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 in Inglewood, CA at Darby Park on the first Saturday of the month. We are an eclectic group of women and so are our reading selections. Find out more on our website 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

Upcoming events (5+)

Annual Donation Day

Anywhere / Online

Mocha Girls: We are going to have a "one-day donation drive" by all Mocha Girls Read chapters. The goal is to raise money to keep Mocha Girls Read book club free to all members. Donations of any amount are accepted. To make a donation 1. Go to the Mocha Girls Read website ( http://mochagirlsread.com ) and click the DONATE button on the home page. 2. It will send you to Paypal so you can send a donation to [masked] All $$ goes straight to the Mocha Girls Read account to cover the cost for our Meetup page, our website, and our growing admin expenses. Here is the list of yearly MGR expenses. • $200.00 (yearly) for Meetup.com x 8 chapters =$1,600.00 • $25.00 (a month) for website security for mochagirlsread.com because the site was hacked twice and I didn't want it to happen again. =$300.00 • $14.99 (a year) for the domain name mochagirlsread.com • $23.88 (a year) for the website back up • About $25.00 (a month) in shipping cost of some of the giveaway gifts and books to winners =$300.00 • $30.00 (a month) for LA Chapter meeting site =$360.00 Gmail business suite = $936.00 a year IT service charges = $100.00 a year (I need help with the website sometimes) Picmonkey Subscription = $71.88 (a year) Grand Total = $3,706.75 (about $465 per chapter) As many of you may know we are now a 5013(c) status. So your donation is 100% tax deductible. I want to give a BIG shout out to Mocha Girl Tracey (LA chapter) who has taken the burden of the newsletter printing and mailing cost off of our yearly budget. THANK YOU MOCHA GIRL! I can't say it enough. THANK YOU!!! Donations can be made ALL year long. This is just our BIG push to get the upcoming bills paid. Thank you all in advance for making Mocha Girls Read book club amazing.

A Launch Party: The Free Black Women's Library

Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

Join us for an intimate evening celebrating our introduction to Los Angeles and the amazing Black women poets in our city! About this Event It's National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than a night grooving to your fave Black girls jams (we're thinking a little Jamila Woods, a little Anita, Solange, maybe a quick Megan Thee Stallion bop here and there) and listening to and communing with some of Los Angeles's dopest Black women poets?! We agree--there's just no better way. The Free Black Women's Library--which orginated in Brooklyn, NY by OlaRonke Akinmowo--officially has a sister site in Los Angeles and we want to celebrate! We'll be selling exclusive merch, amazing poetry works by local, Black women authors, and giving away some surprise goodies with coffee and tea provided by Hilltop! We're currently in the collection phase of the project with the goal of collecting #300blackwomenbooks by June. We think we can do it! We're asking all guests please bring a gently used or new book written by a Black woman to gift our growing collection. 6:00 p.m. - Social / Boogie Hour 7:00 p.m. Readings 8:00 p.m. Integrative Q&A on storytelling, authenticity, and Black womanhood. Can't wait to see you there! In love, liberation, and literacy, The Free Black Women's Library - Los Angeles Link to EventBrite $5 Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-free-black-womens-library-la-launch-party-highlight-night-tickets-60026417631?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

Book Club Meeting: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Book Synopsis This is the way the world ends. Again. Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years -- collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter. - - - - - - - - - - - We will be meeting in the Pine Room . - - - - - - - - - - - Looking forward to seeing you all there! P.S. If you don't finish the book, come anyway!! (If you don't mind hearing about the end.) - - - - - - - - - - - Buy the book from your local Bookstore (most will give you a book of the month discount) or at Amazon where 7% of the sale goes towards the book club: https://www.amazon.com/shop/mochagirlsread

Mocha Girls Read & Write Workshop

Darby Park

Are you a reader with a passion for telling your stories? Are you in the midst of completing your book? Do you need some help unblocking your writer's block? Mocha Girl Taaji (Masters in Fine Art and Creative Writing) is taking Mocha Girl authors to the next level. For three months you can be a part of a writer's group that will read your work, honest critique, and help you move closer to the finish line. This group will be for Mocha Girls only, so you will have a safe nurturing environment to plant your seed. The class is not about perfect grammar and sentence structure. You will get better in all areas of your writing. All levels of writers are welcome. Three-month commitment needed. At the end, writers will have a chance to read their work to a wider audience. Please bring: Paper/Notebook and pen $30 per class a monthly session Your current work printed out. (at least 10 pages)

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