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The Swans of Harlem: Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years of Sisterhood, and Their Reclamation of a Groundbreaking History

Valby gives each dancer space for their stories to naturally flow, writing them as fully realized individuals with their own hopes and dreams. A heartwarming addition to performing arts biographies.

Black Women, Ivory Tower: Revealing the Lies of White Supremacy in American Education

Harris’s weighty ruminations may serve as either a cautionary tale or a wake-up call for Black women readers, young and older, who are considering higher education. Readers interested in social issues within academia should also peruse the book.

Rapper’s Deluxe: How Hip Hop Made the World

As a book about hip-hop influences in pop culture, this is fairly informative and worth a read. Those seeking a more cohesive argument about hip-hop’s impact may want to look elsewhere.

Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever

A must-listen for all nonfiction collections.

First Things First: Hip-Hop Ladies Who Changed the Game

Give to readers who want an original and different take on the history of hip-hop.

Kiss Me, Mi Amor

Give to listeners who enjoy adaptations of classic stories, such as Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev.

Black TV: Five Decades of Groundbreaking Television from ‘Soul Train’ to ‘Black-ish’ and Beyond

Readers who fondly remember watching programs such as In Living Color and Everybody Hates Chris will especially enjoy this. Same goes for TV enthusiasts looking for something to rewatch.

New Adult

Give to listeners who enjoy some whimsy with their romances.

Curves for Days

Final act aside, listeners of small-town romances with appealing heroines should enjoy.

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