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    Mildred Muhammad: ‘I’m Still Standing’

    John, Salena and Taalibah Muhammad saw their father, John Allen Muhammad, arrested on Oct. 24, 2002, for a string of sniper shootings that killed 17 people in Washington, D.C., Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana...

    Books, Events Mark Late Poet Gwendolyn Brooks 100th Birthday

    CHICAGO (AP) — Poet Gwendolyn Brooks would have turned 100 this week, and that birthday is being commemorated with new books, poetry readings, writing contests and even a bus tour through her hometown of...

    ‘Dear Ijeawele’ Offers Feminist Advice for Black Women

    After reading {Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions} by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, I believe that this is a mandatory read for women young and old. I gained a sense of freedom,...

    April Ryan’s Memoir Relays Wisdom on Race

    People say that we live in a divided country, and they are absolutely right. There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who haven't read At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race...

    Coretta Scott King’s ‘My Life, My Love, My Legacy’

    The spouses of revolutionary leaders, celebrities, and famous athletes, tend to get overlooked. It’s rare that we get a vivid description of what life was like for the spouse. It’s even rarer that we...

    Bobby Brown Tells His Side of the Story in ‘Every Little Step’

    There was once a time when Bobby Brown was the biggest name in R&B, an icon headed towards a path of greatness in the late 1980s. But, over the last 25 years, Brown has...

    Rating the First Black President

    In “The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America”, Michael Eric Dyson discusses, analyzes and evaluates Barack Obama’s performance as President of the United States. Dr. Dyson sets the tone...

    Edward Lewis and the Creation of ‘Essence’

    “I was the quiet one,” is repeated like a mantra throughout “The Man from Essence.” This is how Edward Lewis describes himself in a quartet of Black men who founded Essence magazine in the...

    When the White House was also the Big House

    “Who would want to read about slaves in the White House?” a classmate asked Jesse J. Holland. The crushing feedback stifled the published author for weeks. Thankfully, Lyons Press thought otherwise and “The Invisibles:...

    ‘Alex Haley: And the Books that Changed a Nation’ Fleshes Out the Man Behind...

    In downtown Annapolis, near the Annapolis Harbor, sits a statue of author Alex Haley.  He is depicted as a kindly grandfather, telling children of various racial backgrounds an amusing story. Leading up the statue...

    ‘Where Everybody Looks Like Me’ and the Challenges Facing HBCUs

    In “Where Everybody Looks Like Me,” author Ron Stodghill writes about the status of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in America focusing on the challenges leaders of these institutions face.  Stodghill contends that...

    Activist-Writer Sister Souljah Pens New Book, Talks Love

    It’s been nearly 25 years since rapper Sister Souljah gained national attention by publicly challenging then-Presidential hopeful Bill Clinton’s racially marginalizing campaign rhetoric. The Rutgers-educated activist, recently released her memoir “No Disrespect” – a...

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