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Learn, Heal, and Thrive

Audiobook selections covering the vast spectrum of mental health, self care, healing, and inspiration intentionally featuring Black voices.

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Set Boundaries, Find Peace

A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself

By Nedra Glover Tawwab
Narrated by: Nedra Glover Tawwab
Length: 8 hours

The instant New York Times bestseller

End the struggle, speak up for what you need, and experience the freedom of being truly yourself.


Healthy boundaries. We all know we should have them--in order to achieve work/life balance, cope with toxic people, and enjoy rewarding relationships with partners, friends, and family. But what do "healthy... Read more »
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After the Rain

Gentle Reminders for Healing, Courage, and Self-Love

By Alexandra Elle
Narrated by: Alexandra Elle
Length: 3 hours 14 minutes

In After the Rain, celebrated self-care storyteller Alexandra Elle delivers 15 lessons on how to overcome obstacles, build confidence, and cultivate abundance.

Part memoir and part guide, Elle shares stirring stories from her own remarkable journey from self-doubt to self-love.


This soulful collection is filled with illuminating reflections on... Read more »
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The Mother of Black Hollywood

A Memoir

By Jenifer Lewis
Narrated by: Jenifer Lewis
Length: 10 hours 47 minutes

AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award Winner

The "Mega Diva" and legendary star of Black-ish looks back on her memorable journey to fame and the unforgettable life lessons she learned along the way.

Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a mid-western girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move,...

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The Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition

The Power of Radical Self-Love

By Sonya Renee Taylor
Narrated by: Sonya Renee Taylor
Length: 5 hours 11 minutes

New York Times bestseller! "To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves. . . . 'The body is not an apology' is the mantra we should all embrace."
—Kimberlé Crenshaw, legal scholar and founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum

Humans are a varied and... Read more »
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I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying

Essays

By Bassey Ikpi
Narrated by: Bassey Ikpi
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes

2020 Audie Finalist – Short Stories/Collections

In I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying Bassey Ikpi explores her life—as a Nigerian-American immigrant, a black woman, a slam poet, a mother, a daughter, an artist—through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II and anxiety. Her remarkable memoir in essays implodes our...

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The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help You Deserve

By Rheeda Walker & Na'im Akbar
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 7 hours 33 minutes

An unapologetic exploration of the Black mental health crisis—and a comprehensive road map to getting the care you deserve in an unequal system.

We can’t deny it any longer: there is a Black mental health crisis in our world today. Black people die at disproportionately high rates due to chronic illness, suffer from poverty, under-education, and...

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Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching

A Young Black Man's Education

By Mychal Denzel Smith
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 5 hours 52 minutes

How do you learn to be a black man in America? For young black men today, it means coming of age during the presidency of Barack Obama. It means witnessing the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and too many more. It means celebrating powerful moments of black self-determination for LeBron James, Dave Chappelle,... Read more »
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Year of Yes

How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

By Shonda Rhimes
Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
Length: 7 hours 4 minutes

2017 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year

The instant New York Times bestseller from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying YES changed her life. “As fun to read as Rhimes’s TV series are to watch” (Los Angeles Times).

She’s the creator and producer of some of the... Read more »
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