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The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will host a lecture by Hooks National Book Award winning author James Forman Jr. Jan. 31. The free public event will be held in the University Center Theatre beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by...
by Terri Schlichenmeyer Your hands are filthy. Dirt lines every crease and covers much of your knuckles. It’s beneath your fingernails, all the way up to your wrists, soiling the edges of your sweatshirt and down your front. Yes, your hands are filthy but once you’ve read “Farming While Black” by Leah...
by Terri Schlichenmeyer Here I am! You raise your hand higher so you don’t go unnoticed. You speak up, so you aren’t overlooked. It’s a natural human need: pay attention, here I am, look this way, see me. For some, it’s easy to get recognition; for others – as in the...
Acclaimed writer Alice Faye Duncan tells the story of poet and author Gwendolyn Brooks with her latest book, “A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks.” Using a writer’s voice that is both wise and witty, Duncan introduces young readers to the early years and works of Brooks, essentially creating her own song...
People discover their missions in life in myriad ways, with others often the beneficiaries of the discovery. On Tuesday (Oct. 16), mission-minded Bettinita Harris debuted as a children’s book author, gifting readers with “Aria’s Crown.” Aria’s grandmother has been anticipating going to school with her granddaughter on Grandparent’s Day ever...
Local 24 anchor Katina Rankin released her second book – “Emmett Till: Sometimes Good Can Come Out of a Bad Situation” – a few weeks before what would have been his 77th birthday (July 25) and 63 years after his tragic death at the age of 14. Young Till’s death...
1. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates 2. My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem 3. Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination by Herb Boyd 4. Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance and Success by Eboni K. Williams 5. Rest in Power: The...
Bernal E. Smith II, publisher of The New Tri-State Defender, died at his home Sunday afternoon, a family spokesman said. Mr. Smith was with family when he was found. The family spokesman asked that the family's privacy be respected at this time. No further details were immediately available. A joint statement from...
 Book Review by Kam Williams  We Were Eight Years in PowerAn American Tragedyby Ta-Nehisi CoatesOne WorldHardcover, $28.00394 pagesISBN: 978-0-399-59056-6“For so much of American history, the fact of black people is a problem... The demonstrable truth has been evaded in favor of a more comforting story... a country trying to...
Book Review by Kam WilliamsPretty PowerfulAppearance, Substance and Successby Eboni K. WilliamsViva EditionsHardcover, $21.99224 pagesISBN: 978-1-63596-662-6“Pretty powerful is the understanding that, as women, we have the duality of both 'pretty' and 'substance' that can (and should) be maximized to achieve any success we set our minds to... While there...