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Much love and respect to The Reader’s Choice Bookstore on King Drive. The Drum recommends that all of our supporters go there and purchase their literary uplift. After spending more than an hour with the owner – Sister Carla Alison – I can tell you that I am a more enlightened person than before I arrived at here business. I came with a list of 3 books I wanted to purchase and I left 7.
I will be making more purchases and distributing them to our readers and supporters via a joint partnership with our media partner.
Thank you Sister Alison for your vision and love for your people by opening this gem in the central city. Drum supporters… call and stop by our sister’s bookstore and you will be transformed.
This is a page for our Contributors and readers to suggest (and review) books that will open the minds of Free Thinkers. Ignorance is at an all-time high (respect Pro. Griff) and we need to kill that demon… we look forward to the intellectual medicine.
Shocking, depressing, terrifying and unjustified are some of the words I’d used to describe this history. This is a book that has really bothered me since I’ve read it and I cannot stop being angry over what happened to Henrietta Lacks, her children and her legacy. Please, please, please get this book and share it with everyone you know.
The author spent 10 years researching this subject with the help of Lacks’ daughter. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read and it has forever left its imprint in my heart.
Where is the justice for Henrietta Lacks?
The Father of Black History Month, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, was sent to us by The Almighty on December 19, 1875… He called him home April 3, 1950. Dr. Woodson forever blessed Freedom Loving and Seeking Black People with his masterpiece The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933).
Nearly 77 years later, this book is more important today than ever. Black People today are too weak, too Westernized and too content with their status here in America… something Dr. Woodson realized a century ago. He not only diagnosed our problem aka Mis-Education and provided a path to freedom and independence within this book.
The entire book is tremendous, however, I’d like to highlight a several passages which are applicable to our plight today.
Chapter 5 – The Failure To Learn To Make A Living;
“The impatient, highly educated Negroes, therefore, say that since under the present system of capitalism the Negro has no chance to toil upward in the economic sphere, the only hope for bettering his condition in this respect is through socialism… This thought is gaining ground amoung Negroes in this country, and it is rapidly sweeping them into the ranks of what are commonly known as Communists.
But whether this millennium comes or not, the capitalistic system is so strongly intrenched at present that the radicals must struggle many years to overthrow it; and if the Negro has to wait until that time to try to improve his condition he will be starved out so soon that he will not be here to tell the story. The Negro, therefore, like all other oppressed people, must learn to do the so-called impossible.”
Chapter 8 – Political Education Neglected
“If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.
History does not show that any race, especially a minority group, has ever solved an important problem by relying altogether on one thing, certainly not by parking its political strength on one side of the fence because of empty promises. There are Negroes who know better, but such thinkers are kept in the background by the traducers of the race to prevent the enlightenment of the masses.”
Dr. Woodson’s wisdom is built upon his core values of self-reliance and racial respect (shared by the Honorable Marcus Garvey).
Don’t open this book if you don’t want to have your mind shocked into reality. Without a doubt, this is one of the most powerful books ever published. A well known Black Man was the first person I heard speak of Gary Allen’s sobering None Dare Call It Conspiracy.
Landscape Painters, International Bankers, Accidentalists, the Rothschilds, the Ford Foundation, Federal Reserve, Lord Acton, Colonel House, Lord Milner, etc… they are all discussed and much more.
Check this out from Chapter 1. Don’t Confuse Me With Facts;
“We believe the picture painters of the mass media are artfully creatingg landscapes for us which deliberately hide the real picture. In this book we will show you how to discover the hidden picture in the landscapes presented to us daily through newspapers, radio and television.
Politicians and intellectuals are attracted to the concept that events are propelled by some mysterious tide of history or happen by accident. By this reasoning they hope to escape blame when things go wrong.”
If you want to escape the Matrix this is a good start.
This book documents the decades of Re-Enslavement Black People endured after the end of Reconstruction. America has a shameful past and Douglas A. Blackmon reveals account after account of corporate slave owners and governmental co-conspirators. The depth of depravity of slave profiteers exposed in this revealing story amazes… after reading this, you’ll understand why an entire race of people enjoy the legacy of wealth built on the backs of free, legalized neo-slavery ushering in the Prison Industrial Complex. Be sure to visit Slavery By Another Name for pics, videos and more details on the book. You have to get this.
Brother Bill Rhoden (NY Times) knocked it out of the park with this one!!!! If you are a fan of sports and history, this is for sure something to add to your library. For all the haters of athletes making theirs, peep this book and read how gangsta the game really is… Black Athletes for all their money don’t have wealth and are making owners, leagues and institutions billions of dollars per year.
Rhoden covers it all historically from when slave masters started using their slaves in games to modern times. Read about how Blacks dominated horse racing and were then banned, discover the great Major Taylor the world’s best bicyclist and much more.
The Reader’s Choice is recommending Prof. Sandy Adell’s CONFESSIONS OF A SLOT MACHINE QUEEN for another reason. In telling her story, Adell presents and reminds us that our current circumstances don’t dictate our future. She was an unmarried mother of two before she was 17 years old, and never went to high school. She was a very much abused wife and mother of three by the time she was 20. Today, she is a university professor, and her three children are college graduates. Confessions… is truely an inspirational read and connects with all of us who visit the casino more often than is healthy. I can’t wait for her signing in the bookstore.Carla Alison The Reader’s Choice 414.265.2003
Another MUST read is BRAINWASHED: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell. This brother has started something. This book is the response we need to begin to reframe our image as strong survivors of the Middle Passage and the hellish institution of slavery. I love his charts that relate many current behaviors to their origins as survival strategies to the system of slavery. I am hopeful that when we know the why, we will change our self defeating attitudes and behaviors, and begin to re-image ourselves in the image and spirit of our ancestors.Carla Alison The Reader’s Choice 414.265.2003