Policing Black Men
Cops, politicians, and ordinary people are afraid of black men. The result is the Chokehold: laws and practices that treat every African American man like a thug. In this explosive new book, an African American former federal prosecutor shows that the system is working exactly the way it’s supposed to. Black men are always under watch, and police violence is widespread—all with the support of judges and politicians.
In his no-holds-barred style, Butler, whose scholarship has been featured on 60 Minutes, uses new data to demonstrate that white men commit the majority of violent crime in the United States. For example, a white woman is ten times more likely to be raped by a white male acquaintance than be the victim of a violent crime perpetrated by a Black man. Butler also frankly discusses the problem of Black on Black violence and how to keep communities safer—without relying as much on police.
CHOKEHOLD powerfully demonstrates why current efforts to reform law enforcement will not create lasting change. Butler’s controversial recommendations about how to crash the system, and when it’s better for a Black man to plead guilty—even if he’s innocent—are sure to be game-changers in the national debate about policing, criminal justice, and race relations.
Lauded American singer Lizz Wright’s latest project, GRACE, reveals the web of deep running roots of story and song that bind together the vastly diverse traditions that are the soul of the American South. Wright summons her Southern heritage and the spirit of the earth to usher us into a nurturing space that pulses and hums with the unspoken suggestion that grace is a cornerstone of our original state of being.
Produced by acclaimed singer and songwriter Joe Henry, GRACE is a stark reflection of Wright’s sense of place and belonging that’s deeply woven into the cultural fabric of America.
PRETTY BOY BLUE
Monica M. Pickett
From playing house as a child to her first kiss as a teenager, Nikki Blue knew that she was different from other girls. One day her slice of the American dream would include a white picket fence and a wife. While her family life is in upheaval and her loved ones battle around her, Nikki’s struggles escalate as her childhood innocence is stolen and she is uprooted over and over again. Despite her father’s abandonment and her mother’s denial, Nikki is determined to discover her truest self.
She stumbles through adolescence with the visage of a debutante and the attitude of a cocksure college boy. To escape being bullied in school, Nikki finds solace in the Washington, D.C., gay and lesbian club scene. Flamboyant gay men and drag queens teach her the nuances of being fierce. Through one-night stands with older women who understand her body, but not her heart, she masters the game of sex without strings. By the time Nikki adjusts to college, accepted by the skin of her teeth, she embraces her identity and is thrown into life in the fast lane. But Nikki is still flailing, and with encouragement from her stepfather, enlists in the army.
Just as Nikki finally has a plan for her future, everything is thrown into question when she meets Katrice Carrington, the one woman who can convince her to settle down. The stability Nikki craved as a child is at her fingertips . . . until she volunteers to go to war. Even if Nikki survives, can their relationship?