Review: Soul On Ice

Soul On Ice Eldridge Cleaver Remarkable! Eldridge Cleaver shared in his honest, raw, revealing and unapologetic autobiography, a collection of memoirs, essays and vignettes that changed the way I view my experience and society as a whole.  His passion and eloquence made this book very easy to read and hard to put down.  Eldridge is a…

Review: Darwin’s Athletes

Darwin’s Athletes:  How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race John Hoberman Painfully Important I was drawn to this book because I’ve felt for a long time that Blacks, despite the handful of highly-paid professionals, were being exploited in modern sports.  I had to table my critique of those Black athletes who…

Review: Black Bourgeoisie

Black Bourgeoisie E. Frankin Frazier Skillful Analysis Like The Mis-education of the Negro, this book is perhaps more relevant today than when it was first published in 1957.  E. Franklin Frazier’s Black Bourgeoisie skillful dissects the growing black middle-class. Frazier contends that the black bourgeoisie have unconditionally accepted the values, morals, and the standards of…

Review: Between God and Gangsta Rap

Between God and Gangsta Rap Extravagant Rhetoric While I’m one of Michael Jordan’s biggest fans, Dyson’s attempt (in Crossing Over Jordan) to make Jordan a successor of Joe Louis and Jackie Robinson fails because Jordan has never confronted a segregated society or white authority.  This critical dimension of  “Black athletic heroism” is missing.  Jordan’s battles,…

Review: At The Hands of Persons Unknown

At The Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America Phillip Dray This book took me through a wide range of feelings and emotions. There were times when I had to put the book down because I was on the verge of tears after reading some of the detailed and unflinching accounts.. I was…