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The Women Changing the Face of Publishing

The Women Changing the Face of Publishing

In 2009, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a Ted Talk about the danger of a single story. As a child in Nigeria, she wrote about what she had read in other stories, which primarily featured white American or British characters. Her characters were also white and drank...

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Towards An African Education: A Biia Book Review

Towards An African Education: A Biia Book Review

Summary: This book is a collection of articles written by the Black community for the Black community. These articles focus on education in our communities especially with a focus on children and us as an African people. By communities I mean all our communities. Some...

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Book Reading and Discussion – A Sankofa Series Event

Book Reading and Discussion – A Sankofa Series Event

In this event, three of our selected authors will read and discuss their writings; Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus of Macalester College, Eric Mahmoud President/CEO/Founder of Seed Academy and Harvest Best Academy, and Dr. Rose Brewer, Professor in Department of...

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In Black Ink advances cause of children’s education

In Black Ink advances cause of children’s education

“Towards an African Education: Selected Writings on the Education and Development of Children of African Heritage” edited by Mahmoud El-Kati, is the newest offering from In Black Ink. The book launched in October in conjunction with In Black Ink’s Sankofa Series event...

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Black Women Must Write, and Publish!

Black Women Must Write, and Publish!

In this segment of Urban Agenda, I’m in studio with Rekhet Si-Asar, Founder of ‘Ink Black Ink’, and Lesley Anne Brown, Author of ‘Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son‘. Join us as we explore myriad issues that are a part of living as...

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Sankofa Series Event

A Series of Workshops for the Business of Artists In Black Ink (IBI) is a social enterprise that seeks to create inter-generational literature bout people of African descent in Minnesota. IBI supports the publishing industry by engaging literary artists in projects...

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Elder’s Writing Project

Elder’s Writing Project

A Series of Workshops for the Business of Artists In Black Ink (IBI) is a social enterprise that seeks to create inter-generational literature bout people f African descent in Minnesota. IBI supports the publishing industry by engaging literary artists in projects...

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Community Initiated Projects

Community Initiated Projects

A Series of Workshops for the Business of Artists In Black Ink (IBI) is a social enterprise that seeks to create inter-generational literature bout people f African descent in Minnesota. IBI supports the publishing industry by engaging literary artists in projects...

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Sankofi Series &
Event

An annual event that provides an intergenerational forum to discuss critical and relevant issues concerning the community. An issue-oriented publication is produced to accompany discussions and events.

2019 Sankofa Publication and Discussion Topic:

Towards an African Education edited by Mahmoud El-Kati

10 Community activists, scholars and elders contributed essays on education of Black/African children and people

Elder Stories and
Archival

Coffee, Tea and Other Moments Together

Elder’s Story and Archival Circles where elders gather to share stories of specific moments in time and/or accounts of their life stories.  Stories, circle time and event are videotaped and archived for the purpose of building the IBI archival library.

Elder’s Writing Projects 

Publication of Elders stories (include memoirs, anthologies of Minnesota Elders, and events in the state of MN)

         Bobby Kofi Hickman by Kofi Hickman
         Kwame by Kwame McDonald and Mitch McDonald
         Drawing Down The Blessings by Jacqueline “Lady J” Maddix
         Duluth Lynching Revisited by Henry Banks
         Zola’s Shines by Mahmoud El-Kati (Children’s book)

Literary Artist
Database

A repository of artists of African descent that contribute/participate in the local and statewide publishing arts community in Minnesota.

Community
Initiated Projects
(Projects in Development)

Rondo Children’s Book Series

In Black Ink and Rondo Avenue Inc. have partnered to transform the rich experiences of the historic Rondo community into stories that will introduce eight Rondo core values to our youth. Writers and artists with direct connections to the community were selected to research, write and share little-known stories with the wider community in the form of children’s books. These books are immersed in the lore and lessons of a neighborhood that thrived in a time of segregation and discrimination to raise healthy, successful and visionary young people.

 The values that sustained Rondo and served as a firm foundation for many are the basis of which this rich book series is based upon. These values are: The importance of education, The dignity of work, Religion and faith, Home ownership, Securing economic independence, Social interaction, Hope for a better tomorrow and Respect for self and family.

The Way Opportunities Limited Inc. by Camille Maddox (In development)

Curriculum &
Materials
Development

Developed from the rich experiences/knowledge from cultural institutions, programs and work. Products to be marketed, distributed and reintegrated into the community.

 All projects are resourced to help rising and established publishing artists primarily in the African heritage community in Minnesota. Funds raised will go towards artists primarily from the historically disenfranchised community members of African descent and to artists in that geographic region or area of the project’s initiation. For example, if we are producing a project on the lynching in Duluth, MN in 1920, then the primary writer and/or researcher should come from Duluth and should be of African descent. Other supporting editors, desktop designers and graphic designers will be sought there first before moving to other areas.

IBI Project Resource Model

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