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History and Legacy with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and Simone Leigh

Natalie Peart on using history to interact with the present

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VIDEO: Baratunde Thurston — “How To Be Black” (trailer)

Don’t be a racist: Buy this book.

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REVIEW: Umair Haque – “The New Capitalist Manifesto” (Harvard Business Review Press)

A look at 21st century capitalism–and its implications for 21st century culture

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TONIGHT: The "Coon Bidness" Launch

Greg Tate and LaTasha Diggs invite you to celebrate the launch of their new literary magazine.

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TRAILER: Tayari Jones's "Leaving Atlanta" heads to screen

The celebrated and nuanced story of fifth-graders living through the Atlanta Child Murders heads into production.

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REVIEW: Steven Roby & Brad Schreiber – "Becoming Jimi Hendrix"

A recent book on the rock icon brings his humanity to the fore.

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New ringShout Reading Series Kicks Off 9/10

Black literary excellence has a home at the 2010 Brooklyn Book Festival.

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My "Post Black" interview

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It’s exciting that more people are noticing the cultural shift that I’ve been talking about–and this community has, in some ways, been driving–for the last three years.  Case in point is author Ytasha Womack, whose new book, Post Black: How A New Generation Is Redefining African American Identity,  examines that broad cultural forces that are [...]

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VIDEO: Trailer for "Precious"

I have yet to read Sapphire's novel Push, on which this film is based.  But, if this trailer is any indication, the film looks to be a powerful piece.  With some bold casting choices (Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz), as well as what look to be riveting performances by Mo'Nique and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, it's [...]

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Wednesday events: Farai Chideya (and I) in Bed-Stuy, and me on WKCR

Two things tonight: First, I'm joining Farai Chideya at Brownstone Books in Bed-Stuy.  She'll read a bit from Kiss The Sky and then she and I will do a live interview.  I expect that it will be a good and engaging conversation about the book and Black rock, in general. Brownstone Books409 Lewis Avenue (bet [...]

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Fear Of A Black President

Some excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tour de force on Obama, race and the limits of integration.

GOOD READ: Hate Crimes Always Have A Logic: On The Oak Creek Gurudwara Shootings

A perspective on the Oak Creek, WI shootings from a member of the Sikh community

GOOD READ: Erykah Badu to Wayne Coyne: “Kiss my glittery ass!”

In case you missed it, Ms. Badu’s choice words to Mr. Coyne

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown

A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web

So much conversation–and now maybe some justice–for this young man.

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