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Children's Books

The best candy shop a child can be left alone in is a library – Maya Angelou

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Handa’s Surprise

Eileen Browne

Handa's Surprise is a book about a Kenyan girl (Handa) who visits her friend with a basket full of seven different fruits as presents. Along the way to Akeyo's village, Handa contemplates which fruit Akeyo will like the best

I Am Enough

Grace Byers

I Am Enough is an essential book for everyone — an inspiring lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another. Why I like this book : Grace Byers’ soulful book is a magnificent poem to girls encouraging self-esteem, individuality, respect and kindness

I Am… (Positive Aspirations for Brown Boys)

Ayesha Rodriguez

In this book for boys, author Ayesha Rodriguez uses rhyming verses, followed by a positive affirmation. I am and the words that follow are powerful. Repeated affirmations will build up your child's self-esteem and transform his sense of self!

Antiracist Baby

Ibram X Kendi

Antiracist Baby introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism. Providing the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest age, Antiracist Baby is the perfect gift for readers of all ages dedicated to forming a just society.

Black History- Kids Edition

Stephen Jones Sr

Black History is World History. This book is intended for kids to enjoy. It is meant for parents and teachers to read along with kids and explain any difficulties they may run across. This book will not only raise awareness but it will also raise self-esteem.

Hair Like Mine

LaTashia M Perry

Hair Like Mine is a fun and easy read following a little girl who doesn't like that her naturally curly hair looks different from the other kids around her. On her quest to find someone with hair like hers, she soon realizes we are all unique and special in our own way

I Am… (Positive Aspirations for Brown Girls)

Ayesha Rodriguez

In this book for girls, author Ayesha Rodriguez uses rhyming verses, followed by a positive affirmation. I am and the words that follow are powerful. Repeated affirmations will build up your child's self-esteem and transform her sense of self!

My Nana and Me

Irene Smalls

A heart-warming book that shows the relationship between a little African American girl and her nana. The illustrations by Cathy Ann Johnson are simply beautiful! The images are colorful and a delight to look at, and they perfectly coincide with the story being told


Lupita Nyong’o

Sulwe follows the story of a young girl who wishes for her dark skin to be lighter. The story is ultimately about colorism and learning to love oneself, no matter one's skin tone

The Black Kids

Christina Hammonds Reed

This coming-of-age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots

Young, Gifted and Black

Jamia Wilson

This book brings together 52 icons of colour from the past and present in a celebration of achievement

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Books are a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind – Toni Morrison

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Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi COates

A 2015 winner of the National Book Award for non-fiction, the renowned journalist and writer pens a profound letter to his son about what it means to be Black in America in the 21st century—a place in which you struggle to overcome the historical trauma of your people while trying to find your own purpose in the world.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Marlon James

Already being called one of the best books of the year, James' epic fantasy honours African mythology and history. In it, a hunter named Tracker must find a mysterious missing boy with the help of a rag-tag group of mercenaries. The first of a planned trilogy, some are calling it the "African Game of Thrones." And Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan just earned the film rights for the book through his production company, Outlier Society.


Akwaeke Emezi

In this debut for Emezi, we meet Ada, a young Nigerian woman who's born with multiple personalities (or spirits). As the story goes on, we hear from each, as they drive Ada towards reckless behaviour as she grows up. But once she moves to America and endures a traumatic event, the spirits threaten to takeover.


Helen Oyeyemi

In a re-imagining of the classic German fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, a woman named Harriet narrates her origin story to her daughter Perdita. She makes a mysterious gingerbread that's incredibly popular in Harriet's magical hometown of Druhástrana. And it's especially loved by her childhood best friend: Gretel.

How To Be An Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

In this acclaimed nonfiction work, racism scholar Ibrahim X. Kendi explains an array of antiracist ideas to his readers in order to help them understand the depth of discrimination in our society and how they can stand against it

How We Fight For Our Lives

Saeed Jones

Jones's bestselling memoir is a personal account of growing up in the South as a young gay man who's attempting to find himself while battling rocky relationships with family, friends, and lovers.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

Written by a legendary writer, civil rights activist, and one of Oprah's greatest friends, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an poetic memoir that captures Angelou's childhood struggles and the freedoms of her adulthood, which allowed her to find strength amidst despair.


Beverly Jenkins

As a queen of historical romance, Jenkins tells the endearing love story of escaped slave Hester Wyatt and the irresistible underground railroad conductor dubbed "Black Daniel." Not only does this tale not disappoint when it comes to passion, but it provides insight into the history of the North's underground railroad network.


Octavia Butler

In what is considered a literary masterpiece and Butler's most popular novel, Kindred follows a young Black woman named Dana. Though she lives in 1976 L.A., she's suddenly transported to a Civil War-era plantation in Maryland. Soon, the more frequently Dana travels back in time, the longer she stays, as she faces danger that threaten her life in the future.


Nicole Dennis- Benn

In an effort to fight for love and put herself first, Patsy leaves her daughter in Jamaica to follow her oldest friend to New York. But as she's living in America as an undocumented immigrant, Patsy must adjust to her brand new life.


Candice Carty-Williams

a 25-year-old journalist in London attempts to recover from a terrible break up with her long-time boyfriend. But while on the path to finding happiness, road blocks, questionable decisions, and more-than-a-few problematic men get in her way.

Salvage The Bones

Jesmyn Ward

A 2011 National Book Award Winner, Salvage the Bones chronicles a 12-day period in which a poor Mississippi family faces the looming threat of a hurricane. With no mother, a drunken father, a pregnant 14-year-old, and wayward brothers, they have little access to helpful resources—except for love.

Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

In Reid's debut novel, which "explores the stickiness of transactional relationships," we're introduced to Alix Chamberlain and Emira Tucker. Alix is a successful businesswoman and influencer, while Emira is her young babysitter who's strapped for cash and just trying to figure out her next life move. But when Emira is racially profiled while watching Alix's young daughter Briar, their relationship is changed forever.

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

Adapted into a Steven Spielberg directed film that earned Oprah an Oscar nomination, The Color Purple tells the tale of Celie, a young woman growing up in poverty in segregated Georgia. Despite suffering hardship, Celie finds her way back to the ones she loves in a time-tested story.

The Famished Road

Ben Okri

The Famished Road is worth reading for its last line alone, which must be one of the most devastating endings in contemporary literature (but don't skip ahead). -- R. Ellis. Review. This is a book to generate apostles. People will be moved and, with stars in their eyes, will pass on the word, Time Out Okri is incapable of writing a boring sentence

The Girl with the Louding Voice

Abi Dare

A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to get an education so that she can escape and choose her own future.

The Jigsaw Man

Nadine Matheson

Drawing on her experience as a criminal attorney, debut novelist Nadine Matheson delivers the page-turning crime novel of the year. Taut, vivid and addictively sinister, The Jigsaw Man will leave you breathless until the very last page

The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander

In this New York Times bestseller, Alexander explains how the mass incarceration of Black people in the United States is today's version of the Jim Crow era.

We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Adapted from her TEDx Talk of the same name, Adiche uses personal experiences and understanding of sexual politics to define what feminism means in the 21st century.

Well-Read Black Girl

Glory Edim

Curated by the founder of the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club comes this collection of essays—all written by Black women writers—about the importance of representation in literature.

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Movies and Shows

It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.
― Roger Ebert

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Above The Rim

Jeff Pollack

Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.

Black Panther

Ryan Coogler

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Boyz n the Hood

John Singleton

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence, and future prospects.

Brown Sugar

Rick Famuyiwa

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.

He Got Game

Spike Lee

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Kevin Rodney Sullivan

Stella is a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco stock broker who is persuaded by her colourful New York girlfriend Delilah to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to Jamaica.

Jason’s Lyric

Doug McHenry

Two brothers, survivors of family tragedy, take different life paths: one falls for a high-spirited waitress and dreams of success, the other follows a life of petty crime. Their lives reconnect in shattering fashion.


Ernest R Dickerson

Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".

Love & Basketball

Gina Prince-Bythewood

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Menace II Society

Albert Hughes

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Mo’ Money

Peter MacDonald

A petty crook stalks a cute girl into an office building and is taken for a job applicant. Conning gets him the job. It's in the mail room of new credit cards. 2 superiors are worse crooks.

New Jack City

Mario Van Peebles

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.


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A dramatized account of the story of The Black Panther Party of Self-Defense.

Poetic Justice

John Singleton

In this movie, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice (Janet Jackson), a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

Set It Off

F. Gary Gray

Desperation drives four inner-city women to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting each other.

Soul Food

George Tillman Jr

One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

South Central

Stephen Milburn Anderson

A former gangster fresh out of prison wants to change his life for the better and must save his 10 year old son who has already chosen a gang life.

The Best Man

Malcolm D Lee

Just before best friend's wedding, the life of Chicago writer becomes crazy when the friend guesses that new book's story based on his bride's fervent past.

The Wood

Rick Famuyiwa

While dealing with a friend's cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends.

Waiting to Exhale

Forest Whitaker

Based on Terry McMillan's novel, this film follows four very different African-American women and their relationships with the male gender.

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