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BELOW ARE OUR LISTS OF ‘THE BEST OF ALL TIMES’ IN A RANGE OF CATEGORIES

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TOP TEN BLACK HISTORY BOOKS

Introductory Level

From The Browder File – Anthony T Browder
Nile Valley Contributions To Civilization – Anthony T. Browder
Culture Bandits – Del Jones
Stolen Legacy – John G James
Introduction To Black Studies – Maulena Karenga

TOP TEN BLACK HISTORY BOOKS

Scholastic Level

Staying Power – Peter Fryer
Africa: Mother Of Western Civilization – Josef Ben-Jochannan
Destruction Of Black Civilization – Chancellor Williams
When We Ruled – Robin Walker
Civilization Or Barbarism – Cheikh Anta Diop

TOP TEN SPECIALIST BOOKS

Philosophy & Opinions Of Marcus Garvey – Amy Jacques Garvey
Blueprint For Black Power – Amos Wilson
Yurugu – Dr Marimba Ani
Afrikan Holistic Health – Llaila Afrika
Black Looks – Bell Hookes
The Miseducation Of The Negro – Carter G Woodson
Man, God & Civilization – John G Jackson
Metu Neter – Ra Un Nefer Amen
Know Thy Self – Naim Akbar
Money Issues In Black Male / Female Relationships – George Subira

TOP TEN CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Please, Baby, Please – Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
Magic Land, Cheri Marie Anthony
The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats
The Barber’s Cutting Edge – Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
Dancing In The Wings – Debbie Allen
My Brother Charlie – Holly Robinson Peete
Refugee Boy – Benjamin Zephaniah
Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffman
Something Beautiful – Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Step Back In Time To Ancient Kush – Kandace Chimbiri

TOP TEN FICTION

Things Fall Apart Trilogy – Chinua Achebe
The Famished Road – Ben Okri
Roots – Alex Haley
Black Boy – Richard Wright
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
The Coldest Winter Ever – Sister Souljah
Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
A Grain Of Wheat – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
Two Thousand Seasons – Ayi Kwei Armah
Go Tell It On The Mountain – James Baldwin

TOP TEN BLACK FILMS: COMEDY

Black Dynamite
Friday
The Best Man
House Party
The Wood
Think Like A Man
Car Wash
Let’s Do It Again
Stir Crazy
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka

TOP TEN BLACK FILMS: DRAMA

Man On Fire
Akeelah & The Bee
Do The Right Thing
Dead Presidents
John Q
Drumline
Drop Squad
Slam
Fruitvale Station
Kirikou & The Sorceress

TOP TEN BLACK FILMS: DOCUMENTARIES

Hidden Colors
Fire In Babylon
Ancestral Voices
Ligali search
The Story of Lovers Rock
When The Levees Broke
Hidden Figures
When We Were Kings
Good Hair
Chisholm 72: Unsought & Unbossed

TOP TEN BLACK FILMS: ROMANCE

Tanna
Nothing But A Man
Love & Basketball
Brown Sugar
Love Jones
Breakin’ All The Rules
About Last Night
Fences
Chico & Rita
Raisin In The Sun

TOP TEN BLACK FILMS: BIOGRAPHY

Malcolm X
The Great Debaters
The Five Heartbeats
What’s Love Got To Do With It
Coach Carter
Dream girls
Get On Up
Ali
Ray
The Tuskegee Airmen

TOP TEN BLACK MUSICIANS: MALE

Fela Kuti
James Brown
Luther Vandross
Prince
Marvin Gaye
Quincy Jones
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
KRS1
Stevie Wonder

TOP TEN BLACK MUSICIANS: FEMALE

Jill Scott
Anita Baker
Aretha Franklin
Lizz Wright
Cassandra Wilson
Chaka Khan
Nina Simone
Gladys Knight
Patti Labelle
Lauryn Hill

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