About the book

In To Create, a diverse cross-section of black storytellers and media makers from Nikki Giovanni to Common to Ava DuVernay to Blair Underwood to Deanna Sutton to Nzingha Stewart riff on making, doing, and living.

The mixed media collection found on this site serves to complement the multitude of topics and theoretical discussions outlined in the illuminating interviews of To Create.

Gift #12: For the 12th Day To Create round out your creative treats with a final dynamic read to add to your collection, Tah-Nehisi Coates’ Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. In his memoir, Coates details his unusual upbringing as the son of an ex-Black Panther. #12DaysToCreate: http://goo.gl/1ydbhwl
And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy

Gift #12: For the 12th Day To Create round out your creative treats with a final dynamic read to add to your collection, Tah-Nehisi Coates’ Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. In his memoir, Coates details his unusual upbringing as the son of an ex-Black Panther. #12DaysToCreate: http://goo.gl/1ydbhwl

And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy

Posted on Tuesday, December 24th 2013

Gift #11: Get some literary inspiration all the year long with a subscription to Ron Kavanaugh’s Mosaic Literary Magazine. The tri-annual print explores the literary arts by writers of African descent, and features interviews, essays, and book reviews. #12DaysToCreate: http://goo.gl/ZaY1kl
And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy

Gift #11: Get some literary inspiration all the year long with a subscription to Ron Kavanaugh’s Mosaic Literary Magazine. The tri-annual print explores the literary arts by writers of African descent, and features interviews, essays, and book reviews. #12DaysToCreate: http://goo.gl/ZaY1kl

And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy

Posted on Monday, December 23rd 2013

Gift #10: The holiday season has a way of bringing out a latent nostalgia in all of us. Why not embrace it and take in Melvin Van Peebles’ cult classic Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song and be reminded of the epic-ness that was the blaxploitation movement of the 1970s. #12DaysToCreate: http://goo.gl/eiKxDs
And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy

Gift #10: The holiday season has a way of bringing out a latent nostalgia in all of us. Why not embrace it and take in Melvin Van Peebles’ cult classic Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song and be reminded of the epic-ness that was the blaxploitation movement of the 1970s. #12DaysToCreate: http://goo.gl/eiKxDs

And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy

Posted on Friday, December 20th 2013

Gift #9: Natalie Y. Moore co-authored, with Lance Williams, a provocative tale entitled “The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang.” This powerful expose is sure to pique your interest as it chronicles the how and why gangs flourish and provides insight into the way in which minority crime is targeted in the community, reported in the media, and prosecuted in the courts. #12DaysToCreate: http://goo.gl/xBd63b
And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy

Gift #9: Natalie Y. Moore co-authored, with Lance Williams, a provocative tale entitled “The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang.” This powerful expose is sure to pique your interest as it chronicles the how and why gangs flourish and provides insight into the way in which minority crime is targeted in the community, reported in the media, and prosecuted in the courts. #12DaysToCreate: http://goo.gl/xBd63b

And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy

Posted on Thursday, December 19th 2013

Gift #8: Founded by DJ Beverly Bond as a non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage an analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media, Black Girls Rock!  has quickly become an entire movement. Show your support by donning some BGR! apparel for the holiday season. #12DaysToCreate: http://goo.gl/d8uCFK
And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy 

Gift #8: Founded by DJ Beverly Bond as a non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage an analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media, Black Girls Rock!  has quickly become an entire movement. Show your support by donning some BGR! apparel for the holiday season. #12DaysToCreatehttp://goo.gl/d8uCFK

And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy 

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th 2013

Gift #7: Fans of the DC-birthed go-go genre will appreciate Natalie Hopkinson’s book Go-Go Live: The Musical Life & Death of a Chocolate City. The book takes a look at Washington, DC’s musical culture. A great read to gift to the musical enthusiast in your life.  #12DaysToCreate: http://goo.gl/4zRkNJ. 
And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy 

Gift #7: Fans of the DC-birthed go-go genre will appreciate Natalie Hopkinson’s book Go-Go Live: The Musical Life & Death of a Chocolate City. The book takes a look at Washington, DC’s musical culture. A great read to gift to the musical enthusiast in your life.  #12DaysToCreatehttp://goo.gl/4zRkNJ

And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy 

Posted on Tuesday, December 17th 2013

Gift #6: Make it a movie night and take in the crime-drama starring Common, Learning Uncle Vincent (LUV). LUV follows Woody and his charismatic, ex-con Uncle Vincent (Common) as he attempts to straighten out his life after an 8 year stint in prison by opening up a high-end crab shack. #12DaysToCreate: http://luvthefilm.com/. 
And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy 

Gift #6: Make it a movie night and take in the crime-drama starring Common, Learning Uncle Vincent (LUV). LUV follows Woody and his charismatic, ex-con Uncle Vincent (Common) as he attempts to straighten out his life after an 8 year stint in prison by opening up a high-end crab shack. #12DaysToCreatehttp://luvthefilm.com/

And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy 

Posted on Monday, December 16th 2013

Gift #4: One of America’s most celebrated artists, Nikki Giovanni’s work has inspired across generations. Treat yourself to a profound experience as Giovanni illustrates in her latest work, Chasing Utopia, how the prosaic can be divinely poetic. #12DaysToCreate http://goo.gl/L0D9wp And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy 


Gift #4: One of America’s most celebrated artists, Nikki Giovanni’s work has inspired across generations. Treat yourself to a profound experience as Giovanni illustrates in her latest work, Chasing Utopia, how the prosaic can be divinely poetic. #12DaysToCreate http://goo.gl/L0D9wp And of course, if you haven’t already, get your copy of To Create to gift for you or someone else: http://tocreatebook.tumblr.com/buy 

Posted on Thursday, December 12th 2013