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“Bad Men and Wicked Women” by Eric Jerome Dickey

Blood is thicker than water. That’s what they say: your relationship with family – blood – is stronger than any connection you’ll have with someone unrelated. Blood is thicker than water – except, perhaps, as in the new novel “Bad ...

“Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastinaton, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me” by Andrew Santella

Just do it. That’s a demand that comes from everywhere. Sneakers say it, your spouse says it, the law demands it, your diet may say it; your boss does, for sure. Just do it. Buckle down and get it done ...

A New Generation of African-American-Owned Bookstores; Numbers No Longer in Decline

When Troy Johnson began tracking the number of black-owned bookstores in the U.S. in 1999, there were more than 325. By 2014, that number had dwindled to 54, a decline of 83%.

“All the Women in My Family Sing,” edited by Deborah Santana

Spoken or unspoken, serious or in jest, you get asked that question all the time. Where are you from? Who are your parents? Have you been here before, and what do you do? In “All The Women in My Family ...

Vivica A. Fox is Hotter Than Ever, and Disarmingly Real

Kind, conscientious, courageous and refreshingly candid, Ms. Vivica A. Fox has proven that as Hollywood careers go, second acts are often the sweetest. The multi-hyphenate actress-director- beauty entrepreneur-author is embracing life and not looking back, except to pull from her ...

WNBA Player Talks Relationships and Unrealistic Expectations in Her New Book Of Poetry, “Notes in the Key of Heart Break”

WNBA star, poet, writer and mental health advocate, Imani McGee-Stafford, adds published author to her burgeoning brand. Notes in The Key of Heartbreak, a book of poems by the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream center standout, is the next chapter in McGee-Stafford’s ...

Jacqueline Woodson Wins $608,000 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, World’s Largest Children’s Literature Prize

According to latimes.com, acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson, who won a National Book Award for “Brown Girl Dreaming,” just won the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award on Tuesday. The award comes with a prize of $608,000, which is funded by the ...

Documents reveal Ivanka Trump followed ethics advice in promoting her book

Government ethics lawyers advised Ivanka Trump to make sure and keep her White House role separate as she planned to promote her new book, according to internal government emails.

Sean Penn's smoking Colbert interview

Sean Penn may have come on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" to promote his new "scorching" novel, but something else was on fire. The actor smoked during Monday night's interview, and it garnered a great deal of attention from ...

“Down the River Unto the Sea” by Walter Mosley

Something’s wrong. It may look just fine, but you know better. Call it intuition, call it plain-as-day, but there’s something off, something not-quite-right about a situation and it’s gotten under your skin. You can’t ignore it and you can’t let ...

“Grandma’s Purse” by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

What’s in the bag? It looks like it could be a surprise. Lots of things that come in a sack that size are good things. Maybe it’s a doll or a truck or a bar of chocolate. Maybe it’s a ...

New Children’s Book Embraces Diversity and Empathy

The We Belong Bunch: Pookie J.’s School Day by Dr. Samuel and Angela Johnson is a children’s story about understanding and embracing each other’s differences to foster healthy relationships.

“Black Fortunes” by Shomari Wills

A dollar doesn’t buy as much as it used to. Once upon a time, you could get a good steak and a drink for under ten bucks. You could buy a house for less than five figures, and it was ...

New Book Calls Christians to Resume Positions as Ambassadors and Soldiers

Wanting to bring people back to the Bible and what it says about how to live, Donald R. Turner wrote his new book, “Ambassadors of I Am: Living Inside the Kingdom of God While Still on Earth” (published by WestBow ...

“The Self-Discipline Handbook” by Natalie Wise

Take your pick. Television, or getting that project done. Finishing tax-prep, or cruising online? Burritos, or bananas? Take your pick, life always has choices… but read “The Self-Discipline Handbook” by Natalie Wise first, and you may gain more willpower. Take ...

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