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Bird Uncaged

An Abolitionist's Freedom Song

By Marlon Peterson
Narrated by: Marlon Peterson
Length: 6 hours 3 minutes

From a leading prison abolitionist, a moving memoir about coming of age in Brooklyn and surviving incarceration—and a call to break free from all the cages that confine us.
 
Marlon Peterson grew up in 1980s Crown Heights, raised by Trinidadian immigrants. Amid the routine violence that shaped his neighborhood, Marlon became a high-achieving and... Read more »

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Black Brother, Black Brother

By Jewell Parker Rhodes
Narrated by: Barrie Buckner
Length: 4 hours 36 minutes

From award-winning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.
Framed. Bullied. Disliked. But I know I can still be the best.

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The Awkward Black Man

Stories

By Walter Mosley
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
Length: 10 hours 9 minutes

Bestselling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television. The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent. Mosley presents distinct characters as they struggle... Read more »

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The Right Mistake

The Further Philosophical Investigations of Socrates Fortlow
Socrates Fortlow: Book #3

By Walter Mosley
Narrated by: Ezra Knight
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

From award-winning author Walter Mosley comes the third work featuring hardened ex-con turned street philosopher Socrates Fortlow. Organizing other troubled individuals, Socrates starts the Thursday Night Thinkers' Meeting, in which members discuss "the world and what would be the right thing to do." "Highly recommended for popular fiction... Read more »

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A Terrible Thing to Waste

Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind

By Harriet A. Washington
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hours 13 minutes

A Terrible Thing to Waste

“A terrifying book when it comes down to it, but an important one. Washington is careful and methodical in her statements, emphasizing lives, generations, and ability lost, not merely the wrongs that were committed. If the first step is awareness, then Washington has hopefully pushed us a couple of steps up the stairs.”

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JAY-Z

Made in America

By Michael Eric Dyson & Pharrell
Narrated by: Michael Eric Dyson & Nick Cannon
Length: 5 hours 35 minutes

This program is read by the author, and includes an introduction written by Pharrell, and read by Nick Cannon.

"Dyson's incisive analysis of JAY-Z's brilliance not only offers a brief history of hip-hop's critical place in American culture, but also hints at how we can best move forward." —Questlove


JAY-Z: Made in America is the fruit of Michael... Read more »

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Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem

A Memoir

By Daniel R. Day & Mikael Awake
Narrated by: Omari Hardwick & Daniel R. Day
Length: 8 hours 30 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Dapper Dan is a legend, an icon, a beacon of inspiration to many in the Black community. His story isn’t just about fashion. It’s about tenacity, curiosity, artistry, hustle, love, and a singular determination to live our dreams out loud.”—Ava DuVernay, director of Selma13th, and A Wrinkle in Time

NAMED ONE OF THE... Read more »

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