Black Lives Matter, and So Does The Stories They Tell

Black stories require Black voices.

The world right now seems to be on fire, both literally and figuratively. We as humanity can not stand to witness any more tragedy. Yet, somehow, here we are.

George Floyd, a man from Minnesota, has become the latest black man to fall victim to police brutality, and it begs the question of when will this end?

Unfortunately, that million-dollar question is yet to be answered.

How, if at all, will these horrible, but heavily notable defining points reflect in the history books, and who will hold the pen when writing these stories?

Black stories require Black voices.

While the time is always right to honor black stories, now, they definitely should be at the forefront because they are most certainly significant.

In honor of amplifying black voices, here is a list of books by black authors add to your library.

Kimberla Lawson Roby admits that for years, shewasn’tbeing the real woman God created her to be. Yes, she has always loved God and tried her best to honor Him, but what she eventually discovered was that building and maintaining her own personal relationship with God—and makingHimher top priority—was the key to finding joy in all areas of her life.

Multi-platinum rapper Devin has it all. Money, cars, fame, women— he’s living the life of a rockstar. As with anything in life, all good things come to the end of its cycle, and God takes you off of a path so that you can begin anew.

This is a story of addiction and redemption, of overcoming some of life’s most overwhelming obstacles with the help of God and his most qualified angels.

After leaving her small hometown in Mississippi to chase her dreams in New York, Lyric Ali finds that the vision in her head is not the reality right in front of her. This changes after an open mic showcase win at a popular nightclub, owned by infamous, yet charming Businessman, Russ Prozay, put her on the radar. 

This is a story of determination and growth, following a young girl filled with pure intention to make her dreams come true. However, if you aren't careful about the details of the journey, you can end up on a different path.

Continue with reading a complete list compiled by O magazine.

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