Noelle Santos is a millennial Afro-Latina who just so happens to be the owner of the #TheLitBar at 131 Alexander Ave, The Bronx, NY 10454
Noelle is from the Bronx's Soundview neighborhood. While in middle school, she recalled spending her free time at the local Barnes & Noble. "My best friend and I would bee-line to our favorite sections--YA romance for her, urban fiction for me. I'd keep the raunchy titles wrapped in B&N's dark plastic bag in my backpack to get past my parents, smuggling the book into school to read between class periods."
"Back then, I didn't fully understand why urban fiction resonated with me so much. Now I know it's because it was the first time I found characters that looked and talked like me." She recalled reading books such as "The Coldest Winter Ever" and "True to the Game."
Noelle was working in human resources on Wall Street, she noticed a failed petition to save the book store, and she wasn't happy about it. "I signed it, I shared it, and still didn't feel any better," she told ELLE. "There was only one bookstore and I didn't have access to it until I was 23 and got my driver's license. So I literally decided, the week I saw the petition, that I was gonna open an independent bookstore."
The books are categorized under names such as "The Marathon Continues" (a collection of books Nipsey recommended), "Cause This is Thriller", "Dear White People."
Noelle says "I'm willing to have the patience to have these discussions with you about my hair and my culture and all that. But as an individual and black citizen, it's not my responsibility to educate you on that sh--" // cc: @thelitbar // Read the entire article at elle.com
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