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  • One Person, No Vote

  • How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
  • By: Carol Anderson
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 98
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    5 out of 5 stars 89
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In her New York Times best seller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Arturo Zendejas on 10-22-18

You will never look at Democracy the same.

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Reviewed: 11-14-18

Carol Anderson has done it again. Eyes wide open she walks you through what happened and exactly how the Voting Rights of Millions of Americans were systematically taken away. You can’t read this book and remain in Wonderland. A must READ!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Fragility

  • Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
  • By: Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson - foreword
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,396

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to "bad people" (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent meaningful cross-racial dialogue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but...

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

White fragility is a must read

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Reviewed: 09-12-18

White fragility is a must read for anyone interested in race relations in America. It is both insightful and honest. One of the few books that puts the onus on improving race relations on white people as opposed to what black people must do.

  • How to Kill a City

  • Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood
  • By: Peter Moskowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

The term gentrification has become a buzzword to describe the changes in urban neighborhoods across the country, but we don't realize just how threatening it is. It means more than the arrival of trendy shops, much-maligned hipsters, and expensive lattes. The very future of American cities as vibrant, equitable spaces hangs in the balance. How to Kill a City takes listeners from the kitchen tables of hurting families who can no longer afford their homes to the corporate boardrooms and political backrooms where destructive housing policies are devised.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Snobby Socialist New Yorker Gets Hyperbolic

  • By Marie on 04-12-18

Great read. An inequality Tale.

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Reviewed: 08-02-18

After living through 61 years of Gentrification in Washington DC I thought I had a good grasp of the subject. Gentrification filled in the inner workings and answered the questions I had. It made it all make sense. Kudos to Peter Moskowitz for his thoroughness and peak under the covers. A must read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Racism Without Racists

  • Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America
  • By: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
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    5 out of 5 stars 139

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's acclaimed Racism Without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, there lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for - and ultimately justify - racial inequalities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The nail on the head.

  • By Charles on 02-03-18

The nail on the head.

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Reviewed: 02-03-18

Mr. Bonita-Silva has been able to let the people speak in a way that reveals their beliefs even as their mouths try to say something different. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to truly understand White Supremacy in America and start a meaningful discussion on what we need to do to fix it.

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  • The Color of Money

  • Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap
  • By: Mehrsa Baradaran
  • Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 268
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
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    5 out of 5 stars 240

When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, the black community owned less than one percent of the United States' total wealth. More than 150 years later, that number has barely budged. The Color of Money pursues the persistence of this racial wealth gap by focusing on the generators of wealth in the black community: black banks. The catch-22 of black banking is that the very institutions needed to help communities escape the deep poverty caused by discrimination and segregation inevitably became victims of that same poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both a Bridge and a Battle Cry

  • By Darwin8u on 09-26-17

The Real Story of Black Banks In America

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Reviewed: 01-04-18

This book is very relevant today as we try to have a meaningful discussion in America on Race. We will need an honest historical account to weed through the lies and stereotypes.

  • Defining Moments in Black History

  • Reading Between the Lies
  • By: Dick Gregory
  • Narrated by: James Shippy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,597
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593

With his trademark acerbic wit, incisive humor, and infectious paranoia, one of our foremost comedians and most politically engaged civil rights activists looks back at 100 key events from the complicated history of black America. Defining Moments in Black History is an essential, no-holds-bar history lesson that will provoke, enlighten, and entertain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baba Gregory is an Awesome Teacher

  • By Terrance on 11-01-17

Tell it like it is History

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Reviewed: 12-01-17

Very good book about Black moments in American History. Dick Gregory has had a front row seat to many historic events and shares first hand knowledge seldom told on our History Books. His down to earth style keeps it interesting and his perspective increased my curiosity beyond common knowledge of these events. A Must Read!

  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,732
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,320
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    5 out of 5 stars 3,283

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I recommend this to EVERYONE

  • By Emma Bennett on 12-11-17

What you don't know WILL hurt you.

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Reviewed: 10-29-17

This is an eye opening book about the role and importance of sleep. It not only tells you what but why. Should be required reading for everyone.

  • Democracy in Black

  • How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
  • By: Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

America's great promise of equality has always rung hollow in the ears of African Americans. But today the situation has grown even more dire. From the murders of black youth by the police to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act to the disaster visited upon poor and middle-class black families by the Great Recession, it is clear that black America faces an emergency - at the very moment the election of the first black president has prompted many to believe we've solved America's race problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dysfunctional Mindset of American

  • By Paul T. on 07-09-16

Democracy in Black hits a home run

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Reviewed: 02-23-17

Very insightful book about how the Democracy as practiced in America has affected Black People. Filled with facts and references that tells us where we have been, where we are, and ways to get where we are going. Honesty in a subject usually told in a dishonest manner.

  • Slavery by Another Name

  • The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
  • By: Douglas A. Blackmon
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history - an Age of Neoslavery that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful book!

  • By Kristi R. on 04-08-14

History uncut of the evolution of Slavery.

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Reviewed: 10-16-16

This is a great book. It is a part of history completely rewritten to gloss over inhumanity, greed, blatant disregard for the Constitution of the United States. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in US history.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ghettoside

  • A True Story of Murder in America
  • By: Jill Leovy
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451

Audie Award, Non-Fiction, 2016. On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home--one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read in print, the audio version is horrible.

  • By Sarah on 02-07-15

Ghetto side reveals a hidden America

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Reviewed: 08-18-16

Very well researched and written. True journalism where the author went in to find the answer, not to prove a point. I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about human life.