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Blue Rage, Black Redemption

Blue Rage, Black Redemption ebook ISBN: 1416554300
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Stanley Tookie Williams
Number of Pages: 416 
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A gripping tale of personal revolution by a man who went from Crips co-founder to Nobel Peace Prize nominee, author, and antigang activist When his L.A. neighborhood was threatened by gangbangers, Stanley Tookie Williams and a friend formed the Crips, but what began as protection became worse than the original gangs. From deadly street fights with their rivals to drive-by shootings and stealing cars, the Crips' influence -- and Tookie's reputation -- began to spread across L.A. Soon he was regularly under police surveillance, and, as a result, was arrested often, though always released because the charges did not stick. But in 1981, Tookie was convicted of murdering four people and was sent to death row at San Quentin in Marin County, California. Tookie maintained his innocence and began to work in earnest to prevent others from following his path. Whether he was creating nationwide peace protocols, discouraging adolescents from joining gangs, or writing books, Tookie worked tirelessly for the rest of his life to end gang violence. Even after his death, his legacy continues, supported by such individuals as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Snoop Dogg, Jesse Jackson, and many more. This posthumous edition of Blue Rage, Black Redemption features a foreword by Tavis Smiley and an epilogue by Barbara Becnel, which details not only the influence of Tookie's activism but also her eyewitness account of his December 2005 execution, and the inquest that followed. By turns frightening and enlightening, Blue Rage, Black Redemption is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and an invaluable lesson in how rage can be turned into redemption.

The Shahnama of Firdausi

The Shahnama of Firdausi ebook ISBN: 9780415245388
Publisher: Psychology Press
Author: Arthur George Warner,Edmond Warner
Number of Pages: 420 
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The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature. The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.

Life In Prison

Life In Prison ebook ISBN: 9781587170935
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Author: Stanley "Tookie" Williams,Barbara Cottman Becnel
Number of Pages: 80 
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Williams, the cofounder of the Crips gang and a nominee for both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature, became an anti-gang crusader before he was executed in December 2005. In this work he debunked urban myths about prison life and challenged young people to choose the right path. Selected for the Young Adult Library Services Association's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list.

Abandoned Women

Abandoned Women ebook ISBN: 1742695752
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Author: Lucy Frost
Number of Pages: 240 
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'Her superb research and sympathetic reconstructions of nineteenth-century Scotland and Australia bring to life a long-forgotten but fascinating group of women.' - Siân Rees, author of The Floating Brothel In the early nineteenth century, crofters and villagers streamed into the burgeoning cities of Scotland, and families splintered. Orphan girls, single mothers and women on their own all struggled to feed and clothe themselves. For some, petty theft became a part of life. Any woman deemed 'habite & repute a thief' might find herself before the High Court of Justiciary, tried for yet another minor theft and sentenced to transportation 'beyond Seas'. Lucy Frost memorably paints the portrait of a boatload of women and their children who arrived in Hobart in 1838. Instead of serving time in prison, the women were sent to work as unpaid servants in the houses of settlers. Feisty Scottish convicts, unaccustomed to bowing and scraping, often irritated their middle-class employers, who charged them with insolence, or refusing to work, or getting drunk. A stint in the female factory became their punishment. Many women survived the convict system and shaped their own lives once they were free. They married, had children and found a place in the community. Others, though, continued to be plagued by errors and disasters until death.

Gangs and Your Neighborhood

Gangs and Your Neighborhood ebook ISBN: 9781568381374
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
Author: Stanley Williams,Barbara Cottman Becnel
Number of Pages: 24 
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Argues against joining gangs because such groups hurt people and neighborhoods.

Gangs and Violence

Gangs and Violence ebook ISBN: 9781568381343
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
Author: Stanley Williams,Barbara Cottman Becnel
Number of Pages: 24 
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A founder of the Crips in Los Angeles introduces kids to the dangers of belonging to a gang.

Gangs and Your Friends

Gangs and Your Friends ebook ISBN: 9781568381367
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
Author: Stanley Tookie Williams,Barbara Cottman Becnel
Number of Pages: 24 
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A founder of the Crips introduces kids to the way gangs operate, focusing particularly on the powerful influence of "bad" friends.

Monster

Monster ebook ISBN:
Publisher: Riverbank Publishing
Author: S.J. Saunders
Number of Pages: N.A 
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A young boy, his loyalties torn between the old world and the new, fights to save his family as he faces the monsters without, and those within.

Bloods and Crips

Bloods and Crips ebook ISBN: 9781466955158
Publisher: Trafford on Demand Pub
Author: Michael Sims
Number of Pages: 220 
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Perhaps a book cover such as this would indubitably attract their attentions, due to it being a direct relation to their life. And may browse through it sporadically. On the contrary, the million or more gang members who are incarcerated across the nation, the vast majority are avid readers. Especially when the subject is that of enthralled. Sad, but true facts, confinement is where many of us educate ourselves. For desirous motive to correspond with family, friends, and relations with society in general. There have been literally over fifty gang members and prison officials who read this manuscript. And in some way they were all unanimous in saying they were affected in a positive way, by the message I am promoting to the gang members.

Inside the Crips

Inside the Crips ebook ISBN: 1466860995
Publisher: St. Martin\'s Press
Author: Ann Pearlman,Colton Simpson
Number of Pages: 352 
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Inside the Crips is the memoir of the author Colton Simpson's life as a Crip--beginning at the tender age of ten in the mid-seventies--and his prison turnaround nearly twenty-five years later. Colton ("C-Loc") Simpson calls himself the only gang member ever allowed to quite the Crips--and one of the few to survive into his thirties. Simpson--son of a ballplayer for the California Angels and a mother who was relentlessly rough with her sons after their fathers left her--became a gang member at ten. Inside The Crips tells the remarkable--and at the same time, all too common--story of gang life in the 1980s in immediate and descriptive prose that makes this book a gripping true-life read. Inside The Crips covers the rush that comes from participating in gang violence and the years-long wars between the Bloods and Crips. Simpson's story also puts the reader in the middle of the struggle between the Crips and corrections officers in Calipatria prison. It covers gang life from the mid-seventies to the mid-nineties, and introduces characters it's impossible not to care about: Simpson's fellow gangbanger Smile; and Gina, the long-suffering friend and mother of two sons who married Simpson in prison.

The Covenant in Action

The Covenant in Action ebook ISBN: 1458756416
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Author: Tavis Smiley
Number of Pages: 340 
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The Covenant in Action was developed to continue the inspirational spirit of the COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA and to empower people to take effective action to achieve THE COVENANT goals. The information, tools, and ideas presented in The Covenant in Action will enable and inspire people to become agents of change in their respective communities and to become partners in a larger COVENANT movement. The Covenant in Action is organized into three parts: (1) stories about the projects and actions that everyday people have undertaken over the past year that were inspired by the COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA; (2) motivational essays from young Black activists who are on the ground impacting their environments; and (3) a toolkit outlining steps you can take to organize, connect, and act. The toolkit contains not only traditional action strategies, but includes innovative approaches to organizing and community building that will result in stronger, more bonded communities that are reflective of their history and past experiences. The COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA was only the first step. The Covenant in Action toolkit will prime and prepare individuals and communities to actually move the COVENANT book into action.

The Blue Orchard

The Blue Orchard ebook ISBN: 9781416596844
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Jackson Taylor
Number of Pages: 416 
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On the eve of the Great Depression, Verna Krone, the child of Irish immigrants, must leave the eighth grade and begin working as a maid to help support her family. Her employer takes inappropriate liberties, and as Verna matures, it seems as if each man she meets is worse than the last. Through sheer force of will and a few chance encounters, she manages to teach herself to read and becomes a nurse. But Verna’s new life falls to pieces when she is arrested for assisting a black doctor with "illegal surgeries." As the media firestorm rages, Verna reflects on her life while awaiting trial. Based on the life of the author’s own grandmother and written after almost three hundred interviews with those involved in the real-life scandal, The Blue Orchard is as elegant and moving as it is exact and convincing. It is a dazzling portrayal of the changes America underwent in the first fifty years of the twentieth century. Readers will be swept into a time period that in many ways mirrors our own. Verna Krone’s story is ultimately a story of the indomitable nature of the human spirit—and a reminder that determination and self-education can defy the deforming pressures that keep women and other disenfranchised groups down.

Gangs and Drugs

Gangs and Drugs ebook ISBN: 9780823923489
Publisher: Powerkids Press
Author: Stanley Tookie Williams,Barbara Cottman Becnel
Number of Pages: 24 
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Gangs often deal drugs and abuse them. Little kids get involved early. Tookie gives an encouraging and helpful message that goes beyond "Just say no."

Gangs and wanting to belong

Gangs and wanting to belong ebook ISBN: 9780975358467
Publisher:
Author: Stanley Tookie Williams
Number of Pages: 23 
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A founder of the Crips discusses gangs, debunking the notion that belonging to a gang is the only way a kid can "fit in."

Game Over

Game Over ebook ISBN: 1416545018
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Azie Faison,Agyei Tyehimba
Number of Pages: 304 
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A cautionary tale about the life of former kingpin Azie Faison, who has become the fabric of street legend Faison was a ninth grade dropout who earned more than $100,000 a week selling cocaine in Harlem, New York, during the peak of America's "War on Drugs" between 1983 and 1990. Faison, along with two partners, was an urban prince with cars, jewels, and people -- in awe of this million-dollar phenomenon -- at his feet. His legacy has been praised by hip-hop's top names in their lyrics, and his life was the basis for the urban cult classic film Paid in Full starring Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, and rapper Cam'ron and produced by Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Films. In Game Over, Azie brings forth a powerful memoir of New York's perilous drug underworld and music industry, with an intellect and wisdom to empower and challenge the street culture he knows so very well.

Gangs and the Abuse of Power

Gangs and the Abuse of Power ebook ISBN: 9781568381305
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
Author: Stanley Williams,Barbara Cottman Becnel
Number of Pages: 24 
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The co-founder of the Crips tells how gang members abuse the power they have to hurt others and ultimately hurt themselves.

The Starting Lineup

The Starting Lineup ebook ISBN: 9781523404728
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Author: A. C. Moses, Jr.
Number of Pages: 170 
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Based on one's Life Experience* A True Story!

Redemption

Redemption ebook ISBN: 9780905379135
Publisher:
Author: Stanley Tookie Williams
Number of Pages: 347 
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T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.

T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. ebook ISBN: 1555848753
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Author: Sanyika Shakur
Number of Pages: 337 
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A street lit novel that’s “a visceral and strikingly real portrayal of gang life in Los Angeles” from the author of the bestselling memoir Monster (Publishers Weekly). T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. is a vicious, heart-wrenching and true-to-life novel about an LA gang member that masterfully captures the violence and depravity of gang life. Shakur’s protagonist is Lapeace, the leader of the Eight Tray Crips gang in South Central Los Angeles. In a deadly gunfight with Anyhow, a Blood and Lapeace’s rival since childhood, eight innocent civilians are killed. Anyhow is captured. Lapeace becomes a fugitive and he must hide out in the home of his girlfriend, Tashima, a hip-hop mogul as a pair of crooked LA detectives, John Sweeney and Jesse Mendoza, attempt to track him down. This novel was written from the confines of Shakur’s jail cell, and the authenticity of its street scenes—the relentlessness of violence, the do-or-die attitude of each side of the gang war, the sheer joy in the killing—is a testament to the hell that has been a majority of Shakur’s life. With T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., Shakur delivers a powerful and gripping story about the terror of gang life and one man’s attempt to free himself. “Shakur is better than anyone else in the street lit game at making his characters feel like real people . . . This gang life novel is the real deal.”—Publishers Weekly “This fascinating novel reflects the raw violence and moral ambiguities of street gangs and the cops who police them.”—Booklist “T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. deftly weaves together the extensive and complex histories of its characters with their present struggles.”—Chicago Defender

Crazy Loco Love

Crazy Loco Love ebook ISBN: 9781439193822
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Victor Villasenor
Number of Pages: 416 
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Growing up on his parents’ ranch in North San Diego County, Victor Villaseñor’s teenage years were marked by a painful quest to find a place for himself in a world he did not fit into. Discriminated due to his Mexican heritage, Victor questions the tenets of his faith and the restrictions it places on his own spirituality and sexuality. Ultimately, his search for identity takes him to Mexico to learn of his family’s roots, where he soon discovers that his heritage doesn’t determine his intelligence or success. Through this often humorous and poignant tale, Victor deftly undermines the macho stereotype so often associated with Latinos, while exposing the tender vulnerability and naïveté of a young man grappling with the roles foisted on him by the church and society. Victor’s youthful misadventures elicit sympathy, laughter, and tears as he attempts to divine the mysteries of the opposite sex in this powerful, revealing memoir. “The clarity that comes from Villaseñor’s personal and cultural experience is not matched in any of Steinbeck’s major works” (Los Angeles Times).