Sunday, January 31, 2010

I'll Fly Away -- Navajo Lyrics

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives

The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives

Carmen Teresa Whalen (Editor), Víctor Vazquez-Hernandez (Editor) 

  • Paperback: 306 pages

  • Publisher: Temple University Press (August 30, 2005)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1592134130

  • ISBN-13: 978-1592134137

  • Here's the blurb:

    Puerto Ricans have a long history of migrating to and building communities in various parts of the United States in search of a better life. From their arrival in Hawai'i in 1900 to the post-World War II era—during which communities flourished throughout the Midwest and New England—the Puerto Rican diaspora has been growing steadily. In fact, the 2000 census shows that almost as many Puerto Ricans live in the United States as in Puerto Rico itself.
    The contributors to this volume provide an overview of the Puerto Rican experience in America, delving into particular aspects of colonization and citizenship, migration and community building. Each chapter bridges the historical past with contemporary issues. Throughout the text, personal narratives and photographs bring these histories to life, while grappling with underlying causes and critical issues such as racism and employment that shape Puerto Rican life in America.

    Friday, January 29, 2010

    Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry

    Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry Camille T. Dungy University of Georgia Press, 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0820334316
    • ISBN-13: 978-0820334318
    Here's the blurb:
    "Black Nature" is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets, a genre that until now has not commonly been counted as one in which African American poets have participated.

    Black poets have a long tradition of incorporating treatments of the natural world into their work, but it is often read as political, historical, or protest poetry--anything but nature poetry. This is particularly true when the definition of what constitutes nature writing is limited to work about the pastoral or the wild.
    Camille T. Dungy has selected 180 poems from 93 poets that provide unique perspectives on American social and literary history to broaden our concept of nature poetry and African American poetics. This collection features major writers such as Phillis Wheatley, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden, Wanda Coleman, Natasha Trethewey, and Melvin B. Tolson as well as newer talents such as Douglas Kearney, Major Jackson, and Janice Harrington. Included are poets writing out of slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century African American poetic movements.
    "Black Nature" brings to the fore a neglected and vital means of considering poetry by African Americans and nature-related poetry as a whole.

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    Love Lockdown

    Love Lockdown

    by Mia Edwards
    St. Martin's Griffin, 2010.
    246 p. ; 21 cm.

    • Paperback: 256 pages
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (January 5, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0312369107
    • ISBN-13: 978-0312369101

    Here's the blurb:

    Tiffany has vowed to get revenge on her half-sister and her boyfriend for killing her father Shon and her long-time lover Saliq. But first, Tiffany has to stay low until the dust settles. Tired of being slept on and disrespected, she meets Rasheeda, one of her father’s former associates, who is also one of the baddest women in the streets. Rasheeda not only runs an elite escort service and a hot nightclub on the Virginia Beach strip, but she’s also one of the major cocaine distributors in the Mid-Atlantic. Rasheeda takes Tiffany under her wing and introduces her to the side of the game that Shon had never revealed to his daughter.
    Soon Tiffany reconnects with more of her father’s former associates, settles old debts and rebuilds her father’s drug reign in Virginia. Her reach soon spreads to Charlotte and Memphis. But Tiffany won’t be happy until she finds Kanika and Tyrell. There are people who are willing to help Tiffany seek the just revenge that she’s been craving for years.

    Kanika and Tyrell's love is put to the ultimate test when payback comes knocking, in this seductive novel from the author of "Ghetto Princess."

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010


    by Kermit Lopez

  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (August 3, 2007)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 059543567X

  • ISBN-13: 978-0595435678

    For years, Antonio Baca lived the wandering and restless life of a Cibolero, or buffalo hunter, following the great herds that roamed the endless Llano Estacado-the high plains of a region that would one day be New Mexico. After marrying and settling down, Baca has finally found a modicum of peace in the home he built for his growing family.
    But Baca witnesses the transformation of Nuevo Mexico from an isolated colonial outpost of the Spanish empire to a province of the newly independent nation of Mexico and, finally, to a land conquered by the avariciousamericanos. Following the United States's seizure of New Mexico, Antonio and his countrymen find themselves treated as foreigners and second-class citizens in their own land.
    When his daughter, Elena, is kidnapped by a band of invading Texas Rangers after the American Civil War, Baca desperately tracks them across the llano of New Mexico and into Texas using his skills as a Cibolero. Terrified for his daughter's safety, he plunges into the world of the gringos, and discovers just how much the americanos have changed his homeland. But as the days pass without any sign of Elena, Baca fears for her life-and his own.


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    Monday, January 25, 2010

    The Blue Orchard

    The Blue Orchard
    by Jackson Taylor

    • Paperback: 416 pages
    • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (January 12, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1416592946
    • ISBN-13: 978-1416592945

    Here's the blurb:

    The Blue Orchard is a portrait of an indomitable woman, determined to build a better life for herself and her son in the face of crushing losses.

    Saturday, January 23, 2010

    Hasta la Vista, Lola!

    Hasta la Vista, Lola!
    by Misa Ramirez
    Minotaur Books (February 2, 2010)
    ISBN-10: 0312384033
    ISBN-13: 978-0312384036

    Here's the blurb:
    When Lola comes home to her parents’ house to find a horde of relatives mourning her death, no one is more surprised than she is. The news had reported that one Lola Cruz, PI was found murdered in an alley, causing great alarm in the Cruz family. Before Lola can say “boo,” a cop comes to the house. It turns out the dead woman had a driver’s license with Lola’s information. Between avoiding an unsavory ex-boyfriend, sorting out mixed signals from the very interested but not yet committed Jack Callaghan, and filling in as a waitress at her parents’ Mexican restaurant, Lola tries to find out who the woman was and why she stole her identity. Was the woman hiding from someone who meant her harm, or is there someone out there who wants Lola dead?

    This follow-up to Ramirez’s debut novel, Living the Vida Lola, is a red-hot, fun-filled mystery. Lola, a black belt in kung fu who loves to salsa dance, makes for a sexy, unique, and vivacious detective.

    About the author
    Misa Ramirez is the author of the Lola Cruz mystery series: Living the Vida Lola (January ’09) and Hasta la Vista, Lola! (2010) from St. Martin’s Press Minotaur. A former middle and high school teacher, and current CEO and CFO for La Familia Ramirez, this blonde-haired, green-eyed, proud to be Latina-by-Marriage girl loves following Lola on her many adventures. Whether it’s contemplating belly button piercings or visiting nudist resorts, she’s always up for the challenge. Misa is hard at work on a new women’s fiction novel, is published in Woman’s World Magazine and Romance Writers Report, and has a children’s book published.

    Visit her web sites: 

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    His Perfect Match

    His Perfect Match (Kimani Romance) (Mass Market Paperback)

    By Elaine Overton

    • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Kimani (December 1, 2009)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0373861435
    • ISBN-13: 978-0373861439

    Here's the blurb:

    Eight years ago, Elizabeth Donovan made the biggest mistake of her life. She left Darius North standing at the altar. Her dependable, rock-steady high-school sweetheart was her first—and only—lover. Now someone close to her is in desperate need…and Darius is the only one who can save him.But the man Liz finds on a far-off, exotic island is burning with revenge. Darius has never forgiven her for her cruel betrayal—or for the desire she still arouses in him. With passion reigniting, Darius demands something from her: the honeymoon they never had. Forced to accept his devil's bargain, Liz vows to surrender her body but never her heart. Not even when Darius discovers the secret she's been hiding all these years….

    About the Author

    Elaine Overton currently resides in the Detroit area with her son. She attended a local business college before entering the military, and serving in the Gulf War.She is an administrative assistant, currently working for an automotive industry supplier and is an active member of Romance Writers of America.

    Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    Very Last First Time

    Very Last First Time.
    Jan Andrews. (1998).  
    Aladdin (PIC/RF – All ages).

    • Reading level: Ages 4-8
    • Hardcover: 32 pages
    • Publisher: Groundwood Books (January 31, 2003)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 088899043X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0888990433

    Here's the blurb:
    Very Last First Time by children's author, Jan Andrews, offers an interesting perspective on a traditional Inuit food gathering technique told through the eyes of contemporary Inuit child. Eva Padlyat lives in an Inuit village on the shores of Ungava Bay in northern Quebec. This modern village continues a traditional practice of collecting mussels from the sea bed. On a bright winter day, Eva and her mother go out to the shore and wait until the tide is out. Then Eva's mother walks along the frozen sea until she locates an excellent spot for making a hole in the ice. Far below the receding tide has pulled the sea water away and there is room for an adult or child to walk beneath the ice on the sea floor. This is the first time that Eva will make the walk alone. She enters the hole with some apprehension but the lighted candle reveals a wonderful world beneath the ice. Eva collects enough mussels for her family and in her efforts to make her way out she stumbles. Out goes the light and Eva panics. She manages to overcome her fear and relights the candle, successfully making her way to the entry hole. Here her mother welcomes her efforts. Eva is pleased and dances her joy. Eva realizes her personal achievement and announces to her mother that this is her-- “very last first time-- collecting mussels. The final illustration shows Eva at the dinner table enjoying a steaming plate of mussels. The delightful illustrations capture the wondrous sight Eva sees while she walks along the sea bed. This is an excellent story about the courage of a young girl who attempts something for the first time. All readers can identify with the character and at the same time learn about contemporary Inuit and the properties of water. A great science and Native Studies book for primary students.

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    Pink and Say

    Pink and Say
    by Patricia Polacco

    • Reading level: Ages 4-8
    • Hardcover: 48 pages
    • Publisher: Philomel (September 15, 1994)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0399226710
    • ASIN: B002ZNJXJ4

    Here's a bit of the blurb from her website:

    Pink and Say highlights the brief but intimate friendship of two young boys, Pinkus Aylee (Pink) and Sheldon Curtis (Say), during the Civil War. When wounded attempting to escape his unit, Say is rescued by Pink, who carries him back to his Georgia home where he and his family were slaves. While the frightened soldier is nursed back to health under the care of Pink’s mother, Moe Moe Bay, he begins to understand why his new found friend is so adamant on returning to the war; to fight against "the sickness" that is slavery.

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Antisemitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism, and Classism

    Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Antisemitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism, and Classism

    Maurianne Adams (Editor), Warren J. Blumenfeld (Editor), Carmelita (Rosie) Castañeda (Editor), Heather W. Hackman (Editor), Madeline L. Peters (Editor), Ximena Zúñiga (Editor)

    Paperback: 496 pages

    • Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (August 2000)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0415926343
    • ISBN-13: 978-0415926348

    Here's the blurb:

    The first reader to cover the scope of oppressions in America, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice covers six thematic issues: racism, sexism, Anti-Semitism, heterosexism, classism and ableism. The Reader contains a mix of short personal and theoretical essays as well as entries designed to challenge students to take action to end oppressive behavior and to affirm diversity and racial justice. Each thematic section is broken down into three divisions: Contexts; Personal Voices; and Next Steps and Action. The selections include over 90 essays from some of the foremost names in the field-bell hooks, Cornel West, Michael Omi, Iris Marion Young, Gloria Anzaldua, Michelle Fine, Gloria Steinem, Richard Rodriguez, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Michael Kimmel, Patricia Hill Collins and many other distinguished scholars.

    Saturday, January 16, 2010

    An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President

    An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President
    by Randall Robinson

    • Hardcover: 304 pages
    • Publisher: Basic Civitas (June 25, 2007)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0465070507
    • ISBN-13: 978-0465070503

    Here's the blurb:

    On February 29th, 2004 the democratically elected president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was forced to leave his country. The twice elected President was kidnapped, along with his Haitian-American wife, American soldiers and flown, against his will, to the isolated Central African Republic. Although the American government has denied ousting Aristide it was clear that the Haitian people's most recent attempt at self-determination had not been crushed by Haitian paramilitaries as Washington claimed.
    In An Unbroken Agony, bestselling author and social justice advocate Randall Robinson explores the heroic and tragic history of Haiti. He traces the history of a people forced across the Atlantic in chains; recounting their spectacularly successful slave revolt against France and the two hundred years of reprisals that would follow. The fate of Aristide's presidency is tied to this people's century-long quest for self-determination and his removal from power exposes the apartheid-like forces that frustrate these aspirations even today.
    Robinson majestically chronicles the convulsive history of this island nation—from Columbus's arrival to the fearlessness of the slave revolutionaries who defeated the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1804, wresting from France the most valuable colony of any European power anywhere in the world; from the ideals of the young republic, to the foreign backed dictators who corrupted those ideals, culminating in the American led operation removing from power Haiti's first democratically elected president and his entire government in 2004.
    Robinson captures the pride and courage of the Haitian people in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. With his passionate prose, Robinson brings alive the powerful memory of the Haitian revolution in the souls of ordinary citizens and shows the boundless desire of all Haitians to chart their own destiny—free of foreign interference.

    Here's an excerpt

    About the author:
    Randall Robinson is the author of the bestsellers The Debt, The Reckoning, andDefending the Spirit. He is also founder and past president of TransAfrica, the African-American organization he established to promote enlightened, constructive U.S. policies toward Africa and the Caribbean. In 1984, Robinson established the Free South Africa Movement and in 1994, his public advocacy, including a 27-day hunger strike, led to the UN multinational operation that restored Haiti’s first democratically elected government to power. Mr. Robinson lives with his wife and daughter in St. Kitts.

    Here's the official Web site of Randall Robinson, author of An Unbroken Agony, The Reckoning, and The Debt. 

    Friday, January 15, 2010

    Sweet Hereafter

    Sweet Hereafter
    by Angela Johnson

    • Reading level: Young Adult
    • Hardcover: 128 pages
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (January 5, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0689873859
    • ISBN-13: 978-0689873850

    Here's the blurb:

    Coretta Scott King Award-winner Angela Johnson concludes her Heaven trilogy with a poignant tale of discovering where—and with whom—you belong.

    About the Author

    Angela Johnson is the author of the Coretta Scott King Honor picture book When I Am Old with You; as well as A Sweet Smell of Roses, illustrated by Eric Velasquez; Just Like Josh Gibson, illustrated by Beth Peck; and I Dream of Trains, which was also illustrated by Loren Long. She has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels Heaven, Toning the Sweep, and The First Part Last. Her latest novel,Sweet, Hereafter, completed the Heaven trilogy. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio.

    Wednesday, January 13, 2010


    by Tracy Brown

    • Paperback: 368 pages
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (January 5, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0312555210
    • ISBN-13: 978-0312555214

    Here's the blurb:

    As the pampered wife of Frankie Bingham, Camille wants for nothing. After all Frankie and their life together are her whole world. So Camille tries not to be bothered by his closeness with his coworker and dear friend Gillian. But it soon becomes clear that Camille’s suspicions are correct. When his indiscretions become a public matter for the world Camille is pushed to a dangerous breaking point that spells disaster for them all.

    Camille's sister Misa is newly divorced and clueless about men. She smothers men with phone calls, emails and pops up unannounced at their homes. She hacks into their voicemail and email and causes drama. So when she sets her sights on Baron, he has no idea what hit him. Will her quest to win his heart cost her everything?

    Dominique Storms appears to have it all - a great career, a beautiful NYC condo and a gifted teenaged daughter. Her only problem is that the man she loves is incarcerated. While trying to juggle the demands of motherhood, work, and friendships, she manages to make her man Jamel a priority in her life. But is he doing the same? And is she too distracted to notice what is going on with her daughter?

    Latoya Blake seems to be the one who has life all figured out, that is, until some skeletons are discovered in her closet. When her well-put-together façade crumbles, will she crumble as well?

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Begin Again in 2010

    I'm starting over again, working on being more active on the internet. I haven't been here often, but that's going to change. MVmedia will have been in existence for two years this May, and although it's a labor of love the milestone is still significant. I have two books under my belt, Meji Book One and Two. This year's goal is to get both books up and running on Amazon and B&N online before the summer. My third book, Changa's Safari - Volume I, is due by May, but we'll see. The goal is a book per year, but this year I'm trying to push out three. I know it's ambitious but I'm an ambitious person. Anyway, I'll visit from time to time to share thoughts, information and opinions on creating and dispersing Sword and Soul in the ATL. The word is getting out; I've been invited to speak at a local elementary school during Black History Month. Slow and steady wins the race.

    Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight In Heaven

    Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight In Heaven
    Alexie, Sherman. 
    New York: Harperperennial. (RF - YA)

    • Paperback: 272 pages
    • Publisher: Grove Press (February 8, 2005)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0802141676
    • ISBN-13: 978-0802141675

    Here's the blurb:

    Here's his bio:
    Sherman J. Alexie, Jr., was born in October 1966. A Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, he grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA, about 50 miles northwest of Spokane, WA. Approximately 1,100 Spokane Tribal members live there. For the rest of the bio, check here Alexie's most recent publications are Flight, released in April 2007 by Grove / Atlantic, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, his first young adult novel, published in September 2007 by Little, Brown. Little, Brown will release his second young adult novel, Radioactive Love Song, in April 2009, and Hanging Loose Press will release a new collection of his poems in early 2009.He lives in Seattle, WA, with his wife and two sons.

    Saturday, January 9, 2010

    Tender to His Touch

    Tender to His Touch (Kimani Romance) (Mass Market Paperback)

    by Adrianne Byrd

    • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Kimani (December 1, 2009)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0373861419
    • ISBN-13: 978-0373861415

    Here's the blurb:

    Hollington Homecoming Queen Beverly Turner is pulling out all the stops for her ten-year reunion. The trendy designer's first order of business is to let loose and have some fun. And her wish just might come true when she meets Lucius Gray. The hunky, high-powered Atlanta attorney is looking for the same thing she is: a sexy fling with no strings.Lucius needs a time-out from his workaholic life, and the chic, sensual designer more than fits the bill. Like Beverly, the single father has been burned by love. But Beverly is arousing feelings that are making him long to turn their sizzling affair into a lifetime of passion. If she'll let him, he'll give her the happy ending she deserves and prove to this unforgettable woman that there is life—and love—after college….

    Friday, January 8, 2010

    Shelter by Tohoshinki/DBSK

    Full Circle

    Full Circle
    by Ayana Ellis

    • Paperback: 288 pages
    • Publisher: Urban Books; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1601622589
    • ISBN-13: 978-1601622587

    Here's the blurb:
    Told with comedic rawness and colorful sarcasm, Ellis's second novel is an epic story of love, loss, pain, and forgiveness that shines a spotlight on the painful reality of domestic abuse.

    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Heard it all before

    Heard it all before
    by Michele Grant

    • Paperback: 320 pages
    • Publisher: Dafina; Original edition (January 1, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0758242190
    • ISBN-13: 978-0758242198

    Here's the blurb:

    • Accustomed to living the high life in Dallas, everything Jewellen Capwell knows about the hood comes from the movies. So when she agrees to accompany her best friend Renee to a Southside ball game, her only concern is keeping her cool around the peeps. She's not there to ogle men like Renee, but the moment Jewel lays eyes on Roman Montgomery, she begins to wonder just what she's been missing. When it comes to men, Jewel's heard it all before, but suddenly it seems like Rome's working from a whole new script. . .
      Renee Nightingale loves to fall in love. Right now, she's got her sights set on landing a rock from her current main squeeze, Gregory. She's not getting any younger, and she sure isn't going to reach thirty still single. And to ensure no one plays her, she's always got a game going on. So when temptation comes calling in the form of a fine, young man with a chiseled physique, she can't resist--and why should she? What Gregory doesn't know, can't hurt them--or so she thinks. 

    Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    Sweet Deception

    Sweet Deception
    by Rochelle Alers

    • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Kimani (December 1, 2009)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0373861400
    • ISBN-13: 978-0373861408

    Here's the blurb:

    Law professor Myles Eaton knows a lot can happen in ten years. A decade ago, Philadelphia's finest bachelor was a hotshot attorney engaged to a woman he swore he'd love forever—until she left him to marry a powerful politician. The only thing more difficult than forgiving her has been forgetting the searing heat they shared. And just when Myles is sure he's over her, Zabrina Cooper arrives back in his life.
    Nothing could stop Zabrina from loving Myles, not even when she was blackmailed into becoming wife—in name only—to another man. And as her secrets are revealed, Zabrina has one summer to convince Myles that beyond their incredible chemistry is a soul-deep bond that never faded.

    About the Author
    Rochelle Alers is the two-time Gold Pen Award winning author of more than twenty-six acclaimed novels and short stories. She lives in Freeport, New York. Visit her website at

    Tuesday, January 5, 2010

    Earth Daughter: Alicia of Acoma Pueblo

    Earth Daughter: Alicia of Acoma Pueblo . 
    Ancona, George. (1995)
    (Photo essay/NF – All ages)

    • Reading level: Ages 9-12
    • Hardcover: 40 pages
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st edition (October 1, 1995)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0689803222
    • ISBN-13: 978-0689803222

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