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Black Art is Lit

Black Art is Lit

By Nykieria Chaney
Hosted by Award-winning Playwright Nykieria Chaney, Black Art is Lit highlights phenomenal black authors and their literary contributions! Black Art is Lit!
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Priscilla Shirer - Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer
New York Times bestselling author Priscilla Shirer, widely known for her international speaking, teaching, and writing ministries, brings her new role from the 2015 film War Room into the real lives of today’s women, addressing the topics that affect them most: renewing their passion, refocusing their identity, negotiating family strife, dealing with relentless regrets, navigating impossible schedules, succeeding against temptation, weathering their worst fears, uprooting bitterness, and more.
February 23, 2021
Cicely Tyson - Just As I Am
“In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only succeeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history.” –President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony "Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” –Cicely Tyson
February 4, 2021
T. Thorn Coyle - To Raise A Clenched Fist to the Sky
"Imagine the Black Panthers of the 1960s, only with magic in a stunningly well-written and detailed take of that turbulent time in history." This alternate history fantasy series is set in the turbulent years of 1968-1969 - particularly the month of December, 1969 - when J. Edgar Hoover took on the Black Panther Party. To Raise a Clenched Fist to the Sky is the first book in The Panther Chronicles saga, an engaging urban fantasy series. If you like far out magic, alternative history, and strong characters who take a stand, then you’ll love this bold novel.
January 27, 2021
President Joe Biden Inauguration Speech
President Joe Biden gives his 2021 Inauguration Speech to America. #JoeBiden #InaugurationSpeech #JoeBidenInaugurationSpeech
January 20, 2021
Toni Morrison- God Help the Child
This fiery and provocative novel weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”
January 15, 2021
Fiona Zedde - Femme Like Her
Nailah Grant only dates studs, races her Camaro for therapy, and believes in leaving her exes in the past where they belong. But, with a layoff looming and her retired parents about to take a life-changing step Nailah isn’t ready for, her world becomes far from stable. Enter Scottie, the only femme she’s ever allowed close enough to touch her heart. They say trouble comes in threes, and this femme is one with a capital T.
January 11, 2021
Victoria Christopher Murphy - Stand Your Ground
A black teenage boy is dead. A white man shot him. Was he standing his ground or was it murder? Janice Johnson is living every black mother’s nightmare. Her seventeen-year-old son was murdered and the shooter has not been arrested. Can the D.A. and the police be trusted to investigate and do the right thing? Should Janice take advantage of the public outcry and join her husband alongside the angry protestors who are out for revenge? Meredith Spencer is married to the man accused of the killing and she sees her husband and the situation with far more clarity than anyone realizes. What she knows could blow the case wide open, but what will that mean for her life and that of her son? Will she have the courage to come forward in time so that justice can be done?
January 11, 2021
Zora Neale Hurston - Baracoon
In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history.
January 8, 2021
Stacey Abrams - Our Time is Now
Stacey Abram’s powerful, deeply moving book, “Our Time is Now”, shines a bright light on the ongoing attacks on the sacred, constitutional right to the ballot! - Nancy Pelosi
January 8, 2021
Daniel Black - They Tell Me Of A Home
Twenty-eight-year-old protagonist Tommy Lee Tyson steps off the Greyhound bus in his hometown of Swamp Creek, Arkansas―a place he left when he was eighteen, vowing never to return. Yet fate and a Ph.D. in black studies force him back to his rural origins as he seeks to understand himself and the black community that produced him. A cold, nonchalant father and an emotionally indifferent mother make his return, after a ten-year hiatus, practically unbearable, and the discovery of his baby sister's death and her burial in the backyard almost consumes him. His mother watches his agony when he discovers his sister's tombstone, but neither she nor other family members is willing to disclose the secret of her death. Only after being prodded incessantly does his older brother, Willie James, relent and provide Tommy Lee with enough knowledge to figure out exactly what happened and why. Meanwhile, Tommy's seventy-year-old teacher―lying on her deathbed―asks him to remain in Swamp Creek and assume her position as the headmaster of the one-room schoolhouse. He refuses vehemently and she dies having bequeathed him her five thousand–book collection in the hopes that he will change his mind. Over the course of a one-week visit, riddled with tension, heartache, and revelation, Tommy Lee Tyson discovers truths about his family, his community, and his undeniable connection to rural Southern black folk and their ways. "A thrilling literary debut...Daniel Black wields a powerful pen, a sharp eye, and muscular prose in giving us a memorable, even haunting story of the ties that bind." -- Michael Eric Dyson
September 1, 2020
L.A. Banks - Minion
A Vampire Huntress is born every thousand years - someone to lead the Warriors of Light as they fight against the Dark Realms. Damali Richards, born on to the streets of L.A., brought up in the Projects, is our Huntress.
June 10, 2020
Ntozake Shange - Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo - Part 2
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo by Ntozake Shange - Part 2
March 18, 2020
Ntozake Shange - Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo
A look into a book that’s described as, “A jubilant celebration of womanhood — as moving as the moon... pure magic”.
March 14, 2020
Spunk by Zora Neale Hurston
An introduction to Black Art is Lit with Spunk by Zora Neale Hurston. Spunk tells the story of the characters caught in a deadly love triangle.
March 9, 2020