By Roz Edward (Source: rollingout.com) – To commemorate this year’s Black History Month, rolling out and Penguin Random House have launched #AmplifyBlackStories: a historic content partnership between publishing giant Penguin Random House and Black-owned media companies rolling out and Blackbookstore.com. The mission of #AmplifyBlackStories is crucial and straightforward — to introduce more stories by Black authors to a diverse group of readers.“As our content and media partner, rolling out has developed a full slate of programming throughout the year,” said Anthony Key, Director of Multicultural Marketing at Penguin Random House. “Our collaboration will allow us to propel the awareness of Black literary excellence and introduce more stories by Black authors to a diverse group of readers.”
“This partnership and cultural collaboration with Penguin Random House will herald Black creativity and promote cultural understanding by amplifying Black storytelling and Black voices,” said Munson Steed, CEO at rolling out. “We are on a mission to celebrate Black authors, both familiar and new, who are helping to tell a more complete cultural story – from social justice and advancement to romance and sci-fi.”
#AmplifyBlackStories kicked off Feb. 1 with rolling out‘s Meet the Author series featuring renowned writer Kevin Powell talking about his long career telling Black stories, including his intriguing journey from reality show pioneer to a congressional candidate.
#AmplifyBlackStories will continue to pay homage to Black authors with a roster of virtual programming throughout February, including:
The Rolling Out Book Club (February selection is A Promised Land by President Barack Obama)
- The Children’s Club (February selection is I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes)
- The Sunday Read (authors read favorite excerpts and reveal stories of inspiration)
- Black Book Brunch (a virtual sip and dine while uplifting our favorite Black authors and their journeys)
- Modern Manual (relevant thought-leadership books, beginning with The Purpose of Power by Alicia Garza)
- Literally Speaking (smart and layered talks of Black literature and the writing process)
“Our partnership with Penguin Random House demonstrates the importance and impact of connecting culture and commerce,” said Steed. “Giving content creators — our equity partners — opportunities to learn and grow with a Black-owned company produces real economic progress.”
To join the virtual programming for #AmplifyBlackStories, please visit www.rollingout.com and follow Rolling Out on social media channels. Books can be purchased at www.blackbookstore.com.
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