Trevor Noah, comedian and the host of The Daily Show, recounts his childhood during the last years of apartheid in South Africa.
Are you waiting for the popular memoir by Pittsburgh native Damon Young? Maybe you’ve read it already, really enjoyed it, and want something similar. Try one of these!
The celebrated Black Harvard scholar offers a portrait of growing up in a West Virginia hill town, presenting a study of his family, his childhood icons, and the social institutions and mores of the time.
Writer and professor Brittney Cooper explains how eloquent rage has resulted in feminism, friendship, and faith in oneself. She argues that eloquent rage is the reason why powerful black women are who they are.
With a nod to James Baldwin’s 1963 work, this curated essay collection examines the past, present, and future of what it means to be Black in America.
This primer is firmly tongue-in-cheek–how to navigate the world while watching your back.
Smith examines racism, sexism, mental health, and the expectation to be “twice as good” in this sharp and lyrical coming-of-age memoir.
Our Black Sons Matter is a powerful collection of original essays, letters, and poems that addresses both the deep joys and the very real challenges of raising black boys today written by the mothers who wonder and wait and worry.
Gary Lee Clark Jr. is a musician from Austin, Texas best known for his fusion of blues, rock and soul music with elements of hip hop.
This book of personal essays is so self-deprecating and irreverent, raunchy even, that you will wish Samantha Irby was your best friend IRL.
This collection of essays by the National Book Award winning author examines racial relations just before, during, and after Barack Obama’s presidency. With biting insight and emotion, he reflects on the social and political ramifications of being black in America.
Educator DiAngelo explores how white fragility, which is characterized by assertive emotions and defensive behaviors displayed when white people are challenged racially, develops and how it protects ongoing racial inequality. The perfect book for white people who need to understand their emotional reactions to race discussions. The guide provides vital information for fighting injustices, written by a scholar and diversity trainer. This title is also available on Overdrive/Libby as eBook or eAudio.
Comedian and co-host of the podcast 2 Dope Queens delivers a series of hilarious and reflective essays describing her experience as a black woman in modern America, including America’s relationship with African-American hair and how to avoid being the token black friend.