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In his new book, Straight Up: Honest, Unfiltered, As-Real-As-I-Can-Put-It Advice for Life’s Biggest Challenges, former NFL player and the founder of non-profit RehabTime, Trent Shelton, offers advice and insights to guide young adults with establishing healthy relationships. Shelton is now considered one of the most significant speakers of his generation. During a recent interview on…

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Elizabeth Acevedo is a Dominican American author and poet. Her debut novel, The Poet X, won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her other books include Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths and With The Fire On High. We spoke with her about her latest tome, Clap When You Land, which is a novel-in-verse that details the grief and love…

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Keewa Nurullah is a singer, a devoted wife and mother, an entrepreneur and the owner of Kido, a children’s clothing boutique in Chicago. As a singer, she has performed for legends like Quincy Jones, Julie Andrews and the late Robin Williams. She has toured domestically and internationally in various shows and appeared on television and…

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The late Nipsey Hussle continues to inspire the masses. Known as an avid reader, the Los Angeles-based rapper often spoke about the books that inspired him during interviews and on songs. The Marathon Book Club, founded by Rashad Drakeford, currently has 76 members — 74 Black and two Latino — who live in Los Angeles; New…

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Throughout 2019, a number of hip-hop’s biggest recording artists and cultural influencers have tested their talents outside of the studio and away from their roaring fans. As we close out this decade, 2019 saw some of them put pen to paper and express their opinions away from the mic and daily shows. Some told the…

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    Mathew Knowles has decided to clarify claims that he made about members of the R&B group, Jagged Edge. Knowles, Beyoncé’s father, managed Destiny’s Child during the 1990s and early 2000s. Last week, he told Vlad TV, that Beyoncé and the members of Destiny Child were “constantly being harassed” on tour. “Now remember, the…

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means people will begin celebrating all of the festivities that come with this time of year — ice skating with loved ones, special family traditions and children making wish lists. However, nothing is better than reading a good book during this time. Here are five books that you…

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More details are emerging from Robyn Crawford’s explosive memoir about her relationship with Whitney Houston. One day after it was initially reported that Crawford was releasing a book about their relationship, more excerpts have surfaced from A Song For You: My Life with Whitney Houston. Crawford revealed that they shared their first kiss together as teens…

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Writing gives Black authors the creative space to tell their stories. From non-fiction and fiction to poems and memoirs, African Americans are releasing their literary talents and creating award-winning books. For all of the book lovers and those searching for a good read, here are books by Black authors that are a great read. Becoming…

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Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates took a moment to verbally dismantle U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Speaking on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at a U.S. House hearing on reparations, Coates blasted McConnell for his overt disapproval of slave reparations. One day earlier, the Kentucky Republican publicly shunned the idea. “I don’t think reparations for…

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Nipsey Hussle often shared keen insight on entrepreneurship, self-awareness and societal issues through his music. An avid reader, many of the views Nipsey presented in his raps came from books that helped him to see the world differently. Here are seven books that guided the philosophy of Nipsey Hussle. The Spook Who Sat By The…

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