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.

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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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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