First Culture

Black Without Apology


#BlackWithoutApology is a First Culture series of Short Stories and literary based pieces geared at reminding the Black Woman how pristine she is all year round. The series aims at promoting equality of race, gender, without in any way loosing the primary idea of celebrating Black Women through literature.

Largely inspired by the India Arie quote: I think the bottom line of everything, even when we talk about healing this colourism issue in the world, is that it starts with healing yourself. Because really you’re the only person you can control. Work on yourself and treat yourself, talk to yourself the way you would talk to somebody who you’re trying to heal”

“I am not my hair. I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within”

And so the #BlackWithoutApology series was not created to further portray the Black Woman as the victim in this story, to further relegate her to the background, it was created to change these incomplete narratives, because Black Women just like other women matter, because they are strong and powerful and because every human matters.

Submission Guidelines

Pieces should be between 1500-2500 words

They must adhere to the theme and should be emailed to

The series plans to run all year long, so submissions would be accepted through 2018.

The Boyfriends Club: Short Story by Caleb Somtochukwu Okereke

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Current Authors

Chimee Adioha

Chimee Adioha