Justice Failed by:Alton Logan
Justice Failed is the story of Alton Logan, an African-American man who served twenty-six years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Shamefully, such false imprisonment isn’t uncommon in America, but what makes this case extraordinary is that his innocence was made known to the attorneys of the true murderer within one month of Logan’s imprisonment.

Written in collaboration with veteran journalist Berl Falbaum,Justice Failed explores the sharp divide that exists between common sense morality―an innocent man should be free―and the rigid ethics of the law which superseded that morality. The actual murderer admitted his guilt to his lawyers, but they, bound by the absolutism of client-attorney privilege, did not take action to free an innocent man. According to ethic codes, they could not. Instead, they signed an affidavit proclaiming Alton Logan’s innocence, and in a move that belongs in a thriller, one of them locked the document in a strong box and kept it beneath his bed, in case they were someday able to assist Logan. It wasn’t until after the true murderer’s death in 2007 that the lawyers came forward with the information that eventually set Logan free.

Throughout, interviews and probing legal exploration give way to Alton Logan himself as he tells his own story; from his childhood in Chicago to the strength required to maintain his innocence while incarcerated, to the devastating impact that the loss of a quarter century has had on his life―he entered prison at 28 years of age, and was released at 55. His story is painful and infuriating, but Justice Failed is not meant to shock, nor is it a plea for pity. Logan and Falbaum lay out the facts, and answer the question “How could this happen?” Very easily, it seems. Through telling his story, Alton Logan and Berl Falbaum seek to change that.
Release: 10/10/17
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Run For It by:Marcelo D’Salete
Run For It ― a stunning graphic novel by internationally acclaimed illustrator Marcelo d’Salete ― is one of the first literary and artistic efforts to face up to Brazil’s hidden history of slavery. Originally published in Brazil ― where it was nominated for three of the country’s most prestigious comics awards ― Run For It has received rave reviews worldwide, including, in the U.S., The Huffington Post. These intense tales offer a tragic and gripping portrait of one of history’s darkest corners. It’s hard to look away.
Release: 10/10/17
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Chuck D. Presents This Day in Rap and Hip Hop History by:Chuck D
A comprehensive, chronological survey of rap and hip hop from 1973 to the present by Chuck D, arguably the most influential rapper in the world.

In the more than 40 years since the days of DJ Kool Herc and “Rapper’s Delight,” hip hip and rap have become a billion-dollar worldwide phenomenon. Yet there is no definitive history of the genre-until now.

Based on Chuck’s long-running show on Rapstation.com, this massive compendium details the most iconic moments and influential songs in the genre’s recorded history, from Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin'” to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to Kendrick Lamar’s ground-breaking verse on “Control.” Also included are key events in hip hop history, from Grandmaster Flash’s first scratch through Tupac’s holographic appearance at Coachella.

Throughout, Chuck offers his insider’s perspective on the chart toppers and show stoppers as he lived it. Illustrating the pages are more than 100 portraits from the talented artists of mADurgency, an artist collective specializing in hip hop.
Release: 10/10/17
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Soar!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up by:T.D. Jakes
If you long to maximize your unique abilities and aptitudes, if you strive to combine personal fulfillment with professional satisfaction, if you dream of creating exceptional goods and offering transformative services for others, then you are ready to SOAR.

Many of us aren’t designed for the nine-to-five grind that stifles our souls and flattens the tires of where we hoped to go with our lives. Others have settled for what they had to become due to massive responsibility. Both sit on the runway of opportunity with the engine of passion stalled, watching others escalate into the orbit of their dreams and build legacy for their children.

In SOAR! TAKING YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL PASSION TO THE NEXT LEVEL, T.D. Jakes-iconic communicator, entertainment impresario, and master entrepreneur-reveals how to transform the latent dreams within each of us into the reality of our unique contribution to the world. Blending the practical business acumen of a successful, global CEO with the dynamic inspiration of a life coach, SOAR! provides the tools needed to ignite our imaginations into action. Bridging both the corporate and non-profit worlds, SOAR! challenges us to embrace our divine purpose as we align our character and creativity with our careers. SOAR! is the perfect flight plan for launching the entrepreneurial drive inside each of us. So buckle your seatbelts and prepare for lift off-you have been cleared to fly beyond your fears, to absolutely SOAR!
Release: 10/10/17
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Welcome to My World by:Curtis Bunn
From Essence bestselling author Curtis Bunn comes a moving novel about a down and out corporate executive whose unexpected encounter with a stranger inspires her to reinvent her life.

Brenda Harris, a former corporate executive in Atlanta, has endured two years of personal tragedies and professional disappointments, and believes the world owes her a break.

One day, she encounters a homeless man who encourages her to look at life differently. She regularly sees this man at one of her daily stops. But she does not realize that he has been closely observing her and, despite his mental illness, is able to forge a deep connection with her in ways that both surprise and inspire her.

She realizes there is a whole world out there for her to experience, and Rodney Bridges, the homeless man, helps her begin her journey of self-discovery by challenging her on their daily walks. The path is difficult, but her time with Rodney opens her up to a new world, a world she had dismissed when she lost her job, her husband left her, and her dear sister died.

Part of her journey moves her to help Rodney. Through meaningful conversation and dedication, she is able to penetrate the emotional wall Rodney built after his own tragic circumstances sent him onto the streets. They become an unlikely duo—encouraging each other to overcome each of their own obstacles…and slowly a new world emerges.

A moving and powerful story about how inspiration can be found in the unlikeliest places, Welcome to My World also reaffirms that the simplest things in life—a conversation with a stranger—can lead to life-changing results.
Release: 10/17/17
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The Diamond Empire by:K’Wan
#1 Essence bestselling author K’Wan returns with the next explosive, hard-hitting follow-up novel to the street love story Diamonds and Pearl.

It’s about to be an all-out war. While an ambitious rival has taken over Diamonds’s crew, Diamonds lies in wait in exile, carefully planning his next move to comeback and reclaim his position as king of the streets of New York for good. But when an unexpected enemy from the past one-ups Diamonds and beats him at his own game, Diamonds needs to dig deep into his bag of tricks—and make an unlikely alliance—in order to climb back to the top.

After opening her heart to Diamonds and then having him disappear, Pearl lives her days in a very dark place. But when her father’s empire is toppled and a gaping power vacuum needs to be filled, Pearl is drawn into the very life her father so desperately wanted to shield her from. Pearl needs to fight tooth and nail to become queen of her father’s kingdom, as Diamonds claws his way back to Pearl.
Release: 10/10/17
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Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas by:Michael Hurd
At a time when “Friday night lights” shone only on white high school football games, African American teams across Texas burned up the gridiron on Wednesday and Thursday nights. The segregated high schools in the Prairie View Interscholastic League (the African American counterpart of the University Interscholastic League, which excluded black schools from membership until 1967) created an exciting brand of football that produced hundreds of outstanding players, many of whom became college All-Americans, All-Pros, and Pro Football Hall of Famers, including NFL greats such as “Mean” Joe Green (Temple Dunbar), Otis Taylor (Houston Worthing), Dick “Night Train” Lane (Austin Anderson), Ken Houston (Lufkin Dunbar), and Bubba Smith (Beaumont Charlton-Pollard).

Thursday Night Lights tells the inspiring, largely unknown story of African American high school football in Texas. Drawing on interviews, newspaper stories, and memorabilia, Michael Hurd introduces the players, coaches, schools, and towns where African Americans built powerhouse football programs under the PVIL leadership. He covers fifty years (1920–1970) of high school football history, including championship seasons and legendary rivalries such as the annual Turkey Day Classic game between Houston schools Jack Yates and Phillis Wheatley, which drew standing-room-only crowds of up to 40,000, making it the largest prep sports event in postwar America. In telling this story, Hurd explains why the PVIL was necessary, traces its development, and shows how football offered a potent source of pride and ambition in the black community, helping black kids succeed both athletically and educationally in a racist society.
Release: 10/11/17
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Fatally Flawless by:Saleem Robert
Fatally Flawless is a gritty urban drama set in West Philadelphia during the late 1990’s where drugs, sex, money and materialism were all in abundance. This fast-paced story revolves around the lives of three beautiful seniors at Overbrook High School and the individual men in their lives. This all plays out in an era when European-made cars and designer clothes not only defined a generation, but also their social status. Despite each being from totally different backgrounds, Mya, Takia and Raven come together in united sisterhood to form a unique friendship. Their bond gets tested to its limit by the allure of the streets and handsome young hustlers with enough money to make their wildest dreams come true.

Their dreams quickly turn into nightmares as each girl is consumed by the cold-hearted Philadelphia streets, where many often meet their demise. The game they’re playing must be mastered, as it will take every ounce of street smarts and will to survive. The girls find themselves used as pawns in the game their bloodthirsty, money-hungry boyfriends have them wrapped up in: an inescapable web of lust, fast money and shopping sprees.

Friendships are torn apart by betrayal and greed as federal agents watch and close in. In the end, will true love be saved? Who will be the last girl standing?
Release: 10/11/17
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I Broke My Rules For Love: Amir’s Dilemma (I’ll Do Almost Anything For You: A Birmingham Bromance Book 3) by:Lore
Maxwell Thornton is a man who readers loves to hate. While he can be stubborn,selfish, egotistical and a bit dramatic at times, he’s still a man with feelings. He’s learning the hard way that you never really miss a good thing until it walks out of your life with one of your best friends.

Amir did the unthinkable and walked out of Maxwell’s life with his best friend, Cantrell. While Cantrell brings him temporary companionship, he’s still not happy. Amir loves one man and one man only. In the process of teaching Maxwell a lesson, Amir learns a couple of huge lessons himself. He learned, love can’t be bought and love goes deeper than good sex.

Cantrell is a nympho and an opportunist who will mooch off of anyone who will fall for his tricks. He charmed Amir into thinking he actually loved him, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. He loved the millions of dollars he has in his bank account. After a short time in Miami, Cantrell’s true colors started to shine through and he didn’t attempt to mask them.

Broke My Rules For Love is a tale about two men from different worlds. They literally had to go through trial and error to realize true love doesn’t have rules.
Release: 10/11/17
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