BOOK CORNER: Former Compton mayor shares his life’s journey

After overcoming the tough streets of Compton, Walter Tucker III fulfilled his goals of becoming valedictorian of Compton High School, graduating from USC, graduating Georgetown Law School, passing the California State Bar, and ultimately filling his father’s vacant seat as mayor of Compton by the age of 33.

As he rose in the political arena in the 1990s, Tucker became the youngest African American from California to be elected to a U.S. congressional seat. However, a federal indictment brought his rise to a screeching halt that ultimately tested the condition of his human spirit.

That’s the basis for Walter Tucker III’s moving autobiography, “From Compton to Congress: His Grace For My Race.” His book chronicles his story of an incredible rise, a devastating fall and a promising redemption.

“I realized that not only must I write the book to pass on life lessons to my children and grandchildren, but to the nation and the next generation of leaders,” Tucker said.

Walter Tucker III

The author’s favorite and most important lesson shared is that God’s grace is greater than your mistakes.

“God caused those bad things to be used for a greater good thing and that is something I believe can be used for a source of hope for a lot of people,” Tucker added.

The book will no doubt inspire readers as it communicates that “God will take even their missteps and mistakes and turn them into good.”

In addition to being an author, Tucker is the full-time pastor of Truth and Love Christian Church based in the city of Carson. On Aug. 14, Tucker will participate in a book signing at Antioch Church of Long Beach.

“From Compton to Congress” is available for $21.99 on Amazon, Kindle and in store at Word of Life Book Store and the Crenshaw Christian Bookstore.


BOOK CORNER: Book targets power of therapy and faith

There are many stigmas about men, especially black men, and therapy.

In “Love Is an Inside Job,” author Romal Tune takes readers on his journey of discovering himself and experiencing wholeness through a combination of faith and therapy.

“The primary assumption with young men and therapy is that they think the whole idea of needing help is a sign of weakness, and that’s not the reality,” Tune said.

In his book, readers will encounter many of the author’s detailed life experiences that are not only authentic but raw. His goal was to share his journey so that others could experience the same for themselves.

The book was inspired by Tune’s desire to overcome the impact of past pain, to demonstrate that family trauma and inner turmoil do not have to define the story of a person’s life, and to facilitate conversations around self-love, healing relationships and more.

Romal Tune

“I want men who read my book, and women readers who care about men, to experience the freedom that comes with emotional health and wellness,” Tune said.

Tune hopes readers will understand that self-love is a requirement to truly love others and that they learn to let go of the stigmas about therapy, especially among men.

“It is my hope that men will be inspired to do their own inner work to heal hidden hurts, especially related to father issues, relationships, intimacy, empathy, toxic masculinity, neglect, trust and even church hurt.”

In addition to being an author, Tune is a full-time public speaker and the vice president of strategic partnerships at TMS Global. He lives in Atlanta.

To learn more about the author, visit him online at

“Love Is an Inside Job: Getting Vulnerable with God” is available for $14.99 at all major book retailers, both online and in stores.


BOOK CORNER: Author highlights impact of King’s assassination

April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and to commemorate that, author and civil rights leader Earl Ofari Hutchinson has written “50 Years Later: Why the Murder of Dr. King Still Hurts.”

“Fifty-year anniversaries of events are always an excellent time for reflection on the significance of an event and in the case of Dr. King, a reminder of and recommitment to the ideals that King fought for,” Hutchinson said.

In his book, Hutchinson takes a fresh look at King’s murder and addresses topics like what would have changed if King had lived, the consequences that occurred in the aftermath of his murder, what effect his presence would have had on the fight for black political empowerment, criminal justice system reform, the problems of crime, drugs and violence in the nation’s inner cities and much more.

As a lover of counter-factual history, Hutchinson said his favorite part of the book is the section that address the “what ifs” about King.

“In King’s case there are so many possibilities to consider about the trajectory of his life and how he would have approached the problems of today — particularly in the Trump era — if he had lived,” Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson hopes readers of his book will see how King and other civil rights leaders devised strategies, tactics and set goals to combat racial and economic injustice 50 years ago and how those same thoughtful means could be used today in combating the same ills.

In addition to being an author, Hutchinson is also a political analyst, columnist, radio host and president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable.

“50 Years Later: Why the Murder of Dr. King Still Hurts” is available for $9.95 on, Amazon, Ingram Spark, and in bookstores everywhere.