The 10 Best Black Books of 2013 (Non-Fiction)

book 6001. "(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race"
Edited by Yaba Blay, Ph.D. with photography by Noelle Theard

2. "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities"
by Craig Steven Wilder

AfricanAmericans51Xr5tDorfL3. "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants"
by Malcolm Gladwell

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Are you willing to stop fattening up pigs this Christmas?

LucyShaw-160Dear Readers:

This week, I want to write a letter to YOU! After all, it is Christmas.

Last week, I had the privilege of hearing my 13-year-old grandson, Asa, and three of his peers "preach" at his church. It was the annual children's celebration. Each year, young people entering or coming through puberty are selected to deliver sermonettes. They are helped and coached by committed adult church leaders in the preparation and delivery of the "Word."

The theme this year was PEACE.

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We are earning more money, but where is it?

CharlesSimsJr-160Since the 1960s, household-income growth for African Americans has outpaced that of whites. Median adjusted household income for African Americans is now 59.2 percent that of whites, up slightly from 55.3 percent in 1967 (though in dollar terms the gap has widened).

But those gains haven't led to any narrowing of the wealth gap between the races. In fact, after adjusting for inflation, the median net worth for African-American households in 2011 ($6,446) was lower than it was in 1984 ($7,150), while white households' net worth was almost 11 percent higher. High-earning married African-American households have, on average, less wealth than low-earning married white households.

Exactly why income gains haven't translated into wealth gains for African Americans is something of a puzzle. Researchers have identified several possible factors – less intergenerational inheritance, higher unemployment and lower incomes, differing rates and patterns of homeownership, marriage and college education – without reaching any consensus on their relative importance. There is little understanding of why the black-white wealth gap exists, despite an almost embarrassing number of potential explanations."

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‘The Young and Restless’ Angell

angell 600Angell Conwell was born in Orangeburg, S. Car. on August 2, 1983, but raised in nearby Columbia. At 17, she made her big screen debut in the gritty, John Singleton drama "Baby Boy" opposite Tyrese, Taraji P. Henson and Snoop Dogg.

She followed that outing with well-received supporting roles in such feature films as "The Wash," "Soul Plane" and "24 Hour Love." More recently, Angell enjoyed a starring role on the TV-One hit series "Family Time" with Omar Gooding, as well as a recurring role as Kevin Hart's ex-wife on the hit BET series "Real Husbands of Hollywood."

Her TV credits include guest starring roles on such shows as "NYPD Blue," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Moesha," "That's So Raven" and "3rd Rock from the Sun." She has also appeared in the music videos "Batter Up" and "Ride Wit Me" and Usher's "Confessions."

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anchorman2 600For movies opening Dec. 20, 2013


"American Hustle" (R for sexuality, pervasive profanity and brief violence) David O. Russell wrote and directed this crime drama about a couple of con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) forced by an overzealous FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to infiltrate a New Jersey underworld inhabited by mobsters protected by a crooked, big city mayor (Jeremy Renner). Support cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K. and Michael Pena.

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