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Honouring Black History Month.

April 27, 2017 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) With Black History Month having just passed, it’s given plenty of time to pause for thought. There are so many African Americans who have contributed to enriching our lives. In honour of Black History Month, below you’ll find a list of some of the best books written by scholars and exceptional writers. The books […]

A Must Read Author Tonya Bolden’s New Book on Black “Pathfinders”.

February 17, 2017 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) I love Black History, and so revel in Black History Month. Not that Black History should be constrained to a month. Indeed, when I wrote my book “Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History” in 2010, I hoped that some folks would touch the book each day and talk about the […]

I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin.

Tweet (Akiit.com) My wife and I went to see Raoul Peck’s documentary I Am Not Your Negro. It was based upon James Baldwin’s writings and life experiences. It uses archival footage of Baldwin, pictures and footage of American history and Samuel L. Jackson’s voice reading and sharing some of Baldwin’s thoughts and writings to tell […]

How Young Is Too Young For Children To Learn?

Tweet (Akiit.com) Babies and children are learning about the world around them from the moment they are born. A newborn will learn how to interpret key sounds and images to mean food, Mom, and Dad. Within just a couple of years, a small child will have learned to walk unaided, use the bathroom on their […]

Morehouse wants men with class…

December 8, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) William Tweedle, a residence hall director at Morehouse College, wants students at the historically black men’s school to get “In the Zone.” That’s the zone where there’s no cursing, no saggin’ pants, and no use of the word whose plural spelled backward is “saggin.’ ” All are beneath the image of the Morehouse […]

Angelou Writing a Poem About Obama…

November 10, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Upon his election in 1992, Bill Clinton — affectionately referred to as the nation’s first black president — asked Maya Angelou to compose a poem and read it at his inauguration. Angelou feels a new poem welling up inside her following Barack Obama’s election, but she does not expect another command performance. “I’m […]

Leading black bookstore closes

January 24, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) The Karibu Books chain, based in the Washington, D.C., area and one of the few remaining retailers to specialize in black books, is closing after 15 years. “We sincerely thank each and every one of you for your patronage and support,” Karibu CEO Simba Sana wrote in an e-mail to customers. “We are […]

Press Release: “Speak Up”…You Don’t Have “Real” Friends Anyway!

September 1, 2007 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Antioch, CA For many people, speaking their mind can be so intimidating that they simply would prefer to bite their tongue in the spirit of getting along. However, holding your true feelings inside is one of the most toxic forms of self-destruction (disease). In fact, those friends that frown upon you for “speaking […]

Reading’s racial disparity

August 30, 2007 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Back to School: The First ‘R’ / Race Seven members of the monthly reading group Sisters That Are Readers (STARS) gather at the Homewood Library. Clockwise from bottom left, are Nichole Jordan, M. Gayle Moss, Mercedes Taylor, Velma Harris, Denice Coker, Vivian Shelton and Donna Stilo. When it comes to reading, race can […]

Book Review: Black and Ugly

July 15, 2007 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Shocked?! You should be. I know I am. Before any of you say anything, I admit that I am somewhat surprised to be reading T. Styles latest novel, Black and Ugly. I began reading the book with a few preconceived notions, which after reading the novel were not disproved. What caught me unaware […]

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