Black History Month Spotlight: ICM Partners Publishing

As Black History Month comes to a close, ICM Partners would like to celebrate just a few of our talented Black authors whose work, spanning from poetry to novels, have given us reasons to laugh, to cry, and to reflect. We cannot thank our clients enough for sharing their stories with us.

Brandy Colbert – The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Brandy Colbert’s adaptation of this NAACP Award winner of the same name examines Rosa Parks’ 60 years of political activism, for readers ages 12 and up. Though Parks’ name is known among Americans, much of what is taught about her is incomplete and distorted. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks sets her story straight.

Taye Diggs – My Friend!

My Friend! is a children’s picture book written by Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane Evansthat show a day in the life of two best friends as they learn the importance of treating others the way you want to be treated and how to speak up when you’re witness to bullying.

Morgan Parker – Who Put This Song On?, There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Magical Negro

Two releases from poet Morgan Parker, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce and Magical Negro (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry), explore Black womanhood through a dynamic and sometimes comical lens. Beyond poetry, Parker translates her views into fiction in her young adult novel Who Put This Song On?, which follows seventeen-year-old Morgan as she navigates growing up in a predominantly white suburban town.

Junauda Petrus – The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

Young adult author Junauda Petrus’ The Stars and the Blackness Between Them (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book) celebrates the love between two Black girls as they navigate cultural differences between both themselves and the city they live in.

Ibi Zoboi – Punching the Air

New York Times and USA Today bestseller Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam tells the story of a young Black boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. A powerful novel in verse about how prison dehumanizes and art can save, Zoboi’s young adult novel reveals how “boys just being boys” thinking is rarely extended to Black children.

Isabel Wilkerson – Caste

New York Times #1 Bestseller, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by journalist Isabel Wilkerson dissects the unseen phenomenon that is an American caste system. Caste tells an eye-opening story of history and people and reexamines what lies underneath the surface of American society.