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Amplify Black Joy: Audiobooks for Juneteenth. List by Penguin Random House

Juneteenth commemorates the day the last enslaved people were emancipated in the United States on June 19, 1865. Celebrate with fiction and nonfiction audiobooks that showcase the profound contributions Black people have made to American History and culture through novels, music, poetry, food, art, and more. As we acknowledge the ongoing work towards freedom and equality, we’re taking this moment of reflection and education to highlight stories of Black excellence and Black joy.

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C Is for Country

By Lil Nas X
Narrated by: Lil Nas X
Length: 5 minutes

Parents who play Grammy winner Lil Nas X's 12-times platinum single Old Town Road on repeat will want to take their kids and ride on over to this audiobook written and narrated by the music mega-star!
A is for adventure. Every day is a brand-new start! 
B is for bootswhether they're big or small, short or tall. 
And C is for country.
Join... Read more »
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By Misty Copeland
Narrated by: Misty Copeland
Length: 8 minutes

The first in a series of books inspired by premier ballerina and author Misty Copeland's own early experiences in ballet.

From prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland comes the story of a young Misty, who discovers her love of dance through the ballet Coppélia--a story about a toymaker who devises a villainous plan to... Read more »
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I Am Every Good Thing

By Derrick Barnes
Narrated by: Joshua David Scarlett
Length: 4 minutes

An upbeat, empowering, important audiobook from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

I am
a nonstop ball of energy.
Powerful and full of light.
I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.

The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and no doubt... Read more »
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Notes from a Young Black Chef (Adapted for Young Adults)

By Kwame Onwuachi & Joshua David Stein
Narrated by: Malik Rashad
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes

This inspiring memoir, now adapted for young adults, chronicles Top Chef star and Forbes and Zagat 30 Under 30 phenom Kwame Onwuachi's incredible and odds-defying fame in the food world after a tough childhood in the Bronx and Nigeria.

Food was Kwame Onwuachi's first great love. He connected to cooking via his mother, in the family's modest Bronx... Read more »
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Marcus Makes a Movie

By Kevin Hart
Narrated by: Kevin Hart
Length: 3 hours 8 minutes

Marcus Makes a Movie

“This book is a must-listen to because it is read by Kevin Hart. I just cant imagine it being the same reading it. It is a wonderful way to learn about writing and although it is about writing a screen play I think aspiring authors can learn from the importance of revision revision revision and listening to other people opinion about your writing. I recommend it not only for young people but also for teachers. Fun and educational WOW!”

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It's Not All Downhill From Here

A Novel

By Terry McMillan
Narrated by: Terry McMillan
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • After a sudden change of plans, a remarkable woman and her loyal group of friends try to figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life—from Terry McMillan, the bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale
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The Hill We Climb

An Inaugural Poem for the Country

By Amanda Gorman
Narrated by: Amanda Gorman & Oprah Winfrey
Length: 9 minutes

Amanda Gorman’s powerful and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration

“Stunning.” —CNN 
“Dynamic.” —NPR
“Deeply rousing and uplifting.” —Vogue

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th... Read more »
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Rodney Scott's World of BBQ

Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook

By Rodney Scott & Lolis Eric Elie
Narrated by: Rodney Scott
Length: 4 hours 25 minutes

In the first cookbook by a Black pitmaster, James Beard Award–winning chef Rodney Scott celebrates an incredible culinary legacy through his life story, family traditions, and unmatched dedication to his craft.

“BBQ is such an important part of African American history, and no one is better at BBQ than Rodney.”—Marcus Samuelsson, chef and... Read more »
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The Beautiful Ones

By Prince
Narrated by: Esperanza Spalding, Adepero Oduye & Dan Piepenbring
Length: 3 hours 4 minutes

The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words—featuring the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death

Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an... Read more »
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Wow, No Thank You.


By Samantha Irby
Narrated by: Samantha Irby
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, and bestselling Samantha Irby.

Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and... Read more »
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Rituals of Peace and Prayer

By Maya Angelou
Narrated by: Maya Angelou
Length: 42 minutes

Grace, dignity, and eloquence have long been hallmarks of Maya Angelou’s poetry. Her measured verses have stirred our souls, energized our minds, and healed our hearts. Whether offering hope in the darkest of nights or expressing sincere joy at the extraordinariness of the everyday, Maya Angelou has served as our common voice.

Celebrations is a... Read more »
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Black Futures

By Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham
Narrated by: Kimberly Drew, Kevin R. Free, Dominic Hoffman, Robin Miles, Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin & Jenna Wortham
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

An archive of collective memory and exuberant testimony
A luminous map to navigate an opaque and disorienting present
An infinite geography of possible futures

What does it mean to be Black and alive right now?

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work—essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and... Read more »
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A Novel

By Ralph Ellison
Narrated by: Joe Morton
Length: 14 hours 6 minutes

From the author of bestselling Invisible Man—the classic novel of African-American experience—this long-awaited second novel tells an evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century. Brilliantly crafted, moving, and wise, Juneteenth is the work of an American master.

"Tell me what happened while there's still time," demands the dying... Read more »
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