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How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
January 27, 2016
“America's promise has always rung hollow in the the ears of African-Americans, but today the situation has grown even more dire. From the murders of black youth by the police to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act to the disaster visited upon poor and middle-class black families by the Great Recession, it is clear that black America faces an emergency... Democracy in Black is Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.'s impassioned response.Part manifesto, part history, part memoir, it argues that we live in a country founded on a 'value gap'--with white lives valued more than others... Whether discussing why all Americans have racial habits that reinforce inequality, why black politics based on the civil rights era have reached a dead end, or why only remaking democracy from the ground up can bring real change, Glaude crystallizes the untenable position of black America----and offers thoughts on a better way forward” ... read more »
The Ten Best Black Books of 2015
December 29, 2015
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Male Frames African-Americans in a Century of Hollywood Cinema, 1903-2003 by Roland Leander Williams, Jr. The Face That Changed It All A Memoir by Beverly Johnson America The Black Point of View by Tony Rose After the Dance My Life with Marvin Gaye by Jan Gaye Undivided A Muslim Daughter, ... read more »
Book Review: ‘Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina’
March 27, 2014
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland Touchstone Books Hardcover, $24.99 286 pages, illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4767-3798-0   Book Review by Kam Williams   “As the only African-American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, ... read more »
Book Review: Handbook for an Unpredictable Life
March 1, 2014
Handbook for an Unpredictable Life How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother,             and Still Came out Smiling (with Great Hair) by Rosie Perez Crown Archetype Hardcover, ... read more »
Guiou: The Other Blacks, The Afro-Jamaican Presence in Guatemala
February 9, 2014
Tate Publishing    Paperback, $12.00   96 pages, Illustrated   ISBN: 978-1-62746-147-4   [This book] chronicles the journey of a group of Jamaican pioneers who went to Guatemala during the early 1900s and carved out a life for themselves and their descendants… ... read more »
Book Review: High Price A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You
August 1, 2013
Dr. Carl Hart “As a youth, Carl Hart didn’t realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, ... read more »
Book Challenges Stereotypes of Poor Fathers
June 18, 2013
“Doing The Best I Can” delves into the lives of poor men who have children outside of marriage and their “New Package Deals” ? the direct and intimate relationships with their children that are independent of a relationship with the mother. ... read more »
Book Review: Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson
November 1, 2012
In his new book “ ... ,” author Randall Sullivan reveals new insights into the dysfunction and greed ingrained in the Jackson family, and the ugliness that ensued after Michael’s death in 2009. ... read more »
‘Off to a Bad Start’ Debuts at Taste of Soul
October 6, 2011
Author Kelvin E. Fossett Los Angeles resident Kelvin E. Fossett will showcase his new book, “Off to a Bad Start,” at the 6th Annual Taste of Soul Festival on Saturday, ... read more »
Book Review: But You Can’t Enslave My Thinking
June 17, 2011
Jaye Swift, author of But You Can’t Enslave My Thinking uses his book as an eye opener to what the Black community is lacking in knowledge, ... read more »
Book Review: Block Reportin’
June 16, 2011
“Block Reportin'”, a new collection of writings by the journalist and activist J.R. Valrey, “chronicles the Black experience over the years of 2002-2010”. As both a community activist and a journalist, ... read more »
Book Review: I Beat the Odds – From Homelessness to “The Blind Side” and Beyond
February 7, 2011
By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing Writer “I didn’t write this book just to revisit The Blind Side… I want to help separate fact from fiction. After the movie came out, ... read more »
Book Review: Surviving and Thriving
January 29, 2011
Surviving and Thriving365 Facts in Black Economic History    By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing Writer “In her poem, ‘And Still I Rise,’ Dr. Maya Angelou wrote, ‘You can write me down in history with your bitter, ... read more »
Book Review: “Is It Just Me? Or is it nuts out there?”
January 14, 2011
Hyperion BooksHardcover, $22.99216 pagesISBN: 978-1-4013-2384-4 By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing Writer “Thoughtlessness is the new manners, and I’ve got to say I don’t like it… Somehow, so many little pieces of courtesy have gone by the wayside. ... read more »
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