Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Ten Best Black Books of 2014

            The Ten Best Black Books of 2014
                                    by Kam Williams

1.         Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate
and Survive the Criminal Justice System
            by Robbin Shipp, Esq. and Nick Chiles  

2.         An Obama's Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures
by Mark Obama Ndesandjo

3.         Who We Be: The Colorization of America
by Jeff Chang

4.         Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black
by Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC)
Foreword by Alfre Woodard
5.         Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
by Misty Copeland
6.         One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future
by Dr. Ben Carson and Candy Carson
7.         Finding Your Roots
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 
8.         What the Word Be: Why Black English Is the King’s (James) English
by Diane Proctor Reeder
9.         Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year
by Tavis Smiley 
with David Ritz
10.       Culture Worrier: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change
by Clarence Page

Honorable Mention

Why Vegan is the New Black
by Deborrah Cooper

The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice
by Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

Stokely: A Life
by Peniel E. Joseph

Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader
by Ida B. Wells 
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Mia Bay
General Editor: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Rise
Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery
by Sarah Lewis

Success through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple
by Russell Simmons

The Imperfect Marriage
Help for Those Who Think It’s Over
by Darryl and Tracy Strawberry 

Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story… and Why It Matters Today
by Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus

Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy   
Mother, and Still Came out Smiling (with Great Hair)
by Rosie Perez

The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century
Edited by Dinesh Sharma and Uwe P. Gielen

Black and White: The Way I See It
by Richard Williams

Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential
by Daniel Beaty

Story/Time: The Life of an Idea
by Bill T. Jones

Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America
by Sheryll Cashin

Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago
by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

The Man from Essence
by Edward Lewis with Audrey Edwards
Foreword by Camille O. Cosby

Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival
by Wayne Pharr

Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou
by Maya Angelou

Cosby: His Life and Times
by Mark Whitaker

A Black Gambler’s World of Liquor, Vice and Presidential Politics: William   
Thomas Scott of Illinois, 1839-1917
by Bruce L. Mouser
Foreword by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Myth of Race, The Reality of Racism
by Mahmoud El-Kati

Our Ancestors, Our Stories
by Harris Bailey, Jr., Bernice Alexander Bennett, Ellen LeVonne Butler, Ethel Dailey, Vincent Sheppard and Dr. Orville Vernon Burton

Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs
by Pearl Cleage

Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African-American Community
by Daya Devi-Doolin

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class
by John Hope Bryant 
Foreword by Ambassador Andrew Young

The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked the American   Dream
by Brian E. Moran, Esq. 

Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir
by Elizabeth Nunez

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible
by Charles E. Cobb, Jr.

America’s Music: Jazz in Newark
by Barbara Kukla

240 Ways to Close the Achievement Gap: Teachers Only Workbook (Vol. 2)
by M. Donnell Tenner, Joy Gay and Dr. Marti Dryk

Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House
by Nika C. Beamon

Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights
by Robin Bernstein

Guiou: The Other Blacks - The Afro-Jamaican Presence in Guatemala
by Gloria J. Arnold

Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some
by Peter Mathews

Pageants, Parlors & Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the 20th Century South
by Blain Roberts

Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir
by Toni Braxton

Thirty-Three Days of Praise: Seeing the Good in Cancer
by Karrie Marchbanks

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