Nichelle Simpson is a star political science student and former foster kid from one of Hemings University’s neighboring communities in Washington, D.C. She has only caught glimpses of the glamour, excellence, and privileges of members of The Bond, but she knows there’s something special about those ladies with the golden brooches. Receiving an invitation to join The Bond would be an honor and an indicator that Nichelle’s on the right track to “be somebody.” Plus, membership in this intergenerational circle of friendship would give her sisters, aunts, mentors, maternal figures—the family for which she has longed for years. Nichelle accepts the secret society’s invitation with enthusiasm, but when tragedy befalls one of her secret sisters during the membership intake process—and body parts start showing up all over campus—she and her fellow initiates risk it all to uncover whodunit and whythefuk. If The Skulls and School Daze had a love child…it'd be THE BOND.
Amber Efé elevates unmined Black narratives across the U.S., West Africa, and the Caribbean. She grew up entering essay contests for fun (#nerdlife) and thought she’d become a journalist, but her first loves—dance and musicals—led her to Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, commercials, television, and film. She also has extensive experience in content development, public relations, and crisis communication. These dual (read: dueling) trajectories in the arts and communications required her to proactively seek, understand, and translate an array of personal, collective, and institutional narratives. Amber is an alumna of Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania and lives in New York City, on the island of Manhattan, in the village of Harlem. She will talk your ear off about the Jacksons, Peloton, the Harlem Renaissance, Jane Austen, and how Atlanta influences everything.