Born Fatimah Nyeema Warner, Noname, who grew up in Chicago’s Bronzeville community, but moved to Los Angeles earlier in her career, tweeted that she was inspired by her mother, who sold books centered on Black people.
my mom opened up a book store to provide black folks with books that centered us. she sold them because she needed bread like we all do under capitalism. i can’t believe i’m able to do the same thing but offer the resources for free 🙏🏾 political education and ancestors got me lit https://t.co/I6sqMFRnwo
“We use our profits to send about 1,000 books a month to our incarcerated members who have begun to organize Noname book chapters in various prisons,” the note states. “We also provide free books/classes to our local community.”
According to Rolling Stone, the “Don’t Forget About Me” rapper has spent the past two years building her monthly meetup Noname Book Club, which focuses on radical thought by writers of color. There are 12 local chapters in major cities, including Boston and London. She started building the library headquarters in January.
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