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Eboni K. Williams has announced the upcoming release of her second book, Bet on Black: The Good News About Being Black in America Today.
Bet on Black, a tribute to Black excellence, is slated for release on Jan. 17, 2023.
In the book, Williams “shares all the benefits and advantages that have helped her and many others historically reach great heights in their careers and beyond.”
“As I approach 40 years old, it’s just been really my lived experience as a Black woman born here in America and living here in America that Blackness is indeed the single most misunderstood construct in America,” Williams told PEOPLE. “But I believe that there is remedy around that. So I wrote this book around that; around the fact that there is so much trauma and hardship about the Black American experience, but that I and many others have and can use the benefits and advantages of Blackness to find greatness in our lives.”
The attorney-turned-television host made headlines last year when she became the first-ever Black cast member of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York.
Her debut was initially celebrated, but viewers soon turned on Williams over her race-based conversations, which ultimately highlighted some of her peer’s not-so-progressive views on racism in the U.S.
The show has since been canceled.
“Toni Morrison always said, ‘If there’s a book that you want to read that hasn’t been written, it’s your job to write it.’ And I take that mandate very literally and seriously,” Williams explained to PEOPLE. “I wanted to write a story about what is joyful, what is awesome, what is fantastic and what is incredible about being Black in America today.”
Williams declares that Blackness is a superpower which propelled toward greatness. In Bet on Black, she and takes readers on a journey from her humble southern roots to becoming a significant voice in today’s media landscape.