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to Evil (2nd Leonid McGill Mystery) by Walter Mosley
Known to Evil is a smart, fast paced, well written novel that is
electric. As with The Long Fall, Mosley continues to be at the top
of his game. The Lenoid McGill series may turn out to be the most
captivating mystery series written this decade. If Mosley continues
the series with the same quality writing that I’ve read so far, I
have no problem stating that Lenoid McGill will be placed in the
same company as Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, Miss Marple and Hercule
Poirot as the best detectives ever written.
My Father's House by E. Lynn Harris
In My Father’s House is the first installment to a new series the
late E. Lynn Harris was working on at the time of his death. I don’t
know if this novel will go down in history as a defining moment in
his legacy or not. I doubt it. Whatever hopes I had of it generating
any excitement in me like the Juneteenth novel in progress that
Ralph Ellison was working on when he died or The Cross of
Redemption, the uncollected writings of James Baldwin, was
completely and utterly dashed! While In My Father’s House had some
of the old sparkle that made Harris earlier novels the talk of the
town, it’s not enough to save this rehash of the Raymond Tyler-Basil
Henderson relationship where only the names have changed.
The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America by Charles Ogletree
Everybody remembers how
then invited both Gates and the arresting officer to the White House
to bury the hatchet over drinks in a Rose Garden photo-op
subsequently dubbed Beer-Gate, but the nagging question left
unanswered was whether what had transpired back in Cambridge was
really an isolated incident unlikely to reoccur or merely a
reflection of a longstanding, racist police pattern of profiling
African-American males all across the country.
Shedding considerable light on the issue is Harvard law professor
Charles Ogletree in The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry
Louis Gates, Jr. Granted, as Dr. Gates’ attorney of record, Ogletree
definitely had a horse in the race, so one might question his
impartiality when he makes mincemeat here of Sgt. Crowley’s
rationale for jailing his client.
New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by
Now that bloom has fallen off the rose of the Obama Administration,
most black folks are beginning to wake up to the fact that his election
isn’t about to turn the country into a post-racial utopia any time soon.
To the contrary, attorney Michelle Alexander argues that in recent
decades America has increasingly, and ever so subtly, adopted a
color-coded caste system where minorities are targeted, stigmatized and
marginalized by the criminal justice system.
Wow - The “Lottery Ticket” Interview
At 13, Bow Wow released his first solo CD, “Beware of Dog,” which sold
over 3 million copies. A hit single from that debut album, “Bounce with
Me,” reached #1 on both the Rap and R&B charts. That achievement earned
him recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest
solo rapper to hit #1. He now has a half-dozen CDs to his name, with a
new one in the works.
Here, he talks about his new film, Lottery Ticket, an ensemble comedy
where he stars as a guy who has to survive a weekend in the ‘hood before
he can cash in a winning lotto ticket worth hundreds of millions.
Not Black, Damn It!
You know you’re watching a groundbreaking documentary when it not only
forces you out of your comfort zone but also manages to persuade you to
reassess your point-of-view without resorting to potentially-alienating
polemic. This is the case with Biracial, Not Black, Damn It!, a
poignant, thought-provoking and ultimately most-enlightening film
directed by the brilliant Carolyn Battle Cochrane.
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Considered by Richard Morris
With on-target commentary or race, sex, crime, family, social and gender
issues, and mob violence, Well Considered is a profoundly memorable and
affecting novel of an African American man trying to come to grips with
the hate-filled past and the poisonous divisive present.
Goo-Goo and Ga-Ga Too! by Kia Morgan Smith
Drawing inspiration from her own children, author Kia Morgan Smith
has written a fun picture book about the trials and triumphs of siblings
getting used to a new little one. Goony Goo-Goo and Ga-Ga Too!
(AuthorHouse, 2010) opens with sisters Selena and Celeste
complaining about their baby brother. “He looks like a pickle. He looks
like a prune.” From spitting up to crying and smelling bad, the baby
gets on their nerves. Then Mom beckons them closer and the girls invent
a special language to communicate with him. Wild imaginings ensue until
Mom and baby turn the tables and the girls see their little brother in a
Outdoor Screening of the documentary film Abraham's
Hosted by AALBC.com, Harlem, New York
Saturday August 28th 2010, 7:30 PM
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and in America. Every
10th child in the New York School system is Muslim. Abraham’s Children
tells the stories of some of these children through their own voices.
The event is free, but donations, of any amount, are welcome.
Director & Producer: Nina Froriep will be present to answer questions
after the screening. Beverages and snacks will be provided.
The film will be shown on a large screen outside, in a private backyard.
Always a nice event with interesting discussion and people.
The Black Male Crisis – The Cause: Equal Rights for Women
While my title might imply that I believe equality for women is the
cause of the problem; I don't believe this. I do however believe,
while we were sorting out ways to empower women we forgot that the same
effort still needed to be directed to empowering our young men. In this
regard, we have failed abominably.
Why is Black Literary Fiction Languishing?
Most people read fiction for pleasure. They do not have nice cushy jobs
at a college. They work awful boring jobs and do REAL work and don't
want to come home, tired and have to work some more looking up every
other word in a story.
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'Beyond Katrina' Through Poetry And Prose
NPR Wed, 25 Aug 2010
On one of her trips back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane
Katrina, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey noticed a sign in
front of a Baptist church emblazoned with this command: "Believe the
report of the Lord. Face the things that confront you."
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey grew up in Gulfport,
Miss., a coastal area that suffered some of the heaviest damage from
Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Trethewey holds the Phillis Wheatley
Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University. She received the 2007
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her collection Native Guard.
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