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Ilyasah Shabazz Speaks on Her Book Betty Before X About Her Mother Betty Shabazz

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At BookTrib, we are always looking for new opportunities to connect readers and writers. Our latest partnership is with The Mary Sue, a site with “intense passion for… fan trends, social issues, geek fashion and art, innovative gadgets, and beyond.”  This week, The Mary Sue is sharing with our readers an exclusive of Ilyasah Shabaaz speaking on her book Betty Before X. Betty Shabazz (born Betty Dean Sanders) may be known to some as simply the wife of Malcolm X, but to reduce her to that belies a legacy all her own. Much like Coretta Scott King, after the death of her husband, Shabazz worked not only to continue on her husband’s fight, safeguard his legacy from inaccurate portrayals, but also raise their six children.…

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End Black History Month with some great lit-inspired movies

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It is no secret that this Bookish Diva (as well as her fellow members of the Nerd Squad) loves a good book-to-movie adaptation. And with Black History Month coming to a close, what better time to watch some great films highlighting portions of the black experience. But don’t limit them to one month a year—they’re great entertainment anytime. Lady Sings the Blues (1972; R; 144 min) based on Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holliday and William Duffy Glamorous tragedy doggedly followed Billie Holiday, as played by Diana Ross. Not afraid to put the demons that haunted her on display, Lady Sings the Blues captured the triumphs and calamities of one of Black America’s most revered icons.   Cotton Comes…

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Malcolm X’s story retold by his daughter for a new generation

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Decades after the civil rights movement exploded across America, as our country still struggles with the challenges of its seemingly bottomless racial rift, a new novel based on the life of Malcolm X’s young adulthood, written by the daughter of the iconic civil rights leader, is set to hit the bookshelves. The book, X: A Novel (Candlewick Press, 2015), coincides with the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination in New York City on February 21, 1965. As a young boy, Malcolm is told by his parents that he can achieve anything, but life seems to be telling him something else. Malcolm’s father is killed when the boy is just six, and at age 13, he sees his mother taken away…

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Maya Angelou: America’s poet laureate and a voice for the voiceless

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When death took Maya Angelou on Wednesday at the age of 86, it claimed a pioneer, stilled a pen for the ages, and silenced a voice for those who had none. “My mission in life,” Angelou once said, “is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Angelou accomplished that mission through what seemed to be a multitude of lifetimes that included a host of careers and a legion of trials and tribulations. Primarily known as an essayist and a poet, Angelou is perhaps best remembered as the author of the autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and for the recitation of her poem “On…

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