An Inconvenient Friend by Rhonda McKnight
Themes of forgiveness, redemption and truth make this story line an inspirational tale of two women both locked in pain
and sadness. The author shows the realities of a struggling Christian marriage when two people are unequally yoked.
I cried with Angelina. I wanted so much more for Samaria and I even understood Greg's struggles. This book will take the
reader in many different emotional places on the outside looking in.
Although a sequel; this novel stands alone as a testimony to the inner good in most people who are striving to find God in
their lives. It was an all-night read!
Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat
["Art for art's sake"]
Has this attitude been widely-embraced or might it merely reflect the values of members of a leisure class able to ignore pressing
issues of survival faced by the bulk of humanity? The question is legit, for flying in the face of that bourgeois aesthetic is
Edwidge Danticat, an iconoclast who sees addressing the prevailing political and social questions of the day as a pivotal part
of her calling.
A 2009 winner of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, Ms. Danticat’s contrary approach ostensibly emanates from the fact that she
was born in Haiti and had to spend her formative years under the thumb of the ruthlessly repressive Papa and Baby Doc Duvalier
regimes. And in Create Dangerously, a collection of essays based on a series of lectures delivered at Princeton University,
the American immigrant tackles a variety of universal themes apt to resonate with anyone reflecting about the oppression they
left behind in coming to the United States in search of fundamental freedoms, particularly Freedom of Speech.
Why Do I Have To Think Like A Man? How To Think Like A Lady And Still Get The Man by Shanae Hall with Rhonda Frost
Faithful readers are well aware of how exasperated this critic has become about the recent flood of relationship advice books
aimed at the African-American demographic. The latest contribution to the burgeoning genre is this how-to tome written from the
female perspective by a couple of cutie pies who have a bone or two to pick with comedian Steve Harvey’s best seller on the subject.
The authors claim to be your average females, but that’s just not the case, judging from their photos (Va-va-va-voom!) and
the fact that one of them, Shanae Hall, was once married to an NFL star. Furthermore, these divorcees don’t claim to have
any professional credentials, rather merely a lifetime of experience in the battle-of-the-sexes.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
What was most compelling and depressing about this documentary was how hated Blacks were both by their southern oppressors
and the working class northerners who viewed them as a threat to their status. What was inspiring was how these pioneers
persevered, kept on pushing, their eyes on the proverbial prize, as they drew from the inner strength that 400 years of degradation
I can’t say enough about the skills and artistry of the author a young black woman from Washington DC, whose parents were
migrants from the south. As dense as this book was, it was a “painless” read with its seamless narrative and characters that
came to life. The only problem I had was how she made no mention of the black migrants who after coming north, left the
metropolises to settle in their suburbs. My parents moved from Chicago in 1922, becoming members of the black colonies who
occupied their own little sections of the villages and towns that ringed the big cities, removed from the hazards of urban
life, leading less stressful existences. This once again reminded me of how the black experience varies, and how mine is
not that typical.
The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris
Quite surprisingly, it turns out that her heartbreaking memoir moved me to tears, as she wistfully recounts her family’s
quiet, dignified way of dealing with racism and discrimination. Whether it was her parents having to witness a mass exodus
of their neighbors via white flight after integrating a neighborhood in Minnesota in the early Sixties or, decades later,
her father Belvin’s being teased for being drunk when he was actually suffering from a malignant brain tumor during the last
days of his life, Michele describes lives painfully limited in certain respects by the color line.
She further recalls a litany of humiliations endured by relatives before she was born, such as her maternal grandmother who
was employed by Quaker Oats to travel around the country dressed as Aunt Jemima in bandana and apron to give pancake cooking
demonstrations at State Fairs and the like. Particularly poignant is the painstaking lengths she goes to resurrect the
besmirched name of her father long after being falsely accused of a crime.
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix by Gary Golio
Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) was a flamboyant rock icon who flamed out instead of fading away due to his also being a
substance abuser who dabbled in everything from alcohol to marijuana to amphetamines to hashish to heroin to LSD before
succumbing at the tender age of 27 to a combination of red wine and sleeping pills. Ostensibly enough time has elapsed
since his passing that Hendrix can now serve as a role model to children, at least in terms of overcoming childhood
adversity, exploring one’s creativity and, of course, making beautiful music.
Thus, he is appropriately the subject of Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow, an autobiography designed for 4th though 8th
graders which focuses primarily on the legendary guitarist’s formative years spent growing up and exploring in
Seattle. Faithful factually to what actually transpired in Jimi’s life, the book touches on such significant
milestones as his acquiring his first ukulele, guitar and, later, electric guitar.
Say It Loud! Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African-American Identity Edited by Catherine Ellis and Stephen Drury Smith
Five years ago, Catherine Ellis and Stephen Drury Smith published an anthology comprised of many of the greatest civil rights
speeches delivered by African-American leaders in the 20th Century
[Say It Plain: Live Recordings of the 20th Century's Great African-American Speeches: A Book-and-CD Set
], including classic orations by Dr. Martin Luther King,
Stokely Carmichael, Thurgood Marshall, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Julian Bond and Fannie Lou Hamer, to name a few. Now, the
authors are publishing book number two, but the question becomes, what do you do for an encore when you've already used up a
lot of the best stuff?
Well, it looks like maybe you look over to the right, politically, and add to the mix addresses by some relatively-conservative
black folks to feature next to the usual suspects such as Dr. King, Malcolm X, Roy Wilkins, Bobby Seale and Angela Davis. What
does it mean when alongside these firebrands we find the words of Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Ward Connerly, who built
his career by appealing not to fellow African-Americans but to right-wing white zealots?
White House Diary by President Jimmy Carter by President Jimmy Carter
And thanks to a tip from President Nixon who made the suggestion the first time they met, Carter decided to start keeping
a journal while he was in office. If you remember, Jimmy had a certain, down-home folksy charm which had endeared him to the
electorate, and that same tone is reflected in White House Diary, a 600-page opus condensed from what was originally over 5,000-pages
The former president augmented the chronologically-arranged text with a sprinkling of present-day commentary where necessary
to help elucidate the material. Basically, the book offers both a broad look at the scope of the Chief Executive’s exhausting
daily schedule as well as an intimate peek inside the workings of the man’s mind.
Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice
Given all that Condoleezza Rice went on to accomplish in life, it’s hard to believe that she was born in Birmingham, Alabama
in the fifties during the repressive reign of Jim Crow segregation. But somehow, despite spending her formative years in a
city where state-sanctioned discrimination served to frustrate the aspirations of most other African-Americans, she miraculously
managed to overachieve with the help of doting parents blessed with the sense to recognize their gifted daughter’s great potential
and to nourish her dreams the best they could.
The former secretary of State pays tribute to that herculean effort in “Extraordinary, Ordinary People,” a remarkably-revealing
memoir by a very private, public figure who has to this juncture in life played her cards pretty close to the vest. But you had
a sense something might be up when she recently played piano behind Aretha at a concert in Philadelphia. And after reading this
intimate autobiography it’s clear that underneath that seemingly-steely veneer beats the heart is an introspective sister who’s
yearning to recognize her roots.
Eloise Greenfield - An American Treasure
Eloise Greenfield, author of 45 books for children reads from and talks about her work at the Author's Pavilion during
the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 40th Annual Legislative Conference September 18, 2010, Washington, DC
Ifa Bayeza & Ntozake Shange read from Some Sing, Some Cry
Ifa Bayeza performs from her novel, Some Sing, Some Cry written by Ifa Bayeza & Ntozake Shange Recorded by AALBC.com,
Oct. 3, 2010, Harlem, New York. Ntozake Shange is also the author of the now classic choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who
Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow Is Enuf
Amazon.com Introduces the All New Kindle
Starting at Just $139, this all new eBook reader boasts numerous
enhancements over the previous version including: 50% better contrast,
new crisper, darker fonts, 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6" size reading area, 17% Lighter
(Only 8.5 ounces, weighs less than a paperback), Battery Life of Up to One Month, Double the Storage –
Up to 3,500 books, Built-In Wi-Fi (Shop and download books in less than 60 seconds), 20% Faster Page Turns –
Seamless reading, Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights, New WebKit-Based Browser –
Browse the web over Wi-Fi (experimental)
Dr. Julianne Malveaux - How She Makes Literacy Fun
Dr. Julianne Malveaux is the 15th President of Bennett College for Women. Recognized for her progressive and insightful
observations, she is also an economist, author and commentator, and has been described by Dr. Cornel West as “the most
iconoclastic public intellectual in the country.” Dr. Malveaux’s contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race,
culture, gender, and their economic impacts, are shaping public opinion in 21st century America.
Lee McDonald & Clyde McElvene - Leaders in the Book World
Lee McDonald is the Chief Strategy Officer The Renaissance Group and Clyde McElvene is the Executive Director Huston/Wright
Foundation. They both speak briefly about their respective roles promoting literacy at the Author's Pavilion during
the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 40th Annual Legislative Conference September 18, 2010, Washington, DC.
Breena Clarke - Stand the Storm Quilting Narrative Video
Oprah Book Club author Breena Clarke grew up in Washington, D.C., and
was educated at Webster College and Howard University. Her writings have
appeared in the anthologies Contemporary Plays by Women of Color
and Street Lights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience
She currently administers the Editorial Diversity Program at Time Inc.
in New York City. She lives in New Jersey.
Randy Fling, COO Steed Media Group (Publisher of Rolling Out Magazine)
During the last 8 years, rolling out UrbanStyle Weekly has become the new voice of the African American community.
With our innovative approach to integrating engaging entertainment features with equally alluring and informative business
profiles, rolling out is documenting the present successes and triumphs of our community, by building on the accomplishments
of the past. Not satisfied with merely witnessing the rebirth of Urban America, we are actively involved in the transformation,
by shaping and perpetuating the continuity of our culture.
What’s Really Behind The Frustration With President Obama by Earl G. Graves, Sr.
Earl G. Graves Sr. is a nationally recognized authority on black business development and the founder and publisher of Black
Enterprise magazine, the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, the
publication has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs,
and decision makers. Mr. Graves authored the book, "How to Succeed in Business Without Being White."
Top Ten Reasons Why African American Bookstores Are Closing by Gwen Richardson
Gwen Richardson is co-founder of Cushcity.com, the world's largest African-American Internet retailer with over
20,000 products online. Richardson and her husband, Willie, established Cushcity.com in 1998. The web site receives more
than 2 million hits per month and has thousands of customers in all 50 states and internationally. Richardson has been a
writer for most of her life. "Richardson is the author of Why African-Americans Can't Get Ahead: And How We Can Solve It with Group Economics"
Waiting for Superman - Scathing Expose’ Chronicles Failings of Public Educational System
Every other month or so, another new documentary illustrates how America’s public schools are failing its inner-city students. Already this year, we’ve seen several scathing indictments of the educational system, from The Cartel to The Lottery to The Providence Effect to Race to Nowhere.
Now we have Waiting for Superman, which just might be the best of the genre’s bumper crop. The film was directed by Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim (for An Inconvenient Truth), a man who shows a knack here for weaving ordinarily-bland statistics and bureaucrat-speak into a riveting drama replete with empathetic victims, altruistic heroes and a maniacal, power-hungry villain.
Legacy - Starring Idris Elba
It is to the film's benefit that it defies detailed description, for the sense of ominous uncertainty and gradually unfolding discovery more closely places the viewer in the position of that "one man" in that "one room," Malcolm Gray (Idris Elba). A soldier in a Black Ops squad, he holes up in a run-down Brooklyn hotel room to try to make sense of a recent, disastrous operation that has left him battered and scarred--in ways far beyond the literal, and, as becomes apparent, for long before that fateful mission. The film opens with a taste of those events that day in Eastern Europe, and this pre-title sequence sets the stage for what follows in the next 90 minutes--not just in terms of plot and general tone but also the storytelling. As a tense stand-off erupts into violence, Ikimi gets right what so many filmmakers do not in their depictions of visceral chaos: while there are the appropriately disorienting quick edits and such, the stylish technique does not come at the expense of general coherence.
That carries over to the entirety of Legacy, as Ikimi efficiently balances and intertwines style and content to the degree that they are one and the same, hence making an inherently and willfully enigmatic scenario accessible and engrossing.
GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up! - Radical Fringe Flick Breaks World Down to Pimp and Hos
The thrust of this incendiary expose’ is that “Capitalism is the biggest pimp game” around, judging by how “President Bush was Dick Cheney’s bitch” who invaded Iraq at the direction of the Vice President, a war profiteer determined to filled the coffers of his former firm Halliburton. Frankly, although director Brown’s thought-provoking thesis is initially intriguing, this critic eventually found his dog-eat-dog deconstruction of the planet to be frankly a little depressing,
Professor West stood out in my estimation for sounding a rare note of optimism in the midst of a seemingly ubiquitous, omni-permeating symphony of despair when he stated that the need is to “transform the gangsta orientation to a more compassionate and decent one.” His thinking contrasted sharply with the conventional wisdom generally propagated here that, “You get played and pimped if you’re naïve.”
Janet Jackson - The "For Colored Girls" Interview
Global icon, trendsetter, businesswoman, and multi-talented entertainer, Janet Damita Jo Jackson is a woman who needs no introduction. Her resume reveals an impressive combination of professional achievements and philanthropic endeavors, and she is currently ranked as one of the top ten best-selling solo artists in the history of contemporary music.
Janet will soon be publishing her first book, “True You,” a memoir offering an intimate look at her life and how she has dealt with issues of self-esteem. Here, she talks about her work as Jo in Tyler Perry’s screen adaptation of For Colored Girls, an ensemble drama co-starring Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine and Phylicia Rashad.
Dr. Condoleezza Rice - The Ordinary, "Extraordinary People" Interview
Condoleezza Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 14, 1954, the only child to bless the loving union of John and
Angelena Rice. In spite of the considerable disadvantages she encountered just by virtue of growing up black in The South
during the days of Jim Crow, she somehow managed to overachieve, first academically, and then career-wise.
In terms of credentials, she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the
University of Denver in 1974; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate
School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. Dr. Rice is currently a professor of business
and political science at Stanford University and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at
the Hoover Institution
Say It Loud: An Illustrated History of the Black Athlete
by Roxanne Jones & Jessie Paolucci with foreword by Tony Dungy
"Some of you may have noticed that this is the second book in this eNewsletter with the title Say It Loud
. I hope
you'll find this is a case when coming in 2nd is an extraordinarily good thing, for this is an
extraordinary book! This hardcover volume
is of full of terrific photos. It would make a great present not just for all sports fans but for lovers of remarkable photography.
One of my favorite shots is one of Eddie Robinson (1919 - 2007) who was the head coach of Grambling State University from 1941 until 1997.
Not only is it a thought provoking shot but the accompanying text provided is both informative and inspirational. The same could be said for
all of the imagines." -- Troy Johnson
Say It Loud pays tribute not only to such household names but to the forgotten many who made their success and glory possible.
Charlie Sifford and Lee Elder, who blazed paths on the PGA tour’s fairways; Moses Fleetwood Walker, the last African-American
in professional baseball for nearly a half century before the color barrier
finally fell in 1946, and Rube Foster, whose Negro National League shined a light on black stars during that benighted period;
Paul Robeson, the first black football All-America, who later became a versatile artist and activist, and Fritz Pollard, whose
list of gridiron firsts could fill its own book; Junius Kellogg, whose integrity protected college basketball’s in the 1950s;
Althea Gibson, who brought her overpowering game from the streets to Wimbledon’s Centre Court, and Dr. Robert "Whirlwind"
Johnson of Richmond, Virginia, who nurtured Gibson, Arthur Ashe, and others in order to make a permanent place for blacks in a
Some 70 years ago, the Harlem Renaissance gained worldwide acclaim as
the African American cultural and intellectual life began to flourish in
NYC. MMPCIA is reviving those traditions in Mount Morris Talks! This
21st century take on the salons of the past is a series of conversations
throughout the year that give members of the community a chance to hear
from the leaders, news makers, artists, authors and thinkers who now
call Harlem home and even share some stories of their own.
The common theme guests in the Mount Morris Talks! series have shared with the neighborhood has been the journey of discovering
and following a passion which has — in turn — made a huge difference in the lives of many others. For Troy Johnson,
his life passion actually came in unexpectedly through the back door.
Join us Tuesday, November 2, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
when Mount Morris Talks to Troy Johnson! Electrical Engineer,
Website Developer, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Public Speaker, Father, Husband — and Founder of the #1 Website f
or African American Literature.
The Mosaic Literary Conference
The Mosaic Literary Conference presents creative ways for keeping books and reading valuable sources of knowledge and creativity. This day of professional-development workshops will help educators incorporate literature into existing curricula to further explore course work focused on cultures, history, and social studies.
This year we celebrate the 85th anniversary of the birth of Malcolm X and the 45 anniversary of the publishing of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
November 5 & 6, 2010
at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
CNN's shallow program on debt indirectly shows ineffectiveness of the Black Church
Despite Kam's 4 star rating I did not think I would find very much appealing about CNN's latest special on "Black America". Any viewer expecting to learn anything about debt: how and why people get into it, why they stay in debt or how one might get out of it would be sorely disappointed.
The program was really a very shallow and painfully drawn out expose of a married couple about to lose their home, a 58 year old guy unable to find employment and an impoverished teenager trying to get into and raise money for college.
The married couple apparently had not paid their mortgage in 26 months. The family was shown driving BMW SUV, the home was nicely furnished; everyone seemed to be well groomed with nice clothing – all the visual trappings of success. However no one asked the simple question – why did you not make a single mortgage payment for the last two years?!
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Why Ngugi wa
Thiong'o should have won the Nobel prize for
Yesterday Ngugi wa Thiong'o didn't win the Nobel prize. A few days
earlier he'd become the bookies' favourite when the odds on his being
awarded literature's highest accolade fell from 75-1 to 3-1. But at
midday on 7 October, Mario Vargas Llosa was announced as this year's
laureate for "his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant
images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat".
It's easy to see how the confusion might have arisen. Ngugi has
dedicated his life to describing, satirising and destabilising the
corridors of power. As I sat mentally congratulating the Peruvian
novelist I began to wonder what it would have meant for those of us
working in the field of African literature if yesterday's announcement
had taken a different turn ... by
Zoe Norridge Friday 8 October 2010 10.48 BST
78, author V.S. Naipaul's traveling days are over
The Nobel Laureate has wandered the world for over 50 years, chronicling
the views and faiths of ordinary people in more than 30 works of fiction
and nonfiction; but now, asthmatic and unsteady on his feet, it is time
His latest book on African beliefs and religion, "The Masque of Africa,"
is likely the last leg of a journey that has taken him from his native
Trinidad to England and later to India, Iran, Malaysia and many other
"I am too old to do another book of this type. It was a great strain,"
Naipaul told Reuters in New York. Being loaded into an African
wheelbarrow when his legs gave out on a walk in Gabon is the kind of
experience he would rather not repeat By Edward McAllister Edward Mcallister – Wed Oct 27, 5:07 pm ET,
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