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Between The World And Me, And Every Other Black Man.

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More times than others, I read books that compliment my moods. If I am happy, I will not even think to touch a Toni Morrison, but rather consider some work from Maya. When I want to feel hopeful, Ill grab Zora Neale. And on a rainy day, shade is usually being thrown from Richard Wright and Audre Lorde.

But I didn’t get a chance to choose this book, it just happened. And I realized that I not only read the book at the right time, but so did everyone else. And that was because we had no choice.

I took my seat on the Ta-Nehisi Coates’ bandwagon and I don’t think that I will ever get off. In fact, I might have to bully someone for their front seat  because his new book, Between The World and Me, helped heal my temporal fury.

The overall purpose, a letter to his son, was more than I can bare. The thought of constructing a letter that contained all the problems to Black male existence and not even giving a solution, because there is none that you can possibly provide, shows me all the revolutionary steps needed in the awakening  process.

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The idea of the body; existing physically, biologically, politically, and socially, was extremely necessary to digest. The consequences of not living  causes disembodiment. Both self-inflicted and inflicted, in which you have no control over. The tennis game of Coates analyzing his manhood versus raising a child to challenge manhood was extremely striking.

And the responsibility of mustering up a narrative that share Black America’s grief has already been acknowledged by one of the finest American writers ever, Toni Morrison.

‘The modern-day James Baldwin’ comparison straps this author with an extreme high award of valor, because someone has to fill the shoes. And Coates, with his blunt references and his bold opinions does nothing less than remind you of our Uncle Baldwin himself.

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This is no ordinary book review, because this is no ordinary book. I usually include fancy quotes and witty remarks, but it is nearly impossible to choose quotes that are more important than others.

I found myself in a salsa of emotions during my time reading because it is reflective of the current happenings in the world. This book does not put you in some kind of fairy tale land that you are able to get away from once you close the book. The reality is, the book is just as dark as the world we share.

Go ahead, it is safe to pick up.

Books for Ferguson!

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Since the murder of Michael Brown, it is clear that Ferguson, Missouri has been the civil war zone of the United States. The world is watching this town become the tear-gassing, car blowing, protesting community that is not only fighting against police brutality, racial profiling, and racism, but a loss of a Black young familiar face in Ferguson. A sense of community is not only building in the organizers in this newly proclaimed movement, but a sense of community is also rising in the Ferguson library and the fate of the small Black children there.
In the midst of the movement, Ferguson’s library has been receiving large amounts of donations from donors around the world. This week, the library topped a stunning $350,000 worth of monetary donations and gifts since the grand jury decision!

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It is very interesting to witness this investment in the library of Ferguson. Understanding how powerful education is to the community, especially during the beginning of a movement against racism and police brutality, will only instill the proper intellectual foundation for children to understand the world better. We are soo excited for the scholastic future of the children in Ferguson!

 

 
Check out the full story here:

http://m.stltoday.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/book-blog/ferguson-book-gifts-grow-library-donations-over/article_e615d477-e5ef-5914-a654-262b9e35cf8b.html?mobile_touch=true

 

Three Benefits of Boycotting Black Friday.

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A lot of attention has been set on boycotting stores and corporations this Friday, having a split decision on folks who will and will not do it. Some believe that the boycott does not have a direct correlation of the indictment decision, while others will not spend a dime AND protest these stores. But how beneficial can this boycott really be for an individual? AfroMadu is here to break down how effective boycotting can be in regards to our Black dollar.

1. SAVING MONEY: Statistics prove that our generation has a hard time saving money. With college debt sky rocketing and the price of living increasing, it is nearly impossible for millennials to work, pay off their bills, and live the “American dream” (I’m referring to the buying a house with a white picket fence and dog idea). We also have hard time saving money and investing because of these factors. We fail to gain net worth because we can’t afford to. In saying all of this, can this boycott allow us to potentially begin the habit of saving our money when big consumer sales occur? If we gain enough willpower to actually stay home and not shop will forces say otherwise, how much money can we keep in our pockets? Save your money today! Boycotting will keep that extra hundred dollars in your pockets and really make you question why you “need” that 50″ flat screen in the first place. 

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2. EDUCATING OURSELVES: Statistics also show that the Black dollar, compared to other communities, are the quickest spent, having the money in our pockets in average of 6 hours before buying and spending as opposed to months and days in the Jewish and Asian communities. This is beyond disturbing. Information as such needs to be shared, especially if we are knowledgeable of how we spend our money. Understanding the value of a dollar is super important and if we are ignorant to how to spend the money we work so hard for, we can seriously be in trouble with our finances. Find a few articles or a couple books about managing finances and money and see how much you can learn with gaining the information.

3. HELP WANTED: This boycott also advertises the desire for potential buying during Black Friday. Instead of buying from corporations, invest in Black-Owned businesses. The problem here lies in the realization of actually finding necessities in the hands of Black-owned businesses. While preparing and researching for the boycott, I began to research places that I might be able to buy things that I would have to buy if all else fails. Some things would not be able to be bought because they are not Black owned. With learning all of this, it was pretty clear that more industries that provide necessities are not Black-owned, and thats a problem. At this rate, we are not able to function without White businesses and corporations. This boycott should allow future Black business owners to realize that we need capital in many different industries like agriculture, banking, and much more if we plan to devalue power in corporations. Let’s start creating these stores and own competitive markets. If you are a future Black entrepreneur, help is definitely wanted by creating trade in these areas. This boycott is allowing us to see the disconnect. 

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In the end, this amazing movement will allow us to serve two purposes: showing the world how much we matter, and showing ourselves our dominion over our finances and business. 

What’s Going On: A Glimpse of Black Consciousness and Reflections on Ferguson

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The story of 18­-year­old Mike Brown is a story our community knows all too well; Rodney King, Trayvon Martin and Eric Gardner are names of only a few victims who have gained national attention. Little to nothing has changed over the course of the years. It is disheartening to say nothing has no action has taken place over the course of the last few months in the Mike Brown case. Racism is still very much alive and martial law has become a reality in our country. As a response to the resistance in Ferguson, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri has declared a State of Emergency and activated the National Guard in anticipation of civil unrest. The FBI expressed
concern for the Ferguson Decision and explains that it ‘will likely’ lead to violence, which would
seem to be a very valid claim since the the governor is sending an aggressive message.

Just last Wednesday, November 12, the parents of Mike Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., spoke to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in hopes to receive assistance in the matter. But, despite the fact that people from around the world have rallied and protested around the events in Ferguson, the United Nations has denied any type of intervention. Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. have expressed that the received no answer and no remorse from the committee.

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The murder of Mike Brown has left our community devastated by the harsh reality that we, as a people, are still very much oppressed by the system, and police are not here for the benefit of the Black community. There are too many instances of profiling that have led to be fatal. Malcolm X once declared “our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary”. It is through the unification of our communities that we will find our strength to rise above such tragedies. Mike Brown is one of many, Black men face more fatalities now than they did during the times of lynching. So what can we do to save us? The case of Mike Brown is not only a case of racism, classism, but it is a case of human rights. We all have the divine right to life and happiness.

So what will you do to protect yours?

Stay connected! As we would try to bring you the latest from Ferguson and the verdict of Mike Brown’s shooting.