New Afrikan Sociology New Afrikan Sociology Asafo: A Guide to Manhood- by Mwalimu Baruti, $16.95 Asafo is an in-depth Afrikan centered discussion of the requirements of Afrikan manhood. In it, the author clearly lays out our sources of power and the tools that must be acquired, mastered and used if we are to reclaim our correct role as warrior scholars in the battle to provide safe, sacred and empowering spaces for our families and communities. It gives specific consciousness raising guidelines for our nationbuilding effort, weeding out those compromising ideas and forces which have kept us confused over whether we want to be powerful or just influential in this world. This book is a very important tool in Afrikan men's efforts to help ReAfrikanize our people. As the table of contents indicate, there is a strong emphasis on building functional educational institutions, developing a dynamic sense of group-consciousness through elevating one's self-consciousness, male rites of passage programs and a warrior's mental preparation. In addition, we are taken through the difficult process of growing from being merely other-directed, apathetic individual consumers to powerful, mission-directed men in thought, word and deed. Asafo closes with an extensive collection of revolutionary quotes that specifically work to define, direct and heal every Afrikan man's warrior scholar spirit. 194372213 Becoming Dad: Black Men and Journey to Fatherhood- by Leonard Pitts, $16.00 The fatherless black family is a problem that grows to bigger proportions every year as generations of black children grow up without an adult male in their homes. As this dire pattern grows worse, what can men do who hope to break it, when there are so few models and so little guidance in their own homes and communities? Where can they learn to "become Dad"?  When Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Pitts, who himself grew up with an abusive father whose absences came as a relief, interviewed dozens of men across the country, he found both discouragement and hope, as well as deep insights into his own roles as son and father. An unflinching investigation, both personal and journalistic, of black fatherhood in America, this is the best, most pivotal book on this profoundly important issue. 194372214 Focusing Black Male/Female Relationship- by D. Aldridge, $9.95 This timely work propels our understanding of African American men and women beyond the crossroads. Dr. Aldridge's insight and vision place Black male-female relationships in a liberating framework from which Blacks can initiate the crucial tasks of reclaiming ourselves, restoring our traditions, and reconstructing the African world. A masterful examination of the myths and socio-political causes of discord between Black men and women. The author suggests that male/female relationships among Black Americans, which fails to place the interpersonal within the broad institutional context, falls short of providing a broad or macro-analytical model any attempt to study. In Focusing, Dr. Aldridge has provided that model. 194372215 Handbook for Raising Black Children- by Llaila Afrika, $24.95 A Comprehensive Guide for raising Black children from infant to adults. Includes chapters on Parenting, Problems, Practices, Solutions, Behavior, Learning, Growth and Development, Diet, Cultural Focus, Personality and Emotions, Discipline, Children s Diseases and Natural Remedies and Recipes for a stronger and healthy bodies 194372216 How to Love a Black Man- by Ronn Elmore, $13.95 In this book, relationship expert Dr Elmore sheds light on the hidden emotional psychological recesses of the black man's inner world. In firm and engaging language, he provides advice and real-life anecdotes from his seminars and radio talk shows. 194372217 How to Love a Black Woman- by Ronn Elmore, $13.95 Using dozens of real-life examples, Dr Ronn Elmore attempts to empower men to relate more honestly to black women by achieving true intimacy, and also aims to inspire women to expect a higher level of loving. 194372218 The Power, Passion & Pain of Black Love- by Jawanza Kunjufu, $14.95 This thought provoking examination of relationships critically looks at issues such as economics, self esteem, compatibility, trust, and communication from an Afrocentric perspective. Anyone who has asked the questions, Where are all the brothers? or Why is the divorce rate so high?, will find answers and solutions in this valuable book. 194372219 Raising Black Children- by J.P. Comer, $13.95 Two of America's most trusted and respected authorities on child care?provide answers to nearly 1000 questions on the problem of raising African-American children. "A necessary addition to all parenting and parent-teacher collections."-Library Journal. 194372220 Saving Our Sons- by Marita Golden, $15.00 Marita Golden, in Saving our Sons: Raising Black Children in a Turbulent World, is on a death watch of a different sort. Counting the deaths of those lost in youth is very different from counting the deaths of those who have had a chance to live a long life, who have had a chance to savor the good and the bad that life brings, and who have had a chance to provide a thread from the old to the new, to link one generation to the next. What is lost when we lose our young? Miss Golden's death watch has an immediacy and cogency because she is the mother of a Black adolescent male. In her words: "As the mother of a Black son, I have raised my child with a trembling hand that clutches and leads. I am no slave mother, my sleep plundered by images of the auction block. I dream instead of my son slaying the statistics that threaten to ensnare and cripple him, statistics that I know are a commentary on the odds for my son, who isn't dead or in jail. And though I have paved a straight and narrow path for my son to tread, always there is the fear that he will make a fatal detour, be seduced, or be hijacked by a White or Black cop, or a young Black predator, or a Nazi skinhead, or his own bad judgement, or a weakness that even I as his mother cannot love or punish or will out of him."(p. 7) 194372221 The Myth of the Missing Black Father- by Roberta Coles, $34.95 "Common stereotypes portray black fathers as being largely absent from their families. Yet while black fathers are less likely than white and Hispanic fathers to marry their child's mother, many continue to parent through cohabitation and visitation, providing care-taking, financial, and other in-kind support. This volume captures the meaning and practice of black fatherhood in its many manifestations, exploring two-parent families, cohabitation, single custodial fathering, step-fathering, non-custodial visitation, and parenting by extended family members and friends. Contributors examine ways that black men perceive and decipher their parenting responsibilities, paying careful attention to psychosocial, economic, and political factors that affect the ability to parent. Chapters compare the diversity of African American fatherhood with negative portrayals in politics, academia, and literature and, through qualitative analysis and original profiles, illustrate the struggle and intent of many black fathers to be responsible caregivers. This collection also includes interviews with daughters of absent fathers and concludes with the effects of certain policy decisions on responsible parenting." -- Book cover. 194372222 The Urban Plantation- by R. Staples, $13.95 The Urban Plantation is a stinging critique of the Black American condition in the Post-Civil Rights era. In his latest book, eminent black sociologist Robert Staples, author of Black Masculinity, argues that blacks in the United States constitute an internal colony. Dr Staples' theoretical model for analyzing black life in the U.S. is based on over 20 tears research and study. The Urban Plantation, Dr. Staples maintains, is an extension and refinement of antebellum plantation life. In this context, he examines the Pan-Africanist model and discusses his own emerging Theory of the Fourth World. Institutional racism in higher education, the criminal justice system, and the mass media; neo-colonialism in the black community as it impacts on the family and political structures; and the plight of blacks in urban locales are all subjected to Dr. Staples probing scrutiny. Powerfully documenting white supremacy and black subordination in the U.S. social structure, the Urban Plantation offers a grim sobering and provocative view of race relations in the U.S. today. Robert Staples, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of eight previous books, among them Black Masculinity: The Black Males Role in American Society (Black Scholar Press), Introduction to Black Sociology, The Black Woman in America, The Black Family; Essays and Studies, and The World of Black Singles. His more than 160 published articles have appeared in such publications as The Journal of Marriage and the Family, The Journal of Social Issues, The Western Journal of Black Studies, The Black Scholar, Ebony and others. Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Robert Staples received his B.A. degree from California State University, Northridge, M.A. degree from San Jose State University and Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota. 194372223 Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl? Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women- by Jonetta Barras, $14.95 What happens to a little girl who grows up without a father? Can she ever feel truly loved and fully alive? Does she ever heal--or is she doomed to live a wounded, fragmented life and to pass her wounds down to her own children? Fatherlessness afflicts nearly half the households in America, and it has reached epidemic proportions in the African-American community, with especially devastating consequences for black women. In this powerful, searingly intimate book, accomplished journalist, poet, and fiction writer Jonetta Rose Barras breaks the code of silence and gives voice to the experiences of America's fatherless women--starting with herself.  "We are legions--a choir of wounded--listen to the dirge we sing," writes Barras of the millions of black women like her who lost, either through abandonment, rejection, poverty, or death, the men who gave them life. 194372224 Staying Married~ A Guide for African-American Couples- by A.D. Diggs, $13.00 In this groundbreaking book, writer Anita Doreen Diggs and Dr. Vera S. Paster, a marriage counselor and therapist, help African-American couples cope with the pressures on their marriage and guide them in re-discovering joy, intimacy, and passion.Using real-life examples from her twenty-eight years of experience, Dr. Paster discusses many of the difficulties African-American couples face -- including white-collar women marrying blue-collar men, blended families, stereotyping Black men, money worries, climbing the corporate ladder, abuse, and adultery. In her warm, down-to-earth style, Dr. Paster reveals the steps that every couple must take to overcome these problems. By showing black couples how to draw on the unique strengths of their forebears -- activism, adaptability, common sense, compassion, courage, determination, heritage, faith, and hope -- she gives husbands and wives the tools they need to work through the tough times. 194372609