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The Vampire Who Drinks Gospel Music: The Stories of Sacred Flow and Sacred Song By Peter J. Harris
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From darkened movie houses filled with enthusiastic narrators, to the Washington, D.C., campus of Howard University, to covens illuminated by masterful art and hidden in plain sight off the coast of... More > Georgia and outside Ile Ife in West Africa, Sechaba, the Vampire Who Drinks Gospel Music, is haunted by the footsteps of his nemesis, the fearless anthropologist Candace Stallings, whose mission is to rid the world of her enemy’s blasphemous hunger for African American sacred music. Death. Rebirth. History. Ceremony. All unfolding to a swirling, soulful soundtrack of powerful music! Will Sechaba ever learn to Shake and Finger Pop? What mixtape can Candace play to stop the vampire whose blood is spiked with the majesty of sacred flow and sacred song? Peter J. Harris weaves five interlocking stories with the eloquence of a poet, the joyfulness of Richard Pryor schooling Dracula on a midnight stroll, and reminds us why an inspired Terry McMillan included the title story in her seminal anthology Breaking Ice.< Less
The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My 'Unalienable Right' By Peter J. Harris
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A jazzy journal, an unprecedented meditation, that ranges in scope from Thomas Jefferson's era to the Digital Age, seeking to answer the simple, provocative question: What is a happy Black man?... More > Harris explores his journey from childhood in Southeast D.C. to adulthood as a nationally published writer, educator, and respected cultural worker in LA. In powerful, poetic essays, Harris navigates the labyrinth of his life as son, father, stepfather, and grandfather; as lover; apprentice to wiser big brothers; as straight man crafting brotherhood with his gay Homeboy; as an orphan finding affirmation after his father’s death; even as survivor and symbol of deep healing that blossomed from the agonizing work of confronting, surviving, and transcending his youngest daughter’s rape by her Black step father.< Less