Assata by Assata Shakur is a phenomenal memoir, in which Assata recounts her years as an active member of the Black Panther Party. In May of 1973 she was present at a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike, in which a white state trooper lost his life. She was then incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence as an accomplice to murder. The book gives the reader a sense of what growing up black in the 60s and 70s was like, while also critiquing activism and revolutionary groups of the time. Two years after her conviction, Assata escaped from prison and currently resides in Cuba where she was granted political asylum.  Assata’s resilience throughout all that she endures is truly inspiring and makes this an autobiography worth reading.     

One of the greatest works of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude is easily Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ s most renowned novel.  Taking place in the mythical town of Macondo, the reader experiences love and lust, the variety of life, riches and poverty, and the search for peace and truth.  Marquez’s storytelling is distinct and captivating, seamlessly weaving politics, spirituality, and culture together. There is no better book to fully immerse yourself in and become enraptured with.

Congressman Jamie Raskin on “The Takeout” in Takoma

Congressman Jamie Raskin on “The Takeout” in Takoma

Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin joined CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett at Busboys and Poets in Takoma to talk about impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, his role on the House Judiciary Committee and whistleblowers on this week’s episode of “The Takeout.” Air Date: Nov 15, 2019 Watch: https://www.cbs.com/shows/the-takeout/video/e2CSBYC8B5kwVVvapreFLu4MUNLRZl3_/maryland-congressman-jamie-raskin-on-the-takeout-11-15-19/

Books We Recommend

Books We Recommend

If your New Years resolution is to read more, you may want to add these two to your list!

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The Ward 8 World’s Greatest Sweet Potato Pie Contest

The Ward 8 World’s Greatest Sweet Potato Pie Contest at Busboys and Poets Anacostia encourages Ward 8 residents to share their amazing baking skills and tasty treats with the community and Busboys and Poets tribe. Each entrant will receive a $50 Busboys and Poets Giftcard 10 Semi-finalists will receive a $100 Cash Prize  5 Finalists will receive a $250 Cash Prize The grand prize winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and … Continued