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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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1. To order a copy of Between the World and Me, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0812993543/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

2. To order a copy of Black Male Frames, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0815633823/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

3. To order a copy of The Face That Changed It All, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1476774412/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20      

4. To order a copy of America: The Black Point of View, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00X92A3Y4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

5. To order a copy of After the Dance, visit:  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062135511/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

6. To order a copy of Undivided, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0529113058/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

7. To order a copy of Stand Your Ground, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1626981094/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

8. To order a copy of The Presidency in Black and White, visit:  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1442238410/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

9. To order a copy of Firefight, visit:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1137280018/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20                

10. To order a copy of Year of Yes, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1476777098/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

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Richards Rocks!

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Outdoors

Apex Gear ACCU•STRIKE XS Series Bow Sights

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There Are Superheroes Among Us

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