Listening Picks from Chef, Author, and Activist Marcus Samuelsson

The trailblazing founder of Harlem's Red Rooster spotlights true tales by history-making icons.

Chef and founder of the iconic Harlem restaurant Red Rooster, Marcus Samuelsson hits a sweet spot of Black history and culinary innovation with Our Harlem, an audio pilgrimage through New York's unique cultural hotspot. This Black History Month, the chef shares six powerful first-person perspectives of justice, vision, courage, and perseverance.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

''My father gave this book to me when I was much younger, and it was game-changing. Malcolm depicts America’s deep-seated issues of racism and underscores issues that are still relevant today. This is a seriously enriching listen and one of my all-time favorite books.''

A Promised Land

''In times like these, true leadership is so refreshing. As we look back on 2020 and turn over a new leaf, Obama’s insights are extremely valuable. Obama illustrates all of the complexities of being a Black American running for office and his perception of democracy in this truly remarkable audiobook.''

I Am Malala

''Malala is such a force, and her story demonstrates her courage and determination to stand up for what’s right. It’s a beautiful story of the power of love, family, and the pursuit of knowledge. This memoir can inspire anyone to use their voice to fight for what they believe in.''

Caste (Oprah's Book Club)

''Isabel Wilkerson provides an essential lens for understanding how racism works in America through real-life narratives. It’s raw, real, and the most important book that came out in 2020. It’s a must-listen.''

Across That Bridge

''We all know John Lewis as an American hero and inspiring activist. He talks about his work as a civil rights activist and his journey in this powerful audiobook. This listen shows what fierce determination looks like and what change needs to occur for the next generations.''

The Truths We Hold

''Vice President Kamala Harris brings us on a journey back to her upbringing in Oakland and how social justice shaped her life. She discusses her work in California and recounts the complex issues she faced in her role. Narrated by Harris herself, the story is packed with wisdom and insight from start to finish.''

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

''My father gave this book to me when I was much younger, and it was game-changing. Malcolm depicts America’s deep-seated issues of racism and underscores issues that are still relevant today. This is a seriously enriching listen and one of my all-time favorite books.''

A Promised Land

''In times like these, true leadership is so refreshing. As we look back on 2020 and turn over a new leaf, Obama’s insights are extremely valuable. Obama illustrates all of the complexities of being a Black American running for office and his perception of democracy in this truly remarkable audiobook.''

I Am Malala

''Malala is such a force, and her story demonstrates her courage and determination to stand up for what’s right. It’s a beautiful story of the power of love, family, and the pursuit of knowledge. This memoir can inspire anyone to use their voice to fight for what they believe in.''

Caste (Oprah's Book Club)

''Isabel Wilkerson provides an essential lens for understanding how racism works in America through real-life narratives. It’s raw, real, and the most important book that came out in 2020. It’s a must-listen.''

Across That Bridge

''We all know John Lewis as an American hero and inspiring activist. He talks about his work as a civil rights activist and his journey in this powerful audiobook. This listen shows what fierce determination looks like and what change needs to occur for the next generations.''

The Truths We Hold

''Vice President Kamala Harris brings us on a journey back to her upbringing in Oakland and how social justice shaped her life. She discusses her work in California and recounts the complex issues she faced in her role. Narrated by Harris herself, the story is packed with wisdom and insight from start to finish.''

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