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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

‘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...

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...