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.
Don’t Waste Your Pretty: The Go-to Guide for Making Smarter Decisions in Life & Love by Demetria L. Lucas
For the ladies who are tired of making all the wrong decisions when it comes to life and love, this book has got you covered. Don’t Waste Your Pretty tackles the everyday problems we women go through in this treacherous world of dating. It asks all the uncomfortable, taboo and inappropriate questions we all wonder about deep down inside, but aren’t confident enough to disclose out loud. It breaks down the mistakes for us so we don’t have to, and it can keep us away from much heartache and pain. In this fun and relatable book, it shows us that we are not alone when it comes to making the wrong decisions on love and the advice given can help just about anyone.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
We know her as the overly complicated Issa Dee on her hit HBO show Insecure, but many don’t know that Issa Rae is also a New York Times best-selling author. In The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Rae shows us what it’s like to be unapologetically you; even when the world does a horrible job at embracing that. Rae, an awkward introvert who also happens to be Black, doesn’t have the easiest time transitioning through this thing called life. She takes us through her complex journey and shows us the beauty in her uniqueness, as well as the benefits of being and doing you.
Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success by Eboni K. Williams
Eboni K. Williams, attorney, former Fox News host and radio personality uses Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success to speak on how women can use their appearance to their advantage in the workplace and be strategic in their motives. She speaks on how beauty can and should be used as a powerful asset as long as you have the substance and intellect to show you’re much more than just that in the end.
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union, actress, producer and entrepreneur, has recently added author to her already impressive resume. In her NY Times bestseller, We’re Going to Need More Wine, Union touches on all of the chapters of her own life, the good, the bad and the straight up ugly. From sexual abuse, jealousy and finding love, Union lets us in on the raw and unfiltered version of all of the things that have made her who she is.
Don’t Settle for Safe: Embracing the Uncomfortable to Become Unstoppable by Sarah Jakes Roberts
In Don’t Settle for Safe, Sarah Jakes Roberts gets 100 percent candid about getting out of your rut and on a path to success. With her firsthand experience of teenage pregnancy, a failed marriage as well as the constant judgment from people due to her famous father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Roberts has experienced her fair share of hurt. In this book, she tells us how to get uncomfortable so we can all become unstoppable in life, no matter what our circumstances may be. Roberts’s story shows that we can overcome anything in life and that we owe it to ourselves to go after our desired destiny.
Successful Women Think Differently: 9 Habits to Make You Happier, Healthier and More Resilient by Valorie Burton
The title is pretty self-explanatory. Successful Women Think Differently and Valorie Burton does a great job at explaining how. In this book, the life coach and entrepreneur highlights how women who aim to be successful should change their thought process in every aspect of their life. From finances, love, health and much more, women who approach situations differently have more successful outcomes because of it. By changing our everyday habits, we are more likely to change our lives. For all the ambitious women, this one’s for you.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
Sometimes we women let life get the best of us. We get caught up in our mundane everyday routine and lose ourselves in the process. We go to work, go home, provide for our families and repeat. While this lifestyle is safe and comfortable, it isn’t necessarily the healthiest option. In this book, the queen of Thursday nights and Shondaland, Shonda Rhimes, breaks down how we should encourage ourselves to say yes! to life. She speaks about how pushing herself to say yes to all of the things that scared her or didn’t fit into her meticulously planned out life changed her perspective.
A Piece Of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown
Before Cupcake Brown officially became an adult, she experienced more pain and loss than some people have in their entire lifetime. From the loss of a parent, the foster care system, drugs, prostitution and a miscarriage, Brown’s story is not an easy one to digest, but her outcome shows there is a light at the end of every tunnel. Brown tells the story of overcoming the worst situations and how resilience can get you out of anything.
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris
Tamara Winfrey Harris has taken the liberty of changing the not-so-positive narrative of the Black woman in today’s society, and in turn, brings our truth to the page. In The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America, Harris explains who we really are as Black women, and not who society has told us we are. She goes on to analyze our history in the hopes of providing a better understanding of why we are the way we are. She highlights the truth in every aspect of our lives from love, marriage, sex and more. Harris shows us how the experience of a Black woman is a complex one, but a beautiful one nonetheless.