Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Ten Best Black Books of 2015


The Ten Best Black Books of 2015
by Kam Williams


1. Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

2. Black Male Frames
African-Americans in a Century of Hollywood Cinema, 1903-2003
by Roland Leander Williams, Jr.
 

3. The Face That Changed It All
A Memoir
by Beverly Johnson

4. America
The Black Point of View
by Tony Rose

5. After the Dance
My Life with Marvin Gaye
by Jan Gaye

6. Undivided
A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace
by Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon

7. Stand Your Ground
Black Bodies and the Justice of God
by Kelly Brown Douglas

8. The Presidency in Black and White
My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America
by April Ryan

9. Firefight
The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York's Bravest
by Ginger Adams Otis

10. Year of Yes
How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
by Shonda Rhimes


Honorable Mention

Florynce "Flo" Kennedy
The Life of a Black Feminist Radical
by Sherie M. Randolph

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Black Silent Majority
The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment
by Michael Javen Fortner

Negroland: A Memoir
by Margo Jefferson

The African Burial Ground in New York City
Memory, Spirituality and Space
by Andrea E. Frohne

Infinite Words
A Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Publishing
by Zane

Clean Design
Wellness for Your Lifestyle
by Robin Wilson

Son of Virginia
A Life in America's Political Arena
by L. Douglas Wilder

White Allies in the Struggle for Racial Justice
by Drick Boyd

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

Felon-Attorney
by TheArthur Duncan II, Esquire

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me
A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past
by Jennifer Teege

Corruption Officer
From Jail Guard to Perpetrator inside Rikers Island
by Gary L. Heyward

The Loneliness of the Black Republican
Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power
by Leah Wright Riguer

Twisted
My Dreadlock Chronicles
by Bert Ashe

Restaurant Winners
Plain Talk for Bootstrappers Navigating the Foodservice Industry
by Mark Radford

It All Begins with 'I'
The "New Rules" of Thinking and the Simple Secrets to Living a Rich, Joyous and Fulfilled Life
by Stuart K. Robinson

Reach
40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding
Edited by Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters
Foreword by Russell Simmons

Child, Please
How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself before I Wrecked Myself
by Ylonda Gault Caviness

A Bold Perspective
Courage & Empowerment to Take on Life's Adversities
by Tina Marie and Rashon D. Fuller

Eye on the Struggle
Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press
by James McGrath Morris

Talking Back: Voices of Color
Edited by Nellie Wong

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
by Issa Rae

Rock the Boat
How to Use Conflict to Heal and Deepen Your Relationship
by Resmaa Menakem, MSW

Sunny 101
The 10 Commandments of a Boss Chick
by Sunshine Smith-Williams

The Street God
I Won without Telling
by Christian Hayward
Welcome to Death Row
The Uncensored History of the Rise & Fall of Death Row Records
by S. Leigh Savidge

Prince of Darkness
The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire
by Shane White

The Leader's Journey
by Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Fracture
Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide
by Joy-Ann Reid

The Antidote
by Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson

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