Black Star Cinema: African Diasporic Books Adapted Into Movies

African Diasporic books that have been adapted into movies

Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith


Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: A Play Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9780452261136
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Published: Plume - April 24th, 1985

NOW A NETFLIX FILM STARRING VIOLA DAVIS AND CHADWICK BOSEMAN

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences and The Piano Lesson comes the extraordinary Ma Rainey's Black Bottom—winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.


Tiny Pretty Things Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062342409
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Published: HarperTeen - July 12th, 2016

Now a Netflix TV show! Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.


My Love, My Love: Or the Peasant Girl Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781566891318
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 1st, 2002

Rosa Guy's tropical retelling of The Little Mermaid is the gorgeous, tragic love story of D sir e, a beautiful peasant girl who devotes herself to the handsome, aristocratic young man whose life she has saved.


Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

Instant New York Times Bestseller
TIME Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time
TIME Best YA Books of All Time
TIME 100: Most Influential People of 2020
New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2018
TIME Top 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2018
NPR's Book Concierge 2018 Great Reads List
Buzzfeed's 24 Best YA Books of 2018


Americanah Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the award-winning author of We Should All Be Feminists and Half of a Yellow Sun—the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race, belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.


Ring Shout Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250767028
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Published: Tordotcom - October 13th, 2020

Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark returns with Ring Shout, a dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan's reign of terror

“A fantastical, brutal and thrilling triumph of the imagination...Clark’s combination of historical and political reimagining is cathartic, exhilarating and fresh.” —The New York Times


Binti: The Complete Trilogy Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780756416935
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Published: DAW - July 7th, 2020

Includes a brand-new Binti story!

Collected for the first time in a trade paperback omnibus edition, the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy, the story of one extraordinary girl's journey from her home to distant Oomza University.


The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.


Black Aesthetic Season One: Black Women in Film Cover Image
By Ryanaustin Dennis (Editor)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780998346113
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Published: Wolfman Books - June 23rd, 2017

Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. California Interest. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Contributors include Christian Johnson, Leila Weefur, Jamal Batts, Jordan Brown, Anaiis Cisco, Malika, "RA" Imhotep, Yetunde Olagbaju, and Soleil Summer.


In the twenty-first century, American popular culture increasingly makes visible the performance of African spirituality by black women. Disney's Princess and the Frog and Pirates of the Caribbean franchise are two notable examples.


Teaching Daughters of the Dust as a Womanist Film and the Black Arts Aesthetic of Filmmaker Julie Dash Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781433182990
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Published: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi - July 14th, 2020

An anthology of essays devoted to the examination of filmmaker Julie Dash's ground-breaking film, Daughters of the Dust, this book celebrates the importance and influence of this film and positions it within the discourses of Black Feminism, Womanism, the LA Rebellion, New Black Cinema, Great Migration, The Black Arts tradition, Oral History, African American/Black/African diasporan Stud


How Stella Got Her Groove Back Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451209146
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Published: Berkley - January 6th, 2004

How Stella Got Her Groove Back is full of Terry McMillan's signature humor, heart, and insight. More than a love story, it is ultimately a novel about how a woman saves her own life—and what she must risk to do it.


The Color Purple: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143135692
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Published: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alice Walker's iconic modern classic is now a Penguin Book.


Beloved (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, A. S. Byatt (Introduction by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780307264886
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Published: Everyman's Library - October 17th, 2006

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past.


Push: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780679766759
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Published: Vintage - April 29th, 1997

The acclaimed book that inspired Precious, the Sundance Film Festival winner from Lee Daniels

"Even though the film Precious packs quite a wallop, the gritty realism of the novel upon which the movie is based is even more intense." —NPR


Native Son (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061148507
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - April 29th, 2008

“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” —Henry Louis Gates Jr.


Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (Bloom's Guides) Cover Image
By Harold Bloom (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781604135718
Published: Blooms Literary Criticism - August 1st, 2009

Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, depicts a woman's struggle for personal awareness and self-empowerment and has inspired many of the African-American women writers who have followed in Hurston's footsteps. This study guide to the novel features short excerpts of critical essays, an annotated bibliography, and an index.


Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062363602
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 6th, 2016

The #1 New York Times bestseller


Waiting to Exhale (A Waiting to Exhale Novel #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451233424
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Published: Berkley - June 7th, 2011

The critically acclaimed novel about four women who learn how to carry on while leaning on each other from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and It's Not All Downhill From Here.


The Autobiography of Malcolm X Cover Image
$18.80
ISBN: 9780808501480
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Published: Turtleback Books - October 12th, 1987

For use in schools and libraries only. The African-American leader discusses his political philosophy and reveals details of his life, shedding light on the ideas that enabled him to gain the allegiance of a still-growing percentage of the black population.


12 Years a Slave: Now a Major Movie (Illustrated) (Engage Books) Cover Image
By Solomon Northup, David Wilson (Editor), N. Orr (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781927970034
Published: Engage Books - December 1st, 2013

Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York State. At the age of 33 he was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and placed in an underground slave pen. Northup was transported by ship to New Orleans where he was sold into slavery. He spent the next 12 years working as a carpenter, driver, and cotton picker.


Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316548182
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 1st, 1995

"Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it." –President Barack Obama   Nelson Mandela was one of the great moral and political leaders of his time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country.


For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780684843261
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Published: Scribner - September 1st, 1997

This revolutionary, award-winning play by a lauded playwright and poet is a fearless portrayal of the experiences of women of color—“extraordinary and wonderful…that anyone can relate to” (The New York Times) and continues to move and resonate with readers today more than ever.

From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical s


The Pursuit of Happyness Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780060744861
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Published: Amistad - May 23rd, 2006

The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall Street


A Raisin in the Sun Cover Image
By Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679601722
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Published: Modern Library - August 22nd, 1995

"Never before, the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stage," observed James Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959.


Fences Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780452264014
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Published: Plume - June 1st, 1986

From legendary playwright August Wilson comes the powerful, stunning dramatic bestseller that won him critical acclaim, including the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ·  William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds


Kindred Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780807083109
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2009

A Good Morning America 2021 Top Summer Read Pick

The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.


Devil in a Blue Dress: A Novel Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780393028546
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 17th, 1990

It's 1948, and Easy Rawlins is on the trail of a missing woman in South Central L.A.