Here are my favorites and recommendations.

In the order I discovered them, the ones that influenced me as a person:

~Roots, it showed me the nature of strength and resilience. Kinte and Kizzy lost their families, and still were able to go on. Whatever happens in my life, it will be a cakewalk compared to that.

~In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez. It's a novelized account of the real life Mirabal sisters. Alvarez showed their life story and how they came to fight against the dictator Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Going by the code names, "Las Mariposas," (the butterlies), 3 of the sisters endure imprisonment and torture. The 4th joins them late in the struggle, and Dede is the only survivor. Minerva Mirabal impressed me the most.

~Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High, by Melba Patillo Beals. She was only 15 when she and the other 8 had to face down the segregationists. The first part of the title says it all.

~The Art of War, by Sun Tzu. He deals with the different types of "battle ground," and shows strategies for success on each one. A good way to deal with adversity.

In the order I read them, these are the books that influenced me as a writer. They're enjoyable reads, too:

~Don Quixote, by Cervantes. He showed that the "rules" of fiction aren't so rigid. For example, he has the characters in that book critique (even negatively!) his previous books. It's funny, also.

~Aztec, by Gary Jennings. It's a haunting tale, set in pre-conquistador Mexico. Jennings lived in Mexico for 12 years, doing research. He learned the Nahuatl language so he could see Aztec history in their words, not those of the Spaniards. He let me see how research and patience can bring stories to life. Anyone who enjoys learning of Atzec mythology or culture will enjoy this one. Just understand--their gods demanded gruesome things of them. Don't read if you have a weak stomach.

~Dune, by Frank Herbert. It has adventure, intrigues, religion, ecology, and even romance. Like Jennings, Herbert took years to study the culture and he based his characters on. In this case, Arabic culture and language. His characters and the world they live in are utterly convincing. Every time I read it, I unravel another layer. I want to accomplish similar with my own stories. He makes a convincing case that Messiah figures bring trouble to themselves and believers.

Read 'em!

Movies: As a little girl, it was The Color Purple, I watched it almost every day for a while. I watched it last year with my friends, and we agree it's still a favorite. We watched Gandhi a few days later and added it to our list. I love how he shamed and outsmarted the Brits.

Also, The Caveman's Valentine, because I love a good mystery. Samual L. Jackson can be so compelling. Bamboozled, that movie made me laugh, cry, and shake my head and say "Mm-mm-mm. Lord have mercy."

Watch 'em!.
My fav. book is: Knowing by Rosalyn McMillian. After reading the book I totally reanalyzed my life and my ideas on what a wife should be. It encouraged me to not be the big "people pleaser" that I tend to want to be.

My fav. movie is: a toss up between The Color Purple and The Women of Brewster Place.

The Lord is on my side;I will not fear:what can man do unto me?
(Psalms 118:6)

To know me is to love me!

just finished the emperorof ocean park. tht was good.

i'm not ashamed to say that i like the harry potter collection. . .stop laughing.. .

dune, i read a long time ago. that was good.

backlash by susan faludi is inspired, even though it isn't geared specifically to our community. it's a real woman's book.

there's more. i have to think...i'll be back...
I always try to support Black writers, and I have a good friend who is an author who I "ghost read/edit" for. Talented up and coming author ERIC PETE--he writes african-american fiction/our age/issue romance/relationship novels. check him out!!!(shameless plug for a friend!!)
with all of that said, I have never been a sci-fi/horror reader, but a book my book club read a few months back hooked me to the author Tananrive Due. The two books I've read of her's are:
My Soul to Keep and The Living Blood.
about My Soul to Keep:
In the spirit of Octavia Butler's novel, Kindred, the supernatural elements are rooted in an African and African American heritage and culture. Dawit's story spans 400 years and several countries. Yet, it is his current life, with wife Jessica and daughter Kira, that he wants to hold on to forever. His lives as a warrior, slave, jazz musician, teacher, husband, and father have all ended amid sorrow and extreme human conditions. He seeks to balance his mortality and immortality, yet with each mortal experience his perceptions of life are more human than wizardly. He is summoned to return to the house of his Life Blood brothers. This order, complicated by his love for his family, causes him to disobey and jeopardize the existence of the brotherhood. Due has written an incredible story about eternal life and succeeds in inducing the reader to suspend disbelief until the very end of the book. Lillian Lewis

The Living Blood is the sequel, and I immediately went out and purchased it when I finished MStK. I had to put TLB down when i felt myself getting close to the end because I wasn't ready for it to end...that's just how good these books are, and how great Ms. Due is as a writer.

those who stand for nothing fall for anything

Heaven and Earth
Once Were Warriors
Bandit Queen
Raise the Red Lantern


Living Budda, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hahn
Embraced by the Light, Betty Eadie
A Woman's Worth, Marianne Williamson
Anger, Thich Nhat Hahn

I really don't care much for fiction much.
for the few "open" members of, i ran across an black female fiction author you may already be familiar with, but i had to share her dedication in her book titled:

The Sex Chronicles

Dedicated to all of the sexually uninhibited women in the world that are sick of being judged. People always lash out at that which they don't understand. Do not allow their fears to dictate the choices you make in your life. If we can free our bodies, then we can also free our minds.

she goes on with a CAUTION!!:

If you are sexually repressed, sexually oppressed, or have any other sexual hang-ups, please put my book down now and walk away from it because The Sex Chronicles is just too damn hot for your ass.

then comes the disclaimer:

Because i know the drama is going to come, let me say this now. I am in no way trying to promote promiscuity, the spreading of disease, or extramarital affairs. However, I am trying to promote healthy, uninhibited, satisfying sexual experiences for those women that are tired of disappointing sex. Sex was here for thousands of years before i started writing erotica, and it will be here for thousands of years after i am gone. this book is a work of fiction and should be treated as such. with that said, i hope you enjoy the book...peace, zane

i'll let you all know how it is....;)

those who stand for nothing fall for anything

[This message was edited by Nykkii on August 24, 2002 at 05:18 PM.]
Not too many people probably heard of it as it appears to have been a very small budget indie, but you should definitely look for it on cable, or better yet - rent it. It's worth the effort.

Why did I like it? It's just great seeing attractive, young black people in realistic scenarios living life. Let's also just say that I can identify in some ways with the protagonist. smile

P.S. The name is has something to do with the story. Check it out! wink

Onward and Upward!

[This message was edited by MBM on September 04, 2002 at 07:23 PM.]
I'll have to check that one out-I love a good movie, especially now because it's raining.

Originally posted by NegroSpiritual: Solomans Song >Tony Morrison

You mean Song of Soloman right?-I couldn't get into that one-it was hard to follow-I did love Beloved though.

I'm reading a very good book right not called Whitegirl.

The Lord is on my side;I will not fear:what can man do unto me?
(Psalms 118:6)

To know me is to love me!
MY BOOKS: (these are most important)
Marcus Garvey: Life and Lessons
this book is good. mr. garvey teaches about lessons,manners, and things that you should do in everyday be over 60 years old, it still applies to life.
Malcolm X, The FBI FILES
inside look on what the FBI was doing whlie minister malcolm was in charge.
so good, so interesting and so very simple to understand. i loved this book because it offered insight,and answered questions to things that perhaps may never been answered.
explains how LINCOLN DID NOT FREE THE SLAVES. very insightful.

Temptations, Five Heart Beats, Malcolm X, Whats Love Got to Do With It?

By an means necessary- Malcolm X
yes, I can never get the name right, but the book is cool, a little surreal, but cool

I forgot about these movies
Miss Jane Pittman
Cry Freedom
Miss Evers Boys

and these books
Miseducation of the Negro - Carter Woodson
Race Matters - Cornel West
Slavery Remembered-??
Bell Curve - gotta see what they doing, right?

Of course she doesn't come close to your staggering, breathtaking beauty! Nevertheless, I can see how someone might say you two resemble each other a bit!

Maybe she could be your big sister or something! smile

Here's another . . .

Onward and Upward!

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