Author. Journalist.
TV Show Host.
Podcaster. Essayist.

I’m Denene Millner.

Mom. Daughter. Author. Publisher. Giddy.

A Yankee from New York with southern belle in my soul. I’m Badu “clever” and 11-cheese mac and cheese (from scratch) and the best French pear martini you ever had. I adore my babies and my funky/fly/fresh family. I’m addicted to Black romance movies and of course, good books. And I super heart Romare Bearden and August Wilson, gummy bears and Black children’s stories and especially my Goldendoodle, Franklin. He’s flyer than your dog on its best day. It is what it is.

I’m 100 percent intelligent Black child—equal parts smart and down-to-earth and wit, with a smidge of snob (used only in case of emergency). The rest of the time, I’m all sour apple Blow Pops and supernovas.

You should know, too, that I’m a lover of my people. We’re colorful. Hella funny. Overcomers. Creators. Herculean. Soldiers. Every last one of us when we put our minds to it. And I’m proud to be counted among us. I’ve staked my name—my career—on it. It’s in my DNA. All up in my bones.

I’m sure of my talent—know my worth. What I do with words is pure energy—a gift from the universe. I understand the game. I love it strong. Who am I to waste this?


The Latest.


One Blood

ON SALE 9/5/23

For the first time in a book publishing career stretching the span of a quarter century, Denene Millner, the New York Times bestselling author of 31 books, will debut her first solo adult novel, One Blood, an epic story about the connection between three women: a birth mother who had her child taken away; the adoptive mother who raised that child; and the woman that child becomes. This sprawling story, spanning sixty years, is an opus to adoption, birthing, Black healers and babies and motherhood and womanhood, and how each of these things can either destroy us or set us free.

A sprawling multigenerational tale. Heartbreaking, hopeful, and resilient. A masterpiece.”

– Tara M. Stringfellow, bestselling author of Memphis

Monique Patterson, vice president and editorial director at St. Martin’s Press, preempted North American rights to the book from Victoria Sanders at Victoria Sanders & Associates, based on a partial manuscript of just 44 pages and a synopsis. Publishing director Suzie Dooré of The Borough Press also pre-empted for UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) in a six-figure deal. To date, the book has also sold in France to Cherche Midi, Germany to Goldmann Verlag, Hungary to Libri Kiado, Italy to Harper Italia and Spain to Planeta. One Blood makes its U.S. debut in September 2023.

Said Dooré: “One Blood is going to be a hugely important book – that was clear from the first page. Epic in scope, beautifully written and, frankly, urgently needed, it’s at once an intimate story of three women and an examination of Black American womanhood, motherhood and adoption. Denene is an extraordinary talent and a truly inspirational woman—she had most of the team in tears when we all met on Zoom!—and One Blood will be an instant classic.”

More Books.

  • Non-fiction
  • Fiction
  • Children's Books
  • My Brown Baby
  • The Sistahs’ Rules
  • What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know
  • What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know About Sex
  • Money, Power, Respect
    Gold Pen Award Nominee
  • The Angry Black Woman’s Guide To Life
  • Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man
    #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Never Make the Same Mistake Twice
    People Magazine’s Diva of the Season
  • Straight Talk, No Chaser
    #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Stand Up Straight and Sing!
  • Little Satchmo
  • I Am Charlie Wilson
    New York Times Bestseller
  • Believing In Magic
    New York Times Bestseller
  • Around the Way Girl
    New York Times Bestseller
  • The Warrior Code
  • One Blood
  • Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
  • In Love and War
  • A Love Story
  • The Vow
  • Dreamgirls
  • Hotlanta
  • If Only You Knew
  • What Goes Around
  • Sparkle
  • Madam C. J. Walker Builds a Business
  • Early Sunday Morning
  • Fresh Princess
    Inspired by Will Smith, the Fresh Prince
  • Fresh Princess: Style Rules!
    Inspired by Will Smith, the Fresh Prince
  • Miss You, Mina
  • My Brother Charlie
    NAACP Image Award Winner

Denene Millner Books

Denene Millner Books is a love letter to children of color who deserve to see their beauty and humanity in the most remarkable form of entertainment on the planet: books.

  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
    The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices. A fresh cut makes boys fly. This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber’s chair—a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That’s where it all begins. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.
  • If Dominican Were a Color
    The colors of Hispaniola burst into life in this striking, evocative debut picture book that celebrates the joy of being Dominican. The palette of the Dominican Republic is exuberant and unlimited. Maiz comes up amarillo, the blue-black of dreams washes over sandy shores, and people’s skin can be the shade of cinnamon in cocoa or of mahogany. This exuberantly colorful, softly rhyming picture book is a gentle reminder that a nation’s hues are as wide as nature itself.
  • You So Black
    Based on Theresa Wilson’s (a.k.a. Theresa tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D.’s) beautiful, viral spoken word poem of the same name, You So Black is a picture book celebration of the richness, the nuance, and the joy of Blackness. Black is everywhere, and in everything, and in everyone—in the night sky and the fertile soil below. It’s in familial connections and invention, in hands lifted in praise and voices lifted in protest, and in hearts wide open and filled with love. Black is good. Accompanied by powerful yet tender illustrations by award-winning illustrator London Ladd, Theresa tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D. has adapted her poem, full of gorgeous lyricism and imagery, to show readers the love, joy, resilience, and universality in the beauty of Blackness.
  • Stella and the Mystery of the Missing Tooth
    In this effervescent companion to the picture book Stella Keeps the Sun Up, Stella goes on the hunt to figure out who’s behind her friend’s missing tooth. Stella, her bestie Roger, and her second-best friend Owen are excited to go see Sue the T-rex at the museum, but when Owen has to leave early because he lost a tooth, Stella becomes determined to find it for him. How did he manage to lose a tooth? Was it stolen? Could the tooth fairy be responsible? Could Owen be…a dinosaur boy? Nothing will keep Stella from her investigation, even if she and Roger fear their own teeth could be stolen too. But the more Stella investigates, the more she realizes that perhaps this case is not as complicated as she thought.
  • Other Side of the Tracks
    This lilting and riveting young adult debut novel about three teens entangled by secret love, open hatred, and the invisible societal constraints wrapped around people both Black and white is perfect for fans of All American Boys and The Hate U Give. There is an unspoken agreement between the racially divided towns of Bayside and Hamilton: no one steps over the train tracks that divide them. Or else. Not until Zach Whitman anyway, a white boy who moves in from Philly and who dreams of music. When he follows his dream across the tracks to meet his idol, the famous jazz musician who owns The Sunlight Record Shop in Hamilton, he’s flung into Capri Collins’s path. Capri has big plans: she wants to follow her late mother’s famous footsteps, dancing her way onto Broadway, and leaving this town for good, just like her older brother, Justin, is planning to do when he goes off to college next year. As sparks fly, Zach and Capri realize that they can help each other turn hope into a reality, even if it means crossing the tracks to do it. But one tragic night changes everything. When Justin’s friend, the star of Hamilton’s football team, is murdered by a white Bayside police officer, the long-standing feud between Bayside and Hamilton becomes an all-out war And Capri, Justin, and Zach are right in the middle of it.
  • My Brown Baby
    From noted parenting expert and New York Times bestselling author Denene Millner comes the definitive book about parenting African American children. For over a decade, national parenting expert and bestselling author Denene Millner has published thought-provoking, insightful, and wickedly funny commentary about motherhood on her critically acclaimed website, The site, hailed a “must-read” by The New York Times, speaks to the experiences, joys, fears, and triumphs of African American motherhood. After publishing almost 2,000 posts aimed at lifting the voices of parents of color, Millner has now curated a collection of the website’s most important and insightful essays offering perspectives on issues from birthing while Black to negotiating discipline to preparing children for racism. Full of essays that readers of all backgrounds will find provocative, My Brown Baby acknowledges that there absolutely are issues that Black parents must deal with that white parents never have to confront if they’re not raising brown children. This book chronicles these differences with open arms, a lot of love, and the deep belief that though we may come from separate places and have different backgrounds, all parents want the same things for our families—and especially for our children.
  • Impossible Moon
    A young girl undertakes an impossible trip to the moon, makes friends with the stars, and brings back something priceless in this gentle and lyrically told picture book about family, history, and memory. Grana used to tell the best stories, and Mabel used to long to soar through the heavens. Nowadays, Grana mostly lies in bed and Mabel stays close to home. But one day, Grana asks, “If we can touch the moon, then what is impossible?” So Mabel decides to do just that, embarking on a journey through the stars where The Seven Sistahs, The Big Dipper, and other constellations help her on her quest and teach her about African mythology and African American history. With the support of her new companions, Mabel reaches for her biggest dream yet: to make her sick grandma well again.
  • My Rainy Day Rocket Ship
    Rainy summer days are no match for a little astronaut who builds the perfect rocket ship for an indoor space adventure to another galaxy, where the sky is his only limit! A stormy afternoon and an order from Mom to stay inside are no match for this little dreamer, who uses everyday household items—a rocket chair, a cardboard box, an old dish rag, and a super-duper imagination—to whip up a trip around the universe he won’t soon forget. My Rainy Day Rocket Ship is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the imagination of Black boys who use their beautiful minds to transform the mundane into the extraordinary, dream out loud, and boldly go where their sky is the only limit.
  • Just Like a Mama
    Celebrate the heart connection between adopted children and the forever families who welcome them with kindness, care, and unconditional love in this powerful picture book from the author of Honey Baby Sugar Child. Carol Olivia Clementine lives with Mama Rose. Mama Rose is everything—tender and sweet. She is also as stern and demanding as any good parent should be. In the midst of their happy home, Carol misses her mother and father. She longs to be with them. But until that time comes around, she learns to surrender to the love that is present. Mama Rose becomes her “home.” And Carol Olivia Clementine concludes that she loves Miss Rose, “just like a mama.” This sweet read-aloud is, on the surface, all about the everyday home life a caregiver creates for a young child: she teachers Clementine how to ride a bike, clean her room, tell time. A deeper look reveals the patience, intention, and care little ones receives in the arms of a mother whose blood is not her blood, but whose bond is so deep—and so unconditional—that it creates the most perfect condition for a child to feel safe, successful, and deeply loved.
  • Wings of Ebony
    Instant New York Times best seller! ​In this riveting, keenly emotional debut fantasy, a Black teen from Houston has her world upended when she learns about her godly ancestry and must save both the human and god worlds. Perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, and The Hunger Games! “Make a way out of no way” is just the way of life for Rue. But when her mother is shot dead on her doorstep, life for her and her younger sister changes forever. Rue’s taken from her neighborhood by the father she never knew, forced to leave her little sister behind, and whisked away to Ghizon – a hidden island of magic wielders. Rue is the only half-god, half-human there, where leaders protect their magical powers at all costs and thrive on human suffering. Miserable and desperate to see her sister on the anniversary of their mother’s death, Rue breaks Ghizon’s sacred Do Not Leave Law and returns to Houston, only to discover that Black kids are being forced into crime and violence. And her sister, Tasha, is in danger of falling sway to the very forces that claimed their mother’s life. Worse still, evidence mounts that the evil plaguing East Row is the same one that lurks in Ghizon – an evil that will stop at nothing until it has stolen everything from her and everyone she loves. Rue must embrace her true identity and wield the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save her neighborhood before the gods burn it to the ground.
  • Early Sunday Morning
    Love and family. These are the things that a little girl finds most special about Sunday mornings. Early Sunday Morning follows June, Mommy, Daddy, and brother Troy through their weekend routine as June prepares for a special performance leading the children’s choir at church on Sunday morning. Readers spend the weekend with June as she collects helpful pieces of advice on how to be less nervous about her big solo. Along the way, she visits the barbershop with Mommy and Troy, gets her hair done by Mommy, receives a special dress from her aunt, and shares her family ritual of getting ready for Sunday morning service. As her special moment approaches, June leans on the support of her whole family, as well as advice from her father, to conquer her fear of singing in front of the congregation. Early Sunday Morning is a heartwarming celebration of the special time a young girl and her family share together as she learns how to lift her mighty voice.
  • There’s a Dragon in My Closet
    In this funny and imaginative salute to mischievous little kids, a young boy blames mishaps on the dragon in the closet only he can see. The dragon in the closet can be a bit fickle. One minute he’s dancing like a goof and being sweet to the little ones, and the next he’s sneaking treats out of the cookie jar and leaving dirty footprints on the carpet. The worst part is that after the dragon causes heaps of trouble, he goes invisible and leaves a little boy to answer for all his bad behavior…But did the dragon really do it?
  • Keep Your Head Up
    Teach little ones that it’s okay to have a bad day in this brightly illustrated, gently affirmative picture book about keeping our heads up and letting things pass. When a child wakes up late one day, it’s only the first in a series of things to go terribly awry. But the people around them show them that what’s important is being kind to yourself and getting through rough days. Because, after all, tomorrow is a fresh start.
  • Me & Mama
    Mama’s love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. This celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones! On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be everywhere Mama is. With lyrical prose and a tender touch, the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Mama and Me is an ode to the strength of the bond between a mother and a daughter as they spend a rainy day together.
  • What Is Light?
    This lyrical and luminously illustrated picture book explores the beauty of the everyday moments in a child’s world. Light can be so many things! The twinkle of a faraway star, a firefly captured in a jar, a mother’s love, a turtle dove… Through this thoughtful and celebratory book, young readers will discover the special glow in everything from nature to the smiles of loved ones. Each page reveals a different sparkle found in a child’s simple but extraordinary world. The light revealed on the final page makes a fitting finale for this sweet, bright tale.
  • When Langston Dances
    A young Black boy dreams of dancing in this exuberant, buoyant picture book celebrating the beauty of dance, and the wonder of Black Boy Joy—perfect for fans of Firebird and Crown! Langston likes basketball okay, but what he loves is to dance—ever since he saw the Alvin Ailey Dance Company perform. He longs to twirl into a pirouette, whirl into a piqué. He wants to arabesque and attitude, grand battement and grand jeté. When he walks, the whole street is his stage. With his neighborhood cheering him on, will Langston achieve his dream?
  • Bold Words from Black Women
    Celebrate the power of Black womanhood in this first-of-its-kind collection of inspirational quotes from fifty activists, artists, and leaders, featuring bold, attention-grabbing illustrations—perfect for readers of Herstory and Little Leaders. This incredible volume honors fifty modern women, presented with their own words, who have dared to raise their voices and persevere through hardship and injustice to become revolutionaries and dreamers, artists and creators. Featuring women like musical powerhouse Beyoncé Knowles; tennis star Serena Williams; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; and activist Angela Davis, this stylish book is perfect for any reader who is seeking grace, courage, strength, and self-love.
  • Turning
    In this raw, searingly honest debut young adult novel, a former aspiring ballerina must confront her past in order to move forward from a devastating fall that leaves her without the use of her legs. Genie used to fouetté across the stage. Now the only thing she’s turning are the wheels to her wheelchair. Genie was the star pupil at her exclusive New York dance school, with a bright future and endless possibilities before her. Now that the future she’s spent years building toward has been snatched away, she can’t stand to be reminded of it—even if it means isolating herself from her best friends and her mother. The only wish this Genie has is to be left alone. But then she meets Kyle, who also has a “used to be.” Kyle used to tumble and flip on a gymnastics mat, but a traumatic brain injury has sent him to the same physical therapist that Genie sees. With Kyle’s support, along with her best friend’s insistence that Genie’s time at the barre isn’t over yet, Genie starts to see a new path—one where she doesn’t have to be alone and she finally has the strength to heal from the past. But healing also means confronting. Confronting the booze her mother, a recovering alcoholic, has been hiding under the kitchen sink; the ex-boyfriend who was there the night of the fall and won’t leave her alone; and Genie’s biggest, most terrifying secret: the fact that the accident may not have been so accidental after all.
  • Stella Keeps the Sun Up
    If Stella had her way, she would stop sleeping on her sixth birthday. Because sleep is boring. And there are so many better things you could be doing. And Stella is tired of being tired. So she comes up with a plan. People only have to go to bed when it gets dark, and it only gets dark because the sun goes down. If she can keep the sun in the sky, she and her best friend, Roger, can stay up for a hundred years! They enact their magnificent, wonderful, genius plan, offering the sun a cup of coffee, shining a light at it so it will shine back, and jumping on a trampoline to reach the sun and push it higher. But before long, Stella begins to wonder…are there downsides to keeping the sun up forever?
  • Carl and the Christmas Cornbread
    In this heartwarming tale inspired by her childhood, superstar chef and TV host Carla Hall shares the story of young Carla, who eats a sugar cookie meant for Santa on the night before Christmas and tries to make things right. Christmas is Carla’s favorite holiday of the year. She goes to her grandparents’ house and eats grandma’s special recipe—a perfectly delicious cornbread. She listens to her grandpa Doc’s marvelous stories about traveling the world. And, best of all, she spends lots of time with her family. But when Carla accidentally takes a bite out of Santa’s sugar cookie, she thinks she’s ruined Christmas. How will Santa know to stop at their house if they don’t leave him a midnight snack? With her grandmother’s help, Carla comes up with a plan, but will it be enough to save Christmas?
  • Ashes of Gold
    Rue has no memory of how she ended up locked in a basement prison without her magic or her allies. But she’s a girl from East Row. And girls from East Row don’t give up. Girls from East Row pick themselves back up when they fall. Girls from East Row break themselves out. But getting free and finding her friends is only half the battle. Rue vows that when she reunites with them, she will find a way to return the magic that the Chancellor has stolen from her father’s people. Yet even on Yiyo Peak, Rue is a misfit; with half a foot back in Houston and a heart that is half human, half god, she’s not sure she’s the right person to lead the fight to reclaim a glorious past. When a betrayal sends her into a tailspin, Rue must decide who to trust and how to be the leader that her people deserve, because if she doesn’t, it isn’t just Yiyo that will be destroyed—it will be Rue herself.

A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table is the first talk show that gives voice to African American women and considers their diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and challenges.

Though some would argue that ALL women have similar experiences, there are realities of the Black woman’s daily life that are entirely unique. A Seat at the Table breaks through the silence and gives African American women a voice— a loud and clear voice.



New York Times bestselling author Denene Millner dives into the beauty and humanity of blackness. We take one word like BLACK, BEAUTY, or LOVE, and we break down the many ways that word applies to the African American experience.


  • New Book Releases on the Horizon
    September 28, 2022

    Denene’s new novel is set to be released in September of 2023, and another Denene Millner Books title has been set for a Fall 2024 release. Check back soon for more details on both!


Latest Musings

  • German Edition of ONE BLOOD Released!
    May 17, 2023

    Willkommen in der Welt, ONE BLOOD! That’s “welcome to the world” in German, baby! What’s the reason for the German welcome, you ask? Well, today is the official pub day for the German edition of ONE BLOOD—the first of eight publishing dates for my new novel. That’s right, ONE BLOOD will be published in eight […]

  • Welcome to!
    May 12, 2023

    How crazy is it that after all these years as a writer—almost thirty-seven, to be exact—here it is, a website dedicated solely to Denene Millner. Isn’t she lovely?  Why am I just getting here? Well, I am an author, journalist, blogger, TV show host and podcaster who came to social media as a popular blogger; […]

  • Psalms For Black Girls: Bruh, Marriage Is No Longer Relationship Goals For Black Women

    (Originally published on The day a judge made my divorce final, I showed up to the courthouse in a bright yellow dress, face full of Mented cosmetics, locs freshly twisted, smelling like grapefruit Jo Malone, because this was, next to the birth of my babies, supposed to be the happiest day of my life—a […]



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