Reading Matters

Sex, Race, Music, Creativity

Now this is going to be one very exciting event!

A rapper and two cutting-edge journalists talking about sex, creativity, the black intelligentsia, sports, and the complicated relationships between Barack Obama and Hillary and Bill that has hamstrung our president when it coes to race issues.

At Park Road Books from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, you’ll meet rapper Luther Campbell (The Book of Luke), who’ll talk on the gangster mentality of music companies, the rise of entrepreneurship and the power -- and responsibilities -- of individuals to care for their neighbors, their country and the peopole around them.

You’ll also meet Ron Stodghill of Charlotte, an award-winning journalist and professor at Johnson C. Smith University. His new book, Where Everybody Looks Like Me, chronicles this near-breaking point for black colleges, including the private world of the boards of directors, the black intelligentsia, the leaders of business, law, politics, culture and sports and others involved in the battle to save these institutions.

And, last but far from least, is Joy-Ann Reid, whose new book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide, looks at the reasons behind Obama’s reluctance to dive into racial issues. Reid lives in New York, where she is an MSNBC national correspondent on prime-time programs, including Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Park Road Books is a 3941 Park Road, Park Road Shopping Center. The event is free and open to the public.