The following books by black authors (in alphabetical order by title) were published last year and fall under a wide range of genres. In addition to making great gifts, these must-reads should be added to your list of books to dive into if you have not yet had the pleasure of reading them yet.1. Becoming (Michelle Obama) This book and author need very little introduction, but for the sake of formalities, let’s do this: Becoming is former first lady Michelle Obama’s blockbuster memoir that launched in November 2018—and is taking the world by storm. Mrs. 44, a powerhouse in her own right, shot up the charts at record speed, becoming an instant New York Times No. 1 best-seller. Becoming calls on all the feels; it is thought-provoking, inspiring, has refreshing humor, and in some parts, is outright heart-wrenching. Prepare to be moved at a soul level and have tissues nearby. Buy the book: Buy the e-book: Buy the audio version: 2. … [Read more...] about Top 12 ‘Must Read’ Books By Black Authors For 2019
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Ellis Rua, Associated Press Updated 3:58 pm PDT, Monday, May 20, 2019 FILE - In this April 3, 2019 photo, Sybrina Fulton participates in a panel at the National Action Network Convention in New York. Fulton, a mother who turned to activism after the slaying of her black teen son Trayvon Martin, has announced she is running for office in Miami. The Miami Herald reports Fulton will be entering the race to join the 13-member board of Miami-Dade County commissioners. Fulton said in a Saturday, May 18 statement that she would continue working to end gun violence. She will challenge Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert for the seat that is up for grabs in 2020 because of term limits. less FILE - In this April 3, 2019 photo, Sybrina Fulton participates in a panel at the National Action Network Convention in New York. Fulton, a mother who turned to activism after the slaying of her black teen son ... more Photo: Seth … [Read more...] about Mother of Trayvon Martin announces run for local office
Liam Neeson denies racism after admitting hunt for black menWASHINGTON, D.C.: Hollywood star Liam Neeson insisted on Tuesday he was “not racist” after confessing that he once set out to attack a random black man after a friend of his told him she had been raped. “I’m not a racist,” Neeson said on ABC News, while admitting he had felt a “primal urge to lash out” about 40 years ago after hearing from his close friend that she had been attacked by a black man. The 66-year-old star of “Schindler’s List” triggered an international backlash by sharing his story in an interview with British newspaper The Independent this week. In damage limitation mode on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the Northern Irish actor expanded on the incident, which he said left him shocked at himself. “I went out deliberately into black areas in the city, looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence,” Neeson … [Read more...] about Liam Neeson denies racism after admitting hunt for black men
NEWARK, N.J. — Senator Cory Booker was educated at Stanford, Oxford and Yale, but he likes to say he got his real education at Brick Towers, the dilapidated and dangerous housing project in inner-city Newark where he spent eight years as a tenant—not by necessity, but by choice. Living in a 16th-floor apartment that often lacked heat, hot water and elevator service, among poor neighbors trapped on the slum side of the American Dream, this celebrated black prodigy from a comfortable white suburb took an extended tutorial in urban adversity. He got a firsthand introduction to the policy issues that drove his agenda as a city councilor, mayor and New Jersey senator, and will now drive his newly announced presidential campaign. Brick Towers is gone now, but on a chilly gray morning in January, Booker was back at the intersection it loomed over for decades, riffing on the difference between thinking about policy and experiencing it up close. He noted that his former neighbor … [Read more...] about Is Cory Booker for Real?
Kim Kardashian West is being hailed by some as the “Princess of Prison Reform” following her advocacy for the release of Cyntoia Brown, who was recently granted clemency. Celebrities, lawmakers, activists, and reps from the ACLU and Black Lives Matter Nashville urged courts to overturn her life sentence for years. However, Kardashian West played an instrumental role in Brown’s case when she enlisted a top-notch legal team to represent the sex trafficking victim back in 2017. In addition, Kardashian West has played a major role in freeing Alice Marie Johnson, a grandma sentenced to life for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense, and Matthew Charles, a former drug dealer-turned-model-inmate. Van Jones has also credited the 38-year-old reality star for helping to pass criminal justice reform bill The First Step Act into law. Now, a number of incarcerated people are flooding the beauty guru with letters requesting her help in their own quest for freedom, … [Read more...] about These Black Women Were Fighting for Social Justice Long Before Kim K. Became the ‘Princess of Prison Reform’