Lemonade 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 Omotoso
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Non-fiction & Autobiography:
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
Little 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. Jackson
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
A Seat at the Table by Solange
OOOUUU by Young M.A.
Here by Alicia Keys
For All We Know by NAO
Film & Documentary: