Great news in the black bookish community. Author and social commentator Marc Lamont Hill opened up a new black bookstore in his hometown of Philadelphia.
For those who don’t know, or can’t quite place the face, you’ve probably seen Marc Lamont Hill on CNN, BET News and even hosting the Basketball Wives reunion on VH1. Hill is also a noted author and professor.
The bookstore named, Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books features books by African-American authors as well as coffee, gourmet teas, bookish accessories and of course great conversation. There’s even a few food options if you get hungry and need a snack. Hill named his bookstore after his late Uncle Bobbie Lee Hill. He even placed his new spot in the hood, which is great! BLACK PEOPLE READ and we need more black bookstores in our hoods.
Hill spoke with Diverseeducation.com and mentions that,
“I wanted the bookstore in the Hood,” says Hill, who renovated a building that once housed a daycare center on Philadelphia’s historic Germantown Avenue. “Part of what I’m trying to send a message to the world is that Black people deserve good things. Our people deserve bookstores. Our people deserve gathering spaces, but it also speaks to trying to reflect a need.”
Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, opened on Monday, November 27, 2017 and is open 7 days a week. The slogan at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books is, “Cool People, Dope Books, Great Coffee”.
If you’re ever in Philly, be sure to add Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, to your list of places to visit. You might even get lucky and catch Hill working the counter or hosting one of the live readings that they plan on having at the store.