09 15 2014
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Incognito: One Man Discovers His African American Father

New book chronicles the author's secret lineage

Michael Sidney Fosberg was raised in a lily-white, Chicago suburb at the height of the Civil Rights Movement by his Caucasian mother and stepdad. Consequently, he grew up blissfully unaware of the fact that the real father he'd been separated practically at birth from was black.
A Jew-fro and a slightly swarthy complexion were all that made Michael stand out in family photos taken with his parents and two younger siblings.


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Review: Maya Soetoro-Ng's Book 'Ladder to the Moon'

Obama's sister has crafted an 'instant classic'

When Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng was growing up on the island of Java, her mother pinned a postcard over her bed of a Georgia O'Keefe painting entitled "Ladder to the Moon." The surreal tableau, which featured a ladder suspended in the desert air and stretching towards a lonely half-moon hanging high in the sky, served to whet the imagination of the bright youngster with an insatiable curiosity.


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Fail Up: Tavis Smiley Offers 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure

Admitting your mistakes can make you stronger

Given Tavis Smiley's lofty status as the host of a hit, nationally-syndicated, TV talk show, one might not suspect that he'd suffered any setbacks over the course of his meteoric rise. But contrary to appearances, the accomplished broadcaster/entrepreneur/publisher/philanthropist/author has definitely taken his share of missteps on his way to the top.  


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Book Review: 'Hood Health' Offers Practical Advice for Hip Hop Generation

In order to interest members of the Hip-Hop Generation, the chapters have been given catchy titles like "Teefus," "When Gold Grills Go Bad," "11 Things Not to Get from th

You can't help but take notice when Dick Gregory gives a how-to book promoting health a ringing endorsement


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