Black Women : Books on Sisters's struggles, healing & spirituality

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  1. soulosophy

    soulosophy Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Oct 21, 2006
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    Books that discuss sisters's struggles, their intuitive spirit, their sensitivity to nature and to others, self-awareness and spiritual growth, and the way women work best as a collective unit:

    - Afrikan Woman: The Original Guardian Angel by Ishakamusa Barashango (Lushena Books, 1989, ISBN-10: 1930097395)

    A collection of writing on the Black Woman's creation of and on-going contribution to world civilization. This work sets forth documented proof that the original Afrikan woman is the mother of all living. She was also the first to develop agricultural science, to create and alphabet and mathematics, to devise scripts for writing and to establish educational and social systems. In essence, she was the spiritual impetus for all scientific investigation in the ancient world.

    - Rites of Passage: Psychology of Female Power by Iya Afin & Ayobunmi Sangode (Athelia Henrietta PR, 1999, ISBN-13: 9781890157135)

    From the author of "The Cult of Sango" comes the new book "Rites of Passage, Psychology of Female Power". Author, Iya Sangode examines and raises everyday female issues, while offering self-help techniques. Probably more important, Iya Sangode presents various potent "female psychologies" culled from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria and West Africa. Researching deeply the sacred odus (Yoruba religious scriptures), Sangode draws the readers to the esteemed role of women and their profound position in the community as well as in some of the most powerful and important Yoruba societies and cults.

    - The Goddesses: Psychology of Female Power Part II by Iya Afin & Ayobunmi Sangode (Authorhouse, 2007, ISBN-10: 1425948847)

    My Work is 'GLORIFYING The FEMALE FORCES'; "The GREAT MOTHERS," and The DIVINITIES "OSUN," "YEMOJA," and "OYA." This Book Focuses On These "FEMALE FORCES" And Some of Their COUNTERPARTS In OTHER PARTS of The WORLD. I Choose These "THREE" DIVINITIES because in The Culture of My People, The "FON" of DAHOMEY (REPUBLIC of BENIN), and Also The "YORUBA" of NIGERIA, These THREE DIVINITIES Represent The "THREE STAGES In A WOMAN's LIFE"; and because MY WORK is Focused On The "SPIRITUALITY" and The "PSYCHOLOGY of WOMAN." 'To UNDERSTAND "WOMAN," You Must Understand The "SPIRITUAL FORCES" Behind Them.' ...In This Book, The SECOND in this Series, I continue not only with These Three DEITIES, but ALSO The Introduction of TWO AFRICAN POWERS that The "FON" and The "YORUBA" PEOPLE say are, The FEMININE CREATIVE "GOD" FORCE.


    The Goddesses

    My Work is Glorifying The Female Forces; "The GREAT MOTHERS", and The DIVINITIES "OSUN", "YEMOJA", and "OYA".  This Book Focuses On These "FEMALE FORCES" and Some of Their COUNTERPARTS In OTHER PARTS of The WORLD. I Choose These...

    - Stolen Women: Reclaiming Our Sexuality, Taking Back Our Lives by Gail Elizabeth Wyatt (Wiley, 1998, ISBN-10: 0471297178)

    Based on in-depth interviews with hundreds of women ages 18 to 80 and fascinating case histories from her life experience and clinical practice, Dr. Gail Elizabeth Wyatt arrives at a major new understanding of sex and the black woman. It begins in the distant past, even before we were stolen from our homelands...forced into slavery...robbed of our dignity and our ability to choose our mates. It lives deep within us in powerful myths that label us as selfess parodies of the mammies of old, wanton "she-devils" or "hot mamas," or workhorses, "mules of the world" with no needs of our own.

    Gail Elizabeth Wyatt's Stolen Women explores how body identities are often shaped by deeply rooted myths and cultural stereotypes. Tracing black women's body images and sexuality from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, Wyatt powerfully explains in her introduction that "to the degree that we allow our sexual self-image to be defined by others, we will remain, as our ancestors were, stolen women, captives not of strangers but of the past, and of our own unexamined experiences. The challenge we face is to see ourselves not as others see us or want us to be seen, but as we are, as we were, and as we want to be."

    Wyatt, a Ph.D. and professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral science at UCLA, explores the origins and hazards of these images through a psychiatric lens. Her use of case studies and behavioral research puts a human face on how these myths affect the development of young black women, and her careful analysis breaks down behavioral trends clearly and concisely. Black women are often seen in opposing sexual terms, either as completely nonsexual or perpetually sexually available. Wyatt fills in the gap between these two dangerous stereotypes, unpacking childhood messages about sex and exploring issues like how girls learn to be "ladies." She encourages all "stolen women" to regain control over their bodies from these external forces, allowing women to apply her work to their own lives and giving them the tools to break free, refusing to believe these painful myths are unchangeable.

    - Spirited Women: Lessons in Living by Olayinka Ayoade (Blank Ankh Publications, 2003 [2nd Ed], ISBN: 0-9544277-0X)

    Olayinka urges us to be guided by spirit and recognise some simple but powerful teachings. Teachings that relate to many aspects of living such as the choices we make in life, our success, discipline and parenting skills. Olayinka show us we can find self-love, let go of negativity and embrace life's song.

    - The Goddess Black Woman: Mother of Civilization by Akil (Nia Communications, 1994, ISBN-10: 1564111296)

    You can't help but apply the information that is obtained in this book in your life because he tells you how powerful you are and once that knowledge is known there is no stopping you. Women are powerful individuals who seek powerful Men. Women who don't know themselves will seek just that; a man who does not know himself.

    - Company of Prophets: African American Psychics, Healers & Visionaries by Joyce Noll (Llewellyn Publications, 1992, ISBN-10: 0875425836)

    - Opening To Spirit: Contacting the Healing Power of the Chakras & Honouring African Spirituality by Caroline Shola Arewa (Thorsons, 1998, ISBN: 0-7225-3726-3)

    This book is not just about African (Egyptian and Yoruba) spirituality but also shows the connections to Hindu, Buddhists beliefs to those original Egyptian concepts. It even connects Christian beings to the Egyptians. But this is not a book about Religion she leaves this for you to decide, she just presents the connections as a reference to what she is trying to say. This a "How to Guide", it goes into detail from how to prepare your body for spiritual awaking, i.e. mediations, exercises mainly yoga, to foods you should eat for each Charkas, and Crystals. It also gives a pretty long list of Orisa, and has a chapter dedicated to each individual charka. It is full of easy to do practical things you can do in your own home, to heighten the positive Vibrations in your home and body that are not time consuming. And for women she points out our own powers as Goddesses and the role we USE to play before our original beliefs were destroyed by colonization. This book is very in-depth but not over whelming. It also filled the void I felt and filled in some of the blanks, I was left with after being raised Christian, and exploring other "Major" religion left me with. A MUST BUY for anyone looking to start on a more self-empowering spiritual path!

    - Eboni Chronicles Black Womens Ideas, Beliefs and Lifestyles by Rashun L. Jones (Nushape Publications, 1998, ISBN-10: 0966973003)

    Eboni Chronicles covers six areas of human development. Beauty/Self esteem, education and work, handling emotions, conflicts, problem solving and spirituality from the eyes of the Black woman. Black women share how they have demonstrated a high level of resilience despite of the daily adversities they encounter in life. They share how they deal with the double whammy of racism and sexism. Eboni chronicles doesn't give you scenarios and how life should be handled. It gives you real women, with real life stories and real life solutions.

    - Authentic Hair BY Ademola Mandella (Cosmic Nubian Enterprises, 2001, ISBN 0-937-38318-X)

    This book features photographs of African locks, Nubian twists, Bantu knots, Barber cuts (Afro & Fades), Hair Tattoos, Cosmic locs, (dread- extensions), and MC Locs, (Multi-cultural Locks) by Preston B. Phillips Jr. Empowering poetry and prose by 50 of the Diaspora's most dynamic spoken word artists, enhancing these innovative styles.Also included is a vocabulary and essential information about the care of so called 'ethnic hair'.

    - Daughters of Africa BY Margaret Busby (Ballantine Books, 1994, ISBN-10: 0345382684)

    Daughters of Africa, describes assembling this impressively broad collection of writings by women of African descent. Early selections include songs from sub-Saharan Africa and ancient Egypt that carve out a heritage. Later writings are poignant, infuriating, or simply enjoyable. Nisa, a !Kung woman from Botswana, tells of her family's consternation over her reluctance to marry at the respectable age of 12. Carolia Maria de Jesus writes movingly of life in the Brazilian favelas, shantytown slums where she raised her children. And Alice Childress, a talented American writer and actress, contributes a hilarious one-sided conversation in which a brassed-off maid sets her employer straight regarding their decidedly nonfamilial relationship. Drawing on so many cultures strains the connecting thread, but makes the book richly rewarding.

    - No Disrespect by Sister Souljah (Vintage, 1996, ISBN-10: 0679767088)

    Controversial hip-hop artist Souljah presents a memoir of growing up in the Bronx projects and offers broader views on the state of Afro-American life in America.

    Rapper, activist, and hip-hop rebel, Sister Souljah possesses the most passionate and articulate voice to emerge from the projects. Now she uses that unmistakable voice to deliver what is at once a fiercely candid autobiography and a survival manual for any African American woman who wants to keep her heart open and her integrity intact in 1990s America.

    Each chapter of No Disrespect is devoted to someone who made a difference in Sister Souljah's life -- from the mother who raised her to the men who educated (and mis-educated) her about love -- and each bares a controversial truth about the black condition in America: the disintegration of families; the unremitting combat between the sexes; and the thousand and one ways in which racism continues to circumscribe the ways African American people see themselves and treat one another. The result is an outspoken and often outrageous rejoinder to the pieties of race, class, and gender by a writer who can be wise, bawdy, brutally funny, and as sensitive as a lightning rod in a thunderstorm.

    - Sacred Woman : A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit by Queen Afua (One World/Ballantine, 2001, ISBN-10: 0345434862)

    This has to be taken with a grain (or two) of salt. The voice in which it is written is not what most of us are use to. There is a lot of wisdom within these pages, but it is very hard to disseminate at one sitting, without overload or unconsciousous resistance to what is written...
    The idea of the Goddess is presented in a new view which does cause one to step back and reflect. This is not the end all definitive work, but a very informative view that should be considered and not dismissed.

    - The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Women by Michael Porter (African American Images, 2001, ISBN-10: 0913543721)

    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.

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  2. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Thank you for sharing these!