Word on The Street


Thalia Book Club: The Street by Ann Petry Wed, Apr 24 at 7:30 pm Symphony Space – Broadway and 95th Street Revisit this 1946 classic with authors Sapphire (Push), Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (Harlem is Nowhere), and actress Sonia Manzano (The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano) and other writers explore the gritty, emotional story set in Harlem.  Actress Roslyn Ruff (The Piano Lesson; The Help) will read an excerpt. [...]

What’s new in the Amsterdam News?


I’ll tell ya what’s new in the Amsterdam News…

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“Not a thousand years ago it was illegal to teach a slave to read.  Not a thousand years ago, the Supreme Court decided that separate  could not be equal.  And today, as we sit here, no one is learning anything in this country.  You see a nation which is the leader of the rest of [...]

The Negro in New York: An Informal Social History, 1626-1940


“The Negro in New York is an unavoidably sketchy and uneven document, compiled by the Writers’ Program of New York City during that very brief period of the WPA when it was recognized that writers existed in our country and had to eat, and even had a certain utility – though, probably, no real value.  [...]

Sunday morning, February, in the shop.

Adam and I are nearing the end of a bibilophilic dream spree buying as many books as are in the stop for the library of the “significant yacht” its itinerary mirrors, as do the collections.  Where our focus is the Black Atlantic, the ship is sailing for the Black Pacific.

A mess o’ Mesoamerica, under Dion’s self-portrait.

The Black Pacific (extended play)

The Black Pacific at Jumel Terrace Books

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