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    Tayari Jones and Tommy Orange Among Book Award Finalists

    By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Tayari Jones' "An American Marriage" and Tommy Orange's "There, There," two of the year's most talked-about novels, are on the fiction longlist for the National...

    Ward 7 Resident Writes Inspiring Children’s Book

    By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] Dr. Kelsi Bracmort was bothered that many of the children's books that she read to her young mentees were so divorced from real life that she decided to do...

    Kwame Alexander Credits Baltimore with Launching Writing Career

    By Tilesha Brown, Special to the AFRO 22 years ago, New York Times Bestselling author, Kwame Alexander, started a publishing company in the basement of his mother’s home on St. Paul Street in North Central Baltimore....

    Book Explores How to be Emotionally Free

    By Ariel Medley, Special to the AFRO When we think of emancipation, we think of freedom.  But what about the emancipation of our emotional barriers?  When faced with life’s difficulties, how do we summon the courage...

    Baltimore After Freddie Gray, Official Book Signing

    By AFRO Staff The official book signing for Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities, a compilation of 50 commentaries from the AFRO’s “Race and Politics” column from 2015...

    Books Lays Out History of Police Violence in Black and Blue

    By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO “Everybody knows how hard policing is, they just don’t understand why the police are never wrong,” Matthew Horace told the AFRO. Horace, a veteran police officer and federal agent,...

    Young Woman Shares Personal Anecdotes in a Coming of Age Audiobook

    By Brigette White, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] “Zewidituisms X,” is a coming of age audiobook about a young African American girl growing up in Washington, D.C. and learning to navigate the world. The audiobook, geared towards millennials,...

    ‘Chocolate City’ Is Older than You Think

    By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] George Derek Musgrove, an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, was the guest speaker at the Ward 8 Democrats meeting on July 22 at...

    Bookstore Solid State Books Opens in Historic H Street

    By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRO When Jake Cumsky-Whitlock decided to open Solid State Books he knew he wanted a store that could serve as a third space that would intellectually feed the District’s...

    ‘Traveling While Black’ guidebooks May be Out of Print, But Still Resonate Today

    By Cotten Seiler, Dickinson College (THE CONVERSATION) In the summer of 2017, the NAACP issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri. Modeled after the international advisories issued by the U.S. State Department, the NAACP...

    AFRO’s Sean Yoes Pens New Book Chronicling Influential “Race and Politics” Column

    By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFRO In his “Race and Politics” column, Sean Yoes, has chronicled many of the difficult challenges and tragedies over the last three years in Baltimore since the death of Freddie...

    Michelle Obama’s Memoir Conveys Lessons of an Eventful Life

    By CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama said Friday that her upcoming memoir "Becoming" is a "re-humanization effort" that shares the "ordinariness of a very extraordinary story" that...

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