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About a quarter way through Travellng Soul, a biography on Curtis Mayfield by Todd Mayfield. Dipping into Jimmys Blues, a small volume of Baldwins poetry. A lovely gift from my daughter.

 

 

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Evil Never Sleeps: Tales of Light and Darkness by Robert FlemingI'm reading a few books but am primarily focused on Evil Never Sleeps: Tales of Light and Darkness, by Robert Fleming. 

 

Robert is one of America’s most accomplished writers.  He has written poetry, novels, nonfiction articles, and has reviewed over 60 books for AALBC.  His work spans over 40 years.  

 

It seems to me that writers like Robert should be better known, but he is just your run of the mill late-middle-aged Black man {yawn}.  He’s not Caribbean or African, he’s not LGBT, he does not have a white parent, he can’t rap or dunk a basketball, he wasn’t gang banger or previously incarcerated. 

 

He is the kind of writer that I always complain about being ignored by the mainstream media. Robert's accomplishments will never go viral on twitter despite his significant contributions to our literature.

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Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin 

Fledgling by Octavia Butler 

Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin 

Fledgling by Octavia Butler 

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I just added Todd's book about his father to the website. Mayfield is actually one of my favorite artists.  I always discover interesting books on "What Are You Reading?" threads.  Hopefully more folks will chime in.

 

Curtis Mayfield Biography

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Great news,Troy. I put Curtis right up there with Otis and James Browm. A marvellous writer with so many songs with a message.

And it would be great to see others chip in 😀

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About to start this. Looking forward to it.

 

 

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13 hours ago, Troy said:

His sound track was I have to watch the movie again to see how he justifies that statement.

I haven't watched the film itself in years but listen occasionally to the soundtrack. Usually pick out a Mayfield album at random. His debut and Roots are amazing.

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Guest Lana Jean Mitchell

 

I'm reading a couple of books; Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor and Elements of Fiction by Walter Moseley. 

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Around 15 pages from the end of The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual. Phew..... longest book I've read in a while at about 520 pages. Anyway, next up is this which I'm dieing for.

 

 

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I'll be honest about this book. I'd say quite easily that a good quarter of this went right over my head. I simply couldn't understand some of the passages. Now,I'm not sure why exactly. Perhaps, I'm not 'educated' enough. It was tough going at times and I'm kind of relieved I've finished. But it wasn't all bad.

The introduction left me bewildered, well the part saying that the only notable thing Leroi Jones did after 1965 was to change his name.  But this was said by Stanley Crouch. Cruse himself knew Leroi and didn't particularly have a bad word to say about the man. Baldwin came under some criticism as did Lorraine Hansberry.  W.E.B Du Bois rightfully came out unscathed. The young generation (at the time,1967) of Black Power individuals, though no names were mentioned, apart from Stokely, were put right. Black nationalism did not have a future.

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Baracka did quite a bit after he changed his name, but the world changed and his popularity waned. The iconoclastic Crouch would be able to relate.

 

It wiuld be interesting to read anything negative saud about Baldwin. I can't imagine whar that might be... probably worth reading the book for that reason alone.

 

As far as Black Nationalism if he meant within the U.S. you did nit exactly need a crystal ball.

 

I just started:

The Secret of Freedom
by Vernon Kitabu Turner

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It is supposed to be sort of like a cross between The Alchemist and The Little Prince ...I think 🙂

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The book , as I said, was a struggle. And at around 560 pages seemed a little too long.

Perhaps, post 1967 Crouch changed his mind regarding Baracka. I like to think so. And yes, Black Nationlism in the US hadn't a future. 

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I just finished Genesis Starts Again. It is a novel written for preteens but I would absolutely recommend it to older readers and even adults.

 

I currently rereading The Mis-Education of the Negro because if it actively speaks to our current predicament, I'm going to actively sell it in the real world. I'm also read The Famished Road as it generally regarded to be a great work of literature and I need to read some great literature now. I was pleased to discover my copy was signed to me by Ben Okri years ago (I'd forgotten 🙂)

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I'm not reading any books by black authors right now - but my next to last purchase from AALBC.store was 9781732144309__70295.1576171991.jpg?c=1&imbypass=on

Here's another book I thought about today but it's not available here. 9780735214224 I suspect this young man is one to watch. He's a yale/harvard graduate but says he has no interest in politics.  I wrote a blog post on him in 2014...when he was on the cusp of launching his nonprofit,  MBAs Across America that placed business people with nonprofits to help them achieve their goals.  He says he believes in purpose over profits which is definitely not the American way.  And this is what made me think of you @Troy because you mentioned in a post on here, that black people tend to "give" their talents away to big corporate.  Anyway, I wanted to link to aalbc for this memoir but it's not here.  I'll link to penguin for now. 

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Thanks @Mel Hopkins the books on the site are just the ones I'm aware of, so your posting it here puts it on my "readar" and that of others reading this conversation.  

 

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15 hours ago, Troy said:

the books on the site are just the ones I'm aware of, so your posting it here puts it on my "readar" and that of others reading this conversation.  

 

@Troy  Great minds think a like lol..that was my goal.  I didn't want to assume you or others didn't know about it - so "phrasing" to showcase works best :D

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Just finished Where the Crawdad's Sing. Picked it up in the 50% off bin at an airport bookstore. 

 

It was a decent story, perfect formula for a movie; story about love with a white female lead who over comes adversity dealt by several abusive white men, strong peripheral Black characters, beautiful setting. Good ending.

 

The cover is not right given the story.

 

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I am reading Bring On the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins and Finding Samuel Lowe by Paula Williams Madison

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I have not only read but wrote this book and would love someone read this book, Commitment, Service, Betrayal. After reading it, I would be most appreciative for a review.

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I'm currently reading Paradise by Toni Morrison.  I'm about halfway through it and this is my third time reading a Morrison novel (Jazz and Song of Solomon) are the other two books I've read by her.  Morrison makes you work as a reader and you have to pay attention closely.  I will share a full review when I finish.

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About to start on this. Don't know much about Chicago soul apart from the Impressions, the Dells and the Chi-lites so should be a informative read.

 

 

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