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Reconstructing the Gospel

Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion

By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Narrated by: Lloyd James
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"I am a man torn in two. And the gospel I inherited is divided." Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove grew up in the Bible Belt in the American South as a faithful church-going Christian. But he gradually came to realize that the gospel his Christianity proclaimed was not good news for everybody. The same Christianity that sang, "Amazing grace, how sweet... Read more »

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Rediscipling the White Church

From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity

By David W. Swanson
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

"Many white Christians across America are waking up to the fact that something is seriously wrong—but often this is where we get stuck."

Confronted by the deep-rooted racial injustice in our society, many white Christians instinctively scramble to add diversity to their churches and ministries. But is diversity really the answer to the... Read more »

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How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind

Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity

By Dr. Thomas C. Oden, PhD
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 7 hours 8 minutes

Africa has played a decisive role in the formation of Christian culture from its infancy. Some of the most decisive intellectual achievements of Christianity were explored and understood in Africa before they were in Europe.

If this is so, why is Christianity so often perceived in Africa as a Western colonial import? How can Christians in... Read more »

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Lies My Teacher Told Me

Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

By James Loewen
Narrated by: Brian Keeler
Length: 14 hours 27 minutes

This national best-seller and American Book Award winner is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. James W. Loewen, a distinguished critic of history education, puts 12 popular textbooks under the microscope. What he finds is a proliferation of blind patriotism, mindless... Read more »

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Hood Feminism

Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot

By Mikki Kendall
Narrated by: Mikki Kendall
Length: 6 hours 57 minutes

Hood Feminism

Hood Feminism touches on many subjects that mainstream feminists may not think of as feminist issues. Issues like food and housing insecurity, parenting, and disability rights, among others. Mikki Kendall calls out mainstream feminism as existing only for the advancement of white women, to the detriment of women of color. Some of my biggest takeaways were that white women are reliant on upholding the patriarchy for their protection—although this is counterintuitive—and that the "strong," "powerful" Black woman is a harmful stereotype that denies such women the care and rest that they deserve. White liberal allies, beware of performative activism. Take notes while you listen to this book, step up to become angry accomplice intersectional feminists, and step aside to allow the voices of marginalized women to be heard.”

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When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost

A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down

By Joan Morgan
Narrated by: Joy Bryant & Bahni Turpin
Length: 5 hours 32 minutes

Joan Morgan offers a provocative and powerful look into the life of the modern black woman: a complex world in which feminists often have not-so-clandestine affairs with the most sexist of men, where women who treasure their independence frequently prefer men who pick up the tab, where the deluge of babymothers and babyfathers reminds black...

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Is Christianity the White Man's Religion?

How the Bible Is Good News for People of Color

By Antipas L. Harris
Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
Length: 4 hours 53 minutes

As our society increases in ethnic and religious diversity, millennials and the next generation of emerging adults harbor suspicions about traditional Christianity. Many young adults have rejected the Christian faith based on what they've seen in churches, the media, and politics. For them, Christianity looks a lot like a "white man's... Read more »

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Compassion (&) Conviction

The AND Campaign's Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement

By Chris Butler, Justin Giboney & Michael Wear
Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
Length: 4 hours 29 minutes

Too often, political questions are framed in impossible ways for the faithful Christian: we're forced to choose between social justice and biblical values, between supporting women and opposing abortion. As a result, it's easy for Christians to grow disillusioned with civic engagement or fall back into tribal extremes. This state of affairs has... Read more »

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Black Theology and Black Power

By James H. Cone
Narrated by: Leon Nixon
Length: 6 hours 8 minutes

First published in 1969, Black Theology and Black Power is the first systematic presentation of black theology that also introduced the voice of a young theologian who would shake the foundations of American theology. Relating the militant struggle for liberation with the gospel message of salvation, James Cone laid the foundations for an... Read more »

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The Cross and the Lynching Tree

By James H. Cone
Narrated by: Leon Nixon
Length: 6 hours 31 minutes

The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk. Read more »

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Message To The People

By Marcus Garvey
Narrated by: Darnel Stone
Length: 5 hours 33 minutes

This fascinating distillation of a great leader's experience is published here Read more »

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The African Origin of Civilization - Myth or Reality

By Cheikh Anta Diop
Narrated by: Frank Block
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

This classic presents historical, archaeological, and anthropological evidence to support the theory that ancient Egypt was a black civilization. Read more »

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces

The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell

By Joseph Campbell
Narrated by: Arthur Morey, John Lee & Susan Denaker
Length: 14 hours 37 minutes

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In this book, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually...

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Sister Citizen

Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry
Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
Length: 11 hours 15 minutes

Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger—these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as... Read more »

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Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens

The Divine Feminine in the African Religious Traditions

By Lilith Dorsey
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 7 hours 45 minutes

An inspiring exploration of the goddesses of the West African spiritual traditions and their role in shaping Yoruba (Ifa), Santeria, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo.

Throughout Africa and beyond in the diaspora caused by the slave trade, the divine feminine was revered in the forms of goddesses like the ancient Nana Buluku, water spirits... Read more »

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The Harlem Hellfighters

When Pride Met Courage

By Walter Dean Myers & Bill Miles
Narrated by: Corey Allen
Length: 2 hours 35 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and renowned filmmaker Bill Miles deftly tell the true story of the unsung American heroes of the 369th Infantry Regiment of World War I in The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage. At a time of widespread bigotry and racism, the African American soldiers of the 369th Infantry Regiment... Read more »

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Sundown Towns

A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

By James Loewen
Narrated by: Norman Dietz
Length: 25 hours 48 minutes

Professor emeritus at the University of Vermont, James W. Loewen won the National Book Award for his New York Times best-seller, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. Sundown Towns examines thousands of all-white American towns that were- and still are, in some instances-racially exclusive by design. Read more »

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Nature Knows No Color-Line

By J. A. Rogers
Narrated by: Will Stauff
Length: 4 hours 20 minutes

In Nature Knows No Color-Line, originally published in 1952, historian Joel Augustus Rogers examines the origins of racial hierarchy and the color problem. Rogers was a humanist who believed that there were no scientifically evident racial divisions—all humans belong to one “race.” He believed that color prejudice generally evolved from issues... Read more »

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Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism

By John Henrik Clarke
Narrated by: Will Stauff
Length: 2 hours 59 minutes

This short but timely work gives the listener a sense of the urgency of African and world history at this moment in time.... Like many of the African-centered scholars who were Dr. Clarke's teachers and his sources of inspiration, he not only gives you accurate analysis and the descriptions of history, he provides prescription of what Africans... Read more »

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How the Word Is Passed

A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

By Clint Smith
Narrated by: Clint Smith
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

If you enjoyed Long Time Coming, then you’ll love How the Word Is Passed.

“From plantation to Angola Prison. From Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, VA to the African Burial Ground in New York City. From Île de Gorée to Whitney Plantation. From the Emancipation Proclamation to Juneteenth. Clint Smith takes us on an unforgettable journey through the history of slavery in the United States, revealing many truths we’ve never been told. Using lyrical prose, he creates a mesmerizing history lesson told through his personal lens. The facts are punctuated by his reactions to the spaces he visits and the stories he hears in each space. Hard truths told in beautiful language make this a book both highly informative and extremely accessible. Every American should listen to or read it; most of us have a great deal to learn and unlearn. And Smith’s poetic prose and personal voice keep it from feeling like the invaluable sociology and history lesson it is. Definitely one of the best books of the year.”

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