07 31 2014
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Books: The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss—or Life—throws at You

The text reads like a plausible plan for folks ready to take charge of their lives

Self-help gurus offer different paths to enlightenment, and those in need of a little tough love, might like to listen Jim Smith, Jr. Also known as "Mr. Energy," for years Jim has led JIMPACT workshops and delivered inspirational speeches for both Fortune 500 companies and non-profit corporations.


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Books: American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

'The First Lady's lineage as a most-intriguing, multiracial mosaic'

The nation owes a debt of gratitude to Rachel L. Swarns, a reporter for the New York Times since 1995, for donning her investigative journalist cap to dig into Michelle Robinson Obama's past.


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Book Review: 'The Black Chicago Renaissance'

An impressive history lesson and compendium of fascinating information

Since the Harlem Renaissance, New York has been considered the unofficial capital of black America. However, that designation might be undeserving when one reflects upon Chicago's considerable contributions not only culturally, but socially and politically. 


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Reflections Coffee and Books Closes After 17 Years

Many in the community mourn the loss of African-American hub

Reflections/Talking Drum has served as a Black hub and meeting place for a variety of community members in Northeast Portland. Neighbors, community organizers and politicians alike have come to embrace the store as the place of choice to gather and exchange the news of the day.

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Book Review: 'Alas, Peace Be Still,' by Jessica L. Angelique

As riveting and raw an autobiography as you could ever hope to read.

The floodgates opened and, at 39, instead of continuing to minister to lots of lost souls, Jessica devoted the next month to belatedly addressing her depression, her anger and a host of other unresolved issues.


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