Top Ten Videos to watch

Eric Garner Protests
Justice for Tamir sign held aloft. Stop Mass Incarcerations...
Kym Whitley
Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show
Donald Trump's 'Crippled America' Book Press Conference
US-CRIME-RACE-SHOOTING-PROTEST
New Hampshire Primaries
TV One At The 47th NAACP Image Awards
Donald Trump Holds Rally In Biloxi, Mississippi
Behind bars
47th NAACP Image Awards Presented By TV One - Press Room
A Man Operating A Tv Camera
Maurice White
March2Justice
'News One Now' With Roland Martin Taping
Bill Cosby
Activists In Los Angeles Gather To Burn Likenesses Of The Confederate Flag
Flint Firebirds V Windsor Spitfires
CBC Message To America: Rep. Conyers Addresses The Damage Inflicted On Our Communities By Poverty, Mass Incarceration And Lack Of Economic Development
Iowa Caucus Ted Cruz
NewsOne Now NAACP Image Awards Preview
Student sitting at a desk in a classroom
Rahm Emanuel Announces Police Accountability Task Force As CPD Chief Is Fired
Slavery Stock image
The 16th Annual Wall Street Project Gala Fundraising Reception
Ava DuVernay
Roland Martin Blasts Stacey Dash For Comments About BET, Black Networks
President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address At U.S. Capitol
Ava DuVernay
Leave a comment

At NewsOne, we believe that the child who reads is the child who leads. In keeping with that idea, we decided this summer to take a look at the state of reading for black youth.

Research has found that the proportion of young people who are daily readers drops has dropped dramatically in recent years. According to some studies, since 1984, the percentage of 13-year-olds who are weekly readers dropped from 70% to 53%. Even worse, the percentage of 17-year-olds who are weekly readers fell from 64% to a startling 40%. And the percentage of 17-year-olds who never or hardly read tripled during the same period, from 9% to 27%. It’s jarring news.

To find answers to how we can encourage more young people to read, NewsOne headed out to the streets of New York City and asked young people themselves for solutions. Watch what they had to say.

And, as a bonus, we tapped our brother and sister sites: Hello Beautiful and The Urban Daily to get the staff’s summer reading recommendations. Here are a few titles they said had an impact on them and that every black youth should read.

    • “Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine” by Bebe Moore Campbell
    • “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison
    • “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
    • “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” as told to Alex Haley
    • “Miles: The Autobiography” by Miles Davis
    • “Soledad Brother” by George Jackson
    • “The Coldest Winter Ever” by Sister Souljah
    • “Flyy Girl” by Omar Tyree
    • “Nile Valley Contributions To Civilization” by Tony Browder
    • “Picking Cotton” by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino
    • “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers
    • “Roots” by Alex Haley
    • “Blues People” by Amiri Baraka
    • “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
    • “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston
    • “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison
    • “If Beale Street Could Talk” by James Baldwin
    • “Summer Of My German Soldier” by Bette Greene
    • “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup
    • “Moonwalk” by Michael Jackson
    • “Sula” by Toni Morrison
    • “Kindred” by Octavia Butler
    • “When Chickenheads Come Home To Roost” by Joan Morgan
    • “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry
    • “Manchild in the Promised Land” by Claude Brown
    • “Purple Cow” by Seth Godin
    • “Invisible Life” by E. Lynn Harris
    • “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
    • “Good To Great” by Jim Collins
    • “Dreams from My Father” by Barack Obama
    • “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz
    • “Down These Mean Streets” by Piri Thomas
    • “Letter to My Daughter” by Maya Angelou
    • “Mis-Education of the Negro” by Carter G. Woodsen
    • “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
    • “Who Am I Without Him?” by Sharon Flake
    • “Assata: An Autobiography” by Assata Shakur
    • “Sag Harbor” by Colson Whitehead
    • “I Am Not Sidney Poitier” by Percival Everett
    • “Our Kind of People” by Lawrence Otis Graham
    • “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
    • “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center” by bell hooks
    • “Kaffir Boy” by Mark Mathabane
    • “Outliers” Malcolm Gladwell
    • “Interiors: A Black Woman’s Healing…in Progress” by Iyanla Vanzant
    • “Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America” by Nathan McCall
    • “Visions for Black Men” by Na’im Akbar
    • “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe
    • “What is the What” by Dave Eggers
    • “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn