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Brace yourself Black America ‘cuz your books will never look the same

This week, I am very excited to tell you about an upcoming and unique program that will take the written word to a whole new level. Within the coming weeks, a new online, book review show will begin airing right here at, and if you think it’s going to be some boring, traditional program where two old dudes with pipes sit by a fireside and chat about War and Peace, then you are definitely in for a shock.

The Book Look is an engaging and fast-paced video segment that tackles the latest in books and book news relevant to our community. The weekly program is hosted by beautiful book-lover and 2011 Miss Black America-Baltimore, Alexandra Morton. It also features original music by talented and Atlanta-based artist/producer, Zion Birdsong.

With its music, humor and entertainment value, The Book Look is unlike any other show on the Web and remember, episodes will be available exclusively on NewsOne!  So get ready to look at books in a whole different light. As a teaser, I’ve included the show’s 30-second opening here:

Make sure you check out the weekly book review below, courtesy of AALBC. I’ll leave you this week with Five Notable Books from Oprah’s Book Club by African American Authors.

Keep those pages turning,


Book Review of the Week

This week’s review from (the African American Literature Book Club) is The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding by Sarah Burns. The Central Park Five is the riveting story of the five African-American teens who were falsely convicted of the high-profile 1989 rape of a white, female jogger in New York’s Central Park.

Five Notable Books from Oprah’s Book Club by African Americans

1)   The Measure of a Man Sydney Portier

2) The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison

3) What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day Pearl Cleage

4)   Cane         River Lalita Tademy

5)   A Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines

Charisse Carney-Nunes is the award-winning author of the children’s books, I Am Barack Obama, I Dream For You A World, and Nappy. She is the founder of new media publishing company, Brand Nu Words and a senior vice president of the Jamestown Project, a think tank focusing on democracy.


Major African-American Book Events For Summer 2011