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Just as I Am

A Memoir

By Cicely Tyson
Narrated by: Cicely Tyson, Viola Davis & Robin Miles
Length: 16 hours 8 minutes

“In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only exceeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history.” –President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Honor ceremony

"Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. Here, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been...

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The Marathon Don't Stop

The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle

By Rob Kenner
Narrated by: Landon Woodson
Length: 11 hours 59 minutes


This “beautiful tribute to a legendary artist” (Quincy Jones) is the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, the hip-hop mogul, artist, and activist whose transformative legacy inspired a generation with his motivational lyrics and visionary business savvy—before he was tragically shot down in the very neighborhood... Read more »

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Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter

By Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
Narrated by: Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes

For the first time, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson opens up about his amazing comeback—from tragic personal loss to thriving businessman and cable’s highest-paid executive—in this unique self-help guide, his first since his blockbuster New York Times bestseller The 50th Law.

In his early twenties Curtis Jackson, known as 50 Cent rose to the heights of...

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The Officer's Daughter

A Memoir of Family and Forgiveness

By Elle Johnson
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 6 hours 24 minutes

"The Officer’s Daughter is a masterpiece. More than that, it's the perfect book for our troubled time. Johnson has written the deepest, most emotionally resonant understanding of forgiveness and justice I have ever read."—Darin Strauss, bestselling author of Half a Life

The author reflects on a terrible tragedy that forever altered the fabric of...

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Still in the Game

Finding the Faith to Tackle Life’s Biggest Challenges

By Devon Still
Narrated by: Devon Still
Length: 7 hours 13 minutes

Be proud of your scars. They’re signs that you survived whatever tried to break you.

For Devon Still, life has been a journey from one scar to the next. From one challenge to the next. His is a story of pushing through pain and overcoming obstacles of all shapes and sizes—of choosing to fight for the sake of his family, his community, and his...

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Own the Arena

Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One

By Katrina M. Adams
Narrated by: Carolyn Smith
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes

From the former President and CEO of the United States Tennis Association—the first black woman and youngest person ever to hold the position—comes a behind-the-scenes look at the leadership skills involved in hosting the U.S. Open, the largest and most lucrative sports event in the world—lessons that can be applied across business and to any...

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Things I Should Have Told My Daughter

Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs

By Pearl Cleage
Narrated by: Pearl Cleage
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

In this inspiring memoir, the award-winning playwright andbestselling author of What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminisceson the art of juggling marriage, motherhood, and politics while working to becomea successful writer.

In addition to being one of the most popular livingplaywrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author...

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A Promised Land

By Barack Obama
Narrated by: Barack Obama
Length: 29 hours 9 minutes

A Promised Land

“No one really needs my blurb to help sell this book, but I wanted to give it anyway, especially for the audiobook, narrated by Barack Obama himself. If you want to know his incredible knowledge and wisdom that guided him through major decisions, and also hear him drop a few F-bombs, you need to listen to this fantastically written book. ”

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Begin Again

James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

By Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Narrated by: Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A powerful study of how to bear witness in a moment when America is being called to do the same.”—Time
James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. What can we learn from his struggle in our own moment?
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