By Dr. Maxine Thompson
It is no secret that the economy has affected the sales of African American books. (See Publisher’s Weekly. http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6711430.html)
Even so, there are those of us who hunger for good Black literature.
A while back, I read a report stating that, as African Americans, we are the only people in the world that other countries and nationalities like to imitate—from our fashion, to our speech, to our music, to our sports, and now, even to our literature.
My question is this. Why shouldn’t we own where we dominate? Why shouldn’t we own our own sport teams? Our own Black films, to name a few?
Which brings me to this point. Why is it that we don’t own the black book industry now that we’re making inroads? Is it because we don’t have enough publishers? Literary agents? And why are we allowing other cultures to determine the image of what we send out to the world in our literature? Continue reading
The Mosaic Literary Conference presents creative ways for keeping books and reading valuable sources of knowledge and creativity. This day of professional-development workshops will help educators incorporate literature into existing curricula to further explore course work that focuses on cultures, history, and social studies.
Individual Registration: $50 (Enter code “harlem” to receive a 20% discount)
Group Registration: Groups of 3 or more receive a 25% discount
(includes gift bag, continental breakfast, lunch, and a 1-year subscription to Mosaic)
Conference Date: November 7, 2009
Location: Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse at 149th St., Bronx, NY
Hill Harper new book ‘The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships’…
Do you think you are part of the problem or solution in your relationship? Why?
Only 34 percent of African- American children today are raised in two-parent households, a sharp contrast to 1966, when 85 percent of black children were raised by two parents. In provocative but heartfelt words, Hill Harper takes on these urgent challenges, bringing a variety of issues out of the shadows. In The Conversation, Harper speaks to women and men with clear-eyed perspective, covering topics such as:
Music producer, author, photographer and former CIA agent, Hank O’Neal has plenty of experiences from which to draw inspiration. It would be easy to assume that it was O’Neal’s stint as a spy that gave him the ability to walk into Harlem homes of jazz legends and come out with amazing stories and photographs. However, it is more likely that it was O’Neal’s love of jazz, knowledge of music and easy-going personality that made 42 musicians pour out personal tales that became The Ghosts of Harlem: Sessions with Jazz Legends (Vanderbilt University Press, July 2009).
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Monday, May 11th at 6PM
I Didn’t Work This Hard Just To Get Married
Women once saw living single as a transitional period–singles marked time till they found “the one.” But now marriage is the transitional stage, connecting one unmarried period of life to another. In” I Didn’t Work This Hard Just to Get Married, “through lively and revealing interviews with women from various walks of life, Nika C. Beamon explores the challenges facing single black women who defy expectations.
Harlem businessman Earvin “Magic” Johnson visits Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his book “32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business.” This event took place on March 10, 2009, as part of the Authors@Google series.
Long format: 1:02:16
Earvin made the transition from great athlete to greater entrepreneur through hard work and by avidly pursuing opportunities. Continue reading
Martin Luther King, Jr. had one brother and one sister. …
…His sister Christine King Farris talks about life growing up and her work with her brother during civil rights marches.
C-SPAN on youtube.com