P.A.R.C. Mag Issue #8 - Page 49

Hakim Hopkins, founder of Black and Nobel a bookstore nestled in the heart of Philadelphia has been providing the community with stellar service for many years. This isn't just any run-of-the-mill bookstore but a hub for knowledge, support, awareness, and hope. Hakim and Brother Levi, manager, and business partner have helped to establish a great sense of community by reaching out to those in need. Black and Nobel got its humble roots when Hakim nicknamed "Black" and a colleague "Nobel" used to sell and distribute books from a van to children and adults in the neighborhoods of Philly. His message was simple, "fill them with knowledge and get people interested in reading."

Word around the community soon began to spread like wildfire and Hakim's business began to grow. Instead of still operating out of a van, he decided to open a small bookstore, as business picked up, he was eventually able to move to a bigger store. Black and Nobel rests comfortably on West Erie Ave., where Hakim is seen at the counter greeting customers, offering book and video recommendations, and processing their purchases. He was so humble that our crew didn't know that he was the founder. Taken back, our staff spoke candidly with him and conducted an impromptu interview. Here is what he had to say about his beginnings as founder and also what he and Brother Levi have done to help the community. Shipping books to prisons, participating in awareness and cultural events are just a few things that Black and Nobel has done.

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