Popular African American Authors

Following are two lists: first, a list of some of the most prominent authors in urban literature, one of the library’s most popular genres, which is also known as street lit or hip-hop lit and is predominantly African American; and second, a general list of popular African American authors who write in many other genres.

Urban Literature

50 Cent
Relentless Aaron
Mark Anthony
Ashley Antoinette
Ashley and JaQuavis
Azarel
T.N. Baker
Treasure E Blue
Tracy Brown
Cash
Chunichi
Wahida Clark
De’nesha Diamond
Kia Dupree
Endy
Keisha Ervin
Roy Glenn
Donald Goines
Samuel L Hair
T. I. Harris
Treasure Hernandez
Shannon Holmes
Anna J
Solomon Jones
Kim K
Aliya S. King
Deja King (aka Joy King)
K’Wan
Lisa Lennox
Terra Little
Amaleka McCall
Marlon McCaulsky
Tina McKinney
Ed McNair
Miasha
Meesha Mink (urban pen name of Niobia Bryant)
Noire
Eric Pete
Reymundo Sanchez
Nisa Santiago
Sapphire
Iceberg Slim
Sister Souljah
Karrine Steffans
Vickie M. Stringer
T. Styles
KiKi Swinson
Tiphani
Nikki Turner
Omar Tyree
Mike Warren
Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
Anthony Whyte
Brittani Williams
Karen Williams
Teri Woods
Zane

Popular African American Authors

Michele Andrea Bowen
Connie Briscoe
Niobia Bryant
Jaye Cherie
Pearl Cleage
Bill Cosby
Virginia DeBerry
Eric Jerome Dickey
Candice Dow
Pat G’Orge-Walker
Erick S. Gray
Bettye Griffin
Brenda Hampton
E. Lynn Harris
Donna Hill
Geneva Holliday
HoneyB
La Jill Hunt
Ice-T
Brenda Jackson
T. D. Jakes
Jihad
Keith Lee Johnson
R. M. Johnson
Dwayne Joseph
Darrien Lee
Lutishia Lovely
J. D. Mason
Nathan McCall
Bernice L. McFadden
Rosalyn McMillan
Mary Monroe
Mary B. Morrison
Victoria Christopher Murray
Jill Nelson
Grace Octavia
Daaimah Poole
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Russell Simmons
Trisha R. Thomas
The Urban Griot
Carl Weber
Kashamba Williams
Wendy Williams
Angela Winters

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