What is the meaning of freedom?
Angela Y. Davis‘ life and work have been dedicated to examining this fundamental question and to ending all forms of oppression that deny people their political, cultural, and sexual freedom. In this collection of twelve searing, previously unpublished speeches, Davis confronts the interconnected issues of power, race, gender, class, incarceration, conservatism, and the ongoing need for social change in the United States. With her characteristic brilliance, historical insight, and penetrating analysis, Davis addresses examples of institutional injustice and explores the radical notion of freedom as a collective striving for real democracy — not a thing granted by the state, law, proclamation, or policy, but a participatory social process, rooted in difficult dialogues, that demands new ways of thinking and being.
“It is not too much,” writes Robin D.G. Kelly in the introduction, “to call her one of the world’s leading philosophers of freedom.” The Meaning of Freedom articulates a bold vision of the society we need to build and the path to get there. This is her only book of speeches and her first full-length book since Are Prisons Obsolete? (2003).
Angela Y. Davis is professor emerita at the University of California and author of eight books. She is a much sought after public speaker and an internationally known advocate for social justice.
Robin D.G. Kelley is the author of many books and a professor at the University of Southern California.
The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues
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Ramblers: Loyola Chicago 1963 – The Team that Changed the Color of College Basketball by Michael LenehanMarch 25, 2013
Today basketball is played “bove the rim” by athletes of all backgrounds and colors. But 50 years ago it was a floor-bound game, and the opportunities it offered for African-Americans were severely limited.
A key turning point was 1963, when the Loyola Ramblers of Chicago took the NCAA men’ basketball title from Cincinnati, the two-time defending champions. It was one of Chicago’s most memorable sports victories, but Ramblers reveals it was also a game for the history books because of the transgressive lineups fielded by both teams.
Ramblers is an entertaining, detail-rich look back at the unlikely circumstances that led to Loyola’s historic championship and the stories of two Loyola opponents: Cincinnati and Mississippi State. Michael Lenehan’s narrative masterfully intertwines these stories in dramatic fashion, culminating with the tournament’s final game, a come-from-behind overtime upset that featured two buzzer-beating shots.
While on the surface this is a book about basketball, it goes deeper to illuminate how sport in America both typifies and drives change in the broader culture. The stark social realities of the times are brought vividly to life in Lenehan’s telling, illustrating the challenges faced in teams’ efforts simply to play their game against the worthiest opponents.
Ramblers: Loyola Chicago 1963 – The Team that Changed the Color of College Basketball
BACK IN THE DAYS is a compelling finale to the Ghetto Girls Series. Two teen girls are drawn together and after sharing similar experiences, they become even closer. The mountain of tragedies that they have faced in their lives still threatens to push them over the cliff. Even when they feel they’ve moved along, In Ghetto Girls 6, demons from BACK IN THE DAYS continue to haunt. Coco and Deedee come face to face with the violence and issues of the past.
BACK IN THE DAYS, Rachel Harvey’s drug problems haunts her family and pains her daughter. Allegations of murder damages Eric Ascot’s career and the ongoing investigation by the authorities drains his bank account dry. He is forced to make a choice while capitalizing on the experiences of Coco and Deedee in the making of an epic movie.
Does he make the wise choice? How does Coco resolve her mother’s issues? Can Deedee survive time while living in the hood on a budget?
Only one thing’s for sure read BACK IN THE DAYS and you’ll see how their past shapes their future…
Ghetto Girls 6: Back in the Days
As the only one in the family without magic, Makeda has decided to move out on her own and make a life for herself among the claypicken humans. But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to find her own power–and reconcile with her twin sister, Abby-if she’s to have a hope of saving him . . .
We’d had to be cut free of our mother’s womb. She’d never have been able to push the two-headed sport that was me and Abby out the usual way. Abby and I were fused, you see. Conjoined twins. Abby’s head, torso and left arm protruded from my chest. But here’s the real kicker; Abby had the magic, I didn’t. Far as the Family was concerned, Abby was one of them, though cursed, as I was, with the tragic flaw of mortality.
Now adults, Makeda and Abby still share their childhood home. The surgery to separate the two girls gave Abby a permanent limp, but left Makeda with what feels like an even worse deformity: no mojo. The daughters of a celestial demigod and a human woman, Makeda and Abby were raised by their magical father, the god of growing things–an unusual childhood that made them extremely close. Ever since Abby’s magical talent began to develop, though, in the form of an unearthly singing voice, the sisters have become increasingly distant.
Today, Makeda has decided it’s high time to move out and make her own life among the other nonmagical, claypicken humans–after all, she’s one of them. In Cheerful Rest, a run-down warehouse, Makeda finds exactly what she’s been looking for: a place to get some space from Abby and begin building her own independent life. There’s even a resident band, led by the charismatic (and attractive) building superintendent.
But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to find her own talent–and reconcile with Abby–if she’s to have a hope of saving him . . .
“Learn to love your white brothers and sisters, don’t drink from the cup of bitterness, hate and grudges”
–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
No doubt Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream of racial harmony, racial unity, and bringing blacks and whites closer together. In chapter one,”We Still Angry,” you’ll read which of today’s civil rights leaders said, “Get ready, George Washington, there’s a new neighbor on the Potomac. Get ready Mr. Jefferson, there’s a new neighbor on the Potomac. Get ready Mr. Lincoln, there’s a new neighbor, and we (blacks) are all coming to help him move in. We brought our luggage, we brought our food. Guess who’s coming to dinner?” Those divisive words were spoken at a dedication ceremony for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument on August 28, 2011. That cup should have been emptied decades ago, but today’s black African American leaders and spokespeople are diligent in efforts to keep it overflowing. — Doug Saint Carter, Author
Black Americans In The 21st Century: Integrating Or Segregating
Follow Rasan, as he goes through a battle of loving the wrong woman. A known ladies man, his charm and grace entitles him to being the target of affection with a multitude of women, but he commits to the one that doesn’t love him at all. Caught in a turmoil of love, lies, and deception, Rasan tries to escape his one-sided relationship.
In the mist of his exit plan, Rasan is framed and becomes the suspect in a chilling murder. With all evidence pointing towards Rasan, his best friend Devin is the only one that can clear his name, but disappears along the way. With limited resources Devin’s fiance comes to Rasan rescue, only to expose him to some disturbing news that would rehash childhood memories and change the true meaning of his life forever. This action packed thriller will leave the reader understanding how one s perception can be change by the simple words I love you.
| – Jan Clausen
“Ruthie is such a believable and compelling (funny and sad and wise and emotive) character! I think you do a wonderful job with her “voice” and how the events of the novel come through her.”
– Dr. Shelley Armitage
Wyclef Jean is one of the most influential voices in hip-hop. He rocketed to fame in the 1990s with the Fugees, whose multiplatinum album, The Score, would prove a landmark in music history, winning two Grammys and going on to become one of the bestselling hip-hop albums of all time. In Purpose, Wyclef recounts his path to fame from his impoverished childhood in “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s Haiti and the mean streets of Brooklyn and Newark to the bright lights of the world stage.
The son of a pastor and grandson of a Vodou priest, Wyclef was born and raised in the slums of Haiti, moving with his family to New York when he was nine. He lived in Brooklyn’s notorious Marlboro projects until his father, Gesner Jean, took them to Newark, where he converted a burnt-out funeral home into a house for his family and a church for his congregation. But life in New Jersey was no easier for Wyclef, who found it hard to shake his refugee status. Forced to act as a literal and cultural translator for his parents while still trying to master English himself, Wyclef soon learned that fitting in would be a constant struggle. He made his way by competing in “freestyle” rap battles, eventually becoming the best MC in his school. At the same time, Wyclef was singing in his father’s choir and learning multiple instruments while also avidly exploring funk, rock, reggae, and jazz — an experience that would forever shape his sound. When Wyclef chose to pursue a career in music over attending theological school, Gesner, who hated rap, nearly disowned him, creating a gulf between father and son that would take nearly a decade to bridge.
Within a few short years, Wyclef would catapult to international renown with the Fugees. In Purpose he details for the first time ever the inside story of the group: their rise and fall, and his relationships with Pras and Lauryn Hill.
Wyclef also looks back with candor at the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 and his efforts to help rebuild his homeland, including the controversy surrounding YÉle, his aid organization, and his exploratory bid for president of the island nation. The story revealed in Purpose is one of inspiration, full of drama and humor, told in compelling detail, about the incredible life of one of our most revered musical icons.
A new novel from New York Times and USA Today author Francis Ray. The Grayson Friends contemporary romance series book 8, All I Ever Wanted will be released on February 26, 2013.
All I Ever Wanted will be available February 26, 2013.
Here are the bestsellers for African American books that came out in July 2012 (from Amazon.com).
- She Was A Friend of Mine by Jasheem Wilson
(Unique Entertainments, 2012-07-24, Kindle Edition)
Scheyenne Iverson was as normal a girl could be growing up in East Palo Alto until her thirteenth birthday. As a present she receives a dead family and a missing brother who mysteriously vanished around the same time the fire consumed her family. Shi battles with love, depression, friendship, betrayal and grief in this tale of revenge. When Shi snaps and decides to be a victim no more. She soon finds herself in the middle of the drug game married to the man who just might have killed her family. A victim of the streets Shi refuses to be next. With no one other than her best friend who’s been with her since birth Shi finds out the hard way why it’s wise to keep your enemies close…and your friends closer?
- Unfaithful (Krystal) by Soweto Satir
(Brothahood Entertainment, 2012-07-14, Kindle Edition)
Krystal is back, she’s older, smarter, wiser and her son is growing up. Can he save his mother from a life behind bars? Can he hold his family together? Love, intrigue, betrayal….nobody could predict the way this book comes to an end!
- The Corruption Chronicles: Obama’s Big Secrecy, Big Corruption, and Big Government by Tom Fitton
(Threshold Editions, 2012-07-24, Hardcover)
In 2008, Barack Obama made a promise to have the “most transparent administration” of any U.S. president; it was the very cornerstone of his campaign. No secrets. No masks. No smoke and mirrors. No excuses. But over the next four years, President Obama’s administration would prove to be one of the most guarded and duplicitous of our time. Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, America’s largest nonpartisan government watchdog (challenging George W. Bush as well as Bill Clinton), has been investigating Obama ever since he splashed onto the national scene in 2006. Now Fitton exposes devastating secrets the Obama administration has desperately fought—even in court—to keep from the American public. For a while, the Obama stonewall seemed to be holding. Until now. And the revelations are astonishing.
- The Mercy Seat (The Freedom Baptist Trilogy) by Alvetta Rolle
(Ellechor Publishing House, LLC, 2012-07-02, Kindle Edition)
Going from raunchy to redeemed is not easy. When 19 year old prostitute Sofia Douglas walks into Freedom Baptist to reconcile with her mentally abusive foster mother Julia Aaron, she is met with much more than she bargained for.Although befriended by an elderly church mother by the name of Ruth Stills, she begins to fall for Ruth’s son Xavier who is handsome, caring, a minister… and married. Sofia begins an endless cycle of trying to stifle mutual feelings for a married man of God, and combat the bitterness of a mother who has her own issues, both spiritually and psychologically.With the arrival of the mysterious Sofia walks at the last night of revival, Xavier Stills and Felecia’s already troubled marriage takes a tumultuous turn for the worst. Felecia and Xavier now have to fight to save their diminishing relationship, even as they try to ward off the temptation of yielding to outside influences.
- The Communist by Paul Kengor
(Mercury Ink, 2012-07-17, Hardcover)
In his memoir, Barack Obama omits the full name of his mentor, simply calling him “Frank.” Now, the truth is out: Never has a figure as deeply troubling and controversial as Frank Marshall Davis had such an impact on the development of an American president. Although other radical influences on Obama, from Jeremiah Wright to Bill Ayers, have been scrutinized, the public knows little about Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, cited by the Associated Press as an “important influence” on Obama, one whom he “looked to” not merely for “advice on living” but as a “father” figure.
- Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever by Jack McCallum
(Ballantine Books, 2012-07-10, Hardcover)
They were the Beatles of basketball, the Mercury Seven in sneakers. In Dream Team, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global sensation. As a senior staff writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona. For the duration of the Olympics, he lived with, golfed with, and—most important—drank with some of the greatest players of the NBA’s Golden Age: Magic Johnson, the ebullient showman who shrugged off his recent diagnosis of HIV to become the team’s unquestioned captain and leader; Michael Jordan, the transcendent talent at the height of his powers as a player—and a marketing juggernaut; and Charles Barkley, the outspoken iconoclast whose utterances on and off the court threatened to ignite an international incident.
- Ski Mask Gang by Boo Jackson
(2012-07-27, Kindle Edition)
Nasir has been friends with Desmond and Damon since high school. They chased girls together, played sports together, and committed robberies together. Knocking over convenience stores was the thing to do when they were kids, but greed caused them to raise the stakes and attempt to knock over a bank. As the saying goes “There’s no honor amongst thieves.” Come take a look into the lives of these three young men and see just how true that statement is.
- With This Kiss (Welcome to Nottoway) by Candice Poarch
(Candice Poarch, 2012-07-03, Kindle Edition)
When Phoenix Dye returns to Nottoway, Virginia, after an eleven year absence, little did he know that the bothersome triplets who live across the road from him are his children by the only woman he has ever loved.Karina Wallace once believed in love, too, but all that changed after that one incredible summer spent with Phoenix. He disappeared without a trace, leaving her pregnant and alone. Now he’s back and she’s torn between telling him the truth or leaving things as they are. She feels Phoenix will only be in town for a short time. Why let the triplets fall in love with him only to be heartbroken when he leaves? But when she is blackmailed, will she be forced to tell him the truth?
- They Call Me…Montey Greene (The Montey Greene Action Thriller Series) by A.R. Yoba
(GhettoSuburbia Entertainment, 2012-07-03, Kindle Edition)
WHO IS MONTEY GREENE? WHY DOES EVERYBODY WANT TO KNOW HIS NAME THEN WANT HIM DEAD?
- Already Taken by Love Lee
(Dahl House Publications, 2012-07-08, Kindle Edition)
Being the wifey of a dope boy is no easy task, just ask Fallon Hall. Late nights, early mornings, and broken promises were all that she’d ever known with Cash. Fed up with feeling like the mistress while the streets were his main chick, she broke things off with him. Now a year later, Fallon still can’t get Cash out of her head and neither could he. A chance encounter with Cash reveals that he is finally ready to make his exit from the streets and marry the woman of his dreams. There’s only one rift in their fairytale ever after…What do you do when the woman you love is already taken by your older brother?
- The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
(Doubleday, 2012-07-17, Hardcover)
The Sandcastle Girls is a sweeping historical love story steeped in Chris Bohjalian’s Armenian heritage.When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The year is 1915 and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo and travels south into Egypt to join the British army, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, and comes to realize that he has fallen in love with the wealthy, young American woman who is so different from the wife he lost.Fast forward to the present day, where we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist living in suburban New York. Although her grandparents’ ornate Pelham home was affectionately nicknamed “The Ottoman Annex,” Laura has never really given her Armenian heritage much thought. But when an old friend calls, claiming to have seen a newspaper photo of Laura’s grandmother promoting an exhibit at a Boston museum, Laura embarks on a journey back through her family’s history that reveals love, loss – and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.
- If I Can’t Have You by Mary B. Morrison
(Kensington Books, 2012-07-31, Kindle Edition)
What really makes a man plunge headlong into obsession? And what does he do past the point of no return? New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison delivers a seductive, mesmerizing tale of “love” gone dangerously wrong. . .Madison is my woman. She needs me. This is the mantra Granville Washington constantly repeats to others, including the friends and family who beg him to respect Madison Tyler’s demand that he leave her alone. Sure, Granville knows they’re as different as can be. He’s a construction worker, ball-and-chained to the Houston grid, while brilliant, beautiful Madison runs her own multi-million dollar company. But he also knows she can’t resist the way he kisses every inch of her just right. After only three months, Granville is sure she’s everything he desires in a wife. If Madison only knew the real him, she’d realize they belong together. And he’ll do anything to make her his. Forever. What part of “I’m not in a relationship with you,” didn’t Granville understand? No matter how direct Madison is, Granville just doesn’t get it. He was fine when it came to putting in overtime burning up the sheets, but that’s where their connection ends–or so she thinks. Once the stalking begins, Madison files a police report. She’s determined to take her life back. But once she moves on for real, Granville has a surprise for her. . .when she least expects it. Madison is about to discover just how far he will go to have and to hold her. Whether she wants him or not.