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Interview: Farai Chideya on "Kiss The Sky"–part 1

"Rock is problematized for Black people." Farai Chideya's novel Kiss The Sky hits bookstores today.  I spent close to 30 minutes talking with Farai about the book, and here is part one, which runs approximately 15 minutes. In it, we cover: Her motivations for doing the novel Her early influences The role of imagination in […]

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Recommended: Farai Chideya’s Black rock novel “Kiss The Sky”

A black rocker plugs in and tunes up songs in the key of her life I’m really excited for my friend and former NPR host Farai Chideya, whose funny and poignant debut novel drops on Tuesday.  What’s not to love here?  A novel published by a major publisher that’s set in the world of a […]

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My current reading list: Albert Murray, Marcus Reeves and Tricia Rose

Not so sure I recommend the read-more-than-one-book-at-a-time strategy.  Problem is, I've come across some really interesting titles lately.  So, it's not that I'm exactly reading all of them at the same time, but that these are the books that are most likely to be read in the near-term.  Here goes: The Omni-Americans: Black Experience & […]

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"Ain't your mama's and daddy's super heroes"

I’m really glad Christopher Chambers pinged me about the release today of a new collection of stories he co-edited with Gary Phillips.  Those of you who know me know that I’ve been a longtime lover and reader of comics.  I’m currently really feeling Marvel’s X-Force limited series, although Todd Kelley tells me I’m missing the […]

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