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Good Black book club reads by Cincinnati Black writers.

Books by Cincinnati Black writers.

Books about Black love, Black fiction, and Black poetry.

Self-help books for African Americans.

Selections for Black book clubs.



Multiplying day by day, Cincinnati Black writers are telling their fictional love stories, life testimonies, in-the-moment poetry, and detailed research into the strenuous lives and roles in the Black community. It only makes sense to add books from these Cincinnati Black writers to your bookshelf! Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to purchasing.


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I Am PowerfulI am Powerful, I am Amazing, I am King (2020)
Anthony D. Brice & Kristy High
Written by two Cincinnati Black writers, I am Powerful, I am Amazing, I am a King is about a little boy who faces a world of adversity that makes him question who he is. He goes on a magical journey of self-discovery and uncovers a powerful revelation that changes his life forever.




Unprecedented TimesUnprecedented Times: Strategies& Tactics Every Leader Needs to Know During a Pandemic (2020)
Tashawna Thomas Otabil
Provide strategies and tactics to survive challenges related to education, finances, faith, relationships, physical and mental health.

Contributing Cincinnati Black writers:
Cheryl Lett, Shawnda DeRamus, Almaz Ware, Amber Simpson, Beverly Engram, Brandi Sanders, Cara Owsley, Carrita Hightower, Danielle Battle, Dawanna Lewis, Delisha Murray, Dianna Pleasant, Dorian Moore, Ivory Patterson, Jessica Frazier, Kamyia Fletcher, Kasi Jordan, Kirsten Hampton, Leah Stewart, Patrice Matthews, Ramona Evans Daniels, Retina Carter, Shahira Schine, Sherry Whitlock, Sheva Stephens, Tammy Solomon Gray, and Tiffaney Hardy.



Let Freedom Ring for EveryoneLet Freedom Ring for Everyone: The Diversity of Our Nation (2020)
Eric R. Jackson
“Black Lives Matter is an international activist movement that originated in the African American community and campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward Black people,” said the volume’s editor and Cincinnati Black writer, Eric R. Jackson. “This volume expands the discussion with the inclusion of the intersection of the topics of race, ethnicity, and immigration.”




Gems of CincinnatiGems of Cincinnati’s West End: Black Children & Catholic Missionaries (2020)
LaVerne Summerlin
This project began with Summerlin’s decision to interview and/or read about 100 alumni and/or their parents who were educated in those inner-city Catholic schools between 1940-1970. Their personal stories are at the core of this narrative that details the Catholic church’s impact on their lives. In addition, it tells of the collaborative efforts between members of the many religious orders and lay ministers.



Jim Crow SociologyJim Crow Sociology: The Black and Southern Roots of American Sociology (2020)
Earl Wright II, Ph.D.

This eye-opening book examines the origin, development, and significance of Black Sociology through the accomplishments of early African American sociologists at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) such as Atlanta University, Tuskegee Institute, Fisk University, and Howard University.



UnRefinedUnRefined: Still Learning, Still Growing (2020)
Kiya Renee

In this third anthology, Kiya Renae provides her readers with an intimate look into her life, her thoughts, her experiences; the highs of highs and the lows of lows, through reflective pieces. She dares her readers to look within, remove the masks, and meet themselves for the first time.



Biblical Role Models: A Guide to a Deeper Marriage (2019)
Antria Goss

This book will help you understand God’s purpose for our lives and is designed for use by couples, marriage classes, and group studies.




Cries From the Dark Side of the Moon (2019)
Lauren M. White

This emotional thriller shares real stories and experiences of black women with a poetic twist. Each story allows the opportunity for self-discovery, connection, and self-reflection.




Cross Wires (2019)
Greg Stallworth

What would you do if you receive messages about an alleged drug trafficking operation that involved your boss? This powerful mystery brings to light the dangers of being caught in a vice between loyalty to the company or reporting to the authorities.




FreeFree (2019)
Lucille Banks

A story about a woman named Noel that has nothing to lose and will risk everything and everyone in the way of her freedom. This includes her own sanity, morals, and physical existence.



Looking Glass: A Man’s Reflections Within the Scope of Dating & Relationships (2019)
Vernon V. Jackson, Jr.

Looking Glass is for women looking to experience a rare glimpse of a man’s transparency. Furthermore, it is for men looking for better ways to relate to their feelings and articulate them in healthy ways within their relationships.  



We Live for the Political Power of We BookWe Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood (2019)
Dani McClain

A warm, wise, and urgent guide to parenting in uncertain times, from a longtime reporter on race, reproductive health and politics.



When Love Rises (2019)
Michelle G. Stradford

In this beautiful collection of contemporary poetry and reflections, you will discover the many sides to love that exists, from the pain of heartbreak to the unrestrained joy of the first flutter of a new romance.



Juli Long-BrooksWoman to Woman: 10 Ways Women Sabotage Relationships (2019)
Juli Long-Brooks

Juli Long-Brooks of CEO of iCandi Productions is among the list of Cincinnati black writers who share their own experiences with love and heartbreak. Juli shows you how you, too, can overcome the valleys and stand on top of your mountain, or even say to the mountain, “be moved!”



Cincinnati Black AuthorsAgainst All Odds, Persevere! Finding Peace Through the Pain (2018)
Veronica McCall

This is a book of several short stories of real women who are sharing their testimonies of loss and grieving, domestic violence, divorce, suicide, feelings of hopelessness, being a teenage mother, a single parent and more.  



Doppelganger Part 1Doppelganger: Part 1 (2018)
Sasha Deux Fois

Elena Kendall’s return to the Bloody Hell Convention to reprise her killer role as Terryn Myles takes an unexpected and treacherous turn.




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Cincinnati Black AuthorsExfoliate Doubt to Hydrate Your Purpose (2018)
Nora Jay

This self-help book will teach you to recognize self-debilitating thoughts and correct unhealthy habits that cripple your purpose. In addition, it contours your specific life to manifest your desires, and access your authentic powers.




Finding My Sparkle (2018)
Morgan Angelique Owens

A story of finding self-love… through low self-esteem, weight issues, and self-hate. Find your inner sparkle.




Forever My Brother (2018)
Isaiah Bealer

Read through the lives of four Black male youths growing up in Cincinnati that bond on the court and off the court. As the challenges and pressures that come from sports, the street and politics occur, will they be able to stay loyal to each other while pursuing their own best personal interests?



Cincinnati Black AuthorsKing (2018)
Qiantria McNear

King and The Family have created a legacy in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, but the choices they’ve made along the way have hurt the one person who’s sacrificed the most. As they all come to terms with their fate, the hard part is dealing with what they’ve caused.  



Cincinnati Black AuthorsLife… Before and After Cerebral Palsy (2018)
Tammy Floyd-Westmoreland

In this story, a Cincinnati black author allows us into her life to show us what it was like being a young, teen mother of a child with a disability. She talks about the trials and tribulations as well as dealing with diversity and disappointment.  



The Lover’s Game (2018)
Brandon C. Brown

The Lover’s Game is an intriguing tale of love; betrayal, anger, secrets, possibility, and redemption are all pieces to the puzzle of one man’s search for love.  




The Story of Marissa Ray (2018)
Chara Bee

The Story of Marissa Ray is a fictional story about lust, deceit, and betrayal. A Black woman in her mid-thirties is struggling with relationships with her family and friends.  




Cincinnati Black AuthorsToo Beautiful for the Earth (2018)
Cara Shelton

In this heart-wrenching narrative, Cincinnati Black writer Cara shares her story of the tragic loss of her twin daughters and how she and her husband fought to overcome their grief and hold on to their hope.  



Wise Up ChallengeWise Up Challenge: Keys to Living a Wealthy, Successful, and Fulfilling Life (2018)
Chenelle B. Price

Are you up for the challenge? The Wise Up Challenge was created to impact people of all ages and backgrounds and serve as a devotional that motivates and inspires God’s people.



Girl You Are MagicGirl, You Are Magic (2018)
Ashley Aya Ferguson

An inspirational illustrated poem for girls. The colorful illustrations and strong poetic verses promote self-esteem and confidence in children. Also, it helps them to believe that anything is possible if they believe in their own unique abilities.



Worth the Wait (2018)
Lesley Blunt

This is a novel dealing with a young lady Layla Morris, who has trouble finding love, and when she felt she found the one, she was wrong.



Healing Beauty BookHealing Beauty (2018)
Nicole Lee

As a Barber and Cosmetologist, you make one feel more balanced because you are working with their Crown (head) Chakra (energy space between body and spirit). Learn the power connection of human touch.




As Sure As Tomorrow Comes (2017)
Danielle and Christopher Jones

Cincinnati Black writers Danielle and Christopher Jones were married for better or for worse. Unemployment. A car accident. A terrifying medical diagnosis. The death of their 10-day-old son, Junior. They never imagined they would experience all those things in their first few years of marriage!




Christine Goes to GrandmasChristine Goes to Grandma’s (2017)
Dr. Christine Gibson

This book introduces Christine, a very inquisitive 5-year-old who is questioned for the first time on her outward appearance and must learn why she is so great.



Cincinnati Black AuthorsBeautifully Graced, Broken Beginnings (2017)
Precious Carter

This is a story of life, its ups and downs and ultimately love. Love is a powerful thing, it motivates, builds up, encourages and causes triumph. May all who read be blessed and encouraged.



Cincinnati Black AuthorsEmbracing a New Normal (2017)
Rhonie McBerry

Take a glimpse into her struggle to forge a new path when faced with a sudden health crisis that threatens to throw her off course. Her story is one of courage and strength gained by faith in God.




Cincinnati Black AuthorsMoney Seeds: 30 Financial Principles (2017)
Lawrence Cain

Money management is not always the easiest. Let this book assist you with attaining clarity around their finances, and strategies to get to financial success.




The Nonfiction Outline Book: How to Write a Book Includes 50 Outlines (2017)
Frankie Johnnie

This book is perfect for nonfiction authors as it shares strategies to streamline your argument, and then outline which keeps you from repetitions or tangents which is essentially book fluff.  




Cincinnati Black AuthorsUnwavering Perseverance (2017)
Mary Wineberg

The story of Olympian and Cincinnati Black writer Mary Wineberg is one of extraordinary perseverance.    She overcame astronomical odds and monumental challenges to grace the top step of the Olympic Podium.




Cincinnati Black AuthorsBold Love: A Letter to My Young Sisters (2016)
LPC, Terri M. Bolds MS

Bold Love speaks to young ladies and women that may not understand the pathology of their behaviors.





The Uncommon Millionaire: Financial Success Begins with Behavior (2016)
Al Riddick

Al’s common-sense approach is mixed with humor accompanied by personal stories of financial challenge and triumph. Also, his story will capture your attention and prompt you to maximize your financial potential.



BlendedBlended (2016)
Sharon M. Draper

Eleven-year-old Isabella lives in two worlds. She’s a double-backpack-carrying a child of divorce, so she lives with her mom one week, and her dad the next. In addition, she’s bi-racial. Learn how she deals with an unexpected symphony of race, terror, and finally peace.



Through Her Own Eyes: This Is Only the Beginning (2016)
Kiya Renae

Evolution, Darwinism, and Freudian theories would say that women are “emotional beings”; but why can’t women just be “expressive”? These “categories” of what is and what isn’t is part of the conflict between being accepted versus unaccepted.



Cincinnati Black AuthorsVision. Future. Reality: How to Budget Like a Boss (2016)
Emerald Sparks

Take back control of your pocketbook and live the life you want to live.




Degree of Murder (2015)
Sasha LaShae

Vivian, a freshman who has vivid psychic visions assists a local detective in uncovering Arkhaven’s true intent.




Cincinnati Black AuthorsEveryone Plays Chess (2015)
Felipe Morris

Love, lust, and happiness have nothing to do with income status and educational background. However, inside, you will find a tale of African American men and women, who through extreme circumstances, were forced to look outside of that box.  



Cincinnati Black Authors


Loyal to Love (2014)
Tori D.

Oblivious to knowing what life is like transitioning from the suburbs to the ghetto, the ambitious, beautiful, young Desiree longs for the life and love she once knew.  



The Capacity to Succeed (2014)
Melvin J. Gravely II, Ph.D

In The Capacity to Succeed, Dr. Mel Gravely unpacks a well-researched approach for minority firms to build an ongoing capacity to succeed.  



Black America Series CincinnatiCincinnati (2007)
Gina Ruffin Moore

Learn about Cincinnati’s African American heritage through fascinating images of African American life in the community, churches, education, politics, entrepreneurship, civil rights, community benevolence, and sports.



Frontiers of Freedom Cincinnati's Black CommunityFrontiers of Freedom: Cincinnati’s Black Community 1802-1868
Dr. Nikki M. Taylor

This book follows the black community as it moved from alienation and vulnerability in the 1820s toward collective consciousness and, eventually, political self-respect and self-determination.




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  1. How does one submit their book to be placed on the Voice of BLACK Cincinnati website?

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