Books By Black Authors

‘The Come Up’ Aims To Tell Hip-Hop’s Origin Story Beyond Kool Herc

The Come Up details hip-hop’s birth and ultimate rise as the gravitational center of pop culture. We sat down with… Read More

October 19, 2022

Other Worldly: 8 Black Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction Authors You Should Read

These Black science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction authors build fantastical worlds that reach beyond what we experience here on… Read More

July 6, 2022

How Sci-Fi & Fantasy Author Cadwell Turnbull Pulls From the Horrors of Real Life

We spoke with author Cadwell Turnbull about his new book No Gods, No Monsters, what it means to write fantasy… Read More

September 16, 2021

Kima Jones on Why She’s Ready For Her New Role as a Literary Agent

On her new role as an agent at Triangle House Literary, Kima Jones shared in an exclusive interview that she's… Read More

May 12, 2021

Best-Selling Author Eric Jerome Dickey Dead at 59

A relative of Eric Jerome Dickey broke the news on Facebook. Beloved author Eric Jerome Dickey passed away on December… Read More

January 5, 2021

15 Books By Black Authors You Should Read

This isn’t an anti-racist book list. This is a list of books By Black authors that were released in 2020.… Read More

November 27, 2020

Ta-Nehisi Coates Penned a Moving Eulogy for Chadwick Boseman

Ta-Nehisi Coates paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman in the latest Marvel Comics issue. The latest issue of Marvel Comics offers… Read More

September 30, 2020

Okayplayer’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Tech, Culture, Books & More

Our top holiday gift guide picks include must-haves from Pyer Moss, Sonos and more. The holidays are swiftly approaching. That… Read More

November 22, 2019

Hanif Abdurraqib’s Ode to A Tribe Called Quest Nominated for National Book Award in Nonfiction

Go Ahead In The Rain is the first book centered on hip-hop to be nominated in the nonfiction category. The… Read More

September 22, 2019

Tracy K. Smith Has Been Named the United States’ Poet Laureate

The Library of Congress has named Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tracy K. Smith the United States Poet Laureate. Smith, who is only 45,… Read More

June 14, 2017

New Book Service Delivers Books By Black Authors To Your Door

A new subscription book service wants to connect readers with black literature from across the diaspora. Called Noir Reads, the… Read More

January 12, 2017

Zadie Smith Cosigns Rich Nichols’ Protege Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

Award-winning author Zadie Smith offers a healthy cosign of essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah in a recent piece written by the… Read More

June 22, 2016

Read A Book: Questlove’s ‘Something To Food About’ To Feature The World’s Best Chefs

The original hip hop drummer continues his rise as one of the best hip hop authors. Questlove has formally announced… Read More

November 3, 2015

Read A Book: Pharrell Will Release A “Happy” Book Series For Kids

It seems that "Happy" will never, ever leave us. Pharrell has reportedly inked a deal with the Penguin-owned publisher Putnam… Read More

February 17, 2015

Posdnuos Of De La Soul x Mellini Kantayya On Peaking Too Soon [Q&A + Exclusive Book Excerpt]

In Actor. Writer. Whatever (Essays On My Rise To The Top Of The Bottom Of The Entertainment Industry), a revealing collection… Read More

August 5, 2013

Read A Book: ‘H.N.I.C.’ – By Prodigy [Of Mobb Deep]

Saturday before last, Prodigy of Mobb Deep dropped in on the Harlem Book Fair, sitting in conversation with Okayplayer literary columnist (and… Read More

August 1, 2013