Announcing the Black Culture Book Club Join us in reading Twelve Years a Slave for our Black Culture Book Club. Twelve Years a Slave (Originally published in 1853 with the sub-title: “Narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana”) is the written work of Solomon Northup; a man who was born free, but was bound into slavery later in life. Read more here Black Culture Book Club on GoodReads Please join and spread the word, its going to be fun. Let’s learn and grow together!
The 15 Fiction Titles That Every African American Should Read Literature by Black authors is largely ignored or marginalized in literary canons. This is not because there aren’t any works worthy enough for inclusion but because of the overarching domination of institutional racism and sexism. Here, we celebrate some of black literature’s classic fiction titles spanning many different genres. First on the list is Their Eyes is Watching God. Blending the colorful and vibrant language of African American Vernacular, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” is widely acknowledged as an American classic. A journey of self-discovery, Hurston tells the life of Janie, an African American woman, and her story tragedy and suppression in a process of self-actualization. Read the rest of the list on Black Culture right now. Leave a comment of what book you think i’ve missed!
The bestselling urban classic novel about a young woman coming of age in the late 1980s. Tracy Ellison, a young knockout with tall hair and attitude, is living life as fast as she can. Motivated by the material world, she and her friends love and leave the young men who will do anything to get next to them. It’s only when the world of gratuitous sex threatens heartbreak that Tracy begins to examine her life, her goals, and her sexuality.
What black books would you recommend for a teenager?
"Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member" by Sanyika Shakur
"Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America" by Nathan McCall
"The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Alex Haley
"The Mis-Education of the Negro" by Carter G Woodson
"Race Matters" by Cornell West
"The New Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander
"State of Emergency" by Dr Jawanza Kunjufu
"Stolen Legacy" by George G.M James
"We Real Cool" by bell hooks
And though, not a black book, “The People’s History Of The United States” By Howard Zinn is an excellent book for information they did not teach you in history class. As Zinn states, “There is not a country in world history in which racism has been more important, for so long a time, as the United States.”
All of these books will begin to give you an understanding as a teenager a larger worldview and the begin to equip you with the tools to analyze and critique the world you live in.
11. Black History eBook Pack 11: Frantz Fanon
- The Wretched of the Earth
- Black Skin White Masks
- Toward the African Revolution
- A Dying Colonialism
If you are following my blog you know that i have shared many Black History eBook packs. This is pack number 11! It is compressed in a RAR file. If on a mac use Zipeg to uncompress the file. If on Windows you use WinRAR. All the files in the folder are pdf’s. You can view on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
You can find eBook Packs 1-11 here: http://black-culture.tumblr.com/ebooks
9. Black History eBook Pack 9: Benjamin Banneker
- Benjamin Banneker’s Almanacs 1972-1977
- African American Mathmatician and Astronomer
- Pioneering Scientist
- Memoir of Benjamin Bannaker
- A Sketch in the Life of Benjamin Banneker
- Letters to Thomas Jefferson
You can find eBook Packs 1-9 here: http://black-culture.tumblr.com/ebooks
25 BOOKS THAT EVERY AFRICAN AMERICAN SHOULD READ
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
When he was a boy in Henning, Tennessee, Alex Haley’s grandmother used to tell him stories about their family—stories that went back to hergrandparents, and their grandparents, down through the generations all the way to a man she called “the African.” She said he had lived across the ocean near what he called the “Kamby Bolongo" and had been out in the forest one day chopping wood to make a drum when he was set upon by four men, beaten, chained and dragged aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America.
Still vividly remembering the stories after he grew up and became a writer, Haley began to search for documentation that might authenticate the narrative. It took ten years and a half a million miles of travel across three continents to find it, but finally, in an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered not only the name of “the African”—Kunta Kinte—but the precise location of Juffure, the very village in The Gambia, West Africa, from which he was abducted in 1767 at the age of sixteen and taken on the Lord Ligonier to Maryland and sold to a Virginia planter.
Haley has talked in Juffure with his own African sixth cousins. On September 29, 1967, he stood on the dock in Annapolis where his great-great-great-great-grandfather was taken ashore on September 29, 1767. Now he has written the monumental two-century drama of Kunta Kinte and the six generations who came after him—slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lumber mill workers and Pullman porters, lawyers and architects—and one author.
But Haley has done more than recapture the history of his own family. As the first black American writer to trace his origins back to their roots, he has told the story of 25,000,000 Americans of African descent. He has rediscovered for an entire people a rich cultural heritage that slavery took away from them, along with their names and their identities. But Rootsspeaks, finally, not just to blacks, or to whites, but to all people and all races everywhere, for the story it tells is one of the most eloquent testimonials ever written to the indomitability of the human spirit
25 Books That Every African American Should Read
Their Eyes Were Watching God
One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston’s beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose.
A true literary wonder, Hurston’s masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published - perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.
Future Icons - Armani Williams being interviewed about his recent book Scandalicious and upcoming projects. Good guy!
8. Black History eBook Pack 8: Martin R Delany
- The Origins of Races of Color
- The Origin and Objects of Ancient Freemasonry-Its Introduction into the United States and Legitimacy among Colored Men
- Without Regard to Race
- Black or the Huts of America
- A Documentary Reader
- Life and Public Service of Martin R. Delany
- The Condition Elevation Emigration and Destiny of Colored People of the United States
- Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring
If you are following my blog you know that i have shared many Black History eBook packs. This is pack number 8! It is compressed in a RAR file. If on a mac use Zipeg to uncompress the file. If on Windows you use WinRAR. All the files in the folder are pdf’s. You can view on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
7. Black History eBook Pack 7: Malcolm X
- Autobiography of Malcolm X
- A Life of Re-invention
- Militant Black Leader
- Making Malcolm the Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X
- Collected Speeches Debates and Interviews
- Several other eBooks
If you are following my blog you know that i have shared many Black History eBook packs. This is pack number 7! It is compressed in a RAR file. If on a mac use Zipeg to uncompress the file. If on Windows you use WinRAR. All the files in the folder are pdf’s. You can view on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
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