Nick Flores reviews historian Tricia Starks’ new book, "Cigarettes and Soviets: Smoking in the USSR," which he says provides a window into the Soviet project through the lens of its cigarette industry.
The story of a bet a wealthy businessman made, as well as a slave ship he financed, and the descendants of the Africans brought to Mobile, Alabama, are the focus of a recently released Netflix documentary, “Descendant.” TF board member Jacqueline Luqman explains why the film is worth viewing in her review.
John C. Quicker and Akil S. Batani-Khalfani’s new book, "Before Crips: Fussin’, Cussin’, and Discussin’ among South Los Angeles Juvenile Gangs," exposes mainstream stigmas and half-truths surrounding street groups. It also explores the true history of the South Los Angeles street organizations that predated the Crips and the Bloods. Danny Shaw reviews the book.
"From Here to Equality" is unlike any other book written about U.S. slavery, its impact on the global economy, and what’s owed to the descendants of slaves, writes Timothy Harun in a review.
July 28 marks the 1-year anniversary of the passing of Glen Ford, founding executive editor of Black Agenda Report. Ford invented phrases to help burn the impact of injustice into people's minds. But he made clear in his writings it was not enough to be against injustice. One had to explain it in a way so people would be inspired to organize a movement. TF editor Julie Varughese reviewed "The Black Agenda."
This book is a vital resource that thoroughly details the atrocities U.S. government and military officials knew they were committing—and seemingly got away with—throughout the war on Afghanistan. However, as Patterson Deppen writes in this review, the author failed to address the reasons behind the war.