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Published on March 18th, 2023 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


The Top Three Autobiographies from Black Celebrities That You Need to Read

Some of the most important and groundbreaking memoirs of recent years have been penned by black celebrities. These works are often hugely inspirational or bring to light the issues that many BAME people face daily.

Autobiographies are Getting a Lot of Attention

Just when you may have thought books were going out of style, there has been a huge spike in the number of people reading. If you’re someone who doesn’t traditionally read, you may want to join the millions of people who are now discovering a passion. According to PIAs blog, there were more than $1 billion in eBook sales in 2020, highlighting how this pastime is becoming more popular.

Memoir and autobiography is the most popular non-fiction genre according to BubbleCow, and many celebrities have tapped into this market by producing work about themselves. There’s a risk that these books can sometimes be generic. However, a few recent ones have been incredibly insightful.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is one of the most prominent women in recent history, and Becoming is a captivating memoir that takes readers through her journey. The 2018 book offers a candid glimpse into the life of the former First Lady, from her humble beginnings on the south side of Chicago to her time in the White House and beyond.

Aside from the personal anecdotes, Becoming also offers insight into Michelle Obama’s vision for a better world. She shares her views on social justice, equality, and leadership, and even brings to the fore suggestions about how society can improve.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah is one of the most famous comedians in the USA now, but his early life was a struggle. Born a Crime tells the story of his life growing up in South Africa during the apartheid era. He was a mixed-race child, so he regularly faced discrimination and violence.

Although the subject matter of a lot of Noah’s 2016 memoir is bleak, the comedian manages to intersperse moments of joy and humor. He also offers a unique and insightful perspective on the complexities of race and identity in South Africa. It is filled with hope for the future, as it details how he managed to go from rags to riches.

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Comedians tend to create great autobiographies, and Tiffany Haddish’s The Last Black Unicorn released in 2017 is another compelling read. The Girls Trip actor shares her personal story of growing up in foster care and navigating the challenges of poverty and trauma.

The striking thing about Haddish’s book is that it is extremely relatable and inspiring. The serious content matter is delivered in an accessible way, and there are plenty of laughs to keep readers entertained. According to the Bibliofile, it’s a frank, funny, and fast read.

Anyone interested in reading autobiographies from prominent black celebrities has a lot to choose from. These are easily three of the best, and you’re likely to find all of them deeply moving.

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