Brown Sugar Griots is an independent media company that publishes and produces stories of LGBTQ people from the African Diaspora. We seek to support our contemporary artists and modern-day griots by publishing literary works and producing films and live performances that reflect our life experiences as Black and African queer people.
Our anthology, First Bloom, was published in October of 2106 and our first graphic short Being Van was published in April of 2017. We are actively looking for new material to publish. Submit your work now.
Inspired by the cultural tradition of West African griots--traveling historians, storytellers, praise singers, poets and musicians who spread the news and records of their communities by mouth and memory--Brown Sugar Griots shares the stories of queer Blacks and Africans we don't often hear or see, who have been made silent and invisible by mainstream society. Rather than be a punchline or stereotype in someone else’s story, we must be celebrated as the center of our own.
Brown Sugar Griots brings to the forefront the narratives and chronicles of LGBTQ Blacks and Africans all across the globe, from those whose ancestors were long ago taken from the Motherland to those born directly on her soil. Whether from the continent of Africa or the continents of the Americas, from across the border to across the pond, Brown Sugar Griots honors and heralds the tales of our people all around the world.