Wave Staff Report
BALDWIN HILLS — As part of its celebration of Black History Month, Malik Books in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza will host a book signing and question and answer session featuring attorney and television personality Eboni K. Williams at 7 p.m. Feb. 15.
Williams is the author of “Bet on Black: The Good News About Being Black in America Today.” The book is a call to action for Black people all over the world to adopt a fresh mindset that will change lives.
In her new book, Williams delves into some of the cornerstones of leading a first-class Black life, ranging from knowing one’s history to understanding the power of representation to investing in the sometimes challenging processes of success.
“Black excellence is as much as an individual journey as it is a collective one,” Williams wrote in the introduction her book. “I will admit that my belief in what I consider to be a fundamental truth about the place of Blackness in our society didn’t come effortlessly.
“My own road to embracing who I am and what I can do has been met with many obstacles in my career and personal life, a couple of which I’ll share with you. At one point in my education and career, I thought it would be easier to make myself smaller. But over time I’ve learned how to stay true to my ideals and Black foundation, and so becoming small was no longer a viable option.”
Audiences may be familiar with Williams thanks to her appearances on ABC’s “The View” and Season 13 of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York.”
“We are excited to collaborate with the Pan African Film Festival in celebrating Black culture,” said Malik Muhammad, who founded Malik Books in 1990 at the corner of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards before moving to the mall four years later. “Our bookstore provides a vehicle where people can not only embrace their Blackness, but also educate and empower themselves to connect with their African American heritage. Without any censorship at all, a person can explore his, her or their own Blackness and be enlightened through the pages of hundreds of books at Malik Books.”
Malik Books in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, located at 3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Suite 245 in Los Angeles. For ticket information, visit Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/511069301037.