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Review: Our Color, Our Kind

Note: the following is from North Bay Media Review.com

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Our Color, Our Kind

Luther C. Wallace III

Paperback: 200 pages

Publisher: Authorhouse (August 31, 2005)

Language: English

ISBN: 1420865099

Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.0 x 0.5 inches

 

In 2005, Luther C. Wallace III wrote Our Color, Our Kind in what’s described as ‘ a male bedside reader’. Unfortunately, he will never enjoy the fruits of his labor as he passed away later in the year. However in this posthumous collection of short stories, Mr. Wallace’s deft but insightful storytelling is a pure delight for the readers who will never get to know the real Luther C. Wallace, except through his words.

In Our Color, Our Kind, you witness stories of a couple who through their son’s violent act, are forced to face the hideous fact everything they’ve gain, they might lose in ‘Rage Noir’; ‘Mack Daddy’ is a wonderful change of pace showing  why players get played, a black woman gets an education in “B’FUPY and the Native’, speaking of education, one man learns quite a lot from a lover in “Education Is a Dangerous Thing”, “What’s Wrong with Me?” deals with the addiction that has many people asking the same thing, and “I See the Party Lights” shows us the folly of war and the results of veterans who witness the atrocities of it.

The book takes an extraordinary view into the black experience through objective eyes and Mr. Wallace definitely displayed the skills of a great writer. His literary candor is excellent, his characters riveting. You feel pathos and disgust towards them while at the same time, you feel the pain, the joys and the life of a man or woman in ebony skin goes through on a daily basis.

Our Color, Our Kind is truly a gift from a great man who shares the human condition of this life through well-written tales and our place in it.

 

-Charles L. Chatmon

Author of The Depths of My Soul

and The Voices of South Central

Websites: http://www.charleslchatmon.com, http://www.chatmonsbooks.com

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Heart of Thorns

Note: the following is from North Bay Media Review.com

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Heart of Thorns

Abdullah K. Rahmani

with Carolyn L. Miller

Milligan Books

ISBN: 0976767848

January 2006

 

Imagine going through life as a young boy, witnessing the brutal beatings of a father upon a mother; realizing your deeper fears come true with the caretaker of the house, watching your country invaded by an outside nation, then escaping to a place called America, finally realizing you have a life and a right to live out your destiny as you see fit.

This is the life experience growing up for one Abdullah K. Rahmani’s  Heart of Thorns, as told to the readers by Carolyn L. Miller. In this book, you’ll read about Mr. Rahmani’s years growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan before the Soviet occupation in 1979, during the invasion and after, fleeing to America for safety. Along the way, you’ll read about how Mr. Rahmani grew up, the friends he made, the people that violated his body and mind, and it will shock you to find out who, and feeling his heartfelt love for his family although his father’s violent displays towards his mother and his mother’s denial of affection create a heart of thorns that eventually Abdullah learns to shed, no matter how painful it is.

Upon reading this book, I didn’t quite figure out right away Mr. Rahmani was part of a family of influence in his native country until later. He gives a vivid and graphic detail of the rapes he encountered, the feelings of sadness when he doesn’t feel the love his heart requires from his parents, his fears about the day the Soviet tanks entered Kabul is a emotionally stirring account of what he witnessed on the streets while at the same time, reuniting with his parents and planning their escape; and while the reader may not agree with Mr. Rahmani’s sexual preference, they will come away with the feeling that there are things you can change, and things you cannot. I found this to be a good read and through history lesson. It is amazing that Mr. Rahmani could remember in exact detail all of the bittersweet things that affected his maturing years and uses them as a form of catharsis to heal himself. Heart of Thorns is a benefit into forgiveness and healing each of us can profit from, no matter who or what we are.

 

Charles L. Chatmon

Author of The Depths of My Soul

and The Voices of South Central

Websites: http://www.charleslchatmon.com, http://www.chatmonsbooks.com

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Mildred Harrison: First Black American Woman Imprisoned in Vietnam

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Note: the following comes from North Bay Media Review.com.

Mildred Harrison: First Black American Woman Imprisoned in Vietnam

Vantage Press

ISBN: 0533136288

New York 2002

Imagine if you were locked away in a foreign prison for three days. You share a cell with people you barely know, uncertain when or if you’ll ever see freedom again. Then be dismayed if the people who put you away are from a country which is an ally of the United States.

Sounds impossible to be true? Not for Mildred Harrison. It happened to her and in her book, Mildred Harrison: First Black American Woman Imprisoned in Vietnam, it was very true. Although the book is only 63 pages long, and doesn’t offer the ‘shock’ value of contemporary novels, reading Mrs. Harrison’s story will make you cry, make you weep and provokes anger. The book begins with Mrs. Harrison, an entertainer who desires to perform for the troops stationed in South Vietnam. What she finds is something she had not prepared for. A brief detainment with Vietnamese customs begins a nightmare for Mrs. Harrison which will test her faith and spirit as she holds out hope for her release from prison.

I found this book to be a testament of what happens to normal Americans, even those sent to encourage our boys in uniform, in other countries where there are no rules, no sense of protection and no hope. The reader will discover, as I unfortunately did, of the government’s reaction to Mrs. Harrison’s plight and after all these years, how she coped with her ordeal. Mildred Harrison may not be provocative as modern tell-all books, but this is one book everyone needs to read and learn from.

Mildred Harrison, 2005

 

Charles L. Chatmon

Author of The Depths of My Soul and The Voices of South Central

Websites: http://www.charleslchatmon.com, http://www.chatmonsbooks.com

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Arts in Action Interview, 2010

The following is from Vallejo’s cable station, VCAT. The program is Arts in Action with host Shaaron Fox. In this 2010 interview with Chatmon’s Books co-owner Charles Chatmon, they discuss the creation of the mobile bookstore, the events Charles has participated in, and the books sold. This is also pre-ChatmonsBooks.com. The two interviews are approximately 30 minutes long. If you have time, please take a seat and enjoy.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
 
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