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The Ten Best Black Books of 2015

 

The Ten Best Black Books of 2015 

by Kam Williams

1. Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

2. Black Male Frames

African-Americans in a Century of Hollywood Cinema, 1903-2003

by Roland Leander Williams, Jr.

3. The Face That Changed It All

A Memoir

by Beverly Johnson

4. America

The Black Point of View

by Tony Rose

5. After the Dance

My Life with Marvin Gaye

by Jan Gaye

6. Undivided

A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace

by Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon

7.  Stand Your Ground

Black Bodies and the Justice of God

by Kelly Brown Douglas

8. The Presidency in Black and White

My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America

by April Ryan

9. Firefight

The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest

by Ginger Adams Otis

10. Year of Yes

How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person

by Shonda Rhimes

Honorable Mention

Florynce “Flo” Kennedy

The Life of a Black Feminist Radical

by Sherie M. Randolph

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Black Silent Majority

The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment

by Michael Javen Fortner

Negroland: A Memoir

by Margo Jefferson

The African Burial Ground in New York City

Memory, Spirituality and Space

by Andrea E. Frohne

Infinite Words

A Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Publishing

by Zane

Clean Design

Wellness for Your Lifestyle

by Robin Wilson

Son of Virginia

A Life in America’s Political Arena

by L. Douglas Wilder

White Allies in the Struggle for Racial Justice

by Drick Boyd

The Lawyer as Leader

How to Plant People and Grow Justice

by Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Felon-Attorney

by TheArthur Duncan II, Esquire

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me

A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past

by Jennifer Teege

Corruption Officer

From Jail Guard to Perpetrator inside Rikers Island

by Gary L. Heyward

The Loneliness of the Black Republican

Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power

by Leah Wright Riguer

Twisted

My Dreadlock Chronicles

by Bert Ashe

Restaurant Winners

Plain Talk for Bootstrappers Navigating the Foodservice Industry

by Mark Radford

It All Begins with ‘I’

The “New Rules” of Thinking and the Simple Secrets to Living a Rich, Joyous and Fulfilled Life

by Stuart K. Robinson

Reach

40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding

Edited by Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters

Foreword by Russell Simmons

Child, Please

How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself before I Wrecked Myself

by Ylonda Gault Caviness

A Bold Perspective

Courage & Empowerment to Take on Life’s Adversities

by Tina Marie and Rashon D. Fuller

Eye on the Struggle

Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press

by James McGrath Morris

Talking Back: Voices of Color

Edited by Nellie Wong

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

by Issa Rae

Rock the Boat

How to Use Conflict to Heal and Deepen Your Relationship

by Resmaa Menakem, MSW

Sunny 101

The 10 Commandments of a Boss Chick

by Sunshine Smith-Williams

The Street God

I Won without Telling

by Christian Hayward

Welcome to Death Row

The Uncensored History of the Rise & Fall of Death Row Records

by S. Leigh Savidge

Prince of Darkness

The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire

by Shane White

The Leader’s Journey

by Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Fracture

Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide

by Joy-Ann Reid

The Antidote

by Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson

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2. To order a copy of Black Male Frames, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0815633823/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

3. To order a copy of The Face That Changed It All, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1476774412/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20      

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5. To order a copy of After the Dance, visit:  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062135511/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

6. To order a copy of Undivided, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0529113058/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

7. To order a copy of Stand Your Ground, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1626981094/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

8. To order a copy of The Presidency in Black and White, visit:  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1442238410/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

9. To order a copy of Firefight, visit:
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10. To order a copy of Year of Yes, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1476777098/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Entertainment

Disaster Flick Revisits Coast Guard 1952 Rescue off Cape Cod

  The Finest Hours DVD Review by Kam Williams Disaster Flick Revisits Coast Guard 1952 Rescue off Cape Cod    On February 18, 1952, one of the worst nor'easters in history hit New England. In fact, the roiling waters off Cape Cod were so severe that a couple of oil tankers totally split in half. While the SS Fort Mercer was able to issue an urgent S.O.S., the SS Pendleton's fore section was swallowed too quickly by the ocean to broadcast a distress call. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation

  From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Haymarket Books Paperback, $17.95 286 pages ISBN: 978-1-60846-562-0 Book Review by Kam Williams “The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

ART EXHIBITION: 150 Years After The Civil War

  Cynthia Groya 150 Years After The Civil War: A Contemporary Perspective January 10 - March 6, 2016 Artist's Reception: Sunday, January 24, 3:00 - 5:00 pm Nassau Club 6 Mercer Street  Princeton, NJ 08540 The ideas reflected in Groya's paintings express a conversation about struggle for equal rights in our culture, in our time. The origin of this struggle can be traced to The Civil War in our country, which ended 150 years ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent from sales one year ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Aspiring Singer Talks about Transformation into Youtube Sensation with Help of Secret Admirer/Music Producer

  Princess Shaw The “Presenting Princess Shaw” Interview with Kam Williams Aspiring Singer Talks about Transformation into Youtube Sensation with Help of Secret Admirer/Music Producer Born and raised in Chicago, 39 year-old Samantha Montgomery moved to New Orleans in 2006. By day, she works as a caregiver for the elderly and, by night, she fearlessly performs as Princess Shaw online and at local open mics. Inspired by her personal joy and pain from past and … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Yamaha Propeller Selector, Endless Propeller Solutions

  Yamaha Propeller Selector, Endless Propeller Solutions   The Yamaha Propeller selection page on Yamaha’s webpage is a great tool for every boat owner as a tool not only to make sure the correct prop is on their boat but also gives the ability and freedom to change the prop with ease, depending on the application. Everyone knows the equipment used for bass fishing is not the same for chasing tuna offshore, and the same logic applies to selecting a prop. At … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

NFL Awards Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles

  NFL Awards Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles By Burt Carey Are you ready for some expensive football? Make that billions. The National Football League on Tuesday awarded Super Bowls to three cities that have invested – or will invest – billions of dollars upgrading or building new stadiums in the years 2019, 2020 and 2021. Atlanta’s new $1.4 billion stadium will open in 2017, just two years before the city hosts its third Super Bowl. Miami is … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent from sales one year ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

  Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service By Burt Carey God bless America, Land that I love,  Stand beside her and guide her  Thru the night with a light from above;    From the mountains, to the prairies,  To the oceans white with foam,  God bless America,  My home, sweet home.  God bless America,  My home, sweet home.   When he wrote the lyrics to God Bless America in 1918 and revised them in 1938, Irving Berlin … [Read More its Good for You...]

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