2024 Black History Month: African Americans and the Arts - Adults

Celebrate Black History Month 2024's theme African American and the Arts for adults.

Updated January 16, 2024
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A little devil in America : notes in praise of black performance
Abdurraqib, Hanif
Paper Book
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A sweeping, genre-bending "masterpiece" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) exploring Black art, music, and culture in all their glory and complexity--from Soul Train, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Whitney...
Black TV: Five Decades of Groundbreaking Television from Soul Train to Black-Ish and Beyond
Butler, Bethonie
Paper Book
With iconic imagery and engrossing text, Black TV is the first book of its kind to celebrate the groundbreaking, influential, and often under-appreciated shows centered on Black people and their experiences from the last fifty years.   Over the past...
Queen Bey : a celebration of the power and creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Chambers, Veronica
Paper Book
FEATURED IN: The New York Times Book Review ("New and Noteworthy") * Essence * Newsweek * People * Bustle * PopSugar * Refinery 29 * HelloGiggles' * PureWow * Newsday * AMNewYork The...
Finding Me: A Memoir
Davis, Viola
Paper Book
OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * A HARPERS BAZAAR BEST BOOK OF 2022 * A PARADE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK * A MARIE CLAIRE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK "It's clear from the first page that Davis is going to serve a more intimate, unpolished account than is typical of the average (often ghost-written)...
Black futures
Drew, Kimberly
Paper Book
"A literary experience unlike any I've had in recent memory . . . a blueprint for this moment and the next, for where Black folks have been and where they might be going."-The New York Times Book Review(Editors' Choice) What does it mean to be Black and alive right...
Between Harlem and Heaven : Afro Asian American cooking for big nights, weeknights, & every day
Johnson, J. J.
Paper Book
Winner of the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook "Between Harlem and Heaven presents a captivatingly original cuisine. Afro-Asian-American cooking is packed with unique and delicious layers of flavor. These stories and recipes lay praise to the immense influence...
Walk Through Fire: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Triumph
Johnson, Sheila
Paper Book
The cofounder of BET and first African American woman billionaire shares her deeply personal journey through love and loss, tragedy and triumph--an inspiring story of overcoming toxic influences, discovering her true self, and at last finding happiness in her work and life. From...
Leslie F*cking Jones
Jones, Leslie
Paper Book
WINNER OF THE 2024 AUDIE AWARD FOR HUMOR A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A BARNES AND NOBLE'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR  A TOWN & COUNTRY BEST CELEBRITY MEMOIR OF 2023 A VULTURE BEST COMEDY...
Sweet Home Cafe cookbook : a celebration of African American cooking
Lukas, Albert
Paper Book
A celebration of African American cooking with 109 recipes from the National Museum of African American History and Culture's Sweet Home Cafe. A James Beard Foundation Book Award nominee for best American cookbook; a Food & Winebest cookbook; a Booklisttop 10 food book; an...
Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen
McCalman, George
Paper Book
*AWARD WINNER* of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author / and the NCBR Recognition Award A gorgeous collection of 145 original portraits that celebrates Black pioneers--famous and little-known--in politics, science, literature, music, and more-...
My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef: A Cookbook
Onwuachi, Kwame
Paper Book
A BON APPETIT BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR * What is American food? In his first cookbook, the acclaimed author of Notes from a Young Black Chef shares the dishes of his America; dishes that show the true diversity of American food. Onwauachi is "the most important chef in...
Notes from a young Black chef : a memoir
Onwuachi, Kwame
Paper Book
"Kwame Onwuachi's story shines a light on food and culture not just in American restaurants or African American communities but around the world." --Questlove   By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi (winner of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for ...
Hip hop family tree. 1
Piskor, Ed
Paper Book
From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopaedic history of the formative years of the music genre that has changed global culture. Originally serialised on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, Hip Hop Family Tree has been...
Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography
Robinson, Staci
Paper Book
The authorized biography of the legendary artist, Tupac Shakur, a "touching, empathetic portrait" (The New York Times) of his life and powerful legacy, fully illustrated with photos, mementos, handwritten poetry, musings, and more Artist, poet, actor,...
Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations
Taylor, Nicole A.
Paper Book
The very first cookbook to celebrate Juneteenth, from food writer and cookbook author Nicole A. Taylor--who draws on her decade of experiences observing the holiday. On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Major...
Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook]
Terry, Bryant
Paper Book
A beautiful, rich, and groundbreaking book exploring Black foodways within America and around the world, curated by food activist and author of Vegetable KingdomBryant Terry. WINNER OF THE ART OF EATING PRIZE . JAMES BEARD AWARD NOMINEE .ONE OF THE TEN BEST COOKBOOKS OF...
Thicker Than Water: A Memoir
Washington, Kerry
Paper Book
Award-winning actor, director, producer, and activist Kerry Washington shares the deeply moving journey of her life so far, and the "beautiful" story of discovering her truth in this instant New York Times bestseller (Oprah Winfrey). While on a drive in Los...

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