>Many of you have already heard about the news that Karibu books in the Baltimore-D.C. area is closing. If you haven’t, here’s the link to the store site, with a letter about the closing:
http://www.karibubooks.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp

And here are the articles:
Baltimore Sun: Readers say goodbye to a friend
Washington Post: Karibu Bookstores to Close Doors in DC Area
Publishers Weekly: Karibu Books to Close

With all the Black bookstore closings and the troubling news about the economy, it seems like a good time for someone to pull together a proposal to do a history of the contemporary Black bookstores in this country. And talk about what they brought/bring to the community and why they succeed or falter.

The Root
Henry Louis Gates and The Washington Post launched a new online magazine called The Root today. I didn’t have much time to spend on the site, but I did like Kim McLarin’s essay about Michelle Obama. She writes that it is Mrs. Obama who makes her (McLarin) really like the Senator – since he chose a sister who is one of us. One of those brown-skinned girls, “reglar” but not ordinary.

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