Summer Reading List.

There are three books that mean more to me than the phone books taped to the ribs of a prison inmate. I re-read them every so often; their substance is ever applicable: they keep me on point, in case something pops off!

When the residents of Drew Hall dormitory on Howard University’s campus in Washington DC came to me, asking about suggested reading for the summer, I recited a list of only three books:

“The Autobiography of Malcolm X”, “Assata: an Autobiography”, and “Manchild in the Promised Land”, which was written by Calude Brown and published in 1965, the same year Brown graduated from Howard University.

A wise man once said, “Don’t ask a question, when your sitting in-front of a computer.”- King Anyi Howell

…And since we live in an age where information travels at the speed of light, I thought it’d be a bright idea to open thie question of a summer reading list to the word of facebook and twitter…these were my results:

Midnight – Sister Souljah

The Invisible Man- Ralph Ellison

Black Boy- Richard Wright

Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

Dutchman by Amiri Baraka.

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

The Ear, The Eye, And The Arm by Nancy Farmer

Vernon can Read by Vernon Jordan

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Outsider by S.E. Hinton

Black Power by Kwame Ture

Nat Turner by Kyle Baker

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Art of Seduction / The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene

The Pact” by Drs. Rameck Hunt, Sampson Davis & George Jenkins.

Chasing America by Dennis Watlington

Browder Files by Anthony T. Browder

$40 Million Slave by William C. Rhoden

Destruction of Black Civilization by Chancellor Williams

…and finally, this book:
Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

After compiling the list, I fell into a deep conversation with my barber about literature, and he even suggested this book to me. He likes the book , but hardly has time to read it; he referred me to the audio form of the book youtube has made available to the world…here is a clip (chapter 1) to get you started:


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