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The Color of Truth by Alan D. Jones

The Color of Truth

by Alan D. Jones

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Review by Chris Phillips
Jones asks a question and attempts an answer in The Color of Truth. It is an honest attempt at discerning the difference between truth as a separate entity and what is perceived in a group of friends’ lives.
All the action centers around the National African-American Conference in Atlanta (supposed to be held July, 1998). The central narrators are Nathan Alexander Johnson (Alex or Nate) and Patricia (Trish), his erstwhile friend and possible lover. Alex is the keynote speaker at the conference advocating a separate and self sustaining Congress for African-Americans to govern themselves and help to improve the lot of all other African-Americans.
The other characters are Nate’s friends. Cheryl is introduced first. She is newly engaged to Marshall, who is a “real dog” as far as Nate is concerned. Akira, Darnell, Harold or Haywood, and Carla fill out the group. There are others that impact the plot, but only as foils for the tensions and stress this circle of friends deals with while trying to bring about change. This is very much about blacks dealing with the stress and pressures of being black in American society.
“…There is something about black America you must understand to know what it means to be a black man today. To be a black man you must be physically superior. Faster, stronger, better in bed than the average male. You must be successful without being too intelligent. You must have a Rambo-like attitude toward the world. A black man must be hard, without compassion…” (pg. 4)
The plot and events are inexorable in leading to a shocking and fatal ending. The main events center on a series of these long-time friends at various meals and meetings of the convention. Tragedy follows them as it seems to have throughout their lives. A suicide, a gay outing, and a terrorist attack combine to keep the suspense tight and the reading enthralling.
This is highly recommended to all adult readers with any interest in African-Americans in modern society, but particularly an encouragement to those that seek a valid means of changing this society and maybe this world. Jones is enlightened, politically savvy and socially aware. This is a very good read and reason enough to seek out more by Jones.
Published by First Rising Sun Group Publishing, 1999. (www.risingsungroup.com) ($16.95 USD SRP/Amazon $16.95 USD) Reviewer received book from author. ( )
  ChrisPhillips | Jan 4, 2012 |
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This is the story Alex Johnson. He returns home to Atlanta for a polictically charged national covention. Though he's a major player at the convention, it is really just a backdrop to the real drama of reconvening with his friends from college. As the events of day unfold, so do the pages of their past. 10 years have passed since graduation and there is still a lot of unfinished business between these classmates. Alex, the former nerd of the group, has gone on to become successful. Trish is a nationally published photo journalist. And Vicki has a book coming out that Alex desperately does not want the rest of the group to see. He helped Vicki write the book without thinking of the consequences. Then there is the issue of the Truth, and how it changes depending on who you are, or who you think you are. There are other stories to tell as well, some not so glamorous, some that will change the world. If you liked the movie "The Best Man" then you'll love this book.

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