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After Creating #PublishingPaidMe, LL McKinney Hosts Juneteenth Book Fest

After Creating #PublishingPaidMe, LL McKinney Hosts Juneteenth Book Fest

L.L. McKinney, the author behind A Blade So Black, A Dream So Dark, and the upcoming third novel in the series A Crown So Cursed, has organized the Juneteenth Book Fest for today starting at 10 a.m. EST.

The videos will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube. Fresh off creating the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag earlier this month asking for White authors to reveal the amount of their advances on Twitter to show discrepancies between advances of Black authors, L.L. is leading the way on promoting and supporting Black authors during the age of #BlackStoriesMatter.

Juneteenth, the June 19 holiday celebrating the end of slavery, has reached a popularity peak as several name-brand companies this year committed to giving their employees the day off to reflect on racial injustice. The holiday, which is recognized in 46 states and the District of Columbia, has mostly been celebrated in the African American community since 1865. With the latest civil unrest sparking the conversation on racism in general and in the book industry, a Juneteenth book event helps push awareness about the significance of the holiday and Black authors’ works in today’s environment.

The featured bookpeople and panels are:

We Need a Hero: Black Superheroes in Comics

Panelists: L.L. McKinney and Mikki Kendall

Moderator: Karama Horne, The Blerd Gurl

Queer and Black On and Off the Page

Panelists: Julian Winters, Claire Kann, Roya Marsh, Candice Iloh, and Ashley Woodfolk

Moderator: Leah Johnson

Light It Up!: FIYAH Magazine and Black Short Stories

Panelists: The FIYAH Magazine team

It’s a Different World: Black Secondary Worlds in Fantasy

Panelists: Dhonielle Clayton and Kwame Mbalia

Moderator: L.L McKinney

Black Love: Writing Black Romance

Panelists: Farrah Rochon, Beverly Jenkins, and Rebekah Weatherspoon

Moderator: Alyssa Cole

Our Truth: Being Black in Publishing

Panelists: Zakiya Jamal, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nivia Evans

Moderator: Saraciea J. Fennell, event co-organizer

All of Me: Black Memoirs

Panelists: Mikki Kendall, Keah Brown, and Nichole Perkins

Moderator: L.L. McKinney

Black Stories Are Not Niche

Panelists: Lamar Giles, Leah Johnson, Justin A. Reynolds, and Kim Johnson

Moderator: Tiffany D. Jackson

My Mythology: Reclaiming Stories of Old

Panelists: Tracy Deonn, L.L McKinney, Bethany C. Morrow, and Kalynn Bayron

Moderator: Patrice Caldwell

Capturing the Moments: What It Means to Write Black Stories Right Now

Panelists: Tiffany D. Jackson, Angie Thomas, Bethany C. Morrow, L.L. McKinney

Moderator: Julian Winters

The Kids Are Alright: Writing for Black Kids with Middle Grade

Panelists: Kwame Mbalia, Karen Strong, and Alicia D. Williams

Moderator: Nic Stone

One Cause: Many Voices – Editing and Contributing to Black Anthologies

Panelists: Bethany C. Morrow and Patrice Caldwell

Moderator: L.L. McKinney

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