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  • 2008 Created by Tamika Newhouse

  • 2009 AAMBC Literary Awards was launched

  • 2009 Launched the AAMBC Radio Show

  • 2013 AAMBC Radio Show went off the air

  • 2015 Inagural Red Carpet ceremony (with 150 Guests)

  • 2016 Attracted 250 guests at Ceremony

  • 2016 Launched Black Writers Weekend

  • 2016 Honored Mary Monroe

  • 2017 Honored Nikki Giovanni

  • 2020 Partnered with Amazon KDP to celebrate black writers

  • 2021 Launch Harlequin Fellowship to discover new writers



AAMBC Inc.'s mission is to promote and support the work of African American authors and to increase literacy in the communities they serve. Through our programs and events, we strive to create a space for Black creatives to thrive, connect with one another, and gain access to the resources they need to succeed. We believe that literature is a powerful tool for empowerment and social change, and we are committed to amplifying the voices of Black authors and promoting their stories to a wider audience. Whether through our awards show, our book club, or our community outreach initiatives, AAMBC Inc. is dedicated to championing Black literary excellence and advancing the cause of literary diversity and representation.


First established in 2008 as an award show called the AAMBC Awards, it is now a four-day weekend. Attendees will enjoy panels, workshops, author signings and our celebratory book bash, movie screenings, along with the formal awards gala positioned as the highlight of the weekend. This weekend was designed specifically for readers and writers of all genres, genders, and ages,” Newhouse says. “We wanted this to be a true celebration of literary achievement in every area imaginable.”

Since its inception in 2008, the festival has been held in several locations; Baltimore, Chicago, San Antonio, and finally found a home in Atlanta in 2014. The festival is the nation’s only entertainment award show and gathering for black creatives in publishing, film and TV enthusiasts, with approximately 1,500 attendees. The weekend takes place in Atlanta, GA.