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Coffee and Books: Novel About First Black FBI Agent by Jason Overstreet

November 14, 2016 Leave a comment

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Coffee and Books: Lynchings and a Murder Mystery

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

BEYOND THE ROPE: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture by Karlis K. Hill and THE HEAVENS MAY FALL, a murder mystery novel set in Minneapolis by Allen Eskibs, are the books I’m currently reading for upcoming interviews for KAZI Book Review.

Coffee and Books: Mystery and History

September 7, 2016 Leave a comment

My reading this morning goes from a contemporary setting in Wyoming to 16th century Florence, Italy; from craggy sheriff Walt Longmire to Alessandro de’ Medici with the books AN OBVIOUS FACT by Craig Johnson, Johnson’s 12th Walt Longmire and THE BLACK PRINCE OF FLORENCE by Catherine Fletcher.

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Coffee and Books: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

September 1, 2016 Leave a comment

This Sunday I’m taping an interview with Karl Jacoby, author of THE STRANGE CAREER OF WILLIAM ELLIS: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire.  KAZI Book Review contributor Evelyn Martin Anderson recommended the book and we’ll be jointly interviewing him.

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Coffee and Spatializing Blackness

August 8, 2016 Leave a comment

SPATIALIZING BLACKNESS: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity by  Rashad Shabazz, an associate professor in the School ofSocial  Transformation at Arizona State, will be featured on KAZI Book Review in September.

Shabazz argues that from the start of the great migration to Chicago, carceral powers literally and figuratively created a prison-like environment to contain African Americans within the so-called Black Belt on the city’s South Side.

Coffee and Books

August 2, 2016 Leave a comment

A young black girl aspires to be a ballerina in the new novel I’m reading by Jacob Grovey, DANCE OF THE BROKEN.  I’m also reading a collection of short stories about growing up and growing old in the African American community, INSURRECTIONS by Rion Amilcar Scott.

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Ridley Pearson’s New Novel Set in Kenya

July 28, 2016 Leave a comment

I get to explore Kenya and the battle to save elephants from poachers in the latest thriller by Ridley Pearson, WHITE BONE.  This is the fourth novel featuring ex-military contractor John Knox and his partner, former Chinese intelligence agent and forensic accountant Grace Chu.