant,” said curator and conceptual artist Natasha Marin. “Daveed and Lena are the perfect partners to honor these collective echoes of joy and passion with their truly captivating performances.”

While discussing the collaboration Daveed Diggs explained, “The struggles and reflections that are told throughout Black Imagination are relatable and important experiences. These powerful stories give life to the voices of our family members, our friends, and our ancestors who have been silenced for far too long. I don’t look at this project as just a reading, but more of a vehicle to help listeners experience the joy, pain and self-reflection of each individual who was brave enough to tell their story.”

“After connecting with Natasha and hearing her creative vision for Black Imagination, I knew that this was a project that I needed to be involved in,” said Lena Waithe. “Rewriting history is our right, but I believe that it is important to remind future generations of the struggles the Black community has gone through and continues to go through. I am thrilled at the opportunity to honor the voices of those in the book by embodying them and sharing their powerful journey with listeners.”

In addition to McSweeney’s, Scribd Audio is partnering with Counterpoint Press, Unnamed Press, Akashic, Europa Editions, Other Press, Coffee House Press, Mango Publishing, Rare Bird Books, North Star Editions, and Falstaff Books.

“We’re excited to launch an audio program specifically dedicated to producing unique and impactful audiobooks with our publishing partners, featuring authors and creators like Natasha Marin, and performers such as Lena and Daveed,” said Greg Voynow, Head of Audio and Content Partnerships at Scribd. “Scribd Audio will span a variety of genres and topics, including stories that advance underrepresented voices and socially important narratives, and will help publishers and authors to reach new audiences.”

Scribd Audio is the newest imprint under Scribd’s publishing program, which launched in 2019 with Scribd Originals, an imprint that features ambitious, original fiction and nonfiction short works.