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Expand your understanding and discover amazing biographies and memoirs by Black authors. 
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    Black Boy

    Narrated by Peter Francis James ...

    Unabridged

    15 hours 28 min

    Richard Wright's powerful and unforgettable memoir of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. At once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment, Black Boy is a poignant record of struggle and endurance—a seminal literary work that illuminates our own time.When it exploded onto the literary scene in 1945, Black Boy was both praised and condemned. Orville Prescott of ... Read more

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    I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying

    Essays

    by Bassey Ikpi ...
    Narrated by Bassey Ikpi ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 12 min

    2020 Audie Finalist – Short Stories/CollectionsIn I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying Bassey Ikpi explores her life—as a Nigerian-American immigrant, a black woman, a slam poet, a mother, a daughter, an artist—through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II and anxiety. Her remarkable memoir in essays implodes our preconceptions of the mind and normalcy as Bassey bares her own ... Read more

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    The Last Black Unicorn

    Narrated by Tiffany Haddish ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 29 min

    Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album!From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Between the World and Me

    Narrated by Ta-Nehisi Coates ...

    Unabridged

    3 hours 35 min

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF OPRAH’S “BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH” • NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SPECIAL EVENTHailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    by Maya Angelou ...
    Narrated by Maya Angelou ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 11 min

    Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Year of Yes

    How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

    by Shonda Rhimes ...
    Narrated by Shonda Rhimes ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 4 min

    2017 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the YearThe instant New York Times bestseller from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying YES changed her life. “As fun to read as Rhimes’s TV series are to watch” (Los Angeles Times).She’s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on televisi. ... Read more

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    The Sun Does Shine

    How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection)

    Unabridged

    9 hours 11 min

    **Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 SelectionA powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.“An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”—Archbishop Desmond Tutu**In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder ... Read more

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    Just as I Am

    A Memoir

    Unabridged

    16 hours 8 min

    “In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only exceeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history.” –President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Honor ceremony*"*Just As I Am *is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. Here, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. ... Read more

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    Redefining Realness

    My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

    by Janet Mock ...
    Narrated by Janet Mock ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 14 min

    With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman's quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a ... Read more

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    Around the Way Girl

    A Memoir

    Narrated by Taraji P. Henson ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 27 min

    2017 Audie Award Finalist for Autobiography/MemoirFrom Taraji P. Henson, Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe winner, and star of the award-winning film Hidden Figures, comes an inspiring and funny memoir—“a bona fide hit” (Essence)—about family, friends, the hustle required to make it in Hollywood, and the joy of living your own truth.With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, ... Read more

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    What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

    A Memoir in Essays

    by Damon Young ...
    Narrated by Damon Young ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 11 min

    A Finalist for the NAACP Image AwardLonglisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the EssayAn NPR Best Book of the YearA Washington Independent Review of Books Favorite of the YearFrom the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous mem... ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Somebody's Daughter

    A Memoir

    Narrated by Ashley C. Ford ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 44 min

    This program is read by the author, and includes a bonus conversation between the author and Clint Smith.One of the most prominent voices of her generation debuts with an extraordinarily powerful memoir: the story of a childhood defined by the looming absence of her incarcerated father.Through poverty, adolescence, and a fraught relationship with her mother, Ashley Ford wishes she could turn to ... Read more

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    Writing My Wrongs

    Life, Death, and One Man's Story of Redemption in an American Prison

    by Shaka Senghor ...
    Narrated by Shaka Senghor ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 39 min

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unforgettable memoir of redemption and second chances amidst America's mass incarceration epidemic, from a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An honor roll student and a natural leader, he dreamed of becoming a doctor—but at age 11, his parents' ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    When I Was White

    A Memoir

    Narrated by Danielle Deadwyler ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 12 min

    The stunning and provocative coming-of-age memoir about Sarah Valentine's childhood as a white girl in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and her discovery that her father was a black man.At the age of 27, Sarah Valentine discovered that she was not, in fact, the white girl she had always believed herself to be. She learned the truth of her paternity: that her father was a black man. And she learned the ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Cack-Handed

    A Memoir

    by Gina Yashere ...
    Narrated by Gina Yashere ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 51 min

    The British comedian of Nigerian heritage and co-executive producer and writer of the CBS hit series Bob Hearts Abishola chronicles her odyssey to get to America and break into Hollywood in this lively and humorous memoir.According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born to fulfill the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful first wife of a wealthy businessman, Patience was poisoned ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    The Last Negroes at Harvard

    The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever

    Unabridged

    10 hours 44 min

    The untold story of the Harvard class of '63, whose Black students fought to create their own identities on the cusp between integration and affirmative action. In the fall of 1959, Harvard recruited eighteen "Negro" boys as an early form of affirmative action. Four years later they would graduate as African Americans. Some fifty years later, one of these trailblazing Harvard grads, Kent Garrett, ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    The Other Wes Moore

    One Name, Two Fates

    Narrated by Wes Moore ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 12 min

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “compassionate” (People), “startling” (Baltimore Sun), “moving” (Chicago Tribune) true story of two kids with the same name from the city: One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison.In development as a feature film executive produced by Stephen Curry, who ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Taking Up Space

    The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change

    Unabridged

    5 hours 31 min

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Taking Up Space written and read by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi.THE FLAGSHIP 2019 RELEASE OF #MERKY BOOKS____________________________‘Brilliant’ CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS‘Hugely important’ PAULA AKPAN‘Essential’ BERNARDINE EVARISTO____________________________</st... ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Trailblazer

    A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America

    Narrated by January LaVoy ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 58 min

    Dorothy Butler Gilliam, whose 50-year-career as a journalist put her in the forefront of the fight for social justice, offers a comprehensive view of racial relations and the media in the U.S.Most civil rights victories are achieved behind the scenes, and this riveting, beautifully written memoir by a "black first" looks back with searing insight on the decades of struggle, friendship, courage, ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    What Set Me Free (The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture Brian Banks)

    A True Story of Wrongful Conviction, a Dream Deferred, and a Man Redeemed

    by Brian Banks ...
    Narrated by Brian Banks ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 15 min

    *The story that inspired the film Brian Banks*Discover the unforgettable and inspiring true story of a young man who was wrongfully convicted as a teenager and imprisoned for more than five years, only to emerge with his spirit unbroken and determined to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL.At age sixteen, Brian Banks was a nationally recruited All-American Football player, ranked eleventh in ... Read more

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    The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

    The Autobiography

    Narrated by Benjamin Zephaniah ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 45 min

    ***BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week*Benjamin Zephaniah, who has travelled the world for his art and his humanitarianism, now tells the one story that encompasses it all: the story of his life.**In the early 1980s when punks and Rastas were on the streets protesting about unemployment, homelessness and the National Front, Benjamin’s poetry could be heard at demonstrations, outside police stations and ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    No Name in the Street

    by James Baldwin ...
    Narrated by Kevin Kenerly ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 1 min

    This stunningly personal document and extraordinary history of the turbulent sixties and early seventies displays James Baldwin’s fury and despair more deeply than any of his other works.In vivid detail he remembers the Harlem childhood that shaped his early consciousness, the later events that scored his heart with pain—the murders of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, his sojourns in Europe and ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    The Audacity of Hope

    Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

    by Barack Obama ...
    Narrated by Barack Obama ...

    Abridged

    6 hours 10 min

    In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics–a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    White like Her

    My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing

    by Gail Lukasik ...
    Narrated by Bernadette Dunne ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 58 min

    In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother’s decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness. Haunted by her mother’s fear and shame, Gail embarks on a quest to uncover her mother’s racial lineage, tracing her family back to eighteenth-century colonial Louisiana. In coming to terms with her decision to ... Read more

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