Alabaster Box Media Group, a boutique multimedia publishing house, announces the release of My Afrikah Hair, masterfully written and illustrated for black girls everywhere. Using hair as a metaphor and model for self-esteem, author Melanie Houston weaves a journey and a movement from Africa to America, from infancy to elderhood.
The elegant art of internationally renowned Bahamian artist Philece Roberts perfects Alabaster Box Media Group’s mission to marry art and literature. Each page displays poetry, exquisite watercolor, and teastained images that evoke childhood memories, and proudly proclaims the heritage and culture of Africans/African-Americans. The book is polished with a soft touch hardback cover with embossed gold foil and a gold ribbon.
Kirkus Review calls My Afrikah Hair “a heartfelt book of poems,” and the Midwest Book Review lauds it as “Delightfully original, evocatively thought-provoking, and supportive of family, community relationships, and Christian sentiments alike.” Similarly, the Path to Publishing Review Team shares, “…this book takes you down memory lane. It is not only one of my recommended readings, but I give it 5 stars.” Multi-city book tours are planned for Columbus, Ohio, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Tampa, Las Vegas, New York, and Washington, DC, among other cities.
Philece Roberts is a painter, illustrator and graphic designer, most recognized for her strong and graceful representation of women. Using a unique fusion of traditional art with contemporary style, she explores the depths of inner beauty through realism intertwined with the textures of wood grain, tea stained paper and line work. Inspired by the multifaceted stories of women, she takes you on a journey that is grounded in clean aesthetics and immersed in emotion. Roberts has a B.A. in Film and Video Studies from the University of Oklahoma and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta. She has illustrated two books and for clients such as Essence Magazine and Creme of Nature.