Lifestyles

Celebrating This Week in Black History

May 20, 2021

May 20, 1961 – U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy dispatches U.S. Marshals to Montgomery, Ala., to restore order in the “Freedom Rider” disturbance. May 21, 1833 – African Americans enroll for the first time at Oberlin College, Ohio. May 22, 1921 – Shuffle Along, a musical featuring a score by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle,… [Read More]

“Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own” by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

May 13, 2021

c.2020, Crown $27.00/$36.00 Canada 239 pages Did you see that? Sure you did. You couldn’t miss it, actually, because you can spot hatred, discrimination, and bad trouble a mile away. You know when something’s wrong and you saw it; saw it coming, in fact, and you weren’t alone. In “Begin Again” by Eddie S. Glaude,… [Read More]

Music lessons by beSound offered on all instruments for all people, given by fun, credentialed, and experienced people

May 13, 2021

beSound is a community of professional performers and educators who make learning a musical instrument inspiring and fun. Our instructors enjoy the art of teaching as much as they enjoy playing music and will custom design a learning plan that is based on your goals and aspirations. Lessons and coaching are offered at all levels… [Read More]

Beulah Jackson’s Banana Pudding Recipe

May 6, 2021

“Try this recipe and you will never use (jello) pudding mix ever again.” -Lynda Jackson-Conyers Yield: 8-10 servings 2/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour Dash of salt 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 2 1/2 cups milk 4 large eggs, separated 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 (12-ounce) package vanilla wafers 6 large bananas 1/3… [Read More]

“Dear Black Girl: Letters from Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power” by Tamara Winfrey Harris

May 6, 2021

c.2021, Barrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. $16.95 / $22.95 Canada 185 pages There’s some mail for you. And it’s not the e-variety, either; it was brought by a human, carried down the street and left at your home. It’s in an envelope with a stamp, and the good news is that it isn’t a bill. It’s a… [Read More]

“The Jigsaw Man: A Novel” by Nadine Matheson

April 29, 2021

c.2021, Hanover Square Press $27.99 / $34.99 Canad 496 pages Finders Keepers. It’s all yours now, that cool, unique, surprise thing that suddenly turned up and you laid claim to it. What once was lost is yours now. Finders keepers, except, as in the new novel “The Jigsaw Man” by Nadine Matheson, what’s found is… [Read More]

How to stop discarded face masks from polluting the planet

April 22, 2021

By: Laura Parker Personal protective equipment is made of plastic and isn’t recyclable. Now it’s being found everywhere on earth, including the oceans. The solution isn’t complicated: Throw them away. Earth Day has revealed a new problem this year, according to National Geographic Magazine: discarded face masks are multiplying at an alarming rate, clogging landfills,… [Read More]

“We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy” by Natalie Baszile

April 22, 2021

c.2021, Amistad $29.99 / $36.99 Canada 368 pages One little hole in the ground. That’s all it takes, as big around as your little finger, a pencil eraser, a coffee stirrer. A tiny fissure in the Earth, that’s what you need to grow dinner next week or next winter, flowers for your table, sustenance for… [Read More]

The History of Our First African American Mayors

April 15, 2021

By Tann vom Hove, Senior Fellow, City Mayors Research* Black Americans have become instrumental in US local government December 2020: It is thought that America’s first elected black mayors were Pierre Caliste Landry from Donaldsonville in southern Louisiana and Stephen Swails from Kingstree, South Carolina. Both men were elected in 1868, the year the 14th… [Read More]

“Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid” by Mikaila Ulmer

April 15, 2021

c.2020, G.P. Putnam $17.99 / higher in Canada 240 pages Sometimes, a thousand ideas buzz around in your head. You’re creative, and you like to invent things and come up with fun ideas. That might make you famous someday, and it might make you rich. And in “Bee Fearless” by Mikaila Ulmer, you’ll see how… [Read More]