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020: Little Black Book with Dhonielle Clayton

By Kent Johnson // Gray Graft Media

On this episode of UNGENTRIFIED, I am joined by Dhonielle Clayton (@brownbookworm), author of The Belles and the Tiny Pretty Things series and noted voice in Young Adult lit to chat about navigating the book industry as a black woman. We discuss why publishers are clamoring for black stories yet refusing to hire black authors to create them, literary code-switching, and her role in making sure all authors portray black life realistically in books. Listen and give us your opinion! Guest: Dhonielle Clayton ( Website:   Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast: You can find Dhonielle’s books, Tiny Pretty Things and its sequel, Shiny Broken Pieces, as well as the first book in her newest series, The Belles, on Amazon.   The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds   Follow the conversation: @ungentrifiedpod on Instagram/Twitter @kentwjohnson on Instagram/Twitter #ungentrifiedpod   Email us your questions/comments at   Episode Sponsor: Black & Abroad Theme Music by Nas550 (

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