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Beyond the ‘Hood’: Moving From Racial and Cultural Isolation to Psychological Freedom

Feeling Limited? Explore the World
While traveling pretty extensively through the United States, Europe, Africa, Mexico, and India, I have learned much about myself while outside the confines of my 'hood'. All these places had very unique things to offer. While in Mexico I visited the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. These places awed me with their spirituality. I could almost feel the people who frequented these places hundreds and hundreds...


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Dear ’Hood Inhabitants:

What in the world are you doing?
Still waiting for some savior or some program to come to your street, knock on your door, and lift you out of your circumstances? Guess what? It ain’t happening. The Advancement isn’t coming to your neighborhood. You have to seek out your higher destiny. You have to want it more than you want the comfort of those things that are familiar to you. That means...


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Different as Night and Day: Embracing Black Individuality

The social and political conditions that fostered our differences have long existed in the United States. American history is replete with periods (, slavery, Jim Crow, separate but equal) that contributed to thwart the progress of its black citizens. This fact is undeniable and not remotely debatable. What is debatable, however, is how particular black citizens and particular black families responded to these periods. The responses made (then and now)...