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We are proud to present the List of black books, a list of literary works curated by EBONY that is relevant, timely and fresh at the same time. This compilation of books genuinely seeks to represent the varied interests of our audience and the black community, going beyond monolithic notions of what grabs our attention. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that we continue to invest in real storytelling that’s for us, by us. Join us every Thursday to collect LIT literary readings for our Black, Woke & Well-Read community.

Don’t forget to check out the previous literary summaries which you can find on EBONY’s social media platforms, Instagram https://instagram.com/ebonymagazine?igshid=1k6o8bxwrd8uh, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ebonymag/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/ebonymag?s=21. Here are our “picks of the week” for the week of November 5:

I was her from Teresa Caldwell

Often times black women find themselves being a lot of things to a lot of people while sporting a brave face and fearlessly pushing each other through their trials and tribulations. I was once her uses the personal experiences of Teresa Caldwell, entrepreneur and mother of hip hop superstar Bow-Wow, as a tool to relate to the myriad of black women who have embarked on a journey to success while encountering obstacles, by fighting against the feeling of imminent incompetence and always maintaining the will to win in a world that does not always favor them. Caldwell creates an inspiring message of resilience and empowerment to illuminate that even the most seemingly well-assembled woman has had her fair share of ups and downs, but she always wins out.

The Undefeated of Kwame Alexander

Black Excellence is made in all shapes, sizes and shades and is embedded in the DNA of all black people, whether they are conscious or not. Kwame Alexander’s love ode to black America, originally written for ESPN The Undefeated is reinvented through the illustrative genius of Kadir Nelson, winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal, a 2020 Newbery Honor Book and winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. We can always use a little reminder of our collective greatness and The Undefeated does just that.

The End of White Politics: How to Close Our Liberal Gap by Zerlina Maxwell

2020 was not only the source of a cultural reset to highlight the flaws inherent in our country’s system, but also pointed to the need for decolonization, especially in our political system in the midst of one of the elections. most eventful in American history. In addition to bringing #BlackGirlMagic to our screens on Peacock TV, Zerlina Maxwell breaks down everything that’s wrong with our current political system and how to center real fairness as progressives navigate the political landscape.

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For each of Jason Reynolds

In his famous and timeless poem Harlem, Langston Hughes asked the fascinating question “What happens to a delayed dream?” But what if everyone had the privilege of dreaming big and without borders? For everyone is a reminder of the benefit that comes from taking the time to just dream and dream of unlimited opportunities for yourself and your future, while remembering the beauty of daring to imagine the impossible and turning it into achievable goals. Whether it’s a better world or true happiness, Jason Reynolds reminds readers that we can all dream and do it faithfully.

How We Fight For Our Lives By Saeed Jones

Through our individual journeys through this life, we experience others and are, in turn, experienced simultaneously. These moments begin to sculpt how we internalize our respective existence and find our truest selves. Jones is honest, genuine, and shameless with his documentation of how he came to fight for his own life and keep space to himself while navigating the glow of his true light through the eyes of others, whether or not they recognize its glow.


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