International Week of Black Women in Arts – best books

International Week of Black Women in Arts – best books

by Suswati Basu
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Every year in the US, International Week of Black Women in the Arts is observed every year from February 7 to February 15, which is why we’re looking at the most notable books. The week celebrates the achievements of Black female artists in various fields and finds ways to support them. This is also the time to discover new Black artists, promote their art, and raise awareness of issues that are unique to them.

From music to painting and cinema, Black artists have made their presence felt with their remarkable talents. Yet they remain underpaid and underrepresented. Find out how you can support your favourite Black female artists and discover new ones.

Here is a selection picked by Vivi Koroma Kala, who is a bookish mum, marketer + content-creator and editor Dianca London Potts, who is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow, a VONA Voices alumna, and the former online editor of Well-Read Black Girl.

Best books supporting International Week of Black Women in the Arts

๐Ÿ“š Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be… by Shonda Rhimes

๐Ÿ“š Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene

๐Ÿ“š Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power by Lola Olufemi

๐Ÿ“š Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches, Meditations by Toni Morrison

๐Ÿ“š Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsh

๐Ÿ“š Becoming by Michelle Obama

๐Ÿ“š Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim

๐Ÿ“š Iโ€™m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

๐Ÿ“š The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison

๐Ÿ“š Zora Neale Hurston: Novels & Stories by Zora Neale Hurston

๐Ÿ“š Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

๐Ÿ“š Constructing a Nervous System by Margo Jefferson

๐Ÿ“š We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. by Samantha Irby

๐Ÿ“š All That She Carried by Tiya Miles

๐Ÿ“š The Black Period by Hafizah Augustus Geter

๐Ÿ“š Feel Free by Zadie Smith

๐Ÿ“š Deep Sightings & Rescue Missions by Toni Cade Bambara

Remember to check out the important works by writer bell hooks, who passed away in 2021. And remember to check out the episode with University of East Anglia professor Tessa McWatt on her book Shame on Me: Race, Identity and Belonging.

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