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Gladys Knight On Muhammad Ali

In her autobiography, Gladys Knight spoke of her admiration for Muhammad Ali. She said she admired him so much she gave her son the middle name “Ali” in his honor.

“Ali came from one of our favorite people- and one of the world’s too- Muhammad Ali, who has the heart and spirit of a child. I’d known Ali for years and had even been lucky enough to see him fight once in a match with Larry Holmes, which Ali lost, and I always felt it was my fault because we sang the national anthem that night and I was hoping it would bring him luck.

The great fighter lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and we often visited him. Or I should say, our children took us to visit him. He’d spend hours entertaining us with his elaborate magic shows. He’d entertain us with tapes of his old fights, giving us his running commentary until he’d get tired and just curl up in the middle of the floor and go to sleep. We didn’t know it then, but he was already exhibiting the early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, which would slow his body, but not his agile mind, considerably over the years.” -From, “Between Each Line of Pain and Glory” By: Gladys Knight

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Compositions In Black and White“Composition In Black and White:  The Life of Philippa Schuyler”  By: Kathryn Talalay

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Dreams Of Africa In Alabama

“Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought To America” By: Sylviane A. Diouf

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Black Manhattan James Weldon Johnson
“Black Manhattan” By: James Weldon Johnson

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Instagram Power“Instagram Power: Build Your Brand and Reach More Customers With the Power of Pictures”  By Jason G. Miles

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Original Gangstas Ben Westhoff“Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap” By: Ben Westhoff

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The Lean Start Up“The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation To Create Radically Successful Businesses” By: Eric Ries

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Beverly Johnson On Samba Music

Beverly JohnsonIn her autobiography, Beverly Johnson discusses falling in love with samba music during her month-and-a-half photo soot on Brazil: “We shot a variety of photo layouts during the six weeks in Brazil, but I also managed to fit in samba classes every day. I fell in love with samba, a distinctive kind of music with African roots that really took off at the beginning of the twentieth century in Rio de Janeiro. That music was strongly influenced by the immigrant population from the Brazilian state of Bahia, and it later inspired the dance that shares its name. Learning it brought me a great deal of joy.”

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Michael Jackson Book“Michael Jackson” By: J. Randy Taraborrelli

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around-the-way-girl-taraji-henson“Around The Way Girl: A Memoir” By: Taraji Henson

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