Author Archive: Vanessa Bush

Vanessa Bush is a freelance reviewer for Booklist and is a contributor to Chicago Public Radio.

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Minority Report: Stumbling onto First Black Candidate for US President
By February 8, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Minority Report: Stumbling onto First Black Candidate for US President

Nearly a year ago, I was in a public library for a class on online research tools, searching a site for biographies. On a whim I typed in the name George Edwin Taylor. I happened to have the galley of the book, For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, […]

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Minority Report: The Great Migration to The Warmth of Other Suns
By November 1, 2010 3 Comments Read More →

Minority Report: The Great Migration to The Warmth of Other Suns

“This is our story,” a friend declared in a recent email to me and  others. By “our history” she meant the history of African Americans living in northern cities throughout the US whose parents or grandparents had migrated from the South (which is to say the overwhelming majority of us). Her declaration was about Isabel […]

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Minority Report: Disintegrating into Third World America
By September 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Minority Report: Disintegrating into Third World America

The term third world is generally applied to underdeveloped nations, which unfortunately are mostly populated by people with brown skin. So even though Arianna Huffington’s book Third World America: How Our Politicians are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream is about the US economy in general, some readers might not be able […]

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Minority Report: Witnessing the Backlash

Minority Report: Witnessing the Backlash

If I hadn’t read Will Bunch’s The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama, I might have been more mystified by several recent developments. Monday, NBC’s Brian Williams, in an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, asked for a response to charges that the president is not a native-born […]

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Minority Report: "The New Jim Crow;" Sparking a Social Movement?

Minority Report: "The New Jim Crow;" Sparking a Social Movement?

First day on her job as the director of the Racial Justice Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in Northern California,  Michelle Alexander saw a bright yellow poster declaring: “The drug war is the new Jim Crow.” Skeptical, she went on to work. But within ten years she would accept the declaration on that […]

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Minority Report: Writers Grow, So Do Readers

Minority Report: Writers Grow, So Do Readers

I’m not exactly sure when I read Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. It might have been in college as part of a black literature course or after college as “required reading” for any young black person with any level of race consciousness. But I have certainly come to know Ellison more through reading about him, particularly […]

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Minority Report: Remembering the Legendary Lena Horne

Minority Report: Remembering the Legendary Lena Horne

When a person has lived as long as Lena Horne (92 years) and been as famous as she was, it’s hard to imagine there’s much more to add to the volumes of words that have already been written about her. Iconic — absolutely. Stormy Weather, the unauthorized biography by James Gavin, filled in a lot […]

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Minority Report: The Other Wes Moore on Oprah

Minority Report: The Other Wes Moore on Oprah

When a book is about an author’s compelling personal history, nothing brings the book alive as much as actually meeting the author or seeing them in an interview. Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, was a featured guest on a recent installment of The Oprah Show about people with […]

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Minority Report: Remembering Dorothy Height

Minority Report: Remembering Dorothy Height

The news last week of the death of 98-year-old Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, recalled for me the March 22 blog “Black Church Women and Other Ordinary People.” I meant the title to be ironic, still, Height was anything but ordinary. The NCNW, with more than 4 […]

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Minority Report: "Sisters" Cross Paths in Congo

Minority Report: "Sisters" Cross Paths in Congo

Despite the grim subject matter, I smiled when I read A Thousand Sisters: My Journey Into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman, when the author, Lisa Shannon wrote of meeting Alice Walker in the Congo when they were both visiting Women for Women International. Weeks before I’d read Walker’s book, Overcoming Speechlessness: […]

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