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As problematic as TikTok is, it indeed is the new village. It is a place of resources, strength and a reminder that we as Black people are always present, always in need of one another, and together there is nothing we cannot do! From that place, from this free app, I met the incredible Chelsea Lockhart.
Chelsea is now the superhero the internet needs!
Why is this?
This is because she is the powerhouse and visionary behind The Melanin Library–this is a database dedicated to being a lighthouse for authors written by Black writers! Complete with referrals, reviews, and encouragement! But, let Chelsea’s mission statement speak for itself:
This site was created to make finding books by Black authors a simpler experience and to provide a space on the internet where Black authors are celebrated and showcased, without exception.
In the age where book banning is arbitrary, erasure of Black people common, and the anti-intellectualism of Black people seems to be gospel (especially for Black people!), the fact this database exists is a reminder that Black people should write, need to write, and one of the best ways to preserve a culture is to write it down. Chelsea is doing a work that is needed, necessary, and motivating! James Baldwin said his job as a writer was to do his work, so when he is needed, he would be there.
Thank you, Chelsea, for allowing us a place–for us–to find the work to keep going.