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Chocolate Thoughts: Short Stories
Oct 2001
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A National Bestseller Consistently Rated One of the Nation’s Best African-American Books Chocolate Thoughts is a compilation of over 55 short stories, essays and poems from the hearts and minds of Black men. It provides a refreshing look at the psychological, social, political and economic views that are often held by Black men but not expressed to the general public.
An ESSENCE Bestseller, Chocolate Thoughts provides candid insight and uncompromising truth about how Black men truly feel about themselves, relationships, family, sex, marriage, work, careers, religion, love, money, racism, music, violence and sports. It uniquely captures the commonality of Black men irrespective of their socio-economic background or educational attainment.
No Black man will read "I Won’t Bow Down," "Reflections on My Relationship with Love," "Black Men" or "Time Bomb" and not recognize the Black man that he has been, currently is, or has known during his life. Every Black woman after reading "Whose Fault Is It," "Chocolate Thoughts and Almond Questions," "Unfulfilled Desires" and "You Can Get All The Shoes You Want" is guaranteed to gain a deeper understanding of the Black men in her life or missing from her life irrespective of whether or not that Black man is her son, boyfriend, lover, husband, brother, cousin, uncle, friend or significant other.
Being Black can definitely give the reader a connection to Chocolate Thoughts, but anyone irrespective of race or gender will find these writings to be thought-provoking, intimate, captivating, powerful, titillating and engaging.

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Sin in Soul's Kitchen
Jun 2001
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A sexy, psychological thriller that explores why men and women commit sinister crimes of passion, do the most hateful things in the name of love, and cook up schemes to punish one another when sweet romance turns sour.
Groomed for “the good life” by his affluent family, Thaddeus Carmichael has a new MBA and a new outlook. Unfortunately, Thad is also embroiled in a power struggle with his girlfriend, the ever-fabulous Chelsea Fuller. Thad insists that living happily ever after is a state of mind, and he questions the state of Chelsea’s mind. As time goes on, their relationship is seasoned with deceit, betrayal, and obsession—ingredients for a bitter existence. Bad things happen to good people who wrestle with destiny, so Thad’s pursuit of his passion over his fate with Chelsea is a recipe for disaster. With pulsating dialogue and funky backdrops, Sin in Soul’s Kitchen is a voyage into literary sensuality and suspense. It’s full of high drama and vibrates with cultural ambiance, sexy encounters, riveting twists, and a shocking ending that will satisfy readers looking to get lost in a world of intrigue, intimacy, and insanity.

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The Blacker the Berry
Feb 2001
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One of the most widely read and controversial works of the Harlem Renaissance, The Blacker the Berry…was the first novel to openly explore prejudice within the Black community. This pioneering novel found a way beyond the bondage of Blackness in American life to a new meaning in truth and beauty.
Emma Lou Brown’s dark complexion is a source of sorrow and humiliation — not only to herself, but to her lighter-skinned family and friends and to the white community of Boise, Idaho, her home-town. As a young woman, Emma travels to New York’s Harlem, hoping to find a safe haven in the Black Mecca of the 1920s. Wallace Thurman re-creates this legendary time and place in rich detail, describing Emma’s visits to nightclubs and dance halls and house-rent parties, her sex life and her catastrophic love affairs, her dreams and her disillusions — and the momentous decision she makes in order to survive.
A lost classic of Black American literature, The Blacker the Berry…is a compelling portrait of the destructive depth of racial bias in this country. A new introduction by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, author of The Sweeter the Juice, highlights the timelessness of the issues of race and skin color in America.

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Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora
Jan 2001
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This volume introduces black science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction writers to the generations of readers who have not had the chance to explore the scope and diversity among African-American writers.
Speculative fiction, fantasy, and science fiction are assumed to be the genres of alternative thought; however, too often these realms of imagination reflect only the Occidental vision and culture. Now an important new anthology, the first of its kind, explodes such preconceptions with more than a century of fantastic fiction by preeminent and emerging authors of the African diaspora, including recipients of literature's most prestigious awards.

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