Money Moves

By Rachel Colias

This list features autobiographical books by famous black women who want to talk to you about money, relationships, discrimination and everything in between.

  • The Last Black Unicorn

    2017 by Haddish, Tiffany

    Comedian, actress, and break-out star of the hit movie Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish invites you to participate in the hilarious chaos of her life with this collection of autobiographical essays. Essay topics range anywhere from her ex-husband to trying to make it in Hollywood, but they're all guaranteed to make you either laugh or cry.

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  • This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

    2017 by Sidibe, Gabourey

    Gabourey Sidibe is best known for her gripping performance in the movie Precious, but it was a long journey on that road to fame. Sidibe uses this book of autobiographical essays to take readers with her on that journey, exploring hardships she's encountered surrounding race, weight, gender, depression, and more.

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  • We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

    2017 by Union, Gabrielle

    This collection of autobiographical essays sets out to prove that Gabrielle Union is more than just a unique assemblage of experiences. In her book, Union intimately unpacks those experiences, making readers feel like her close friend as she discusses her high school years growing up in a mostly white California school, navigating the politics of white beauty standards, and surviving a sexual assault. If you're looking for stark honesty and vulnerability, you've come to the right place.

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  • Around the Way Girl: A Memoir

    2016 by Henson, Taraji P.

    Taraji P. Henson is best known for playing authentic, universally loved roles in shows like Empire and movies like Hidden Figures, but who is the woman behind the characters? Henson's memoir is a deep dive into her childhood, her parents' turbulent lives, the challenges of single motherhood, her time at Howard University, and the struggle of making it as a black woman in Hollywood.

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  • You Can't Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain

    2016 by Robinson, Phoebe

    Up-and-coming comedian superstar and co-host of the poignant podcast 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson explores the many intersections of race, gender, and pop culture in this collection of essays. Robinson creates the perfect mix of both personal and objective perspective on some of the biggest issues in discussion today.

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  • The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

    2015 by Rae, Issa

    Most know Issa Rae as the creator, co- writer, and star of the hit HBO show "Insecure," but where did she get her start? This book is both a callback to her first web series and a personal memoir describing the experiences that made her the ambitious, creative comedian she is today.

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  • The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir

    2017 by Lewis, Jenifer

    Star of the hit show Black-ish, Jenifer Lewis takes readers on her journey from poverty to fame in this incredibly emotional memoir. Lewis' book instills readers with a sense of what it's like to live with an undiagnosed mental illness and battle sex addiction, all while struggling to cultivate an acting career.

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  • Year of Yes

    2016 by Rhimes, Shonda

    Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, spent a transformative year saying yes to invitations she would have previously declined. Her book Year of Yes describes how this new approach to life opened her world up to experiences that shaped who she is today.

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