With a year-round commitment to the amplification of Black creative voices, and as a continued part of their “Hear My Story” Initiative, Audible, the leading creator, and provider of premium audio storytelling, announces a new slate of Audible Originals. Anchoring the collection are performances from entertainment icons and cultural change agents: legendary multihyphenate Queen Latifah, acclaimed actress and producer Tessa Thompson, bestselling author Brit Bennett, and the Bronx-born culinary collective of Ghetto Gastro.

Meant to inspire dialogue and foster thought across genres, these titles represent the best of what Audible Original content can accomplish, elevating marginalized voices and creating a vibrant space for Black storytelling. Joining Queen Latifah, Brit Bennet and Ghetto Gastro are works by bestselling author Kennedy Ryan and from Orion Pictures’ critically acclaimed film TILL, all lending their contributions to the myriad of genres (memoirs, documentaries, fiction, romance, sports, and more) available on Audible. Visit the collection on Audible here.

Zola Mashariki, Head of Audible Studios, said: “This new slate exemplifies Audible’s commitment to Black creators and listening audiences. We’re deeply invested in being an entertainment company that can offer multicultural storytelling across genres – this February, listeners can find a nourishing food podcast with established and acclaimed culinary collective Ghetto Gastro, an uplifting listen about community activism with Queen Latifah, and an immersive short story from one of the most acclaimed fiction writers today, Brit Bennett, performed by the brilliant Tessa Thompson.” 

Projects within this slate join a series of best-in-class Audible Originals by Black storytellers including the latest in the Words + Music series: Living Legend by EGOT John Legend and A New Moon from Brandy; Quinta Brunson’s (Abbott Elementary) memoir She Memes WellChad Sanders’ Direct DepositMarcus Samuelsson’s Seat at the Table, Kevin Hart and Charlamagne tha God’s Summer of ‘85 among many other projects. Audible’s production and development deals with top industry creatives include President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground, Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani’s Hillman Grad Productions, Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit, Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions, Charlamagne tha God’s CTHAGOD World Productions, and The SpringHill Company, founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.


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