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“Pardon My Hearse”

The job you were hired to do and the job you do today sure are different. The Old You, in fact, would only barely recognize the way things are done in the modern workplace: you’ve welcomed revolving competition, new technology, ...

The Red Bicycle

Last years’ swimsuit is way too small for you now. You’ve outgrown most of your summer clothes, in fact, and you’ve given them away; you can’t wear them anymore, so someone else may as well use them. But clothing isn’t ...

Dual talents of Les McCann on display with “Invitation to Openness”

Mixing musical genres is such a given in contemporary entertainment that one is tempted to believe that this is a new phenomenon. In actuality, this co-mingling of “tropes” or stylistic embellishments associated with specific musical idioms to create new and ...

Finding Samuel Lowe

Your last family reunion was a big one. It was fun, too, and eye-opening. You hadn’t really stopped to think about how many people are related to you until you saw aunts you hadn’t seen in decades and met cousins ...

Drugs, hoes and rodeos: A Richard Pryor experience

In “Becoming Richard Pryor,” author Scott Saul chronicles the birth, rebirth, ascension, downfall, and death of a glorified screw up. Tediously-researched and skillfully written, the book concludes with Pryor’s body engulfed in flames.

“Infinite Words” by Zane

Sometimes, you feel like a boiling pot. That’s because you’ve been cooking a story up and it bubbles and rolls just below the surface of your mind, waiting to burst forth into a bestseller for an eager audience. It’s always ...

‘Race on the Q.T.’ explores Tarantino’s body of work

Screenwriter/director Quentin Tarantino has during the past 25 years provided to moviegoers a number of films that at best elicit responses of shock and surprise, and at worst hearken to the base racial characterizations seen prominently in the “Blaxploitation” genre ...

“Explore the Cosmos like Neil deGrasse Tyson”

Would you look at that. Actually, probably, you already have. You’re one of the most observant people you know, never missing a thing, always noticing. You make a great witness because you see everything. And in the new book “One ...

“One Night”

Would you look at that. Actually, probably, you already have. You’re one of the most observant people you know, never missing a thing, always noticing. You make a great witness because you see everything. And in the new book “One ...

"Reach"

Where do you go from here? You’ve been looking at your life and everything around you, and that’s the question you’ve been asking: what next? What will you do with the rest of your days? In the new book “Reach,” ...

Book fair celebrates ‘Blk Grrrls’

Several attendees actually passed up the space—an unassuming front on Maple Street just south of downtown, where a potted plant held a small sign pointing to a rear, large warehouse.

‘Getting Waisted: A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a Society That Loves Thin’

Up and down. Up and down. When your children were infants, you did it for them all night. You do it now with the remote, clicking through when you’re looking for something good on TV. You’re up and down while ...

‘Adinkrahene’

There’s something that really intrigues people about stories dealing with secret organizations. The James Bond glamour of being a secret agent with the weight of the world on your shoulders seems to draw attention with the allure of danger, the ...

‘Recognition’

What you wouldn’t give to spend one more day.

‘The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women’

It’s never been done before. It’s never been tried. Maybe it’s never been thought of, either, but that hasn’t stopped you. Once a valid idea pops into your head, it’s not long before the idea becomes more.

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