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    Meet The Real Ron Stallworth

    All of this began in October 1978. As an Intelligence Unit detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department, the first black detective in the history of the department, I might add, one of my duties was to scan the two daily newspapers for any reports of information concerning any hint of subversive activity that might […] More

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    “The Hate U Give” Leads The Way!

    I received this email from a listener of my SiriusXM’s Urban View show: “I was very happy to see the trailer for the movie, The Hate U Give, when I went to the movies over the weekend. I bought the book for my 11-year-old niece last year after hearing about it on your show. She got […] More

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    Women Authors Are Creating New Lanes

    Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi has been on the New York Times bestsellers list for young adult hardcover for 17 weeks and is currently No. 2 behind Angie Thomas’s smash hit, The Hate You Give (which has been on the list for 71 weeks). It is the first time that two women […] More

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    This Is America!

    I don’t remember what spurred me to pick up The Half Has Never Been Told, but once I did I could not put it down. I went through about 100 tabs, marking passages. It seemed as if every page had a note or a nugget that I didn’t want to forget, that I needed to […] More

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    Happy Birthday, Octavia Butler!

    There wouldn’t be The Walking Dead without the works of Octavia Butler, who was one of the first to explore a world where “human zombies” have taken over the world. In Parable of the Sower (featured in this week’s Book List) and Parable of the Talents, Butler explores man’s inhumanity to man when we are at […] More

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    Apocalypse Now?

    Published in 1993, Octavia Butler imagines a world in chaos and lawlessness in 2025. The cause: climate change that sets off a chain reaction of chaos and lack. More than this being a story of people surviving a world with limited food and other resources, this is a story of people surviving people. This is […] More

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    Today is Juneteenth, recognized by many throughout the Global Majority as its true Independence Day. June 19, 1865, is the date that enslaved people in Texas found out they were free–two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law, freeing those held in bondage in America. It is a celebration, but also […] More

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    How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

    What would happen if the zombie apocalypse started during slavery, right before the Civil War is to begin? This is the premise of Dread Nation,where America is turned on its heels by a rising of the dead. And one girl, Jane McKeene, might be the only one who can save the world. Author Justina Ireland […] More

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    In Them Streets

    I read my first street novel, Pimp in 1996. I had been contracted to I Make My Own Rules with L.L. Cool J and I enlisted my mentor, Hap Hairston (who was a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper editor) to coach me through the process. He recommended that I read the Iceberg Slim classic. I turned up […] More