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WHY BLACK MEN LOVE WHITE WOMEN

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WHY BLACK MEN LOVE WHITE WOMEN is the title of the first book launched under the Karen Hunter Publishing imprint of Simon and Schuster. You know Karen Hunter. Go-to collaborator. Coauthor of CONFESSIONS OF A VIDEO VIXEN and most recently, coauthor of Terry McMillan's ex-husband's novel, BALANCING ACT (yes McMillan called Karen out for being a part of that publishing drama, but later apologized for placing so much blame on Hunter).

Anyway, after racking up a ton of bestsellers as a coauthor and collaborator, Hunter decided to start publishing her own books.

I had the opportunity to talk with her about her new venture and she says it is her hope that the books she will publish will be entertaining, enlightening, and controversial.

This brings us back to WHY BLACK MEN LOVE WHITE WOMEN, which was originally self-published by the author Rajen Persaud. Hunter was clear that folks, particularly black women, will be surprised by the book and that we shouldn't let the title discourage us from checking it out.I don't have the book as of yet, still waiting on my review copy. But I did read this excerpt, which I invite you to do. I was impressed to see Persaud offer a historical context. So I may add this to the reading list after all. Here's more info about the book from the publisher's website:

Challenging every one of our preconceptions about mixed-race relationships, Rajen Persaud's commentary lights up a topic that has only deepened in intensity and relevance in the decades since Sidney Poitier asked the world "Guess who's coming to dinner?" The answers, so deeply ingrained in our fabric as a nation and even grounded in our past, force us to look at ourselves and our culture with new eyes while pondering matters of

CELEBRITY: From Michael Jordan to Bryant Gumbel to Tiger Woods, high-profile affairs and marriages with no shortage of controversy.

SEX: Are black men choosing white women -- or rejecting black women?

RACE: How white male insecurity is the key to understanding racism.

RELATIONSHIPS: Is it more than love that brings the races together?

POLITICS: How fear is used to gain power, from sexual politics to global war.

MEDIA: How movies and television keep black men running to white women.

I still think that the book's title alone can spark an interesting and possibly explosive debate.

We can start here: Do black men love white women?

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