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Here are a list of books you should be reading for the month of August 2016.

  1. Paperback Oxford English Dictionary 7th Edition
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    What they are saying...
    Coming from someone who likes words and has the ability to find pleasure from just opening the dictionary or thesaurus and reading it for relaxation, it is a great dictionary. Furthermore, it's for the person who wants a nice, hefty dictionary that actually has EVERY word that you'd need. I found it a champion for those words that you pass in everyday life and just pinch you to walk over to the shelf to look them up. This dictionary is also very easy to understand, it's authoritative, direct and resolute. Oxford truly does provide the concrete foundation of the English language. Be warned that it is not huge in size--if that matters, but it is FULL of words in a small space with MEDIUM print size that is clear and bold.
    In short, don't be fooled by its marketing as a paperback, it's CHEAPER than a forty dollar oldie that taxes you your vertical space, and suits people with poor sight.

  2. The Litigators: A Novel by John Grisham [link to buy]

    What they are saying...

    Without the Compelling economic and political sidelights of the excellent Chaos and Kingdom, The Litigators is by far one of the best from one of the greatest legal thriller writers of all time. In his latest installment, Grisham introduces a quarter-life crisis uptown lawyer who's found new energy in an ratty-tatty ambulance-chaser law firm in the wrong part of town. There are a lot of problems with this struggling firm, not the least of which is they don't have enough money to even purchase an "¿Accidentes?" billboard.

    Their opportunity comes in the form of a class action lawsuit against a big Pharma company who's latest cholesterol drug is killing people (maybe). What ensues is a compelling struggle to uncover the truth in an balanced tale that addresses the pros and cons of corporate and legal America. Grisham brings the story full circle when the protagonist and his rag-tag bunch of litigators take the class action all the way to the supreme court and face off against a legal team led by the same company the protagonist left.

    If you had given up on Grisham recently, this might be a good book to get back into his work. It's a unique take on the legal thriller and a well-crafted story. Highly recommended!

  3. Hitler's Black Victims: The Historical Experiences of European Blacks, Africans and African Americans During the Nazi Era (Crosscurrents in African American History) [Link to buy]

    What they are saying...
    I've know about people of color during the Nazi Era for years. But after over hearing someone say that it was not historically correct to have a person of color in a production of the musical "Cabaret" while I sat in a Starbucks in Richmond, Va. the confederate capitol. My head almost spun around like Linda Blair, I waited until they finished their conversation. And gave then a history lesson about people of color in America and the world. So my purchasing of this book was to further my knowledge of this history. Thank You, Thank You, for such a wonderful book. Because if you don't know your history there is no future.

  4. Resurrecting Midnight [Link to buy]

    What they are saying...
    OMG!!! I love Gideon! Is it okay for me to love a fictional character? From reading Sleeping with Stranger & Waking with Enemies, I knew that that Gideon was off the chain and that Dickey's writing had gone to another level.

    Originally, he explored the con man world with Thieves Paradise, but with the Gideon chronicles, he has taken his action writing to almost a movie level. As you read about the car chases, shoot outs and fights, you feel like you are there. He takes you places in Argentina that the average person would never see, but you feel like you've seen it all. I'm still trying to figure out why none of his books haven't become movies!

    Resurrecting Midnight is a great book. Make you that you read Sleeping with Strangers, Waking with Enemies and Revenge before Dying before you read this one, but all four books will keep you on the edge of your seat!

  5. Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey (Dover Thrift Editions) [link to buy]

    What they are saying...
    I am sadden by the fact that we have allowed others to dictate someone's history. Before reading this book I envisioned an arrogant, self absorber, ignorant man. But this book makes very clear that Mr. Garvey was an INCREDIBLE man. There has been no one else like him since.

    He envisioned a country/continent for all people of African ancestory. He spoke for the 400,000,000 (at the time) blacks in the world. He hated no one, but really loved his race. He did not speak negatively about the other races, but spoke of them in a manner of reverence.

    I do not believe that his beliefs would make sense in today's world, but what would today's world be like if we followed his lead?

    This book has now opened a window in this history for me. Now I must read W.E.B Debois' book(s). I need to research the NAACP.

    The only things I did not like about the book was the fact that it was short and only covered a short period of time in his life.

    I highly recommend this book for those of you who are seeking the truth. It will truly surprise you.

  6. Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary by Jasmine Guy [link to buy]

    What they are saying...
    Being a contemporary of Afeni and also a graduate graduate of a historically black college and university, this book hit home so many times, while bringing fond memories in the process. I have, in many instances while reading the same page of the book, both laughed and cried. I also have A son who was Afeni's son's contemporary and can only imagine the hurt she feels over the loss of her only. I am impressed with the writing and delivery of this book. My big Sunday hat goes off to Jasmine Guy who has so eloquently personified the saying "you can't tell a book by looking at its cover." I didn't think I could truly enjoy any writing besides those of J. California Cooper (read them all and waiting for the next one), but found myself equally engaged in this one. I am glad that, after attending a Hugh Masekela book signing, I came away with his signed CD and Jasmine and Afeni's book. Thanks for the memories and the black history refresher.

  7. Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams [link to buy]

    What they are saying...
    This book has created within me a need to search more about African and African American history. This is the real stuff, the people, places and things beyond, Martin Luther King, George Washington Carver, and Marion Anderson, Montgomery Alabama, and the "60". No, disrespect to any of these but we are too often taught that these people, and things happened in a vacuum without any reference of what happened before them or at the same time.

    The most important thing Dr. Williams does for all people is to answer the question of how did Africa get to the point it currently is in. He pulls back the covers to reveal that the rest of the world did not just pass Africa by, but actively saught to keep Africa back. First, Arabia then Western Europe and its satalites have been robbing and suppressing Africa for centuries.

    This book is a must read, if you want to understand where we are now and how we got here.

  8. The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson [click to order]

    What they are saying...
    While reading this book so many things that Cater G. Woodson said back in the 1930's are still going on and are true today. For example, blacks who invest so much faith in the wrong community/political leaders, blacks religious leaders who drive their big expensive cars and give the wrong message to our people and how blacks will not buy from other blacks because they don't want to see him/her get ahead in their own community. Also knowing how blacks have problems taking orders from other blacks in supervisory position.
    The thing that most influenced me in this book is that we as black people need to take an aggressive approach to changing and leading our community. We as Black Americans need to stop looking to white people for our solutions, because we already have the solutions to many of our problems. And last of all we should stop hating one another and start appreciating the great ideals in our community. What makes this book so great is that it shines the spotlight on what is wrong in the black community, but also on ways of how to fix the things that are wrong in the community concerning education, poverty, job creation, business creation and self sufficiency.

  9. "The Black Bible Of Science" (Compilation) by Dr. Osei Kufuor [click to order]

    What they are saying...
    When I purchased this book, I wasn't completely sure as to what I would find inside. I think this book can be in the mix of start up books for those who are trying to deepen their consciousness about themselves and the world that we live in. There are two parts of the book, the first being involved in the teaching of knowledge of self as it pertains to melanated people. The second part is composed of information about the United States and some things that are hidden from the public as a way of keeping the people misinformed. Solid read!

  10. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander [Click to order]

    What they are saying...
    I'm a white man and I carry with me the cultural legacy of racism. I know I'm not alone but I don't find many other white people who are willing to venture into this uncomfortable territory and own up to our own racism. And while I've had a few conversations about race with black men, I must say I feel like I'm venturing into dangerous territory - how do I transcend the privilege I've had as an socio-economically advantaged white man to connect to those who rightly see me and my kind as an oppressor?

    This was a hard book to read. I said that about "Slavery by Another Name" as well which is the companion book to this one as they both address a white power structure that uses prisons to humiliate, degrade, diminish and control black people. "Slavery by Another Name" addresses this phenomenon during Jim Crow and "The New Jim Crow" addresses how we've been doing this for the past thirty years.

    To the extent white people and non-black minorities I know talk about race, its about why blacks continue to languish at the bottom of the American barrel. If other ethnic groups that have experienced discrimination manage to overcome it and prosper as Americans, what is wrong with blacks? I've always said it was slavery and its legacy, the Jim Crow era and its deprivations but now I realize that the story is even more complex, black men have been disproportionately single out for prison time, causing entire families to suffer the economic loss, the social stigma and family shame that accompanies such imprisonment.

    I remember the O.J. trial and how whites were "shocked" that blacks had such a different take on the police and criminal justice. At the time, there was discussion about how black men were singled out for police harassment and arrest but I don't remember a discussion about why so many black men were imprisoned. In 1995, the impact of the drug wars wasn't fully appreciated but 15 years later with an even larger prison population, it is. The other thing about the O.J. trial that made it complicated was his role as a rich celebrity. In that regard, he took on the power and privilege of a white man and there was a sense that in his marriage to a white woman and in his lifestyle he had been escaping from his black upbringing, betraying blacks. But when he stood trial, blacks hurried to support him against the white power structure.

    This goes to the other argument the book makes which is the way black exceptionalism, the O.Js, the Oprahs, the Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods and Obamas allow whites to believe that racism is dead, that blacks are making it, a sign that our color-blind society has triumphed. This exceptionalism hides or excuses the results of a drug war aimed directly at the black underclass and which has snatched so many black men from their families and putting them at even greater disadvantage. After prison they are marked men, making employment very difficult, voting often impossible and public housing unlikely.

    Class is not the subject of this book but I do think it is also at play both in terms of preserving the tense wariness poor whites feel towards any sign of "special favors" for blacks and as the lesser evil to that of racism but which has defined American life for so long and made everyone - rich and poor - look to the wealthy as successful and the poor as shameful losers.

  11. The Ankh- African Origin of Electromagnetism by Nur Ankh Amen [Click to order]

    What they are saying...
    I purchased this book because I believe there is much more to ancient Egyptian artifacts than we've been told. I was looking for something that would substantiate my belief that the ancient ankh that is seen in Egyptian art, was more than just a symbol of life. After looking more closely at their art and comparing it to modern electrical equipment I came to the conclusion that most of their artwork was depicting equipment that was styled to not only be functional but also beautiful. I began to see electrical connectors, transformers, "lights" batteries and other "electrically powered equipment" all over their artwork! I also saw that the ankh was often attached to these power devices so I looked for a book that had a DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE on how this device actually was used.

    The book The Ankh - African Origin of Electromagnetism is written for someone who is well versed in how electricity works. I did not understand everything because it is a technical book but I did understand the premise. There are not many books that go into detail on the technical aspects of the ankh so I found this book to be very valuable. If you don't buy the theoretical concept about the symbol of life but believe there was much more to ancient man than we've been told, this book is a must read. While I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the technical information, I can indeed say that it will at least stimulate an open-minded person to think outside the box and take another look at ancient man's technology. At least consider that they had access to at least as much technical knowledge as we have today, if not more.

    While the author does mix some religious ideology in with his technical data, if you can read past that, this book is well worth reading, for anyone looking for answers concerning what ancient man, specifically the Egyptians, knew.

  12. African Holistic Health by Llaila Afrika [Click to order]

    What they are saying...
    My first encounter with this book was about 1995 a friend presented it to me, at the time I had no knowledge of Holistic health, reading this book open my eyes to many thing's that were unknown, even though there were things I didn't understand and had a hard time believing, I found myself drawn to at least try that which I felt pertain to me and I must say I owe yrs of pain free living because of this book. I lived with a lot of pain within my stomach from 1983 until 1995 doctors of traditional medicine were not able to tell me the cause or even a cure from what I was dealing with but soon after reading this book I found myself pain free and I could throw away the medicines I was prescribed and now I live life better with out the pain. I am thankful for this book. I recommend it to any one no matter the ethnic back ground it's a great book and a great author Thank you Dr Llaila O. Afrika
  13. Hidden Colors: The Untold History Of People Of Aboriginal,Moor,and African Descent by Dr. Booker T. Coleman [Click to order]

    What they are saying...
    In 12 years of public school education and 4 years of undergraduate education, I have never felt as educated and enlightened as I have after just under 2 hours of watching this film. I had the great fortune of seeing the movie in the theater and had to view the DVD 3+ more times to process all the historical knowledge presented in this film. Beware, this film will lead you to seek more in depth information, so be prepared to spend extra time in your local library or doing your own research on the internet.

  14. HEBREWS TO NEGROES: Wake Up Black America by Ronald Dalton Jr. [Click to order]

    What they are saying...
    Growing up as a African-America Christian; throughout my childhood years in Sunday school and church I wondered why everyone in the bible was white. I wondered why in Sunday school our bible coloring lessons we always needed a white or yellow crayon and not a brown crayon. I wondered why the pastor always called us "Gentiles". I remember watching the "Ten Commandments" and seeing a white Moses and white Israelites. "Hebrews to Negroes" has shaken the foundation of everything I have been taught for 40 years. I always felt inside that black people in America were "God's Chosen People" from reading the Bible, especially in Deuteronomy 28:16-68. In Deuteronomy 28 it describes the Curses of Israel and it only fits what blacks have gone through for what seems to be an eternity. Daniel 9:9-15 proves that the Children of Israel DID in fact disobey Gods commandments. Therefore they STILL should be going through the Curses of Israel. This Book proves without a shadow of a doubt that the REAL biblical Israelites were Black (People of Color) and not the European Ashkenazi or European Sephardic Jews we see today in America, Europe and Israel. There is no way that Black Jews make up 1% of all the Jews worldwide. Thank you so much for putting this book out. This book HANDS DOWN lays to rest all those (European Jews, Catholics, Muslims) who teach and believe that real Jews are white. This book put chills in my spine and made me realize how much Black America has been tricked and deceived. After reading this book, I see now why It says "Wake up Black America". I am more awake now then ever and I will spread the word to others now that I have read this book.

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