Lemonade Syllabus

lemonadebeyLemonade didn’t win the Grammy for Album of the Year  this weekend, to the surprise of even the winner, Adele.  But Beyonce’s iconic album did inspire the Lemonade syllabus, created by Candice Benbow last year.

The syllabus includes books, films, songs, and poetry made by & about black women.  It’s a great resource for those looking to celebrate the works of black women this Black History Month.

Additionally, we’ve compiled a small sampling of works that have come out since the syllabus was created (or will come out soon) by & about black women.

Fiction & Literature:


Kindred : A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Grace by Natashia Deón

We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlin Greenidge

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso51k-l3walxl

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson



Non-fiction & Autobiography:

41kodbafo6l-_sx329_bo1204203200_The Meaning of Michelle : 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own edited by Veronica Chambers

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly




9781481479790_zoomLittle and Lion by Brandy Colbert

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland with Brandy Colbert

Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis

Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson32075671

Into White by Randi Pink

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

American Street by Ibi Zoboi




solangeA Seat at the Table by Solange

OOOUUU by Young M.A.

Here by Alicia Keys

For All We Know by NAO

Film & Documentary:

hidden_figuresHidden Figures

Like Cotton Twines


Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise


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