Inspiration: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World
By Crystal McCrary
Photographs by Lauri Lyons
Hardcover, 240 pages ($45)
The author, a co-creator of the BET network’s “Leading Women” show, salutes the lives and accomplishments 30 successful black entrepreneurs, entertainers, crusaders, athletes and other achievers, including First Lady Michelle Obama, broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien, tennis superstar Venus Williams, actress Whoopi Goldberg and singer Patti Labelle, in this handsome, coffee-table collection of insightful first-person essays and gorgeous portraits. With its release coinciding with Women’s History Month, it’s a timely reminder of the many ways a contemporary spectrum of black women are continuing to influence popular culture, shape the American social landscape and impact history.