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- Apple has highlighted the story of Kaya Thomas, the developer behind 'We Read Too' as part of its Black History Month coverage.
Apple has today shared the story of Kaya Thomas, an app developer behind 'We Read Too', as part of its coverage of Black History Month.
Thomas said she became increasingly frustrated by the lack of books with Black characters, or that were written by Black authors. She soon realized that those books did exist, they just weren't on any bestseller lists.
Having discovered coding in College, Thomas launched the We Read Too app on Apple's App Store:
Exploring some of the trends Thomas had seen, she notes how Science Fiction and fantasy books by Black authors "have been booming", noting that how as speculative books often create new worlds and possibilities, "it's essential that these books do not create worlds where Black people no longer exist."
Thomas also told Apple about how literature for young people in the Black community is increasingly more accepting of "the multifaceted nature of being Black and the overarching Black experience", such as "acknowledging mental illness, mental health problems, and the LGBTQIA community."
It comes as part of Apple's multitude of projects to celebrate Black history month across its products and services.
Apple is highlighting the work of Black developers, businesses, and more, and has even released a limited-edition Apple Watch Series 6 Black Unity.
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