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“Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America” by Michael Eric Dyson

I know what you’re thinking. You’ve said that before, to a furrowed brow, a mischievous smile, a child who’s about to do something sneaky. You can see it in the eyes, the body language, the tone of voice, and you ...

“The Blood of Emmett Till” by Timothy B. Tyson

You really can’t remember. For sure, something important happened years ago, something you should recall very easily, but time’s made things fuzzy. Have you forgotten or, worse yet, have you just remembered everything wrong? Usually, you suppose, it wouldn’t matter ...

“Man on the Run” by Carl Weber

Catch me if you can. You might have said that once, giggling. You may have yelled it at a game one afternoon. You said it, maybe, in a flirtatious manner on some romantic evening. Run, run, run, catch me if ...

The Untangled Truth About Loving Your Natural Hair and Beauty By Michele Tapp Roseman

Just in time for Black History Month, Hairlooms asks: Why is it so difficult for Black women to embrace their hair? And, how can Black women overcome the multi-layered challenge of embracing their natural hair and beauty? Author Michele Tapp ...

Black History Matters! Celebrate Black History With a Reflection on the 100 Years Leading Up to Barack Obama Winning the Presidency

At the end of the historic tenure of a black president and the recent resurgence of “white supremacy,” there is no better time to reflect and remember the journey of black people in America over the last century. It has ...

“Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story” by Alexandra Wolfe

Here. Try this. Take a sip. Give it a whirl. Do a taste-test. A preliminary trial, it won’t take long. Here, see what you think. We’re asked to sample things every day, from products to ideas but, as in the ...

“Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File” by John Edgar Wideman

Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t escape your father. For most of your life, you were known as Little Him. Junior. Insert-your-father’s-name-here’s kid. You’re a chip off the ol’ block, maybe named after your Pops, forever known as your ...

NFL Player Turned Youth Mentor Hosts Book Signing in Houston this Weekend

Former NFL player of the San Francisco 49ers, Tyrone Smith now spends his time showing others how to score in life. His new book, “Outside the Huddle – Steps to Developing a Game Plan for Life,” recalls his journey as ...

Big Sean to Make SNL Debut January 21st

Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Felicity Jones, currently seen in the box office smash “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the critical hit “A Monster Calls,” will make her “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut on Jan. 14. Sturgill Simpson ...

“Lose Your Final 15” by Rovenia M. Brock, PhD

Somebody passed you a plate of cookies. It was the holidays so, of course, you had to take one. Or three, because they were good; and when the fudge came around, you had that, too. And some pie, cheesecake, punch, ...

A Book By Descendants of African-American Civil War Soldier, David Carll, Chronicles His Battle on the Field and With Society’s Fierce Racial Discord

Meticulously researched by Francis S. Carl and Denice Evans Sheppard, contributors to an episode of the hit TV show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?,’ featuring their cousin Vanessa L. Williams. “Footsteps of a Forgotten Soldier: The Life and Times ...

“You’re a Leader, Charlie Brown” by Charles Schulz and Carla Curtsinger, foreword by Brian Tracy

That’s how it is with business: you have to laugh because if you didn’t, you’d cry. It’s been that way for the past few years: up and down, good and bad, and there’s always room for improvement. So why not ...

Best Books of 2016

Got books? Yep, if you were me, the answer would be, “Ohhh, yeah!” Shelves of them, in fact, over the last 52 weeks, and here are some of the better choices I read in 2016, in no particular order:

Houston’s Newest Latino Book Store

Coming January 2017, a new about store will open in Houston’s East End that is all about Latinos.

“Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance” by Simone Biles with Michelle Burford, foreword by Mary Lou Retton

It took a leap of faith. A new job, a big move, a new skill, a major purchase, a ring on your finger and “I Do.” Even if you knew you were on the right path and you could handle ...