– Premier African American Bookstore

Elmont, New York: Online book shopping just gets better and better, with a wide variety of venues boasting value, price, and best of all, selection! As more and more people turn to the internet to explore their options, opportunities exist for those willing to provide the best service. Specialization ups the ante and creates loyalty among those who are always in the market for hard-to-find merchandise. (BBP) is a unique store that carries the personal touch of a “mom-and-pop” store, combined with a sleek yet user-friendly portal on the web.

BlackBookPlus is a minority, family-owned and operated concern powered by its President, Tyra Mason-Chekwas. This former Ms. Caribbean USA is a dynamo in the publishing industry, and in her own neighborhood – her local PTA also benefits from her boundless energies.

Meanwhile, her husband, Dr. Sam Chekwas, splits his time among his family (the couple has 3 children), his dental practice, authoring, and co-organizing (with his wife), including the renowned BIBLIOS and Black Book Expo events. They have also assisted in the sharing of educational resources through the Read Aloud NY Program and Paedeia Educational Promotions.

According to a spokesperson, “This website is popular with a prime audience that consists of national book clubs, major publishers and small presses, veteran and aspiring authors, literary event organizers, libraries, and thousands of passionate readers.” The African American Literature Book Club (AALBC) lists BlackBookPlus among its top web sites dedicated to the promotion of literature by persons of African descent. View their listing at

Hosted on a secure server using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, features DVD, video and music selections, as well as a book club. visitors will appreciate the pages dedicated to Caribbean Studies at BBP. We were especially pleased to note the U.S. Virgin Islands included in the pull down menu of the shopping cart. International orders are also accepted! Various shipping methods are available.

While online ordering is the apparent method used at, visitors may also phone in their orders toll-free or direct.

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