Rose's Bookshelf

Viola Davis' Finding Me

  06/30/2022

I have admired Viola Davis from her hit TV series How to Get Away with Murder to her award-winning role as Rose in August Wilson's Fences on both Broadway and on the screen. From her first Oscar for eight minutes of acting in Doubt, to her critically-accla...

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Basking in The Warmth of Other Suns

  02/17/2022

In 1925, Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and Culture (ASNLC), and in February 1926, the first Negro History Week was observed. By 1970, it had broadened to Black History Month. For years, I directed and even toured my...

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A Testament of Will

  01/21/2022

When Will, the autobiography of Will Smith made its debut in November 2021, it was an instant bestseller. Copies were flying off the shelves in bookstores, and like the top-ranking box office actor, the man himself, Will was breaking records and driving th...

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Interview with Author B. Berry

  12/08/2021

1 .Good morning, Miss Berry! Please introduce yourself and tell us what you do. Good day! My Name is B. Berry and I write mysteries. I love writing murder mysteries in particular. It may see odd to some, to be so intrigued with murder but I always say: I...

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Interview with Author Joyce A. Brown

  11/19/2021

This week marked the launch of My Soul Cries Out, a stunning mystery that addresses domestic violence and the power of the spirit to demand justice. I met the author, Joyce A. Brown in college, and we have stayed connected over the years, sharing family st...

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Passing the Time with The Vanishing Half

  11/18/2021

The blockbuster novel of 2020 had to be Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Act, the story of separated twins from the 1950s through the 1990s. Named “Best Book of 2020” by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, Glamour, People and N...

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Saving Ruby King, A Story of Secrets

  07/15/2021

When the pandemic began, I started recommending a book a week online. I’m now on book number sixty-five, so I’m proud of my contribution to the cause of saving people from boredom who are stuck at home. What this process has forced me to do is gear up my o...

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Read, Unburied, Read!

  06/03/2021

WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEA A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from...

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Terry McMillan, the Voice of Sisterhood

  05/06/2021

Terry McMillan has become a household name. Since the publication of her first book, Mama, in 1987, followed by Disappearing Acts in 1989, McMillan has been the voice of Black women reading. It was in the 80s that Oprah's Book Club premiered inspiring the...

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The Color Purple: the Book, the Movie, the Play!

  02/25/2021

Most people have seen the movie, The Color Purple, released in 1986, but they’ve never read the book. This is the movie that sparked the careers of Oprah Winfrey and Whoopie Goldberg as actors, rather than talk show host and comedian. The casting and actin...

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