19 Feb
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Getting to Know Marti Dumas

I had the pleasure of interviewing Marti, Dumas. She is the author of the ever-popular “Jaden Toussaint” series and more. If you’re not aware, her books are literary gems for children and I know they resonate in a special with little brown boys and girls. You’re late if your babies don’t have her books already. […]

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08 Jan
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What Exactly Constitutes an Emergency?

      According to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 18 percent of African-American fourth-graders were proficient in reading. Another way to word that is that 82% of African-American fourth graders were not proficient in reading. This begs the question of what is the cause of this alarming statistic?  Our babies are […]

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01 Jan
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you and yours! We at Clever Communities In Action would like to thank you for your continued support. We have more author interviews coming, youth booklists, literacy information and statistics as well as programs and events. We look forward to sharing all of this with you in 2018. Peace, Love, and […]

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14 Dec
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King with a Crown that be Down…

I had the pleasure of interviewing the accomplished and dedicated children book’s author, Derrick Barnes. Check out what this Kansas City, MO native and current Charlotte resident who wears many hats, including husband and father of four boys has to say. Starr: Great catching up with you Derrick. First things first. You know I have […]

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05 Dec
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2018 Read 2 L.E.A.D. Schools Confirmed!

2018 will make eight years of providing culturally affirming books to Title I elementary school libraries. That means nearly 2,000 books, 15 schools and thousands of beautiful babies. Through all of that, I continue to get excited each year! If you’ve been following our movement you know this event as our annual Youth Book Drive. […]

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30 Nov
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Love, Literacy & Purpose

I’m so hype about our second feature with the dynamic duo that is Courtnae Smith and Robert Davis! CCIA’s movement is focused on positive cultural representation so you can imagine how delighted I was to discover an African-American couple who writes children’s books together. Representation matters and you can’t beat the powerful imagery of a […]

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21 Nov
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Why You Need to Know Stephanie!

  Greetings, I’m serving up a major dose of Black girl magic today. Are you ready? So I have these questions in my head that I want to know about these phenomenal people who write these incredibly important books for our babies. I had the pleasure of interviewing the author and publisher, Stephanie Bridges and […]

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21 Nov
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Welcome!

Welcome to our blog. We look forward to sharing information about our programs and providing you with content that positively affirms African-American culture. Everyone deserves to be proud of who they are. This is why CCIA focuses on the importance of teaching youth and conducting all programs from a culturally affirming perspective. We will be […]

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Flint, MI Book Delivery 2017

Thanks to our most gracious donors we were able to extend our 2017 book delivery to the babies of Doyle Ryder Elementary in Flint, MI. The Flint Water Crisis is still happening! It could happen to any of us. We were fortunate enough to connect with some beautiful children and dedicated staff. Despite the unconscionable circumstances, they remain […]

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