By Charmaine Wilkerson
Two estranged siblings try to reclaim the closeness they once shared while trying to piece together their late mother’s life story and fulfill her last request of sharing a traditional Caribbean black cake “when the time is right.”
THE VIOLIN CONSPIRACY
By Brendan Slocumb
When, right before the cutthroat Tchaikovsky Competition – the Olympics of classical music, his priceless Stradivarius is stolen, with a ransom note for five million dollars in its place, Ray McMillian must piece together the clues to reclaim the violin before it’s too late.
HONEY & SPICE
By Bolu Babalola
A young Black British woman with a popular student radio show that dishes out relationship advice finds her show and her reputation on the line after she makes out with a man she publicly denounced.
By Joe Ide
Isaiah Quintabe is no longer IQ, the genius of East Long Beach; instead, he’s a man on the road and on the run, hiding in a small Northern California town when his room is broken into by a desperate young man on the trail of the state’s most prolific serial killer.
By Viola Davis
The critically acclaimed film, television, and theater actress presents an inspiring and deeply honest story of her life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her current hard-won success.
THE TRAYVON GENERATION
By Elizabeth Alexander
Originally published in the New Yorker, one of the great literary voices of our time shares her celebrated and moving reflection on the challenges facing young Black America, illuminating our nation’s unresolved problem with race.
TIMELINES FROM BLACK HISTORY: LEADERS, LEGENDS, LEGACIES
By Mireille Harper
Black leaders, writers, civil rights activists, scientists, and more have influenced, inspired, and changed the societies we live in. This history book’s pages are filled with the stories of these historical giants and their contributions to the world.
WHAT WAS THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE?
By Sherri L. Smith
Smith traces Harlem’s history all the way to its seventeenth-century roots, and explains how the early-twentieth-century Great Migration brought African Americans from the deep South to New York City and gave birth to the golden years of the Harlem Renaissance.
SAVING AMERICAN BEACH
By Heidi Tyline King
This heartfelt picture book biography tells the story of MaVynee Betsch, an African American opera singer turned environmentalist and the legacy she preserved.
BASEBALL’S LEADING LADY
By Andrea Williams
The riveting true story of the woman at the center of the Black baseball world: Effa Manley, co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles. Elegant yet gutsy, she cultivated a powerhouse team. Yet just as her Eagles reached their pinnacle, so did calls to integrate baseball, a move that would all but extinguish the Negro Leagues.
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