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December, 2010

African-American entrepreneurs

Entertainment: “In her poem, ‘And Still I Rise,’ Dr. Maya Angelou wrote, ‘You can write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you can trod me in the very dirt and still, like dust, I rise.’ More than a century before she penned her words, Richard R. Wright, Sr., a man born into slavery… asked [Union] General Oliver Otis Howard to ‘Tell them we are rising.’ Comment

‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’

Entertainment: Ten years in the making, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” a beautiful but harrowing work of non-fiction, by Rebecca Skloot, has won the second Wellcome Trust Book Prize. Comment

Rasta mama pens ‘I Love Locks’ 

Entertainment: Proud men, women and children yearning for a colorful, testament aimed at toasting natural and twisted, kinky hair will cheer the publication of a new book entitled “I Love Locks.” Comments (1)
Business: “What do we mean by Black Faces in White Places? It is more than just a numbers game and being the only person of color in a predominantly white environment. It is more than being subjected to racism and discrimination based on the color of your skin. Comment

November, 2010

A new, human twist on a familiar genre

Entertainment: ‘Good heavens but these crooks are using an awful lot of time and firepower to go after this one little person,’ the reviewer thought about half-way through Kirk .A. Inniss’ remarkable crime novel, “Black Butterflies.” Comment

Jay-Z decodes his evocative lyrics

Entertainment: “My life after childhood has two main stories: the story of the hustler and the story of the rapper, and the two overlap as much as they diverge. I was on the streets for more than half of my life from the time I was thirteen years-old... The feelings I had during that part of my life were burned into me like a brand… Comment

Soledad O’Brien’s moving memoir

Entertainment: “I began life as the child of a mixed-race marriage growing up in a white suburb, treated sometimes as a creature of bad circumstance… Bad things happen until good people get in the way. Comment
Entertainment: There is a new Bob Marley book on newstands. Published primarily for the photographs rather than the scintillating stories about Rastafari, reggae and wranglings surrounding the life of the Jamaican legend, “Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae” arrived in time for holiday gift-giving. Comment
Entertainment: “Thoughtlessness is the new manners, and I’ve got to say I don’t like it… Somehow, so many little pieces of courtesy have gone by the wayside. People in your face, in your business, not caring if they are being disrespectfully loud… Comment

October, 2010

Reflections on oppression

Entertainment: “There are many possible interpretations of what it means to create dangerously, and Albert Camus… Comment
National: From buyouts for slave owners and colonization to the Emancipation Proclamation, Eric Foner, one of the nation’s foremost historians, separated reality from myth and told a crowd at St. Francis College on Tuesday, Oct. 12 about the evolution of Abraham Lincoln’s views on slavery. The talk was based on Foner’s just released book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Comment

‘Bubbles from Atlantis’

Entertainment: “Bubbles from Atlantis” is the only post-Katrina work of non-fiction that reaches the crazed heights of Hunter S. Thompson’s legendary work of drugged-up degeneracy and wisdom. Comments (1)

Cutie pies primer on love relationships

Entertainment: “This book is dedicated to all women who are ready to ask themselves, ‘What could I have done differently to get what I wanted out of the relationship?’ or ‘How do I heal now that I’m out of it?’ Comment

The Jimmy Carter White House Diary

National: Memoirs of the 39th U.S. president. Comment

September, 2010

A must-read book for all New Yorkers

Entertainment: New York’s leading union has unveiled one of the most significant projects of the union’s centennial year. “A Century of Service: The Story of CSEA’s First 100 Years,” a book that chronicles the history of CSEA and growth of New York decade by decade through the 20th century and into the present day, is now available. Comment

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