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Gabrielle Union on using ‘radical honesty’ to tell her story
September 23, 2021
Gabrielle Union's using ``radical honesty'' in her new book, which combines lively lighthearted stories with chapters dealing with her recovery from sexual assault, racist encounters and mental health struggles. ... read more »
FALL READ: Anita Kopacz’s debut novel SHALLOW WATER was part of her deep ancestral healing
September 23, 2021
Hello fall, 2021 the long, hot summer is behind us and as we cast our eyes towards the fall, winter with a new year just 22 odd weeks away, the idea of moving forward swirls around our collective consciousness.  ... read more »
First, she was a survivor: #MeToo’s Burke tells her story
September 15, 2021
People will think this is a book about, you know, going to the Golden Globes and meeting a bunch of celebrities, and a bunch of powerful men whose lives were impacted by #MeToo. I want to tell a different story. My story is ordinary and also extraordinary: It’s so many other little black girls’ stories, so many young women’s stories. We don’t pay attention to the nuances of what survival looks like or what sexual violence feels like and how it impacts our lives. So it just felt important. This is a story that’s been growing inside me for more than 40 years. It was time to give it a home outside of my body. ... read more »
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Basketball Star Crystal Robinson Shares Life Lessons in “Finding Myself”
September 2, 2021
Retired WNBA star Crystal Robinson rose above several challenges during her youth to become a prominent professional athlete and coach. She chronicled the trials, triumphs, and lessons of her childhood in her autobiography “Finding Myself.” ... read more »
Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ: Every Day is a Good Day: A Cookbook — Yummy and Full Of Secrets of the BBQ!
July 8, 2021
Rodney Scott is big-time, a James Beard Award-winning chef and co-owner of three Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ restaurants in Charleston, Birmingham, and Atlanta ... read more »
African Author Pens Children’s Book About Diversity in Skin Tones
May 27, 2021
“My father was a man of humble beginnings who worked hard to provide for eight children,” said author Nonkululeko Kunene Adumentey, adding that it was his conditional love, wisdom, and work ethic that inspired the core of her principles and life mottos. He also inspired her to appreciate the various skin tones found in Africans throughout the world. ... read more / view gallery »
Walter Mosley’s BLOOD GROVE AN EASY RAWLINS MYSTERY — Social Commentary Brilliantly Mixed Mystery
May 20, 2021
At the beating heart of “Blood Grove” — as in all the Easy Rawlins books — is the hidden truth about America. ... read more »
 Finding a ‘Greater Love’ with Novelist Devyn Bakewell 
April 22, 2021
Diving into the intricate details of today’s college experience, “Greater Love,” submerges the reader in the male and female perspective as young adults from the Black community, entering a realm of secondary education. Main characters, Ryan McKnight and Devyn Baker, represent two differentiating experiences.  ... read more »
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Sister-Author Duo Brings Awareness to Police Brutality and Black History in Young Adult Novel
April 1, 2021
The story centers around Keziah Leah “Kezi” Smith, a young YouTuber activist, who died in police custody after attending a social justice rally. Her sisters, Jemima Genesis “Genny” and Keren-Happuch “Happi,” honor her legacy by going on a road trip directed by their heirloom copy of “The Negro Motorist Green Book.” ... read more »
Creative Visionary Laurieann Gibson Shares Worlds of Wisdom in her Debut Book Dance Your Dance
February 11, 2021
Emmy-nominated choreographer, creative director, and entrepreneur Laurieann Gibson is ready to tell her story in her debut book. ... read more »
The Work of Women Empowerment Found Behind New Novel, ‘Through My Mother’s Eyes’
December 17, 2020
Eloise Laws is a woman of many talents, her creativity is captured through different mediums of art. Laws embedded her energy into music, acting and writing for over 30 years.  She developed an eye for talent and looks to nourish the gifts of others. ... read more »
Multi-Platinum Award-Winning Artist LaTocha Scott Shares Her Journey to Renewed Energy Through Her New Plant-Based Recipe Book
December 10, 2020
With her new plant-based cookbook, ”LaTocha’s Planted Lifestyle.” she explores the significance of cooking with soul and health in mind. ... read more »
Former College Basketball Standout’s New Book Teaches ‘How to Play Basketball the Fun Way’
November 26, 2020
A wife and a mother of five, Davis-Middleton noted that although her schedule is hectic, she tires as often as possible to incorporate quiet time to clear her thoughts. And, to write books. ... read more »
Karen Jackson, Sisters Network Founder inspires others in new Book
November 12, 2020
Four-time breast cancer survivor Karen Jackson’s new book, In the Company of My Sisters: My Story, My Truth, speaks about her life dedicated to assisting other breast cancer survivors. She talked with the Defender about the book, Sisters Network Inc. and her motto in life. ... read more »
Picture book on Kamala Harris coming Aug. 25
August 21, 2020
That didn’t take long: Just weeks after making history as the running mate for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris will be the subject of a new picture book.  Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced Wednesday that prize-winning author Nikki Grimes has written “Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice,” which features illustrations by Laura Freeman. The book comes out Aug. 25.  ... read more »
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