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16 hours ago, Guest tolly devlin said:

Move on Up is a great book that examines the music & society of Chicago's Soul music scene. I have just finished two books by young Chicago authors Stateway Gardens By Jasmon Drain , a book of short stories & Everywhere You Don't Belong  by Gabriel Bump. Also reading & rereading some Baldwin for Evanston's year of Baldwin ( hopefully it will be continued once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted). Also reading a book of interviews with Percival Everett & various 33&1/3 books on Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, The Wild Tchoupitoulas & Jimi Hendrix. The Baraka autobiography is avery good book. Read it when it first came out, got him to sign it  when he came thru Chicago at one of our long gone Black  booksellers.

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed Move on Up. Ah, see you have a interest in Hendrix. I've many books on the great man. Which Baldwin books are you rereading ? 

Oh, why don't you register with the forum?

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The books scheduled for Evanston's Year of Baldwin are Go Tell it On The Mountain, which I  have read twice, Another Country which I read in college back in the 70's & Giovanni's Room ,which I have not read. BTW I have registered with this group several times but apparently it must have lapsed.

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On 22 April 2020 at 1:10 PM, Guest tolly devlin said:

The books scheduled for Evanston's Year of Baldwin are Go Tell it On The Mountain, which I  have read twice, Another Country which I read in college back in the 70's & Giovanni's Room ,which I have not read. BTW I have registered with this group several times but apparently it must have lapsed.

Have you read any of Baldwins  essays at all? The Fire Next Time is excellent.

If you have trouble registering please contact Troy.

These three little gems are well worth a read.

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I'm a big fan of beautifully crafted illustrations and a diverse cast of characters. The children dance off the pages, assisted by colorful graphics and an endearing message to get moving! 

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I am about 1/3 of the way through Hiroona - An Historical Romance in Poetic Form, which is about the 2nd Carib War in St Vincent and the great paramount Black Carib (Garifuna) chief Chatoyer. Before that I finished Segu by Maryse Conde which was an enthralling historical fiction novel. I wrote a review about it here on my blog. Highly recommended reading!

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I AM EXCITED!

 

I am waiting now for my book that I just purchased from this community:

BARRACOON by Nora Neale Hurston.

Oh, I am so excited. This book is my passion.

My ancestor--my Great grandmother was stolen from East Africa many years after the Slave Ship Trade

was supposed to be outlawed! Like this book, which is about a man who was stolen from West Africa 

and survived the voyage in 1860 and lived to tell his story, likewise my Great grandmother lived to be old.

Her story was passed down through my relatives and she lived to be 'just' over 100 years old.

One of my aunt who knew her, just died last year! And, I learned a lot about my Great grandmother from her and others.

So, I am looking forward to reading Barracoon!

 

WHAT AM I READING RIGHT NOW!?

Well although this author is NOT African American, however, for right now, I am reading his book and it is amazing!

The book is called A Dwelling Place by Erksine Clarke. It is about slavery in Georgia. He is a Harvard Graduate and his 

book won awards. It's so hard to put down. I have read about 400 pages into the total 600+ pages. 

 

 

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I just finished and reviewed Debi Thomas What Really Happened by Carol Denise Mitchell. I am 65% through Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills. I just started Dear Beautiful 31 Days of Affirmations for Women by Stalina Goodwin. I am going to take the next few days to stop watching Anime and read a few more books that I bought a few days ago.

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The best Ive read this year wa sre- reading Black by Gwendolyln Brooks. BLACK is  a collection of Brook's major poetry, her main five books of poetry- A Street in Bronzeville, Annie Allen, The Beaneaters, In The Mecca, and her very underrated novel ),  Maud Martha which is a hell of a powerful, understated beautifully written book.I

I also read Mary Ellen Washington's fine nonfiction book The OTHER BLACKLIST which focused on such writers blacklisted and hounded in the fifties as lorraine hansberyy, Alice Childress  including some radical West indians who were deportedd.

I plan to read this August "Hold "Em" by  Geronimo Johnon(a novel  and  James MBride's "The Good LordBird. ( he also wrote a very stong novel about the Underground Railroad: Song Yet Sung. I'd be interested to hear if any readers of this novel think it gave Colson Whitehead some ideas on plot and structure for his novel on the underground novel.

I also reread Michael Harper'sbriillint Debridement.  Again, i feel Harper, like Sterling A. Brown never got due cred for his remarkable poetry, mainy because most of the critics who were white didnt have an inkling of what he wa s writng about!

 

 

 

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I am reading or re-reading these: THE FIRE NEXT TIME, AMIABLE WITH BIG TEETH, BLACK BOLSHEVIK (now published as Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle: The Life of Harry Haywood).

Listening to the excellent performance of INVISIBLE MAN by Joe Morton on audio.

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On 22 July 2020 at 11:49 AM, Guest Ernie Brill said:

 



 

 

The best Ive read this year wa sre- reading Black by Gwendolyln Brooks. BLACK is  a collection of Brook's major poetry, her main five books of poetry- A Street in Bronzeville, Annie Allen, The Beaneaters, In The Mecca, and her very underrated novel ),  Maud Martha which is a hell of a powerful, understated beautifully written book.I

I also read Mary Ellen Washington's fine nonfiction book The OTHER BLACKLIST which focused on such writers blacklisted and hounded in the fifties as lorraine hansberyy, Alice Childress  including some radical West indians who were deportedd.

I plan to read this August "Hold "Em" by  Geronimo Johnon(a novel  and  James MBride's "The Good LordBird. ( he also wrote a very stong novel about the Underground Railroad: Song Yet Sung. I'd be interested to hear if any readers of this novel think it gave Colson Whitehead some ideas on plot and structure for his novel on the underground novel.

I also reread Michael Harper'sbriillint Debridement.  Again, i feel Harper, like Sterling A. Brown never got due cred for his remarkable poetry, mainy because most of the critics who were white didnt have an inkling of what he wa s writng about!

 

 

 

I recently bought the Essential Gwendolyn Brooks. Absolutely love it.

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On 27 July 2020 at 8:23 PM, Fatima Shaik said:

I'd like to read about the life of Curtis Mayfield, one of my favorites. I rarely read music biographies. But his music was so good...

There are at least a couple of biographies on Curtis. The most recent one I've listed on this thread. Highly recommended. 

I love Curtis and rate his debut album very highly. 

Keep on keeping on.

 

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Blacktop WasterlandI'm currently reading. S.A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland.  It is in the category of what I would put in a category of a "Man's Man" book LOL.  In fact let me create a category for that and add a few titles ....stepping way for a few minutes ... Here are some books in the new A Man's Man Literature Category.

 

The author S.A. Cosby will be in an online chat tomorrow (August 30, 2020) at 6:00 p.m. Eastern I'm one of the designated booksellers.  In fact I have 9 autographed copies left. 

Click here to Register to Chat with S.A. Cosby

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I am reading Black Imagination by Natasha Marin. She asked people 3 questions 1. What is your origin story? 2. How do you heal yourself? 3. Describe/Imagine a world where you are loved, safe, and valued.  These were questions given to Black people, inclusive of everyone, everywhere. It's amazing how some could imagine and others could not. Says loud of this country. 

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