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Black Romance

The Black Romance Podcast features conversations with Black writers, editors, and scholars of historical and contemporary popular romance fiction. Guests talk about a range of experiences: their difficulties trying to publish love stories with Black characters; their favorite books; writing and teaching about black romance fiction; traditional vs self-publishing; publishing queer romance fiction; the impetus for writing books that focus on inclusion and racial uplift themes; and their recently released books. These intergenerational voices of writers featured in this podcast are beginning to build a much needed archive on the production and publication of Black Romance.

Producer and Host: Julie E. Moody-Freeman / Editor: Juelle Daley / Website Design: Farrad DeBerry

Sandra Kitt
August 18, 2020 / 1:06:26

In my conversation with Kitt, she talks about publishing romance fiction in the 1980’s, the path she took to becoming one of the first published writer for Kensington’s Arabesque series in 1994, about working with Black editors Vivian Stephens and Monica Harris, and she provides a sneak peek into her upcoming releases.

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Brenda Jackson: Part 1
August 18, 2020 / 28:41

New York Times best-selling writer Brenda Jackson recounts the challenges she faced publishing romance fiction with black characters in the 1980’s and why she negotiated her own contract to publish her first novel in 1995.

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Brenda Jackson: Part 2
August 18, 2020 / 29:34

Having published over one hundred and twenty-five novels, Jackson talks about the importance of how Blackness is represented in media and popular culture and about how this led her into film making.

Beverly Jenkins
Beverly Jenkins
September 1, 2020 / 50:32

In this conversation, Jenkins and I talk about her early experiences as a Black woman writing and trying to publish her historical romance featuring Black characters. We also discuss Night Song, her debut novel, Indigo, Jewel, and Forbidden, her historical novels set in the late 1800’s.

Vivian Stephens: Part 1
September 8, 2020 / 55:20

In part one of my interview with Vivian Stephens, she discusses her experiences as an editor at Dell Publishing, and she talks about her role in the founding of the Romance Writers of America.

Vivian Stephens: Part 2
September 15, 2020 / 00:46:22

In this second installment of my interview with her, we discuss her experiences at Harlequin, about marketing her own Vivian Stephens line of African American romance, and we conclude with a discussion of her own romance publications Final Summer and Second Act, which was written as part of the Sedema Group.

Alyssa Cole
Sep 22, 2020/01:16:59

This week Alyssa Cole and I discuss how her precocious childhood reading habits may have influenced her current romance publications. Cole also reveals how her historical and contemporary romance like Let it Shine, An Extraordinary Union, An Unconditional Freedom, A Princess in Theory, and A Duke by Default work through, try to understand, and trouble particular aspects of culture, history, and politics.

Rebekah Weatherspoon
Coming Soon/ Time

Weatherspoon discusses a range of topics: her experiences self-publishing and publishing with Dafina, a traditional press; writing inclusive novels that feature queer love stories, interracial relationships, and plus sized women in loving relationships.

Gwendolyn Pough
Coming Soon / Time

In this conversation, Pough and I discuss how her academic publications, which are shaped by Black feminism and Hip-Hop feminism, influence her popular romance fiction like Make It Last Forever and Sweet Sensation.