Ethnic & National

I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro

Review: James Baldwin is not bitter, he testifies to the terrible truth about his family of origin... the people of this nation who hate, mistreat and murder their brothers and sisters of color. We must confess that we are vile, disgusting offspring and beneficiaries of a power system that has favored children. If you love truth, you'll love this book. I am ashamed of my privilege. But, will I voluntarily give it up? Forgive us, Father... we know exactly what we do! Read more

The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir

Review: Coates' book is a public appreciation of his parents' labors to keep him alive physically, mentally, and spiritually during the crack wars that coincided with his turbulent teenage years. He makes it out. But the trail wound around some hairpin curves overlooking precipitous cliffs that stopped the heart cold. He knows how close he and his siblings came to falling over the edge. He was lucky in his all-too-human father who was always there when the principal called to say Coates misbehaved a... Read more

The Honest Truth About Life - and the Business of Beauty
The Honest Truth About Life - and the Business of Beauty

Review: This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. It is a true inspiration for someone to be so candid about such painful experiences, and to truly get a glimpse into the events that have shaped who she has become. Read more

Vivir para contarla (Spanish Edition)
Vivir para contarla (Spanish Edition)

Review: After reading the book a while, I encountered sexual content that caused me to quit reading the book.
Also, it seemed to me that the book jumped around from boyhood days to adult days of experiences.
I would not recommend the book Read more

The Classic Autobiography of Growing Up Poor and Black in the Rural South
The Classic Autobiography of Growing Up Poor and Black in the Rural South

Review: Coming of Age offered a perspective into a area of women’s history that you don’t necessarily read about in text books. Throughout the narrative Moody describes her life in the South and her journey as she transforms and becomes a part of not only the womens movement but also the Civil Rights movement.

Her insightful description about how the African American community was split during this time was eye opening. Her antictodes about how part of her family that was lighter skin than her an... Read more

The Heart of a Woman
The Heart of a Woman

Review: THE HEART OF A WOMAN continues Angelou's autobiographical series that begins with I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS and continues with GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME and SINGIN' & SWINGIN' & GETTIN' MERRY LIKE CHRISTMAS. It is the fourth "installment" in this series, and, while it is an interesting recounting of Angelou's life into the decade of the 1960's, it will be more instructive for the reader who has followed the series of books in their chronological order.

HEART continues in e... Read more

Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Review: So poignant and powerful. Huge fan of author. I identified with her journey as a single mother. Her struggle to make a life for she and her son. I respect her wisdom and her outlook on life with faith. Read more

The Distance Between Us: A Memoir
The Distance Between Us: A Memoir

Review: I learned a lot about life in Mexico, family values and immigration from this book. The writing is faily simple and straight forward. I met the author in person two days ago. The book really came alive when I witnessed what she has become as a result of the sometimes brutal life she led as a child and how family values triumph in the end. Read more

Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection - The Sun Does Shine
Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection - The Sun Does Shine

Review: If you are on the fence about the necessity of the death penalty I suggest you read The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. If you believe in the need for a death sentence, I also suggest you read it with open eyes and ears. Actually, everyone should read Hinton’s memoir, because it is in my opinion a necessary read on how broken the US justice system really is. And more: it is the story of how an innocent man spent nearly 30 years on Death Row in Alabama, and continued to fight for freedom wh... Read more

Up From Slavery: (Illustrated)
Up From Slavery: (Illustrated)

Review: I give this book 4 stars because as great as a man I think Mr. Booker T. Washington is and was, I can't tell you how troubled I am about how he kissed Europeans rearends. I think that he is a tremendous man in terms of building (Tuskegee) and being unrelenting about how Afrikan people should be educated. But he used the word humble, modest, and loyal when it come to how Afrikan people's should look at the European in the south. That was disturbing. Read more

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