From NPR comes this:
News & Notes with Ed Gordon, February 20, 2006:
Black authors are enjoying increasing book sales and greater attention. Farai Chideya hosts a roundtable on the past, present and future of black literature. Guests include author DeWitt Gilmore, who writes under the name Relentless; Malaika Adero, senior editor for Atria Books; and Nick Chiles, editor-in-chief of travel magazine Odyssey Couleur.
Go here to listen to the roundtable discussion. I have not yet, but since it's relevant to the discussion below and elsewhere on books by black authors, I wanted to put the link here.