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Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen Hosts Menakem Booksigning with Angela Rye & Devi Brown
June 23, 2022
Resmaa Menakem is a writer who watches. He watched the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and knew that, instead of following up his New York Times bestselling book, “My Grandmother’s Hands” with a sequel focusing on the legacy we leave our children, he had to address the racial reckoning before us that brings as its accomplice a widespread attempt to overthrow democracy. ... read more »
First Black Woman Winery Owner Releases Memoir
June 9, 2022
Vintner Iris Rideau, the first Black woman in the United States to establish a winery, will release her memoir, “From WHITE to BLACK: One Life Between Two Worlds,” on June 19, in celebration of Juneteenth. ... read more »
Historian releases 2 new books in Black history series
May 19, 2022
Jeremy Houston, the founder of Miss-Lou Heritage Group and Tours, has recently released volumes four and five of his ongoing Black history series about people from Natchez. In 2016, Houston first set out writing true stories about Black people from Natchez who accomplished great things in their lifetime, called ``Straight Outta Natchez.'' ... read more »
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‘Girlz ‘N the Hood’ Recounts Growing Up in South Central L.A.
April 28, 2022
“Girlz ‘N the Hood: A Memoir of Mama in South Central Los Angeles” is written by award-winning author, journalist, and college professor, Dr. Mary Hill-Wagner, and tells the story about the author’s experiences growing up in Compton, CA, with a undeniably strong, single mother of eleven children. ... read more »
Ibram X. Kendi writing children’s story ‘Goodnight Racism’
January 14, 2022
The next book in Ibram X. Kendi's prolific and award-winning publishing career is a picture story with a hopeful message. ... read more »
Rare Toni Morrison Short Story to be Published as a Book
January 12, 2022
To much of the world the late Toni Morrison was a novelist, celebrated for such classics as ``Beloved,'' ``Song of Solomon'' and ``The Bluest Eye.'' ... read more »
Author Kimberley Baker Guillemet Delivers With Powerful New Book, “Black Prep: Life Lessons of A Perpetual Outsider.”
December 9, 2021
The Powerful New Memoir Provides Real-World Advice on Tackling Adversity ... read more »
Emmy Nominated Divorce Court Host Creates Playbook for Modern Day Dating
November 11, 2021
Part of finding a significant other is peering through the mirror that one holds up in front of themselves. Judge Faith Jenkins provides the tools to see oneself with clarity, in order to have a healthy sense of attraction to someone else. In her new book, “SIS, DON’T SETTLE: How to Stay Smart in Matters of the Heart,” Jenkins examines the price of self-value and how it affects ones dating experience. ... read more »
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DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM: A HISTORY, A MOVEMENT, A CELEBRATION
November 4, 2021
Former ballerina, Judy Tyrus, visited Los Angeles to promote her book, "DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM: A HISTORY, A MOVEMENT, A CELEBRATION," a book co-written by dancers, Tyrus and Paul Novosel, two longtime members of the dance company. ... read more »
Review: Obama, Springsteen’s ‘Renegades’ is smart, beautiful
October 26, 2021
“Renegades: Born in the USA” by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen (Crown) “Renegades: Born in the USA” is human, vulnerable, smart and passionate. This curated transcript of former President Barack Obama’s and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen’s conversations is accompanied by a thoughtful layout that underscores the dialogue within and brings the authors’ lives into focus. ... read more »
“We are in the middle of a cold, civil war.” — Keith Boykin author of “Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America.”
October 21, 2021
Prominent journalist and prolific author Keith Boykin is that courageous soul who takes deep dives into the political cesspool. ... read more »
Review: Anita Hill urges us all to battle gender violence
September 28, 2021
“Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence” by Anita Hill (Viking) Anita Hill didn’t care if President Joe Biden apologized or not, but she found his aversion to doing so rather dramatic. This is one anecdote from her new book, “Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence.” It was released Tuesday. ... read more »
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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