New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, NYPL President Dr. Anthony Marx, and other distinguished panelists for a discussion of Ann Petry’s masterful novel “The Street”, the newest Gracie Book Club selection. Moderated by Schomburg Director … Read More
I would like to share some of the inspiring and educational videos I have, recently, had the opportunity to view: MALCOLM GLADWELL’s discussion of the foundations for success in “Outliers” has helped me to understand the processes leading to achievement. SELWYN … Read More
For decades, Laurence Holder has been showing and strengthening his mettle with words on a page, working in the arena of character, meaning, and emotion, going inside history’s twists and turns. Sugar Ray, Laurence’s latest effort, which was on view Memorial … Read More
“Many men wanted to lay me down, but few wanted to pick me up.” —Eartha Kitt The tantalizing tease…the seductive strut…the bewitching come-hither look…the low, raspy voice…and of course, her signature purr-r-r-r-r. That was, unmistakably, the indomitable Eartha Kitt. An … Read More
Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has found a new passion: penning mystery novels. He joins his hero, author Walter Mosley, for a conversation about the art of writing mystery. KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion. … Read More
In his memoir Writing My Wrongs, Shaka Senghor chronicles child abuse, violence, depression, and life in the streets as a drug dealer, which led him to a murder conviction and behind bars. His 19-year sentence, seven of which was spent in … Read More
Your work fascinates me, Laurence, because it is so strong in history. It brings what was into now, but that history is not always appreciated.
“Your reading is dead on, Barbara. The reason why I’m interested in African American history is because our tales are not told. I was just talking on the phone with a friend and we were amazed that Prince and Michael Jackson coexisted at the same time, doing all of the fantastic music and creating music at the same time. Our artistry and our stories are always being separated out.”
In this groundbreaking work, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, Annette Gordon-Reed teams up with America’s leading Jefferson scholar, Peter S. Onuf, to analyze Thomas Jefferson’s vision of himself, the American Revolution, Christianity, slavery, and race.