African American men
Apr 23, 2012 — In his new memoir, Rodney King explains why he gave his famous "Can we get along?" speech when riots erupted after police officers were acquitted in his beating. His lawyers had drafted a far angrier script for him. He also reflects on his life since the trial: "Things have changed for me," he says.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Them: A Novel by Nathan McCall. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Three Days Before the Shooting . . . by Ralph Ellison, John F. Callahan, and Adam Bradley. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 10, 2010 — Celebrated debut author Danielle Evans selects her favorite "outsider fiction" of 2010, choosing the best books that grappled with themes of identity, society and belonging.
Feb 12, 2010 — Valentine's Day is one of the most anticipated and dreaded days of the year, depending on whom you ask. It might be especially poignant for African Americans, who have some of the lowest marriage rates in the U.S. A panel of African-American writers, all of whom have written books about black love and loss, share their theories on what many believe is a disconnect between black men and women.
Mar 31, 2008 — Are black men less likely to seek help for mental illness? Are they even willing to acknowledge that they may have a problem? Journalist and author John Head has seen this problem from the inside. His new book is titled Standing in the Shadows: Understanding and Overcoming Depression in Black Men.
Jan 29, 2008 — "Gentrification" is one of those words that sets some people's teeth on edge. Does it mean improving a neighborhood or displacing longtime residents? Journalist and professor Nathan McCall takes on the topic in novel form and with a novel twist in Them.
Oct 10, 2007 — Since 1990, faithful readers have followed the cases of Easy Rawlins, author Walter Mosley's hard-boiled, Los Angeles detective. His new novel, Blonde Faith, is the 10th book in the Rawlins series — and, Mosley says, the last.
May 22, 2007 — Calvin Baker's latest book, Dominion, is a tale of slavery told using the rhythms and styles of magic realism. He talks to Farai Chideya about his new novel and the sometimes predictable ways we write and think about slavery.
May 2, 2007 — Novelist Eric Jerome Dickey's mix of black romance and intrigue has made him one of the most-read African American writers in the U.S. He talks to Farai Chideya about his latest thriller, Sleeping With Strangers, and how to satisfy readers' expectations and still keep them guessing.