Ex-cons Equal Second-class Citizens

"...the War on Drugs is the engine of mass incarceration as well as the primary cause of the gross racial disparity in the criminal justice system…." - The New Jim Crow

Ex-cons Equal Second-class Citizens

You are a young, black male just released from a U.S. prison and your home is in the inner city. The day should be a happy one for you. However, according to Michelle Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, the United States is a country that […]

Michelle Obama Sold 725,000 Copies of Her New Book… In One Day!

With unerring honesty and lively wit, Michelle describes her triumphs and disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it.

Michelle Obama Sold 725,000 Copies of Her New Book… In One Day!

By BlackBusiness.org  Crown Publishing Group has confirmed that First Lady Michelle Obama sold more than 725,000 copies of her newest book Becoming in just one day. The sales figure includes hardcover, audio and e-books editions for the United States and Canada, but the book is available in 24 languages around the world – including Vietnamese, […]

How to Write About Africa II

"If I was smart, I would have waited a few years and made an iPhone app: a little satirical story about how to write about Africa every day, interactive and adaptable, for ninety-nine cents." - Binyavanga Wainaina

How to Write About Africa II

By Binyavanga Wainaina (Bidoun.org) The Revenge Novelists, NGO workers, rock musicians, conservationists, students, and travel writers track down my email, asking: Would you please comment on my homework assignment / pamphlet / short story / funding proposal / haiku / adopted child / photograph of genuine African mother-in-law? All of the people who do this are […]

Wired: an FBI Story by Glenn Painter (Book Review)

The story of a convict turned FBI snitch is told from copious notes written in longhand -- no computer behind bars where convicts can pen their memoirs.

Wired: an FBI Story by Glenn Painter (Book Review)

Wired… an FBI Story: The Heroic Journey of Tommy Dye, from FBI Informant to Witness Protection, by Glenn Painter, is all about a simple request posed by the FBI to an incarcerated petty criminal named Tommy Dye. Dye was serving his sentence within one of the most dangerous prisons situated within the nation’s perimeter. Notwithstanding the […]

Saying Hello to Your Fellow Commuters

“I like what’s going on in peoples’ lives….For some strange  reason people describe so much of their lives when they’re sitting on the train.” --David Lee Crites

Saying Hello to Your Fellow Commuters

A plethora of fascinating personal life stories mysteriously lurk behind those multitude of faces we see every day on Amtrak trains, who, without uttering a solitary word, stare transfixed into their smart phones, sip caffeinated coffee from Styrofoam cups, methodically apply blush-on to pale cheeks,  and bite into a buttered roll carefully wrapped in cellophane. […]

Interracial Love in America’s South during the Jim Crow Era

“If people are allowed to be together in their daily lives I think they will be naturally attracted to one another and fall in love. I don’t think race should be a barrier. Love is the most natural way to bridge the racial divide.” -- Anne Moose

Interracial Love in America’s South during the Jim Crow Era

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rkansas Summer: Love and Terror in the Jim Crow South, authored by Anne Moose, is categorized within the literary genre of historical fiction. This beautifully written novel is about an interracial love story set against the background of America’s South a few decades ago in the 1950s; it opens up our eyes and minds to […]