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  • Who Asked You? | Terry McMillan

    Who Asked You?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

    JALAYNE says: "brillant"
  • My Life, My Love, My Legacy | Coretta Scott King,Barbara Reynolds

    My Life, My Love, My Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Coretta Scott King, Barbara Reynolds
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Phylicia Rashad
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The life story of Coretta Scott King - wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and singular 20th-century American civil rights activist - as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to one of her closest friends.

    Olivia Hughes says: "My Life, My Love, My Legacy"
  • Sahara Special | Esme Raji Codell

    Sahara Special

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Esme Raji Codell
    • Narrated By Phylicia Rashad
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    There are two files on Sahara Jones. The one the school counselor keeps is evidence that she is a fifth grader who needs special education. The other is the book Sahara is secretly writing, her Heart-Wrenching Life Story and Amazing Adventures.

    Holly says: "Family Favorite"
  • Jam on the Vine: A Novel | LaShonda Katrice Barnett

    Jam on the Vine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By LaShonda Katrice Barnett
    • Narrated By Phylicia Rashad
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    Ivoe Williams, the precocious daughter of a Muslim cook and a metalsmith from central-east Texas, first ignites her lifelong obsession with journalism when she steals a newspaper from her mother's white employer. Living in the poor, segregated quarter of Little Tunis, Ivoe immerses herself in printed matter as an escape from her dour surroundings. She earns a scholarship to the prestigious Willetson College in Austin only to return overqualified to the menial labor offered by her hometown's racially biased employers.

    WrkNWmn says: "Sumptuous Historical Fiction that reads like a Biography"
  • Ellington Was Not a Street | Ntozake Shange

    Ellington Was Not a Street

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange
    • Narrated By Phylicia Rashad
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    In a reflective tribute to the African-American community of old, noted poet Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood home and the close-knit group of innovators that often gathered there. These men of vision, brought to life in the majestic paintings of artist Kadir Nelson, lived at a time when the color of their skin dictated where they could live, what schools they could attend, and even where they could sit on a bus or in a movie theater.

  • Coretta Scott | Ntozake Shange

    Coretta Scott

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange
    • Narrated By Phylicia Rashad
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    Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta knew, too well, the unfairness of life in the segregated south. A yearning for equality began to grow. Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision and a journey - with dreams of freedom for all. This extraordinary union of poetic text by Ntozake Shange and monumental artwork by Kadir Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott.

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