By: Tiya Miles
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST • A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives.
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY • “Deeply layered and insightful . . .... Read more »
By: James McBride
Narrated by: Michael Boatman
Length: 14 hours 34 minutes
Soon to be a Showtime limited series starring Ethan Hawke and Daveed Diggs
Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction
From the bestselling author of Deacon King Kong (an Oprah Book Club pick) and The Color of Water comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.
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By: Paul Ortiz
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes
An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights
Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Scholar... Read more »
By: James Baldwin
Narrated by: Jesse Martin
Length: 2 hours 25 minutes
At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our...Read more » Learn more
By: Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Toni Morrison
Length: 5 hours 46 minutes
From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner: Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. This brilliantly imagined novel brings us the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio.
Nel and Sula's devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the... Read more »
By: Robert Jones, Jr.
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 14 hours 52 minutes
Finalist for the National Book Award
Instant New York Times Bestseller
"May this book cast its spell on all of us, restore to us some memory of our most warrior and softest selves." —The New York Times Book Review
“A new kind of epic...A grand achievement...While The Prophets' dreamy realism recalls the work of Toni Morrison...its penetrating... Read more »
By: Junauda Petrus
Narrated by: Junauda Petrus, Bahni Turpin & JD Jackson
Length: 9 hours 20 minutes
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus's bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.
Port of Spain, Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out... Read more »
By: Pauli Murray
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
Length: 19 hours 43 minutes
Poet, memoirist, labor organizer, and Episcopal priest, Pauli Murray helped transform the law of the land. Arrested in 1940 for sitting in the whites-only section of a Virginia bus, Murray propelled that life-defining event into a Howard law degree and a fight against "Jane Crow" sexism. Her legal brilliance was pivotal to the overturning of... Read more »Learn more
By: Deesha Philyaw
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 4 hours 6 minutes
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church's double... Read more »Learn more
By: Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Jacqueline Woodson, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Peter Francis James, Shayna Small & Bahni Turpin
Length: 3 hours 52 minutes
Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2019 by LitHub and The Millions.
Called one of the Top 10 Literary Fiction titles of Fall by Publishers Weekly.
An extraordinary new novel about the influence of history on a contemporary family, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl... Read more »
By: Kellie Carter Jackson
Narrated by: Machelle Williams
Length: 7 hours 26 minutes
From its origins in the 1750s, the white-led American abolitionist movement adhered to principles of "moral suasion" and nonviolent resistance as both religious tenet and political strategy. But by the 1850s, the population of enslaved Americans had increased exponentially, and such legislative efforts as the Fugitive Slave Act and the Supreme... Read more »Learn more
By: Keeanga -Yamahtta Taylor
Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes
The Combahee River Collective, a path-breaking group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the antiracist and women's liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection of essays and interviews edited by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, founding members of the organization... Read more »Learn more
By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes
An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde brings heartwarming authenticity to the story of two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.
Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and...Read more » Learn more
By: W. E. B. Du Bois
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
Length: 37 hours 25 minutes
This pioneering work was the first full-length study of the role black Americans played in the crucial period after the Civil War, when the slaves had been freed and the attempt was made to reconstruct American society. Hailed at the time, Black Reconstruction in America has justly been called a classic.Read more » Learn more
Don Lemon brings his vast audience and experience as a reporter and a Black man to today’s most urgent question: How can we end racism in America in our lifetimes?
The host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is more popular than ever. As America’s only Black prime-time anchor, Lemon and his daily monologues on racism and antiracism, on the failures... Read more »
By: Brendan Kiely
Narrated by: Brendan Kiely
Length: 5 hours 43 minutes
Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Brendan Kiely starts a conversation with white kids about race in this accessible introduction to white privilege and why allyship is so vital.
Talking about racism can be hard, but...
Most kids of color grow up talking about racism. They have “The Talk” with their families—the honest talk... Read more »
By: Manning Marable
Narrated by: G. Valmont Thomas
Length: 21 hours 59 minutes
Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.
Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a... Read more »
By: Damon Tweedy
Narrated by: Corey Allen
Length: 8 hours 44 minutes
One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with racial identity, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans. When Damon Tweedy first enters the halls of Duke University Medical School on a full scholarship, he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class background will become largely... Read more »Learn more
By: Alice Randall
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi & Imani Parks
Length: 12 hours 18 minutes
An enthralling literary tour-de-force that pays tribute to Detroit's legendary neighborhood, a mecca for jazz, sports, and politics, Black Bottom Saints is a powerful blend of fact and imagination reminiscent of E.L. Doctorow's classic novel Ragtime and Marlon James' Man Booker Award-winning masterpiece, A Brief History of Seven Killings.
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By: Echo Brown
Narrated by: Echo Brown
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes
This program is read by the author
"Just brilliant."—Kirkus Reviews
Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism—all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age story for fans of Renee Watson's Piecing Me...
By: Roseanne A. Brown
Narrated by: Jordan Cobb, A.J Beckles & Bahni Turpin
Length: 14 hours 51 minutes
The highly anticipated second—and final—book in the immersive fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore that began with the New York Times bestselling A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, from author Roseanne A. Brown. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.
Karina lost everything after a violent coup left her without her...Read more » Learn more
By: Evan Winter
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 16 hours 15 minutes
Game of Thrones meets Gladiator in this blockbuster debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war, and the young man who will become his people's only hope for survival.
Winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel
The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years. The lucky ones are... Read more »
By: Gayl Jones
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 22 hours 39 minutes
A New York Times “Biggest New Books Coming Out in September” Selection · A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice Pick · A Guardian “50 Biggest Books of Autumn 2021” Selection · An Esquire “Best Books of Fall 2021” Selection · A Buzzfeed “Best Books Coming Out This Fall” Selection · A Bustle “Most Anticipated Books of September 2021”... Read more »Learn more
By: Rheeda Walker & Na'im Akbar
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 7 hours 33 minutes
An unapologetic exploration of the Black mental health crisis—and a comprehensive road map to getting the care you deserve in an unequal system.
We can’t deny it any longer: there is a Black mental health crisis in our world today. Black people die at disproportionately high rates due to chronic illness, suffer from poverty, under-education, and...Read more » Learn more