15 Essential Art Pieces That Capture Black Experiences In America


Some old, and a lot of new

By now, you should know that there is no such thing as a singular black experience. But even though there are many different shades of brown in this universe, we all bleed the same. And though the times have changed, history continues to repeat itself in new forms. 

Racism isn't going away anytime soon, but you know what also is long-lasting? Good art. As the Black Lives Matter movement marches on, we thought it was important to highlight pieces of art that accurately capture the experience of what it's like to be black in America. 

This list includes all fragments of creativity: exhibits, photographs, paintings, music, literature, films, poetry, etc. There is always room to add more, especially from the classics, but these are some of the more recent works that immediately come to mind for those of us constantly narrating our existence.

Learn more about each masterpiece and the creative geniuses behind them in the gallery, below.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This novel comes from the perspective of a Nigerian immigrant who comes to the U.S. for the sole purpose of obtaining an American education. Throughout the story, the protagonist confronts race and identity head-on in the face of culture shock.

On the off chance that you weren't already familiar with her award-winning work, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie became even more recognized after Beyoncé featured a sample of her TEDx Talk about feminism in "***Flawless" from her self-titled album.