A personal review of Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed by David Farber

The government used crack cocaine as a double edge sword that severed the lives of all who came into contact with it. The book is filled with interviews that speak of the quick road to riches, being out of the projects, and the hopes of a better life for their family only to be greeted by “DEATH” awaiting them around the next corner. Crack cocaine was marketed as “HOPE,” but there was a”DEATH” clause written in small print, but Farber’s “CRACK: Rock Cocaine, Street capitalism, and the Decade of Greed” brings the magnifying glass to help you read what you missed over the years. Continue reading A personal review of Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed by David Farber

NOLA Book Review: Jason Lee ~ God Must Have Forgotten About Me

Written by Guest Blogger Trechelle Tranese I am a firm believer that nothing in our lives happens by chance or mere coincidences. We all are placed on these divinely guided paths that transform us all into who we are truly meant to be on this journey I call life. I had the opportunity to meet Jason at his book signing in Harvey, LA. As I … Continue reading NOLA Book Review: Jason Lee ~ God Must Have Forgotten About Me

Jason Lee Bears It All in His New Unapologetic Memoir “GOD MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME” Book Tour in New Orleans

I’m thrilled to announce that I have been granted the opportunity to interview media mogul, entrepreneur, personality and iHeart Radio’s, Jason Lee about the release of his newly inspirational book titled, ”GOD MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME” at his book signing on January 21st, 2020 at Barnes and Noble on New Orleans West Bank. His book hit the bookstores and on all digital platforms on … Continue reading Jason Lee Bears It All in His New Unapologetic Memoir “GOD MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME” Book Tour in New Orleans

Crack Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed By David Farber

Crack is an essential read for anyone hoping to understand why. This lively, well- researched history of America’s crack cocaine years introduces readers to entrepreneurial dealers, desperate users, and draconian drug policies. Along the way, it illuminates the era’s racism, political excesses, and media exaggerations, as well as the lasting damage crack and crack dealers wrought in countless neighborhoods of color. Continue reading Crack Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed By David Farber

New Orleanian Poet and Author Kalamu Ya Salaam Honored with Blue Collar PEN Award at the 30th Annual PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Awards

As I read about the written works of Mr. Kalamu Ya Salaam and his achievements, an indescribable feeling of joy and pride welled up in my depths of my soul. Followed by a deep desire to keep on pressing my pen against the white blankness of creativity that was waiting for me to snap out of this life funk that has consumed me for the past year, but Mr. Salaam inspired me. I was so caught up in researching his works to the point I almost forgot t share his good news! Continue reading New Orleanian Poet and Author Kalamu Ya Salaam Honored with Blue Collar PEN Award at the 30th Annual PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Awards

ALL SAINTS DAY,” The New Orleans Tribune November 1, 1865

“ALL SAINTS DAY,” The New Orleans Tribune, America’s first Black daily, 154 years ago. “The ancients, who seem to have been more familiar than ourselves with the idea of death, and perhaps more constantly ready to meet the monster and look it in the face…” Read the full article below. “This day is devoted, among many families, to honor the memory of departed friends. The … Continue reading ALL SAINTS DAY,” The New Orleans Tribune November 1, 1865

The Clintons surprise visit to a literacy program at po-boy shop, laundry about to go big | Ian McNulty | nola.com

On Saturday morning the Creole gumbo was simmering, the daiquiri machines were churning and the dryers were spinning at Melba’s and Wash World, the connected po-boy shop and laundry at Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans. Then the sleek black SUVs pulled up and out stepped former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, former president Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton. The political power … Continue reading The Clintons surprise visit to a literacy program at po-boy shop, laundry about to go big | Ian McNulty | nola.com

Robert Hillary King, Member of the Angola Three: Ending Solitary Confinement

A member of the Angola Three, Robert King will discuss his 29 years in solitary confinement and his work since being released in 2001 to end human rights abuses in American prison and to reform the U.S. justice system. Findings of two new reports on solitary confinement in Louisiana prisons, where incarcerated people are held in solitary at FOUR times the national rate, and how to plug into the Louisiana Stop Solitary Coalition will also be discussed.

Exciting news…. looks like Albert Woodfox, the other surviving member of the Angola Three, may be able to join Mr. King! Albert Woodfox just learned on Wednesday that his book, Solitary: My Story of Transformation and Hope, has just been chosen as a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award!
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Frozen in time: Maya Angelou cooks for Toni Morrison, September 1994 | Food | The Guardian

To honour the author’s Nobel prize for literature, Angelou hosts a feast for 150 in her Winston-Salem home — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/aug/18/frozen-in-time-maya-angelou-cooks-for-toni-morrison Continue reading Frozen in time: Maya Angelou cooks for Toni Morrison, September 1994 | Food | The Guardian

Book Review: Chronicles of a Serial Dater

Chronicles of a Serial Dater is a journey through the good, bad, funny – and steamy – of dating and relationships told through short stories that all end with a tip for the ladies and a tip for the fellas on the lesson(s) learned from each situation. So, buckle up and get ready for the wild ride that is the search for love and lust in the modern dating world. Continue reading Book Review: Chronicles of a Serial Dater