Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep and Understand a Man

Following the exceptional success of his No.1 New York Times bestseller, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, comedian-turned-author Steve Harvey is back with a new relationship book, Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep and Understand a Man.

Harvey shares his point of view with candor, humor and hints of spirituality, and attempts to answer questions about why act and react in certain ways in various romantic situations. Some of the key issues Harvey tackles include:
– Why a man never seems to do what a woman wants him to do and when she wants him to do it?
– How a woman can get the most out of her man inside and outside the bedroom?
– What men think about dating from decade to decade?
– Whether men are intimidated by independent, successful women
– Learning how to ask the right questions and get truthful answers
The book’s overall message is straightforward: Women must learn how men think if they plan to build desirable relationships.

“My hope is that when you finish reading this book and really think about the information I’m sharing with you, you’ll have an even more informed understanding of men and certainly an appreciation for how incredible simple we are,” Harvey said in a statement. “We come at every situation from the same angle, using the same principles, seldom deviating. There really is no use applying your thought process to the relationship equation or expecting your man to adopt your logic when it comes to dating and mating; you can’t, after all, change men.”

Final word: Life told from Harvey’s signature no-holds-barred point of view.

Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade by historians David Eltis and David Richardson (Yale University Press) has been 12 years in the making. The visually stunning book offers important insight into how the slave trade impacted the cultural, social and financial fate of the United States and other nations.

For Americans of African descent, it also offers a deeper understanding of how their ancestor’s nation of origin determined where they would settle in the United States. This is something that other Americans descended from immigrants have been able to look up for years (i.e., the Irish went to Boston, the Polish went to Chicago) but because of the violent and coercive nature of the slave trade, it has been a murky subject for a large percentage of the American populace.

Eltis and Richardson have created the first comprehensive, up-to-date atlas of the 350-year history of the slave trade, featuring 189 full-color maps that explore every detail of the African slave traffic to the New World. Based on an online database ( with records on nearly 35,000 slaving voyages—roughly 80 percent of all such voyages ever made—Eltis and Richardson use astonishingly detailed illustrations to show which nations participated in the slave trade, where the ships involved were outfitted, where the captives boarded ship, and where they were landed in the Americas, as well as the experience of the transatlantic voyage and the geographic dimensions of the eventual abolition of the traffic. Letters, poems and songs reproduced from original documents carried by these men and women on their journeys breathe even more life into this topic.

Final word: A long overdue glimpse into Africans’ arrival in America.

Surviving and Thriving

“In her poem, ‘And Still I Rise,’ Dr. Maya Angelou wrote, ‘You can write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you can trod me in the very dirt and still, like dust, I rise.’ More than a century before she penned her words, Richard R. Wright, Sr., a man born into slavery… asked General Oliver Otis Howard to ‘Tell them we are rising.’

Wright’s 19th C. vision… has currency today. …Tell anyone who will listen that, while the playing field is not yet level, African-American people can play the game, win it, and even change the rules to make them fairer.
Tell them we are rising, surviving and thriving.”
— Excerpt from the Introduction (pg. xliii)

The accomplishments of African Americans have generally been omitted from the history books, when it comes to the field of economics. Consequently, most Black kids grow up unaware that despite the obstacles the nation deliberately placed in the path of their ancestors during the days of slavery and the repressive era of Jim Crow segregation, many miraculously managed to flourish financially anyway.
While many accounts of the exploits of the heroes of the Emancipation and Civil Rights movements have been published for posterity, the achievements of Black business leaders have rarely been the subject of scrutiny. For this reason, a debt of gratitude is owed to Dr. Julianne Malveaux, author of Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History.

Her informative text might be best thought of as a bound version of one of those page-a-day theme calendars, except that instead of serving up jokes, words or spiritual reflections, this features a year’s worth of entries about African-American companies and captains of industry. A few of her subjects are familiar household names, such as BET founder Bob Johnson and hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons. However, most of the bios here are apt to be eye-opening intros to someone you’ve never heard of.

For example, there’s Sarah Gammon Bickford, a former slave-turned-public utility owner who moved to Virginia City, Mont., where she came to supply the town’s water after acquiring a natural spring. Then, there’s seamstress Elizabeth Keckley, a sister who owned the largest custom dressmaking business in ante bellum Washington, D.C. Before the outbreak of the Civil War, she designed outfits for both first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and the wives of eventual confederates, President Jefferson Davis and his Gen. Robert E. Lee.

In sum, an inspirational tome design to serve as a daily reminder of the role that African-American entrepreneurs have played and continue to play on the path to freedom and equality.