1. Native Son by Richard Wright--This book starts off with a bang. Bigger Thomas is accused of raping and killing a white woman--and what happens there after was for sure a shocker. Set in the 1930's this book was a scary reality.
2. Midnight by Sister Souljah--Midnight is the story of a young islam male and his family. The story tells the struggle of his faith and the reality he's surrounded by. It was rich in culture and even at close to 500 pages it kept me intrigued.
3. Manchild in the Promised Land--This was a rite of passage for me. My mother read it and then I did. It's a realistic and startling coming of age tale that is deeply rooted in a scary truth. Great for young teens.
4. Pretty much anything by E.N. Joy--She writes drama like novels that focus on church and christian life. As a christian myself, it was nice to see novels that were rooted in church but weren't too religious.
5. Breath, Eyes, Memory--I read this book for a college course and loved it. It's intense but so rich and vivid with haitian culture. It's not for the fainthearted but it's an amazing read.
6. True To The Game Teri Woods--Teri Woods was a staple in any urban neighborhood and otherwise. Her works are pretty heavy in drug dealing and drama but they were good for entertaining.
7. Pretty much anything by J. California Cooper. Her books made me laugh, cry, sigh. They're just all around great and I couldn't pick a single one to recommend. They're all good!
8. Anything by Langston Hughes but mainly his poetry. He uses words like negro, so they're pretty old lingo wise. But they powerful and give a strong sense of self.
9. JJ Murray--Her novels are what Sylvia Day, Cora Carmack or any other romance writer has written. The MC's tend to be female and black, and the men tend to be caucasian. She's heavy on the interracial romance but her books are spicy just like any other romance.
10. Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self--I'm not a real short story fan but this is a great series of short stories that range in topic and are easy to read and relate to.