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Just received a request for what I believe are some necessary reads for Black folk. So I’m going to do that right now. Let me clarify though, not all of these scholars/writers are Black folk although most are. Let’s do it.

Some are academic, some are works of fiction, etc.:
Before for I start though, please note that I DO NOT agree with the views of all of these scholars and/or writers. However, I do believe we should be aware of differing perspectives to sharpen our tools
Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism by Derrick Bell
Black Awakening in Capitalist America by Robert Allen
In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens by Alice Walker

Black feminists and womanists... shoot Black people get on it
Sula by Toni Morrison

I am suggesting this because we need to really discuss and recognize the humanity of those Black women we consider “whores,” “hoes,” “ratchet/hood” and queer. This is a moral issue.
Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton

I’ll be honest, after reading this in undergrad I had a very different perspective on him. This text revealed to me how little I knew about him in the first place..
Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

As a Black woman and community organizer I am not being dramatic when I say this changed my life forever.
Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique
by Roderick Ferguson
Black Queer Identity Matrix: Towards an Integrated Queer of Color Framework
by Sheena Howard

It’s a short read and I enjoyed it
Women, Race and Class
by Angela Davis

It’s not enough to laud our Black historical figures from the era of Black Power, but DO WE KNOW WHAT THEY WERE SAYING?
Don’t necessarily agree with this one but An Afrocentric Idea by Molefi Kete Asante

It does have good info on signifiers, etc.
The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual by Harold Cruse

Lol I jokingly believe that this man invented “call out” culture. If you have a historical Black fave, well then lol... this man has a critique for everyone and everything but it’s still useful
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

You could start with this if you like
A Voice from the South by Anna Julia Cooper
Southern Horrors and Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900
By Ida B. Wells edited by Jacqueline Royster
The Blacker the Berry
by Wallace Thurman
Cane by Jean Toomer
The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism by Brent Hayes Edwards
Negroes with Guns
by Robert F. Williams
We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
by Akinyele Umoja

Baba AK is one of my mentors and I studied under him.
Black Power: The Politics of Liberation
by Charles V. Hamilton and Kwame Ture
Culture and Power in the Classroom: Educational Foundations for the Schooling of Bicultural Students
by Antonia Darder
The Womanist Reader edited by Layli Maparyan (but look for Phillips)
Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness
by Nicole R. Fleetwood
Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology
by Pamela R. Lightsey
Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity
by Monica L. Miller
Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment
Edited by Angela J. Davis
Chokehold: Policing Black Men
by Paul Butler

Yes I do have critiques, because the although they address Black women and girls they struggle a bit. However, it’s a good read
The Black Woman: An Anthology edited by Toni Cade Bambara

It was published in 1970, yet it’s upsetting to see just how relevant this is
Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective
by Kelly Brown Douglas
I am only picturing one Samuel Delany book, but I am recommending that you check out more of his Black speculative/scifi work
Octavia Butler

She is one of the mothers of Afrofuturism so just dig into all of her literary work.
A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography
by Mireille Miller-Young

This academic work is just as fire as this cover.
The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography
by Ariane Cruz

I doubt I have to explain what this is about, but I say it’s NECESSARY because of how we are fearful of “deviance” and sexuality given our traumatic history.
The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography by Jennifer C. Nash

I put these last three together for a reason. Thankful for Dr. Nash.
She suggested for me to apply to UT Austin, and now I’m going lol!
Difference and Pathology: Stereotypes of Sexuality, Race, and Madness by Sander Gilman

Honestly, this white man terrifies me. I have a lot of thoughts about his knowledge on Black women and the perceptions of their bodies and sexualities. However, the work is grotesquely LEGIT
Hine Sight: Black Women and the Re-Construction of American History by Darlene Clark Hine

She discusses her theory of cultural dissemblance, which is what our historical mothers practiced to be “free from rape”- it’s sexual cloaking. Good bridge to the 4th wave.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Alex Haley and Malcolm X
Live from Death Row
by Mumia Abu-Jamal
Teach Freedom: Education for Liberation in the African-American Tradition
Edited by Charles Payne
Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington,
by Treva B. Lindsey
Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women


Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

By Brittney Cooper
Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins
Island Possessed
by Katherine Dunham

So how many of you knew that this brilliant dancer was a Vaudun (voodoo to others) initiate? I learned something from this. A classmate presented on this and then I looked into it.
The Veiled Garvey: The Life & Times of Amy Jacques Garvey
by Ula Yvette Taylor

This book is not about Marcus Garvey, but it focuses on the life and contributions of his wife. She had some things to say about race and gender.
Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities

by Craig Steven Wilder
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance- a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
Book by Danielle L. McGuire

Who knew that the Montgomery bus boycott started by trying to address the taping of Black women?
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts

This addresses the assault on the reproductive rights of Black women.
Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought
Edited by Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang
A Black Theology of Liberation
by James H. Cone
The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States by Miriam Jiménez Román
Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness edited by Reynaldo Anderson
Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture
by Ytasha Womack
Remixing Reggaetón: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico
by Petra R. Rivera-Rideau
So I’m going to continue with the thread today. Again, I DO NOT agree with every writer and/or scholar, but they are still worth the read. Ok, let’s do it:
The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love
by Sonya Renee Taylor
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo
by Ntozake Shange
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
This is only one book, but I would suggest reading any one or all of Nnedi Okorafor’s work
Honestly please just read all of Tananarive Due’s works. It’s fire.
Ella Baker and the Black freedom movement
by Barbara Ransby
Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style

by Shantrelle P. Lewis
Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation
edited by Sheena Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II
Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction
By Sami Schalk
Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Culture
By Tamura Lomax
From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity
by Anne Garland Mahler
No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies
by E. Patrick Johnson
The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland
by Robyn C. Spencer
Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America
by Greg Tate

And Flyboy 2
Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film
by Gillespie, Michael Boyce
Exporting Revolution: Cuba’s Global Solidarity
by Margaret Randall
Stuart Hall′s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity
by David Scott
The Black Jacobins Reader
Edited by Charles Forsdick, Christian Høgsbjerg
The Black Jacobins
by C. L. R. James
The African American Studies Reader edited by Nathaniel Norment, Jr.
Boy-Wives and Female-Husbands: Studies in African Homosexualities by Stephen O. Murray and Will Roscoe
Wives of the Leopard: Gender, Politics, and Culture in the Kingdom of Dahomey
by Edna G. Bay
Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human
by Alexander G. Weheliye
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story
by Elaine Brown
Electric Arches
by Eve Ewing

Addresses Black girlhood and womanhood through “Narrative, poetry, and visual art”
by Nayyirah Waheed

Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth
by Warsan Shire
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce
by Morgan Parker

When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down
by Joan Morgan
The Hip Hop Wars
by Tricia Rose
Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary
by Jasmine Guy

New Black Renaissance: The Souls Anthology of Critical African-American Studies
by Adina Popescu, Khary Jones, and Manning Marable
The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation
by Daina Berry
Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime
by Deborah Elizabeth Whaley
Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism
by Patricia Hill Collins
Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul
by Tanisha C. Ford
Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination by Robin D.G. Kelley
An introduction to Africana Philosophy
by Lewis Gordon
The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader
Edited by David Levering Lewis

From essays to poems- Check out the works of Langston Hughes (yes, essays too), Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Countee Cullen and more!
Dust Tracks on a Road
by Zora Neale Hurston

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
by Zora Neale Hurston

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition
by Cedric Robinson
Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
By Malidoma Patrice Somé
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity
by C. Riley Snorton
Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis
by Katherine McKittrick

I personally have to read her work multiple times to understand, but it’s good!
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
by Andrea Ritchie
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
by Morgan Jerkins
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body


Bad Feminist: Essays

By Roxane Gay
An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation
by Nyasha Junior
Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship
by Aimee Meredith Cox
Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City's Underground Economy

By LaShawn Harris
Black Skin, White Masks


The Wretched of the Earth

By Frantz Fanon
Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene by Gerard H. Gaskin

Documentary Studies / Photography
Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson
Sisters in the Life: A History of Out African American Lesbian Media-Making
Edited by Yvonne Welbon and Alexandra Juhasz
Slavery Unseen: Sex, Power, and Violence in Brazilian History
by Lamonte Aidoo
Blacktino Queer Performance
Edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera
Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History; A Play in Three Acts
By C. L. R. James
Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism
By Paige A. McGinley
Skin Acts: Race, Psychoanalysis, and the Black Male Performer
By Michelle Ann Stephens
I′m Black When I′m Singing, I′m Blue When I Ain′t and Other Plays
By Sonia Sanchez
Edited by Jacqueline Wood
The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson

You could read this second (The Souls of Black Folk by Du Bois) if you like
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