Black Poetry : Required Reading: Non-Fiction

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  1. Nia Maishani

    Nia Maishani Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    What are your favorite books, which books do you think are MUST READS for all Nubians, what are you reading right now (if anything)?


    MUST READS:

    Autobiography of Malcolm X: Ed. Alex Haley
    The Isis (Ysis) Papers: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
    Behold, a Pale Horse: Ralph Ellison
    (Selections from) Husia: Ed. by Dr. Maulana Karenga
    A People's History of the United States: Dr. Howard Zinn
    Powernomics: Claude Andersen
    Souls of Black Folk: W.E.B. DuBois

    FAVORITES:

    Empower the People: Tony Brown
    Conspirators' Hierarchy (Story of the Committee of 300): Dr. John Coleman
    Know Thyself: Dr. Na'im Akbar
    From the Browder File: Anthony Browder
    The Science of Self-Realization: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

    READING NOW:

    Souls of Black Folk (re-read)
     
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    i'll b sure to check out some off these great reads u speak on
     
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    non-fiction....favorites, etc.....

    "Soul on Ice" Eldridge Cleaver
    "Notes of A Native Son" James Baldwin
    "I Put A Spell On You" Nina Simone (autobiography)
    "The Debt" Randall Robinson
    "Up From Slavery" Booker T. Washington
    "Value In The Valley" Iyanla Vanzant
    "Black Lies, White Lies" Tony Brown
    "The Heart Of A Woman" Maya Angelou ( the 2nd in her evolving autobiographical series)


    MUST READS.... in my humble opinion

    "The Debt" R. Robinson
    "Up From Slavery" B.T. Washington
    "Black Lies, White Lies" T. Brown
    "Soul on Ice" E. Cleaver


    Reading Now: non/fiction mix

    The Bible - King James Version, books of Proverbs and Acts (re-read) :)....ongoing
    "Black Boy" Richard Wright (re-read)
    "Native Son" Richard Wright (re-read)
    "Sisterfire, Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry" compiled/edited by Charlotte Watson Sherman

    :heart:

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  4. Nia Maishani

    Nia Maishani Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    $$RICH$$, PLEASE read something by Na'im Akbar or Anthony Browder! Although I do refer back on occasion to Dr. Cress Welsing's "Ysis Papers" when the need arises. It's like a handbook on life to be kept in every Black home, in my opinion.

    Oh, and "A People's History of the United States" is a very thick text, but even if you just read a few excerpts from it, you cannot go wrong.

    Great ones, Alyce, I agree with ya on "Soul On Ice" (have yet to read it in its entirety, but it is actually one of the books I have facing forward on my book shelf. Also, Richard Wright and Tony Brown. I'm feeling these suggestions.

    "They Came Before Columbus" by Ivan van Certima
     
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    Thanking you

    for your suggestions sista Nia... I must re-visit "Souls of Black Folk", a definite favorite during my college years..."Malcolm X", another great one.

    I will be checking "They Came Before Columbus"... my children and I were just discussing this.

    Keep this section open... information is our wealth!

    thank you

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  6. Nia Maishani

    Nia Maishani Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    W.E.B. DuBois

    This book has me so absorbed, it is ridiculous!!!

    It is not only hitting me with heavy points one paragraph after another, but the points are composed in such a...

    such a...

    such a ~poetic~ form, that I am just overtaken by the beauty of the language DuBois uses. I'm gonna have to share some of the lines when I have the book in here near the 'puter. This book is poetry, philosophy, sociology and black liberation all rolled into one! A masterpiece!
     
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    ORIGINAL AFRICAN HERITAGE EDITION OF THE HOLY BIBLE.AFRICAN PEOPLE AND EUROPEAN HOLIDAYS:A MENTAL GENOCIDE BOOK ONE & TWO BY REV.ISHAKAMUSA BARASHANGA.RACIAL MATTERS BY KENNETH O'REILLY.NEVER SATISFIED(HOW & WHY MEN CHEAT) BY MICHAEL BAISDEN.CONVICTED IN THE WOMB BY CARL UPCHURCH.100 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE NEGRO AND SEX AND RACE BY J. A. ROGERS.STOLEN LEGACY BY GEORGE G. M. JAMES.THINK AND GROW RICH:A BLACK CHOICE BY DENNIS KIMBRO.AFROCENTRICITY BY MOLEFI K. ASANTE.REAL SOUL FOOD BY STACEY LYN EVANS.GIFTED HANDS BY BEN CARSON M.D. THE FIRE NEXT TIME BY JAMES BALDWIN.AFRICAN HOLISTIC HEALTH BY LLAILA AFRICA.ANY THING BY JAWANZA KUNJUFU OR NA"IM AKBAR.THE DESTRUCTION OF BLACK CIVILIZATION BYCANCELLOR WILLIAMS.THE SPIRIT OF A MAN BY IYANLA VANZANT.SO FAR SO GOOD BY GIL SCOTT-HERONBLACK ROBE,WHITE JUSTICE BYBRUCE WRIGHT.THE AFRICAN ORIGIN OF CIVILIZATION BY CHEIKH ANTA DIOP.
     
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    ANYTHING BY AMIRI BARAKA,MAYA ANGELOU,NIKKI GIOVANNI,OR SONYA SANCHEZ.SPIRIT REBELLIOUS BY KAHLIL GIBRAN AND THE PROPHET BY KAHLIL GIBRAN(CAN BE READ ONLINE).
     
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    Nia Maishani Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    MY Brother.....

    Now THIS is what I'M talking about!

    :spinstar::spinstar::spinstar::spinstar::spinstar: 5 stars for those selections!

    I just want to add,"Sand and Foam" by Khalil Gibran, and also.....


    I have yet to read "Racial Matters", J.A. Rogers is a very heavy one. Still in the middle of Afrikhan Holistic Health, read "Know Thy Self" recently by Akbar, definitely "Afrocentricity", thouroughly benefitted from Kunjufu's "Black Economics", and saw him recently at the State of the Black World Conference in a lecture. Gotta get Gil Scott Heron's book!

    Did I mention Walter Rodney? Gerald Massey?

    ANYTHING by the following scholars:

    Dr. Cheik Anta Diop
    Dr. Chancellor Williams
    Dr. Amos Wilson
    Dr. Runoko Rashidi
    Dr. Leonard Jeffries
    Dr. Molefi K. Asante
    Dr. Na'im Akbar
    Dr. Maulana Karenga
    Dr. Asa G. Hilliard
    Dr. John Henrik Clarke
    Dr. Ivan Van Certima
    Dr. Cornel West
    Dr. W.E.B. DuBois
    Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
    Dr. Marimba Ani
    Dr. Llaila Afrika
    Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
    Dr. Charles Finch

    and the list goes on.....

    DBarka, what are you reading presently?
     
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    I'm vibing off of all of the above listed by our brotha DBaraka and you my sista.....

    question: how can we write if we do not read?

    ok, I'm through.... :)

    thank you again!!!

    a
     
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