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Lots of people say being around toddlers is fun. They talk for hours, love to play and explore and like to think they’re big kids. However, the night Emira Tucker babysat 2-year-old Briar Chamberlain was no fun at all. Emira started her day like any other. She went to work and later attended a best...
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Library books often take interesting journeys—people to people, place to place. Ever wonder wonder how many hands have touched the books we check out and how many stories the books have been a part of, aside from those that are held within their pages? This year, the New York Public Library turned 125 years old....
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Every October, it seems love and relationships begin to underscore everything. The start of cuffing season begins and suddenly engagement ring commercials, complex flash mob proposals, and holiday themed romantic comedies increase exponentially during the months-long ramp up to Valentine’s Day. With all that, one might be hard pressed to find many works of fiction...
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I learned of her death while driving through Bed Stuy.  I saw the first tribute flash across my phone during a quick Instagram scroll at a red light. I recall immediately knowing it was true, that the inevitable had happened.  I considered letting out a guttural scream, but my daughter was in the backseat, and I...
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Langston Hughes once said, “But this is the mountain standing in the way of any true Negro art in America–this urge within the race toward whiteness, the desire to pour racial individuality into the mold of American standardization, and to be as little Negro and as much American as possible.” As I walked into A...
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When I learned Michelle Obama had written a memoir, I was excited and asked my mom to buy the book for me. Of course, my mom said “yes” and downloaded it. I took no time getting settled in and dived straight into the life story of one of my role models.  Mrs. Obama wrote about...
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The name of this book is “Who Was Anne Frank?” The author of this book is Ann Abramson. Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929. She loved her home. Everything was good until one day a man named Adolf Hitler came. Hitler was born in 1889. He wanted to become an artist but he...
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The name of my book is “Counting on Katherine.” The author of my book is Melanie Becker. This book is about Katherine Johnson. She was a mathematician, she was among the first Black women in NASA and she saved Apollo 13. She had to face many problems because she was Black and men didn’t think...
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Celestial and Roy would be what social media users refer to as #relationshipgoals. Much like most of those relationships depicted on social media, Celestial and Roy’s relationship is multi-layered. Author Tayari Jones peels back these layers slowly and methodically. When a devastating tragedy hits in their first year of marriage, the newlyweds are forced to...
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Now that we’re well into 2018 and most of us have forgotten our resolutions or are recommitting (kudos, overachievers!), one resolution that takes minimal effort other than visiting a bookstore or your internet browser is reading more books. In these trying times of a turbulent presidency, overwhelming exposure to Black trauma and a rising number...
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