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Stanley “Tookie” Williams: One Year Later

Thoughts on the Crips' founder, executed December 13, 2005. Read More »

CD Review: Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man The Way That I Love You

Sometimes you have to go back to universal truths. The sky is blue. Ice cream is tasty. This is a brilliant album. Read More »

The Case Against Rap’s Case Against Oprah

If rappers want to spew violent lyrics, that's fine. Just dont expect every black person to like it. Read More »

CD Review: Midnight Love & the Sexual Healing Sessions – Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye's flawed yet brilliant final album. Read More »

Book Review: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway's first novel. Flawed but indispensable. And this just in: Henry Miller and D.H. Lawrence are still dead. Read More »

Book Review: Lawd Today – Richard Wright

One of the most epic failures in the history of African American literature. Read More »

Book Review: Washington Square, by Henry James

Washington Square is a great introduction to Henry James, showing the full range of his creative powers. Read More »

Book Review: Rabbit at Rest, by John Updike

Rabbit at Rest is John Updike's masterpiece, a Greek tragedy articulated through the downfall of a flawed nuclear family. Read More »

CD Review: I Can’t Stop – Al Green

I Cant Stop is a portrait of a great artist in nearly full command of his faculties, with the guts to use all of them. Read More »

The Thug Male’s Prison

Young black men need to deal in a metaphysical philosophy of love, empathy and respect for humanity. Read More »