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Carolina Built

By Kianna Alexander
Narrated by: Shayna Small & Leon Nixon
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

This “exuberant celebration of Black women’s joy as well as their achievements” (Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author) novelizes the life of real estate magnate Josephine N. Leary in a previously untold story of passion, perseverance, and building a legacy after emancipation in North Carolina.

Josephine N. Leary is determined to build a... Read more »

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Black Joy

By Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts
Narrated by: Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts
Length: 7 hours 15 minutes

With deeply personal and uplifting essays in the vein of Black Girls Rock, You Are Your Best Thing, and I Really Needed This Today, this is “a necessary testimony on the magic and beauty of our capacity to live and love fully and out loud” (Kerry Washington).

When Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts wrote an essay on Black joy for The Washington Post, she... Read more »

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Nobody's Magic

By Destiny O. Birdsong
Narrated by: Mela Lee, Tracey Leigh & Jasika Nicole
Length: 12 hours 19 minutes

“The magic here is not the supernatural kind, but rather an attention to the grace of the ordinary. It is the magic of watching these women come into their power.”—New York Times

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A Most Anticipated Book by Essence · The Millions · Atlantic Journal Constitution · Glamour · Teen Vogue · Bustle · BookPage · Nashville Scene · Ms....

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Black Cake

A Novel

By Charmaine Wilkerson
Narrated by: Lynnette R. Freeman & Simone Mcintyre
Length: 12 hours

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY • Two estranged siblings delve into their mother’s hidden past—and how it all connects to her traditional Caribbean black cake—in this immersive family saga, “a character-driven, multigenerational story that’s meant to be savored” (Time).
 
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Star Child

A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler

By Ibi Zoboi
Narrated by: Ibi Zoboi & Robin Miles
Length: 1 hours 30 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, a biography in verse and prose of science fiction visionary Octavia Butler.

Acclaimed novelist Ibi Zoboi illuminates the young life of the visionary storyteller Octavia E. Butler in poems and prose. Born into the Space Race, the Red Scare, and the dawning Civil Rights... Read more »

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South to America

A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

By Imani Perry
Narrated by: Imani Perry
Length: 16 hours 32 minutes

“An elegant meditation on the complexities of the American South—and thus of America—by an esteemed daughter of the South and one of the great intellectuals of our time. An inspiration.”

—Isabel Wilkerson, New York Times bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

An essential, surprising journey...

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You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

By Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates & Genevieve West
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 15 hours 19 minutes

Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Henry Louis Gates Jr. 

Spanning more than 35 years of work, the first comprehensive collection of essays, criticism, and articles by the legendary author of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, showcasing the evolution of her distinctive style as an archivist and author.

“One of the greatest...

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Moon Witch, Spider King

The Dark Star Trilogy: Book #2

By Marlon James
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 30 hours 46 minutes

“Masterfully flips the first installment on its head... James makes the mythic tantalizingly real.’” —Esquire
 
"Even more brilliant than the first.” —Buzzfeed

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

 
From Marlon James, author of the bestselling National Book Award finalist Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the second book in the Dark Star trilogy.

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Recitatif

A Story

By Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Zadie Smith & Bahni Turpin
Length: 1 hours 54 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER A beautiful, arresting story about race and the relationships that shape us through life by the legendary Nobel Prize winner—for the first time in a beautifully produced stand-alone edition, with an introduction by Zadie Smith
 
“A puzzle of a story, then—a game.... When [Morrison] called Recitatif an ‘experiment’ she... Read more »

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God Is a Black Woman

By Christena Cleveland
Narrated by: Robin Eller
Length: 7 hours 40 minutes

In this timely, much-needed book, theologian, social psychologist, and activist Christena Cleveland recounts her personal journey to dismantle the cultural “whitemalegod” and uncover the Sacred Black Feminine, introducing a Black Female God who imbues us with hope, healing, and liberating presence.

For years, Christena Cleveland spoke about...

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Don't Cry for Me

A Novel

By Daniel Black
Narrated by: Daniel Black
Length: 7 hours 27 minutes

Don't Cry for Me

“This book blew me away. Through intimate letters to his son, Jacob reconciles with the man he could have been. Daniel Black creates a stunning work on ancestral heritage, history, family, and the legacy of being a Black man in America.”

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Red Lip Theology

For Church Girls Who've Considered Tithing to the Beauty Supply Store When Sunday Morning Isn't Enough

By Candice Marie Benbow
Narrated by: Candice Marie Benbow & Karen Chilton
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

A moving essay collection promoting freedom, self-love, and divine wholeness for Black women and opening new levels of understanding and ideological transformation for non-Black women and allies

“Candice Marie Benbow is a once-in-a-generation theologian, the kind who, having ground dogma into dust with the fine point of a stiletto, leads us into...
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You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

A Novel

By Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 9 hours 57 minutes

A Good Morning America Buzz Pick, and a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by The Washington Post, Oprah Daily, Vulture, Harper’s Bazaar, Thrillist, Essence, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Marie Claire, Parade, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Refinery29, Business Insider, The Guardian, Financial Times, PopSugar, Book Riot, LitHub, Bookish, LGBTQ Reads, and more!

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Finding Me

A Memoir

By Viola Davis
Narrated by: Viola Davis
Length: 9 hours 15 minutes

Narrated by Viola Davis

In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever.

This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose but also my voice in...

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Violeta

By Isabel Allende
Narrated by: Javiera Gazitua
Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

La épica y emocionante historia de una mujer cuya vida abarca los momentos históricos más relevantes del siglo XX.

Desde 1920 -con la llamada «gripe española»- hasta la pandemia de 2020, la vida de Violeta será mucho más que la historia de un siglo.

Violeta viene al mundo un tormentoso día de 1920, siendo la primera niña de una familia de...

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The Memory Librarian

And Other Stories of Dirty Computer

By Janelle Monáe
Narrated by: Janelle Monáe & Bahni Turpin
Length: 12 hours 11 minutes

In The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer, singer-songwriter, actor, fashion icon, activist, and worldwide superstar Janelle Monáe brings to the written page the Afrofuturistic world of one of her critically acclaimed albums, exploring how different threads of liberation—queerness, race, gender plurality, and love—become...

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Miss Chloe

A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison

By A. J. Verdelle
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 12 hours 26 minutes

“Passionate, personal, insightful, testy, and unique.” —Kirkus (starred review)

"Verdelle offers us testimony in praise and consideration of life as a literary citizen and Black woman alongside the guiding light of Toni Morrison. This is a holy testimony, indeed, one that deserves to be amen'd forever.” —Jason Reynolds, #1 New York Times...

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The Violin Conspiracy

By Brendan Slocumb
Narrated by: JD Jackson & Brendan Slocumb
Length: 12 hours 4 minutes

The Violin Conspiracy

“One of my new favorite novels. The book tells Ray's story, a young Black man who just wants to play his violin in a world set to see him fail. You’ll root for Ray, get angry on his behalf, cry with him, and triumph with him.”

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Black Girls Must Be Magic

A Novel

By Jayne Allen
Narrated by: Marcella Cox
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

“Masterfully written and pitch perfect, Black Girls Must Be Magic is, simply, magic.”—Good Morning America

In this highly anticipated second installment in the Black Girls Must Die Exhausted series, Tabitha Walker copes with more of life’s challenges and a happy surprise—a baby—with a little help and lots of love from friends old and new.

For...

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I'm So (Not) Over You

By Kosoko Jackson
Narrated by: Timothy Bell Reese
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

"Shine[s] with a beautiful, blooming sense of wonder.”—New York Times Book Review

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