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In Conversation: Glory Edim on Her Debut 'Well-Read Black Girl' Anthology and Her Discovery of Self Through Fiction

We catch up with the Nigerian-American author and founder of the book club-turned-community, Well-Read Black Girl, about her debut anthology, this year's Well-Read Black Girl Festival and more.

Over the past three years, Glory Edim, the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, has managed to foster an intentional community of black women who love all things black literature. Her brainchild has evolved from a book club, to an expansive online community, to a festival and now, to a hard-cover collection of must-read essays from black women authors she admires.

The Nigerian-American author and community builder recently celebrated the release of her debut anthology, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, at the second annual Well-Read Black Girl Festival at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. The event was filled with vibrant, intergenerational energy from black women who gathered to celebrate Edim and to celebrate each other. The festival opened up with intention setting, a music performance, with a keynote from Patricia Smith of Teahouse of the Almighty, who Edim wanted to highlight for attendees who did not have the poet and author on their radar.

One question connected the day-long conversations and workshops: When did you first see yourself in literature?

Edim answers the question through her curated anthology, which features a collection of essays by prolific black women writers on the importance of recognizing the need to have the opportunity to find oneself through literature. Featuring Jesmyn Ward, Lynn Nottage, Tayari Jones, Gabourey Sidibe and more, the Well-Read Black Girl anthology is the reason we turn to books.

We caught up with Glory Edim to learn more about her experience curating the anthology, her reflections on year two of the Well-Read Black Girl Festival and what she has in store for her community and readers next.

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100 Women: Here's What Went Down at OkayAfrica's 'Our Community, Our Stories' Panel

A group of our 2018 honorees gathered for a discussion about using digital media to amplify the voices of African women everywhere.

Last Thursday, some of the most best and brightest women in media, came together for OkayAfrica's "Our Community, Our Stories" panel held in conjunction with our annual 100 Women list.

It was a night of sisterhood and conversation, featuring a panel of some of our 2018 honorees, including National Correspondent at MSNBC Joy-Ann Reid, Founder of Well-Read Black Girl Glory Edim, Visual Artist, Photographer & Activist Delphine Diallo, Digital Content Director at Essence & Founder of AfriPOP! Yolanda Sangweni, and Filmmaker & Social Activist Idil Ibrahim.

The women discussed new ways to utilize digital media to amplify the voices of women in the diaspora, and doled out gem after gem to help mobilize and inspire fellow African women in the industry. We streamed the entire conversation live on our Facebook page, you can watch it below.

Click here to see the entire list of 2018 honorees.

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I Went To The First Well-Read Black Girl Festival and Remembered I Was Born to Write—And Read

A personal essay from OkayAfrica contributor Alisha Acquaye on the impact the first WRBG Festival had on her as a writer.