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2021 BIPOC Audiobooks

Listen to audiobooks by authors who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

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Did That Just Happen?!

Beyond “Diversity”—Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations

By Stephanie Pinder-Amaker & Lauren Wadsworth
Narrated by: Joy Vandervort
Length: TBA

Did That Just Happen?!

“I came across this book during an online conference recently and I loved the discussion with these two authors, so I had to read their book immediately. This is full of great guidelines on how *not* to treat people in any type of work environment can be used as a manual to keep up with the ongoing work of inclusivity. It gives lessons in easy-to-digest examples, words and phrases to avoid, and how to listen actively. I highly recommend this to anyone in any kind of leadership role, or anyone who just wants to keep doing the work to be a better person. ”

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Black Girl, Call Home

By Jasmine Mans
Narrated by: Jasmine Mans
Length: 1 hours 50 minutes

Black Girl, Call Home

“This collection. Have you ever closed a book and suddenly felt that all that you are, all that you've seen has somehow been made tangible through another's voice? Have you ever felt called in to let go, to be heard, and to be seen? That is what Mans has done here. I will forever hold onto the beautiful ways in which Jasmine pulls apart and gives life to the tiny variables which contribute to the formulation of one's blackness, queerness, and womanhood. ”

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You Are Your Best Thing

Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience

By Tarana Burke & Brené Brown
Length: TBA

Tarana Burke and Dr. Brené Brown bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, and cultural figures to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching: vulnerability and shame resilience.

Contributions by Kiese Laymon, Imani Perry, Laverne Cox, Jason Reynolds, Austin Channing... Read more »

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The Hill We Climb

An Inaugural Poem for the Country

By Amanda Gorman & Oprah Winfrey
Narrated by: Amanda Gorman & Oprah Winfrey
Length: 9 minutes

Amanda Gorman’s powerful and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration

“Stunning.” —CNN 
“Dynamic.” —NPR
“Deeply rousing and uplifting.” —Vogue


On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th... Read more »

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Vibrate Higher

A Rap Story

By Talib Kweli
Narrated by: Talib Kweli
Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

This program is read by the author.

From one of the most lyrically gifted, socially conscious rappers of the past twenty years, Vibrate Higher is a firsthand account of hip-hop as a political force


Before Talib Kweli became a world-renowned hip hop artist, he was a Brooklyn kid who liked to cut class, spit rhymes, and wander the streets of... Read more »

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We Free the Stars

Sands of Arawiya: Book #2

By Hafsah Faizal
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham & Steve West
Length: 17 hours 55 minutes

The second audiobook in the Sands of Arawiya duology by the masterful Hafsah Faizal—the follow-up to the smash New York Times bestselling novel We Hunt the Flame.

Darkness surged in his veins. Power bled from her bones.

The battle on Sharr is over. The Arz has fallen. Altair may be captive, but Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah are bound for Sultan’s Keep,... Read more »

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The Awakening of Malcolm X

A Novel

By Ilyasah Shabazz & Tiffany D. Jackson
Narrated by: Landon Woodson
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes

The Awakening of Malcolm X

“Although this was written for young readers, I found it to be an engaging and informative look at the life and incarceration that helped mold Malcolm X into the leaders that he was. The narrating was wonderfully done, and I would recommend this for readers of all ages.”

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Strange Bedfellows

Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDs

By Ina Park
Narrated by: Ina Park
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes

This program is read by the author.

With curiosity and wit, Strange Bedfellows rips back the bedsheets to expose what really happens when STDs enter the sack.


Sexually transmitted diseases have been hidden players in our lives for the whole of human history, with roles in everything from World War II to the growth of the Internet to The Bachelor.... Read more »

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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

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Tell Me How to Be

A Novel

By Neel Patel
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: TBA

From rising star Neel Patel (“refreshing…defiant…consistently surprising” --New York Times), a darkly funny and stereotype-upending debut novel about an Indian-American family confronting the secrets between them

Renu Amin always seemed perfect: doting husband, beautiful house, healthy sons. But as the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death... Read more »

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Justice Is Coming

How Progressives Are Going to Take Over the Country and America Is Going to Love It

By Cenk Uygur
Narrated by: Cenk Uygur
Length: TBA

A manifesto that outlines the progressive vision, recent history and worldviewby the founder of The Young Turks and co-founder of Justice Democrats.

Right now, the shelves are filled with books on Donald Trump, as if everything was just hunky dory before the orange buffoon took over. Well, it wasn’t. What ails America goes far beyond Trump, but... Read more »

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Buses Are a Comin'

Memoir of a Freedom Rider

By Charles Person & Richard Rooker
Narrated by: Landon Woodson
Length: 10 hours 4 minutes

A firsthand exploration of the cost of boarding the bus of change to move America forwardwritten by one of the Civil Rights Movement's pioneers.

At 18, Charles Person was the youngest of the original Freedom Riders, key figures in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement who left Washington, D.C. by bus in 1961, headed for New Orleans. This purposeful mix... Read more »

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Crossing the Line

A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever

By Kareem Rosser
Narrated by: Landon Woodson
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

"A marvelous addition to the literature of inspirational sports stories." - Booklist (Starred Review)

"This remarkable and inspiring story shines." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)


An inspiring memoir of defying the odds from Kareem Rosser, captain of the first all-black squad to win the National Interscholastic Polo championship. "Crossing...
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Of Women and Salt

A Novel

By Gabriela Garcia
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo & Gabriela Garcia
Length: 7 hours 7 minutes

If you enjoyed Transcendent Kingdom, then you’ll love Of Women and Salt.

Of Women and Salt traces five generations of American immigrants in a moving story of mothers and daughters, secrets and omissions, heartache, and addiction. Gabriela Garcia's debut novel is beautiful.”

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Anna K Away

Anna K: Book #2

By Jenny Lee
Narrated by: Jenna Ushkowitz
Length: 10 hours 44 minutes

Narrator Jenna Ushkowitz is an award-winning actress, singer, producer, and podcast host best known for her role as Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee.

The sequel to Anna K, set over the course of the next summer, as the characters come to terms with Vronsky’s tragic death

How the mighty have fallen. Anna K, once the golden girl of Greenwich, CT, and New... Read more »

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The Three Mothers

How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation

By Anna Malaika Tubbs
Narrated by: Anna Malaika Tubbs
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

This program is read by the author.

Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them.

In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates...
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A Heart Divided

The Definitive Edition
Legends of the Condor Heroes: Book #4

By Jin Yong, Gigi Chang & Shelly Bryant
Narrated by: Daniel York Loh
Length: 22 hours 35 minutes

A Heart Divided is the next in the high stakes, tension-filled epic Legends of the Condor Heroes series, where kung fu is magic, kingdoms vie for power and the battle to become the ultimate kung fu master unfolds.

China: 1200 A.D.

In the fourth and final volume of Legends of the Condor Heroes, Guo Jing is at last forced to make a choice between... Read more »

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Make Up Break Up

A Novel

By Lily Menon
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 9 hours 15 minutes

The sparkling and heartfelt romantic comedy debut from Lily Menon, Make Up Break Up….

Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings…these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”

High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars…these are the... Read more »

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Hurricane Summer

A Novel

By Asha Bromfield
Narrated by: Asha Bromfield
Length: 10 hours 19 minutes

This program is read by the author.

In this sweeping debut, Asha Bromfield takes listeners to the heart of Jamaica, and into the soul of a girl coming to terms with her family, and herself, set against the backdrop of a hurricane.


Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and... Read more »

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When Night Breaks

Kingdom of Cards: Book #2

By Janella Angeles
Narrated by: Imani Jade Powers
Length: TBA

In Janella Angeles's When Night Breaks, the dramatic last act of the Kingdom of Cards duology, the stage is set, the spectacle awaits… and the show must finally come to an end.

The competition has come to a disastrous end, and Daron Demarco’s fall from grace is now front page news. But little matters to him beyond Kallia, the contestant he fell... Read more »

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Money Devils 2

A Cartel Novel

By Ashley & JaQuavis
Narrated by: Cary Hite
Length: TBA

MONEY DEVILS 2 by Ashley & JaQuavis is a forthcoming title from St. Martin's Griffin, scheduled to publish August 2021. Read more »

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