Praedamus: Let Us Prey

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  Praedamus: Let Us Prey Selling Heaven (It’s All an Illusion) by Don Spears Professional Publishing House Paperback, $24.95 424 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-692-34921-2 Book Review by Kam Williams   “Religion plays an important part in most people’s lives… Many of us have absolute and often blind faith in the churches we attend. But is […]

The Loneliness of the Black Republican

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  The Loneliness of the Black Republican Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power by Leah Wright Riguer Princeton University Press Hardcover, $35.00 430 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-691-15901-0 Book Review by Kam Williams   “This study introduces readers to key figures across a spectrum of black Republican politics and examines their ongoing struggles to effect […]

The Presidency in Black and White

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  The Presidency in Black and White My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America by April Ryan Foreword by the Honorable Elijah Cummings Rowman & Littlefield Hardcover, $24.95 176 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4422-3841-1 Book Review by Kam Williams   “[This book] gives readers a compelling behind-the-scenes look at race relations from the […]

Black Male Frames

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  Black Male Frames African-Americans in a Century of Hollywood Cinema, 1903-2003 by Roland Leander Williams, Jr. Syracuse University Press Hardcover, $34.95 218 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-8156-3382-2 Book Review by Kam Williams   “Black Male Frames charts the development and shifting popularity of two stereotypes of black male masculinity in popular American film: the shaman […]

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, […]