The Database

Melanin in YA

Melanin in YA was created as a resource for all things Black in traditional Young Adult publishing. The mission for Melanin in YA is to provide a hub of information to amplify and invest in Black voices, making this a no excuses database in the YA space.

The directory is a space to search for Black authors, agents, editors, cover designers, narrators, influencers, and more. The main page covers news which includes but is not limited to book deal and movie/TV adaptation announcements, cover reveals, new releases, awards, and more.

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Created: August 20, 2020

Soft Launch: August 30, 2020

GoFund Me: September 13, 2020 Began & Fully Funded in 4 Hours

Official Launch: January 4, 2021

Shout Outs

Publishers Weekly – October 1, 2020

Everything is Canon Podcast – Justina Ireland Episode (Begin at 56:06 minute mark) – September 16, 2020