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 27.95

Introduction to Black Studies (4th Edition)

Dr. Maulana Karenga

Introduction to Black Studies is a unique and highly acclaimed introduction to the discipline of Black/Africana Studies, providing students with an essential intellectual basis for a critical understanding and discussion of the history, scope and fundamental concepts, areas and issues which ground and define the discipline.

The text offers an effective organization which outlines and engages the triple mission of Black/Africana Studies: cultural grounding, academic excellence and social responsibility. Part I explains the history, scope and defining concepts and issues of Black Studies; Part II brings into focus and critical discussion current data in fundamental subject areas or fields of Black Studies, i.e., history, religion, sociology, politics, economics, creative production and psychology; Part III explores current critical social issues in Africana Studies as a way to address the disciplinary stress on social responsibility and engagement and to cultivate and enhance critical and ethical thinking about self, society and the world. In addition to new data and analysis, this fourth edition also offers new features designed to further facilitate and enhance student comprehension and learning including:

* Chapter outlines
* Key terms
* New review questions
* Critical thinking questions
* A comprehensive glossary
* In-text boxes
* New section, critical contemporary issues
* Exam packet upon request

“Maulana Karenga’s Introduction To Black Studies is simply the best text available on the subject. The discussion of the development of the field including Afrocentricity, Black Women’s Studies and multiculturalism is absolutely essential reading.”

�Dr. Charles P. Henry, Professor, African American Studies, UC Berkeley and Past President, National Council for Black Studies

paper $45.00