Malik Books x PAFF Join Forces for Black History Month for Rhony's Eboni K. Williams New Book Release, Bet On Black

Malik Books x PAFF Join Forces for Black History Month for Rhony's Eboni K. Williams New Book Release, Bet On Black


Black-Owned, Independent Book Store Brings the Love of Reading to the Pan African Film Festival
With Booksigning featuring RHONY's Eboni K. Williams, Author of "Bet on Black"

"I've had to work twice as hard for half as much, but now I'm coming for everything." – Eboni K. Williams

LOS ANGELES – For Black History Month, Malik Books is excited to bring the love of reading to the 31st annual Pan African Festival. During the film festival's run, the black-owned, independent bookstore will host a booksigning and Q & A, featuring  attorney and television personality Eboni K. Williams, author of BET ON BLACK: THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT BEING BLACK IN AMERICA TODAY. The book is a call to action for Black people all over the world to adopt a fresh, highly-informed mindset that will change lives. Devyn Bakewell, who serves as assistant managing editor of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the Los Angeles Watts as well as a romance novelist – the author of GREATER LOVE and GREATER LIFE  -- will serve as a moderator. The booksigning will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Malik Books in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, located at 3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Suite 245 in Los Angeles. For ticket information, visit Eventbrite at

Audiences may be familiar with Williams thanks to her appearances on ABC's "The View" and Season 13 of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York."  In her new book,  BET ON BLACK, Williams delves into some of the cornerstones of leading a first-class Black life, ranging from knowing one's history to understanding the power of representation to investing in the sometimes challenging processes of success. 

As Williams writes in her introduction, "Black excellence is as much as an individual journey as it is a collective one. I will admit that my belief in what I consider to be a fundamental truth about the place of Blackness in our society didn't come effortlessly. My own road to embracing who I am and what I can do has been met with many obstacles in my career and personal life, a couple of which I'll share with you. At one point in my education and career, I thought it would be easier to make myself smaller. But over time I've learned how to stay true to my ideals and Black foundation, and so becoming small was no longer a viable option." 

"We are excited to collaborate with the Pan African Film Festival in celebrating Black culture," said Malik Muhammad, who founded Malik Books in 1990 at the corner of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards before moving to the mall four years later. "Our bookstore provides a vehicle where people can not only embrace their Blackness, but also educate and empower themselves to connect with their African American heritage. Without any censorship at all, a person can explore his, her or their own Blackness and be enlightened through the pages of hundreds of books at Malik Books." 

PAFF is one of the largest and most prestigious Black film festivals in the United States, taking place February 9-20, 2023 in Los Angeles. It attracts local, national, and international audiences as the largest Black History Month cultural event in the nation.  PAFF presents and showcases a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African Americans. Since 1992, PAFF has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression. Most importantly, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has designated PAFF as an official qualifying film festival for live action and animation short films.  For more information about PAFF, visit



Malik Books is a black-owned, independent bookstore that specializes in books, calendars, cards, and gifts full of cultural diversity. This bookstore is a rare gem and offers a unique experience to its customers. Book loves can find all the hottest and best sellers of today, as well as hard-to-find books; or upon request, special order more than 12 million book titles. Malik Books served as the official bookseller of the 2022 Leimert Park Village Book Fair. Malik Books offer two locations – that is, the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Westfield Culver City. Visit


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