REFINERY29 // Nike's New Campaign Showcases Some Pretty Inspiring People (& No, They're Not Celebs)

The word "hero" gets thrown around a lot. This week alone, we've seen it used to describe the ass-kicking protagonist in a new action flick, a courier that delivered a colleague's quinoa bowl in 10 minutes flat, and an Instagram influencer's super-hydrating face serum. Don't get us wrong — all of the above definitely deserve major praise. But hero status? Let's reserve that title for real-life role models. As in, people using their strengths to inspire others and ignite change in the world. Take, for instance, the stars of 's latest campaign.

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Valerie Wong
BITCHMEDIA // Presenting the 2018 Bitch 50

The Bitch 50 recognizes the most impactful creators, artists, and activists in pop culture whose imaginations extend beyond normalizing and affirming the same mainstream messages. The Bitch 50 have utilized their creative or political power to further advance visibility, equality, or access for marginal folks—especially LGBTQ communities of color.

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Valerie Wong
LITHUB // The Woman Bringing the Bronx its First Book Festival

Saraciea Fennell remembers the first time the seed was planted in her head of bringing a book festival to the Bronx. She was just starting out her career in publishing, attending the Brooklyn Book Festival as a publicist with Simon & Schuster. She’d never seen a literary event on that scale before. “I thought it was the most amazing thing ever,” she says. But it made her question: “Why isn’t something like this happening in the Bronx?”

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Valerie Wong
NEW YORK TIMES // Coming Soon to the Bronx, a Long Overdue Book Festival

“This is where I bought most of my books,” Saraciea J. Fennell said, pointing out to East Fordham Road in the Bronx from the Starbucks where we met in April. Among the check cashing locations, pawn shops and bodegas that lined the commercial thoroughfare when she was growing up, she said, were street vendors selling an assortment of books — from urban fiction to dictionaries.

On Saturday, the Bronx Book Festival, a literary event organized by Ms. Fennell, will take place in that same neighborhood, at Fordham Plaza. The all-day event will bring writers, illustrators and industry professionals to the community, as well as a vendor to sell books on-site.

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Valerie Wong
SHONDALAND // Meet the Woman Bringing a Book Festival to the Bronx

Book publicist and South Bronx native Saraciea Fennell grew up without easy access to books. As a child, she assumed all of the authors in her school's tiny library were dead — and after the borough’s one remaining bookstore closed in 2016, many children in Fennell’s neighborhood found themselves facing a similar fate, with no exposure to real-life living authors or illustrators.

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Valerie Wong
12BY6 // Happenin' in the Bronx | Saraciea Fennell - The Bronx Is Reading

Saraciea Fennell, founder of the The Bronx Book Festival, aims to promote literacy and foster a love of reading amongst children, teens, and adults.

This festival will cover a wide range of topics relevant to the Bronx community through panels, workshops, and more with award-winning and bestselling authors, illustrators, and creators.

This festival will help build the reading culture in the Bronx and become the premier literary experience open to Bronx residents and the general public.

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Valerie Wong
BOOK RIOT // More Than A Book Fair: Bronx Book Festival Founder Saraciea Fennell on Bringing Books to Her Community

On March 26, Bronx native Saraciea Fennell launched a game-changing Kickstarter campaign to bring a Book Festival to an underserved community. Within a week, the project was fully funded, backed by excited readers, organizations like Well Read Black Girl, PoC in Pub, and PEN’s Lit Crawl, as well as authors like Daniel José Older and Libba Bray. Everyone was brought together by a dream, supported by one hashtag: #TheBronxIsReading.

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Valerie Wong