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Free speech has long been one of America’s most revered freedoms. Yet now, more than ever, it is reshaping America’s social and political landscape even as it is coming under attack. Bestselling author and critically acclaimed journalist Ellis Cose wades into the debate to reveal how this Constitutional right has been coopted by the wealthy and politically corrupt. The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America explores and reveals the crumbling of free speech under the combined weight of polarization, technology, money and systematized lying in this concise yet powerful and timely book. On sale next week 9/14/2021! Preorder Today ▶


Our bestsellers list has been published continuously since 1998 and is the most visible list focused on Black Books in existence. You will learn about books selling well, in the Black community, that may never show up on lists published by larger corporate entities.

Sales for this period also include sales from AALBC’s Black Wall Street Book Store, a pop-up bookstore which began operating on Black Wall Street, in Tulsa OK, in August of 2021. Check out the List ▶


Recently Reviewed Books


Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me Into the Life of My Dreams by Yvonne Orji

Part self-help, part comedic memoir, part inspirational and motivational how-to, Yvonne Orji’s Bamboozled by Jesus is heartfelt and relatable advice that is equally, personal, biblical, aspirational, and grounded.

Orji draws on her Nigerian heritage and personal experience in her stand-up comedy special Momma, I Made It! She is also an inspirational speaker with a popular TEDx Talk, and the actress Molly Carter from Insecure. Orji can now add author to her list of hyphens. In Bamboozled by Jesus, she draws on her experiences of being bamboozled by Jesus, using stories from her life and her relationship with God. These anecdotes are filled with wisdom and humor, and her stories about hope, relationships, family, love and faith (both in oneself and in a higher power) are relatable and inspiring. Read More ▶


Don’t Drop the MIC: The Power of Your Words Can Change the World by T. D. Jakes

In chapters ranging from “Preach but Don’t Preach,” “Find the Joint!” to “Every Shot is the Only One You Have,” “Learn the Grammar of Body Language,” “The Pregnant Pause,” and “Keep Your Cool When the Mic is Hot,” Don’t Drop the Mic delivers on diversity and depth. Packed with insights on the importance of proper communication, sage advice, tips, mentions of other influential communicators over time, and undergirded by biblical references, the book is authenticated by Bishop Jakes’ unique character and persona present throughout its pages. In fact, to some extent, in terms of language and Jakesian cadences, it reads like a sermon on communication. Read More ▶


The Third Verse by Jerry Canada

America is a glorious idea founded on democracy and equality for all. When Jerry Canada, a former trial lawyer and New Yorker, chooses one of the most famous quotes by President Abraham Lincoln, he sets the basic premise of his controversial novel, The Third Verse. “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” wrote Lincoln. The novel reveals the consequences of race hate and societal divisiveness which can undermine the unity and future of the American republic.

Canada’s premise of institutional racism causing the collapse of democracy fuels the book with President Lawrence Edison and his Chief of Staff Anthony Marks dueling with China and his plan to support the Black resistance. China sides with the African American population in their quest for human rights against the powerful might of white backlash. The Chinese officials offer that community a chance of equality by switching with whites and enjoying the good life for once. Read More ▶


Zodiac Saga 2 The Balance of Power by Kaitlyn McKnight

This novel, Zodiac Saga: The Balance of Power, re-works the Greek mythic formula with a spoonful of family loyalty, divine conflicts, and rivalries. Its young writer, Kaitlyn McKnight, shoves the action and double-talk down the reader’s throat. She knows her audience, teens and tweens eager to sample mystery and fantasy without a touch of realistic violence or temptation,

McKnight’s “eccentric” style go off the rails, but she always reels the action back into a normal flow. Her main character, Cyrus O’ Hara aka Lancaster, is out to save the world, among her besties, Sofia the fearless, Peter the Great, and Judas the Ghoul. The novel features a dramatic quest into a territory of identity, magic, and alchemy, even the worship of mythic figures. She places Lancaster in the middle of turbulence, clinging to belief in the Zodiac Gods despite his discovery of their home, The Temple of Zodia. The focus of the book never wanders from the well-publicized myths of the Zodiac Gods. Aquarius, Virgo, Cancer, Scorpio, Sagittarius get their chance to fill the reader’s sense of the larger-than-life Gods. Read More ▶


Book Excerpts

AALBC provides, often exclusive, excerpts of books. Our excerpts are also optimized for printing or downloading for offline reading. Here are just a few recently added book excerpts — enjoy!


Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ with Mother Nature by Dick Gregory

So many times I hear people resist changing their diet because they don’t want to give up something they like. That’s the first great myth to be dispelled. Learning to eat as Mother Nature intended her children to eat does not mean giving up something. It means just the opposite! It means gaining something of great value—a value far greater than the old rationalization “I’ve grown accustomed to its taste.” It means gaining health, youthful energy and appearance, increased mental capacity, and a joy in living you never dreamed was possible. To say nothing of the clean, fresh, natural taste of the food you will be enjoying! Read the Chapter ▶


God in the Ghetto: A Prophetic Word Revisited by William Augustus Jones Jr.

Chapter 1: The System
“The System” refers implicitly to the American trinity of capitalism, racism, and militarism. Capitalism is the economic system. Erected on the damnable foundation of slave labor, it pyramided on cheap labor after the emancipation and now thrives on social stratification, which is racism made manifest. Racism serves to preserve and perpetuate The System. Militarism, the formula’s third ingredient, has almost become a political necessity. It is not mere happenstance that the nation has known no real peace for more than three decades. Militarism saps the mental and physical energies of the nation’s youth, those most capable of creatively confronting the evils of racism and capitalism.

A gravestone in a cemetery in Japan bears the inscription:

Here lies a Black man
Who fought the Yellow man
For what the White man
Took from the Red man
Read the Entire Chapter ▶


The Tears Of A Hustler series, by Silk White, starts with Book 1 which tells the story of Ali, a drug dealer slash business man who tries to change the way the game is played by giving back to the community. But at the same time he has to keep a close eye on his childhood crime partner G-Money…

In the series we learn about variety of compelling characters including; Pauleena, a ruthless drug queen pin; and Wolf, leader of the Spades are a powerful organization determined to clean up the streets and put an end to drug dealing and crime in the community. Get the series today — only one more available at $30 off .


The 2021 International Royal Music & Art is set to be an acclaimed cross-genre experience inspired by the historic Woodstock Festival. This interactive festival will feature 7 Pavilions with Music, Film, Fashion, Art, Literary, Health, and Business.

Live performances will include Grammy Award Nominee, singer/songwriter, Chanté Moore and Grammy Award Nominee & Black Girls Rock Awards performer, rapper/singer/songwriter, Maimouna Youssef aka “Mumu Fresh.” Our Literary Pavilion special invited guests include “The Money Coach,” New York Time Best-selling Author and TV personality, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox* and Troy Johnson, the founder of AALBC. Additional special guest performers and celebrities will be announced.


Dear Reader,

As always, you are why we’ve been able to make AALBC the premier online platform for books by, or about, Black people. Your paid subscription, book purchases, suggestions, engagement on the site, commenting, social sharing, and advertisements helps support AALBC’s mission to celebrate Black books and authors.

Peace and Love,
Troy Johnson
Founder & Webmaster, AALBC.com


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★ AALBC.com eNewsletter – September 7, 2021 - Issue #333

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