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The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela - Edited by Sahm Venter

A Hope Manifesto for Times of Resistance

By Editors' Choice

Mandela was not just “a brilliant political tactician and legal mind, but also an exquisite writer,” says reviewer Goff. These letters give us a man of high ideals whose “fight for survival” in prison adds Goff, “would have broken many of us.” By Keli Goff, Los Angeles Review of Books — IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE that Sahm Venter, the editor of The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, did not have a crystal…

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Blank Panther Party

Black Panther and the Black Panthers

By Editors' Choice

By Amy Ongiri, Los Angeles Review of Books — Just out of sheer curiosity (I might regret this but): Why are people making comparisons between the Black Panther Party and the movie Black Panther? Like where did this expectation come from that because the movie is called Black Panther that it should in some way reflect the BPP? What am I missing? — Alicia Garza, Facebook post, February 20, 2018…

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Zora Neale Hurston

Witnesses for the Future

By Commentaries/Opinions

Zora Neale Hurston’s drive to tell the story of the slave trade’s last survivor By Emily Bernard, The New Republic — “You have seen how a man was made a slave,” Frederick Douglass wrote in his 1845 autobiography, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. “You shall see how a slave was made a man.” These words herald the moment when Douglass masters his master, the sadistic overseer and “negro-breaker,”…

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The literature on the African slave trade, Hurston wrote, had endless “words from the seller, but not one word from the sold.

Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of a Former Slave Finally Comes to Print

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

Hurston spent years turning an account of the transatlantic slave trade into a book. Then the manuscript languished for nearly nine decades. By Casey N. Cep — Captain William Foster left Mobile in secret and returned the same way. On July 8, 1860, he dropped anchor in the waters off the coast of Mississippi, hid his cargo below deck, slipped ashore, and travelled overland to fetch a tugboat from Alabama.…

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Image: Ronald Reagan, with Nancy Reagan, signing the Anti Drug Abuse Act of 1988

The Untold Story of Mass Incarceration

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Vesla M. Weaver — Two new books, including National Book Award nominee ‘Locking Up Our Own,’ address major blind spots about the causes of America’s carceral failure. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.; Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform by John F. Pfaff

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From Jackson to Richmond: Radical Mayors Leave Their Mark

From Jackson to Richmond: Radical Mayors Leave Their Mark

By Commentaries/Opinions

Two new books about making change in smaller cities are worthy of close study by anyone hoping to push their own city hall in a similar left-wing direction. By Steve Early, CounterPunch — Well before the Trump era, U.S. presidents from both major parties failed to address urban problems or made them worse. Governors, members of Congress, and state legislators didn’t perform much better. So the difficult job of fighting poverty,…

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March 12th Women’s History Month Edition of Vantage Point with Dr. Ron Daniels

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

March 12th Women’s History Month Edition Topics A New Book — “There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia” Amazing Black Women Guests Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY Betty Dopson, Co-Founder, CEMOTAP, Youngstown, OH and New York, NY Andrea James, Esq., Founder, Families for Justice and Healing, Boston, MA Ways to listen Vantage Point Radio with Dr. Ron Daniels,…

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