Audiobooks for Juneteenth
Celebrating Black Excellence: Audiobooks for Juneteenth

Juneteenth commemorates the day the last enslaved people were emancipated in the United States on June 19, 1865. As we acknowledge the ongoing work towards freedom, justice, and equity, we’re reflecting on profound contributions Black people have made to American culture.

This year, we’re focusing on stories about Black excellence: in music, performance, academia, fashion, books, spiritual spaces, history, and so, so much more.

“I was a devil in other countries, and I was a little devil in America, too.” Inspired by these few words, spoken by Josephine Baker, Hanif Abdurraqib has written a profound and lasting reflection on how Black performance is inextricably woven into the fabric of American culture. A Little Devil in America exalts the Black performance that unfolds in specific moments in time and space.

“Abdurraqib is a poet whose reflections offer a compelling look at Black performance in white America, and Jackson’s narration gives it that extra something…”–AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Romantic love has been an essential element of storytelling for centuries, but for Black people in the USA and across the diaspora, it hasn’t been easy to find Black romance joyfully showcased in entertainment media. Black Love Matters is an incisive, intersectional essay anthology that celebrates and examines romance and romantic media through the lens of Black readers, writers, and cultural commentators.

Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own innovative, glamorous designs. But before he reinvented haute couture, he was a boy with holes in his shoes who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, and a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books. In Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem Daniel R. Day tells his full story for the first time.

In late August 1619, a ship arrived in Virginia bearing a cargo of enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, narrated by a full cast, reveals truths around our nation’s founding and the way that the legacy of slavery did not end with emancipation, but continues to shape American life.

In a country that has historically afforded its citizens from the African diaspora tragically few safe spaces, the Black church has always been more than a sanctuary; it’s been a place to nourish the deepest human needs and dreams of the African-American community. Still and all, as a source of strength and a force for change, The Black Church is at the center of the action at every stage of the American story, as this enthralling history makes vividly clear.

Following his internationally bestselling How to Be an Antiracist, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi combines a century of scientific research with a vulnerable and compelling personal narrative of his own journey as a parent and as a child in How to Raise an Antiracist. The chapters follow the stages of child development from pregnancy to toddler to schoolkid to teenager. It is never too early or late to start raising young people to be antiracist.