The best nonfiction books that embody Black girl magic

Who am I?

I am all about support, and support is a big part of Black Girl Magic. I believe that every woman should have a support system and community that values each and every person in it. Many of these authors have been featured on my podcast Support is Sexy, an interview-based podcast that introduces dynamic women professionals and the stories of their journeys to my audiences around the world. I recommended the books of these women because I love their message of self-care, self-love, support, and nurturing a healthy community. 


I wrote...

Get Over "I Got It"

By Elayne Fluker,

Book cover of Get Over "I Got It"

What is my book about?

If you’re an unapologetically ambitious woman, Elayne is cheering you on—but she’s also encouraging you to recognize how imperative it is that you stop struggling to do it all alone. Too many women suffer from “I Got It!” Syndrome as they strive to accomplish their goals. This mindset can lead to major stress and anxiety. Elayne offers a better approach.

In this book, you’ll learn how establishing a solid support network and enrolling others in your vision are crucial to achieving success and how these healthy strategies have helped billionaire entrepreneurs such as media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Spanx founder Sara Blakely—and ambitious women just like you—reach their next level. It’s time for you to get some support. Get Over “I Got It” tells you how.

The books I picked & why

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A Year of Self-Care: Daily Practices and Inspiration for Caring for Yourself

By Dr. Zoe Shaw,

Book cover of A Year of Self-Care: Daily Practices and Inspiration for Caring for Yourself

Why this book?

We cannot always guide ourselves into a self-care mindset and the true transformation definitely doesn’t happen all at once. A Year of Self-Care by psychologist Dr. Zoe Shaw offers an easy and enjoyable way to navigate your self-love journey without feeling cringy. The daily practices, tips, and strategies are incredibly insightful and practical, and will benefit anyone looking to improve their overall sense of well-being. 


Strengthening Her Essence: A Woman's Guide to Liberation Through Truth

By Fila McMillan-Antwine,

Book cover of Strengthening Her Essence: A Woman's Guide to Liberation Through Truth

Why this book?

I’d recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the topic of Divine Feminine. Fila Antwine is a self-love and relationship coach who specializes in helping women finally feel worthy of the love that they deserve. Her book is a powerful guide to self-reflection that leads her readers through the process of self-awareness and rediscovery.


Peace Is a Practice: An Invitation to Breathe Deep and Find a New Rhythm for Life

By Morgan Harper Nichols,

Book cover of Peace Is a Practice: An Invitation to Breathe Deep and Find a New Rhythm for Life

Why this book?

Peace Is a Practice is the latest book from one of my favorite authors, Morgan Harper Nichols. I first met her last year when I interviewed her on my podcast, Support is Sexy, about her inspirational poetry and quotes going viral on social media. Her writing contextualizes the idea of letting go of regret and not fearing the future. Her writing is lovely and it teaches her audience to believe in themselves and the power of the Universe. 


Black Girl in Love (with Herself): A Guide to Self-Love, Healing, and Creating the Life You Truly Deserve

By Trey Anthony,

Book cover of Black Girl in Love (with Herself): A Guide to Self-Love, Healing, and Creating the Life You Truly Deserve

Why this book?

If you’re looking for the guidance of an older sister, Black Girl in Love (with Herself) is exactly what you’re looking for. Trey wrote the book she needed to read but didn’t have as a young woman. She writes from the perspective of a young woman who is raised to be strong but unfortunately learned to sacrifice her own needs to please others. She teaches her audience how to be strong without sacrificing herself and without sacrificing her relationships as a young Black woman. 


Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop

By Danyel Smith,

Book cover of Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop

Why this book?

I have known the amazing author Danyel Smith for over 15 years. At first, I only knew her through her incredible writing, but I grew to know her personally when she hired me as a Managing Editor at Vibe magazine when she was the Editor-in-Chief. During that time, I was able to personally witness her knowledge of music and the entertainment industry, as well as her unwavering passion for storytelling behind the music. 

Her new book, Shine Bright, which she has been writing for more than five years, seems so fitting as part of her journey. Described as “a weave of biography, criticism, and memoir” it’s a history of Black women’s music as the foundational story of American pop.


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