Community support turns Facebook postings into published book


When Baton Rouge writer and teacher Donney Rose set out to pay homage to the vastness of Black identities during Black History Month, he had no idea how much his community would support his month-long social media project.


Donney Rose

Each day in Feb. 2017, Rose dedicated a Facebook post to a prose-style “shout-out” in recognition of the distinctive characteristics of present day Blackness. As the public posts gained more and more attention, Rose’s online friends began to suggest that he compile the posts to create a tangible product. Through this suggestion, the online community crowd-sourced funds to create what is now Black Out Loud – a 33-page, glossy cover paperback with cover art by local visual artist Antoine Mitchell 

Black Out Loud gives recognition to many of the unsung heroes and survivors of Black culture through humor, critical analysis and depth. From cafeteria ladies to “hood scholars” to former inmates to historians, Black Out Loud casts a wide net in its attempt to deconstruct any monolithic view of the Black American experience.

Rose has scheduled upcoming book talks where he will read and discuss the book’s content, creation process and logic. The first two talks will be June 10 at 1 pm during the inaugural IWE Festival at Southern University, followed by a talk at the Greenwell Springs Branch Library at 4 p.m.

On June 17, Rose will present at the annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival in downtown Baton Rouge, and on July 14, he will read at Love Alive Church also in Baton Rouge.

Rose is a poet and community activist from Baton Rouge. He works as a teaching artist and marketing director for the arts-based non-profit, Forward Arts, Inc. His work as a performance poet/writer has been featured online at Atlanta Black,, Button Poetry, All Def Digital, Slam Find, in 225 Magazine, The Drum, and the literary journals “Drunk in a Midnight Choir” and “Gris Gris”. His work as a community activist has been highlighted by BBC, New York Times, Democracy Now, and The Advocate. He received the Humanitarian of the Year award at the 2016 New V Awards for promoting activism through his art.

Mitchell has illustrated two children books, The Great One by barbara w. green and Summer Saves Summer by Adara Gaston.

Black Out Loud can be purchased online at, or in-person for $15.


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