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    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 President of the United States. Dr. Dyson sets the tone...

    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...

    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:...

    ‘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...

    ‘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...

    Ray Lewis’ Book Takes An In-Depth Look at the Troubled Man Beneath the Helmet

    Let me preface this review by saying that I am born and raised in Baltimore City. Growing up with no football team sucked and the only thing worse were the old stories of how...

    Former Raven Details Recovery from Addiction and Bankruptcy

    Former Baltimore Ravens defensive end Marques Ogden made a living coming from the blind side to blitz quarterbacks. However, after a five year NFL career and successful transition into business, Ogden ultimately took a...

    The Author’s Corner

    Title: Yesterday Is Today  * Author: N.O. Release Date: July 2015 Bio: Eleanor M. Richardson, who writes under the pseudonym N.O. (None Other), is a native Baltimorean.  N.O., at the sweet age of 72, considers herself a...

    Leonard Pitts Jr. Tackles Race and Publishing in ‘Grant Park’

    Leonard Pitts Jr is a columnist at the Miami Herald who is not afraid to mix it up when it comes to race and politics. The South Carolina native’s fourth book, “Grant Park,” deals...

    White Privilege in the School House

    While White Americans awaken to the realization that Black Americans are hunted, harassed, and killed on a regular basis by U.S. law enforcement, a quieter racial discrimination, and the White privilege to inflict it,...

    Hip Hop Comes to the Comic Book Format

    Hip Hop has long been an important part of Black culture and recently it has been the subject of countless movies, plays and very recently, graphic novels. Ed Piskor is a Pennsylvania born comic strip...
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