3 Books Published by BenBella Books on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about Vindicated: Confessions Of A Video Vixen, Ten Years Later by Karrine Steffans Vindicated: Confessions Of A Video Vixen, Ten Years Later

by Karrine Steffans
BenBella Books (Jun 01, 2015)
Read Detailed Book Description


Click for more detail about Inside The Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story ... And Why It Matters Today by Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus Inside The Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story ... And Why It Matters Today

by Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus
BenBella Books (Apr 01, 2014)
Read Detailed Book Description


In 2004, the Academy Award?nominated movie Hotel Rwanda lionized hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina for single-handedly saving the lives of all who sought refuge in the Hotel des Mille Collines during Rwanda’s genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Because of the film, the real-life Rusesabagina has been compared to Oskar Schindler, but unbeknownst to the public, the hotel’s refugees do not endorse Rusesabagina’s version of the events.

In the wake of Hotel Rwanda’s international success, Rusesabagina is one of the most well-known Rwandans and now the smiling face of the very Hutu Power groups who drove the genocide. He is accused by the Rwandan prosecutor general of being a genocide negationist and funding the terrorist group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

For the first time, learn what really happened inside the walls of Hotel des Mille Collines.

In Inside the Hotel Rwanda, survivor Edouard Kayihura tells his own personal story of what life was really like during those harrowing days within the walls of that infamous hotel and offers the testimonies of others who survived there, from Hutu and Tutsi to UN peacekeepers. Kayihura writes of a divided society and his journey to the place he believed would be safe from slaughter.

The book exposes the Hollywood hero of the film Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, as a profiteering and politically ambitious Hutu Power sympathizer who extorted money from those who sought refuge, threatening to send those who did not pay to the génocidaires, despite pleas from the hotel’s corporate ownership to stop.

Inside the Hotel Rwanda is at once a memoir, a critical deconstruction of a heralded Hollywood movie alleged to be factual, and a political analysis aimed at exposing a falsely created hero using his fame to be a political force, spouting the same ethnic apartheid that caused the genocide two decades ago.

Kayihura’s Inside the Hotel Rwanda offers an honest and unflinching first-hand account of the reality of life inside the hotel, exposing the man who exploited refugees and shedding much-needed light on the plight of his victims.

Book Review

Click for more detail about Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths And Discovering Fulfillment In The Age Of Michelle Obama by Sophia Nelson Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths And Discovering Fulfillment In The Age Of Michelle Obama

by Sophia Nelson
BenBella Books (May 31, 2011)
Read Detailed Book Description


Stereotypes aren’t funny when they follow you everywhere.

This is the rallying cry that author Sophia A. Nelson wants all of America to grapple with when it comes to the way we view and treat black women.

Black Woman Redefined was inspired in part by what Nelson calls ?open season on accomplished black women,” which reached a tipping point in 2007 when Don Imus referred to black female Rutger’s University basketball co-eds as ?nappy-headed hos.” Since then, we’ve seen First Lady Michelle Obama caricatured on the infamous New Yorker cover, when she was called ?angry” and ?unpatriotic”; the 2009 groundbreaking Yale University Study on professional black women titled, ?Marriage Eludes High-Achieving Black Women”; ABC’s ?Why Can’t a Successful Black Woman Find a Man?” and the Internet video that went viral, ?Black Marriage Negotiations,” featuring a successful black woman interviewing a nice black man to be her mate in a robotic, controlling, emasculating, Bible-thumping demeanor. More recently, we were subjected to the 2011 Super Bowl commercial that started a national firestorm featuring an ?angry black woman” throwing a soda can at her mate, after first kicking, slapping, and emasculating him.

Nelson says black women are tired of such depictions that portray them as manless, childless, angry, and unfulfilled. Nelson sets out to change this cultural perception, taking readers on a no-holds-barred journey into the hearts and minds of accomplished black women to reveal truths, tribulations, and insights like never before.

She says it is time for a REDEFINITION among black women in America.

Book Review