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Langston’s Buddha Smile – Review

Langston’s Buddha Smile – Review – Brief Article E. Ethelbert Miller The Harlem Renaissance bard always celebrated black America’s joy as well as our resistance Reading Langston Simple’s Uncle Sam by Langston Hughes Hill & Wang, May 2000, $13.00 ISBN 0-809-08681-6 Sometimes while walking alongside a river or lake I feel a little Langston in […]

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Summer Sun Risin’

Summer Sun Risin’ – Book Review Vanessa E. Jones by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Don Tate Lee & Low Books, April 2002 $16.95, ISBN 1-584-30034-5 Summer Sun Risin’ is a lively picture book that captures the sights, sounds and activities of an African-American boy’s day on his parents’ farm. Author W. Nikola-Lisa manages to cover […]

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The Def of poetry

The Def of poetry – poetic license Kwame Alexander “The first discipline is the realization that there is a discipline–that all art begins and ends with discipline, that any art is first and foremost a craft”–Archibald MacLeish A colleague of mine says that hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons should stick to Ja Rule and Phat Farm. […]

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Captain Blackman. – Review

Captain Blackman. – Review – book review Anthony C. Davis Captain Blackman by John A. Williams Coffee House Press, April 2000, $15.95, ISBN I-56689-096-9 First published in 1972, Williams’ masterpiece, which mixes historical research with fictional fantasy, surely stands the test of time. If you missed the chance to read this book in the past, […]

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Curator’s Choice. – Review

Curator’s Choice. – Review – book review Regina L. Woods Distinguished art historian David C. Driskell shows his vast knowledge through the Cosby Collection. Black people have been collecting and displaying art for as long as artists have been making it, This is not to say that we have always paid attention to the provenance […]

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Fresh Girl.

Fresh Girl. – book review Angeli Rasbury by Jaira Placide Wendy Lamb Books, March 2002 $15.95, ISBN 0-385-32753-6 When a coup d’ etat erupts in Haiti, American-born Mardi Desravines flees the country to rejoin her parents in Brooklyn. Raised in Haiti since she was four, Mardi recounts her memories of the coup and the struggles […]

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Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. . – between the lines – Brief Article

Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. . – between the lines – Brief Article – book review Mondella S. Jones Aaliyah Biography Available From MTV books Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, a biography of hip-hop soul singer and actress, Aaliyah Dana Haughton, killed in a plane crash on August 25, 2001, is available from MTV Books. […]

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From the editor-in-chief – self-publishing challenges

From the editor-in-chief – self-publishing challenges – Brief Article William E. Cox Omar Tyree is one aggressive brother. Few authors have just picked up the phone and called me in my Virginia office to ask to be the cover story for Black Issues Book Review. But that’s precisely what Omar did several years ago. After […]

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Return to romance

Return to romance – Brief Article Kensington announced in October that it would once again publish books in the African-American romance genre. Its new line of romancew will be published under the Dafina imprint. The move comes a decade after it started the original Arabesque imprint to publish black romance. Arabesque was sold to BET […]

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The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations From Two Great Southern Cooks

The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations From Two Great Southern Cooks – Book Review Melissa Ewey Johnson by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock Knopf, April 2003 $29.95, ISBN 0-375-40035-4 Edna Lewis, a Virginia native famous for her classic cookbooks The Taste of Country Cooking (Random House, June 1976, ISBN 0-394-73215-4) and In Pursuit […]