Book Review – Educated

How can a reader measure a book that shares a slice of someone’s life? Does he focus on the story itself or the delivery of the written word? I’d argue a successful book can’t thrive without both working together like fingers on a hand. Tara Westover’s “Education” succeeds in giving the reader a compelling story…

Book Review – Heavy

Why would a reader be interested in a Southern black man talking through his problems with his Mom? “Heavy: An American Memoir” by Kiese Laymon takes the reader on a journey as he unravels to her important experiences growing up that was lied about, denied, and/or omitted.

Book Review – Becoming

“Becoming,” by Michelle Obama, is her journey growing up in the South Side of Chicago in arguably a model black family household: married parents, an athletically inclined brother and sharp minded young Obama. As the story evolves, Obama peeled back her tough exterior to show moments of feeling “Not good enough” navigating Princeton and then…

Rewind. Replay. Relax.

Whaddup Peeps? A week or so ago I had the opportunity to be on Poets in Pajamas, a Reading Series, hosted by Sundress Publications, that connects readers and writers around the world. What happened? About 20 minutes of poetry from #TheBluesCryForARevolution and 10 minutes of questions and answers. Between all of that, the comments were…

Ra’s Village Is Still Needed

Hey Peeps, If you’re reading this blog post you’re one of the few people who are subscribed exclusively to rashaunjallen.com. I consider you all my first and oldest writing supporters. This blog has existed, evolved, and at sometimes stalled since 2015, but with 50 posts in its a site to behold. And guess what, I…

My Pop-Up Shop Is Open

  Peeps, I was ready, willing, and able to go to The Book House of Stuyvesant and Arts Letters & Numbers in Albany, NY two weeks ago and The Bronx Book Fair this coming May. But unfortunately all three events were postponed. And it sucks. Why? Not because I’m not able to sell books and share…

Thank You!!!

  “Thank You!” Between the video and acknowledgments section of The Blues Cry For A Revolution there’s always more room to give props. Why? There are countless family, frat, and friends who poured into me. Whether it was opening y’all homes for me during my return to the states or freeing up an ear or…