Our 2014 list improves on our original list, first published in 2013, by considering more factors for each city. We also took points away from cities with strong negative indicators for African American literacy as reflected on reports like, The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males 2010. Finally, rather than ranking these cities, as we did last year, we decided to group the cities into tiers and sort the cities alphabetically within each tier. Los Angeles, CA is home to one of the oldest and perhaps finest remaining Black owned bookstore in America, Eso Won Books. While New York, NY is arguably the publishing capital of the world and home to the National Book Awards, “The City,” however, did not earn any points for those reasons. Philadelphia, PA is one of the cities with the most number of Black owned book stores including Black and Nobel, Hakim’s Bookstore and Gift Shop, and Horizon Books Inc. Baltimore, MD, covered by the Baltimore Times, hosts several annual Black book events including, the Baltimore African American Book Festival. Columbus, OH readers take advantage of their library visiting the Columbus Metropolitan Library, at an average rate of almost nine visits per year, the 5th highest in the country.
New Orleans, LA, is home to three newspapers, Data News Weekly, Louisiana Weekly, and the New Orleans Tribune. Detroit, MI, boasts a Black citizenry of more than 82% of the total population and is the home to three newspapers, Michigan Chronicle, Michigan Citizen, and the Telegram Newspaper.
Newark, NJ’s newly elected Mayor, Ras Baraka, the son of former NJ State Poet laureate Amiri Baraka, holds a great deal of promise for a city with an established literary legacy. Each of these cities rank well on three or more dimensions and show strong potential for breaking into one of the top tiers. We appreciate people still prefer to see rankings, so we published the ranking of the top 50 American U.S. This entry was posted in 2014, African-American, books, Culture, reading, writers and tagged African American, Black, Bookstores, culture, Literacy, Reading, Recommendations, Writers on October 21, 2014 by Troy. Marcus, the owner, was the first guy to open his door to me when I first started writing, while every other store in Atlanta was making it difficult. I can’t begin to express my gratitude at seeing such a wealth of information compiled in one place. For all intents and purposes, The Los Angeles Black Book Expo event for October 25th has been cancelled, and the future of the organization is undetermined. Thanks for the corrections, I reviewed by data and Memphis is in it’s correct position, based upon my ranking, I simply screwed my description by conflating the two cities. Memphis by virtue of the number of Blacks does has the ability to be a power player in the book market. Here is one of many reasons Atlanta, GA tops the list of the top cities for readers of African American Literature: Check this article in the AJC.
Atlanta hosts the National Book Club Conference (NBCC), the premier event for book clubs from across the nation.
New York is home to The National Black Writer’s Conference, The Harlem Book Fair, The African American Literary Awards Show and many other events dedicated to African American literature. Baltimore also the home of the publisher Black Classic Press who has been publishing books for over 35 years. They are the home to the venerated, Third World Press, who has been publishing books for almost 50 years. It’s going to take someone with the patience and drive to create a great venue for that to happen. I noticed you mentioned Columbus, OH in your second tier but there is no information for the Columbus area listed. I do what I can but I have a couple of local authors, including myself, that are working to move inside and outside of Portland. We believe that the start of a new year is the best time for a change, so why not mix it up and try a new hairstyle?
Philly also hosts to the 23 year old African American Children’s Book Fair, the largest event of its kind in the country. I do however note that we have quite a few talented authors here, so the key for them will be getting greater visibility in cities that read more African American literature. We’ve chosen 100 fabulous hairstyles worn by the hottest black female celebrities to inspire you. A look at a list of our country’s major cities will show an absence in platforms for minority authors.
Whether you prefer to keep your hair natural, relaxed, enhanced with a weave, or heat styled, there are loads of perfect hairstyles here just for you. Take inspiration from celebrities like Rihanna, with her ever-changing hairstyles and colours, Kelly Rowland with her mass of gorgeous corkscrew curls, Solange Knowles with her stunning natural afro, and Alek Wek with her simple yet elegant close-cropped ‘do.
We all appreciate your work Troy and it is getting progressively harder to promote and stimulate interest in books, especially Black books. Get excited with our Top 100 Hairstyles for Black Women, and start planning your next fabulous hairdo![ Read also : 2015 Top 100 Hairstyles for Black Women ]1. She also shows off her dark roots, which create a striking contrast with her blonde highlights.
Alicia Keys African American Hairstyle: Big, beautiful braidSinger and songwriter Alicia Keys keeps it simple with an attention-grabbing braid draped over her head.
This style draws attention to your facial features, so make sure that your make-up is flawless!3. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Cropped pixie cut Caribbean singer Rihanna wears her hair in a cute, cropped pixie cut. We think she looks fabulous with her short hair, and the slight curl in her hair gives her look a cute, romantic touch. We have to say we’re jealous of Rihanna’s ability to rock any and every hairstyle she chooses!
Kerry Washington African American Hairstyle: Tousled with bangs Scandal actress Kerry Washington looks glamorous and elegant with her tousled, shoulder-length hair. The blunt bangs work very well to shorten her long, oval face, and her hair is just the right length for her face shape.5. Keri Hilson African American Hairstyle: Asymmetrical bob with bangsSinger and actress Keri Hilson looks super sexy with her blonde, asymmetrical bob. Blonde hair doesn’t always flatter darker skin, but we think Keri has pulled it off perfectly.
Eva Marcille African American Hairstyle: Platinum blonde pixie American model and TV actress Eva Marcille looks striking with her platinum blonde pixie cut. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Big natural afro Singer, model, and sister to Beyonce Knowles, Solange Knowles is an up-and-coming fashion and beauty icon. Invest in some protective products and use a satin pillowcase at night to prevent drying.8. Kelly Rowland African American Hairstyle: Cute corkscrew curlsSinger Kelly Rowland embraces her gorgeous corkscrew curls and wears them loose. We love the contrast between her intricate braids, and the rest of her sleek, straight hair. Joy Bryant African American Hairstyle: Half-up, half-down Senegalese twist braidsActress Joy Bryant looks radiant wearing her half-up, half-down hairstyle with Senegalese twist braids.
Senegalese twists are more flexible than box braids, making them perfect for braided up’dos. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Fire-engine red Barbados beauty Rihanna rocks her bright, fire-engine red hair by wearing it in a massive side-swept fringe. There’s nothing subtle about this eye-catching shade, and it takes a lot of confidence to pull it off. If you’re ready for a bold, brave change, this might just be your hairstyle for 2014!12.
This is a great style for you if you’re wanting to give your hair a break from the damage of frequent styling and chemical treatments.
Beyonce African American Hairstyle: Poker-straight and smoothBeyonce looks elegant and polished with her poker-straight, smooth hair.
To recreate this look, you can follow B’s example and try a high-quality lace-front wig.
Kerry Washington African American Hairstyle: Shoulder-length curls Scandal TV star Kerry Washington looks elegant with her romantic, shoulder-length curls and her flawless natural make-up. Her side-parting is very flattering for her long face, as it draws attention down to her eyes and mouth. Another great thing about a pixie cut is that you can decide how long or short to go, depending on your hair type, your face shape, and your personal style.16. Alicia Keys African American Hairstyle: Perfect patterned cornrows Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys looks gorgeous with her perfect, patterned cornrows. This protective hairstyle is both feminine and glamorous, especially when paired with Alicia’s shimmery eye-shadow and pretty pearl earrings.


Keep your hair moisturized by using a light oil like coconut or jojoba oil, and a deep hair conditioner every so often to keep your braids in peak condition.17. Ciara African American Hairstyle: Long blonde bobSinger Ciara wears her shoulder-length blonde hair in a pretty, long bob that grazes her collarbones.
This hairstyle is very flattering for her heart-shaped face, and the blonde highlights suit her complexion. The long layers of her hairstyle also flatter her angular face, as they draw the eye away from her pointy chin.18. Naomie Harris African American Hairstyle: Smooth, side-swept wavesSkyfall actress Naomie Harris looks smoldering hot with her long, side-swept waves of hair. She looks every bit the sexy Bond Girl with her shiny, smooth waves of hair and minimal make-up. Side-swept hairstyles are very popular at the moment, and they are easy to recreate at home.19. Eva Marcille African American Hairstyle: Box braids bunActress and model Eva Marcille goes natural, and wears her hair in chunky box braids that are wrapped up into a stunning top-knot bun. Box braids are very popular at the moment, so feel free to experiment with new and exciting styles. Make sure you get your box braids done professionally so that they last as long as possible. Remember to oil your scalp daily, and don’t keep your braids in for more than 3 months!20.
Thandie Newton African American Hairstyle: Casual corkscrew curls British actress Thandie Newton looks cute and casual with her fluffy corkscrew curls.
Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Long, glamorous ombre curlsSongstress Rihanna looks breathtaking with her long, glamorous curls. Her middle-parting flatters her oval-shaped face, and the light ombre ends of her hair brighten up her complexion.
This long hairstyle is simple yet elegant, and it can be recreated quite easily at home with the right styling tools.23.
Long box braids can be quite bulky and heavy, so this hairstyle might not be the best choice for an everyday style.24. Close-cropped natural hair can look great, and this short style gives your hair a chance to grow back healthy.25. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Blonde mohawk Rihanna mixes it up and rocks an edgy, blonde mohawk with a side-swept fringe.
Take care when chemically treating and colouring your hair, as these styling processes can badly damage hair and stunt hair growth.26.
Jada Pinkett Smith African American Hairstyle: Braided low bunActress Jada Pinkett Smith looks classy and confident with her braided low bun. This hairstyle is great for summer, as it keeps hair up and away from your face and shoulders. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Full, springy coilsSolange Knowles looks fresh and carefree with her short, springy coils of hair. You can glam this hairdo up by accessorizing it with a hair-friendly silk headband, or a patterned silk scarf.28.
Kerry Washington African American Hairstyle: Long bob with bangsActress Kerry Washington wears her hair super-straight, with eye-brow skimming bangs. Her bangs shorten her long, oval face and draw attention to her eyes, which are perfectly made up with a shimmery blue eye-shadow.
Teyana Taylor African American Hairstyle: Tri-colour curlsAmerican recording artist Teyana Taylor spices up her big, bouncy curls by dyeing them different colours. Teyana chooses trending shades of purple to add to the ends of her hair for an edgy, alternative look.30.
Nicole Beharie African American Hairstyle: Micro-braids with curls Sleepy Hollow TV star Nicole Beharie wears her hair in micro-braids with delicate, medium-length curls. Micro-braids are a great protective hairstyle, and they are light and flexible when styling.31. Lace-fronts are a great way to enjoy a fun, flirty new look without damaging your own hair with dyes and heat-styling.32.
Eva Marcille African American Hairstyle: Curly mini-mohawkModel-turned-actress Eva Marcille looks cheeky and sexy with her curly blonde mini-mohawk.
Naomi Campbell African American Hairstyle: Structured curls with bangsSuper-model Naomi Campbell goes all out with her glossy, structured curls and her signature bangs.
Her long hair is cut into layers that softly frame her face, and her bangs draw attention to her eyes.
This is quite an elaborate hairstyle to recreate, so be prepared to spend some time with your curling wand and your hair products!34.
Alek Wek African American Hairstyle: Barely thereSudanese-born British supermodel Alek Wek is radiantly beautiful with her super-short hairdo. She makes a bold statement with minimal makeup and a brightly coloured dress, and we love how she’s embraced her barely-there hairstyle. Meagan Good African American Hairstyle: Sexy mohawkFoxy actress Meagan Good goes all out with her sky-high, side-shaved mohawk. Meagan looks confident and sexy with this quirky hairstyle, and she wears bold and bright makeup to draw all the attention to her gorgeous face. With this versatile hairstyle, you can wear your hair up in a mohawk, or down in a side-swept fringe, depending on your mood.36. Keri Hilson African American Hairstyle: Asymmetrical bobAmerican singer and actress Keri Hilson looks stunning with her short, two-tone asymmetrical bob. With a long side-swept fringe and short hair at the back, this hairstyle is funky and fashionable.
Gabrielle Union African American Hairstyle: Plaited ponyActress Gabrielle Union wears her long hair pulled back into a pretty, plaited ponytail. This is an easy way to update the boring old ponytail – wear your pony high up on your head in a trendy fishtail plait for a glamorous twist.
Make sure you secure your plait properly so it does’t unravel half-way through the night!38.
Beyonce African American Hairstyle: Reverse ombre curlsBeyonce looks fresh-faced and flirty with her long, soft curls. She sports a reverse ombre dye-job (fading from light to dark, instead of the other way round) which gives her curls a bit of depth. This is a great casual, everyday hairstyle that you can add accessories to for different occasions.39.
Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Medium-length braidsSolange Knowles never fails to look fabulous, no matter her choice of hairstyle. This is a practical and manageable length for braids if you’re wanting to get them long!40. The contrast between her short, fuzzy sides and long, flowing waves of hair is quite striking.
Kelly Rowland African American Hairstyle: Bold, chunky bangsSinger Kelly Rowland looks stunning with her signature chunky, blunt bangs. She wears her glossy, raven locks in a simple up’do with bold bangs that accentuate her eyes and lips. This style, with its huge side-swept fringe, is very flattering for her square-shaped face as it softens her angular jaw. Selita Ebanks African American Hairstyle: Slicked back, wet-look ponyFashion model Selita Ebanks rocks the wet-look trend by wearing her hair in a slicked back ponytail. This look is achieved by smoothing hair with gel, and then carefully blow-drying it to give it texture and keep it in place. Teyana Taylor African American Hairstyle: Cornrows and crazy curlsSinger Teyana Taylor looks awesome with her cornrows and crazy mohawk of curls. The contrast between her tight braids and fluffy curls is striking, making this ‘do quite unique. Jordin Sparks African American Hairstyle: Half-up, half-downAmerican singer-songwriter and actress Jordin Sparks is bang on trend with her half-up, half-down hairstyle.
Half of her tousled, long tresses are swept back and secured behind her head, whilst the rest of her hair is left loose to fall on her shoulders.
We love how healthy her natural hair looks, having watched her TWA (teeny weeny afro) grow out since she chopped her hair off. Anika Noni Rose African American Hairstyle: Sparkly headband and curlsDreamgirls actress Anika Noni Rose looks pretty and radiant with her sparkly headband and soft, fluffy curls.
Headbands are a popular accessory at the moment, whether you wear an elegant headband like Anika, or a hippy headband like a patterned scarf.
Zoe Saldana African American Hairstyle: Long, side-swept fringeZoe Saldana embraces the side-swept hair trend and goes all out with a long, wavy side-swept fringe.
The asymmetry of this hairstyle draws attention away from her length of her face, and accentuates her lips and eyes.


Tiffany Hines African American Hairstyle: Asymmetrical bob with flippy bangsActress Tiffany Hines looks stunning with her short, asymmetrical bob. We particularly love her flippy bangs that skim over her eyes and give her hairstyle a dynamic edge. Beyonce African American Hairstyle: Huge box braid topknotWe simply love this look on Beyonce! Braided hair has been very popular this year, and we’re sure the trend will carry on into 2014. Tika Sumpter African American Hairstyle: Soft, springy spirals Actress, singer, and model Tika Sumpter looks gorgeous with her soft, springy spirals of hair. She keeps her look simple and wears her loose hair in a side parting to keep it out of her face.
Kelis African American Hairstyle: Short, red, and curlySinger Kelis mixes it up by wearing her hair short, red, and curly. When changing your hair colour, take a note from Kelis and always remember to dye your eye-brows to match your hair!54.
This is a cute short hairstyle with loads of personality, and we think it suits Rihanna perfectly. Her angular side-swept bangs flatter her oval-shaped face by drawing the eye down to her eyes and her matte red lips.55. Alicia shows us that protective hairstyles can be really glamorous as well as practical, by wearing them to red-carpet events.56. She wears her mid-height ponytail with a deep-parted, side-swept fringe that neatly frames her face.
To finish off your posh ponytail, wrap a strand of your hair around the hair-tie to conceal it.57. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Senegalese twistsSolange Knowles delights us once again with her superb hairstyle choice.
This time she wears her hair in fashionable, chunky Senegalese twists that are piled up on top of her head. Senegalese twists are a simply gorgeous way to protect your natural hair as it grows out, and they’re easy to install too!58.
Jennifer Hudson African American Hairstyle: Long, straight and shinySongstress Jennifer Hudson looks chic with her long, straight and shiny hair.
This retro style is both glamorous and cute, with its structured curls and side-swept bangs. Keri Hilson African American Hairstyle: Short, cascading curlsSinger-songwriter and actress Keri Hilson rocks her sexy ash-blonde curls by wearing them loose and wild. Ash-blonde is a great light shade for darker skin, as it looks more natural than platinum blonde.
Her just-above-the-shoulder length hair is full of body and texture, and her wavy bangs are very flattering for her oval-shaped face. Paying attention to your face shape is very important when deciding to get a fabulous new cut, as you can make sure it’ll look great!62. Tika Sumpter African American Hairstyle: Ballerina bunActress Tika Sumpter looks picture perfect with her tightly wound ballerina bun. This is a super-simple style that can be both glamorous and casual, depending on your outfit, makeup, and accessories.
Tika keeps her look sleek and polished with her hair totally swept back away from her face.63. Zoe Saldana African American Hairstyle: Crowning braidZoe Saldana embraces the braid trend and gives it a new. To achieve wet-look hair, carefully smooth hair on the top of your head back with gel, and then blow-dry it to keep everything in place. Beyonce African American Hairstyle: Medium length, tousled waves Queen B looks causal and carefree with her medium-length, tousled waves of hair.
Her hair has plenty of texture, and we love the summery shade of blonde she’s chosen.
To protect your hair from damage caused by heat styling and bleaching, use plenty of protective hair styling products, and moisturize your hair every day.67. Nia Long African American Hairstyle: Perky pixieAmerican actress Nia Long looks feisty with her long and perky pixie cut.
The pixie cut is a trending short hairstyle that can be tweaked to suit your face shape and your hair texture. Kelly Rowland African American Hairstyle: Straight with subtle highlightsSongstress Kelly Rowland looks stunning with her straight hair and chunky bangs. Kelly makes her simple ‘do more interesting with some subtle, carefully placed highlights.
This look is very easy to recreate, with loads of hairspray and a thin curling iron to get her gorgeous, cascading curls.70. Kelis African American Hairstyle: Quirky quiffSinger Kelis rocks a quirky, sky-high quiff with shaved sides. Gabrielle Union African American Hairstyle: Fancy flicks Actress and former model Gabrielle Union wears her stunning long hair in layered, fancy flicks. The layers and flicks soften the angles of her face and create a beautiful frame for her best features.72. Nichole Galicia African American Hairstyle: Side-swept and coiledDjango Unchained actress Nichole Galicia looks sultry and sexy with her glossy, raven tresses. Joan Smalls African American Hairstyle: Fishtail pigtailsSupermodel Joan Smalls rocks two trends at once with her fishtail-plaited pigtails.
Fishtail plaits are very fashionable at the moment, and we’re sure they will be very popular in summer 2014.
Find a how-to tutorial online to get a step-by-step guide to creating perfect fishtail plaits.74. Ciara African American Hairstyle: Mid-length and tousled Singer Ciara wears her mid-length hair loose with a deep middle parting. The middle-parting is very flattering for her face shape as it softens the angle of her strong jawline.75. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Jet black mini-mohawkHair chameleon Rihanna looks edgy and sexy with her jet black mini-mohawk.
To recreate Rihanna’s look, use plenty of extra-strength hair styling gel and hair spray to keep your mohawk up. Garcelle Beauvais African American Hairstyle: Glossy long bobGarcelle Beauvais wears her poker-straight hair in a stylish, long bob that grazes her collarbones. To get sleek, straight hair like Garcelle, invest in a good quality flat-iron and some heat protection spray to shield your hair from damage.77. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: All naturalSolange Knowles mixes it up and accessorizes her healthy, natural hair with a colourful, printed headscarf. Teyana Taylor African American Hairstyle: Dip-dyed curlsSinger Teyana Taylor looks stunning with her free-flowing, dip-dyed curls. She’s opted for a striking contrast between her black hair and her dyed ends, rather than the gradual fading effect of ombre. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Fiery red long bobWe love Rihanna’s red hair even more than her blonde locks!
Ciara African American Hairstyle: Voluminous bobCiara looks elegant and carefree with her wavy, voluminous bob. This ear-length hairstyle needs loads of volume to look great, so invest in some volume-boosting hair products and some hair rollers to use when blow-drying your hair.81. To get flawless wet-look hair, use strong styling gel on the top section of your head and blow-dry carefully to keep hair in place.82. Gabrielle Union African American Hairstyle: Loose fishtail plaitActress Gabrielle Union wears her glossy, two-tone hair in an unstructured fishtail plait. We love how she’s given this trending hairstyle a new edge with a few strands of highlighted hair twisted into her plait. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Two-strand twistsSolange Knowles never fails to impress with her amazing choice in hairstyles. Here she wears her hair in thick, two-strand twists that look amazing in motion (check out some pictures of her live performances where her braids are flying around her head – amazing!).
Zoe Saldana African American Hairstyle: Chic chignon Zoe Saldana looks chic and elegant with her elaborately coiffed chignon. This classic hairstyle is an extremely popular formal up’do for 2013, with its timeless glamour.
Zoe wears her chignon to the side at the nape of her neck, with soft, structured curls framing her face on the other side.85.



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