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20 Black women authors with 2019 book releases you need on your shelves

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20 Black women authors with 2019 book releases you need on your shelves

By Dawn M. Baskerville via

It goes without saying that the national mood is ripe for women—and particularly Black women—to speak up and speak out about what they think, feel, and know. So in that spirit, and in honor of Women’s History Month, here are 20 new and upcoming releases from Black women authors that you should be reading this year. Some of the authors are venerable vets you know, others are notable newbies you’re invited to discover. All of them will allow you to slow things down to escape for a little bit of literary luxury, and give you something to talk about when you come up for air.  Happy reading!

1.Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom (The New Press)

Through smart, provocative essays, Cottom, an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, tells rivetingly powerful musings that are aimed at inspiring discussion, and even debate, as they speak truth to power.

  1. The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris (Penguin Press)

The senator from California speaks about the core truths that she’s come to uphold, based on her upbringing by immigrants and her childhood in Oakland. By drawing on the wisdom ..

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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What Does It Mean To Be “Black Butterfly Beautiful”

The image of the butterfly has come to define the many expressions of the feminine black consciousness and for a good reason. The butterfly is the perfect articulation of the exquisite beauty of nature. Whether tiny or large, brightly colored or more subdued, the butterfly’s allure is undeniable. Each one displays its own unique patterns and hues, and no one species outshines any other.

Similarly, there is no one ideal image of a black woman -- each is gorgeous in her right. All African-Americans share a glorious history of struggle and perseverance that has funneled into the modern black renaissance. And, like the graceful butterfly, the awakened black woman exemplifies the dazzling beauty of that cultural evolution.

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