The 2021 AAMBC Award Nominees are Revealed!

And now, the nominees are…

The nominations have been counted, and we are finally ready to announce the official nominees for the 2021 AAMBC Awards. This year’s list celebrates who’s-who in publishing and film. These heavyweights and dazzling up-and-comers have dominated their lane in 2021. Get ready to vote for your favorite now and register to attend the digital award show here.

And now, the nominees are…

YouTuber of the Year

Gotdamn Zo for Messy Monday

Lovely Ti

For Harriet

Brago D. Ace

85 South

RDC World 1

Book Club of the Year

Noname’s Book Club

Black Men Read

Mocha Girls Read

Reading While Black

For Colored Girls Book Club

Motion Picture of the Year

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


Jingle Jangle

The 40 year Old Version

The Clark Sisters

Reviewer of the Year *

Book and Sensibility

Brazen Babe Reviews

Literally Black

Book Girl Magic


Literary Activist

Antoinette Scully

Jeff Friday

Gil Robertson

Kima Jones

Glory Edim

Breakout Author of the Year *

Kiley Reid for Such a Fun Age

Christina Hammonds Reed for The Black Kids

Echo Brown for Black Girl Unlimited

Raven Leilani for Luster

Brandon Taylor for Real Life

Blogger of the Year *

Jamie Morgan of Absorbed in Pages

Book and Sensibility

Kenitra Mounger

Renée Hicks /Book Girl Magic

Leelynn of Sometimes Leelynn Reads

Independent Digital Publisher of the Year *

Lock Down Publications

Cole Heart

KC Mills Presents

Wahida Clark Publishing

Urban Books

Good 2 Go Publishing

Publisher of the Year *

Dafina Books

Algonquin Books

Riverhead Books

Vintage Books

Source Books

eBook of the Year *

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

Butterfly by Ashley Antoinette

Non- Fiction/Self Help Book of the Year *

The Beauty In Breaking by Michele Harper

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir by George M. Johnson

Stop Telling Women To Smile by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris

Editor of the Year *

Tia Ross

Danielle C. Belton for The Root

Janee’ Bolden for Bossip

Danielle Canada for Bossip

Gerren Keith Gaynor for The Grio

Street Lit Writer of the Year *

Collateral by De’Nesha Diamond

Black Lotus 2: The Vow by K’Wan

Influence: Death on the Beach: An Influence by Carl Weber

Money Devils 1: A Cartel Novel by Ashley & JaQuavis

Vexed by Honey

Truce 2: The War of The Lou’s by Toy Styles

Male Author of the Year *

Walter Mosley by Trouble Is What I Do

Derrick Barnes for I Am Every Good Thing

James Mc Bride for Deacon King Kong

Jerry Craft for Class Act

Julian Winters for The Summer of Everything

Christian Fiction Author of the Year *

Kim Cash Tate for As Long As I Cling (A Promises of God Novel Book 4)

Brenda Barrett for Ace

JC Miller for They Call Me Gomer

Michelle Stimpson for Mama B: A Time to Forgive

Kimberla Lawson Roby for Here and Now

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author of the Year

Phoenix Williams for of Queens of Beasts 5: The Trappings of War

P. Djèlí Clark for Ring Shout

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseann Brown

Podcast of the Year

The Read

The Nod

The Stack Podcast

Black Girl Nerds

Therapy For Black Girls

Romance Author of the Year *

Talia Hibbert for Take A Hint, Dani Brown

Alyssa Cole for How to Catch a Queen

Jasmine Guillory for Party of Two

Yahrah St. John for Claimed by the Hero (The Mitchell Brothers Book 1)

Farrah Rochon for The Boyfriend Project

Female Author of the Year *

Morgan Jerkins for Wandering In Strange Lands

Natasha Trethewey for Memorial Drive: A Memoir

Yaa Gyasi for Transcendent Kingdom: A novel

Peace Adzo Medie for His Only Wife

Nic Stone for Dear Justyce

Bookstagrammer of the Year


Sarah of Black&Bookish

Sol of The Soul Reader

Reggie Reads

Jeanelle Nicole

Magazine of the Year *

Black Enterprise

Rolling Out

Sheen Magazine

Crwn Magazine

Radiant Health Magazine

Vanguard of Urban Media *

Epic Reads



Book Riot


Children Books/YA Author of the Year *

Kalynn Bayron for Cinderella is Dead

Bethany C. Morrow for Song Below Water

Janae Marks for From the Desk of Zoe Washington

Brandy Colbert for The Only Black Girls in Town

Candice Iloh for Every Body Looking

Leah Johnson for You Should See Me in a Crown

Urban Book of the Year *

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Transcendant Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Lakewood by Megan Giddings

Screenwriter of the Year *

Radha Blank for The 40-Year-Old Version

Stella Meghie for The photograph

Misha Green for Lovecraft Country

David E. Talbert for Jingle Jangle

Attica Locke for Little Fires Everywhere

Television Show of the Year

P Valley


Lovecraft Country


Godfather of Harlem

In a little over a month, the winners will be announced. Make sure your faves get over the finish line by voting for them! The 2021 AAMBC Awards will be hosted virtually this year. Follow us on all things social to make sure that you are a part of the biggest, blackest, literary event of the year.

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