Books

  • Reader’s Corner

    Raised by the Mistress Jamilah B. Creekmur was living a seemingly normal life in 1980s Baltimore. Although her parents were divorced, she lived comfortably with her mom and brother and saw her dad frequently. But her mother’s drinking and romantic relationship with a married man created ...

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  • ‘Big, Beautiful and Lovin’ It’

    Does being beautiful mean being a size 0, 2, 4 or 6? Many people think not. Unnatural ideas of beauty bombard little girls and teens, sometimes leaving them with feelings of inferiority if they are not über-thin. However, today’s pop culture has slowly begun to embrace ...

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  • Reader’s Corner

    Platinum Aliya S. King has captured the seemingly endless bounty of hip-hop industry drama in her latest book, Platinum. The book delves into the lives of hip-hop wives and girlfriends, Beth, Kipenzi, Josephine and Alex as they seek their own niche in a glamorous, but ruthless world. The ...

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  • Prison Realities Explored in New Poetry Collection

    NAACP Image Award winner Reginald Dwayne Betts has returned to bookshelves with a powerful collection of poems in his latest work Shahid Reads His Own Palm. Through his poetry, the national spokesman for the Campaign for Youth Justice recounts his personal experiences and those of other inmates ...

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  • New Book Urges Kids to ‘Go Cook Something’

    “My Mom and Dad separated when I was still in Underoos, so I’ve had to help Mom a lot…Ever since I could pick up a spoon, my Mom has had me in the kitchen… I think every kid needs to learn how to cook to some extent. This cookbook should get you started. The recipes ...

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  • ’32 Candles’ Illumines New Author’s Path

    “I ran. I ran as fast as the skirt of that stupid dress would let me. Then I hiked up the skirt, so that I could run even faster. But Cora’s shoes weren’t really designed for running. The heel broke and I fell straight into the mud puddle that I had skirted just moments ago. ...

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  • Book Review: The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

    “This is the story of two boys living in Baltimore with similar histories and an identical name: Wes Moore. One of us is free and has experienced things that he never knew to dream about as a kid. The other will spend every day until his death behind bars for an armed robbery that left ...

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  • Going Natural: How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair

    “Five years ago… I knew nothing about my natural hair. It was that mess that grew out of my head… which was only relieved by using scalp-burning chemicals and hair-singeing heat. It was that unprofessional, bad, embarrassing stuff that, if I were to wear in public, would ...

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