• Breathe

    By Imani Perry

    Read by Imani Perry

    A Letter To My Sons

    Explore the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America.

    Released September 17, 2019
    English, Unabridged

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  • The Blessed Girl

    By Angela Makholwa

    Read by Zuzu Robinson

    Blessed, adj. [pronounced bles-id] The state of being blessed, often referring to a person, usually

    Released August 13, 2019
    Bilingual - English & Spanish, Unabridged

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  • The Healing

    By Gayl Jones

    Read by Bahni Turpin

    A lyrical and often humorous exploration of the struggle to let go of pain, anger, and even love

    "...the only original novel published by Beacon in its almost 150-year history...Jones has peopled her novel with strong and original women...[and] has a wonderful ear for dialogue..." - Booklist

    Released October 23, 2018
    English, Unabridged

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  • Looking for Lorraine

    By Imani Perry

    Read by LisaGay Hamilton

    The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

    An intimate look into the life and writings of a young Black woman who altered the world

    [Starred Review] “Perry seeks to deepen our appreciation in this richly dimensional portrait of a brightly blazing artist, thinker, and activist . . . . Perry’s ardent, expert, and redefining work of biographical discovery brings light, warmth, scope, and enlightening complexity to the spine-straightening story of a brilliant, courageous, seminal, and essential American writer.” - Booklist

    Released September 18, 2018
    English, Unabridged

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  • Finding Langston

    By Lesa Cline-Ransome

    Read by Dion Graham

    A powerful story set in Chicago's South Side about a boy who discovers the poetry of Langston Hughes

    "Cline-Ransome, lauded for her picture books including Booklist’s 2018 Top of the List title, Before She Was Harriet, proves herself here an adept novelist, one with keen insight into the human condition. Every character, child and adult, is layered, a feat made more remarkable by the fact that the writing is spare. Emotions and relationships are teased out through quiet details and glimmers of understanding, but the impact on the reader could not be more powerful." - Booklist, Starred Review

    Released August 14, 2018
    English, Unabridged

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  • Reimagining Equality

    By Anita Hill

    Read by Bahni Turpin

    Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home

    Reflections on the nature of democracy and equality from national figure Anita Hill

    "It has taken an astute author to find the real Rosa Parks...Parks was no accidental heroine. She was born to it, and Theoharis ably shows us how and why" - Kirkus Reviews

    Released July 24, 2018
    English, Unabridged

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  • A Princess in Theory

    By Alyssa Cole

    Read by Karen Chilton

    The tale of a city Cinderella and her Prince Charming in disguise…

    "The best new romance I’ve read in a while…" - New York Times Book Review

    Released May 1, 2018
    English, Unabridged

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  • Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

    By Carole Boston Weatherford

    Read by Ron Butler

    Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked.

    "Lifelong bibliophile Arturo Schomburg would be pleased by Weatherford's prose-poem biography, which praises his passion for researching and collecting books, manuscripts, and other written materials relating black heritage and history...As with her previous book Voice of Freedom (2015), Weatherford illuminates a person well worth knowing. A rich book to add to all collections." - Booklist, Starred Review

    Released December 12, 2017
    English, Unabridged

  • The World in Flames

    By Jerald Walker

    Read by C.S. Treadway

    A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult

    A memoir of growing up in a segregated cult preaching the imminent end of the world

    "The key to the memoir's cumulative power is Walker's narrative command; the rite of passage is rockier than most, making the redemption well-earned." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

    Released November 9, 2017
    English, Unabridged

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  • A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun

    By Angela Jackson

    Read by Janina Edwards

    The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

    A look at the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

    "Jackson's sensitive portrait of this 'quiet genius' and her finely calibrated insights into her writing celebrate Brooks's warmth, her 'bitter bite, her slicing sarcasm,' and the revolutionary provocation and power of her courageous, caring, intricately faceted poems, poems to read and reread for their emotional, social, and moral repercussions-and for their expounding beauty." - Booklist, Starred Review

    Released November 8, 2017
    English, Unabridged

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  • Loving

    By Sheryll Cashin

    Read by Trei Taylor

    Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy

    How interracial love and marriage changed history and may soon alter American politics.

    "A concise, powerful reflection on the 50th anniversary of the landmark case." - Kirkus Reviews

    Released October 24, 2017
    English, Unabridged

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  • Stay Until Dawn

    By Jamie Pope

    Read by Angel Cochrane

    A Redemption Novel

    A heartrending and seductive revelation of the power of love to redeem and transform burdened hearts

    Released August 15, 2017
    English, Unabridged

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  • Freedom in Congo Square

    Six more days to Congo Square.

    "...Unique in its subject and artistic expression, this beautiful book belongs in most collections." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

    Released July 25, 2017
    English, Unabridged