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Faisal Abdu’Allah: DARK MATTER Reading List

The books and videos in the Learning Center are for your self exploration and enjoyment while at the Museum. Use the activities to discover and expand your ideas about the art in the exhibition. Please scan the QR code for a full list of recommendations by the artist for books, music, and films. Check your local library to borrow these books.

Los libros y videos en el Centro de Aprendizaje son para tu auto-exploración y para tu placer mientras estás en el museo. Usa las actividades para descubrir y expandir tus ideas sobre el arte en la exposición. Favor de escanear el código QR para sacar una lista entera de recomendaciones según el artista para libros, música, y películas. Averigua con tu biblioteca local para tomar estos libros prestados.



  • Black Folk Tales by Julius Lester
  • How to Teach West Indian Children English (UK)
  • Black Book by Toni Morrison
  • They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima
  • Secret Society
  • 3 Black Panther First Edition Comics
  • Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch (UK)
  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala (UK)*
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (UK)
  • The Disordered Cosmos by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
  • Cutting Along the Color Line by Quincy T. Mills
  • Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo (UK)
  • Madison Uncut: Incarcerated Tears by DD Armstrong (UK)
  • Nature Knows No Color-Line by Joel Augustus Rogers
  • REPRESENTATION by Stuart Hall (UK)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Art for a Few by Jackie McManus (UK)
  • Before Color Prejudice by Frank M. Snowden, Jr.
  • A Change is Gonna Come by Craig Hansen Werner
  • Black and British by David Olusoga
  • Nina Simone, Autobiography
  • Gordon Parks, Autobiography
  • Malcom X, Autobiography
  • Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  • Marley and Me: The Real Bob Marley Story by Don Taylor
  • Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives
  • How the Arts Can Save Education: Transforming Teaching, Learning, and Instruction by Erica Rosenfeld Halverson
  • Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack by Paul Gilroy (UK)
  • Welcome to the Jungle by Kobena Mercer

Additional Book List

  • Alexander, C. (1996). The Art of Being Black. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Araeen, R. ed. (1989). The Other Story: Afro- Asian Artists in Post War Britain.
  • Bleich, E. (2003). Race Politics in Britain and France. Cambridge University Press.
  • David Butler, D. and Reiss, V. eds. (2007). The Art of Negotiation. Cornerhouse /Arts Council England.
  • Golden, T. (1994). Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art. New York.
  • Hall, S. (2005). Assembling the 1980: The deluge-and after. Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s in Britain.
  • Hall, S. (2006). Black diaspora artists in Britain: Three ‘moments’ in post-war history
  • Hall, S. and Sealy, M. (2001). A Historical Context, Contemporary Photographers and Black Identity.
  • Hegel, G. W. F. (2002). The philosophy of history (1899).
  • Hooks, B. (1995). Reconstructing black masculinity. In: Perchuk, A and Posner, H. eds.
  • Ligon, G. (1995). A Feast of scraps. In: Perchuk, A. and Posner. H. eds.
  • The Masculine Masquerade: Masculinity and Representation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Locke, A. ed. (1997). The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  • Lord, C. ed. (1993). Theatre of Refusal: Black Art and Mainstream Criticism.
  • McMillan, M. (2009). Front Room: Migrant Aesthetics in the Home. Black Dog Publishing.
  • Mercer, K. (2005). Iconography after identity. In: Bailey, D. A., Baucom, I, and Boyce, S. eds. Shades of Black. Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain. John Hope Franklin Centre Book. Duke University Press.
  • Pieterse, J. N. (1992). White on Black: Images of Africa and Blacks in Western Popular Culture
  • Snowden, F. (1971). Blacks in Antiquity: Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman Experience
  • Tawadros, G. and Clarke, V. eds. (1999). Black art now. In: Chamber, E. (Annotations 5)
  • Thompson, R. (2007). Emancipation of Jamaica. In: Barringer, T; Forrester, G.

Sample Song List

  1. Glen Lewis – Faceless
  2. Soulive & Karl Denson – Povo from SPARK!
  3. Herbie Hancock – Chameleon
  4. Kool & the Gang – Summer Madness*
  5. Mila J – Kickin’ Back*
  6. Outkast – SpottieOttieDopaliscious
  7. De La Soul – Much More*
  8. Jeffery Osbourne – Love Ballad*
  9. Jhene Akio – Stay Ready
  10. SZA – Doves in the Wind (Ft. Kendrick Lamar)
  11. Taurus Riley – Love Created I
  12. Bob Marley – Duppy Conqueror
  13. Dennis Brown – Wolf & Leopards
  14. Minnie Riperton – Inside my Love (Bootleg by UCP Berlin)*
  15. Minnie Riperton – Inside my Love*
  16. Kenny Dope – Who Loves You More (Ft. Raheem Devaughn)
  17. Keni Burke – Keep Rising to the top
  18. Lira – Hamba
  19. Louis Hayes – Kelly Colors
  20. Johnny Hammond – Star Borne
  21. Earth, Wind & Fire – You Want My Love (Ft. Lucky Daye)
  22. Silk Sonic – Love’s Train
  23. Con Funk Shun – Love’s Train
  24. DJ Jazzy Jeff – For the Love of the Game
  25. Tank and The Bangas – Black Folk (Ft. Masego)
  26. Evil Needle – Delight
  27. Michael Manson – Lovely Day
  28. The Blackbyrds – Mysterious Vibes
  29. Grand Puba – I Like It
  30. Summer Walker – Still Over it


Youth Books

  • Barber Shop Chronicles by Inua Ellams
  • Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • J.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard
  • Shuri by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Mysterious Thelonius by Chris Raschka
  • My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi Cabrera
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
  • The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy is Enlightening by Chris Raschka
  • Black Boy Joy by Kwame Mbalia
  • Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas by Jeanne Walker Harvey
  • The Falcon by Frank Berrios
  • Wanda by Mathabo Tlali and Sihle Nontshokweni