All Ways Black

There are infinite ways to be Black. To be Black and joyful or awestruck. To be Black and to amplify, or to agitate, or to celebrate. They are all important. They are all glorious. And nothing quite captures this truth like literature.

All Ways Black is a community dedicated to Black literature – reading it, sharing it, talking about it, posting about it, living it, loving it. Follow @AllWaysBlack on Instagram to join the conversation, find book recommendations, tune in for live author chats and read-a-thons, and generally vibe out with your fellow readers.

All Ways Loving

All Ways Loving

Black love has a depth and a richness that encapsulates unapologetic pride in your melanin, your culture, your partner, and yourself. These romance books feature Black love in all its forms and lots of happily ever afters.

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All Ways Growing

All Ways Growing

Raising bright, confident, and empathetic children begins with instilling a love of culture and pride in them. These books by and about people of color allow children to feel seen, heard, and celebrated.

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All Ways Inventive

All Ways Inventive

Fiction can instruct, illuminate, inspire, and ignite. These novels by Black authors plumb the depths of the Black experience – from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

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All Ways Enduring

All Ways Enduring

James Baldwin famously said, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” These seminal works from the greatest Black authors reveal a shared humanity and offer connection in their pages.

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All Ways Magical

All Ways Magical

From Afrofuturism to speculative fiction to world-building, these works of science fiction and fantasy center Black protagonists in otherworldly settings while simultaneously providing sharp commentary on our Earthly culture.

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All Ways Illuminating

All Ways Illuminating

These writers and activists know that recognizing the humanity of Black people and advocating for those who do not have a voice are key components to achieving a more equitable world. These books will inspire readers to fight for the same thing in their own communities.

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All Ways Nourishing

All Ways Nourishing

Revel in the diverse deliciousness that is Black food. These cookbooks by renowned chefs and food luminaries preserve the traditions, marinate the varied flavors, and serve up a satisfying celebration of Black culture.

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All Ways Authentic

All Ways Authentic

These biographies and memoirs are intimate narratives that tell the authors’ story in their own voice, which, in turn, invite readers to explore their own identities and pen their own points of view.

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All Ways Lyrical

All Ways Lyrical

Poetry has deep roots in Black culture. It has sprouted up from a rich oral storytelling tradition, has been watered by the notes of gospel, blues, jazz, and rap music, and flourished in its many forms – from spoken word to resistance poems to the joy of the inaugural stage. These talented poets are carrying the form into the future.

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All Ways Aspiring

All Ways Aspiring

Black excellence is the acknowledgement and celebration of inspiring individuals who seek to uplift themselves as well as the community. Learn from these Black business leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts who take Black excellence to a whole new level.

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All Ways Blessed

All Ways Blessed

Connecting spiritually with a higher power amongst a like-minded community can bring comfort and meaning, as well as a deep sense of gratitude. These Black spiritual thought-leaders teach how to practice wellness and center joy regardless of the circumstances.

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All Ways Reflecting

All Ways Reflecting

Maya Angelou said, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” These books examine the duality of struggle and song, of resistance and rejoicing, that make up the Black experience.

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