By Sylvester Brown, Jr.

When We Listen: Recognizing the Potential of Urban Youth

Through youthful voices and promising examples, Brown demonstrates how millennials can become engaged future leaders and architects of their worlds and ours by simply tapping into their inherent grit, tenacity, survival skills, creative desires and even the untapped potential of hip-hop music. “When We Listen,” is tailored for anyone receptive to the idea that our most disrespected, disregarded, dismissed and denied populace has the inherent potential to save us from ourselves. Available at

White Castles with Jesus & Uncle Ray at the Used Tire Shop

Inspired by the fictional writings of Langston Hughes, writer, author Sylvester Brown Jr. presents selected real and imagined short stories from his more than 30-year-career. Here, Sylvester sits with Jesus, converses with racism, listens to the wise oracles of a used tire shop, mourns the neighborhood dope man, and discovers the miracle of White Castles during the holidays. Available at or 

   Gateway Gas

      by Sylvester Brown, Jr.

A successful but troubled journalist’s ascension relies on facts of omission in a story he wrote 30 years ago about a massacre at a public utility company, Gateway Gas. The writer is confronted with his sins when ordered to cover a story of an alleged child killer. Unraveling the mysterious case puts the writer and the accused on a path to redemption.  

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He's Off the Hook but will Never Fish Again

Sample Read from "White Castles with Jesus & Uncle Ray at the Used Tire Shop"

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Researcher, Contributor and/or Consultant

Starting in 2009, Sylvester worked with SmileyBooks, owned by public radio and TV commentator Tavis Smiley. His first project was "Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority," written by Tom Burrell. What follows are some of the other SmileyBooks titles Sylvester worked on as a researcher, contributor or consultant:

Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure

by Tavis Smiley / 2011

Too Important To Fail: Saving America's Boys (Tavis Smiley Reports) by Tavis Smiley / 2011

If You Can See It, You Can Be It: 12 Street-Smart Recipes for Success

by Jeff Henderson / 2014

Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me

by R. Kelly and David Ritz / 2012

The Rich and The Rest Of Us: A Poverty Manifesto

by Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West/ 2012