White Fragility by:Robin Diangelo
Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality.
Antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo first coined the term “white fragility” in 2011, and since then it’s been invoked by critics from Samantha Bee to Charles Blow. “White fragility” refers to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially. These include emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors including argumentation and silence. In this book, DiAngelo unpacks white fragility, explaining the underlying sociological phenomena. She’ll draw on examples from her work and scholarship, as well as from the culture at large, to address these fundamental questions: How does white fragility develop? What does it look like? How is it triggered? What can we do to move beyond white fragility and engage more constructively?
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Going to the Mountain by:Ndaba Mandela
The first-ever book to tell Nelson Mandela’s life through the eyes of a child who was raised by him, chronicling Ndaba Mandela’s life living with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders and humanitarians the world has ever known.
In a story that has never been told, Going to the Mountain tells the tale of how Nelson Mandela steered his grandson Ndaba from his reckless youth (shirking school, fighting in gangs) to his maturation into a fully realized and principled adulthood–all as an often-single parent in his years after political imprisonment and through his landmark presidency of South Africa. On a scale both intimate and epic, the book will detail the gripping arc of Ndaba’s own extraordinary journey, which mirrors that of South Africa’s, from the segregated Soweto ghettos into which he was born, to the presidential mansion in which he grew up, and the challenged times in which he lives now.
Embedded deeply throughout are the rich tribal wisdom and folktales of Nelson Mandela’s Xhosa tribe, which he adored sharing with his grandson–and which influenced both men throughout their lives and helped change the world. Going to the Mountain vividly illustrates the important life lessons Nelson taught his grandson about freedom, forgiveness, leadership, education and self-discipline, strength of body and spirit, integrity and responsibility, respect for oneself and others, resistance in the right ways, times and places, passion for life and purpose, and peace. As readers will learn, Nelson was proudly Xhosa–and its stories fuel so much of his life’s work. Indeed, the title of the book is taken from the Xhosa word, Ulwaluko (“Going to the Mountain”), an ancient Xhosa coming-of-age rite, which Nelson himself once endured and through which he (standing in place of Ndaba’s father, who was dying of HIV-AIDS) proudly shepherds his grandson.
For years, people have asked Ndaba to write his remarkable story in a book–including, significantly, many of his prominent supporters. Now, with the approach of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday in July 2018, and global momentum building around the occasion and his foundation’s efforts, Ndaba is being embraced by an extraordinary network of supporters–and he feels ready. This is the time.
It is, at day’s end, a message of unlocking the power within each of us–the cautionary tale of a life that could go one way or the other, depending upon the intervention of a caring soul; and the ability, and awesome power, of an individual life to serve as a catalyst for change.
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How Not to Get Shot by:D.L. Hughley
White people have been telling black folks how to act for 400 years. They’ll even offer advice after you get shot! D. L. Hughley–the fearless comedy legend and one of the “Original Kings of Comedy”–hilariously confronts injustice in his powerful new book.
In America, a black man is three times more likely to be killed in encounters with police than a white guy. If only he had complied with the cop, he might be alive today, pundits say in the aftermath of the latest shooting of an unarmed black man. Or, Maybe he shouldn’t have worn that hoodie … or, moved more slowly … not been out so late … Wait, why are black people allowed to drive, anyway?
This isn’t a new phenomenon. White people have been giving “advice” to black folks for as long as anyone can remember, telling them how to pick cotton, where to sit on a bus, what neighborhood to live in, when they can vote, and how to wear our pants. Despite centuries of whites’ advice, it seems black people still aren’t listening, and the results are tragic.
Now, at last, activist, comedian, and New York Times bestselling author D. L. Hughley offers How Not to Get Shot, an illustrated how-to guide for black people, full of insight from white people, translated by one of the funniest black dudes on the planet. In these pages you will learn how to act, dress, speak, walk, and drive in the safest manner possible. You also will finally understand the white mind. It is a book that can save lives. Or at least laugh through the pain.
The Plot To Destroy Democracy by:Malcolm Nance
Retired Intelligence officer and New York Times bestselling author of The Plot to Hack America, Malcolm Nance, offers a provocative, comprehensive analysis of the Russian Federation’s master plan to destroy democracy, the methodologies used in the 2016 election, what will be their next steps, and how to stop them.
Malcolm Nance’s previous book, the New York Times bestselling The Plot to Hack America, blew the whistle on Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Vladimir Putin’s plans to undermine the 2016 presidential election, alerting the public to the full scale of the hacking and helping usher that story to the top of the headlines. Based on his original research and countless interviews with espionage experts, Nance’s new book, THE PLOT TO DESTROY DEMOCRACY, examines why Putin and his underlings aimed to sabotage the election, reveals the full scope of their plans–including how the hacking accomplished a crucial first step for destabilizing the West–as well as what they have in store.
THE PLOT TO DESTROY DEMOCRACY exposes how Russia has supported the campaigns of right-wing extremists throughout the U.S. and Europe, seeking to create anti-democratic sentiment around the world that can be leveraged to build a Russian-led alliance of non-democratic autocracies. Nance examines how and why Putin’s associates have sought to bring fringe candidates in the West into the mainstream and how they have used the populist battlefield of social media to mount their vicious campaigns.
Revelatory, insightful, and at times shocking, THE PLOT TO DESTROY DEMOCRACY reveals for the first time how Russia’s recent hackings in the U.S. and Europe and its increasingly belligerent rhetoric fit into its master plan to unseat democracies around the world.
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Peril & Prayer by:Olivia Matthews
How do you solve a problem like Marianna?
This year’s Advent retreat has been booked for the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Hermione of Ephesus at the pastoral Briar Coast Cabin Resorts in New York. But when the combative Sister Marianna practically loses her religion arguing over minor details with resort co-owner Autumn Tassler, Sister Louise “Lou” LaSalle blessedly steps in as peacemaker.
Only days later, Autumn is found strangled in her office, and hot-headed Sister Marianna becomes the sheriff’s deputies’ prime suspect. They believe her missing scarf may be the murder weapon, but Sister Lou believes Sister Marianna’s being framed. If she has a prayer of keeping Sister Marianna out of prison, she’ll need to once again put her faith in her nephew Chris LaSalle and reporter Shari Henson to help her solve the case. As the trio tries to cross suspects off the list, Sister Lou has no choice but to stick her neck out—if she’s going to unveil who was desperate enough to resort to murder . . .
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Hustle Hard by:Saundra
Three friends who escaped the streets. Now they’re cashing in on a brilliant hustle and living their million-dollar dreams. But it may cost them their friendship-—and their lives.
For Isis, Secret, and Penny, the good times just keep getting better. As “managers” of Miami’s hottest custom car shop, they’re moving vast kilos of product faster than their scammer boss, Kirk, can pimp out rides—and living la vida luxurious. So they’ve got things under control when Secret and Penny’s alcoholic mother shows up needing help. And when Isis’ one-time love, Bobbi, begs for another chance—complete with a huge payoff—she’s got his loot on lock and temptation at arm’s length . . .
But fast money brings ever more lethal problems. Penny falls into a vicious spiral of addiction no amount of cold hard cash can break. As Secret and Isis struggle to save her, a vengeful enemy goes hard after Kirk and the business, putting all three friends in the crosshairs. And as they fight to save what they’ve built, staying alive means risking unthinkable options—and betrayal no friendship can forgive . . .
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Shot Through the Heart by:Ms Bam
In the game of love, a little bit of crazy may be just what you need to make your world feel sane.
Have you ever talked with God and asked what you have done to be treated so badly? Nicole Evans has spent the last year and a half having this same conversation. Quite honestly, she has been talking so loudly that she isn’t hearing God whisper back to her, “Just wait. I have a love planned for you that will surpass everything you thought you wanted.”
After the demise of her relationship with long-time boyfriend DonTravious, Nicole thinks her prayers have been answered when Kendrick Taylor walks into her life. Life with him is bliss–until he walks out of her life, leaving her more broken and alone than she’s ever felt. Mourning the love she’s lost, Nicole has resigned herself to the fact that she will be alone forever.
Jeremiah gives his all to Mia, a rising R&B star. He even accepts the responsibility of raising another man’s child without a second thought. Jeremiah feels ready to conquer the world; then, with one fateful trip to Texas, he discovers that everything he thought he knew about Mia was a lie. Now, Jeremiah is richer than ever, but his heart is cold. He’s a straight savage when it comes to love. The only purpose women serve is to meet his physical needs. That is, until one business encounter leads him straight into the arms of a woman he thinks is certifiably crazy.
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Pampered by:Germaine Solomon
Pampered, an interracial romantic saga, is packed with so much heat that it should require a warning label. Dramatic, fast-paced, erotic, and full of insane twists, this amazing love story is guaranteed to captivate the hearts of BWWM fans and women abroad who go crazy over alpha males.
After an interrupted dance performance, Radiance Alexander is literally picked up and carried away, kicking and screaming, from her job at a popular Atlanta gentlemen’s club. Sexy multimillionaire Eli Jamieson would prefer that she live in the lap of luxury than on the laps of strange and horny men. What begins as a goodwill gesture soon evolves into the most flammable romance under the heavens. Lust, love, and passion quickly consume Eli and the young woman who makes him feel born again. In fact, they’re so caught up in the rapture that Eli ignores the fact that a woman from his past still has a loose hold on him, and Radiance fails to prepare for the day of reckoning that she knows will eventually come.
Radiance and Eli are forced to deal with persistent outside forces that threaten to tear them apart. They overcome every obstacle they face, intensifying the bonding of their souls, but when tragedy strikes, will Radiance’s love and faith be enough to cover Eli and give him the will to fight and live? Or will their happiness be snatched away by death?
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Loyal to His Lies by:T.C Littles
Every relationship has its ups and downs.
Zaria Taylor weathers the storms, accepting the bad times as temporary whenever Renard cheats. Deep down inside, Zaria prays the years invested into their relationship will be enough to keep their foundation sturdy. “Do or Die” and “Till Death do us Part” are her mottos, though her wedding ring finger is still bare. She makes the mistake of believing him every time he says he will do better, he is sorry, and his heart only belongs to her.
When his lies are exposed and it is revealed that Renard has been dragging Zaria’s name through the mud while taking caring of another woman’s child on the side, all bets are off and payback is on. Angry and bitter, Zaria makes it her mission to show her two-timing baby daddy exactly how it feels to get played. Between sleeping with his best friend, stirring up drama with his line-up of women, and trying to ruin his street business, Zaria is fueled by a shattered heart, and she won’t stop until revenge is hers.
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Love’s Grip by:Nika Michelle
Two lonely hearts will find each other even in the darkest circumstances. . . .
When Daisha’s boyfriend, Raekwan, takes his violent, jealous antics to the next level, a mysterious stranger intervenes, taking Daisha to his place to nurse her wounds. Even though she sneaks out the next morning. Daisha can’t stop thinking about him; but with her history of bad relationships with men and with her estranged mother, she knows that she should only be concerned with her own survival. In time, she will realize that he has a strong grip on her emotionally, and she has no control.
Tyreek, AKA Pistol, witnesses Daisha’s assault and suddenly finds himself caring about a stranger. His life of crime has toughened him, but his thoughts are consumed with her safety. On the run from the feds, he knows that trust and loyalty are rarely given in the streets. After fleeing to Atlanta, he pulls off a murder that sets off a domino effect of events he never sees coming.
There’s a street war brewing, but Pistol and Daisha are fighting a battle in their hearts. Despite all the drama and bloodshed surrounding them, they can’t seem to deny their true feelings. Will they make it out alive to pursue the prospect of a real hood love, or will it all be consumed by the fate of the streets?
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Girls from da Hood 13 by:Ms. Michel Moore, Treasure Hernandez, Katt
Three Urban Books authors have teamed up to bring the drama in this latest installment of the popular Girls from da Hood Series.
Get It, Get It! by Ms. Michel Moore: Monica was conceived on a pile of dirty clothes in the corner of a trap house. Cursed with a mother who worshiped the crack pipe more than her children, she quickly learned a Detroit reality: Get it how ya live or die trying. The young teenager is forced to beg, borrow, and steal to make sure she and her siblings survive to see another day. Cutthroat and conniving, Monica will make it, no matter who she has to step on or step over.
You Can’t Break Usby Treasure Hernandez: Voodo and his girl, Moni, are inseparable. Like a modern Bonnie and Clyde from the hood, they let no one, even family, get in their way. When the people they do “around the way” business with turn out to be verified snakes, the ruthless couple gets revenge the only way they know how—street justice. With the law in hot pursuit, it’s Voodo and Moni against the world, just like they always knew it would be.
So Far Gone by Katt: Sometimes love is the best feeling in the world, but the wrong kind of love can turn you into an entirely different person. When good-girl-turned-bad Renee gets together with Keithon, it’s them against the world, until the streets get to talking and their fairy-tale relationship turns into a full-blown nightmare. Karma steps in and has her way with the couple, and their lives will never be the same.
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