TDP Be Reading

The Little Engine That Could  and The Autobiography of Malcolm X are two books that I remeber well from my first days of reading, and from the first time I recall loving a book.  The former sticks out for me because the theme of overcoming obstacles is one I am able to relate to, like so many of you can, and that "little engine" was not giving up for anything.  I was probably 6 or 7 when I read that book for the first of one hundred times.  Alex Hailey's collaboration with El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz bka Malcolm X is an all time favorite and the first book that was love at first read for me.   The Autobiography of Malcolm X, read by my 14 year old self, was the first book that I picked up that I felt I could relate to and be inspired by.  Nearly three decades passed before I found a similar liking to a book when reading Trevor Noah's, Born A Crime.  When avid book lover, and my dope co-host, Rhonda found out about my relationship with books, we knew we had to make our love for reading a part of The Dap Project.


We present to you, #TDPBeReading...


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Mis Education of the Negro - “The only question which concerns us here is whether these “educated” persons are actually equipped to face the ordeal before them or unconsciously contribute to their own undoing by perpetuating the regime of the oppressor.” Dr. Woodson questions probe foundational beliefs about education, knowledge, history, and how we move forward as a people. 


The Purpose of Power - “This book brings focus to how movements come about.  From The Montgomery Bus Boycott to the Black Live Matter protests of this past summer, POP gives insight that allows us to become a part of such movements and advancing the issues.” -- Aaron

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The Marathon Don’t Stop - An unexpected element of this book is that Kenner offers a rich history about the city of Los Angeles, and noted cultural figures of the era which deepens your understanding of the milieu in which Hussle was born and raised.

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Breathe - Do mother’s dap up sons? Probably. Definitely, if you think of dap expansively. Acknowledging that “summary execution is a feature of American life,” Perry asserts, “Your testimony is living with the passionate intensity of one whose presence matters despite the violence of this world towards your beautiful flesh.” (p. 18-19) Two moms joined us for this talk about motherhood, and mental health. 

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The Fire Next Time and Nothing Personal - James Baldwin was quoted frequently in the last year, as his incisive observations about race relations in the United States are perennially relevant. The Fire Next Time is one of his most well-known essays, where he describes his path to and out of religion, his relationship with his father, and the pressures of being Black in America. 

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Enjoy listening to our reflections on Octavia Butler’s prophetic Parable of the Sower. With guest Brandan Wilburn Herbert, we discuss poignant characters and their relationships, symbolism, and the meaning of Earthseed. 


Reading has the power to change the reader. We discuss how reading the Parable of the Sower changed us.