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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 very inspirational or bring to light the issues that many BAME people face on a daily basis.

Autobiographies get a lot of attention

Just when you might have thought books were going out of fashion, there has been a huge surge in readership. If you’re someone who hasn’t traditionally read, you might want to join the millions of people who are now discovering a passion. According to PIA’s blogeBook sales exceeded $1 billion in 2020, showing how this pastime is growing in popularity.

Memoirs and autobiographies are the most popular non-fiction genres according to BubbleCow, and many celebrities have tapped into this market by producing work about themselves. There is a danger that these books are sometimes generic. However, some of the last few were incredibly insightful.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is one of the most prominent women in recent history, and Becoming is an engaging memoir that takes readers on her journey. The 2018 book offers an honest look into the life of the former first lady, from her humble beginnings in south Chicago to her days in the White House and beyond.

In addition to the personal anecdotes, Becoming also offers insights into Michelle Obama’s vision of a better world. She shares her views on social justice, equality, and leadership, even bringing to the fore suggestions for the betterment of society.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah is one of the most famous comedians in America today, 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.

Though the subject matter of many of Noah’s 2016 memoirs is dark, the comedian manages to inject moments of joy and humor. It also offers a unique and insightful perspective on the complexities of race and identity in South Africa. It’s full of 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 write great autobiographies, and Tiffany Haddish’s The Last Black Unicorn, released in 2017, makes another riveting read. The Girls Trip actress shares her personal story of growing up in foster care and overcoming the challenges of poverty and trauma.

What is striking about Haddish’s book is that it is extremely relatable and inspirational. The serious content is delivered in an accessible manner, and there are plenty of laughs to keep readers entertained. According to the bibliofileit’s an open, fun, and quick read.

Those interested in reading autobiographies by prominent black celebrities have plenty to choose from. These are certainly three of the best, and you’re likely to find them all deeply moving.


Tags: Autobiographies, Black Celebrities, Books, Michelle Obama, Tiffany Haddish, Trevor Noah

About the author

Jerry Doby Journalist, Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine. PhD in Communications Member of the US Department of Arts and Culture and the United States Press Agency. Partner at THM Media Group, Inc. Connect with Jerry on Twitter and Instagram at @jerrydoby_

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