Category Archives: African-American

Review of Nafissa Thomas-Spires’ Heads of the Colored People

Nafissa Thompson-Spires’ short story collection Heads of the Colored People (2018) is incredibly SMART!! All of the stories are amazing—expertly crafted and honed works of literary genius. Some of them are very clearly connected by the individuals who are their subjects … Continue reading

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Review of The Green Book: Guide to Freedom: The Essential Travel Guide for a Segregated America

A few weeks ago I momentarily considered laying my hard-earned cash down to see Green Book in the theatres. Fortunately for me, I thought to check out reviews of the film ahead of time. The ones I paid attention to were … Continue reading

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Bonus! Review of Well-Read Black Girl and If Beale Street Could Talk

I’ve been thinking a lot about service lately; more specifically, I’ve been thinking about how people serve their communities in ways that ring true to them and are impactful. While there are things that we do that we can easily … Continue reading

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Reflections on MLK Day 2019

Yesterday was the great Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, birthday. I am fortunate that I get to spend my days in an institution of higher learning where the man’s life and his message is meaningfully celebrated—many places … Continue reading

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Red Alert: 90% of junk food targeted to Black and Latinx kids Study finds

  A new study confirms what we already know — food companies target nearly 90% of junk food ads to black and latinx children. This is a 50% increase since 2013, while advertising to white children has declined. Their goal with … Continue reading

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Review of Daily Motivations for African-American Success by Dennis Kimbro

I’m a big fan of witticisms, pithy phrases, words of wisdom that have passed the trials of time, anything that keeps me motivated to strive to live my best life. What we seek we find. For example, while brewing up … Continue reading

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Review of Five-Carat Soul by James McBride

I first learned about James McBride’s Five-Carat Soul (2017) from the incomparable Levar Burton’s brilliant podcast “LeVar Burton Reads”. You’ll remember Mr. Burton from his long-running children’s program Reading Rainbow, as well as his work on Roots, and Star Trek.  On the podcast, … Continue reading

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