Reviews and Blog Posts: African American

The short and tragic life of Robert Peace : a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League but did not survive

by Jeff Hobbs

Reviewer Rating:
5

  It is rare to find a nonfiction title that captures your attention in the way that a good fiction title can...This book is one such book due to the content and also due to the way in which it was written. Mr. Hobbs' well-researched work explores the difficult childhood...

Dear white people : a guide to inter-racial harmony in "post-racial" America

by Justin Simien

Reviewer Rating:
4

This book can be read as humorous and satrical, but it does have a serious tone in many chapters. The humorous and satirical part usually came from the chapters, like mentioning that white people should now have more than one "token" black friend. But he did bring up topics, like...

Stella by starlight

by Sharon M. (Sharon Mills) Draper

Reviewer Rating:
4

  The cover of this book features some children walking in the woods at night in front of a burning cross and the story does not disappoint. Based in part on a journal her grandmother kept before being forced to leave school at a young age Stella by Starlight is...

Underground

by Shane Evans

Reviewer Rating:
4

  The Underground Railroad is a famous part of American history but due to the very nature of it much remains unknown about the network of people who helped slaves travel north to freedom. This book, in plain text but with compelling illustrations shows the journey of one group of...

Ghetto cowboy

by Greg Neri

Reviewer Rating:
4

There are few books that can combine cowboys, family drama, inner city life and still have an authentic feel. In Ghetto Cowboys, we meet Cole, a troubled boy who lives with his mother in Detroit. His shenanigans have pushed his mother to the edge and she decides to carry him...

Coretta Scott

by Ntozake Shange

Reviewer Rating:
5

    Martin Luther King Jr's life, though short, was very impactful and worthy of celebrating. This book is  composed of poems by Ntozake Shange which, when read one after the other create a narrative that gently explores Coretta Scott King's life and experiences. What really sets this book apart are...

The coldest winter ever

by Sister Souljah

Reviewer Rating:
4

       In college I  heard Sister Souljah speak at a forum held at my school and I remember her words were very powerful and  moving. Certain things she said had the auditorium in rapt attention.  This novel is no different. I went into it with low expectations but...

How it went down

by Kekla Magoon

Reviewer Rating:
4

  Sometimes when an incident occurs eyewitnesses have a different take on what exactly occurred. What they see is often colored by their experiences and /or prejudices. That is the case in Kekla Magoon's fantastic book for teens called How It Went Down which deals with the fall out from the...

Kinda like brothers

by Coe Booth

Reviewer Rating:
4

  I rarely see juvenile fiction booths with young African-American males on the cover so needless to say I was intrigued by this title. The main character Jarrett is a rising seventh grader from Newark, New Jersey who lives with his mom, a Guyanese immigrant who works with social services...

Exhibit: For Cowried Girls....featuring Ella Maria Ray, Artist/Anthropologist

Exhibit: For Cowried Girls Who Survived Life’s Infernos Whether They Wanted To Or Not Featuring Ella Maria Ray, Artist/Anthropologist

On display June 17 - 28
Cousins Gallery - Level 3
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Artist Chat:
Wednesday, June 25, 6 – 8 p.m.

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