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Books That Make You Podcast

Books That Make You is a channel about all things bookish. Home to the The Books That Make You show with host Desiree Duffy of Black Chateau Enterprises. Where she discuses books with authors and experts, unraveling the inner pages of all the books that help make us who we are. BTMY also live streams bookish events as well as posting author readings and bookish contest on

Jun 26, 2020

With this crucial, historical moment involving the Black Lives Matter protests, the literary realm can help sharpen our understanding and put things in perspective. Encouragingly, the book business has seen a huge increase in book sales on the topics of racism, black history, and social justice.

On this podcast, we talk with journalist KJ Matthews about the following books:

“How to be an AntiRacist” by Ibram X. Kendi

“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk to Racism” by Robin Diangelo

“What if I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People” by Verna Myers

“Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by Paul Kivel

“So You Want to Talk about Race” by Ijeoma Oluo

KJ Matthews is an award-winning entertainment journalist and contributor to BBC News and DW News. For more than a decade, she was with CNN and Extra News. She also founded Traveler Confidential, an eco-luxury website for travelers, and was a moderator for the LA Bookfest’s Integrity in Journalism Panel.

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