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Russell Simmons Def Poetry on Broadway
RUSSELL SIMMONS

Author:M. Raven Rowe
It's where Walt Whitman meets Michael Jackson. It's where Emily Dickinson meets Mary J. Blige. It's Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam, the lyrical, smart, hilarious, and searingly honest new show that has become a true phenomenon on Broadway, earning critical raves and drawing huge cheers nightly. Def Poetry Jam is an experience that's not to be missed: Nine gifted, young poets speaking from the heart about everything from love to sex, politics, and Krispy Kreme donuts. If Langston Hughes or Virginia Woolf were alive today, this is what they'd sound like.
The roster includes both well-established and up-and-coming poets -- including Suheir Hammad, author of Born Palestinian, Born Black; Black Ice, a.k.a. Lamar Manson, the first spoken-word artist to be signed to Def Jam Records; Beau Sia, author of A Night Without Armor II: The Revenge, and a two-time National Poetry Slam champion; and Poetri, one of the founders of Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles.
Essential for every fan of contemporary poetry, Russell Simmons Def Jam on Broadway...and More is a cutting-edge and constantly surprising volume that takes a fresh, exuberant, sometimes insightful, sometimes comedic look at who we are and where we are today.

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The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou
MAYA ANGELOU

Author:Maya Angelou
Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas - a world of which most Americans are ignorant. This testimony from a black sister marks the beginning of a new era in the minds and hearts of all black men and women... I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity. I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood, when the people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself so moved... Her portrait is a biblical study in life in the midst of death." -- James Baldwin "Simultaneously touching and comic" -- The New York Times"It is a heroic and beautiful book." -- Clevland Plain Dealer"Maya Angelou is a natural writer with an inordinate sense of life and she has written and exceptional autobiographical narrative... a beautiful book -- an unconditionally involving memoir for our time or any time." -- The Kirkus Reviews

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Who Am I Without Him?
WHO AM I WITHOUT HIM?

Short Stories About Girls and Boys in Their Lives
Author:Sharon G. Flake
There is "The Ugly One," whose only solace comes when she is locked inside her own head. In "Wanted: A Thug," a teenager seeks advice on how to steal her best friend's bad-guy boyfriend. And then there's Erika, who only likes white boys. Sharon Flake takes readers through the minds of girls trying to define themselves while struggling to remain relevant to the boys in their lives. This is a complex, often humorous, always on-point exposition of black youth resolving to find self-worth . . . any way they know how.

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Help I Need A Fan
HELP I NEED A FAN

A Rite of Passage from Woman to Goddess
Author:Rashida A. Ali
Help I Need A Fan is a non-fictional account of the author's spiritual journey in quest of the divine purpose of menopause. Her search for answers were extensive beginning with a plea to God as to His purpose for placing this awesomely taxing and sometimes debilitating trial upon the woman. At this time over fifty million women from the baby boom generation are going through menopause at a rate of 4000 per day.
From hundreds of interviews with menopausal women, through endless research, along with actually experiencing for eight years this change of life, she was divinely inspired with answers as to why God placed this physiology into the woman, as well as the great reward and benefit that comes from going through this change of life or rite of passage.
This account focuses not on the ill-effects that women experience during this climacteric change but conversely, the beauty and spirituality that emerges. Help I Need A Fan is about change, growth, renewal and transformation. It is triple sex rated, laced with humorous anecdotes and moments of sensitivity. It offers fresh new ideas and understanding of an age-old malady that leads to acceptance and peace of mind, body and soul. The concepts rendered are refreshing, as well as empowering and leaves the reader renewed and on a spiritual high!

Retails:$14.95
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ISBN: 0974762709



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Rule by Secrecy
RULE BY SECRECY

The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids
Author:Jim Marrs
In this astonishing book, celebrated reporter and New York Times ? bestselling author Jim Marrs painstakingly explores the world's most closely guarded secrets, exposing clandestine cabals and the power they have wielded throughout time.? Defiantly rooting out the truth, he unearths starting evidence that the real movers and shakers covertly collude to start and stop wars, manipulate stock markets and interest rates, maintain class distinctions, and even censor the six o'clock news.? And they do all this under the mindful auspices of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, the CIA, and even the Vatican.Drawing on historical evidence and his own impeccable research, Mars carefully traces the mysteries that connect these modern-day conspiracies to humankind's prehistory.? The eye-opening result is an extraordinary synthesis of historical information ? much of it long hidden from the public?? that sheds light on the people and organizations that rule our lives.Disturbing, provocative, and utterly compelling, Rule by Secrecy offers a singular worldview that may explain who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

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The Illuminiati Manifesto
THE ILLUMINATI MANIFESTO

Author:Solomon Tulbure
The Illuminati Manifesto is the fuel for the Forth Revolution, a global revolution for true freedom and justice. This book will set the world on fire. For time immemorial various forms of evils and injustices have plagued human history. As time went by man has sought to find answers to questions, which were beyond his grasp. In the search for answers man has ignored the most important issues of life; those of justice, freedom and happiness. The wise amongst them sought to introduce various ideas as probable answers to the questions they knew they could not find answers to. Out of such fantastic ideas mankind gave birth to various forms of myths, which seemed good enough to be accepted as fact. But the results of such myths did not solve the problems of objective reality, the myths turned man against man, it gave rise to wars, which brought all forms of devastation upon the face of the earth.
Hidden within the depths of a savage human race were men and women of the mind, men and women who would later have to resolve to secret societies in order to protect themselves from the tyranny of the savage rulers of the times. Amongst the countless secret societies were the Illuminists, those who were courageous enough to challenge all accepted knowledge and seek the truth, not in myths but in the facts of reality. The Illuminati is once such group of people who survived the harsh hurricanes of human mindlessness and the tyrannies of those who sought to maintain absolute power of the human race.

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Dereliction of Duty
DERELICTION OF DUTY

The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Endangered America's Long-Term National Security
Author:Robert Patterson
Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson exposes the terrifying, behind-the-scenes story of the years when the most irresponsible President in our history had his finger on the nuclear trigger. Dereliction of Duty is the inside story of the damage Bill Clinton did to the U.S. military and how he compromised our national security. From his laughable salutes, to his arrogant, anti-military staffers, the message came through loud and clear: the Clinton Administration had nothing but contempt for America’s men and women in uniform. Dereliction of Duty is the book every American concerned about our national security has been waiting for-written by a military man who was an eyewitness inside the Clinton White House, and who can no longer in good conscience keep silent.

Retails:$27.95
ISBN: 0895261405



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Jubilee
JUBILEE

The Emergence of African-American Culture
Author:Howard Dodson, Lisa Lytton (Editor) Winton Marsalis (Introducion)
Slaves came to the Americas from many different parts of the African continent, bringing with them distinct languages, religions, and expressive arts. Jubilee shows the many ways that these diverse peoples united, forged their own identity, and laid the foundations for truly unique African-American social, cultural, political, and economic expressions throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Jubilee is written by Howard Dodson, chief of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture-one of the most prominent institutions of black scholarship in the world. Essays by leading voices in African-American history and literature, including Henry Louis Gates, Jr., John Hope Franklin, Amiri Bakara, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Gail Buckley will explore topics such as abolition and emancipation, changes in family life and social development, religion, and the evolution of language, literacy, and education through the end of Reconstruction. This illuminating text is surrounded by more than 200 stunning illustrations, culled from the Schomburg’s collection of more than 5 million items. From slave ship manifests, manumission papers, and some of the earliest photographs of slaves to carved items that echo African sculpture and freedom quilts with African motifs, the book is richly illustrated in an interactive way that brings to life this crucial transition from slavery to freedom.

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The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Women
THE CONSPIRACY TO DESTROY BLACK WOMEN

Author:Michael Porter

It has long been argued that women, especially black women, have been relegated to a second-class status in American society, and despite modern advances remain subject to a debilitating discrimination in many areas of life. This book presents a fresh perspective on the many facets of sexism experienced by African American women, addressing such issues as wage disparity, spousal abuse, and the rising rate of AIDS among black women. It also examines the roots of sexism among African American males, including the effect of gangster rap music on perceptions of black women, and offers strategies for change.

Retails:$14.95



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We Shall Not be Moved
WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED

Author:Velma Maia Thomas

We Shall Not Be Moved takes readers on an interactive journey through the freedom struggles of the 20th century, tracing 100 years of battles for justice and equality on all fronts, from Marcus Garvey to the mid-century civil rights movement, from the Tuskegee Airmen to school integration, from Paul Robeson to Malcolm X. The interactive elements include reproductions of letters from soldiers in World War II, a flyer advertising the original March on Washington, a sign urging black riders to boycott the buses in Montgomery, and other facsimiles of artifacts that give readers a unique, hands-on connection to this remarkable history.

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Al on America
AL ON AMERICA

Author:Reverend Al Sharpton, Karen Hunter (Contributor)

From Kirkus Reviews:
Notes toward a national political vision from activist Sharpton (Go and Tell Pharaoh, not reviewed), who is again considering a presidential bid. Sharpton explores his sense of personal and national integrity and how it might guide his decisions if he were to reside in the White House. He considers himself a liberal ("one who believes in social and domestic policies geared toward people . . . not big business") who hopes to bring the liberal wing back into the Democratic Party. Foreign policy is treated only sketchily-end the Cuban embargo, promote stability in Africa-and though Sharpton does seem keen on "alliances," words like "when I deal with the white power structure, it's on my terms" don't exactly hew to the language of diplomacy. This inflexibility cuts both ways, for while brashness may not buoy foreign relations, it keeps the author to his sense of fairness, justice, and human rights within the political sphere, despite his religious convictions. He may not believe in abortion, but he believes in a woman's civil right to choose; he may believe homosexuality is a sin, but he "will fight for people to have the right to go to hell if they choose." He is against the death penalty; for prison reform; and for a cap on contributions to political campaigns. Health care reform gets only six pages while his disappointment in rap music gets nine, but that's because he gets particularly exercised over lost opportunities in the African-American community. Sharpton's version of the events at Howard Beach and Bensonhurst and of the Tawana Brawley, Amadou Diallo, and Abner Louima cases are valuable attempts to clarify misperceptions of his intentions, which were to highlight issues as a defiantadvocate of civil rights: "Racism is still America's biggest problem." Airy, but of a tone bespeaking Sharpton's notions of social justice and personal responsibility.

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Gunshots in My Cook-Up
GUNSHOTS IN MY COOK-UP

Author: Selwyn Seyfu Hinds

From Publishers Weekly
As a former editor-in-chief of hip-hop magazine the Source and a fan since he was a nine-year-old living in Guyana, Hinds knows hip-hop as well as any journalist around. This account is part memoir, part behind the music: we get days in the life of Puffy, Lauryn Hill at the Grammys and guerrilla touring with the Wu-Tangs. We get Hinds's writerly woodshedding at Princeton and the Village Voice, the rise of the Source, sweaty clubs in Brooklyn and the escalation of the East Coast-West Coast feud until two of rap's superstars, Tupac and Biggie Smalls, are lost. An excellent storyteller, Hinds can write with equal intensity about his little brother's aspiration to be an MC, hiring an intern to go through "the Wack Box" or hurtling down the highway with Raekwon and Ghostface. Even though he knows it's business, Hinds's book works because he still believes in the power of this new, brash and still-not-fully charted art: this is a fan's memoir first, and a journalist's chronicle second. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Retails:$23.00



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Pimpnosis
PIMPNOSIS

Author:Tracy Funches,Rob Marriott

The word refers to a dark and powerful science. The science of the player -- the attitude, the way of life, the manner of speech.The intent is not to glorify, nor is it to judge. It is to walk under the red lights and into the smoky taverns of a secretive world, to take snapshots, to listen to hushed whispers, to simply observe.Two years ago, award-winning photographer Tracy Funches and award-winning journalist Rob Marriott set out to capture the pimp lifestyle in all its pomp and posture -- and to bring it into the light as has never been done before. Funches's powerful images depict the raw and intimate truth behind the glamour, while Marriott's text brings the characters and voices to life. Here is an unsentimental look at the underground world of pimps. The tattoos. The clothes. The icy stare of a hardened hustler. Uncensored.Your guide through this netherworld is a composite character called Mississippi Twilight. Born of the many interviews conducted with real-life players, Twilight takes you on an all-access tour through pimp life: his beginnings, his women, his peers, and his enemies. Finally, he takes you to: a Players' Ball -- the underground gathering where the game is laid down and true players are recognized.Some of your notions of pimps will dispelled, others reinforced, but one thing will remain certain: You'll never look at pimps the same way again

Retails:$34.95



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The Complete Idiot's Guide to African American History
THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

Author:Melba J. Duncan

Although the first black slaves arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, our knowledge of African American history is often limited to "lessons" in films. The Complete Idiot's Guide to African American History reveals a full portrait of black life, including familiar figures such as Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, and Martin Luther King, Jr

Retails:$18.95



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What Next
WHAT NEXT

An African American Initiative Toward World Peace
Author:Walter Mosley

In What Next, Walter Mosley -- New York Times bestselling author -- has crafted a deeply personal and political proposal, offering a commonsense approach to the challenge of finding world peace in a post-9/11 world. Mosley recalls his father’s story about not feeling like an American until German soldiers shot at him during World War II. Now the younger Mosley explores what the terrorist attacks meant to him, and challenges African Americans to use their unique position to help create a new kind of peace between the U.S. and the rest of the world. What Next examines this and other questions in a powerful polemic and call to action for African Americans and freedom-loving people everywhere.

Retails:$16.95



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Wrapped in Rainbows
WRAPPED IN RAINBOWS

The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
Author:Valerie Boyd

A woman of enormous talent, remarkable drive, and rare intellectual prowess, Zora Neale Hurston published four novels, two books of folklore, an autobiography, many short stories, and several articles and plays over a career that spanned more than thirty years. Although she enjoyed some popularity during her lifetime, her greatest acclaim has come posthumously. All of her books were out of print when she died in poverty in 1960, but today nearly every black woman writer of significance -- including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker -- acknowledges Hurston as a literary foremother. And her masterpiece, Their Eyes Were Watching God, has become a crucial part of the American literary canon. Yet, despite the recent renewed interest in Hurston's work, she remains, as a friend and contemporary described her, "a woman half in shadow." Wrapped in Rainbows -- the first biography of Zora Neale Hurston in twenty-five years -- illuminates the complexities of an extraordinary life. Born in Alabama in 1891, Hurston moved with her family to Eatonville, Florida, when she was still a toddler. In this close-knit community -- the first incorporated all-black town in America -- she spent a pleasant childhood, happily imbibing the rich language and folk culture of the rural black South.
When Hurston was still a girl, her mother died, and her father's swift remarriage led to the family's dispersal. Hurston spent the next decade wandering in search of parental figures, working menial jobs, and charting her own course into adulthood. Reinventing herself at the age of twenty-six, she entered high school in Baltimore by claiming to be ten years younger -- a fiction she would maintain throughout her life. Hurston went on to attend Howard University and Barnard College, and during this time launched her writing career in the midst of the blossoming Harlem Renaissance. In New York, she developed relationships with luminaries such as Langston Hughes, Ethel Waters, Fannie Hurst, and Carl Van Vechten. Hurston periodically left New York to travel the country (and the world) collecting black music, poetry, and literature -- becoming one of the most important folklore collectors of her time, as well as one of the most enduring writers of her century. Wrapped in Rainbows presents a full picture of Hurston as both a writer and a woman, shedding new light on her public and private lives. Drawing on meticulous research and a wealth of crucial information that has emerged over the past twenty years, Valerie Boyd delves into Hurston's thirst for the limelight, her sexuality and short-lived marriages, her mysterious relationship with Vodou, and her occasionally controversial political views. With the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, and World War II as historical backdrops, Wrapped in Rainbows not only positions Hurston's work in her time but offers implications for our own

Retails:$30.00



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