Book Bits: “The Rise, The Fall, The Recovery” By: Spencer Haywood

Written By: Elsie Law - Dec• 12•17

Spencer Haywood Book CoverI definitely recommend this book. It was a great read.

Here are some interesting tidbits from, “The Rise, The Fall, The Recovery” By: Spencer Haywood:

• Spencer Haywood had some very interestingly varied life experiences. He experienced the most extreme poverty, as well a fame and fortune.
• He picked cotton in the deep South as a child.
• He poignantly describes the racism that he experienced growing up. His childhood experiences in the deep South, including picking cotton, would have you thinking he grew up in the 1800s, not in the 1950s and 60s.
• He was a trailblazer in many ways, including being the first professional basketball player to go the pros before finishing college. (This involved litigation and a bevy of court cases.) He also pioneered professional basketball players being able to make the high salaries that they make today.
• He became an Olympic gold medalist during the Olympic Games that Tommie Smith and John Carlos famously protested racism in America.
• He played basketball in Venice. He described Venice in a way that makes me want to go there for an extended visit.
• He interestingly recounts his marriage to supermodel Iman.
• He was Nike’s first national representative.
• He was great at investing, although he also got ripped off like a lot of his peers. His investments include ownership in a shopping mall.
• He fell victim to drug addiction. He details the adverse effects of this and how he recovered.
• He studied African history with Dr. Ben. He even traveled to Egypt with him.
• He details how he combated his miseducation, and cultivated his love for Black history.

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Dec• 12•17

“Of all of the manifestations of racism, the one that infuriates me most is the presumption that color equals stupidity.” -Robert Guillaume

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TODAY IS BUY BLACK FRIDAY

Written By: Elsie Law - Dec• 01•17

Buy Black Fridays
#BuyBlack #SupportBlackBusinesses

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Benjamin Banneker’s Grandfather

Written By: Elsie Law - Dec• 01•17

Red, Black & Green Elsie Law LogoVia his African grandfather, Benjamin Banneker had a royal lineage. Benjamin Banneker’s grandfather, Bannaky, came to America on a slave ship. In addition to his regal lineage, Bannaky also had an extensive knowledge of agriculture. This included building irrigation systems that prevented flooding. Bannaky also planted crops composed of foods he had grown in Africa (yams, sweet potatoes, rice, and watermelon).

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Dec• 01•17

“Both individuals and nations rapidly decline where greed and envy ride in the minds of those who dominate.” -Napoleon Hill

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Computerized Blood Pressure Device

Written By: Elsie Law - Nov• 24•17

Red, Black & Green Elsie Law LogoDr. Michael Croslin created a computerized blood pressure device.

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TODAY IS BUY BLACK FRIDAY

Written By: Elsie Law - Nov• 24•17

PLEASE PASS THIS ON! (EACH ONE TEACH ONE OR TWO!) THIS IS PHASE ONE ON HOW WE CAN HELP TO STRENGTHEN & EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY:
The 2008 not guilty verdict in the Sean Bell case evoked outrage, emotion, and debate. It is not an anomaly that the police officers involved in the Sean Bell slaying were acquitted of all charges on all counts in State Supreme Court. I could run out of ink printing the names of people who have been victimized by the inaptly named justice system.

The American justice system has been especially terroristic towards the African American community. Many community members can cite historic and personal accounts to prove this. Therefore, it would be foolhardy (at the least) to turn to a system that has methodically oppressed us, and request that they free us. We can only free ourselves through extreme discipline and intelligent planning.

As a community we have been too compliant with leaders who organize ineffective, delayed reactions. The only strategy that can save us in this last hour is one that calls for a collective code of conduct that will be conducive to improving the conditions of our community, and shifting the paradigm of how we are treated by outside entities. The first step of this code of conduct should be based on economics.

The old adage of “money talks,” still reigns true in the new millennium. Any political scientist worth his or her library card will tell you that: “Economic powerlessness equals political powerlessness,” and conversely “economic power equals political power.” This means that if we continue to allow our wealth to be extracted from our community, we will remain impotent.

The power of the collective “Black Dollar” is often discussed. However, that power has been left unchanneled. Today is the day to change that. A one-time boycott is not going to bring long-term change and respect to our community. Our community has launched boycotts before. Our success and ascension will be based on what we consistently do. For this reason, we should initiate “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS.”

BUY BLACK FRIDAYS is a small step towards our community acquiring power via controlling our economics. Every Friday, people who acknowledge the injustice and oppression that the African American community has been consistently subjected to should do one of the following:

Option #1: Spend $0 on Friday
Option #2: Spend no more than $10 on Friday
Option #3: Only Shop at Black Businesses on Friday
[PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE OPTIONS CAN & SHOULD BE EXERCISED ON A DAILY BASIS. However, we can all at the very least focus on Fridays. This way we can take a collective stand and build our collective discipline. Please remember that this is only Phase 1!].

To the people who are tempted to label “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS” as racist, I say this: In the big scheme of things, this is about right & wrong, justice & injustice. The African American community is a strong, proud community that has endured the brunt of America’s iron fist. We must stop the pounding. I feel that any fair-minded individual will concur, and join in.

ANY business that is privileged to enjoy the support of the African American community MUST return that support.

I thank you in advance for your effort and dedication.

-Elsie Law AKA Starface

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Nov• 24•17

“[A] kind of sixth sense was common among Africans hundreds of years before, and continued to be through slavery days.” -Spencer Haywood

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The “There’s No Such Thing As Racism” Trick

Written By: Elsie Law - Nov• 03•17

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Buy Black Purchase

Written By: Elsie Law - Nov• 03•17

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I got the above-pictured castile soap, hair pomade, and castor oil with aloe from a Black-owned business in Brooklyn. There are so few Black businesses in New York City right now. It is important that we support them, and protect them.

Here’s the location of the store I got the products from:
Anwaar Co.
354 Atlantic Avenue (Between Bond & Hoyt Street)

This store has a slew of great products for grooming and personal care! Check it out. It is open 7 days a week.

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