The History of Institutionalized Racism and Oppression

There’s no denying the long and deep-rooted history of racism and inequality throughout America’s history. From the history of stolen and devalued Black labor to the legislative roadblocks and redlining that have intensified racial inequality, these listens uncover some of the many systemic injustices and crimes against the Black community that have gone unchecked and remained unchanged throughout American history.

Caste (Oprah's Book Club)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions....

Sex, Race, and Robots

Dr. Ayanna Howard is an innovator, entrepreneur, leader, and international expert in robotics and AI. In this powerful and thorough Audible Original, Howard draws on her personal experience as one of the few Black women working in the field of robotics. She shares the bias she experienced, and the ways in which the field of AI and computer programming too often produce machines that mirror the largely white and male world around them. Voice recognition systems have been rolled out that cannot hear female voices. The danger of bias is great, and while Howard warns about the risks of AI, she also delivers an uplifting and empowering message about where our society should go next — a message worth listening to.

Long Time Coming

The night of May 25, 2020 changed America. George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a White cop suffocated him. The video of that night’s events went viral, sparking the largest protests in the nation’s history....

The Bias Diagnosis

Five patients, one treatment room, and a broken healthcare system.Ivan Beckley is about to become a fully-qualified doctor in the UK. But he’s not convinced that healthcare works for everyone equally... 

More Than a Vote

More Than a Vote is a nonprofit voting rights organization aimed at combating voter suppression, systemic racism, and misinformation that disproportionately disenfranchises communities of color. In this one-of-a-kind Words + Music special, we hear from an all-star chorus of activists....

Stamped from the Beginning

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society....

Medical Apartheid

Medical Apartheid is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans....

There Are No Children Here

This New York Public Library selection as one of the 150 most important books of the 20th century is a true-life portrait of growing up in the Chicago projects....

The Black and the Blue

Timely and provocative, The Black and The Blue sheds light on what truly goes on behind the blue line....

From Here to Equality

Racism and discrimination have choked economic opportunity for African Americans at nearly every turn. At several historic moments, the trajectory of racial inequality could have been altered dramatically....

100:1 The Crack Legacy

100:1 The Crack Legacy investigates the war on crack in the mid-1980s and the devastation left in its wake....

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

A heartfelt, and riveting biography of the short life of a talented young man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets....

Slavery's Capitalism

During the 19th century, the United States entered the ranks of the world's most advanced economies. At the same time, the nation sustained a brutal system of human bondage....

Defining Moments in Black History

An engaging look at black life that offers insightful commentary on the intricate history of the African American people....

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes....

Caste (Oprah's Book Club)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions....

Sex, Race, and Robots

Dr. Ayanna Howard is an innovator, entrepreneur, leader, and international expert in robotics and AI. In this powerful and thorough Audible Original, Howard draws on her personal experience as one of the few Black women working in the field of robotics. She shares the bias she experienced, and the ways in which the field of AI and computer programming too often produce machines that mirror the largely white and male world around them. Voice recognition systems have been rolled out that cannot hear female voices. The danger of bias is great, and while Howard warns about the risks of AI, she also delivers an uplifting and empowering message about where our society should go next — a message worth listening to.

Long Time Coming

The night of May 25, 2020 changed America. George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a White cop suffocated him. The video of that night’s events went viral, sparking the largest protests in the nation’s history....

The Bias Diagnosis

Five patients, one treatment room, and a broken healthcare system.Ivan Beckley is about to become a fully-qualified doctor in the UK. But he’s not convinced that healthcare works for everyone equally... 

More Than a Vote

More Than a Vote is a nonprofit voting rights organization aimed at combating voter suppression, systemic racism, and misinformation that disproportionately disenfranchises communities of color. In this one-of-a-kind Words + Music special, we hear from an all-star chorus of activists....

Stamped from the Beginning

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society....

Medical Apartheid

Medical Apartheid is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans....

There Are No Children Here

This New York Public Library selection as one of the 150 most important books of the 20th century is a true-life portrait of growing up in the Chicago projects....

The Black and the Blue

Timely and provocative, The Black and The Blue sheds light on what truly goes on behind the blue line....

From Here to Equality

Racism and discrimination have choked economic opportunity for African Americans at nearly every turn. At several historic moments, the trajectory of racial inequality could have been altered dramatically....

100:1 The Crack Legacy

100:1 The Crack Legacy investigates the war on crack in the mid-1980s and the devastation left in its wake....

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

A heartfelt, and riveting biography of the short life of a talented young man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets....

Slavery's Capitalism

During the 19th century, the United States entered the ranks of the world's most advanced economies. At the same time, the nation sustained a brutal system of human bondage....

Defining Moments in Black History

An engaging look at black life that offers insightful commentary on the intricate history of the African American people....

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes....

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Black American Lived Experiences

Black people are not a monolithic group. There are so many distinct backgrounds and experiences that make up who we are. But being Black in America can mean a number of different experiences that have a universal resonance. These memoirs show the depth and breadth of those experiences while touching on the nuances and connectivity of it all.