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Soul City: Race, Equality, And the Lost Dream Of An American Utopia By Thomas Healy Book Review

If a Black man has no bread in his pocket, the solution to his problem is not integration. It’s to go get some bread.

—Floyd McKissick, the intellectual architect of Soul City, North Carolina


Seton Hall law professor Thomas Healy released ☛SOUL CITY: RACE,

Happy National Poetry Month 🎉 Featuring Jasmine Mans’ Black Girl, Call Home

Wash/Barrettes/Twists/Crisscross/Braids/Beads/Cornrows/    Wooden brush/Edges/Silk scarf/Nappy/Kitchen/       Beady beads/4c/Coil/Ouch/SuperGrow/Straighten…

—Jasmine Mans’ “Mama Has a Hair Salon in the Kitchen” 


April is National Poetry Month and I couldn’t let another spring day go by without celebrating my favorite collection of poems released this year—thus far,

Book Event: Black, White, And The Grey By Mashama Bailey

When it’s safer to travel, one of the restaurants I’m determined to visit is James Beard award-winning chef and now author Mashama Bailey’s The Grey in Savannah, Georgia. In the meantime, I’m getting into her dual memoir with business partner John O. Morisano ☛BLACK,

Update: Black Buck By Mateo Askaripour Book Review

There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission… MLK, Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Frederick Douglass were all salesman. Hell, Nina Simone, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and every other black woman who achieved any leap of success was a saleswoman… Each and every one of these people was selling something more precious than gold: a vision.

Rest In Peace And Power Cicely Tyson Dead At 96 🕊 Celebs Pay Tribute

Trailblazing actress Cicely Tyson died yesterday at the age of 96. The new author just released her memoir ☛JUST AS I AM [pub: HarperCollins] three days ago along with a virtual book tour including a conversation scheduled with Whoopi Goldberg yesterday and Tyler Perry on Monday,

Valerie Wilson Wesley’s Releases New Mystery A Glimmer Of Death. Happy Book Birthday! 🥳

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Major congratulations to legendary mystery author the Valerie Wilson Wesley on the release of her latest book ☛A GLIMMER OF DEATH [pub: Kensington] today. I’m embarrassed to admit that I did not know that the woman behind the beloved Tamara Hayle series is thankfully still writing books.

Cicely Tyson’s Memoir Just As I Am Drops Today. Happy Book Birthday! 🥳

Today we celebrate the release of 96-year-old working actress, Cicely Tyson’s memoir ☛JUST AS I AM [pub: HarperCollins] written with illustrious author Michelle Buford. It’s flooring that my earliest memory of the Emmy winner is watching her brilliant performance in 1974’s Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and that my most recent is last year’s Cherish The Day,

Twenty-Two-Year-Old Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Tweets That Her Books Are Already Bestsellers

Somehow after performing her beautiful and brilliant poem, “The Hill We Climb” for the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman found time and the bandwidth to tweet that her forthcoming books ☛CHANGE SINGS: A CHILDREN’S ANTHEM [Viking Books for Young Readers] and ☛THE HILL WE CLIMB [Viking Books for Young Readers] are already topping Amazon’s best sellers list,

The Rib King By Ladee Hubbard Drops Today! Happy Book Birthday! 🥳

Novelist Ladee Hubbard‘s second book ☛THE RIB KING [pub: Amistad] releases today. The New Orleans-based author’s first book ☛THE TALENTED RIBKINS [pub: Melville House Publishing] not only won the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction,