9 Books And Memoirs From Famous Black Women We Can’t Wait To Read

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These days every third celebrity is writing a book. But personally, I’m glad about it. Being the nosey one that I am, I understand that celebrities tell stories in their books that they may never share in a sit-down, televised interview. And I want the tea. Not to mention some of the women on the following pages have lived some pretty fascinating lives, with experiences from which many of us could learn. Check out the ones we’re excited to curl up with.

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From the moment I finished reading Gabby’s speech from the Ms. Foundation Gala I knew that not only was she witty and brilliant, she had a story to tell. And if the writing in the forthcoming book is anything like the writing in the speech, it will be both entertaining and inspirational. You can pre-order this book on Amazon now and it will officially be released on May 1, 2017

Whoa, Baby! -Kelly Rowland

The full title, “…A Guide for New Moms who feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (And wonder what the #*$& Just Happened)” gives you a great sense of what you can expect from this new memoir. Sounds like it’ll be incredibly candid. After all, Kelly is not afraid of her “Dirty Laundry.” (Had to.)

The description on Amazon reads as follows:

When vocalist and actress Kelly Rowland, whose albums have sold millions of copies worldwide, gave birth to her son, it was love at first sight. But she was also a little freaked out about what had happened to her body and the overwhelming new thoughts and emotions. In Whoa Baby!, Rowland and her ob-gyn Dr. Tristan Emily Bickman team up to cover everything a first-time mom needs to know: the gross physical stuff, the hormonal and emotional stuff, and the just plain weird stuff. Whoa, Baby! is often hilarious and always honest and down-to-earth. Readers will empathize with the candid unglamorous experiences of parenting. From falling asleep with the pump on to swollen legs and lack of sleep, Rowland and Dr. Bickman cover every surprising challenge that new moms face.

This one will be available on March 28, 2017. 

Babies, Breastfeeding And Boardrooms- Yandy and Kandi

We wrote about this upcoming book earlier. And while there is very little information about it, the venture just makes perfect sense. Not only do Yandy and Kandi have a wealth of experiences to draw from in crafting a book about working mothers, these two also love a check. Now that the book cover’s been released, there’s no turning back.

Troublemaker-Leah Remini

No, your screen is not playing tricks on you. Though Leah Remini has flavor for days, she’s not Black. This is why the title of this piece is 9 Black women. Leah is something like a bonus page. This story, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, is about Remini’s decision to leave the Church of Scientology and all she went through during that process and even before then. Fascinating stuff. It’s been out for some time now. You can get it here.

Vivica Fox

Rumor has it that Auntie Viv is getting ready to tell the kids about the lessons she’s learned in her life, including the ones from the men she’s dated. Coughs in 50 Cent’s direction. Just a couple of months ago, Page Six, reported that not only was Fox seen toasting with Taraji P. Henson’s literary agent, Albert Lee, an insider also told the publication that the book will be released through St. Martin’s Press and will be “part memoir, part inspirational,” with the intent to inspire women. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.


We already know that anything Oprah puts her name on is probably going to be top notch. And the fact that she’s made us wait so long for this memoir, makes me believe it’s going to be incredible. The last time we compiled a list like this one, we reported that Oprah’s memoir The Life You Want would be due out January 2017. But we haven’t heard anything about it; and considering the fact that January is just a few days away, I strongly doubt it will be that soon. Whenever it makes it out, we’ll be ready.

I Don’t Belong To You– Keke Palmer

For all of Keke’s theatrics, when she’s serious, she actually has an interesting perspective and a word for the people. Which is why I’m particularly interested to read the stories she shares in this book. Here’s an excerpt from the Amazon description:

I Don’t Belong To You—an inspirational guide that encourages young women to change their mindset and live with more freedom, confidence, and love as they navigate the rough terrain of the twenty-first century. Full of revealing stories from Keke’s personal and professional life, this book tackles twelve topics—sexuality, race, anxiety, success, bullying, and body image to name a few—with refreshing honesty.

Within each chapter is a personal interview with one of the many people that have inspired and motivated her, including Serena Williams, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lee Daniels; quotes, texts, song lyrics, and funny memes that have inspired her; and practices that can help you stay on a path of always growing, never grown. With a voice of empathy, tough love, and determination, Keke speaks about the challenges and triumphs she has experienced on her journey to finding her own voice and creating a beautiful life. I Don’t Belong To You is the motivation you need to move past pain and fear to lead a life full of creativity, spirituality, passion, and unlimited success.

I Don’t Belong To You will be released on January 31, 2017. You can pre-order it here.

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin-Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

While a large part of me resents the fact that Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina and Tracy, even have to memorialize their son in this way, I still recognize the importance of their telling his story in this way, with the written word, without the media’s spin on their words.

Five years after his tragic death, Trayvon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. But who was Trayvon Martin, before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade?

Rest in Power, told through the compelling alternating narratives of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, answers, for the first time, those questions from the most intimate of sources. It’s the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to meaning.

This title will be available on January 31, 2017. You can pre-order it here.

Wives, Fiancees, and Side-Chicks of Hotlanta– Shereé Whitfield

Shereé distinguishes herself as the only fiction writer on this list.

Sasha Wellington has put herself on the fast track to success. Fresh out of college, she’s got her career as a fashion designer and entrepreneur all planned out. Her only wild card is choosing which city to launch from. When fate points her to Atlanta, she sets out to make her dreams come true…

Before she knows it, Sasha’s befriended by two rival BFFs. First there’s Norman, savvy stylist to Atlanta’s stars, from the A-list on down. Then there’s Paris, an outrageous personality with a questionable nightlife. Between their antics, Sasha’s beyond grateful for her coworker, Casey. Married to an NBA player, Casey’s got class. But there’s more than meets the eye to being a baller’s wife. And the more time Sasha spends among the movers and shakers, the clearer it gets that just like on reality TV, the truth lies behind-the-scenes. Still, she’s not worried about getting caught up in the drama—until she’s romanced by a baller of her own. Can she stick to her game plan, or will Hotlanta derail her future—and reveal a side of herself even she didn’t know existed?

With a synopsis like this, we can’t help but assume that this particular story might borrow quite a bit from a few things Sherée has seen, heard around the way. Hell, she might have even lived a couple of them. This title is not available until January 31, 2017 but you can preorder it here.

Mistress 101 – Tami Roman

Judging from the title, it would be easy to assume that Tami is advising women to lure men away from their husbands. But that’s not the case. Instead, she’s trying to teach women how to keep the other woman out. Basically, this book is a guide on how to cheat-proof your relationship. Seeing as how Tami openly has threesomes with her man, it’ll be interesting to see what types of strategies she suggests. This one is for sale now, here.

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Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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