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Dealing With Cops: The Latest How-To Book

By Brennan DuBose Attorney Eric Broyles has one goal: “I want to keep black men and boys alive.” “Encounters With Police: A Black Man’s Guide to Survival,” a book written by Broyles and his colleague of 20 years, veteran police … Continue reading

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An ‘Unexpected’ Treat For Octavia E. Butler Fans

By K. Tempest Bradford When a writer passes before her time, readers and fans often mourn not only the loss of her presence in the world, but the loss of the words she may yet have written. Such was the … Continue reading

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Kyra Davis’ ‘Just One Night’ Acquired by Anonymous Content

By Alex Ben Block Kyra Davis’ fictional erotic trilogy of books, Just One Night, which have sold more than half a million e-book downloads since January, have been optioned by Anonymous Content, which plans to develop it for television. Davis, … Continue reading

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Lucille Clifton – Homage to My Hips

Lucille Clifton (June 27, 1936 – February 13, 2010) is a hidden gem of American poetry. In some respects in my opinion she’s on par with Gil-Scot Heron as an inspiration for what will become hip-hop. Her material celebrated African-American … Continue reading

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Chinua Achebe: Nigeria to hold funeral for author

Renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who died in March, is due to be buried in his home town in Anambra state. Mr Achebe’s body arrived back in Nigeria on Wednesday from the US. The author died in Boston at the … Continue reading

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Where’s Atticus Finch when you need him? Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in legal battle with agent

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” filed a lawsuit against her literary agent Friday claiming he took advantage of her age and ill-health to steal her royalties. By Robert Gearty and Ginger Adams Otis She needs a lawyer like Atticus Finch. Acclaimed … Continue reading

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration of African American Men

Michelle Alexander wrote an excellent book on black incarceration in America. It and “Brainwashed” were two of the best book releases of 2010. I recommend everyone to read it and if you are in NYC on May 21, she will be … Continue reading

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Ntozake Shange Talks About Tyler Perry and Bringing For Colored Girls to the Big Screen

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange is in my list of the Top 50 books I have read in my life. It’s story is timeless. Everyone who has not read the book needs to … Continue reading

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Nikki Giovanni- Balances

I discovered Nikki Giovanni in my freshman year at St. John’s. She opened my eyes further to the reality that surrounded me at that time and inspired me to interpret and understand it better. One of my favorite poems of … Continue reading

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Gwendolyn Brooks- Speech to the Young: Speech to the Progress-Toward

  Other than school, my primary influence in the realm of African-American literature was my mother. A passion I enjoy to this day. Today, I would like to share a favorite from Gwendolyn Brooks. This poem has a message that all of us … Continue reading

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