The Ebony Tower Syllabus


A list of recommended literature and media cited by our Scholar Spotlight Features.

bell hooks, Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery

Bill Hendricks, The Person Called You: Why You’re Here, Why You Matter & What You Should Do With Your Life

Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Brene Brown, Rising Strong Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood, and Rhonda Joy Mclean, The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women

Charles Ogletree and Kimberly Jenkins Robinson, The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez 

David Wallace Adams, Education for Extinction

Debrena Jackson Gandy, All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Principles for Making Joy Real In Your Life

Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Deepak Chopra, The Healing Self

Eckartd Tolle, The Power of Now

Eckartd Tolle, The Art of Presence

Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages 

Henriette Anne Klauser, Write it Down, Make it Happen: Knowing What You Want –and Getting It!

Jeff Goins, The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do

Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Karida L. Brown, Gone Home: Race and Roots Through Appalachia

Kiese Laymon, Heavy: An American Memoir

Lois P. Frankel, Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

Oprah Winfrey, Wisdom for Sundays

Oyinkan Brathwaite, My Sister, The Serial Killer

Rita Emmett, The Procrastinator’s Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing it Now

Shaun Harper, Ph.D., Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool Through PhD

Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person

Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)

Ward Churchill, Kill the Indian, Save the Man: The Genocidal Impact of American Indian Residential Schools

Zarin Ahmed, Delhi’s Meatscapes: Muslim Butchers in a Transforming Mega City




Black Earth Rising

Black Lightning

Downton Abbey




Queen Sugar

Real Housewives of Atlanta

The Crown

The Get Down

The Flash

The Night Of

The Walking Dead


Hidden Brain

Still Processing

Super Soul Sundays

The Read

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