As a Black person living in these times of uncertainty and unrest, I crave moments when I can focus on taking care of my well-being. In Audre Lorde’s A Burst of Light and Other Essays, she writes, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” We shouldn’t have to put self-care on the backburner, yet so many of us do. We carry the burdens of family life and jobs on our shoulders, without time for rest and reflection.
The audiobooks below—all of which are read by their authors—highlight ways that we can develop healthy boundaries in life, express ourselves despite fear, navigate the Black experience in a turbulent world, dismantle racism in the workplace, embrace Black healing, and much more.
Set Boundaries, Find Peace, read by author Nedra Glover Tawwab, presents simple yet powerful ways to establish healthy boundaries in all aspects of life. The techniques are designed to help listeners clearly identify what they need so they can end the struggle, speak up without apologizing, and experience the freedom of being themselves.
In Miss Me With That, The Bachelor‘s first Black Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay shares a wide range of essays about her experience on the ABC hit show. She reveals everything about her life off-camera, and brings a sharp wit and keen intellect to weigh in on the lack of diversity in reality television and the importance of political engagement, protest, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
In The How, written and read by acclaimed poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, listeners are called to find their most intimate selves: the selves they visit in dreams. Through a stunning mix of poetry and short lyrical musings, Yrsa Daley-Ward takes them on a path of healing with beautiful and intriguing meditations that can be used as conversation starters, writing prompts, or paths from which to delve deeper.
Many of us are afraid of asking for what we want because we’re afraid of hearing “no.” In Professional Troublemaker, author and narrator Luvvie Ajayi Jones deploys her trademark humor and honesty to help listeners move beyond their fears and meaningfully change their lives. The point is not to be fearless, but to know we are afraid and charge forward regardless.
And for young fear-fighters, Rising Troublemaker (coming in May 2022!) provides actionable items for teens to use their voices as they navigate teachers, bullies, and complicated friendships.
In Letters to a Young Athlete legendary NBA player Chris Bosh shares his remarkable story, infused with hard-earned wisdom about self-mastery from a life at the highest level of professional sports. Formulated as a series of letters to high school and college athletes, Bosh shares his pursuit of mindfulness when his career was cut short by a rare medical condition, and reflects on all he learned from a long list of basketball legends, from LeBron and Kobe to Pat Riley and Coach K.
“The eleven-time All-Star uses anecdotes from his playing days, but they are not solely from his NBA years. This is a personal-growth audiobook worth hearing, even for those who don’t gravitate to the genre.”—AudioFile.
In You Are Your Best Thing Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too Movement, and researcher and writer BrenĂ© Brown, bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, and cultural figures to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching: vulnerability and shame resilience. With contributions from Kiese Laymon, Imani Perry, Laverne Cox, Jason Reynolds, Austin Channing Brown, and more.
In How to Talk to Your Boss about Race, Y-Vonne Hutchinson equips employees with a framework to think about race at work, prepares them to have frank and effective conversations with more powerful leaders, helps them center marginalized perspectives, and explains how to leverage power dynamics to get results while navigating backlash and gaslighting.
Former editor of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success in More Than Enough. Welteroth takes listeners through her life, from being an unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change-makers.
“Welteroth overwhelmingly succeeds as a tour guide for listeners who feel the need to figure out what they want and how to get it.”—AudioFile
Looking for more audiobooks—in all genres—written by Black authors and read by Black narrators? Explore our Amplify Black Voices collections.