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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.



The Power List is compiled by collecting data from online book sellers, social media and a quarterly survey of 1,200 African-American book clubs

The Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, released its Summer 2013 list last week. The Power List is a joint project of AALBC.com, Cushcity.com and Mosaicbooks.com, three Web sites which have promoted African-American literature for more than a decade.



A mix of memoir and motivational resource designed as a prescription to put juvenile delinquents on a proper path

Romal Tune could just as easily been another statistic. After all, his mother was a crack head who never took him to church. And the absence of his dad meant he grew up on the streets where he got mixed-up with the wrong crowd and started dealing drugs by the time he was a teenager.



The marginalized iconoclast makes a decent attempt at resurrecting her terribly-tarnished image

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is a fearless firebrand who always seems  to be sitting in the middle of controversy, both during her tenure in the House of Representatives, and since.



Project's editors want to spark imaginations and create a sustainable model for supporting artists

Imarisha and her co-editor Adrienne Maree Brown are partnering to publish Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. The project seeks to demonstrate how community organizing and social justice work are a form of science and speculative fiction.


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