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This time our focus is on Black women in music, especially those who made an impact on the 90s.

TLC Forever: Premiering on Lifetime June 3rd at 8/7c

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A Sick Life: TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage by Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins

Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith

The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop by Clover Hope

Mary J. Blige's Real Love: Premiering on Lifetime June 10th at 8/7c

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Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

Mary Can! by Mary J. Blige and illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin 

Good Morning, Love by Ashley M Coleman

In Loving Memory of Tina Turner

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I, Tina: My Life Story by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder

My Love Story by Tina Turner

Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good by Tina Turner 

Dear Mama

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Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary by Jasmine Guy

After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Comrade Sisters: Women of The Black Panther Party by Ericka Huggins

The Color Purple (coming December)

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker


The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker (the sequel to The Color Purple)


In Search of the Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece by Salamishah Tillet

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