10 Black Coffee Table Books Perfect for Gifting
Books are always a great gift idea and despite the amount of entertainment choices we have (from smart phones to streaming services) the popularity of books remains at an all time high. There's something about shutting everything off and tuning into a thrilling story or informative autobiography.
But there's something about coffee table books that make them extra special gifts. They combine history and story telling with visual eye candy in a way that provides inspiration, not to mention they really jazz up a coffee table. Coffee table books look beautiful stacked for instant dimension or placed on a bookshelf for added color.
We've curated a list of 10 Black Coffee Table Books Perfect for Gifting and Celebrating Black Culture. This list contains new releases from up and coming black authors as well as stunning imagery of black films, models, artists, musicians, dancers and more.
We consider this list a celebration because it showcases the brilliance, creativity, perseverance and joy that only black culture provides. And when you gift these books you'll be apart of that celebration while sharing black culture and black history.
I've got my eye on #7, 4 and 1. Which books will you be gifting this year? Let me know in the comments below!
10 Black Coffee Table Books Perfect for Gifting & Celebrating Black Culture
10. Ebony: Covering Black America
We all have a family member who had Ebony magazines around the house now you can have a piece of that legacy in your home or office.
EBONY magazine has chronicled and celebrated Black life for more than seven decades. EBONY: Covering Black America includes more than 600 covers and photographs featuring historic figures, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan; political figures Barack and Michelle Obama; entertainers such and Prince; and notables in the world of sports, from the iconic Muhammad Ali to Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles.
Curated by Lavaille Lavette, the book also features an array of articles divided by categories including Civil Rights & Social Justice, Love & Family, EBONY Men, EBONY Women, and EBONY Music.
From her Barbados childhood to her worldwide tours, from iconic fashion moments to private time with friends and family, the book showcases intimate photographs of her life as an artist, performer, designer, and entrepreneur. Many of these images have never before been published.
Rihanna fans or fans of black girl magic will love this large-format book with 504 pages, over 1,000 color images on 3 paper stocks and 7 single- and double-page gatefolds, 9 bound-in booklets, and a double-sided, removable poster.
Each page of I Can Make You Feel Good is full bleed and bathed in Mitchell's signature candy-colored palette. With no white space visible, the book's design mirrors the photographer's all-encompassing vision which is characterized by a use of glowing natural light and rich color to portray the young Black men and women he photographs with intimacy and optimism.
Written by celebrity stylist and journalist Marcellas Reynolds, Supreme Models features more than 70 women from the last 75 years. The book is filled with gorgeous photographs of the women, and details their most memorable covers, campaigns, runway shows, and editorials. Black models have been influencing fashion and pop culture for decades, reshaping the standards and boundaries of beauty. Supreme Models is a celebration of their monumental impact.
From its modest beginnings in the 1960s in a Harlem church basement, to its meteoric rise to international fame, the Dance Theatre of Harlem ignited the world with one simple, still-revolutionary statement: All can do ballet.
With exclusive backstage stories from its legendary dancers and staff, and unprecedented access to its archives, Dance Theatre of Harlem is a striking chronicle of the company's amazing history, its fascinating daily workings, and the visionaries who made its legacy.
Here you’ll discover how the company’s founders—African-American maestro Arthur Mitchell of George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, and Nordic-American Karel Shook of The Dutch National Ballet--created timeless works that challenged Eurocentric mainstream ballet head-on—and used new techniques to examine ongoing issues of power, beauty, myth, and the ever-changing definition of art itself.
Spike Lee is a world-renowned, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, cultural icon, and one of the most prominent voices on race and racism for more than three decades. His prolific career has included over 35 films, including his directorial debut She's Gotta Have It (1986), his seminal masterpiece Do the Right Thing (1989), and more recently, his Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman (2018).
This career-spanning monograph titled SPIKE is a visual celebration of his life and career to date. As soon as you open the book you'll be transported to the world and work of Spike Lee's films. The behind the scenes photography is stunning and a trip down memory lane.
This is book is a must-have collector's item and ideal gift for any cinephile and fan of one of the most prominent and influential filmmakers in history
I hope you enjoyed our round up of 10 Black Coffee Table Books Perfect for Gifting and Celebrating Black Culture.
Anyone of these books would make a thoughtful gift, even if you're treating yourself. If you have suggestions for other black books that should make the list please share in the comments.
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