Check out Marita Golden's compilation It's All Love is an ode to the heart, benefitting the Hurston-Wright (as in Zora and Richard; I was a presenter at the last gala at the National Press Club) Foundation. There's the black history tie. Marita needs no intro. She is one of our literary island treasurers in a sea of sludge. Aren't you glad I don't sugarcoat it? Ha!
My favorite stories in this volume (fiction and nonfiction): David Anthony Durham's, Felicia Pride's, William Henry Lewis's...poems by Kwame Anthony, Ethelbert Miller's. Not that everything in this book isn't great. A wonderful repose from the usually music video-paced collections out there (The Darker Mask excepting). And hey, if you're a white Obamaholic and need a nice safe means of parsing our take on the human heart, you can't go wrong with It's All Love.