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‘Pressure Makes Diamonds’ a gem of a book

In her memoir “Pressure Makes Diamonds—Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be,” Valerie Graves has spun an appealing narrative with a protagonist who reads like an African-American female counterpart of Horatio Alger.

The beauty of ‘Some Nerve’

“Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave,” (Riverhead), by Patty Chang Anker is a “must read,” according to Parents magazine.

Zadie Smith fills auditorium at Medgar Evers

Celebrated author and essayist Zadie Smith recently spoke to a packed auditorium of college students, faculty, fans, supporters and readers at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

‘Mubassa’s Dream’ takes flight in Harlem

Dr. John (Satchmo) Mannan’s book, “Mubassa’s Dream—And 18 Legends from the Land of Nod” (Aladdin’s Books International, 2016), in many ways mirrors the diverse interests and passions of the writer.

Author delivers debut with ‘Counting Descent’

With “Counting Descent,” writer, teacher, Harvard Ph.D. candidate and award-winning poet Clint Smith explores the cognitive dissonance that results from belonging to a community that unapologetically celebrates Black humanity while living in a world that often renders Blackness a caricature.

An interview with author Greg Tate

African-American author Greg Tate can be described as one of most influential Black music critics in Western culture, as his journalistic pursuits and published anthologies have been analyzed in educational institutions for 20 years.

Greg Tate releases follow-up to groundbreaking debut with ‘Flyboy 2'

World renowned author, music critic and founder of the Black Rock Coalition, Greg Tate, has released a follow-up anthology to his groundbreaking book of essays and criticism, “Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America,” which was published in 1992.

A fascinating look at an America where slavery never died

“That’s the problem with doing the devil’s work,” Victor tells us early on in “Underground Airlines,” a dazzling new novel from Ben Winters. “It can be pretty satisfying now and again,.”

Oprah Winfrey is writing a cookbook, puts memoir 'on hold'

Oprah Winfrey is writing her first cookbook, "Food, Health and Happiness: 'On Point' Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life."

Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook hosts book signing

Former U.S. Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook’s “Soul Sisters: Devotions for and from African American, Latina, and Asian Women” recently hosted a book release and signing event.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Revolution’

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an uptown boy and very proud of it. We can lay claim (by our zip code, to a degree) to the genius that is Miranda, the lyricist, composer, creator and star of “Hamilton.”

Literary giants Ishmael Reed and Haki Madhubuti in town

There are two opportunities for folks in the region to spend time with the eminent author Ishmael Reed.

Author of ‘The Cook Up: A Crack Memoir’ in Harlem Thursday

From running the streets of East Baltimore to teaching in the classrooms at the University of Baltimore, D. Watkins shares his story in finding the light in the darkness with his new book, “The Cook Up: A Crack Memoir.”

The Links, Inc. hosts B. Smith and Dan Gasby

The Metro-Manhattan New York Chapter of The Links, Incorporated honored restaurateur and lifestyle icon B. Smith and her husband and business partner Dan Gasby.

Reviewing how ‘Destiny Lingers’

Rolonda Watts makes her debut as a novelist as the author of “Destiny Lingers,” the story of a young Black, married woman, Destiny, who juggles life between work and home.

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