MahoganyBooks Front Row: The Podcast

MahoganyBooks Front Row: The Podcast

MahoganyBooks Front Row: The Podcast is a thoughtfully curated series that offers a unique opportunity to listen to Black authors discussing their latest works. Each episode of the podcast features an in-depth conversation with an author, delving into their creative process, inspirations, and the themes explored in their book. The series is a re-cast of the live author talks hosted by MahoganyBooks, a Black-owned bookstore in Washington DC that is dedicated to promoting literature written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora. With the podcast, listeners can enjoy the same level of engagement and intellectual stimulation as the live events, from the comfort of their own homes.


April 8, 2024 72 mins

Have you ever pondered the narratives that shape our approach to aging, particularly as women? Our latest episode at MahoganyBooks brings together Lyn Slater, Christine Platt, and Elizabeth White, three authors who unravel this complex web with works that challenge and redefine societal expectations. Through Lyn's 'How to Be Old,' Christine's 'The Afromnimalist's Guide to Living with Less,' and El...

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As we gather around the warm, inclusive space of a MahoganyBooks author event, we're reminded that the power of literature is not just in storytelling, but in shaping futures and fueling revolutions. Reverend Tony Lee ushers us into this sacred dialogue with a stirring invocation, leading us to explore the growth of our dear sister Rahiel Tesfamariam, author of the new book Imagine Freedom, from the foundational days of Urban ...

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Embark on a profound exploration of African-American literature and personal storytelling with Rasheed Copeland and our guest Dr. Tony Keith Jr., as they unravel the threads of identity, language, and the art of narrative. Dr. Keith, a poet whose words paint the truths of the black and LGBTQ+ communities, takes us behind the scenes of his memoir "How the Boogeyman Became a Poet." His tale, catalyzed by an inquisitive youn...

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When Dr. Rheeda L. Walker graced our Anacostia bookstore, we embarked on a profound journey into the heart of African-American mental health. Her inspiring story, from the roots of Savannah, Georgia to the penning of "The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health," offers a lifeline to those navigating the complexities of wellbeing within the Black community. It's not just a discussion; it's an exploration of th...

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As the pages of African-American history are turned, the profound insights of Dr. Malveaux illuminate our podcast with the authenticity and depth of black narratives. Our discussion transcends mere storytelling, delving into the emotional resonance of African-American literature, from the cherished tales at Mahogany Books to the haunting echoes of Tulsa's Black Wall Street. We honor the entrepreneurial spirit, resilience, and ...

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Ever wondered how to untangle the often complex web of personal finance? Tiffany Aliche, affectionately known as the Budgetnista, joins us to share her pearls of financial wisdom that have captivated audiences nationwide and landed her features in Forbes and on OWN. With her down-to-earth style, Tiffany transforms confusing financial jargon into bite-sized, actionable strategies that empower our community to thrive. We're ecst...

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When the echoes of our ancestors' voices find a way to whisper through the pages of history, it takes a masterful storyteller to translate that whisper into a roar. That's precisely what Zora Neale Hurston achieves in "Barracoon," her account of Cudjoe Lewis's harrowing journey from African freedom to the trials of Jim Crow Apartheid. Our conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, a titan in the realm of antirac...

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Have you ever considered the profound connections between rest, memory, and the stories that shape us? This is the heart of our conversation with Cole Arthur Riley and Tricia Hersey, two luminaries in African-American literature and culture. In this episode of MahoganyBooks Front Row: The Podcast, we are thrilled to escort you through a realm where literature serves as a beacon, illuminating the importance of narrative in our perso...

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Imagine finding a community that not only reads but lives and breathes the stories that reflect your very essence. That's the magic my husband and I aimed to capture when we founded MahoganyBooks 16 years ago. In our latest conversation, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Vashti Harrison, of the children's book, Big, along with the remarkable White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, join us to discus...

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This author talk featuring author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Rachel Cargle in conversation with Well-Read Black Girl founder, Glory Edim, was everything we'd hoped it would be. Each lady brought warmth and wisdom, discussing how African American literature serves not just as a mirror reflecting personal growth but also as a beacon calling for societal change. Their experiences, alongside the revelations shared from Rac...

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December 18, 2023 67 mins

MahoganyBooks welcomed NAACP Image Award-winning and New York Times Best-Selling author, Dolen Perkins-Valdez for a book discussion and audience Q&A for her riveting work, Take My Hand.

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December 4, 2023 73 mins

MahoganyBooks was thrilled to host a special evening with New York Times bestselling author Cleo Wade who discussed her new book, Remember Love: Words for Tender Times with Symone Sanders-Townsend in partnership with our friends at THEARC. Chart a path away from exhaustion and endless crises and toward a place of renewal and radiant love with New York Times bestselling author Cleo Wade as your guide. During this special event, gues...

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November 26, 2023 68 mins

MahoganyBooks welcomed beloved columnist Michael Harriot to discuss his new book Black AF History, a comprehensive and bitingly hilarious appraisal of American history, in which the dominant narrative is directly confronted and corrected to showcase the perspectives and experiences of Black Americans. The conversation was led by MahoganyBooks owner/co-founder Derrick A. Young & The Griot's very own Panama Jackson.

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