REACH – 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding

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  Reach 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding Edited by Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters Foreword by Russell Simmons Atria Books Paperback, $15.00 304 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4767-9983-4 Book Review by Kam Williams   “I’m aware that, for black men today, racism is still an obstacle that causes tremendous anger and suffering… […]

Eye on the Struggle

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  Eye on the Struggle Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press By James McGrath Morris Amistad Books Hardcover, $27.99 496 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-06-219885-3 Book Review by Kam Williams   “This groundbreaking biography… illuminates the life and accomplishments of pioneering journalist Ethel Lois Payne, while also bringing to the fore the critical […]

F.B. Eyes

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  F.B. Eyes How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature by William J. Maxwell Princeton University Press Hardcover, $29.95 384 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-691-13020-0 Book Review by Kam Williams   “Drawing on nearly 14,000 pages of newly released FBI files, F.B. Eyes exposes the Bureau’s intimate policing of African American poems, plays, essays, […]

Top 40 Books Read by African Americans

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  Top 40 Books Read by African Americans   Nine of the books nominated for 2015 NAACP Image Awards, for outstanding literary work, were represented among the best-sellers on the Winter 2015 edition of the Power List of best-selling books written or read by African Americans. These titles, all of which were released in 2014, […]

Dark Girls

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  Dark Girls By Bill Duke Interviews by Shelia P. Moses Photographs by Barron Claiborne Hardcover, $35.00 192 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-06-233168-7 Book Review by Kam Williams   “In today’s society, dark skin has become linked to longer prison time, higher unemployment rates, low self-esteem, lower standards of beauty, and higher psychological distress. The skin […]

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

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  Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March By Lynda Blackmon Lowery As told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley Illustrated by PJ Loughran Dial Books Hardcover, $19.99 128 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-8037-4123-2 Book Review by Kam Williams   “Jailed nine times before her 15th birthday, […]

Dreams of My Ancestors

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  Dreams of My Ancestors by L.E. Chavous EOTO Publishing ABA Publishing Hardcover, $17.95 56 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-9830332-2-6 Book Review by Kam Williams   “Approximately 455,000 African men, women, girls and boys were the original ancestors of the estimated 40 million African-American people in the USA today. In this book, we take a look […]

The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice

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The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice by Dr. Artika R. Tyner Foreword by Marian Wright Edelman ABA Publishing Paperback, $59.95 238 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-62722-664-6 Book Review by Kam Williams   “The social challenges of our time are enormous. About one in seven U.S. residents live in poverty, and the […]