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Nov 26th

Book review: “The Best of Everything” by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Book review: “The Best of Everything” by Kimberla Lawson RobySometimes, your soul just needs a little splurge.

Even in this economy, there are times when a mocha-latte with extra foam can make all the difference in your day. A new CD can be a necessity. Even a pair of earrings from the Dollar Store can lift your spirits when they need lifting the most.


Book review: Tom Joyner Presents: How to Prepare for College

Book review: Tom Joyner Presents: How to Prepare for College“What I like about this book is that it shows you the steps you need to take to get into college and it applies to almost everyone. Whether you’re in elementary school or in the work force considering enrolling in a college or university, this book has something you can use. Everything from raising a college-bound student to life after college is covered.”
-- Tom Joyner in the Foreword (page xi)


Book review: Family Affair: What It Means to Be African-American Today

Book review: Family Affair: What It Means to Be African-American Today“Who am I? It’s a fundamental question for everyone, of course, but for African Americans, it has particular resonance. Since our history in America is filled with grand contradictions, marginalization, and grotesque lies, African Americans have largely been left alone in the dark to grapple with the issue of who we are.

Spirit and soul : Sweet Honey In The Rock

Spirit and soul : Sweet Honey In The RockWhen harmony took a ride with spirit and soul the result of this union gave birth a sensation known as Sweet Honey In the Rock (SHIR). Born from Psalm 81:16, “He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied you,” and timelessly regenerated through the vocal throws of five amazing songstresses, this Grammy Award-winning ensemble, founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon, now proudly celebrates their 35th year of commitment towards music and impacting the community.

Rare classic footage resurfaces of Miles Davis from the fifties

Kind of Blue (1959). Don Hunstein © Sony BMG Entertainment" alt="milesdavis1" src="/images/stories/09/316/milesdavis1.jpg" align="right" width="280" height="186" />50 years ago, on April 2, 1959, the Miles Davis Quintet teamed with the Gil Evans Orchestra to perform in New York City on a TV series called “The Robert Herridge Theater.” Music aficionados might be amused to learn why the legendary trumpeter’s combo that day wasn’t the usual sextet, namely, because alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley had cancelled due to illness. Miles’ sidemen in attendance were giants of jazz in their own right, including tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, bassist Paul Chambers, pianist Wynton Kelly and drummer Jimmy Cobb.

Book review: “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama” by Gwen Ifill

Book review: “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama” by Gwen IfillA few months ago, you made an X, drew a line, flipped a switch, or otherwise indicated which candidate you wanted to see in the White House. Whichever you did, you helped make a first.

Would the next Pennsylvania Avenue resident be the first African American president, or would he govern with the first woman VP?  Were you mourning because your candidate wouldn’t be the first woman president? Or did you cast your vote elsewhere, thus making history by not voting for a first-time history-maker?


Rashida’s rhapsody

Rashida’s rhapsody Born in L.A. on February 25, 1976, Rashida Leah Jones is the younger daughter of jazz icon/composer/arranger/record producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton of Mod Squad fame. Rashida was raised in Bel Air and attended the prestigious Buckley School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and voted the “Girl Most Likely to Succeed.” The academic overachiever also received religious training at a Hebrew school en route to Harvard University, and she continues to practice Judaism today.
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