Twisted

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  Twisted My Dreadlock Chronicles by Bert Ashe Bolden / An Agate Imprint Paperback, $15.00 252 pages ISBN: 978-1-932841-96-1 Book Review by Kam Williams “After leading a far too conventional life for nearly 40 years, Bert Ashe began the long, arduous and uncertain process of growing dreadlocks in an attempt to step out of American […]

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

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  ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan Regan Arts Paperback, $14.00 288 pages ISBN: 978-1-941393-57-4   Book Review by Kam Williams   “This book… set out to answer a simple question asked repeatedly on cable news shows: Where did ISIS come from, and how did it manage to do […]

More Than a Score

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  More Than a Score The New Uprising against High-Stakes Testing Foreword by Diane Ravitch Edited by Jesse Hagopian Introduction by Alfie Kohn Afterword by Wayne Au Haymarket Books Paperback, $16.00 336 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-60846-392-3 Book Review by Kam Williams “As the essays in this book make clear, public education is under attack. So […]

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me

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  My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege with Nikola Sellmair The Experiment Publishing Hardcover, $24.95 230 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-61519-253-3 Book Review by Kam Williams   “When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, happened to pluck a library book from the shelf…she discovered a horrifying […]

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 […]