Yes. Yes. And Yes. Let’s get into this. Black men are not portrayed as readers at all my friends. That’s very disturbing as a Black man. We can argue till the cows come home on faults but how about we bicker over solutions. Like my ten favorite book selection? No? Am I being presumptuous? Probably? But hey you can’t blame me for trying. Now before we get in to this, there are millions of books that I need to read. I get recommended different books from different people from all walks of life. I wish I could freeze time like
Evie from that TV show “Out of this World” and just read without time passing me by. Please I beg you, if you don’t like any of our posts, thoughts, contents, suggestions, please share this and give us your feedback. Books are universal. And no I’m not talking about a kindle or ebook. I’m talking bout getting a book passed down from an elder statesman, or going to get your library card for the first time. Reading will forever calm me and help me grow as a human. The smell of the pages. The feel of different types of material used in the pages. The illustrations. The forewords. Even if it’s total BS, the fact that my mind is engage in something constructive is fascinating. So here we go.
Spot’s Touch and Feel.
This was the earliest book I have in my memory banks. I believe I was 2 or 3 when I had one of these Spot books. I think this booked got me hooked.
10.”The Art of War” by Sun Tzu
This book reminds me of how we as humans, are supposed to interact with conflict. The fact that I wish I could had the mental discipline to accomplish things with patience, is why air love this book. For the undisciplined this book is for you. (Meaning me)
9. “Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons” by Tim Russert.
Rest in peace Mr Russert. I received this book in the year of 2012. I was working as a driver tour guide in Napa Valley on a wine tour. I was on my break at sebastiani Vineyards when this older couple approached me on my bus. I was doing some plank exercises and they kindly knocked on the door. They chatted me up and they offered if I wanted something to eat. I kindly decline their offer but they left me with this book. We talk extensively about how fathers are so underappreciated and American society especially black fathers. They left me this book to read and I will never forget it. Mr. Tim Russert collects letters from his writers about their fathers. He even includes his relationship with his father and also his relationship with his son. This book gave me a new found appreciation on fatherhood. And especially if you are born in May, (ahem) you bday may fall on Mother’s day. How can you compete with that? (My day is May 11th).
8. “Not my boy” by Rodney Peete
You might know Rodney Peete from a former QB in the NFL or as Holly Robinson-Peetes’s husband, but he is more than that. Rodney Peete’s hands-on approach in dealing with his son’s autism (RJ) is a real eye opener. As a black father who has autistic son’s, this book has helped me out tremendously. Thank you Mr. Peete for putting your emotions onto a great book.
7. “Dear Mr.Henshaw” by Beverly Clearly
This book is what inspired my writing. Imagine being a young boy writing to a mysterious person about your life. Pen pals are something we don’t have anymore but, was the coolest thing ever for me. Sigh.
6. “Roots” by Alex Haley
If you ever want a task while reading, please read roots. It took me 2 years to finish, because I got so distracted. You really feel accomplished in finishing a this massive text book of slavery. I’m not saying it’s a choir, but with my attention span, I had to motivate myself. I’m glad I finally did.
5. “Young, Black, Rich, & Famous” by Todd Boyd
This book was an eye opener for me. I I was never a big Michael Jordan fan and this book talks about his exploits of the black community. Also the parallels with hip hop and basketball and jazz and boxing. It’s great to be the person who doesn’t root for the popular person and this book explains it thoroughly. Going against the status quo is ballsy and probably what put my mentality about popularity into overdrive.
4. “Letters to a Young Brotha MANIfest your Destiny” by Hill Harper
Imagine trying to get a book published for your race. Imagine the publishers telling you that “there’s no market for your book because your people don’t read” Did your eyes tear up a Lil bit from that? Can you imagine that shit? “Your people don’t read.” That says it all. But nonetheless the book got published and was a pillar in the black community.
3. “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” By Alex Haley
Should be in everybody’s book collection in my opinion. This was my bible. Malcolm’s vision to his struggles to his legacy is riveting. A real leader of people. Thank you Malcolm.
2. “Germany’s Black Holocaust 1890-1945” by Firpo W. Carr, PH.D.
The Jews has been through hardships since the dawn of time, correct? So has blacks right? Even though Hitler was rumored to be half Jewish, he had many SS officers who were jewish. He respected Jews too. Blacks?? Nope. Before the Nazis invasion, Germany’s brutal regime slaughter hundreds of thousands of Indigenous Africans. LSD, Super weapons, Agent orange, experimentation etc all done by the Nazis on blacks. Sad to type by its the truth. Hmmm I wonder why we never learned that in history class?
1. “Black Boy” by Richard Wright
I honestly felt like I was the little Richard Wright. Setting his granny house on fire, rebelling against Christianity at a young age, meeting Bessie etc. There are a lot of parallels from this book that resemble my life. Even though the timing and location is different, I got lost in this book. Still trying to find myself till this day. Now that’s power.
So folks, people, gentlemen, and ladies there’s my list. This was a powerful experience to recall for me. These books molded me to the man I am today. And that’s what happened when you don’t have a father. You look for them in other beings. I looked for mines in books.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Ca, I've been a local sports fan for about 26 years now. Have a passion for the 49ers, Giants, Warriors. Have a respect and a disliking (hahaha) for the Raiders and A's. Following Cal and Stanford College hoops, College football, NFL, WNBA, and NBA. Will be giving you perspective from a young black male growing up here in the bay area. Holding no punches. Hope ya'll enjoy