The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Locked up or locked out, black bodies have become the main product of the prison industrial complex. There are currently 2.3 million people locked up, mostly for drug charges. This is the highest of any other nation on Earth. And it's no accident that black community has been ravaged as part of the War on Drugs.
Genre: African American History, American History, Non-Fiction
Subjects: African American Studies, Socio-Economics
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Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris

There is an excellent balance between socioeconomic conditions and differences in cultural socialization in the school environment. It's not only about the impact of implicit bias in schools, but also how the chips have been stacked against black girls from the outset.
Genre: Education, Non-Fiction
Subjects: African American Studies, Black Women and Girls, Education, Socio-Economics
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The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein

This is a thorough and compelling recount of the education system across almost two centuries. While bits and pieces of the story have been known, this book connects all of the dots.
Genre: American History, Non-Fiction
Subjects: Education
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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

The overall message of the book is quite positive. If you shift your perspective what you think is holding you back may actually be what will propel you forward.
Genre: Business, Non-Fiction
Subjects: Leadership, Success
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The Sisters Are Alright: Changing The Broken Narrative Of Black Women In America by Tamara Winfrey Harris

Despite what the world would say about black women we are no more or less alright than the rest of the Unites States of America. This is a look at the facts and myths surrounding black women in America and how to change the narrative for the better.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Social Science
Subjects: African American Studies, Black Women
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Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

The book gets its title from the fact that officers in the Marine Corps eat last. Leaders Eat Last strikes a balance between leading and being led. It focuses on why leadership is necessary and what makes for a good leader. "Leaders would sooner sacrifice what is theirs to save what is ours". Management is a position, leadership is a calling.
Genre: Business, Non-Fiction
Subjects: Leadership
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Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit And Success by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Sylvia Ann Hewlett does a solid job of pointing out that there is overlap between the experiences of white women and women of color while accurately conveying the degrees to which it varies. Black women have the hardest time because they rarely seem able to escape the cloud of angry black woman enough to have true conversations and lead.
Genre: Business, Non-Fiction, Self Help
Subjects: Leadership, Professional Development, Women's Studies
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Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington

Despite the medical atrocities committed against blacks, minorities in general and poor whites people of color need to be represented in current clinical trials. Otherwise they may continue to suffer the ill effects of healthcare disparities.
Genre: African American History, American History, Non-Fiction
Subjects: African American Studies, Medical Research, Non-fiction, Socio-Economics
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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown

I don't believe women and men have different abilities to practice essentialism, I do believe that they would be perceived wildly different for practicing it.
Genre: Business, Non-Fiction, Self Help
Subjects: Leadership, Management, Productivity
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Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

Schools are intended to produce, through the application of formulas, formulaic human beings whose behavior can be predicted and controlled
Genre: Education, Non-Fiction
Subjects: Public Schools
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The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

A black woman, even though through accident of birth, is responsible for providing a pathway for the most significant medical breakthroughs in modern history.
Genre: American History, Biography, Historical, Non-Fiction
Subjects: African American Studies, Medical Research
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The Mis-Education Of The Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

"The lack of confidence of the Negro in himself and in his possibilities is what has kept him down. His mis-education has been a perfect success in this respect."
Genre: American History, Historical, Non-Fiction, Social Science
Subjects: African American Studies, Education, Socio-Economics
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Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change by H. James Dallas

Anyone at any level of the organization can implement these steps. That's important. You will not walk away from this book thinking that he was able to implement his process because he was a chief officer.
Genre: Business, Non-Fiction
Subjects: Business, Change Management, Leadership, Non-fiction
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Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Her saying no, however, wasn’t about being an angry black woman or a stereotypical one at that, it was about something deeper. Fear.
Genre: Biography, Non-Fiction
Subjects: Biography, Inspiration, Memoir, Non-fiction, Self Help
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Genres: American History   Biography   Business   Historical   Non-Fiction   Self Help   Social Science

Topics: African American Studies  Change Management   Education   Leadership   Medical Research   Socioeconomics

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Think and Grow Rich for Women: Using Your Power to Create Success and Significance by Sharon Lechter reminds us of the principles to achieving wealth and success laid out in Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 Unedited Edition by Napoleon Hill. The principles apply to both men and women but as the award-winning author points out men and women view success differently. Women are making significant contributions to business success in the United States. Additionally, women are on track to control/influence two-thirds of the world’s wealth. While walking us through the 13 steps,  Sharon Lechter highlights the stories of successful women who exemplify them.



Do you know what your money thermostat is set to? Much like the heat in our homes our minds are set to a certain temperature when it comes to our wealth. T. Harv Eker breaks down what it means to have a millionaire mind and set your money thermostat to wealthy. There’s a reason wealthy people return to wealth after bankruptcy and poor people return to poor after receiving wealth. Learn where your thermostat is set and tools for  managing your money that will put you on the road to massive wealth.




“Perception is the co-pilot to reality” is the key mantra to Carla Harris’ book outlining the key to getting ahead. Perception can often be what separates people from achieving their full potential in the professional arena. The book’s smart approach to the 10 proven steps to thriving in the work place is a quick and valuable read. The only thing better than this book based on Carla Harris’ career is seeing her in person delivering her powerful perspective on gaining sponsorship in order to garner professional success.




Malcolm Gladwell delivers another easy-to-read book packed full of information and value perspective on what it takes to be perspective. This investigation uncovers what it takes to excel at your given profession or anything in life in general. It takes 10,000 hours to become expert at something. Whether you are starting a business or looking to move to the next level of your career you will find practical information that you can implement as part of your strategy.





Black women are at a critical tipping point in America right now. Despite being the most religious demographic in America Black women suffer the least amount of wealth and the worst health while also being the fastest growing set of entrepreneurs and most educated. Candace Gorham explores the “exodus” of Black women leaving the church. The book includes several stories from Black women who made the leap of faith, so to speak, to become atheists or at the very least non-believers in God but still spiritual in some fashion or form. This is an important discussion in the Black community and worth the read.

Keith Wyche walks us through strategies for achieving professional success as a minority. Being good at your job or a high performer isn’t enough when you are a minority. In fact you have two be twice as good to be considered equivalent in many cases. The book includes practical advice for accelerating your career through the right visibility, avoiding career derailers, and displaying the characteristics of leaders in your organization. Giving and receiving valuable and actionable feedback is crucial and often times what can derail a person of color is not having the feedback they need to make changes and excel.