In the spring of 2005, one wannabe writer tired of her college publication, one budding scientist expressing her creativity, and one New Englander who refused to give up her miniskirts in the dead of winter came together and founded The Little Black Book.
The Little Black Book is a unique publication at the University of Pennsylvania exploring issues pertinent to the African-American community on Penn’s campus through articles, art, interviews, poems, and short stories. These pieces contend with the many facets of the African-American experience demonstrating that black Americans are not a monolithic group. Our experiences are as varied and valuable as our non-black counterparts. In past issues, topics have included the role race played in the 2008 Presidential Election, Michelle Obama’s redefinition of femininity as the first black First Lady, different performances of black masculinity in American society, and how men with traditional black masculine gender expressions can be feminists.