Black Unity: The Total Solution to Financial Independence and Happiness

Terrance Amen

Terrance Amen

“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


Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm

Jerdine Harold

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.

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A la Carte

Tanita Davis
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.
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Mis-Education of the Negro

Carter G. Woodson

“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

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Coldest Winter Ever

Sister Souljah

“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.

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Planet of Junior Brown

Virginia Hamilton

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.

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Outside Shot

Walter Dean Myers

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?

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Indaba My Children: African Folktales

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa

As a young man, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, a Zulu from the South African province of Natal, was determined to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and become a tribal historian in order to keep the rich oral tradition of his culture alive. In this book, begun in response to the injustices against South Africans and their culture during a heavier apartheid period than now, he set these legends down in writing. The previous edition of this book was entitled Indaba My Children: The Oral History of the Zulu.Why the subtitle was changed to Indaba, My Children: African Folk Tales, I do not know, but I do know that this is one of the greatest things I’ve ever read.

Dr. Raye Richardson, co-founder of Marcus Bookstores, was using this book as a text for her Humaniites class at San Francisco State University, Department of Black Studies. She told me how beautiful it is. It seems like thousands of years of history compressed into a diamond, condensed into metaphors thick and deep. The super powerful beings are plentiful and believable; the stories, spellbinding.

Mr. Mutwa spent ten years memorizing the history to pass it on. There are many, many chapters, told in cliffhangers. One of my many favorites is the story of Marimba. She is half-goddess, half mortal and Queen of the Wakambi. In her captivating chapters she invents song, dance, the drum, and xylophone, among other things. She’s incredibly beautiful, loving and carries a curse from her mother’s rival: whomever she marries will die within three moons. It’s difficult because she is also part mortal with mortal needs and urges. Well, two or three late husbands into her story, in a cave, Marimba explains to her son, Kahawa, why she’s considering surrendering herself to Nangai, the leader of the forces that are attacking her peoples: “It seems that when he was driven out of the land of the gods he was grievously wounded by an arrow of Mulungu, the Father of Light, and he has been almost completely eaten away by the poison from Mulungu’s arrow and he is dying the slow death of an immortal god. In order to survive he needs the living flesh of another immortal, a human immortal, to consume raw. He must drink a little of that immortal’s blood every day. And I happen to be the only immortal within reach.”
Kahawa loved no one on earth more than he loved his mother and it did not matter if the whole Wakambi nation were wiped out, as long as his mother was safe. As she almost exists the cave, he knocks her unconscious, gently lays her out and holes her up in the cave, rolling a huge boulder to seal the opening. Nangai shows up, his flesh constantly sloughing off him. He is in command of huge fire-breathing flying dragons that gather handfuls of scattering townspeople and devour them between fire-breathing assaults.
Kahawa bravely “confronts” Nangai who has one of his creatures ready to poke an enormous talon into the kid’s defiant stomach, when Marimba appears and surrenders to the evil leader to save her son and her people. Once Nangai kisses her, he is instantly healed but she turns into a kind of cabbage-head, her wits dimmed. Only then does he realize the value of the beauty he has damaged and takes Marimbe to live in a beautiful underground chamber made of crystal with its’ own pure river, where he will spend a thousand years, if necessary, soothing her, trying to make up for what he’s done to her.

Raye explained to me that this is the story of marriage.

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All of the Above

Shelley Pearsall

Based on a true story, All of the Above is the delightful and suspenseful story of four inner city students and their quest to build the world’s largest tetrahedron. Weaving together the different personal stories of the kids, their teacher, and the community that surrounds them, award-winning author Shelley Pearsall has written a vividly engaging story about the math, life and good-tasting barbecue. Filled with unexpected humor, poignant characters and quiet brilliance, All of the Above is a surprising gem.

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