Hidden Scars

c8by Iyabo Williams

At the age of eight, Aisha Praisso, alongside her great grandmother, became a victim and a rescuer of many during the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 between the Hausas in the north and the Ibos in the east. The tales from the war are sporadic and many of the stories are still left untold. Aisha, a survivor and self-proclaimed motor-mouth, would not broach the subject unless her life depended on it. But it did, and her whispers became loudly heard.

Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and raised by her maternal great grandmother, Aisha had a happy life until the Biafran War bulldozed its’ way into her her idyllic home and turned it into a torture chamber. Her innocence was stolen by a soldier while her guardian could only stand by and watch. Though a friend arranged an escape for her and her great grandmother, it was already too late for Aisha, she had been branded for a lifetime of abuse.

When things go wrong in an abusive relationship, she finds herself in a state of utter hopelessness after being arrested on charges connected to her boyfriend. It took her fourteen years to sort through her pain, including the self-inflicted ones and find the courage to tell her story. Fortunately, her luck turns for the better as she begins to let go and start to re-live her life again.

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African Folktales

Roger Abrams

To last for thousands of years, the stories and their telling have to be based on truth and well told. These stories are as good as it gets. There are 95 stories of different life lessons that will have the children’s intellect, and yours, perked up to solve riddles, hear the results of right and wrong behavior, and feel safety in realizing how the complications of experience can be simplified when we focus from a higher level. Even the ghost stories make you feel brave. These stories are as watchful as the trees, as old as stone, and as wise as water. This book is truly a treasure. Every home should be so stocked with truth that there’s little room for any thing less.

Paper 18.95

Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Kushite Empire

Drusilla Dunjee Houston

Houston’s crowning achievment was the publication of the Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire, Book I: Nations of the Cushite Empire. Marvelous Facts From Authentic Records. Wonderful Ethiopians was originally published in 1926 in Oklahoma City by the Universal Publishing Company, and was intended as the first volume of a three volume set. Wonderful Ethiopians is a pioneering work that not only contains comprehensive chapters devoted to ancient African civilizations along the Nile, but continues the ethnographic survey into Asia where it examines and illuminates the strong African influences on classical Asian civilizations. Houston looks extensively at the African background to European civilizations and even ponders the role of Africans in ancient America.

Wonderful Ethiopians was favorably reviewed in a number of newspapers by Arthur Alfonso Schomburg, in The Amsterdam News by Joel Augustus Rogers, and in The Pittsburgh Courier by Robert L. Vann.  Schomburg (1874-1938), the brilliant bibliophile, noted that:

“I can assure everyone that the author must have used considerable oil in her lamp represented by her exhaustive research, the indefatigable labor that resulted in the astonishing compilation before me…We are indebted to Drusilla D. Houston for this
illuminating and comprehensive book.”
by Runoko Rashidi
The Global African Community website

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Paper 14.95

Return to the African Mother Principle of Male and Female Equality

Dr. Oba T’Shaka

In Return to the African Mother Principle, Dr. T’Shaka painstakingly unravels the rhetoric of a question so basic, we seldom consider that the issue is till a question: what is feminine and what is masculine? Dr. T’Shaka sifted through several texts by some of the most revered “authorities,” and found cultural facts had been mistaken for universal truths.

Oba T’Shaka pulls up some weeds in the Garden of Eden to help us pull ourselves together. His research indicated that creativity is our most vital aspect and recommends that we cherish it or loose it. With the rising cases of AIDS, breast and prostate cancers in the Black community, we need to be more clear on the natural function of the sexes now. In scholarly and philosophical language,  Dr. Shaka outlines the creative perspective of sexuality based on African traditions:

“Miles Davis, one of the most creative Black classical (Jazz) musicians in the history of music, is describing the improvisational, creative concentric path that Black singers, musicians, dancers, writers, scientists, and speakers follow, where they sing, blow, dance, write or preach what they know, and then they cut loose and take themselves, and go above themselves to a higher creative place. Miles makes it clear that the creative person doesn’t just seek to get to this place once in a lifetime, by rising above yourself, you are continually seeking to fly higher and higher to new levels of consciousness, creativity and action. You can only do this when you combine the intellectual, masculine known, with the feminine, intuitive unknown. When the synthesis takes place between the known (masculine) and the unknown (feminine) a new music, a new dance, a new literature, a new philosophy, and a new people can come about. Miles tells us that this willingness to go above what we know is where we find true freedom.”

–Oba T’Shaka from Return to the African Mother Principle of Male and Female Equality

paper 24.95

World’s Great Men of Color, Volume I

J. A. Rogers

W. E. B. DuBois (1868-1963), one of the greatest scholars in American history, wrote that, “No man living has revealed so many important facts about the Negro race as Rogers.” Eminent anthropologist and sociologist St. Clair Drake wrote, “Endowed with unusual talent, Rogers rose to become one of the best-informed individuals in the world on Black history, writing and publishing his own books without any kind of organizational or foundation support.” All the great Black historians were inspired by Rogers, including: Arturo Schomburg (The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), Drs: Yosef ben-Jochannan, Asa Hilliard, III, John G. Jackson, Jacob Curruthers, Tony Browder, Charles Finch, John Henrik Clake, Maulana Karenga, Runoko Rashidi, and Ivan Van Sertima, (no disrespect to the other great Black historians not listed here).

In volume one of World’s Great Men of Color, Rogers presents short biographies of powerful personalities of the ancient world including:

Imhotep, God of Medicine, Prince of Peace, the First Christ, Architect of the Step Pyramid

Hatshepsut, the Ablest Queen of Far Antiquity and Pharoah

Thotmes III. the Napoleon of Far Antiquity

Akhenaton, the First Messiah and Most Remarkable of the Pharoahs

Lokman, First Great Fabulist and Wisest Man of the Ancient East

Aesop, Inspire of the World’s Great Minds

Makeda, Queen of Sheba

Pianky, King of Ethiopia and Conqueror of Egypt

Clitus, King of Bactria and Calvalry Leader of Alexander the Great

Hannibal of Carthage, Father of Military Strategy

Massinissa, King of Numidia and Arbiter of the Destiny of Two World Empires

Terence, Foremost of the Latin Stylists and Great Humanitarian

Cleopatra, Exemplar Feminine Fascination Throughout the Ages

That’s just the first quarter of the book. You can believe that this is a book that your friends will not return. Even people who love you will remove your Rogers books from your house and swear ownership if you should find “your” books on their shelf. Don’t take it personally. J. A. Rogers’ books are just that interesting and the best place to start a home library.

Paper 16.00

The Temple of Man (two volume, boxed set)

R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz and Isha de Lubicz

Science Ancient Kemet (Egypt) was based on the observation that the constants in the life of large objects (like the constellations), were mirrored in all parts of life, even the small things (like a human body). The large and small were seen as symbols of each other. Poetry was the language of science because poetry is purposefully symbolic. The wisdom that was shared, crystalized into a metaphorical eye through which we, as pupils, could see through the lens of the learned. Different  facets of the diamond were like different parts of life, and different aspects of science.

Life does the same thing whether you’re looking at life through the eyes of a farmer or the eyes of an astrologer or doctor or musician. Life does the same thing whether you’re looking at it through an agricultural facet, or an astronomical facet, or a medical or musical facet. Life doesn’t change it’s behavior or laws because the aspect is different. Our understanding of the science of Kemet takes a quantum leap in this work of R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, his wife, Isha, and her daughter, Lucy.

While visiting the Temple at Luxor (a major must-see on the tourist circuit in Egypt), Swaller realized that the hieroglyphs on the walls of the temple were mathematical equations and that the floor plan of temple is designed as a human body. There are rooms that correspond to the major parts of the human brain, the body, and a non-material part for the spirit. For sixteen years he and his family stayed in Egypt studying the temple, taking impeccable notes, and the writing first appeared in French. Debra and Robert Lawlor then spent twenty years translating the work into English. This 1100 page work gives, for the first time, a complete revelation of the Temple Wisdom, Cosmology and Mysticism of Ancient Egypt. With over 400 diagrams and plates, this masterpiece was intended by Schwaller to prove, once and for all, to the scientific and educated world, the advanced level of scientific and metaphysical wisdom possessed by this great ancient African civilization. In the process he proves that Egypt, not Greece, is the cradle of Western culture and civilization, and demonstrates that a radical reevaluation of our origins is immanent.

There is no question that The Temple of Man is one of the greatest cosmologicals work ever written, as well as one of the greatest spiritual texts. Schwaller was not a merely an intellectual, but a Master Alchemist who successfully applied the principles of transmutation to both matter and consciousness, giving his work the added significance of being capable of bridging that gargantuan gap between Cosmological Theory and Spiritual Application. This is the first time the Initiated Mysteries and Sacred Hermetic Science of the Egyptian Priesthood have been laid out and explained, and in exhaustive detail. The contents of this book could not be found in 1,000 of the best works ever published on any of the related subjects. The information revealed in this work has the power to create a much needed renaissance in science, art and spirituality, while redefining our interpretation of the universe, history, culture, and ourselves.

Kemet fell two thousand years ago (the beginning of the Pisces Age). The facets of our collective vision went to pieces and the vitality (the life part) was taken out of science. Chemistry doesn’t know its’ relationship to astronomy, music doesn’t know its’ relationship to agriculture, etc., and Black people (who process information metaphorically) were up the quantum creek without a calculator.  Dec. 19, 1999, the missing link appears in the first week of the Aquarian Age: The Temple of Man.

“In my view, The Temple of Man is the most important work of scholarship of this century. R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz finally proves the existence of the legendary ‘sacred science’ of the Ancients and systematically demonstrates its modus operandi. It was this great science–based upon an intimate and exact knowledge of cosmic principles–that fused art, religion, science, and philosophy into one coherent whole and sustained Ancient Egypt for three thousand years.” –John Anthony West, author of Serpent in the Sky

The Temple of Man will live, like statues of Ramesses, long after we and those who follow us have joined the pharaohs. This is an eternal work, just as Egypt is eternal. To enter the minds of the Ancient Egyptians through this door will lead any reader into an enchanted realm where form and structure have life, where stone breathes and perspires, and where the palpitating heart of traditional wisdom still throbs amongst the sands.”  –Robert Temple, translator of The Complete Fables of Aesop and
author of The Sirius Mystery 

Cloth, boxed set, 2 volumes, 195.00


Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

This is a masterpiece of world literature. Things Fall Apart is the story of “The Man” of a patriarchal Nigerian group of villages and the time of the invasions of British colonists. In the time of this village setting, strength had become synonymous with insensitivity. The strongest man was Okonkwo who despised his lazy father and had proven himself as a wrestling champion, hard-worker, and wealthy  embodiment of “masculine” tradition. He was held in high esteem by the elders who bestowed upon him glory and the responsibility of carrying out manly tradition. But there was a tradition that demanded that Okonkwo kill the boy who had been in his care for three years. Though the oldest villager warned him against it, Okonkwo struck the fatal blow while the child begged him for protection.

Things start to fall apart. He accidentally kills someone else and is exiled while white men peaceably introduce their religion to the village and the new religion becomes a new government. When Okonkwo returns, he finds that the tribal leaders have been replaced by a Christian church. They burn the church and are taken prisoner by the government which further humiliates them by holding them for ransom. The leaders plan an uprising and Okonkwo kills a white government messenger who was sent to stop the meeting. Okonkwo realizes that the people of the village are not going to protect it, that all is lost. When the whites come to take him to court, he has hanged himself.

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Malcolm X was The Man, even as a boy. When his mother was pregnant with him the Klan rode up on his house in Omaha while his father was away preaching in Milwaukee. They threatened his mother because his father was a follower of Marcus Garvey. They rode around his house breaking all its’ windows with their gun butts.

When Malcolm was six, they killed his father, his mother went mad and his beloved siblings were separated to foster homes. Even so, Malcolm excelled in school, was well liked by teachers and classmates and became class president. In The Autobiography of Malcolm X he writes: “Somehow, I happened to be alone in the classroom with Mr. Ostrowski, my English teacher. He was a tall, rather reddish white man and he had a thick mustache. I had gotten some of my best marks under him, and he had always made me feel that he liked me. He was, as I have mentioned, a natural-born “adviser,” about what you ought to read, to do, or think — about any and everything. I know that he probably meant well in what he happened to advise me that day. I doubt that he meant any harm. It was just in his nature as an American white man. I was one of his top students, one of the school’s top students — but all he could see for me was the kind of future ‘in your place’ that almost all white people see for black people. He told me, ‘Malcolm, you ought to be thinking about a career. Have you been giving it thought?’

The truth is, I hadn’t. I never have figured out why I told him, “Well, yes, sir, I’ve been thinking I’d like to be a lawyer.”. . . Mr. Ostrowski looked surprised, I remember, and leaned back in his chair and clasped his hands behind his head. He kind of half-smiled and said, ‘Malcolm, one of life’s first needs is for us to be realistic. Don’t misunderstand me, now. We all here like you, you know that. But you’ve got to be realistic about being a nigger. A lawyer — that’s no realistic goal for a nigger.’

. . . What made it really begin to disturb me was Mr. Ostrowski’s advice to others in my class — all of them white . . . They all reported that Mr. Ostrowski had encouraged what they had wanted. Yet nearly none of them had earned marks equal to mine . . . It was then that I began to change — inside . . . Where ‘nigger’ had slipped off my back before, wherever I heard it now, I stopped and looked at whoever said it. And they looked surprised that I did . . . I quit hearing so much ‘nigger’ and, ‘What’s wrong?’ — which was the way I wanted it.”  –Malcolm X

Here is part of the eulogy delivered by his friend, Ossie Davis, at Malcolm’s funeral at The Faith Temple Church of God, in Harlem, February 27, 1965:

” . . . Malcolm was our manhood, our living, Black manhood! This was his meaning to his people. And, in honoring him, we honor the best in ourselves. Last year, from Africa, he wrote these words to a friend: ‘My journey’, he says, ‘is almost ended, and I have a much broader scope than when I started out, which I believe will add new life and dimension to our struggle for freedom and honor and dignity in the States. I am writing these things so that you will know for a fact the tremendous sympathy and support we have among the African States for our Human Rights struggle. The main thing is that we keep a United Front wherein our most valuable time and energy will not be wasted fighting each other.’ However we may have differed with him – or with each other about him and his value as a man – let his going from us serve only to bring us together, now.

Consigning these mortal remains to earth, the common mother of all, secure in the knowledge that what we place in the ground is no more now a man – but a seed – which, after the winter of our discontent, will come forth again to meet us. And we will know him then for what he was and is – a Prince – our own Black shining Prince! – who didn’t hesitate to die, because he loved us so.”

Cloth 27.95

Paper 15.00