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Black Stories Matter

"We are going back to that beautiful history and it is going to inspire us to greater achievements."
- Carter G. Woodson.

When Woodson first addressed an audience of Hampton Institute students with the signature phrase above, he was envisioning a movement far beyond building on the backs of tradition. The civil rights activist's ambitions subverted the up-and-coming "Negro Week" celebrations that would soon overwhelmingly popularize progressive high schools and extend into a concept of regeneration via revitalized history. Woodson's notion of black excellence was rooted in the plebeian- that is, he believed that history was made by the people, not simply by great men. In turn, he believed that the black community should focus on the countless black figures- past and present- who had contributed to the advancement of human civilization. At Buffalo Street Books, we share in Mr. Woodson's ideal and aim to help broaden narratives and perspectives via literary celebration. In this playlist, you will find a selection of hand-picked multi-genre highlights of black excellence to illuminate the past and inspire the present as we look toward the future.

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  11 hours 40 minutes

The Hate U Give

“This bestselling, powerful young adult novel about social justice and one teen girl's effort to fight for what is right, will leave you breathless. The narration by Bahni Turpin is hands down the best I've ever heard. This is such an important book it should be required reading for life in general. Or listening. Definitely listening.”

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Creative Quest

By Questlove
Narrated by Questlove, Fred Armisen, Tariq Trotter, Dion Flynn, Robin Thede & Norm MacDonald /  8 hours 44 minutes

GRAMMY NOMINEE

This unique, boundary pushing audiobook features original music by Questlove and members of The Roots with vocal guest appearances from Fred Armisen, Tariq Trotter, Dion Flynn, Robin Thede, "Suga" Steve Mandel, Norm MacDonald, Ludo Lefebvre, and Molly Kelly.

Questlove - musician, bandleader, designer, producer, culinary... Read More »

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Unapologetic

A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Our Movement
By Charlene Carruthers
Narrated by Charlene Carruthers /  5 hours 49 minutes

This 21st-century activist's guide to upending mainstream ideas about race, class, and gender carves out a path to collective liberation.

Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us... Read More »

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Looking for Lorraine

The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
By Imani Perry
Narrated by LisaGay Hamilton /  8 hours 26 minutes

Winner of the 2019 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction

Winner of the Shilts-Grahn Triangle Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

A New York Times Notable Book of 2018

A revealing portrait of one of the most gifted and charismatic, yet least understood, Black artists and intellectuals of the...
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Kindred

By Octavia E. Butler
Narrated by Kim Staunton /  10 hours 54 minutes

The first science fiction written by a Black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of Black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably... Read More »

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The World According to Fannie Davis

My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers
By Bridgett M. Davis
Narrated by Bridgett M. Davis /  10 hours 14 minutes

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A singular memoir highlighting "the outstanding humanity of black America" that tells the story of one unforgettable mother, her devoted daughter, and the life they lead in the Detroit numbers of the 1960s and 1970s (James McBride)

In 1958, the very same year that an unknown songwriter named Berry Gordy borrowed $800... Read More »

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Notes of a Native Son

By James Baldwin
Narrated by Ron Butler /  5 hours 3 minutes

At last, a new audio edition of the book many have called James Baldwin’s most influential work!Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained... Read More »

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Black Girls Rock!

Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth.
By Beverly Bond
Narrated by Beverly Bond /  7 hours 34 minutes

From the award-winning entrepreneur, culture leader, and creator of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! movement comes an inspiring and beautifully designed book that pays tribute to the achievements and contributions of black women around the world.

Fueled by the insights of women of diverse backgrounds, including Michelle Obama, Angela Davis, Shonda Rhimes,... Read More »

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Sister Outsider

Essays and Speeches
Crossing Press Feminist: Book #1
By Audre Lorde
Narrated by Robin Eller /  7 hours 31 minutes

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action... Read More »

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Blues People

Negro Music in White America
By LeRoi Jones
Narrated by Prentice Onayemi /  8 hours 54 minutes

"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music-through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel, development, jazz...[If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this... Read More »

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How Long 'til Black Future Month?

Stories
By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Shayna Small, Gail Nelson-Holgate, Robin Ray Eller & Ron Butler /  14 hours 10 minutes

Three-time Hugo Award winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society in her first collection of short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories.

"Marvelous and wide-ranging."--Los Angeles Times ... Read More »

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