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… […]

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, […]

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 […]