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Black & Published brings you the journeys of writers, poets, playwrights, and storytellers of all kinds to discuss what it means to be a writer, dissect the writing process, and demystify the steps between concept and publication.

Black & Published Nikesha Elise Williams

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    • 4.7 • 27 Ratings

Black & Published brings you the journeys of writers, poets, playwrights, and storytellers of all kinds to discuss what it means to be a writer, dissect the writing process, and demystify the steps between concept and publication.

    A Living Language with jarrett hill & Tre'vell Anderson

    A Living Language with jarrett hill & Tre'vell Anderson

    This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with jarrett hill and Tre'vell Anderson, the authors of, Historically Black Phrases: From "I Ain't One of  Your Little Friends" to "Who All Gon Be There?" Tre'vell and jarrett both have backgrounds in journalism and they are the hosts of the award-winning podcast FANTI. Their book chronicles the living language of Black people and how we bend a phrase to entertain, uplift, or sometimes to hurt and harm. 

    In our conversation, they discuss how they've found validation in their careers even when being written off as diversity hires. Plus, what they say job security looks like as a Black creative. And giving credit where credit is due to the marginalized community they say is often exploited and stolen from that they worked to honor through the pages of their book. 
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    • 50 min
    Enjoying the Life You've Built with Minda Honey

    Enjoying the Life You've Built with Minda Honey

    This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with Minda Honey, author of the memoir, The Heartbreak Years. A retrospective for  the twenty-somethings who are ready to stop leaping into the lives of the men they like and instead choose themselves and a life they love. The book is born out of Minda's series of essays for Longreads on dating politics. Her writing has also been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Oxford American and Teen Vogue. 

    In our conversation, Minda discusses, her life and loves including her high school sweetheart to maintaining a platonic relationship with a magnetic man. How she gained the confidence and arrogance to bet on herself and what some called her “raunchy” work. And the reason she says she hasn’t given up on love despite the inherent risk and sometimes violence against women. 


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    • 48 min
    Surviving the Worst with Anissa Gray

    Surviving the Worst with Anissa Gray

    This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with Anissa Gray, author of the novel, Life and Other Love Songs. The novel uses music as a metaphor to examine the aftermath of one man's decision on his entire family after they lose the loves of their lives. 

    In our conversation, Anissa discusses how she processed her own personal tragedies on the page. Plus, the reason she says writing Life and Other Love Songs was harder than writing her debut, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls. And as a journalist by trade with work  featured in The Washington Post, CNN, The Cut and Shondaland, Anissa explains the turning point in her life that brought her back to her passion. 
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    • 34 min
    Setting People Free with Donovan X. Ramsey

    Setting People Free with Donovan X. Ramsey

    This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with Donovan X. Ramsey, author of the book, When Crack Was King: A People's History of a Misunderstood Era. The book, which was long listed for a National Book Award, is a work of narrative nonfiction exploring how Black America survived the crack epidemic. The book is born out of Donovan's work as a journalist and a Demos Emerging Voices Fellow. 

    In our conversation, Donovan explains why giving context to what happened to Black people and the Black community during the crack epidemic is part of his God given purpose. Plus, the spiritual message he received about his writing that guides his career And, why he say the right substance at the wrong time can make us repeat the drug history we've already lived. 
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    • 47 min
    What Does it Mean to Forgive with Terah Shelton Harris

    What Does it Mean to Forgive with Terah Shelton Harris

    This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with Terah Shelton Harris, author of the novel, One Summer in Savannah. Published by Sourcebooks in 2023, the novel was a Target Book Club Pick. Terah, who also works as a librarian and freelance writer, is now focused on writing more upmarket fiction with bittersweet endings. 

    In our conversation, Terah discusses the real life tragedy that inspired her to explore the theme of forgiveness in her novel. The reason she quit writing for six years and how she ended up getting a two book deal before she ever got an agent.
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    • 48 min
    The Doors of History are Open with Dolen Perkins-Valdez

    The Doors of History are Open with Dolen Perkins-Valdez

    This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the New York Times bestselling author of  Take My Hand. The novel was awarded a 2023 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, and Fiction Award from Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Dolen, who is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at American University in Washington, D.C.,  is widely considered a pre-eminent chronicler of American historical life. 
    In our conversation, Dolen discusses why telling the hard truths of history in a way that is easy for readers to stomach is her gift. How her love of archival research lays the foundation for her work as a historical fiction novelist. And the reason she believes she doesn't get enough credit for the doors she opened in historical Black writing. 
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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Reinvigorating for Writers

I discovered this show a little under a month ago when I was in a sunken place with my writing. Black & Published is the equivalent of Oprah’s Super Soul, only for writers. Even when you feel like there’s nothing to learn from a guest, I am pleasantly surprised by how our journeys as writers of color are so different, yet somehow so the same. Each episode loans a teachable moment or take away from. As I listen I feel optimistic that my true literary tribe is out there, waiting on me to take my place in the Black & Published community. Each week Nikesha manages to motivate me to push forward so I can one day be on an episode, I’m already rehearsing my answers. Five stars isn’t enough!

Ms. Meltingpot ,

What a great show!

This is a great show for readers and writers. Nikesha asks great questions and lets the guests tell their full stories. I always feel a little bit smarter after listening and a little bit more inspired to get my novel done already!

kammbiamh ,

An excellent and much needed podcast

I just started listening a few days ago. The host does an excellent job of letting her guests share their writing and publishing journeys. I like the mixture of traditional and indie published writers on the podcast. Recommended.

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