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With Women’s History Month in full effect, it’s only right we pay homage to women making a difference in a number of realms, including literature.

While all women have their fair share of struggles, it’s no secret that the experiences of a Black woman are quite unique. Despite being disrespected, neglected and stereotyped for so long, Black women from all walks of life continue to show society that they will not be labeled, but instead, write their own narratives of their lives.

These 10 inspirational books by Black women, all recent releases and both memoirs and non-fiction self-help, not only inspire us to be great, but to also embrace ourselves for all we are and all we can be. The experience of a Black woman is a complex one, but these books aim to make that journey a bit easier.

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

If you’ve turned on a television at all this past year, you should know the name Tiffany Haddish. The comedian/actress and breakout star of Girls Trip has finally taken off after years of consistent hustle. In her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn, Haddish shares many stories of her not-so-easy upbringing and shows us all that the opportunity to obtain success has nothing to do with your background. Starting from foster homes and eventually making it to every red carpet, Haddish encourages us all to follow our dreams, never forget where you came from and to always be your authentic self.

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