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The premise alone of My Sister, The Serial Killer is bold. Ayoola, the title character, has developed the bad habit of killing her boyfriends; her older sister, Korede, a nurse with a flair for cleaning, helps Ayoola cover her tracks. Yet for all its bloody flash, what sustains the narrative is the grounding, rich,…

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Books, Michelle Obama, News, Oprah, Politics, Video -

  Michelle Obama began her 12-stop book tour Tuesday by sitting with Oprah Winfrey before an audience at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls, speaking on everything from piano lessons and washing socks to crying on a plane the day her family moved out of the White House and President Donald Trump moved in. […]

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Bad Boys, Bad Boys spinoff, Books, Entertainment, Film, Gabrielle Union, Gabrielle Union movie, Jessica Alba, LA's FInest, Style, The Perfect Find, Tia Williams -

Gabrielle Union just nabbed another gig. The actress is set to star in the upcoming romantic comedy The Perfect Find, based on the novel, The Accidental Diva, written by Tia Williams.  According to TheWrap: The Perfect Find is the story of Jenna Jones (Union) who, desperate to have a fresh start in the world of […]

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Books, Chris Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, J.R. Smith, NBA -

They call J.R. Smith “Swish” for a reason. But it was a missed shot, what would have been a game-winner in a youth championship game, that is the story in a new children’s book from Smith and his brother Chris. Chris Smith, who plays professionally in Israel after a brief stint with Smith on the […]

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Basketball: A Love Story, Books, Julius Erving, NBA, Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O'Neal -

Dr. James Naismith’s final student before he retired from the University of Kansas was John McLendon, the pioneer of fast-break basketball, the full-court press, and the four corners offense. Yet McLendon never received the credit he deserved because the majority of his work was accomplished at his­torically black colleges and universities when basketball was still […]

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Books, Dr. Ian Smith, Entertainment, Harvard College, Ivy League School, Living, News, The Ancient Nine -

Best selling author, Dr. Ian Smith is swerving from his usual message of health and wellness and releasing a new mystery novel that gives a rare view into the secret societies of Ivy League universities.

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Books, Entertainment, Featured, Living, Memoir, Michelle Obama, Politics, Promotions, Re-Humanization -

Former first lady Michelle Obama said she hopes her much-anticipated memoir, Becoming will give a voice to underrepresented communities by sharing the “ordinariness” of her path to the White House.

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ABC News, Books, Childrens Book, Diversity, Faith, Inspiration, Linsey Davis, Living, News, Reporter, Representation, Spirituality, The World Is Awake -

When Linsey Davis comes on your television screen, chances are you’re seeing her report some pretty serious news. The Emmy award-winning journalist is changing things up as she introduces her very first children’s book “The World Is Awake: A Celebration of Everyday Blessings” just in time for Mother’s Day. Already a best-seller, the book follows the lives of […]

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a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism, Athlete Activism, Books, Heritage: Black Athletes, NBA, NFL, The Heritage: Black Athletes -

For years, black communities had waited for that moment of truth when white America could see just how they were treated by police. Treatment by law enforcement was one of the great divides between the races. The March 3, 1991, beating of Rodney King by four Los Angeles Police Department officers was finally the proof […]

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bestselling author, Books, Entertainment, Health, Inspiration, Living, Nancy redd, omg pregnancy, Pregnancy, Top Stories -

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, and NAACP Image Award nominee, Nancy Redd, released her new book: Pregnancy, OMG!: The First Ever Photographic Guide for Modern Mamas-to-Be.

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Basketball, Books, Kids, Kwame Alexander, Poetry -

“Dribble, fake, shoot, miss, dribble, fake, shoot, miss, dribble, fake, shoot, miss, dribble, fake, shoot, swish,” said Newbery Medal-winning author, speaker and educator Kwame Alexander. “Eventually, you’re gonna make it. You just gotta keep shooting.” It’s a metaphor he uses when he speaks to children, encouraging them to overcome their fears. “It’s … that fear […]

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Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Authors, Books, Jaqueline Woodson, Literature, Living -

Young adult novel author Jacqueline Woodson has won the coveted Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award prize of $600,000. According to the New York Daily News, Woodson, 55, will be presented with the international prize on May 28 in Stockholm, Sweden. The award is the biggest honor granted to writers in the children’s literary writing worldwide. Memorable works Woodson, best known […]

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Athlete Activism, Books, Etan Thomas, NBA, The Next Chapter, Washington Wizards, We Matter: Athletes and Activism -

When former NBA standout Etan Thomas was in high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he once faced the difficult dilemma of participating in a district debate competition or playing in a regional basketball game. He chose to debate. That’s to say that Thomas didn’t suddenly become woke during a nine-year career where he was just as […]

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’ve created a list of memoirs and novels that explore colorism, identity and immigration, among other topics viewed through an Afro-Latinx lens. Here are 7 books by Afro-Latinas that women of the Diaspora should read. Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina  — Raquel Cepeda Raquel Cepeda’s memoir, Bird […]

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Books, Celebrity books, Entertainment, Memoir, Michelle Obama, Video -

Michelle Obama will be booked this fall on tour once her upcoming memoir drops on Tuesday November 13, according to the book’s official website. The former first lady revealed the beautiful cover of her memoir Becoming, on Instagram and discussed how personal and the moving the process of writing the book has been. –Oscar voter […]

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Books, Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, Pittsburgh -

Black athletes have always been an integral part of Pittsburgh’s identity, from Negro League slugger Josh Gibson to Franco Harris and his Immaculate Reception to the modern exploits of pass-catcher Antonio Brown. Now, a new book about Pittsburgh’s unrecognized influence on black America connects the city with two more giant personalities: Joe Louis and Jackie […]

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#MeToo, Black Panther, Books, Easy Rawlins, Entertainment, Literature, News, TheGrio Originals, Walter Mosley -

Walter Mosley introduced Detective Easy Rawlins to the world almost 30 years ago, and now Mosley is debuting his latest smooth-talking private dick, Joe King Oliver in his new book Down the River Unto the Sea.

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An Unkindness of Ghosts, Author List, Black Authors, Books, Featured, Gabrielle Union, Jason Reynolds, Living, Long Way Down, News, Piecing Me Together, Reneé Watson, Rivers Solomon, Samantha Irby, Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Are Never Meeting In Real Life, We Were Eight Years in Power, We're Going To need More Wine, What We Lose, Zenzi Clemmons -

When I see a Black writer, editor, or publisher creating quality work, I make sure to put my coins there. In that vein, here are 7 books by Black authors that came out in 2017 that everyone should read. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds Jason Reynolds is an award-winning, New York Times best-selling literary […]

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#CalebReads100, 25 Days of Sweetness, Books, Caleb Green, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Kids, Sylus Green -

Caleb Green is all about goal-setting, and he’s only 4 years old. When the young Chicago resident told his parents during a snow-filled weekend that he wanted to read 100 books in one day, his father, Sylus Green, felt it was a little ambitious and tried to talk the number down. But Caleb was set […]

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25 Days of Sweetness, Aaron Maybin, Art Activism, Arts, Books, NFL -

The words and images are searing. They speak to the destructive nature of poverty, miseducation and murder. But they also speak to the power of perseverance and the indomitable spirit that has always allowed African-Americans to find a way out of no way. Those are but a few of the themes captured in the new […]

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Africa, Books, Boxing, Cover Stories, Democratic Republic of the Congo, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali -

In the darkest night part of morning they came 60,000 strong — to watch undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman take on challenger Muhammad Ali. It was another time. The 20th of May Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire, is now the Stade Tata Raphaël in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and The Rumble in the […]

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Books, CulturePlay, Erykah Badu, Food, Football, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, Sneaker Stories, Stefon Diggs, Style -

Like the frigid wind that travels through Minnesota’s winters, Stefon Diggs dashes off the line of scrimmage, often right into the end zone. Through the first four weeks of the NFL season, Diggs, 23, had the most receiving yards (391) in the league and was second in touchdowns (four). Before his Week 5 groin strain, […]

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Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Arts, Books, Crowdsourcing, Detroit, Kima Jones, Muhammad Ali -

Aisha Sabatini Sloan’s new book will knock you to your knees. In Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit (1913 Press), she meditates on the United States’ tumultuous existence since 2013 and uses art (conceptual, theatrical, traditional) as well as her own recollections to make sense of it all — and to heal. Sloan’s memories weave through […]

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A Good Cry, Black lives matter, BLM, Books, Donald Trump, Grio Authors Circle, Living, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Poetry, Politics, Sexual Assault, Trump -

Poet Nikki Giovanni has been telling it like it is for over three decades.  The award-winning writer, activist and educator became famous during the Black Power and Black Arts movement, delivering poems with themes of unapologetic blackness and feminist thought, all while donning her signature afro. Now the 74-year-old revolutionary wordsmith is back with a […]

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Books, David J. Leonard, Johnny Manziel, Playing While White: Privilege And Power On And Off The Field, Tom Brady -

Playing While White: Privilege and Power on and off the Field by Washington State University professor David J. Leonard shines a light on whiteness in sports culture and the ways in which white athletes are characterized compared with black athletes. Leonard wrote an adaptation from his book, released in July, for The Undefeated. Playing While […]

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Black people don’t travel, right? That notion has long ago been wiped away. And just because summer is winding down, that doesn’t mean your travel plans have to. Here is a list of books — memoirs, travel guides, glossies — from ’93 up to now that are sure to plant some ideas for your next […]

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Books, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy, Sheryll Cashin -

It’s clear from my conversation with Sheryll Cashin that she has a knack for understanding the big picture. The Georgetown Law professor’s new book, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy (Beacon Press), captures the scope of racial politics in the United States, and she does so in a remarkably accessible […]

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Baltimore Ravens, Benjamin Watson, Books, Get Lifted, NFL, The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life -

Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson is lending a helping hand to both veteran and rookie fathers in his latest book, The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life. The 36-year-old father of five knows the emotions and anxiety-inducing moments that bringing a new life into the world can create. […]

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Books, Did You Hear the News?, Get Lifted, Kids, Momma, Mother's Day, Police Misconduct, Sanya Gragg, Terence Crutcher -

Sanya Gragg sat in front of a group of second-graders in late April, a bit startled by what she’d just heard. It was the first time the social worker and new author had brought her new book into a classroom to discuss its lessons. Gragg had just asked the children, 7- and 8-year-olds, about police […]

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The call was for “favorite” books, yes, but more specifically for books that resonate right now, In These Times. In these times when certainty and trust seem so rare, and books — highlightable and pixelated on a screen, or dusty and heavy from under the bed — can comfort and inspire and light a fire […]

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Black Lives Matter, Books, Clint Smith, Poetry -

I can’t remember the last time I read something that staggered me in the way Clint Smith’s recent How To Make A Cardboard Box Disappear In 10 Steps did. The poem speaks to the despairing cycle of witnessing innocent black humans murdered and the relentless pursuit of honoring those lives, and demanding justice. 1) Find […]

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Ben H. Winters, Books, Underground Airlines -

His name is not his name. His life is not his own. His face is an ever-shifting mask. His mind is precariously balanced between the inextinguishable intelligence that allows him to survive as an escaped slave and the crippling pain inflicted by his bondage. And he lives in today’s America. Not in the past, but […]

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