Stand Your Ground ~ Black Bodies and the Justice of God


  Stand Your Ground Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas Orbis Books Paperback, $24.00 256 pages ISBN: 978-1-62698-109-6 Book Review by Kam Williams   “Why is it becoming increasingly acceptable to kill unarmed black children? Why are they so easily perceived as a threat? How are we to keep our […]

Child, Please


  Child, Please How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself before I Wrecked Myself by Ylonda Gault Caviness Tarcher / Penguin Random House Hardcover, $25.95 320 pages ISBN: 978-0-399-16996-0 Book Review by Kam Williams “In this wise and funny memoir, Ylonda Gault Caviness describes her journey to the realization that all the parenting advice […]



  Firebird by Misty Copeland   Illustrated by Christopher Myers G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group Hardcover, $17.99 36 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-399-16615-0 Book Review by Kam Williams “With spare, poignant text, American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland writes of a young dancer whose confidence is fragile. Through hard work and […]

Eye on the Struggle


  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


  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


  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


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


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 […]