It’s a new season! And there’s nothing that says welcome like a new Fall reading list. Here are some books on our list – more to come.

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I’m Telling The Truth, but I’m Lying: Essays by Bassey Ikpi

Life is hard. And it’s complicated. And sometimes we don’t always have the tools by ourselves to connect the dots. Bassey’s story is a powerful reminder that the tools do exist and they exist within the ownership of our personal truths. 

Grab it on Amazon. Or via your local indie bookstore.

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Get Together: How to build a community with your people by Bailey Richardson, Kevin Huynh, and Kai Elmer Sotto

So, Jen from Detroit put us on to this book. The cover looks dope, it’s written by three team members, and we like taking recommendations from fellow #blkcreatives on what to read. Ya’ll got good taste.

Cop it here.


Even the Saints Audition: Poems by Raych Jackson

First of all, this title alone snatches you up. Even the Saints Audition sounds like a demand, a decree, and an agreement all in one. This Chicagoan nails a complex experience with more grace than the original Auntie Viv in that dance class once she hit her stride. You remember the episode.

Buy it on Amazon. Or your local indie bookstore.

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Succeeding Against The Odds by John H. Johnson with Lerone Bennett, Jr.

If it were not for the work of John H. Johnson, Black media today as we know it, would not exist. Not just from a creative standpoint but from a business perspective as well. It’s a story that should be told more.

Cop it here.

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The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me by Keah Brown

Photo Credit: Morgan on Instagram “Information helps you to see that you’re not alone.” – Maya Angelou  | Very grateful that disability rights advocate Keah Brown decided to share her story, her personal information with us, to inform us of who we should be making space for.

Visit her website to show support and buy.

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Resonate: For Anyone Who Wants To Build An Audience by Alex Wolf

This Instagram post alone is enough reason for you to pick up Alex Wolf’s book. 

Cop her book on Amazon. Or from your favorite indie bookstore.


A Fortune For Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib reminds us of the brilliance of Blackness in a way that hits you at your core. This is definitely a Fall favorite.

Cop it on Amazon. Or shop your local indie bookstore.


Buck by MK Asante

Photo by Michael Ford. In the same way we felt watching John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood , we felt from reading Buck. Black kids and their stories, matter more than we realize. They are our future (word to Whitney).