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    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...

    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...

    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...

    ‘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...

    ‘Why Vegan Is the New Black:

    “An estimated 82% of black women and 69% of black men are considered overweight or obese, with 45% and 40%, respectively, suffering from hypertension. Heart disease is the #1 killer of African-Americans, with cancer, stroke and diabetes also...

    Making DC a Better City for Whom?

    By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRO In order to address the fears of underserved D.C. communities facing gentrification and displacement the government must embrace a new “operating system” emphasizing openness, collaboration and coordination across its...

    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...

    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:...

    Letter To A Generation: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Realistic Definition of Freedom in America

    To know the truth about the incredible battle black people in America fight to survive and thrive, you must read Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In a graphic, eloquent and passionate missive...

    ‘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...

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