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AkooBooks Black/African: Biography & Memoir

A list of all the latest African/African American Biography & Memoir audiobooks

Flip

The Inside Story of TV's First Black Superstar
By Kevin Cook
Narrated by Mirron Willis /  8 hours 5 minutes

The rags-to-riches story of a groundbreaking, beloved entertainer When The Flip Wilson Show debuted in 1970, black faces were still rare on television, black hosts nonexistent. So how did Clerow "Flip" Wilson go from Jersey City grade-school dropout to national celebrity, heralded on the cover of Time as "TV's first black superstar"? Flip is a... Read More »

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When I Left Home

My Story
By Buddy Guy & David Ritz
Narrated by Mirron Willis /  7 hours 27 minutes

According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy is the greatest blues guitarist of all time. An enormous influence on these musicians as well as on Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, he is the living embodiment of Chicago blues. Guy's epic story stands at the absolute nexus of modern blues. He came to... Read More »

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Ice

A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood
By Ice-T & Douglas Century
Narrated by Mirron Willis /  7 hours 33 minutes

For readers of Sister Souljah's No Disrespect, Nathan McCall's Makes Me Wanna Holler, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, andMonster by Sanyika Shakur comes the definitive memoir from Ice-T, the acclaimed rapper and actor known for telling it like it is. Ice-T offers his hip-hop generation's Horatio Alger story: the narrative of an orphaned child... Read More »

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It's Not Rocket Science

7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success
By Mary Spio
Narrated by Mary Spio /  7 hours 7 minutes

Rocket scientist, internet entrepreneur, and popular speaker Mary Spio presents practical advice for beating the odds, breaking the mold, and charting your own path to achieve true success

Mary Spio went from being a barefoot girl in Ghana to a rocket scientist with major patents with Boeing. Mary is also an internet entrepreneur who speaks... Read More »

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Shaq Uncut

My Story
By Shaquille O'Neal & Jackie MacMullan
Narrated by Dion Graham /  8 hours 37 minutes

Superman. Diesel. The Big Aristotle. Shaq Fu. The Big Daddy. The Big Shaqtus. Wilt Chamberneezy. The Real Deal. The Big Shamrock. Shaq.

You know him by any number of names, and chances are you know all about his legendary basketball career: Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal is a four-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA Finals MVP. After being an... Read More »

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Rabbit

The Autobiography of Ms. Pat
By Patricia Williams & Jeannine Amber
Narrated by Patricia Williams /  7 hours 23 minutes

Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature

"An absolute must-read" – Shondaland

“[Rabbit] tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor” – New York Times

They called her Rabbit.

Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) was born and raised in Atlanta at the height of the crack epidemic. One of five children, Pat watched... Read More »

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

By Maya Angelou
Narrated by Maya Angelou /  10 hours 10 minutes

Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute... Read More »

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The Pursuit of Happyness - Abridged

By Chris Gardner
Narrated by Andre Blake / 

The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall Street.

At the age of twenty, Chris Gardner arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. However, he surprised everyone and himself by setting... Read More »

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Dust Tracks on a Road

An Autobiography
By Zora Neale Hurston
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  11 hours 22 minutes

“Warm, witty, imaginative.... This is a rich and winning book.”—The New Yorker

Dust Tracks on a Road is the bold, poignant, and funny autobiography of novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, one of American literature’s most compelling and influential authors. Hurston’s powerful novels of the South—including Jonah’s Gourd... Read More »

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The Butler

A Witness to History
By Wil Haygood
Narrated by Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo & Lee Daniels /  2 hours 32 minutes

The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture...Read by its Stars David Oyelowo, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey

When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was... Read More »

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Roots

The Saga of an American Family
By Alex Haley & Michael Eric Dyson
Narrated by Avery Brooks /  14 hours 52 minutes

It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him... 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 /  7 hours 4 minutes

The mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected... Read More »

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Around the Way Girl

A Memoir
By Taraji P. Henson & Denene Millner
Narrated by Taraji P. Henson /  7 hours 27 minutes

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson reads her inspiring and funny book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth.

With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire,... Read More »

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What Is the What

The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng; A Novel
By Dave Eggers
Narrated by Dion Graham /  20 hours 29 minutes

In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Dave Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. We follow his life as he's driven from his home as a boy and walks, with thousands of orphans, to Ethiopia, where he finds safety-for a time. Valentino's... Read More »

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Lost in Language and Sound

or, How I Found My Way to the Arts; Essays
By Ntozake Shange
Narrated by Allyson Johnson /  4 hours 9 minutes

Lost in Language and Sound is a vibrant and vital collection that celebrates the three most important muses in the life and work of Ntozake Shange: language, music, and dance. In this deeply personal book, the celebrated writer reflects on what it means to be an artist, a woman, and a woman of color through a beautiful combination of memoir and... Read More »

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Twelve Years a Slave

By Solomon Northup & Dr. Sue Eakin
Narrated by Louis Gossett Jr. /  7 hours 51 minutes

In this riveting landmark autobiography that reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York, Louisiana, and Washington, DC, to experience the kidnapping and twelve-year bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate... Read More »

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The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  11 hours 40 minutes

8 starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly... Read More »

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We're Going to Need More Wine

Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
By Gabrielle Union
Narrated by Gabrielle Union /  7 hours 48 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Root

Chosen by Emma Straub as a Best New Celebrity Memoir

“A book of essays as raw and honest as anyone has ever produced.” — Lena Dunham, Lenny Letter

In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind... Read More »

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Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Narrated by Ta-Nehisi Coates /  3 hours 35 minutes

Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST | NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS...
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Called to Rise

A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Made Me
By Chief David O. Brown & Michelle Burford
Narrated by Chief David O. Brown /  8 hours 6 minutes

The Dallas police chief who inspired a nation with his response to the killing of five of his officers shares his personal story and his faith in America’s potential to unite communities through a dedication to transparency and trust.

“The real deal: a real Christian, a real man, a real leader.”—Whoopi Goldberg, The View

“A front-row seat to... Read More »

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