Novelist Bebe Moore Campbell has died of brain cancer at 56. I am shocked and deeply saddened. I never even knew that the sister was ill. I first discovered her books some years back when I was heavily into black fiction. Her books, “Your Blues Ain’t like Mine“, “Brothers and Sisters” and “What You Owe Me” are among the best pieces of black fiction produced in the last twenty years. She had a singular ability to transport you to another time and place that created a powerful understanding of the black experience of the past. Her loss will be deeply felt.