What we're about

We are a group of black women who love to read, want to read more, and meet like-minded women. We are here to inspire women to read, share literature, fellowship, and encourage others in the joy of reading. We meet on the first Saturday of every month. We are an eclectic group of women and so are our reading selections. Find out more on our website www.mochagirlsread.com (http://www.mochagirlsread.com/)

If you are media, please email Mocha Girl Dindi at media@mochagirlsread.com

For Authors and Publishers, please email Mocha Girl Classy at classy@mochagirlsread.com


Aside from our monthly book club discussions, we get together for book expos, cultural events, book signings, movie outings, dinner celebrations, watch parties, and so much more.


Our club focuses on the book reader, but we do host author events.


We hail from various neighborhoods, professions, and virtually all walks of life.


If you are a woman of color in the NYC area and you love to read, then Mocha Girls Read Harlem is the place for you. Join us. We look forward to meeting up with you soon!!


Mocha Girl Sharnise

Harlem Chapter Organizer

Upcoming events (4+)

Eye Candy: A Monthly Feast of Beauty and Wonder with REVEL

Network event

Eye Candy: A Monthly Feast of Beauty and Wonder
Sunday, October 24, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM PDT

Follow Dale from REVEL on a guided trip down the rabbit hole of visual wonders. The meeting room will open at 4:30 to give you 30 minutes before the event to chat with one another if you're so inclined.

When the curtain rises at 5:00, you will be presented with a virtual candy box containing an assortment of 30 stunning photographs, video clips, and other visual treats. We'll take a minute to savor each flavor. You'll see the latest creations from the most talented and innovative artists, designers, architects, and scientists. Stuff so awesome that you may even want to augment your experience by indulging in a little toke, tincture, or edible before showtime.

Indulge with us! Your 👁 balls will thank you.

Join up to attend any and all events at hellorevel.com (it's free, private, and secure!), or click here at event time to bypass the member sign-up and just pop into the event:

MGR 10th Anniversary - #BlackReadersCon

Network event

Online event

We are celebrating our 10th with a virtual conference called Black Readers Conference. #BRC

A two day event to enhance & amplify the voices of Black Readers & the Book Clubs they love.

Purpose: To enhance and amplify the voices of Black Readers and the Book Clubs they love.

Mission: To empower and convene a community of Black Readers (book clubs, bloggers, podcasters, BookTubers, and Bookstagrammers, etc) through various avenues of literature, social events, and community service.

Website to buy tickets: https://blackreaderscon.org
Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram @BlackReadersCon

VIP Tickets on sale now $45.
VIP Tickets include Day 1 and Day 2 access, virtual swag bag, and entry to VIP Private Facebook group on Friday night.

The lineup: Kwame Alexander, Danielle Allen, Dr, Daniel Black, Tracy Clark, Lamar Giles, Tasha Harrison, Kaylnn Bayron, Eddie Gladue Jr, Dr. Dianne Stewart, Kiese Laymon, Beverly Jenkins, Deeshaw Philyaw, Vanessa Riley plus so many more. Plus 55 more. Along with giveaways.

Please pass this to every Black Reader you know.

Book Club Meeting: "We Are Not Like Them" by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza

Greetings Mocha Girls!

I hope this message finds everyone well.

Please join us on Zoom where we will have our discussion virtually.

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Password: (please see the comment section for the password)


Mocha Girl Sharnise
Harlem Chapter Organizer

For this October’s book of 2021, we are so blessed to have Simon & Schuster sponsor us and they picked a great book for our Book of the Month.

Our October 2021 book of the month is "We Are Not Like Them" by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza. Remember, if you don't finish the book, you are still welcome, so come anyway!

R.S.V.P. Etiquette:

Ladies, please make sure to RSVP to an event or book club meeting ONLY if you are going. Do not RSVP if you are thinking about going or would like to go! ONLY IF YOU ARE GOING!

Thanks in advance.


Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event—a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives.

Jen and Riley have been best friends since kindergarten. As adults, they remain as close as sisters, though their lives have taken different directions. Jen married young, and after years of trying, is finally pregnant. Riley pursued her childhood dream of becoming a television journalist and is poised to become one of the first Black female anchors of the top news channel in their hometown of Philadelphia.

But the deep bond they share is severely tested when Jen’s husband, a city police officer, is involved in the shooting of an unarmed Black teenager. Six months pregnant, Jen is in freefall as her future, her husband’s freedom, and her friendship with Riley are thrown into uncertainty. Covering this career-making story, Riley wrestles with the implications of this tragic incident for her Black community, her ambitions, and her relationship with her lifelong friend.

Like Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage and Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things, We Are Not Like Them explores complex questions of race and how they pervade and shape our most intimate spaces in a deeply divided world. But at its heart, it’s a story of enduring friendship—a love that defies the odds even as it faces its most difficult challenges.

About the authors:

Christine Pride is a writer, editor, and longtime publishing veteran. She’s held editorial posts at many different trade imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Crown, Hyperion, and Simon & Schuster. As an editor, Christine has published a range of books, with a special emphasis on inspirational stories and memoirs, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. As a freelance editorial consultant, she does select editing and proposal/content development, as well as teaching and coaching, and pens a regular column—“Race Matters”—for Cup of Jo. She lives in New York City.


Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist, editor, and podcast host. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Marie Claire, Glamour, and other notable publications. She is also the author of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, How to Be Married, The Knockoff, Fitness Junkie, and If Nuns Ruled the World. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two small children.


Discussion on Female Friendship and Race with the Women from REVEL

Network event

Join Alysia Allen (Founder of Mocha Girls Read book club) as we discuss the overall theme of the book WE ARE NOT LIKE THEM by Christina Pride ad Jo Piazza.

We will have a safe space for you to ask questions, openly discuss, and engage on the topic of Female Friendship and Race. Members of Revel will be joining us as well.

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