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Kam Williams Reviews (1)ne Drop:Shifting the Lens on Race. Edited by Yaba Blay, Ph.D. with photography by Noelle Theard



James McBride's The Good Lord Bird,” the comic and terrifying adventures of a disguised black child caught up in John Brown's abolitionist crusade, was the winner Wednesday night of the National Book Award for fiction.



How to Make Breakthrough Impacts That Take You Forward

The laws of the new game changersWe can't all earn MBAs and law doctorates, or work with actor Hill Harper –but we can learn from someone who's been there and done that.  In The Laws of the New Game Changers, Raye Mitchell shares what she's learned in her 30-year career in business, law and the entertainment industry.  



Renowned activist, educator and spoken word artist releases her first full length poetry book

Walidah Imarisha envisioned a full length poetry book, "Scars/Stars", over a decade ago. Since then, she has been all across the country, doing justice work, documenting her experiences.


Cover of "Harlem Street Portraits," by Harvey Stein 

Harlem has been a predominantly African-American neighborhood since the dawn of the 20th Century, when the mass migration by descendants of slaves from the rural South flooded many a metropolis above the Mason-Dixon Line. By the Twenties, this section of Manhattan had blossomed into an artistic mecca and home to many black intellectuals, writers, painters, musicians and dancers.



Her story unfolds in a narrative that slowly circles, then in the end plunges to the heart of her life's realization

Ward has pulled herself up from the devastated mud bays of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to make her mark on New York City's pampered literary elite by telling the stories of real people, really impacted by the crash of nature, race and class.



Harlem Nocturne by Farah Jasmine Griffin

Harlem NocturneIn Harlem Nocturne, Farah Jasmine Griffin tells the stories of three black female artists whose creative and political efforts fueled the American movement for civil rights: choreographer and dancer Pearl Primus, composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, and novelist Ann Petry. 



Donald Jones says hip-hop culture is the battleground for new, 'colorblind' racism

Donald Jones latest book, "Fear of a Hip Hop Planet" will undoubtedly evoke images of Public Enemy's 1990 classic. The decision was very much intentional.



Acclaimed author discusses debut novel and his evolution throughout the writing process

Jackson's evolution has taken him from dreams of being a news anchor to writing for national publications to teaching writing in New York. As he awaits another milestone in his career, he discusses his new book and the journey that got him to this point.


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