Bellow are 10 amazing and powerful memoirs by some pretty amazing people.
1. “The Last Black Unicorn” by Tiffany Haddish
In this book, Haddish shares all about her life and come up in Hollywood. With humor like her’s, you know the book will have you holding your sides as you laugh. From living in her car to taking care of her mother you get to learn more things about Haddish as a person.
2. “I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography” by Jackie Robinson
Number 42 himself, Jackie Robinson made history as the first Black man to play in Major League Baseball. Although the accomplishment was great, the road to get there was not easy. The book chronicles his life starting from his childhood, to attending UCLA, his time in the Army and then fighting racial injustice in the professional world of baseball.
3. ‘The Mother Of Black Hollywood” by Jenifer Lewis
Jenifer Lewis has every right to call herself the mother of Black Hollywood, just take a look at her career and all the amazing work she’s done.
4. “Around The Way Girl” by Taraji P. Henson
We love her as Cookie Lyon from “Empire” and Katherine Johnson in “Hidden Figures” but you should definitely take some time to get to know this D.C. girl. Her book talks all about the struggles she faced growing up, her grandmothers influence on her life and making it in Hollywood.
5. “Moonwalk” by Michael Jackson
Named after his signature dance move the moonwalk, the book explores Jackson’s childhood, his time in the Jackson 5, his relationship with his father and the jump into his solo career. He also talks about his relationships, friendships with celebrities, his plastic surgery and physical appearance.
6. “I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone” by Nina Simone
What a title for a book! Nina Simone was the Queen of Jazz, soul, and blues. Her book takes a look at her childhood, her fight with racial injustice her relationship with music and the struggle she had with her family because of it.
7. “Michelle Obama in Her Own Words: The Views and Values of America’s First Lady” by Michelle Obama and Lisa Rogak
Michelle Obama is one of the fiercest women on the planet and it’s not because her husband was the president of the United States. Michelle had a successful career in law, government, and education. When her husband was elected she endured scrutiny from many people and had to learn about the type of first lady she would be.
8. “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show,” reveals a lot about his childhood in South Africa. At the time growing up in a society that was not accepting of interracial marriages made growing up tough.
9. “What I Know For Sure” by Oprah Winfrey
You name it and Oprah has probably. A talk show host, actor, author, CEO, production company, spokesperson, she’s been there and done it all. With all of these accomplishments, it can give anyone hope that they can achieve their dreams if they work hard enough. Oprah’s book gets into the wisdom that she’s gained over the years from secrets to success and advice.
10. “Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences” by Richard Pryor
Definetly a throwback but worth reading to learn about the funniest man in comedy. Pyror is known for using his jokes to raise awareness about racism, politics, and religion often using the N-word in his jokes about African-Americans. This book looks at his life from shaky beginnings to kicking it with some of the biggest stars of his time.