Books

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#ColorlinesReads: 6 Books That Explore How We Construct Our Identities

From essays about the ways mental illness can shape our memories to a lyrical poem that attempts to reconcile desire and political ideas, these books examine the stories we tell ourselves.

Colorful covers of six books.

#ColorlinesReads: 6 Books That Complicate the Idea of 'Independence'

In lieu of celebrating “Independence Day,” we present a selection of titles that explore the idea of liberation via the lives, poetry, history and art of people of color.

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#ColorlinesReads: 5 LGBTQ+ Young Adult Books You'll Love

This year, celebrate Pride Month with five LGBTQ+ of color-focused titles for teens—or for yourself!

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Author Q&A: Dani McClain On the Power of Black Mothering

In her new book, “We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood,” author and journalist Dani McClain sets out to discover what it means to raise her daughter with dignity and joy in a hostile world.

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#ColorlinesReads: Get Some Perspective With These 5 Books

These engaging titles unravel myths surrounding resistance movements, settler colonialism and racist pseudoscience.

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Long-Awaited Prince Memoir Gets October Release Date

Fans will get a glimpse into the artist’s personal world via his new book, “The Beautiful Ones.”

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The Slants Front Man Pens Artist, Activist Memoir

Simon Tam’s “Slanted: How an Asian-American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court” chronicles the fight to trademark the band’s name.

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10 Books by Writers of Color That Embrace Self-Love, Resilience and Authenticity

From poetry to memoir, self-help to commentary, let these spring reads enrich your mind and spirit.

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Lupita Nyong'o Unveils the Cover for New Book, 'Sulwe'

“I wrote ‘Sulwe’ to encourage children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in and see the beauty that radiates from within.”

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EXCERPT: Kenrya Rankin and Akiba Solomon Tackle White Supremacy in New Book

In this selection from “How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance,” Colorlines editors Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin explore the pervasiveness of structural racism and the many ways Black people inch us closer to collective freedom.

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LISTEN: Damon Young Breaks Down His New Collection of Essays

“What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker” shines a light on the struggles of existing while Black.

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READ: Karyn Parsons on Race, Identity and Representation

The “Fresh Prince” alumna keeps evolving, from actor to activist to author.

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What About Dr. Seuss?: When Children's Books Promote Racial Stereotypes

Theodor Seuss Geisel created a fun and colorful world—unless you’re a person of color.

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Gift These Uplifting Books to the Kids and Young Adults In Your Life

As we shift into a new year, let these 2018 titles affirm, inspire and galvanize the young people in your life. 

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'The Claudia Kishi Club' Explores 'Baby-Sitters Club' Member's Influence on Asian America

In Sue Ding’s upcoming documentary, Asian-American artists discuss what the ultra-fashionable babysitter meant for their cultural representation.

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Common Brings Zora Neale Hurston's 'Barracoon' to TV

He will adapt the long-unreleased book, about the last known enslaved person to survive the Middle Passage, into a limited series.

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Barry Jenkins to Hollywood: Adapt More Black Literature

The “If Beale Street Could Talk” director discusses the importance of the Black literary canon to the film industry.

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'Decolonizing Wealth' Addresses Philanthropy's White Supremacy Problem, Offers Solutions

In his new book, “Decolonizing Wealth,” Native author and philanthropist Edgar Villanueva confronts the colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and builds a framework centered on communities of color.  

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Author Q&A: How Hard History and Healthy Friendships Will Save Us All

In “Zora and Me: Cursed Ground,” author T.R. Simon holds a mirror up to young Black people so that they can bear witness to their own courage, strength and magic.

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The Race-Focused Books We're Reading This Fall

As the nights grow long and the warm weather recedes, let these books on race, history and culture offer you insight and reflection this fall.