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Man Arrested for Memphis Murder of NBA Player Lorenzen Wright Seven Years Later

Breaking news out of Memphis this week with police announcing the arrest of...

“Who are Venus and Serena Williams”

“You kids quiet down!” If you’re feeling wild, you’ve no doubt heard that, or...

'Cuz' examines mistakes of youth

It was a youthful indiscretion. A mistake made due to immaturity or naïveté. Something you did to look bigger, older, or bolder. You knew better but it shouldn't cost you everything, should it? As in the new book “Cuz: The ...

“Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green” by Jimmy McDonough

Difficult. We all know someone like that, who could charitably be called a challenge. Someone who swims against the current, who rubs people the wrong way, who makes you growly. In the new book “Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al ...

“Truth Doesn’t Have a Side” by Dr. Bennet Omalu (with Mark Tabb)

Everyone you meet has an effect on your life. Somehow, in some way, others change you: a stranger’s smile lifts your mood. Kindness makes you happy. An injustice spurs you to action, making you someone else’s change. Clearly, as in ...

“The Diplomat’s Daughter” by Karin Tanabe

He almost got your nose. Or your cheek. Awkward, for sure, but on the second try, it finally happened. Then again. And again, each one sweeter than the last. As long as you live, you’ll never forget your very first ...

“There’s a Dragon in My Closet” by Dorothea Taylor, illustrated by Charly Palmer

You didn’t do it. Whatever it was, it wasn’t your fault. You didn’t do it – you weren’t even around when it happened. You don’t know who to blame. Maybe it was your dog, your mom, or maybe, as in ...

This is How We Do It

This morning, you woke up to a big day. Like most days, you’ll eat breakfast and get ready to leave the house. Every hour is then packed with fun and excitement before you go to sleep in a comfortable bed ...

Self-accountability takes a backseat to victimhood in Dyson's latest trope

On a muggy Thursday evening, renowned intellectual Micheal Eric Dyson waltzed into Leimert Park’s Eso Wan bookstore and sparked a thunderous round of applause from his admirers, many of whom appeared to be well advanced in age and familiar with ...

“Sin of a Woman” by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Nothing’s set in stone. Few things are. Lucky for you, there’s usually a chance to change your mind or have a do-over. You can often get another go at something because few things are that firmly decided. As in the ...

“Surpassing Certainty” by Janet Mock

When you were twenty, you wanted only to impress. If people looked at you, wasn’t that good? You wanted to be seen, watched, adored by those you saw as desirable. But what, exactly, did you want people to notice? Was ...

“Jabari Jumps” by Gaia Cornwall

You can do it. Yes, you can. You just need to take a deep breath and then blow it out. Find the courage inside yourself. Think of something else and do it. Don’t be scared. As you’ll see in “Jabari ...

‘Be Free or Die’ by Cate Lineberry

It was a sure thing. A can’t-miss, a safe bet that you couldn’t possibly fail - or could you? Isn’t there always a danger of losing in a gamble, or at least not winning? What kind of odds would make ...

“I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons” by Kevin Hart

You can pretend all you want. Hide your head in the sand and say it ain’t so. Cover your ears and yell “LaLaLaLaLa” until everyone thinks you’re five years old. You can deny, deny, deny, but listen up: some things ...

‘Once a Cop: The Street, The Law, Two Worlds, One Man’

You’ve changed your mind. That’s allowed, you know. You can go in a different direction, pick something else, try another thing, have do-overs, or have two. Pencils come with erasers, few things are forever, and in “Once A Cop” by ...

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