Looking to step your productivity, personal development or business acumen? It starts with a book. Here’s a (growing) list of books by Black leaders that you should read. (Have books you want to add to this list? Send us a tweet.)
Autobiographies, Fiction + Memoirs
A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story (Sequel To The Coldest Winter Ever) by Sister Souljah. But it here.
Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells. Buy it here.
Buck: A Memoir by MK Asante. Buy it here.
To Be Young Gifted & Black by Lorraine Hansberry. Buy it here.
Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing and Relavitiy by Tyece Wilkins. Buy it here.
Activity Books To Ease Your Mind
I Love My Hair: A Coloring Book of Braids, Coils, and Doodle Dos by Andrea Pippins. Buy it here.
Writing the Layers: A Self-Discovery Workbook by GG Renee. Buy it here.
Business Advice From Those Who Understand Your Fight
Building Atlanta: How I Broke Through Segregation to Launch a Biz Empire by Herman J. Russell. Buy it here.
Confidence Your Secret Weapon: A Guide to Building Confidence by Ashley Korin McLean. Buy it here.
How to Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America by Earl Graves (founder of Black Enterprise) Buy it here.
Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success by Kevin Liles. Buy it here.
Succeeding Against The Odds: The Inspiring Autobiography Of One Of America’s Wealthiest Entrepreneurs by John H. Johnson (founder of EBONY and JET Magazine). Buy it here and (BONUS) read excerpts from the book by our Founder here.
Think and Grow Rich: A BLACK Choice by Dennis Kimbro. Buy it here.
Community Driven Work
This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, & Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South by Zandria Robinson. Buy it here.
When You’re Ready To Get Real With Relationships (Either with someone else or yourself)
A Woman’s Quest To Self Love by Amber Janae. Buy it here.
Black Seeds: The Poetry and Reflections of Tariq Toure by Tariq Toure. Buy it here.
Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole. Buy it here.
Dear Love: A love letter to you by
Oxygen by AsiahMae. Buy it here.
Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom by Queen Latifah. Buy it here.
SO SWEET: A Sugar Baby Novella by