12 Creativity and Culture Faves for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Shipt HQ teammates from the Black community let us in on their playlists, must-reads, and art obsessions that illuminate the Black experience – and Black excellence. 

Discover some new (and perhaps some old) favorites in these picks.

Essential Listens

From unforgettable albums to podcasts that educate and entertain, turn up the volume on these Black voices.

“You can’t go wrong with a good soundtrack! Two that have been in heavy rotation for me are The Lion King: The Gift and Black Panther: The Album. I love the inclusion of music from across the African diaspora. It really shows how connected we are!”Jasmine F., junior copywriter

“My favorite podcast is Earn Your Leisure. I value teaching financial literacy to our Black community. The podcast breaks down various financial basics from equity and credit to tax codes.” Amber B., campus recruiter 

“A Seat At The Table by Solange and Ctrl by SZA. Although Black people are not a monolith, Solange and SZA were able to put every experience and feeling that I’ve had as a Black woman – that I couldn’t put into words myself – into an album.” Alyson M., office assistant

“I love listening to The Nod podcast by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings as they revel in all things Black. An oral history of “Knuck if You Buck” is *chef’s kiss*.” Korey W., experience team

If you need even more Black music magic in your life, check out our official Black History Month playlist. Let these classic hits and undiscovered gems be the soundtrack for your celebrations.

Illuminating Stories

Let these celebrated stories by Black authors humor you, educate you, and transport you. 

“Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. I absolutely adored this novel and seeing how Queenie navigates her life as a Black woman in the U.K.” Sydney K., shopper excellence specialist

“Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is my favorite classic novel. Love, heartbreak, along with so many different takeaways and ways to interpret the story are what made me fall in love with it.” Amber B., campus recruiter   

“As a Black poet from Alabama, I love seeing the South represented in our literature. Some of my favorite books by Black Southern women include Magic City Gospel by Ashley M. Jones, All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.” Jasmine F., junior copywriter

“Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae! Because well… I am Black and I can be very awkward! Also, Issa Rae is absolutely hilarious and talented. If you haven’t had a chance to watch her show Insecure this is the universe telling you to.” Alyson M., office assistant  

Artistic Excellence

Get to know some of the Black artists who have helped shape our visual culture.

Kehinde Wiley. His official portrait of President Barack Obama is epic. I like how his portraits of contemporary Black subjects riff on paintings by Old Masters.” Nicholas P., catalog specialist

Aaron Douglas. He inspires me because of the colors he used in his work and the use of silhouettes of Black people and the power behind his paintings.”Christina J., experience team 

“I love love love Kara Walker and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Walker’s work is very confrontational – she explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity in her work.” Alyson M., office assistant

“When I first saw Boater Hat with Parasol by Boscoe Holder, I fell in love! The colorful backgrounds and white clothing in his portraits are breathtaking. It makes me want to take a trip to Trinidad and Tobago!”Jasmine F., junior copywriter

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