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Reflections in the Dark Room: The Black Essays Paperback – January 20, 2009

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In 2004, Richard Kenyada authored his first book, ¿essays & open wounds while waiting for The APOLOGY.¿ A Vietnam War veteran with a 40-year career in engineering, Kenyada has been a community activist in the area of computer literacy since 1998. Most recently, he is best known for his inspiring essay about a fantasy Inaugural celebration for Barack Obama entitled, ¿Inauguration Ball 2009.¿ Written and posted on the Internet one week before the election, the piece quickly became an Internet favorite, copied onto many websites, blogs and e-mails. Kenyada lives in metro Atlanta with his wife Patricia.

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438947992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438947990
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,358,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Kenyada is a native New Yorker and a two-tour Vietnam War veteran, who has enjoyed a successful 40-year career in engineering. Kenyada has been recognized for his community activism in computer literacy.He has written two books from a contemporary African American perspective, the latest of which includes the popular Internet essay, "Inauguration Ball 2009." Kenyada lives in Atlanta with his wife, Patricia.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 30, 2009
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Having read Richard Kenyada's book "Essays & Open Wounds While Waiting for The APOLOGY" a few years ago, I was prepared for more of the same type of essays on Mr. Kenyada's experiences and thoughts on growing up as an African-American baby boomer in the United States. The APOLOGY was a marvelous mix of essays ranging from harsh assessments of American history and society to some very sweet and funny personal memories.

But "Reflections in the Dark Room" is like a tsunami compared to the ripples of The APOLOGY. Mr. Kenyada holds back nothing in his scathing condemnation of racism and white privilege. His writing is so vivid that I felt like I was in a full-blown Vulcan mind meld into the heart and soul of the author. His motivation and driving force was expressed in his comment that "Each of us must find his own strength. For me, it is in the written word and the fire that it brings."

The written word is undeniably Mr. Kenyada's strength. He's a skilled writer who knows how to get his readers' attention and hold it. But as outspoken as Mr. Kenyada is with his views, he's not just talking the talk. I learned from the book that he has received a number of awards for developing programs to bring computer literacy to the black community, and he operates a highly rated website, "Mr. Kenyada's Neighborhood" with the motto "Computers-Community-Compassion" to promote computer literacy and encourage dialogue.

Anger leaps off the page in many essays, but it's honest anger, since Mr. Kenyada grew up in an America where white people made the rules and enforced them zealously. "Reflections" is a bigger book than The APOLOGY in concept as well as size. I got the impression that The APOLOGY was merely an introductory prelude to the deeper, more sharpened essays in "Reflections.
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By Milton J. Oliver on February 4, 2009
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I've read Richard Kenyada's new book "Reflections in the Dark Room: The Black Essays". What a great read. The book was hard to put down to do regular things like eat or watch some CNN. It is one heck of a book.
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Don't miss the opportunity to read this book.I have a proud 13yr.daughter who was also overcome by this book. I strongly recommend this book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay on March 9, 2015
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This assinine racism is as hypocritical as it gets. Apparently the white man is the reason i don't feed my dog, and he has to chew on a table leg. Grow up and take ownership for your life. I don't blame "whitey" for my life, because it's pretty good. I worked hard.
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