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On the Road Again! Mahogany Bookstore and Drifting

A few years ago I visited Washington, DC expressly to visit the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.  At the time, there were still plenty of crowds, but I had waited until the initial rush had passed.  So, … Continue reading

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We Demand Our Share of Life: Exploring Haiti’s Cinematic Truths

This past Saturday Haiti suffered yet another blow to what I consider its ongoing revolutionary war. For independence. For true and lasting freedom.  This most recent blow was in the form of a 7.2 earthquake, bigger than the one that devastated … Continue reading

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Now What?: Beyond Juneteenth

Saturday was Juneteenth, the 156th anniversary of Union soldiers making their way to Galveston, Texas and Major General Gordon Granger informing thousands of enslaved people that they were finally freed from their bondage.  Two and a half years earlier, on … Continue reading

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Review of Angie Cruz’s Dominicana

Several months ago I received an email in my inbox from an organization called One Book, One Bronx. Because, as you know, I am an avid lover of literature, I clicked on the link to be taken to the wonderful world of an … Continue reading

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Review of Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday

The whole time I watched Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday I thought, “Ignorance is bliss,” an adage to which I used to wholeheartedly subscribe. And now I know that after so many years of breathing (an accomplishment) … Continue reading

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Review of George M. Johnson’s All Boys Aren’t Blue

For the past few months I’ve been reading George M. Johnson’s All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir Manifesto (2020). You may be asking why it would take me several months to read a book that is a little under 300 … Continue reading

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The Little Things: Nope

I have immense respect for Denzel Washington and his acting chops. It doesn’t hurt that he is a particularly gorgeous black man.  The last thing I saw him in was August Wilson’s Fences (2016) starring opposite Viola Davis. Then I … Continue reading

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Review of Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave

For the longest time I had the United States poet laureate, Joy Harjo’s memoir, Crazy Brave (2013), in my Amazon wishlist. The book’s cover, which features the profile of a beautiful raven haired woman, made me want to know more … Continue reading

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Celebrating True Love: Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Frederick Douglass

This past Sunday was Valentine’s Day, celebrated far and wide by millions of people, or at least hundreds of thousands. But what many do not remember is that February 14th is also the chosen birthday of the great abolitionist and … Continue reading

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Review of Men Sa Lanme Di by Arnold Antonin

Men Sa Lanme Di (Ainsi Parla la Mer) (So Spoke the Sea), a short by the wonderful Arnold Antonin, is a meditation on and by Mother Ocean. The title echoes that of the celebrated noiriste, Jean Price Mars’ ethnographic study, … Continue reading

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