Exodus Politics: Civil Rights and Leadership in African American Literature and Culture (American Literatures Initiative

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Using the term “exodus politics” to theorize the valorization of black male leadership in the movement for civil rights, Robert J. Patterson explores the ways in which the political strategies and ideologies of this movement paradoxically undermined the collective enfranchisement of black people. He argues that by narrowly conceptualizing civil rights in only racial terms and relying solely on a male figure, conventional African American leadership, though frequently redemptive, can also erode the very goals of civil rights.

The author turns to contemporary African American writers such as Ernest Gaines, Gayl Jones, Alice Walker, and Charles Johnson to show how they challenge the dominant models of civil rights leadership.

He draws on a variety of disciplines―including black feminism, civil rights history, cultural studies, and liberation theology―in order to develop a more nuanced formulation of black subjectivity and politics.

Patterson’s connection of the concept of racial rights to gender and sexual rights allows him to illuminate the literature’s promotion of more expansive models. By considering the competing and varied political interests of black communities, these writers reimagine the dominant models in a way that can empower communities to be self-sustaining in the absence of a messianic male leader.

The Author

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Dr. Patterson is an Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, and Director of the African American Studies Program at Georgetown University. His book, Exodus Politics: Civil Rights and Leadership African American Literature and Culture (UVA Press, 2013), argues that African American literature written after the civil rights movement challenges society’s tendencies to think of civil rights solely in terms of race, to deem black male leadership as necessary for civil rights attainment, and to contain the scope of the civil rights movement to the fifteen year period between 1963-1968.

In addition to this project, Dr. Patterson has published articles on W.E.B. Dubois, Toni Morrison, African American Women’s Writing,Tyler Perry’s films. Some of his work appears in South Atlantic Quarterly Black Camera, Religion and Literature, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and the Cambridge Companion to Civil Rights Literature. He co-guest edited a special edition of South Atlantic Quarterly, Black Literature, Black Leadership (112.2).

Extending his interest scholarly interests in the post-civil rights era, black popular culture, and the politics of gender, he also has begun to work on a second book project, Destructive Desires: Black Popular Culture and the Intimacy of Politics, which analyzes the various ways that African Americans used popular and expressive culture to negotiate racial politics in the 20th and 21st centuries. He is also co-editing a book, The Psychic Hold of Slavery, which is an interdisciplinary collection of scholarly essays that considers why and how slavery still matters.

http://www.amazon.com/Exodus-Politics-Leadership-Literature-Literatures/dp/0813935261

 

Discovering Creative Thinking

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Does it seem like you’ve tried everything in your power to think creatively; and yet, despite your best efforts, you’re still plagued with: 

• Not knowing how to even get started
• Not understanding even where to start with defining your intent
• Not knowing how to master your creative skills

If this describes you, then you are in luck today…

First, you are NOT alone! Although it may seem like it sometimes, but not knowing how to get started with creative thinking is far more common than you’d think.

I ought to know, because I’ve been in the same spot before…
There are some people who naturally have the skills, while others need to practice and learn about it first before they can take advantage of it. Being able to think creatively is very important, especially if you want to become successful in your career or in your whole life. However, only some people get to realize this fact.

Let me explain…

Creativity can be triggered with specific things, especially when the person involved has the natural ability to do so. For a person with some natural creative thinking skills, it naturally occurs even if he or she is not well aware of it.

And the worst part of all is that the more you don’t know the less you will succeed!
Make no mistake about it…  As a person just like you who has struggled with getting better ideas, I have searched high and low to find the best strategies to fix this problem and I am fully qualified and equipped to help you put an end to your frustration with trying to wade through all the info you need to know to use creative thinking!

What exactly is creativity? Indeed, there are a number of ways you can define the word “creativity”. However, the most modest way to define this mysterious element that is shared by all people is the fact that creativity is the ability of the person’s mind to acquire facts, materials, and/or ideas and distinguish them in a distinctive manner or way. It is a unique point of view, a fresh idea and/or a new way on looking at a certain problem.

And all of this up till now is just scratching the surface!
This powerful book will provide you with everything you need to know to be a success and achieve your goal of becoming a creative thinker. The question is− are you ready to astound yourself with your new creative thinking skills?

The Author

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Pursuing Your Creativity− Cultivating Your Imagination One Creative Thought at a Time”

Have you ever thought about pursuing your creative passions−but never found the courage to listen to your inner voice that keeps on telling you to chase down those endeavors? It’s true that being creative can be risky− a risk that a lot of people are not ready to assume−unless they know how to be creative. In other words, to be successful at being creative, you must learn how to cultivate your inner creativeness.In his books, J.C. Tolbert takes you on a journey to discovering your own unique creativity.
                Unlike other books in this genre, his content is not only focused on practical theories, but also on inspiring people to take action in their daily lives. His books also provide solutions that can be implemented in real-world situations, which is becoming rare to see today. You’ll get information that will truly inspire you to never give up on your journey to creativity! When not writing, J.C. likes to read, exercise, and have fun going on creative adventures with his kids.http://www.amazon.com/Discovering-Creative-Thinking-Conquering-Imagination-ebook/dp/B00YYBWCMK

The Future Of Your Wealth

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No one would deny that wealthy families face new and unique challenges that can make planning for the future more difficult than ever before. A byzantine U.S. tax code, increasingly complex global markets, and a growing cultural disdain for the “wealthy” pose new threats to the American investor. In this clear-sighted and urgent guide to managing your wealth,
        Matthew Shafer calls on his years of advising experience and his background as an economist to chart a new course toward financial success and peace of mind. Shafer outlines how new investment strategies based on cutting-edge analytics and behavioral finance can help you navigate today’s uncertain economic terrain and harness the mass psychology that drives market trends.
         Armed with a resilient outlook and an economist’s insight into the future, Shafer argues that the road ahead is not all doom and gloom-in fact; there are good reasons to be very optimistic about the future of your wealth. In April, Matt and The Future of Your Wealth was featured in the USA Today article, Seven Big Mistakes Couples Make in Retirement.
The Author
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Matt Shafer is a graduate of American University in Washington DC, where he obtained a BA in Economics and an MA in Economics with a concentration in International Financial Markets. In 2005, Matt attended the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkley where he obtained the title of Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and joined the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).
        Matt represents the 3rd generation of his family to provide wealth management advice to successful professionals, business owners and investors. He began his Wealth Management career in 1997 and currently leads a team of Financial Advisors based in South Florida, New England and Michigan.
         Matt has been named one of the top 1,000 Financial Advisors in the U.S. by Barron’s Magazine (2009) and has received several national recognitions including “Premier Advisor” by the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (2012). He also writes a wealth management column for Worth Magazine. Matt lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife and two children.

The Game of Adversity: 8 Practices To Turn Life’s Toughest Moments Into Your Greatest Opportunities

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If you are looking for a Non-Fiction deal, you came to the right place. Today’s Deal offers ‘how to’ guide. “Blending research with his own experience (and some awesome examples from great movies), Nick DiNardo proves that set backs push us forward and outlines how to leverage adversity to get stronger and be better.” ~ David Burkus, author of The Myths of Creativity We all face adversity.

The real question is whether we can overcome it. In his practical, informative, and research-based new book, Nick DiNardo shares strategies you can use to become a better leader and a better person.” ~ Dorie Clark, Author of Stand Out and Reinventing You We’re too comfortable. Growing up, we’re all taught that the best situation is the one where everything goes according to plan. Adversity is something to be avoided or, at the very least, tolerated. This book is here to tell you the opposite., You owe it to yourself! So grab your copy now.

The Author

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Nick DiNardo is an entrepreneur, consultant and public speaker focused on adversity, personal growth and education. Throughout his career he has interviewed hundreds of experts on overcoming adversity, dealing with trauma and stress, and the crucial role that this plays in our cognitive development and education.

Nick has dealt with adversity his entire life. After his parents separated when he was seven years old, Nick went from living the American Dream to sleeping on the floor of a one room apartment and sharing a kitchen with 17 people. He managed to earn a football scholarship to Wesleyan University (CT) and ruptured the tendons in his knee in his senior year. He has started multiple companies, most of which failed.

Time and time again he faced adversity–and continued to grow as a result. It is these lessons that led Nick to write The Game of Adversity, which distills cutting-edge psychological research as well as wisdom from Seneca, Viktor Frankl and Vince Lombardi, and turns it into actionable advice.

Nick is the producer and host of two podcasts: the Meet Education Project and the Sweet Adversity Podcast. He writes more about adversity and personal growth at NickDiNardo.com. He lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, with his wife Sarah.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Game-Adversity-Practices-Opportunities-ebook/dp/B00VTV6P0S?