Aesthetically Speaking

The ten best Black books of 2014

justice-while-black1. “Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate
and Survive the Criminal Justice System”
by Robbin Shipp, Esq. and Nick Chiles

an-obamas-journey2. “An Obama’s Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures”
by Mark Obama Ndesandjo

who-we-be3. “Who We Be: The Colorization of America”
by Jeff Chang

blessed-experiences4. “Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black”
by Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC)
Foreword by Alfre Woodard

life-in-motion5. “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina”
by Misty Copeland

one-nation6. “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future”
by Dr. Ben Carson and Candy Carson

finding-your-roots7. “Finding Your Roots”
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

be-black-english8. “What the Word Be: Why Black English Is the King’s (James) English”
by Diane Proctor Reeder

death-of-a-king9. “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year”
by Tavis Smiley
with David Ritz

culture-worrier10. “Culture Worrier: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change”by Clarence Page

Honorable Mention

“Why Vegan is the New Black”

by Deborrah Cooper

‘The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice”
by Dr. Artika R. Tyner

“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”
by Bryan Stevenson

“Stokely: A Life”
by Peniel E. Joseph

“Brown Girl Dreaming”
by Jacqueline Woodson

“The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader”
by Ida B. Wells
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Mia Bay
General Editor: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

“The Rise
Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery”
by Sarah Lewis

“Success through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple”
by Russell Simmons

“The Imperfect Marriage
Help for Those Who Think It’s Over”
by Darryl and Tracy Strawberry

“Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story… and Why It Matters Today”
by Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus

“Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy
Mother, and Still Came out Smiling (with Great Hair)”
by Rosie Perez

“The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century”
Edited by Dinesh Sharma and Uwe P. Gielen

“Black and White: The Way I See It”
by Richard Williams

“Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential”
by Daniel Beaty

“Story/Time: The Life of an Idea”
by Bill T. Jones

“Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America”
by Sheryll Cashin

“Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago”
by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

“The Man from Essence”
by Edward Lewis with Audrey Edwards
Foreword by Camille O. Cosby

“Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival”
by Wayne Pharr

“Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou”
by Maya Angelou

“Cosby: His Life and Times”
by Mark Whitaker

“A Black Gambler’s World of Liquor, Vice and Presidential Politics: William
Thomas Scott of Illinois, 1839-1917″
by Bruce L. Mouser
Foreword by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

“The Myth of Race, The Reality of Racism”
by Mahmoud El-Kati

“Our Ancestors, Our Stories”
by Harris Bailey, Jr., Bernice Alexander Bennett, Ellen LeVonne Butler, Ethel Dailey, Vincent Sheppard and Dr. Orville Vernon Burton

“Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs”
by Pearl Cleage

“Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African-American Community”
by Daya Devi-Doolin

“How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class”
by John Hope Bryant
Foreword by Ambassador Andrew Young

“The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked the American Dream”
by Brian E. Moran, Esq.

“Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir”
by Elizabeth Nunez

“This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible”
by Charles E. Cobb, Jr.

“America’s Music: Jazz in Newark”
by Barbara Kukla

“240 Ways to Close the Achievement Gap: Teachers Only Workbook (Vol. 2)”
by M. Donnell Tenner, Joy Gay and Dr. Marti Dryk

“Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House”
by Nika C. Beamon

“Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights”
by Robin Bernstein

“Guiou: The Other Blacks – The Afro-Jamaican Presence in Guatemala”
by Gloria J. Arnold

“Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some”
by Peter Mathews

“Pageants, Parlors & Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the 20th Century South”
by Blain Roberts

“Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir”
by Toni Braxton

“Thirty-Three Days of Praise: Seeing the Good in Cancer”
by Karrie Marchbanks

1. To order a copy of Justice While Black, visit:

2. To order a copy of An Obama’s Journey, visit:

3. To order a copy of Who We Be, visit:

4. To order a copy of Blessed Experiences, visit:

5. To order a copy of Life in Motion, visit:

6. To order a copy of One Nation, visit:

7. To order a copy of Finding Your Roots, visit:

8. To order a copy of What the Word Be, visit:

9. To order a copy of Death of a King, visit:

10. To order a copy of Culture Worrier, visit:

January 5, 2015
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