Book Excerpt Of The Week: “Take A Lesson” By: Caroline Clarke

Take A Lesson“Two of the more lasting lessons I took from Wharton’s example that day were to value every encounter and to discount no one. As he has noted himself, ‘Doing wonderful things for the bottom line is fine, but without a sense of genuine compassion, leaders will fall short of greatness. Great leaders do not lose their humaneness nor forget what it was like when they started at the bottom.'” -From, “Take A Lesson: Today’s Black Achievers on How They Made It and What They Learned along the Way” By: Caroline Clarke

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Book Excerpt Of The Week: “Interiors” By: Iyanla Vanzant

Interiros Iyanla Vanzant “Your spiritual gifts are determined by your purpose. Your purpose, which is reflected in all that you do will unfold from within as a talent or inclination to do a certain thing. Your purpose gives your life meaning and is revealed as a function of your consciousness.

On the other hand, you may choose to reject your spiritual purpose. You may choose to live in doubt, fear, hate, anger, and limitation, without ever realizing a day of fulfillment. Yet, you must realize that when you insist or persist in doing things to satisfy your physical senses and human mind, you fail to connect with your spiritual power.

The choice is yours, spirit will never supersede your conscious right to choose. It will, however, provide you with every opportunity to surrender and go within, to find your truth and evolve.” -From, “Interiors” By: Iyanla Vanzant

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Book Excerpt Of The Week: “Soul Stories” By: Gary Zukav

“Making choices is the most powerful thing that you do in your life. Choices liberate and they imprison. They create illness and they create health. They shape your life…

Each choice creates a future. it brings into being one of many possible futures. That is the future that you will live in…

You choose your future moment by moment, decision by decision. You do this whether you are aware of it or not. If you are not aware of it, you create your future unconsciously. This is what happens when you don’t know about all of the parts of yourself. The parts of yourself that don’t know about do the choosing. When you are aware of all the parts of yourself, you do the choosing. Which future would you rather live in- one that you choose, or one that you have not thought about and might not want to happen.” -From, “Soul Stories” By: Gary Zukav

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Definitions Better Than Webster’s: Discipline

“Discipline was a big word that meant a lot in our house growing up. It doesn’t only mean punishing someone for a transgression; discipline can also mean taking control of yourself- your words and your actions. Through many an ebb and flow in our individual lives- and in our relationships with one another- it’s discipline that has guided me…

When I think about discipline, I think of hard work. And when I think about hard work, I also think about making sure I take time to play and enjoy life and have a good time. Otherwise, what am I working so hard to accomplish?” -“The Making of a Stand Up Guy” By: Charlie Murphy

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Book Excerpt Of The Week: “King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility, and My Life with Run-DMC” By: Darryl McDaniels

King Of Rock DMC copy“I watch people in the entertainment business and realize money is killing them. They’re trying so hard to get it and they’re so worried about losing it that they never really enjoy themselves.

I say these people are destroying themselves because what they are saying is, ‘I want more I want, I don’t have, I got to get…’ Essentially, what they’re saying is their whole existence isn’t right. They can’t enjoy the moment because it’s all about what will happen in the future. And they’re never going to be secure, so when will the find peace?

The truth is no amount of money will fill up that hole inside them. No amount will ever bring stability because it isn’t about a specific amount of money. It’s about them. Money is an amplifier. If you were a jerk before you got money, you’d be a jerk with money, only more so because you’ll undoubtedly use that newfound wealth to promote the qualities that made you a jerk in the first place. It brings out your true colors.” -From, “King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility, and My Life with Run-DMC” By: Darryl McDaniels

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Book Excerpt Of The Week: “Black Wall Street” By: Hannibal Johnson

Black Wall Street H. Johnson“As segregation ended, white merchants broke the virtual lock on black dollars that the once insular African-American community held. Ultimately, the outflow of black dollars from the Greenwood District, first drip by drip, then in a steady stream, and finally in torrents, left a parched, barren wasteland- failing businesses, deserted streets, and vacant buildings.

The opening up of the Tulsa economy afforded African-Americans choice. At the same time, it eliminated self-sufficiency by forcing the smaller, often undercapitalized, sometimes marginal African-American businesses out of the market. By 1961, more than 90% of African-American income- some $12-15 million- was spent outside the Greenwood District.” -From, “Black Wall Street” By: Hannibal Johnson

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The Bombing Of Pearl Harbor & The Creation Of Black Detroit

Detroit 1942“In the car on the way to my Aunt Mildred’s for my ninth birthday party, we heard on the radio that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. America was at war.
‘And on my birthday, too,’ I murmured.

Everything changed then. America mobilized. No more butter. White margarine with a little orange button of dye that you squeezed into it and beat until it was yellow, so that when you spread it on your bread, it booked like butter instead of lard. My Girl Scout troop collected scrap metal for the war effort. We had to save bacon drippings in coffee cans and turn them in. I beautifully brought the cans of fat in my wagon to the collection site. Nothing went to waste everything was saved, collected, and delivered for the war effort. My mother went to work in a factory that made bomb sights. All popular music changed to war songs. Patriotism was in the air. We were the good guys. We were fighting evil and God was certainly on our side.

Detroit became known as the Arsenal of Democracy. The automobile plants were converted to factories producing tasks and guns. They were gobbling up the workforce and needed more manpower. The factories reached out to the blacks of the South, who began migrating to the North for jobs and higher wages. Trouble was, everyone welcomed the black laborers into the factories, but nobody wanted them and their families to live in the all-white neighborhoods. The new workforce of 200,000 was corralled into sixty square blocks on the east side of the city.

Detroit had become a stronghold of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, and when tensions finally erupted, an angry mob of thousands of whites began pulling blacks off streetcars and beating them to death in full view of the white police.

Riots broke out and the police killed seventeen people, all black. I was to enter Hutchins Intermediate school, but the school’s opening in September was delayed a week. I was told the reason was: ‘The colored are rioting.'” -From, “Lessons In Becoming Myself” By: Ellen Burstyn

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