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April, 2015

‘Songbirds’ sing praises

Music: Ask author Heather Augustyn, the name of the world’s first female rappers and you might be surprised at her response. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Queen Latifah. Comment.

Find your path to success

Books: Where do you go from here? You’ve been looking at your life and everything around you, and that’s the question you’ve been asking: what next? What will you do with the rest of your days? In the new book “Reach,” edited by Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters, foreword by Russell Simmons, you may find some guidance. Comment.

March, 2015

An oddball’s life after high school

Books: There is life after high school. And were you ever happy to learn that! You couldn’t imagine spending the rest of your days feeling like you did at 13, or enduring a not-cool lifetime of zits, hormones, self-consciousness, bad hair, and Mean Girls. You were only able to endure it then by remembering that you weren’t alone. And in “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” by Issa Rae, life got better. Comment.

Ghanaian ‘game changer’ with a twist

Books: Your father always told you to reach for the stars. Be the best you can be, he said. Never let obstacles get in your way. Strive for success and challenge yourself – all excellent advice, but how can you harness astronomical success in this, or any economy? In the new book “It’s Not Rocket Science” by Mary Spio, you’ll find some stellar ideas. Comment.

Josephine Baker’s many faces

Books: You are a kid with determination. You set your sights on something, and it’s done. You don’t waste any time, don’t mess around — you want it and you’ll have it, one way or another. Comment.

Angella Ricot pens new story of lust, greed, politics

Books: The new novel “Sahara” (published by AuthorHouse) by author Angella Ricot follows a beautiful heroine through the political intrigues of the 1990s and early 2000s as she finds herself in the center of a political scandal that threatens to consume her. Comment.

February, 2015

Steel Pulse to liven Brooklyn book launch

Music: Reggae fans will be nourished mentally, physically and probably in other ways when they stop into the Brooklyn Public Library on March 4 for a book launch. Comment.

‘1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music’

Books: You turned up the volume – again. Surely, the guy in the car next to yours must think you’re weird. There you are, groovin’ to your tunes, seat-dancing, singing along like you were in-concert. Really, is there such a thing as having the music too loud? Comment.

January, 2015

God loves Haiti

Books: This is a very different tale of two cities. A Haiti-born writer who grew up in both Port-au-Prince and Brooklyn has published a novel featuring a character navigating the very same dual identity. First-time author Dimitry Elias Leger said his book “God Loves Haiti,” which he will read from at PowerHouse Arena in Dumbo in Jan. 22, explores the question that he and so many of his jet-setting peers have grappled with — how to stay connected to Caribbean culture after leaving their homeland. Comment.

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‘Driving the King’

Books: Everybody has that one friend… Comment.