Black Poetry : Challenge: Read 20 books in '06

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  1. We

    We Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The rules are simple... read 20 books in one year.

    There are no size requirements as a book is a book.


    Challenge begins Jan 1, 2006.

    (Let's use this thread to keep our running total and hold each other accountable for this goal.)

    Who's in?
     
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    Yessssss....... count me in!!
     
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    Hey! I like this one...I can handle it!
     
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    :eek: Okay you can count me in also...
     
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    Good idea Bruah. I'll give it a solid run.

    I'm all in.
     
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    I like this idea, I'm in.
     
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    AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN CLASSICS

    General Histories
    Blassingame, John W. The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South. (1972)
    Franklin, John Hope and Alfred A, Moss. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans. Seventh Edition. (1994)
    Giddings, Paula. When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. (1984)
    Harding, Vincent. There Is A River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America. (1981)
    Rogers, J.A. World's Great Men of Color. Two Volumes. (1947)

    Social and Political Essays
    Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time. (1963)
    Carmichael, Stokely and Charles V. Hamilton. Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America. (1967)
    Cleaver, Eldridge. Soul on Ice. (1968)
    Cooper, Anna Julia. A Voice From the South. (1892)
    Cruse, Harold. The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual. (1967)
    Delany, Martin R. The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States. (1852)
    Dubois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk. (1903)
    Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. (1963)
    Frazier, E. Franklin. Black Bourgeoisie: The Emergence of a New Middle Class in America. (1957)
    Wright, Bruce. Black Robes, White Justice. (1987)
    Padmore, George. Pan-Africanism or Communism? (1960)
    Rodney, Walter. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. (1972)
    Walker, David. Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World, but in particular, and Very Expressly to those of the United States of America (1829)
    Williams, Chancellor. The Destruction of The Black Civilization: Great Issues of A Race From 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. (1974)
    Woodson, Carter G. The Mis-Education of the Negro. (1933)

    Afrocentric Thought
    Ani, Marimba. Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural, Thought, and Behavior. (1994)
    Asante, Molefi K. The Afrocentric Idea (1987)
    Diop, Cheikh A. The African Origins of Civilization: Myth or Reality? (1955)
    James, George G.M. Stolen Legacy. (1954)
    Van Sertima, Ivan. They Came Before Columbus. (1976)

    Autobiographies & Narratives
    Douglass, Frederick. My Bondage and My Freedom. (1855)
    Haley, Alex. Editor. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. (1966)
    Hughes, Langston. I Wonder as I Wander. (1956)
    Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents In The Life of A Slave Girl. (1861)
    Moody, Ann. Coming of Age in Mississippi. (1968)
    Nkrumah, Kwame. Ghana: The Autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah. (1957)
    Washington, Booker T. Up From Slavery. (1901)
    Wells, Ida B. Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida Wells. (1970)
    Wright, Richard. Black Boy. (1945)

    Novels (Fiction)
    Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. (1958)
    Butler, Octiva. Kindred. (1988) Conde, Maryse. The Children of Segu. (1989) Ellison, Ralph. The Invisible Man. (1952)
    Himes, Chester. If He Hollers, Let Him Go. (1945)
    Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. (1937)
    Johnson, James Weldon. The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man. (1913)
    Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon. (1977)
    Mosley, Walter. Black Betty. (1994)
    Walker, Alice. Meridian. (1976)
    Walker, Margaret. Jubilee. (1967)

    Anthologies & Other Works
    King, Martin Luther, Jr. Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. (1958)
    Locke, Alain. Editor. The New Negro. (1925)
    Robinson, Jackie. I Never had It Made. (1972)
    Thurman, Howard. The Luminous Darkness. (1965)
    Toomer, Jean. Cane. (1923)
     
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    Looking for a Book to Read?

    Can´t find a book to read? Here are a few lists that contain African American fiction.

    A Long Way From Home
    A review of the novel "A Long Way From Home" by Connie Briscoe.

    Babylon SisterHOOD
    Another Selection from my Summer Reading List -- A Review of BABYLON SISTERS, by Pearl Cleage

    Bling Bling--A Novel
    A look at the fictional yet all too real world of BLING, by Erica Kennedy.

    DIVAlicious!
    A Review of "Divalicious" by Darrious Hilmon

    ESSENCE Magazine Bestsellers [offsite link]


    Khara´s Amazon.com Listmania [offsite link]
    My general recommendations of African-American fiction, divided into four categories: African-American classics, African-American Contemporary Fiction, African-American Chick-Lit and light reading, and African-American children´s books.

    Million Dollar Scheming . . .
    From my summer reading list -- a review of the book THE MILLION DOLLAR DIVORCE by RM Johnson.

    No "Accidental" Diva
    A review of the book, "The Accidental Diva," by Tia Williams

    Plain Brown Wrapper, but Juicy Content!
    Nothing plain about this book! A review of PLAIN BROWN WRAPPER by Karen Grigsby Gates.

    Professor's Daughter Doesn't Like Being
    Book Review -- "The Professor´s Daughter" by Emily Raboteau

    ROADRUNNER, come home!
    Book Review, ROADRUNNER, by African American novelist Trisha R. Thomas

    Still LOVE this Game?
    A review of the novel HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE by Rita Ewing and Crystal McCrary Anthony.

    Such a Girl, Such a Novel!
    A review of the novel SUCH A GIRL, by Karen Siplin.

    Tales of Naughtiness: Reading Gotham's Diary
    I've FINALLY read GOTHAM DIARIES! (And these Gotham folks have much more interesting things to write about in their Diaries than I do!)

    The Adventures of Curtis Black
    Curtis Black, the TRIFLING minister in Kimberla Lawson Roby's books THE BEST-KEPT SECRET and TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING, is a man that you will love to hate!

    The Wedding
    A review of "The Wedding" by Dorothy West.

    Want to be a Diva? Join the Club!
    From my personal Diva Season -- a black chick lit selection, DIVAS, INC, by Donna Hill.

    What's a Comso Girl to do?
    A review of the book, "Cosmopolitan Girls," by Charlotte Burley and Lyah Beth Leflore

    Who Loves Noire?
    A review of the novel A LOVE NOIRE by Erica Simone Turnipseed.

    Why I still Love SULA.
    My review/perspective of the novel SULA by Toni Morrison.

    Would Who Lie to Whom?
    More from novelist Trisha Thomas -- a review of WOULD I LIE TO YOU? by Trisha R. Thomas.
     
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    Okay, so.. books... a book is a book, right? Are we all aiming to read 20 Black books, or will any ole 20 books do? Cause I can probably knock out all 20 within a few weeks.... Either way.. count me in...
     
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