Michelle Obama: A Life By Peter Slevin At The Schomburg

Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama: A Life by biographer Peter Slevin is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama, a woman of achievement and purpose—and the most unlikely first lady in modern American history. Continue Reading →

Book: ‘O, Write My Name’ : American Portraits, Harlem Heroes By Carl Van Vechten

1985_510‘O, Write My Name': American Portraits, Harlem Heroes presents us with portraits of fifty extraordinary people who participated in the great cultural movement that was the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Story/Time The Life Of An Idea Bill T Jones

bill t jones book with toni morrison

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Diary Of A Madman: Life, Death, And Rap By Scarface

scarface the bookFrom Geto Boys legend and renowned storyteller Brad “Scarface” Jordan, comes a passionate memoir about how hip-hop changed the life of a kid from the south side of Houston, and how he rose to the top-and ushered in a new generation of rap dominance. Continue Reading →

Books: Make It Messy, My Perfectly Imperfect Life By Marcus Samuelsson

harlem world magazine big logoIn this inspirational autobiography, Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his extraordinary story and encourages young people to embrace their mistakes and follow their dreams. Continue Reading →

New Congressman Charles “Rangel Resolution” E-Book

hw logo bookIn wrapping up his 30-day health challenge dubbed the “Rangel Resolution,” Congressman Charles B. Rangel, who represents the 13th Congressional District of New York that includes Upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, unveiled the Rangel Resolution Recipe e-Book. Continue Reading →

Langston Hughes History of Jazz An Illustrated Children’s Book, 1955

The_First_Book_Of_Jazz_00Prolific poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes is considered one of the fathers of jazz poetry, a literary art form that emerged in the 1920s and eventually became the foundation for modern hip-hop.

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Interview: Harlem’s Max Rodriguez Harlem Book Fair

Max RodriguezBy Janee Nesbitt

Max Rodriguez is the founder and publisher of QBR The Black Book Review, a national literature review that focuses on authors in the African Diaspora. He is the founder and director of Harlem Book Fair (HBF), the nation’s largest African-American book festival and publisher of HBF publishing, who collaborates with Author Solutions, Inc., to target African-American and Latino readers and writers. With the up and coming Harlem Book Fair on July 17th, I sat down and interviewed Mr. Rodriguez on hot humid day in Harlem.

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