Jack Johnson: Rebel Sojourner

Jack Johnson: Rebel Sojourner

Jack Johnson—born in Texas, the son of former slaves—was the most famous black man on the planet. As the first African American World Heavyweight Champion (1908–1915), he publicly challenged white supremacy at home and abroad, enjoying the same audacious lifestyle of conspicuous consumption, masculine bravado, and interracial love wherever he traveled. Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner provides the first in-depth exploration of Johnson’s battles against the color line in places as far-flung as Sydney, London, Cape…

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Cunning as a Serpent, Innocent as a Dove: The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Back when I was in high school, a mentor of mine gave me a copy of a small book that I’ve read and re-read several times over the years. The Art of Worldly Wisdom or The Pocket Oracle and the Art of Prudence, is a book of 300 maxims and commentary written by a 17th century Jesuit priest named Baltasar Gracián. Considered by many to be Machiavelli’s better in strategy and insight, Gracian’s maxims give advice on how to…

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“Violence in America” HBO Documentary 1995

“Violence in America” HBO Documentary 1995

Exploration of the tradition of violence in the United States of America, drawing on the history of invading settlers and native peoples, frontier outlaws and modern-day murderers, racist violence, the urban underclass, and domestic abuse. From the punishment of defenseless Native Americans by Christopher Columbus, to the domestic and racially motivated assaults that run rampant today, American history is shown to be permeated by cycles of violence fueled by guns, whiskey, prejudice and greed. Using…

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Avery Sunshine- Ugly Part Of Me

Avery Sunshine- Ugly Part Of Me

Who is AVERY*Sunshine? “I am a self-proclaimed therapist! I want to start the conversation that will lead to individual healing and in turn will affect our collective healing. Let’s get people talking about their experiences so that we can learn from them, grow from them and more importantly, move on from them. ”AVERY*Sunshine is a native of Chester, PA where she nurtured a natural talent by singing in church and leading and directing choirs. A…

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