Black Books

African Americans,Blacks Books and more from writers.

Roslyn Elders Saunders,
former owner of JamaicaWay Books and Gifts
author – Black Massachusetts history book products
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X Screening 
6:30pm – 8:30pm 
African Meeting House| 46 Joy Street | Beacon Hill
Premiere screening of Smithsonian’s new documentary.
6:30pm-7:30pm           Film Screening
7:30-8:00pm                Panel Discussion



JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN authored these books:

  • Afro-American Encyclopedia:Thoughts and Sayings, and Doings of the Race.
  • The Remarkable RV of the Afro-American: Progress of a Race.
  • The Negro Year Book.
  • Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America.
  • From Slavery to Freedom.
  • Problems in American History.
  • The American Negro Reference Book.
  • Land of the Free, a Californing 8th grade textbook.

Marcus Burke
Marcus Burke

Team Seven signed copy

a novel by Marcus Burke

It was Mr. Burke’s novel debut. First stop on the tour: Harvard Coop, H Square and we were there as were his teen friends who were talked about in the book.  “Just south of Boston in Milton, Massachusetts, Andre Battel is growing away from his Jamaican family, discovering genuine prowess on the basketball court, and eventually falling into dealing drugs for the local street gang, Team Seven.  But when Andre and his crew fall behind on payments, dire and violent consequences await. Around Andre swirls a cast of characters and voices: Ruby, a hardworking medical secretary; Nina, his older sister; Eddy, his mostly-not-there father; and Reggie and Smoke, the kingpins of competing drug crews. As these individual lives clash and come together, the novel weaves an intricate and unflinching portrait of a black family, a black community, and one young man poised between youthful innocence and ambiguous experience.”

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The Cultural Matrix:
Understanding Black youth
by Orlando Patterson
688 pages, $19.00

The Cultural Matrix seeks to unravel an American paradox: the socioeconomic crisis and social isolation of disadvantaged black youth, on the one hand, and their extraordinary integration and prominence in popular culture on the other. This interdisciplinary work explains how a complex matrix of cultures influences black youth.

SOS – Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader

Black Arts Movement
Black Arts Movement African-America brands the USA
1960’s to the 1970’s

This volume brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, among the most significant cultural movements in American history.

A sister of the Black Power movement, the Black Arts Movement arrived in the form of artists’ circles, writers’ workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores, and cultural centers present most community and college campuses where there were enough African Americans to work it. Black Arts activists were seen in magazines such as Ebony and Jet, on television shows such as Soul! and Like It Is and on radio programs.

Take Care of your Music Business

by John Kellog, Berklee College of Music
Taking Care of the Music Business
John says everytime the music is played somebody gets payed.” This is a must have reference for anyone who is serious about the music business and its up to date. Written by a Berklee education leader and expert in the field of entertainment law, the book features the 360 Degree Deal and the Emerging Digital Age with information for the recording artist, managers, producers, songwriters, record company executives, accountants and attorneys. It includes samples of the most-used industry contracts with easy-to-read split page analysis, and fine points on options for business, royalty and accounting.

Stokely: A Life
by Penial E. Joseph

black literature
Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night. In Stokely, preeminent civil rights scholar Peniel E. Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Carmichael, using his life as a prism through which to view the transformative African American freedom struggles of the twentieth century.

100 Most Popular African American Authors
Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies
By Drew, Bernard A.


Hip Hop Speaks to Children

by Nikki Giovanni
$15.82 hardcover

A New York Times bestseller listed on the booklist
Top 10 Art Books for Youth

The consensus is Hip Hop Speaks to Children is the most essential poetry purchase to make this year.

The poetry is enough. The illustrations are enough. The CD is enough. Together, this book is a treasure of which you cannot get enough. We shall accomplish much this year. Children will be encouraged to put their words to poetry and beats. Teachers will be encouraged to allow the artists to speak to children.  –Diane Chen, School Library Journal blog “Practically Paradise”

Peter Thiel ZERO to ONE

The author co-founded Paypal and currently runs a $20 Billion dollar startup but he comes back to the street often to encourage MBA students to quit school now and jump in if they want to be entrepreneurs. Can you name the 5 things your business must have going on to rise above the rest of your competitors? Peter Thiel is no less full of controversy; however you’ll probably get something out of his book that will help your business.

$8.17 paperback
startup advice

Global Brand Power
$10-$13 per edition

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This author is a ranking guru at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. She explains marketing and brand better than anyone I’ve read. Examples of what Whole Foods and Mary Kay did that worked are explored in detail.

The best part of this book is how she takes you into the head of a potential customer, explaining in detail how important it is for your brand product service or company to become the one of three choices in the consumers “consideration set” before they are likely to buy from you.


A person goes into a supermarket where every shelf has a product made by more than one company. There are a zillion cereal boxes there but which one gets picked for the shopping cart and why?

Find that answer in this book while learning what that company did to be the one chosen.

This one is the definitive HUBSPOT online lead generation how-to book written by HUBSPOT founders. It teaches you about inbound marketing.

Inbound Marketing:
Get Found Using Google,
Social Media, and Blogs
$13 kindle | $16 hardcover

Entrepreneurial Management $14.00
by Professor Robert Calvin

This is a good book for preparing your business plan yourself. You can also use it to determine what a good business plan looks like if someone else does it for you.

If you are FUND RAISING  this is the book for you.

It tells you how to meet investors and what to bring to the first meeting.

This book outlines the long-form business plan and interrogates the business owner in detail about what it makes, why it is so unique, what problem is it solving, how big is the market for it, who will you be competing with, what are the products and services and how are you going to sell them, what skills you and co-workers bring to the table.

This book is for the person who expects to be talking to serious investors they have neve000r been in a relationship ship before. If you want to drill yourself the way a serious investor is going to question you having done due diligence, then this is the book to read. It is also the official text book of an online CLASS on the NOVED MOOC.

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