One of the best parts about being in quarantine is that you have more time to read! I love expanding my knowledge on a variety of topics. Whether you’re into fashion, self help, combating inequality, God or just want to be enlightened, here are 16 books by black authors to read.
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The Chiffon Trenches by Andre Leon Talley
Andre Leon is an icon in the fashion industry so I’m super excited for The Chiffon Trenches! I ordered it a few weeks ago and just started reading it. From his 4 decades of experience working at Vogue to his impeccable style, I can’t wait to see the gems he dropped in my new coffee table book!
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
This book means more to me than any book that I’ve ever read! I read this book during my last couple of years in college and it inspired my senior thesis which focused on mass incarceration of black men in the working class. I will cherish this book forever!
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
Elaine Welteroth being the first black Teen Vogue Editor in Chief has always intrigued me! Her memoir is a must read!
The Face That Changed It All by Beverly Johnson
If you’re a lover of fashion, then this book is a must-read! Beverly Johnson is one of the first black models! The legend recalls her early years in the industry and shares about very candidly about her life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book a few years ago.
The Bomb Life by Claire Sulmers
As the Editor in Chief of Fashion Bomb Daily, Claire Sulmers created her media empire over a decade ago to showcase diversity in fashion. Claire has always been for the upliftment of black people so I will always support those who support us
My Fashion Fairytale by Nichole Lynel
Yet another fashion gem that I’m excited to read about. I follow Nichole Lynel on Instagram and her story is intriguing. It’s incredible to see her live her fashion fairytale.
Black Privilege by Charlamagne
Its a privilege to be black and I’m grateful for my skin so theres no way I wouldn’t support a book that speaks on black privilege. Charlamagne has consistently embraced spoke highly about his gratitude for being black.
Shook One by Charlamagne
The beautiful thing about Shook One is that its all about mental health. I’m glad to see that mental health is becoming more of a priority in society.
Around The Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson
I love reading memoirs especially from black women who have had to persevere! Around The Way Girl is a book that I’m super excited to read.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
I heard of Awkward Black Girl while in college because some of my friends watched her YouTube series. Its incredible to see how far she’s come as she currently has a hit show on HBO! Insecure is in it’s fifth season and I’m so proud that its hard not to support Issa!
How To Be An AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi
Racism has been prevalent for centuries. There are some white people who partake in racial bias without even realizing it so there’s no better time than the present to learn about being an antiracist especially since some may believe that not being racist is enough. Holding your peers accountable for their words and actions is a step in being an antiracist.
Small Doses by Amanda Seales
I was drawn to Amanda Seales because of her assertive energy! She has always boldly spoken up about inequality and stands firm in her beliefs. She recently proved that she can’t be bought by quitting the hit daytime talkshow, The Real. I’m really excited for her future and everything she has planned.
The Power of Broke by Daymond John
Being broke forces you to find creative ways to get the things you want. Daymond John has built an empire and he shares why one can still be successful regardless of their net worth.
Male vs Man by Dondre Whitfield
I recently discovered Dondre Whitfield’s new YouTube channel which incredibly focuses on the difference between males and men. Every guy is a male but not every male is a man. He speaks on men taking accountability for their actions and a variety of ways for males to become man.
The Wait by Devon Franklin and Meagan Good
Devon Franklin and Meagan Good wrote a book together that focused on how they didn’t have sex before marriage and putting God first in their relationship. Whether you’re a believer of Christ or you’d love to learn about having strong will, then this book is for you.
The Truth About Men by Devon Franklin
I love watching Devon’s instagram livestreams on YouTube and this book discusses why men think and act the way that they do. The Truth About Men also provides advice on being a better human.
Which of these books will you be reading?