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Why Black Literature Is Important
When I first published my
first novel, The Ebony Tree, I'll never forget how I found out later that my
then, 23 year-old niece ran through the house and screamed with laughter,
after she read the book. ...
It's urban, it's real,
but is this literature? Controversy rages over a new genre whose sales are
headed off the charts
These days, it seems that nearly every black-owned bookstore and every
street vendor s table--from 125th Street in Harlem to Jacksonville, Florida,
to Chicago, and to Oakland, California, and back--is spilling over with
titles in a new genre dubbed by some as urban fiction, by others as hip-hop
Can young black men
be saved? Our Board of Economists examines the lost potential of African
American males and develops a prescription to improve their fortunes
BEFORE DAVID MUHAMMAD graduated from elementary school, he was well on his
way to becoming a statistic. Living with his divorced mother in one of the
poorer sections of Oakland, California, Muhammad observed his two older
brothers succumb to the drug trade. ...