The SUMMER OF READING continues! At Black Men Read we love when people read but you know what we love EVEN MORE??? When people read together!! Grab a buddy and read a classic together. Have a family session with the kiddos where each of you grab a new book and enjoy the fun of reading together. But what do you read? What would be a good book to pick up and read with family and friends? Well that’s where Black Men Read’s Monthly Book Lists come in.
I can’t believe I am actually saying this but we are going to be a non-profit! From our humble beginnings in April of 2017 as just a way for some brothers to vent and learn through literature to somehow rekindling our romance with reading ultimately forming a literacy advocacy organization. Wow! I still can’t believe it.
It seemed like just yesterday we did our first book discussion on Facebook. We learned so much from the book “The Hidden Cost of Being African-American” by Thomas M. Shapiro that we just couldn’t wait to share it. It felt good to discuss something important and useful despite the fact the subject was so infuriating. It was constructive. It was a path to progression. That was the part that was exciting. We weren’t out of the trash bin we call America but we had our feet on the ground and we were ready to start stumbling our way to better.
THE NARRATIVE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
As we move from February to March, we move from the cold of the winter to the promise of a rejuvenating spring. We move ever further away from the history of the past year and plant our feet firmly in to the optimistic future of the new calendar. We also make a unique transition from an ultra focus on Black History to a finer appreciation of Women’s History. Although accidental, our group’s choice of #BookoftheMonth for February and March and my personal reading choice in between seem fitting and inspirational at the same time.
Our #BookoftheMonth for March 2018 is about the life of activist Assata Shakur, a black revolutionary and powerful figure of the Black Power movement in the 60s. Her story, although mostly couched in previous periods of time, still resonate in today’s societal struggles with police brutality, mass incarceration and military style policing.
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I Don’t Know Squat About Black Women…and Other Things Eve Ewing Brought To My Attention
So be honest, Black man. I mean really and truly honest. Do you think you know Black women? I mean do you think you know enough about their passions, their goals, how they feel about Black men? How they feel when they are approached by Black men? How they feel when they get THE perfect hair care product? If you were interviewed, do you think you can give a fair assessment of the psyche of the Black woman? Yeah? So how much? Like 10%? 20%? 95%?!?
If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, you sir are delusional!
Our #BookoftheMonth for February 2018 is going to turn your understanding of Martin Luther King and his theology on its head. “Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community?” by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of those classic pieces written by a great author that not many people quote even years later. King, well-known for his eloquent speeches and enduring leadership, details his criticism and path for reconciliation for the black community, white liberals, federal and local government, black power groups and a host of others. I think we will all be forced to self examine where it is we think our community is headed and what part we are playing in its progress and possibly its decline.
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Our #BookoftheMonth for January 2018 is set to be a page turner. “Electric Arches” by Eve Ewing is getting rave reviews from a variety of sources. I normally don’t pay too much attention to reviews but many book bloggers are saying the same and as you know the social media crowd can sometimes be a bit harsh. I think we will all enjoy what she has to say and I definitely look forward to discussing this one.
I have been asked many times what made you do it? What made you and Lance start BLACK MEN READ? I sometimes struggle to answer the question. You see this thing we are doing didn’t start from a warm and fuzzy happy place like we would love to say it did. It wasn’t because “two brothers with a passion for literature” decided to share their passion with the world. It wasn’t some storybook beginning for two bookworms who met in an HBCU library on the campus of a prestigious institution. It all started from a place of anger, a place of frustration. It’s nothing we are ashamed of or try to hide but we truly wish the start was different.
So how did BLACK MEN READ begin?
Synopsis of “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons”
According to the three people who have seen Kevin Hart and a book in the same room, the answer is clear:
A book is compact. Kevin Hart is compact.
A book has a spine that holds it together. Kevin Hart has a spine that holds him together.
A book has a beginning. Kevin Hart’s life uniquely qualifies him to write this book by also having a beginning.
In his literary debut, Kevin Hart takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today.
And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.