Book of the Month: ‘Black Was the Ink’ by Michelle Coles

Malcolm Williams hasn’t been okay for a while. He’s angry and despondent and feels like nothing good ever happens for teens like him in D.C. All he wants is to be left alone in his room for the summer to draw or play video games–but no such luck. With growing violence in his neighborhood, his […]

Book of the Month: ‘Shallow Waters’ by Anita Kopacz

Shallow Waters, by author Anita Kopacz, imagines Yemaya, an Orïsha–a deity in the religion of Africa’s Yoruba people–cast into mid-1800s America. We meet Yemaya as a young woman, still in the care of her mother and not yet fully aware of the spectacular power she possesses to protect herself and those she holds dear. The […]

Book of the Month: ‘Sisters in Arms’ A novel of Black women in WW II

Kaia Alderson loves history, so much so that she decided to tell the unknown story of the first all-woman, all-Black Army Unit, the 6888th Battalion. Kaia Alderson’s debut novel, Sisters in Arms is a fictionalized account of the 6888 Army Postal Battalion. Grace Steele and Eliza Jones may be from completely different backgrounds, but when […]

Book of the Month: ‘The Love Songs of W. E. B. DuBois’ by Honorée Jeffers

The Love Songs of W. E. B. DuBois by Honorée Jeffers follows the life of Ailey, the daughter of an accomplished doctor and a strict schoolteacher, raised in the City but spends summers in the small Georgia town of Chicasetta, where her mother’s family has lived since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. Growing […]

Book of the Month: ‘When the Reckoning Comes,’ by LaTanya McQueen

More than a decade ago, Mira fled her small, segregated hometown in the south to forget. With every mile she traveled, she distanced herself from her past: from her best friend Celine, mocked by their town as the only white girl with black friends; from her old neighborhood; from the eerie Woodsman plantation rumored to […]

Book of the Month: ‘Island Queen’ by bestselling author Vanessa Riley

Born into slavery on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat, Doll bought her freedom–and that of her sister and her mother–from her Irish planter father and built a legacy of wealth and power as an entrepreneur, merchant, hotelier, and planter that extended from the marketplaces and sugar plantations of Dominica and Barbados to a glittering […]

Book of the Month: ‘Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur’ by Sheldon Pearce

A New Yorker writer’s intimate, revealing account of Tupac Shakur’s life and legacy, timed to the fiftieth anniversary of his birth and twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. In the summer of 2020, Tupac Shakur’s single “Changes” became an anthem for the worldwide protests against the murder of George Floyd. The song became so popular, in […]

Book of the Month: ‘Memorial Drive’ by Natasha Trethewey

In her haunting and potent memoir, MEMORIAL DRIVE: A DAUGHTER’S MEMOIR, Pulitzer Prize winner and former two-term Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey presents a stunning and breathtakingly beautiful story that is both elegy and ode at once—a chronicle of devastating loss, as well as a testament to a daughter’s abiding love for her mother. The daughter […]

Book of the Week: ‘State of Emergency’ by Tamika D. Mallory

Activist Tamika Mallory declared a State of Emergency in her viral speech at a Minneapolis Press conference following the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd. The speech was called “the speech of a generation” by ABC News. Mallory’s new book, STATE OF EMERGENCY: How We Win in the Country We Built, includes Forewords by […]

Book of the week: ‘Don’t Drop the Mic’ by T.D. Jakes

Communicate boldly and effectively like never before with #1 New York Times bestselling author Bishop T.D. Jakes.​ In Don’t Drop the Mic, Bishop Jakes speaks to readers about communication and how the ways we speak and interact with others can be part of our everyday ministries. Drawing lessons from Scripture and his own life, Jakes […]

Brit Bennett’s ‘The Vanishing Half’ explores racial passing

In June 2015, the world discovered Rachel Dolezal, a White woman who pretended to be a Black activist for years. Dolezal’s extended performance as a Black woman is a clear instance of racial “passing.” Racial passing is generally defined as an instance in which a person from one racial group is accepted into another group, […]