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The Literary Lounge LIVE at the 25th Annual Black Excellence Awards.

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The 25th ANNUAL BLACK BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (BBAA) will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the historic Nat Turner Library in Drewryville, Virginia starting at 12:00 p.m. The BBAA validates and celebrates books written by, for, and about Black people. Founded and hosted by Elder H. Khalif Khalifah, in 24 years he has presented over 500 awards to Black authors – 95% of whose work has NEVER been cited anyplace on the planet for an award! Elder Khalifah held the first BBAA in Harlem, New York in the 1970s with legendary guest speakers including legendary African historians Dr. John Henrik Clark and Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan. Annually awards are presented to Black authors from around the country in various categories including; “Best New Writer”, “Best Book of the Year”, “Publisher of the Year”, “Best New Poetry” and more!

The Nat Turner Research library is located on 123 acres of Nat Turner’s birth land in Southampton County, Virginia. It houses the largest collection of books about Nat Turner in the world, a cultural bookstore along with thousands of reference research books on subjects related to Black history, life and culture. Annually a variety of cultural events are held on the land throughout the year.

The guest speaker for this year’s Black Book Achievement Awards ceremony on Saturday June 2nd is Dr. Alim El-Bey, a doctor of Divinity, Theology and Metaphysics, and author and host of First World Order Radio. Entertainment with The Eturnal Roots Band from Hampton Roads, along with African cultural drumming. Vegetarian cuisine will be prepared by Easy Light Sources.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.easylightsources.org