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BOOK: Can children's books improve race relations?
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The Fun-G-kins By C. Raymond Gray Of the 2,500 trade books that were published in 1985, only 18 were by African-Americans. In 2015, the numbers were up to 106, reports the Cooperative Children's Book Center. Author Gray has made it his life's mission to assist in the bridging of this gap. To aid in closing the diversity gap, he's rereleasing "The
 
Black vendors profit from Trump merchandise
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
CLEVELAND — Shy Drayton, 21, said she will follow Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump throughout the remainder of his campaign. Drayton, however, is not a Trump supporter. Instead, she is one of the scores of street vendors flooding downtown Cleveland streets for the opportunity to sell Trump campaign merchandise to thousands of
 
FILM REVIEW: Star Trek Beyond
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The big debate shouldn't be if this is the best Star Trek film ever. The more interesting conversation is about whether Star Trek Beyond is a better sci-fi space adventure film than 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. On most levels, the answer is yes. J.J. Abrams is out as director and comes aboard as a producer. Director Justin Lin, from the
 
PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory showcases students in musical
Sunday, July 24, 2016
CHAPEL HILL – A cast of student actors from 14 Triangle-area schools are performing the award-winning Broadway musical “Violet” through July 31 for the PlayMakers Summer Youth Conservatory. PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is presenting the musical as
 
Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad offers living history
Friday, July 22, 2016
“I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.” - Harriet Tubman CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Joe Manokey stood along a stretch of the Underground Railroad and spoke proudly about his legendary distant cousin, Harriet Tubman. “Our family has always pushed to get Harriet Tubman more recognition,” said Manokey, 45, who
 
Black artists, fans return to country music
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Best buddies Jackie Trantham and Gwen Kerrick have shared thousands of laughs and interests over the course of a 35-year friendship that has included traveling to Amsterdam and listening to the sounds of Dutch opera houses. Music enthusiasts by all measure, Trantham and Kerrick are also country music fans, who happen to be black. In what music blogger
 
BOOK: McMillan talks latest novel, ‘Empire’ and inspiring readers
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I Almost Forgot About You By Terry McMillan Best-selling author Terry McMillan is back with a new novel, “I Almost Forgot About You.” McMillan recently spoke about the novel, how she hopes to empower her readers, and even gave her thoughts on the TV show Empire’s portrayal of unhealthy relationships. “I Almost Forgot About
 
BOOK: Preserving the work of black feminists
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Spill Scenes of black feminist fugitivity By Alexis Pauline Gumbs Duke University, $17.99 PB Black women’s poetry is having a moment. From Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen” garnering multiple awards and many reviews to Warsan Shire’s poetry rocketing up the best-seller lists after being featured in Beyoncé’s Lemonade,
 
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