If we pay attention at all to black music beyond the latest Wacka Flaka flame ditty and which
model Kanye West is dating, most of us know that June is when we celebrate black music. But June isn’t just about hot songs and the artists and producers who created them. Indeed, June also is Caribbean-American Heritage Month
, the time of the year when we recognize the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. Spearheaded by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank The Institute of Caribbean Studies, Caribbean-American Heritage Month, now in its sixth year, is feted with a film, food and comedy festival, legislative conferences, and tributes to Caribbean-Americans who’ve made their mark in American culture, like author Malcolm Gladwell (Jamaica) and actresses Sheryl Lee Ralph (Jamaica) and Cicely Tyson (Nevis). This week, the editors at NorthParan.com celebrate by highlighting books by and about people from across the Caribbean diaspora. We encourage lovers of the written word to glom into these brilliant works!
A haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua. A classic coming-of-age story in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Kincaid's novel focuses on a universal, tragic, and often comic theme: the loss of childhood.
Carey McCullough is haunted by a recurring dream and a damaged past. But the more he tries to forget, the more uprooted he feels. Then, while in Jamaica, he crosses paths with a radiant woman who attracts him like a flame.
In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life.
Features candid and intimate photographs of all of the musicians, artists and producers who brought the reggae sound to the international stage, including Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Toots Hibbert, Burning Spear, Jacob Miller, Third World, Lee Scratch Perry and, of course, Bob Marley.
A controversial figure in the history of race relations around the world, Marcus Garvey amazed his enemies as much as he dazzled his admirers. This anthology contains some of his most noted writings and speeches, including Declaration of the Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World and Africa for the Africans.
Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica. He knew the rough life of the streets. He overcame a barely average start at school. Then he joined the Army. The rest is history Vietnam, the Pentagon, Panama, Desert Storm but a history that until now has been known only on the surface. Here, for the first time, Colin Powell himself tells us how it happened, in a memoir distinguished by a heartfelt love of country and family, warm good humor, and a soldier’s directness.
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