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Book review: ‘Taught by Women: Poems as Resistance Language’

“Helen Maxine,” Haki Madhubuti’s poem dedicated to his mother, may not be the exact center but it’s certainly the heart of “Taught by Women,” his latest book of poetry.

Stealth Isolation: Marathon, not a race & ‘Dispatches from the Vanguard’

It’s a rainy, grey day in the Northeast region of the United States. The rain and the looming clouds seem to mirror the weariness of the hearts and minds of American citizens.

Princeton prof Eddie Glaude talks new book ‘Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America’

In his new book “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own,” Princeton University professor of African American religion, Eddie Glaude, confesses that for many years, he hesitated to engage with James Baldwin’s work.

Harlem Book Fair 2020 going virtual

The 22nd annual Harlem Book Fair goes virtual Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th. The Harlem Book Fair will stream on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Stealth Isolation: Black poetry of the future

Can we stay grounded in the present while anticipating the future? It takes balance and it requires that we build a healthy relationship with time

Stealth Isolation: 5 books by amazing Black women

We continue to find ourselves in a vulnerable position. We have very little power of what occurs in our lives as we continue to live under strict orders of quarantine, social distancing and self-isolation.

Stealth Isolation: 5 Black fiction books that are great escapes

There’s no shame in feeling a need to escape. When you’re put under a local government-sanctioned lockdown, the entire experience can feel surreal, unfamiliar and uncertain—with all due respect to the millions of Black people who are or have been ...

Michelle Obama launches online reading series for kids

Kids at home Monday received a midday reading of the classic “The Gruffalo” from a special host: former first lady Michelle Obama.

Stealth Isolation: Five Black nonfiction books that inspire

It looks like the shelter-in-place and stay-at-home mandates will be enforced indefinitely.

Book Review: ‘Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon’

As we seek some solace from the menace of the coronavirus, noted music critic Howard Reich, in view of our inability to venture out for entertainment, has weighed in with his top jazz films to fill the terrible void.

Fully booked: New York International Antiquarian Book Fair

The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair, which celebrated its 60th anniversary

Rosalyn McIntosh hosts grand book signing at Word Up Cafe

As Women’s History Month gets into gear, on Saturday, March 7, Brooklyn’s Rosalyn McIntosh hosted her grand book signing of the bestselling women’s anthology: “Women’s Empowerment, Breakthrough Edition”

Book Reviews: ‘The Undefeated’ and ‘A Place To Land’

Children’s books that can both promote literacy and history have to walk a very fine line.

Book Review: ‘Trailblazer’ by Dorothy Butler Gilliam

As a teenager living in the projects in Louisville, Kentucky and working as a part-time secretary at The Louisville Defender, the city’s African American paper, Dorothy Butler Gilliam got her first assignment as a journalist.

Book Review: 'Sulwe’ by Lupita Nyong’o

The most difficult part of living in a majority white nation is having to carve out an understanding of who you––physically, culturally, ethnically and emotionally––are versus what you may be told you are by other people.

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