The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.
To stop and end bullying really means setting social norms and sticking to them and making sure there are real consequences for bad behavior. It requires focus and persistence, but change occurs one step at a time.
"Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there." -- Eleanor Roosevelt I just returned from our annual ...
The more I've evolved as a person, the more I've embraced my humanity and know many of my character defects are simply survival skills gone awry. Unbeknownst to me, the more I accepted myself, the tighter I gripped my paintbrushes
In the end, what continues to rise up in the debate -- and what Amazon seemingly continues to ignore -- is the fact that books are different from the myriad other products that Amazon sells.
Every child deserves the mirror experience in literature. But that is not possible unless our libraries, schools, and homes contain diverse books that allow all readers to see their lived experiences and cultural traditions worthy of being in print.
When you take up the cause of the so-called pit bull, you make a lot of charming friends. Particularly fetching is the person on Twitter who calls herself "Eradicate Pits."
I am glad for the disarray of our coffee table. Maybe it's a little raft in a world too full of conventional politics, a raft salvaged from cast off pieces, caught in the currents of a deeper wisdom, a more authentic quest for freedom.
We know, and every study confirms, that strong reading skills are critical to a child's success in school. But kids won't simply take to reading just because they're told to. They need a way in.
Poor children are most vulnerable to decline in reading skills during the summer. Ninety percent of reading achievement loss for disadvantaged youth takes place during the scorching summer months.
We not only read to be entertained but unknowingly used it to work out the anguish we lived with. Books were one of the bright spots in a bleak childhood.
Out of respect for that fear, and the memories I want to enshrine, I tend to leave my childhood books undisturbed on the shelf. But some books can withstand the test of our aging and grow with us, like a second skin.
The common stereotype is that all dads get ties and underwhelming macaroni art for Father's Day, but did you know that Father's Day is one of the biggest book-buying holidays of the year?
This weekend we will celebrate our fathers and the important men in our lives. In their honor I've come up with my list of top ten great reads about great father figures in literature.
The following is Part Three of Galunker, a children's book about a pit bull rescued from a dog-fighting ring. The dog is assumed to be vicious, but is in fact ridiculous and dopey and longing for love.
Using the public library as a metaphor for how I want to live my life, I'm going to try to be more aware of my own deadline even if the date remains unknown. Just as I read library books with more focus and intention because of their due date, I will try to live my life with similar focus and intention because I, too have a due date.
by Katy Simpson Smith
Published on August 26th, 2014
by Stephan Eirik Clark
Published on August 19th, 2014
by Roxane Gay
Published on August 5th, 2014
by Amy Bloom
Published on July 29th, 2014