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We invite you to peruse our bookshelf that we have uniquely curated for the Black Woman Artist. From Art books to fiction to memoirs there is something here for everyone to gain more knowledge on the art practices of Black Women across the world. 

TILA Studios believes in the artist’s practice as a lifelong commitment to learning and seeking knowledge through research, exploration and applying the information you consume to your practice. We are partnering with Charis Books and More to continue that by selecting books and resources that we think will shape your career going forward. 

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In Things I Should Have Told My Daughter, Cleage takes us back to the 1970s and 80s, when she was a young wife and mother trying to find her voice as a writer. Living in Atlanta, she worked alongside Maynard Jackson, the city’s first black mayor and it was here among fraught politics that she began to feel the pull of her own dreams—a pull that led her away from her husband as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment.

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 In Art on My Mind, bell hooks, a leading cultural critic, responds to the ongoing dialogues about producing, exhibiting, and criticizing art and aesthetics in an art world increasingly concerned with identity politics. Always concerned with the liberatory black struggle, hooks positions her writings on visual politics within the ever-present question of how art can be an empowering and revolutionary force within the black community.

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BUILDING A PERSONAL LIBRARY

A personal library is a deeply intimate thing. Your personal library is as close as you can get to an external manifestation of your interior world. It is an expression of your values, your hopes, your fears, your fantasies, and your concerns.

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Art on My Mind
Art on My Mind

visual politics by bell hooks

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The Black Interior
The Black Interior

Essays by Elizabeth Alexander

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The Source of Self-Regard
The Source of Self-Regard

Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations by Toni Morrison

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Daily Ritual
Daily Ritual

Women at Work by Mason Currey

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Black Refractions
Black Refractions

Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem By Connie H. Choi, Thelma Golden, Kellie Jones, Pauline Willis

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The New Black Vanguard
The New Black Vanguard

Photography Between Art and Fashion by Antwaun Sargent, Addy Campbell (Photographer), Arielle Bobb-Willis (Photographer)

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Stop Telling Women to Smile
Stop Telling Women to Smile

Stories of Street Harassment and How We're Taking Back Our Power by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

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Posing Beauty
Posing Beauty

African American Images from the 1890s to the Present By Deborah Willis

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Bearden's Odyssey
Bearden's Odyssey

Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden By Kwame Dawes (Editor), Matthew Shenoda (Editor), Derek Walcott (Foreword by), Chris Abani (Contributions by), Rita Dove (Contributions by), Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon(Contributions by), Toi Derricotte (Contributions by), Vievee Francis (Contributions by), Nikki Giovanni (Contributions by), Ed Roberson (Contributions by)

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Black Ink
Black Ink

Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing By Stephanie Stokes Oliver (Editor), Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)

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I Can't See You Without Me
I Can't See You Without Me

By Mickalene Thomas

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Muse:
Muse:

Mickalene Thomas: Photographs by Mickalene Thomas

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A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry

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Looking for Lorraine
Looking for Lorraine

The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry By Imani Perry

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Lost & Found
Lost & Found

The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, Series VII By Audre Lorde, Toni Cade Bambara, June Jordan

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Barracoon
Barracoon

"The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston

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Sister Love
Sister Love

The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989 by Audre Lorde, Pat Parker, Julie R. Enszer (Editor)

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Kitchen Table Series
Kitchen Table Series

By Carrie Mae Weems

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Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi

Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness

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Lorna Simpson Collages
Lorna Simpson Collages

By Lorna Simpson, Elizabeth Alexander (Introduction)

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What Remains To Be Seen
What Remains To Be Seen

Howardena Pindel

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Kerry James Marshall
Kerry James Marshall

Contemporary Artists Series By Kerry James Marshall

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How We Get Free
How We Get Free

Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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Ain't I a Woman
Ain't I a Woman

Black Women and Feminism By bell hooks

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We Should All Be Feminists
We Should All Be Feminists

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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For Colored Girls
For Colored Girls

Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf By Ntozake Shange

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The Color Purple
The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

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The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye

By Toni Morrison

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Things I Should Have Told My Daughte
Things I Should Have Told My Daughte

Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs By Pearl Cleage

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Letter to My Daughter
Letter to My Daughter

By Maya Angelou

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My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter
My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter

By Aja Monet

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Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

By Warsan Shire

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The Autobiography of My Mother
The Autobiography of My Mother

A Novel By Jamaica Kincaid

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Grand Mothers
Grand Mothers

Poems, Reminiscences, and Short Stories About The Keepers Of Our Traditions By Nikki Giovanni

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Black Girl Magic
Black Girl Magic

The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2 By Jamila Woods, Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds

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