15 Books by Black Authors Releasing in June 2020

It’s been a week since the protests in United States have started to demand justice for all the black lives lost to racist cops’ brutality. Everyone is and should be showing their support for Black Lives Matter by uplifting the voices of Black people. Though, as a non-Black POC, it’s easy to mistakenly or intentionally center everything around collective POC oppression, and that’s the worst we can do. This is the time to empower Black voices without shifting the spotlight to anywhere except on them.

As a book blogger, if there’s one pledge I can take to make this space—my blog—safe for the Black voices, it’s to promote, boost and READ works by Black authors. This list is the first of many I hope to put together in order to do the least as someone who creates content around books.

Before going ahead, here is a link that can show you some ways to help: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Of course, keep educating yourself and those around you. And if you think this isn’t your problem or you aren’t being affected, think again. Do what’s right, do better.


The Dragons, The Giant, The Women by Wayétu Moore

A deeply moving memoir of a Black woman immigrant who escapes the Liberian Civil War and builds a life in the United States. Political themes that dip into the power of family and love.

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Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

An ownvoices debut novel set in the Black church community; a family mystery that discusses domestic violence, female friendship, and legacy of trauma.

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

A story about two inseparable twins growing up in 1960s that is socially and culturally insightful about race and identity as it dives into themes of racism, self-hatred, colorism, passing, gender, and compassion.

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Tea by the Sea by Donna Hemans

A Jamaican-born American author writes an emotional journey of a mother who takes a route from Brooklyn to a Carribean island to find her daughter who had been taken away at birth.

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The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

An ownvoices witty rom-com by a Black author that focuses on female friendships when three women realize they have been cheated by the same a**hole guy, and brings a refreshing romance.

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Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

With a witty voice and inclusive concepts, this rom-com brings a Black British (and bisexual) heroine and a British-Pakistani hero together through a trope of fake dating.

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Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi & Ashley Lukashevsky

A board book for the youngest readers & for grown ups too, to understand the concept and power of antiracism. It can help build critical conversations, which many at this time need to take part in.

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The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones by Daven McQueen

This YA historical fiction promises an ownvoices biracial representation during an era that didn’t understand or appreciate diversity—well, not much different from the current times.

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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

An ownvoices fantasy inspired by West African folklore which gives you a deadly romance between a crown princess and a refugee, and focuses on mental health.

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All The Things We Never Knew by Liara Tamani

A high-school poignant romance that includes basketball, family dynamics, and loving oneself before giving away your heart.

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

A YA fantasy debut where two best friends discover magical abilities while facing challenges as young black girls.

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You Should See Me in A Crown by Leah Johnson

An ownvoices debut rom-com where a high-school queer black girl falls in love with her competitior in a beauty pageant.

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This Is What I Know About Art by Kimberly Drew

A colorful, beautiful non-fiction collectible that helps an activist, arts writer and curator to reach the younger audiences and help them acknowledge & appreciate more Black artists.

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This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope by Shayla Lawson

An essay collection that places Black women at the center, strong and best. Personal experiences focusing on racism, colorism, mental health, and resilience.

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Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri

An empowering essay collection that focuses on Black hair texture discrimination while highlighting the historical and cultural essence through a social commentary.

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