Book Review

IDA B. the Queen: Great Grand-daughter Pens a New Biography on the Extraordinary Life of Ida B. Wells

Michele Duster, author of a new biography, Ida B. The Queen, The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells, says that her goal is to expand the story of the iconic journalist and pioneering civil rights activist, who just happens to be her, great-grandmother.   Duster, who took an interest in history and in …

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Arturo Schomburg’s Unknown Black Cookbook Inspired by Black Ingenuity in the Kitchen

Imagine being told as a child in late 19th century Puerto Rico, that Black people had no history, no heroes, no memorable contributions. Like many Black and Brown folks, Arturo Schomburg recalls being told this all too well, and in his case, by his 5th grade teacher.  The remarks coming from the “so called” educator …

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Here’s Some Good Reading While Social Isolating

Since we’re all isolated and social distancing, now’s the perfect time to catch up on some reading. Here’s one book that came highly recommended by one of our readers, “Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and The Rise of White Supremacy.”  Written by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist David Zucchino, “Murderous Lie” is a searing account …

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An interview with WIL HAYGOOD: Author of Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court that changed America

Will Haygood interviewed by Bobby Burns in 2016 Cultural biographers are like Soul Food chefs who build masterful creations: it’s messy in the kitchen, flour everywhere, and when their done, patron’s guttle the food with joy. I stumbled upon Wil Haygood this past summer being interviewed on an in-depth C-SPAN show.  What a stimulating three hours!  It …

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‘Reign of the Underdog’ Comic Book Creator Lazarus Guidry on Being a Black Super Hero

As a young black kid growing up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Lazarus Guidry was always interested in creating imaginative storytelling and, comic books.  “I was always around it. My father, was a fire specialist and a comic book illustrator. Comics was his passion. He loved “Captain America” and “The Incredible Hulk.” As a product of …

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Comic-Con: Actor/rapper Lazarus Guidry & Legendary Illustrator Arvell Jones Debut “Reign of the Underdog Featuring Lazarus”

San Diego, CA –Several years in the making and a Comic-Con International exclusive limited run edition, from hop-hop artist, Lazarus Guidry comes the universe of Reign of the Underdog Featuring Lazarus. The 24 page full color, adult comic story told in a 6 part mini series is set to debut at Comic-Con as part of a never seen …

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Author/Therapist Shares How to Go From Worrier to Warrior in New WorkBook

Are you a worrywart that can’t seem to stop obsessing over just about everything? Just so we’re clear, a “worrywart” is not just someone who worries; it’s someone who worries needlessly, often without justifiable reasons.    In a recent interview with Tangia Elieff, LCSW principal and CEO of Honor Your Emotions a private practice in …

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Cookbook Review: Cornbread & Collard Greens How West African Cuisine & Slavery Influenced Soulfood

I’m always looking for a good soul food recipe, and I’m excited to report that I’ve found several in the book Cornbread & Collard Greens, How West African Cuisine & Slavery Influenced Soul Food (Opportune Independent Publishing), written by Deah Berry-Mitchell. Filled with 100 pages of stunning food photo’s and rich recipes, the book highlights …

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94-year-old Author Shares Black Soldier’s Experience in WWII in New Book: A Dastardly Act

For those who have ever had the chance to meet Ambrose Brodus, Jr., you’ll agree that he’s one dedicated man with a lot to say. I quickly learned this while working with him as secretary 10 years ago, on a humanitarian project titled, “The Facilitators Group.” ”TFG” was a group of community members who worked …

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Leimert Park Village Book Fair Celebrates New York Times Best Selling Author Eric Jerome Dickey

LOS ANGELES – New York Times best selling author Eric Jerome Dickey has been named the 2018 Distinguished Lecturer for the 12th annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair (LPVBF).  He will be honored at the literary event, which kicks off on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (BHCP), …

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