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Author: Monique L. Jones Narrator: Janina Edwards Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2020 ISBN: 9781094103754
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Making a Better America

Black Americans who have shaped their country and beyond: We are familiar with a handful of African Americans who are mentioned in American history books, but there are also countless others who do not get recognized in mainstream media. Their actions may not have appeared to shake the world, but their contributions to shifting American culture were just as groundbreaking.

There’s more than one way to make a difference: the achievements of the Black Americans included in this book range from athletic to artistic, literary to scientific. Their biographies vary greatly, but each one contributes to the course of Black history and its influence on the greater world. Their stories encourage listeners, especially teenage boys and girls, to find their own path to change.

Celebrate the successes made possible by diversity: African Americans have made history by challenging and changing the American landscape. This was accomplished not by shedding layers of originality, but by wearing their colors proudly and openly in the world. Growth has been made possible by a resistance to conformity and a fusing of cultures, African and American alike.

Monique L. Jones’s The Book of Awesome Black Americans is more than a Black history book. It’s a celebration of Black people. In this book, you will find

  • amazing role models who brought on change by using their gifts and passions to overcome societal barriers;
  • stories mainstream media failed to mention that are sure to inspire, motivate, and educate listeners of all backgrounds; and
  • testimonies that demonstrate how American culture thrives when it celebrates diversity and promotes inclusiveness.

If you enjoyed books such as 100 African-Americans Who Shaped American HistoryBedtime Inspirational Stories, or Becca Anderson’s The Book of Awesome Women, then The Book of Awesome Black Americans should be your next read!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Book of Awesome Black Americans belongs on every coffee table in America. Monique Jones packs her book with astonishing stories of bravery, grit, and joy. The anecdotes of overlooked personalities and heroes will ensure you never look at history the same again. Who says history has to be boring?”

    Li Lai, founder of Mediaversity Reviews

  • “Sheds new light on familiar heroes and showcases Black Americans we should be talking about more. Activists and rap stars, abolitionists and pioneers, inventors and scientists surge with life throughout this thrilling and comprehensive work.”

    Jennifer Maritza McCauley, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and author of Scar On/Scar Off

  • “Monique Jones strikes the balance of fun and learning with her fantastic debut…An upbeat but necessary lesson on our unsung heroes.”

    Joi Childs, brand marketer and film/TV critic

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About the Author

Monique Jones is an entertainment and pop culture writer, media critic, and TV/Film reviewer. Jones has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has written for ShockYa, TV Equals, Racialicious, Black Girl Nerds, The Nerds of Color, Tor, Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, SlashFilm, the Birmingham Times, and the Miami New Times. She also writes about pop culture and media as it relates to race, culture, and representation at

About the Narrator

Janina Edwards, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a native of Chicago and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts acting program. Her 2016 performance of Voice of Freedom was a finalist for the Audie Award.