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Wyclef Jean’s Purpose, pg10
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Lutishia Lovely is an actress and former radio personality who resides near San Diego, CA. Lutishia Lovely burst on to the scene with Sex In The Sanctuary, a novel that crosses genres and shakes up comfort zones. Billed as the book "where sex and spirituality collide," the year of its release SITS positioned Lutishia as a Debut Author Finalist at the Southeastern Arts Association's Literary Awards. The novel was a bestseller on Amazon, Black Expressions and other internet sites and the subsequent books in this ongoing series: Love Like Hallelujah, A Preacher's Passion, Heaven Right Here, Reverend Feelgood, and Heaven Forbid, have enjoyed tremendous success as well, and have made her a popular guest with book clubs, magazines and radio stations. Lutishia's latest offering, the Business Trilogy, has received bestselling success. Comprised of All Up In My Business, Mind Your Own Business, and Taking Care Of Business, fans have embraced the Livingston family just as enthusiastically as they embraced the first series, Hallelujah Love. Her current body of work, seventeen novels covering two genres, has been favorably recognized by reviewers, book clubs and readers around the globe. Lovely's award-winning literary career also includes romance novels by her alter-ego, Zuri Day. NYT Bestselling author Carl Weber declares Lovely, a great new taste in the literary world. Lutishia Lovely will be at the Nappiology Expo 2012 sharing her literary work.
gressive Baptist Church lives to preach. But when it comes to practice, they could use a little divine intervention. . .Minister King Brook's daughter, Princess, is about to marry the man she thinks she loves until a disaster leaves her lavish wedding--and her life--in shambles. Her ex, Kelvin, has returned to win her back. Her fiancée, Rafael, is determined to tie the knot. And when Princess's grandfather, the Reverend Doctor Pastor Bishop Overseer Mister Stanley Obadiah Meshach Brook, Jr., adds his own unexpected contribution to the matrimonial mayhem, all you-know-what breaks loose. . . Meanwhile, Princess's mother, Tai, is working hard to keep it all together. As if her daughter's wedding bell blues aren't enough, menopause has her losing her sex drive, gaining weight, and battling insecurities. But King's too busy to talk, her mother -in-law is in a fight of her own, and her best friend is dealing with a major family crisis. Tai learns that when God is all you've got, He's all you need. All, that is, except some decisions and some actions that aren't always so divine. . .
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...In Natural Hair Know Your Hair Story! Iron Lady Opinion If you really want to understand your hair story than Hair Story by Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps is a must read and should be apart of your home library. A book full of truth and facts can only lead one to unapologetically appreciate their kinky hair texture. Sometimes you find yourself in a position to discuss and defend your transition or rather reclamation of your natural hair, this book gives you the tools to fortifying yourself against naysayers who will discourage you and at the same time educate you from the years of being misled. The first chapter alone is powerful history of African hair to bondage. Excerpt from Hair Story... The story of Black people’s hair begins where everything began -- in Africa. Not surprisingly, the birthplace of both astronomy and alchemy also gave rise to a people in perfect harmony with their environment. Indeed the dense, spiraling curls of African hair demonstrate evolutionary genius. Like natural air conditioning, this frizzy, kinky hair insulates the head from the brutal intensity of the sun’s rays. Of course there is not one single type of African hair, just as there is not one single type of African. The variety of hair textures from western African alone ranges from the deep ebony, kinky curls of the Mandingos to the loosely curled, flowing locks of the Ashanti. The one constant Africans share when it comes to hair is the social and cultural significance intrinsic to each beautiful strand. In the early fifteenth century, hair functioned as a carrier of messages in the most West African societies. The citizens of these societies-including the Wolof, Mende, Mandingo and Yoruba-were the people who filled the slave ships that sailed to the “New World.” Within these cultures, hair was an integral part of a complex language system. Ever since African civilizations bloomed, hairstyles have been used to indicate a person’s marital status, age, religion, ethnic identity, wealth and rank within the community. In some cultures a person’s surname could be ascertained simply by examining the hair because each clan had its own unique hairstyle. The hairstyle also served as an indicator of a person’s geographic origins. The Kuramo people of Nigeria, for example, were recognized by their unique coiffure shaved head with a single tuft of hair left on top. In the Wolof culture of Senegal, young girls who were not of marrying age partially shaved their heads to emphasize their availability for courting. … While the social significance of the hair was weighty for the African people, the aesthetic aspects were just as important. “West African communities admire a fine head of long, thick hair on a woman. A woman with long, thick hair demonstrates the life-force, the multiplying power of profusion, prosperity, a ‘green thumb’ for raising bountiful farms and many healthy children” wrote Sylvia Ardyn Boone, an anthropologist specializing in Mende culture of Sierra Leone.
VOICE OF THE PAST that the movement, the anti-war movement ought to be a single issue movement, the cessation of the war in Vietnam. They do not want to relate it to the other kinds and forms of repression that are taking place here in this country. There's another group of people who say that we have to make those connections. Yeah, I'd just like to say that I like being We have to talk about what's happening called sister much more than professor in Vietnam as being a symptom of someand I've continually said that if my job -- thing that's happening all over the world, if keeping my job means that I have to of something that's happening in this make any compromises in the liberation country. And in order for the anti-war struggle in this country, then I'll gladly movement to be effective, it has to link leave my job. This is my position. up with the struggle for black and brown liberation in this country with the strugNow there has been a lot of debate in the gle of exploited white workers. Now I left sector of the anti-war movement as to think we should ask ourselves why the what the orientation of that movement that first group of people want the antishould be. And I think there are two main war movement to be a single issue moveissues at hand. One group of people feels ment. Somehow they feel that it's neces-
The Liberation of Our People: Transcript of a Speech Delivered by Angela Y. Davis at a Black Panther rally in Bobby Hutton Park (AKA DeFremery Park), Oakland, CA on Nov. 12, 1969
sary to tone down the political content of that movement in order to attract as many people as possible. They think that mere numbers will be enough in order to affect this government's policy. But I think we have to talk about the political content. We have to talk about the necessity to raise the level of consciousness of the people who are involved in that movement. And if you analyze the war in Vietnam, first of all it ought to become obvious that if the United States Government pulled its troops out of Vietnam that that repression would have to crop up somewhere else. And in fact, we're seeing that as this country is being defeated in Vietnam, more and more acts of repression are occurring here on the domestic scene. Read the full speech at www.panthercitytx.com
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A BLACK MAN’S PERSPECTIVE Several men were asked their perspective on the question below and here are their responses… Marcus Garvey, a "black nationalist," began a movement to get AfricanAmericans to take pride in their natural hair, rejecting new products that tamed kinky hair. This movement continued as African-Americans made large, looming Afros popular in the 1960s, a style made popular by Angela Davis. What are your current views on the women's natural hair movement of today? How do you embrace this new movement?
Rage The Poet Dallas, TX
Germain Trotter Fort Worth, TX
Author Les Barnett Pollard, Longview, TX Robin Kirkland Houston, TX
Embracing our natural hair is a form of immortality at it's finest. For a woman to capture her timeless beauty & strength proves that she knows the roots that have been planted and the roots she will plant soon. I wouldn't call the movement new, at this very moment it pre-dates us all. I personally embrace it by spreading knowledge through the crazy words I speak.
I think that women express and show their "True Natural Beauty" when they wear their natural hair it represents confidence and boldness within self and those are the most attractive characteristics that I find in a woman so keep it up and natural! can u dig it!
My viewpoint is . . . Both Natural and artifical is beautiful. I love divesity just like short, long and medium length hair. Ladies should be proud and beautiful in whatever style they choose. I believe in Freedom and not constrictions. I support all forms and styles. No nationality should ever but ashamed of their natural if its their choice. Choice is Beautiful!! I am fully behind women wearing their natural hair. I know more and more women are wearing their natural hair but they are wearing straight hair wigs over it and this I really don't support.
Great Hair Books Joe Mangram Fort Worth, TX
Dj Ebou Richardson, TX
My views on it is some of them look good and some of them don’t. I understand that they say that it makes your hair stronger but if they do it make sure they keep it up.
I don’t follow the movement itself but I do have my own opinion about natural hair. Even in my own hair I don’t use anything artificial. I believe in doing everything natural as God intended it to be. I like women better natural but taken care of. Don’t leave it nappy, take care of it. I’m not into all the weave and fake hair. I like to see them taking care of their hair. When it comes to the naturalness of women’s hair, I don’t want to see a woman that pretends. One that says she wants her hair natural because she wants to be lazy. Keep it natural and neat. Tying a headband around our hair and calling it natural doesn’t attract me. Back home they braid hair just with water. Comes out looking real good. You don’t need to add chemicals to make it look good. If you go out to the club or an event and you see a lady looking nice but then you see her later with no hair, nails, etc you start to lose feeling for her. It’s not the same. Natural is better.
“The Cutting Season is a rare murder mystery with heft, a historical novel that thrills, a page-turner that makes you think. Attica Locke is a dazzling writer with a conscience.” —Dolen Perkins-Valdez, New York Times bestselling author of Wench Attica Locke’s breathtaking debut novel, Black Water Rising, won resounding acclaim from major publications coastto-coast and from respected crime fiction masters like James Ellroy and George Pelecanos, earning this exciting new author comparisons to Dennis Lehane, Scott Turow, and Walter Mosley. Locke returns with The Cutting Season, a second novel easily as gripping and powerful as her first—a heart-pounding thriller that interweaves two murder mysteries, one on Belle Vie, a historic landmark in the middle of Lousiana’s Sugar Cane country, and one involving a slave gone missing more than one hundred years earlier. Black Water Rising was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an Edgar® Award, and an NAACP Image Award, and was short-listed for the Orange Prize in the U.K. The Cutting Season has been selected by bestselling author Dennis Lehane as the first pick for his new line of books at HarperCollins. In Black Water Rising, Attica Locke delivered one of the most stunning and sure-handed fiction debuts in recent memory, garnering effusive critical praise, several award nominations, and passionate reader response. Now Locke returns with The Cutting Season, a riveting thriller that intertwines two murders separated across more than a century. Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property, her throat cut clean.
As the investigation gets under way, the list of suspects grows. But when fresh evidence comes to light and the sheriff's department zeros in on a person of interest, Caren has a bad feeling that the police are chasing the wrong leads. Putting herself at risk, she ventures into dangerous territory as she unearths startling new facts about a very old mystery—the long-ago disappearance of a former slave—that has unsettling ties to the current murder. In pursuit of the truth about Belle Vie's history and her own, Caren discovers secrets about both cases—ones that an increasingly desperate killer will stop at nothing to keep buried. Taut, hauntingly resonant, and beautifully written, The Cutting Season is at once a thoughtful meditation on how America reckons its past with its future, and a highoctane page-turner that unfolds with tremendous skill and vision. With her rare gift for depicting human nature in all its complexities, Attica Locke demonstrates once again that she is "destined for literary stardom" (Dallas Morning News).
ABOUT ATTICA LOCKE Attica Locke’s first novel, Black Water Rising, was shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize in the UK in 2010. It was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Strand Magazine Critics Award. The novel was also a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. In addition, Attica has spent many years working as a screenwriter, penning movie and television scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, and Dreamworks. She was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmakers Lab and is a graduate of Northwestern University. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter. She is a member of the board of directors for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles .
Other Mystery books to Enjoy! The Dead Man's Wife by Solomon Jones Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson Attorney-Client Privilege by Pamela Samuels Young Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei J. Quartey Darkness and the Devil Behind Me: A Lanie Price Mystery by Persia Walker Tangled Roots (Kendra Clayton Novels) by Angela Henry
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STYLISTS SPEAKOUT Your Hair is Your Glory Your Hair is Your Glory" is a catchy phrase I use to hear growing up. I would see afros, pressed hair (on special occasions only), plaits, braids and twists. What happened to our Glory? Instead of a head full of natural healthy hair, I now see relaxed out, balding, & thinning hair. Not to mention lace front wigs, sew ins, extension braids and a whole lot of MESS created by Asians for African Americans, black folks. Who made us deny our HAIR? Who made us hate our KINKS? Who made us disconnect from our BLACKNESS. STOP destroying YOUR Natural ESSENCE and restore your HAIR. It is truly your GLORY. There are so many styles you can wear on your God given natural hair. Knowledge of your hair texture and hair products will help ease your hair journey. Try not to become product junkies and look at the ingredients. They should be all natural due to the fact that your skin absorbs everything. Eating to live and not living to eat will make a big impact on the condition of your hair. Eating a poor diet we will display dry, brittle, damaged hair. Eating healthy food will display vibrant, moisturized, lustrous hair. Finding a support team is a plus when you are transitioning or doing the big chop and haven’t ever seen your hair kinky and only know straight hair. It can be a bit traumatizing at first. Come to Deep In The Roots and receive a free consultation and let us service you where we use only our natural hair product line – “Natural Essences” . Let us help you return to your Natural Essence your Hair is Your Glory!!!!!!!
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Purpose: An Immigrant's Story 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 Wyclef Jean is one of the most influen- soon learned that fitting in would be a contial voices in hip-hop. He rocketed to fame stant struggle. He made his way by comin the 1990s with the Fugees, whose multi- peting in "freestyle" rap battles, eventually platinum album, The Score, would prove a becoming the best MC in his school. At the landmark in music history, winning two same time, Wyclef was singing in his faGrammys and going on to become one of ther's choir and learning multiple instruthe bestselling hip-hop albums of all time. ments while also avidly exploring funk, In Purpose, Wyclef recounts his path to rock, reggae, and jazz—an experience that fame from his impoverished childhood in would forever shape his sound. When Wy"Baby Doc" Duvalier's Haiti and the mean clef chose to pursue a career in music over streets of Brooklyn and Newark to the attending theological school, Gesner, who hated rap, nearly disowned him, creating a bright lights of the world stage.
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.
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Holiday Cooking with Delilah’s Everyday Soul Delilah Winder is a celebrity chef, restaurant owner and cookbook author who has a passion for food and entertaining. From a little girl in her grandmother’s kitchen to the “it” girl on the Philadelphia food scene, Delilah is a successful business woman on the continual move and taking her fine cooking with her. Born in Richmond, VA and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Delilah remembers meals being events morning, noon and night. "I woke up to eat," she says, lovingly recalling the aromas which would wake her up and send her rushing downstairs to dig into her grandma's homemade biscuits. "My grandma made those biscuits from scratch every morning," she continues. "We'd all sit at the table for every meal. Everything would be laid out in platters. She'd make fried chicken every Sunday morning, along with biscuits, gravy, bacon and eggs, homemade preserves—and grandma worked, too!" Upon graduating from high school, Delilah moved to New York to pursue a degree in interior design from the New York School of Design. After graduating and succeeding in the field of interior design, Delilah moved to Philadelphia, married and became an award winning business analyst at a local insurance company. With the confidence gained by finding success in two completely different fields, Delilah instinctively knew it was time to pursue her true passion of cooking. With vigor, Delilah studied cookbooks, experimented with recipes and attended classes at The Restaurant School. In 1984, with financial assistance from her family, she leased her first booth at the Reading Terminal Market, thus beginning the Delilah’s Southern Cuisine Company. In 2000, she opened Bluezette in old city Philadelphia - an elegant
restaurant that uniquely reflects her Southern heritage. From the all-blue room, to specialty rum drinks, to Southern fried chicken, ceviche and smoked fish dishes, she stylishly incorporated all the things she loved and named it after a song she fondly remembers her father playing frequently, called “Bluezette”. In the fall of 2006, Chef Winder continued to develop her professional career by publishing her favorite southern recipes in Delilah’s Everyday Soul: Southern Cooking With Style cookbook. Containing a foreword by author and personal chef of Oprah Winfrey, Art Smith, the book includes many of the recipes that have made Delilah a favorite chef of celebrities such as Patti LaBelle, Denzel Washington, Danny Glover, the NFL’s Donovan McNabband Tavis Smiley. In Delilah’s Everyday Soul, chef Delilah Winder shares more than 100 of her favorite recipes and the stories behind them, Delilah reaches back to her roots and forward to future generations of soul food lovers with her fun, eclectic recipes. For Delilah, Southern food comes from the heart and touches the soul. The recipes in Delilah's Everyday Soul are arranged by occasion and accented with special memories, tips, and suggestions for preparing and serving. They feature traditional soul food like Delilah’s delectable fried chicken and strawberry lemonade, and also include more modern renditions of the fare, plus alternative ingredients for those who want to try healthier versions of the spectacular recipes. With a passion for food and a heart for humanity – Delilah also makes time to give back to the community by participating in various charitable activities such as Pie-In-The-Sky for MANNA and Meals on Wheels for Action AIDS.
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Delilah's 7 Cheese Mac and Cheese Ingredients Unsalted butter, for the baking dish 1 pound elbow macaroni 6 large eggs, at room temperature 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup (4 ounces) cubed Velveeta cheese 3 cups half-and-half, at room temperature 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) grated sharp yellow cheddar cheese 1 cup (4 ounces) grated extra-sharp white cheddar cheese 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Asiago cheese 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Gruyere cheese 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Muenster cheese Pinch kosher salt, or to taste 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper Directions Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly butter a 4-quart rectangular baking dish. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until slightly al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain and set aside to keep warm. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until frothy. Add the butter, Velveeta, and 1 cup of the half-and-half. Add the warm macaroni and toss until the Velveeta has melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the remaining 2 cups half-and-half, 1 1/2 cups of the yellow cheddar, the remaining cheeses, the salt, and the pepper. Toss until completely combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish, and bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup yellow cheddar and bake until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes. Serve hot.
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