“Working together can make you prosperous. We hold the keys to our success, but those keys have only been used to benefit other groups. We spend almost a trillion dollars a year, but 99 percent of that money goes to help others become successful. The question to ask ourselves is: Why don’t we help our own community? A united Black community can receive wealth and good health.
Here’s what you’ll find in Black Unity: The Total Solution to Financial Independence and Happiness:
1. a simple way to bring one hundred billion dollars or more of the money you’re already spending back to your community.
2. create a million new jobs by doing something we’ve done in the past.
3. a 100% guaranteed plan to create our own affirmative action programs
4. how to save money while investing in education, mortgages, tax and legal advise, insurance, and other products and services.
5. a national plan of action that covers education, health, family, business, finance, a better way to guarantee reparations, and other issues.
6. the main reason why we aren’t supporting our community now.” –Terrence Amen
When Franklin Dell lived in Denver, Colorado he and his group of friends sold candy in their middle school, fought gang violence and enjoyed a nearly peaceful seventh grade year. Franklin has always bragged about how Winston-Salem, North Carolina was his dream home. He enjoyed the predominantly African American neighborhood he was in and wants nothing more than to leave the thuggish, ruggish gangster ways of Denver behind. Upon arriving in Winston-Salem, he finds that the city is nothing how he imagined it being from his summer visits from Denver. He can’t get a long with anyone at his new school except for Mike Lane, a fourteen year old bad a$$ who happens to be gay. As Franklin and Mike grow up, they find that real friendship means strength to stand up for someone’s inner self even when others don’t. They help each other face discrimination, sexual trials, fatherhood and then, off to college they go. But when something happens to potentially end one of their lives and their friendship, will these young men be able to face their challenges together?
Stunning color photographs depict everyday life in Nigeria in this unusual ABC book by a talented African photographer. Children can see the nobility in people that have inherited the oldest traditions on the earth.
Harvey Potter was a very strange fellow indeed. He was a farmer but not like any farmer you’ve ever met. He didn’t grow corn, okra, or tomatoes. Harvey Potter grew balloons! He and his girl apprentice, grew balloons in all shapes and colors. Some looked like animals, some looked like poeple. All of them made people happy. But it did make one of the town’s people angry and he call the law on Harry, tried to say that there was something wrong with his balloons.
So the government came out to inspect while the neighbors watched anxiously . . . and the the verdict: they were certified “okay.” The town was happy (except for one person) and Harvey Potter and his apprentice went on with farming balloons.
No one knew exactly how he got balloons to grow out of the ground, but with the help of the light of a full moon, one friendly child catches a peek of just how he does it, and keeps some magic for herself.
Seventeen-year-old Lainey dreams of becoming a world-famous chef. But when her best friend–and secret crush–suddenly leaves town, Lainey finds solace in her cooking as she comes to terms with the past and begins a new recipe for the future. This delicious debut novel is peppered with recipes from Lainey’s notebooks.
“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his “proper place” and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His question of education makes it necessary.”
“The race will free itself from exploiters just as soon as it decides to do so. No one else can accomplish this task for the race. It must plan and do for itself.” — Carter G. Woodson
The Miseducation of the Negro describes the plight of our schools like no other book. He makes it plain. Woodson says that either you are taught to value yourself primarily, or are taught to value someone else primarily. You are taught to be concerned with satisfying the needs of your community or trained to satisfy another’s. Education gives you backbone or teaches you to lean. Carter G. Woodson is the Father of Black History and “Black history is your history.” — James Baldwin
“I came busting into the world during one of New York’s worst snowstorms, so my mother named me Winter.”
Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and business-minded, she knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body. But when a cold Winter wind blows her life in a direction she doesn’t want to go, her street smarts and seductive skills are put to the test of a lifetime. Unwilling to lose, this ghetto girl will do “anything” to stay on top.
Junior Brown, an overprotected three-hundred pound musical prodigy who’s prone to having fantasies, and Buddy Clark, a loner who lives by his wits because he has no family whatsoever, have been on the hook from their eighth-grade classroom all semester.
Most of the time they have been in the school building — in a secret cellar room behind a false wall, where Mr. Pool, the janitor, has made a model of the solar system. They have been pressing their luck for months. . . and then they are caught. As society — in the form of a zealous assistant principal — closes in on them, Junior’s fantasies become more desperate, and Buddy draws on all his resources to ensure his friend’s well-being.
Philip Hall is the cutest, smartest boy in the sixth grade, and Beth Lambert loves him. The fact that he beats her in classwork, sports, and almost everything else doesn’t bother Beth at first. Then she realizes that Philip might be best because she’s letting him beat her. Beth knows that she deserves to be Number One — and she’s going to prove it! This funny, universal story of a girl learning that she matters in the world has delighted readers for over twenty years.
When Lonnie Jackson leaves Harlem for a basketball scholarship to a midwestern college, he know he must keep his head straight and his record clean. That’s the only way he’ll have a chance of making it to the pros someday.
But his street smarts haven’t prepared him for the pressures of tough classes, high-stakes college ball, and the temptation to fix games for local gamblers. Everyone plays by a whole new set of rules — including Sherry, who’s determined to be a track star. Her independence attracts Lonnie, but their on-again, off-again relationship is driving him crazy.
Lonnie has one year to learn how to make it as a “college man.” It’s his outside shot at a bright future. Does he have what it takes?