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"Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest" by Ian Zack

The first note had your foot tapping. It didn't stop until the set was over or the LP needed flipping. The song moved you; those words meant everything. And the singer of those tunes? She was the entire reason those ...

"The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland" by Walter Thompson-Hernández

The guy with the white hat has a nice horse. The guy with the white hat has rugged boots with spurs like stars on his heels. He wears crisp jeans, a starched shirt, a big belt buckle, and a bigger ...

"It's Not All Downhill from Here" by Terry McMillan c.2020, Ballantine Books $28.00 / $37.00 Canada 350 pages

Getting old ain't for sissies. Aging is not for the weak, whiners, or wimps, not for 'fraidycats or those with no confidence, and aging is absolutely not for the inflexible. But then again, as in the new novel by Terry ...

"The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers That are Holding Women Back at Work" by Michelle King

The disappointment arrived just after lunch. That promotion you hoped to get? Nope. No raise, either, because your boss wants you to make a few improvements in your job, tweak your skills, have more time to grow – even though ...

Books: Spring reading ideas

Hunker down. That's what you'll be doing for the immediate future: trying to stay well or get well or just waiting. You've had enough TV and the pantry's as clean as it'll ever get, so maybe it's time to find ...

"Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We're Taking Back Our Power"

Heeeeey, look over here! You look fine today, Mama, Sugar, Honey, Baby, fill-in-the-blank with names you're called by men you don't know. Just think, Sweetie, Pretty, you were minding your business before this monkey business started. And just know, by ...

"Blair Underwood Presents Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" by Deborah Riley Draper and Travis Thrasher

You've always held such promise. People could see it in you, starting when you were small: you were going to go places, do good, make a mark on the world. They were proud to know you, happy to watch you ...

“Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America” by Marcia Chatelain

Your hand is in the bag again. Those French fries you bought aren’t going to make it home, that’s for sure. You should’ve bought a double order; your burger won’t taste the same without them alongside. Sometimes, a craving hits ...

Meet the Author Denise M. Baran-Unland

Meet the Author Denise M. Baran-Unland

“Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America”

Your tickets have been purchased. Reservations were made in your name and all that’s left is packing. Yep, you’re heading out for the weekend, a week, a month, gone on the trip of a lifetime and as you’ll see in ...

A Great Present to Open

It’s not too late for that last gift So, it’s a wrap. Everything’s under paper and under the tree. You’re done with all your shopping, except for one person. Or two. Maybe four. So what do you get for that ...

“White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue… And Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation”

It’s all yours. You own it, got it, paid for it, you even have the receipt. That thing: you fought hard for it and nobody can take it away. But – as in the new book “White Negroes” by Lauren ...

“The End of Something Wonderful”

You’re really going to miss your little pet. He hasn’t been feeling well lately, and you know that the worst thing is coming soon. You’re not sure how you’ll act and you’re not sure what you’ll do when it happens, ...

“Sulwe”

Other kids can be so mean. In your classroom, they call you names and whisper bad things. On the playground, they tease you, and it hurts your feelings. You wish you had more friends, and that things were different. But ...

“What God is Honored Here?” edited by Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang

You’re doing okay. Shaky, most days, and you can’t stop crying but you’re doing okay. Thanks for asking, although nobody ever really wants to know. They look away, up or down or anywhere but at the truth: you’ve lost a ...

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