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 […]

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 […]

The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader

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  The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader by Ida B. Wells Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Mia Bay General Editor: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Penguin Classics Paperback, $18.00                                                       624 pages ISBN: 978-0-14-310682-1   Book Review by Kam Williams   “Ida B. Wells was born a slave in Holly Springs, […]

Who We Be ~The Colorization of America

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Who We Be The Colorization of America by Jeff Chang St. Martin’s Press Hardcover, $29.99 416 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-312-57129-0   Book Review by Kam Williams   “Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. During that time, the United States has seen the most dramatic demographic […]

Rainbow in the Cloud

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Rainbow in the Cloud The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou Random House Hardcover, $20.00 128 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-8129-9645-6 Book Review by Kam Williams   “’Words mean more than what is set down on paper,’ Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’ Indeed, Angelou’s […]

Culture Worrier: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change

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Culture Worrier Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change by Clarence Page Bolden Books Paperback, $17.00 448 pages ISBN: 978-1-932841-92-3 Book Review by Kam Williams “These pages represent some of the valuable lessons I’ve learned about people and media over the past three decades. Among them: 1) Politics is more than a game. 2) Nothing […]

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism

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How the Poor Can Save Capitalism Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class by John Hope Bryant Foreword by Ambassador Andrew Young Berrett-Koehler Publishers                                                               […]

The Imperfect Marriage: Help for Those Who Think It’s Over

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The Imperfect Marriage Help for Those Who Think It’s Over by Darryl and Tracy Strawberry Howard Books Hardcover, $24.99                                                       252 pages ISBN: 978-1-4767-3874-1 Book Review by Kam Williams “Marriage is a battlefield. Trust us, we know. Our marriage has suffered through—and survived—adultery, addiction, financial ruin, and the consequences of our own inner struggles… However, we […]