Recommended Readings

 

The Power of Broke

Daymond John

Tough times—and empty pockets—can fuel your inner greatness, according to Daymond John in The Power of Broke. As a serial entrepreneurial success, coming from the humble beginnings of Hollis, Queens, New York, “The People’s Shark” shares his stories of success as CEO of FUBU and other renown entrepreneurs who practiced the “power of broke” in order to succeed. Reinforcing eight “Broke Power” principles that every entrepreneur should consider in order to get started from the bottom, this easy-to-read, straight-talk business book will get your feet up off the couch  and put you in grind-mode to fulfill your potential!


 The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander

Challenging the idea of our “colorblind” society, Michelle Alexander—author, civil rights lawyer, and legal scholar—likens mass incarceration to a new Jim Crow, exposing how Regan’s War on Drugs, and other “get-tough” on crime policies have unfairly targeted African-Americans, placing them in a new “racial caste system”. Alexander boldly presents a must read analysis of our present criminal justice system, and the domino effect African-Americans face once labeled a criminal—most often from petty drug crime—forever marginalized and excluded from liberties such as employment, public housing, the right to vote, food stamps, and student loans. Engaging from beginning to end, The New Jim Crow presents a disturbing narrative that calls for action, and should be at the forefront of political and social discourse.


The Misfit Economy

misfit_economy_flatAlexa Clay & Kyra Maya Phillips

Ever consider yourself a misfit? Alexa Clay and Kyra Maya Phillips delve into the misfit’s role in the economy: “Lessons in creativity from Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters, and other informal entrepreneurs.” In a short, but sweet, book for anyone looking to be inspired by those who chose to go against the grain, The Misfit Economy examines the misfit philosophy and shines a light on the “five key principles for unleashing your inner misfit: Hustle, Copy, Hack, Provoke, and Pivot.” Each principle lists examples of successful entrepreneurs who hold true to such codes, and have empowered our economy through the black, or—as authors Clay and Phillips put it—gray markets. If you’re looking for a quick read that will refresh the idea of walking your own path this is an excellent choice.


Weed the People

Bruce Barcott

Getting sick and tired of the fuss over marijuana prohibition? Interested in what both sides of the issue have to share regarding the debate? Weed the People is the remedy. Journalist Bruce Barcott—a Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction—explores the highly controversial subject of marijuana legalization, and does so from a pleasantly objective scope. Learn how states like Colorado and Washington have been impacted since legalizing the Schedule 1 drug, and the history behind marijuana prohibition, while finding out how, and why, people from both sides of the fence are working to bring a definitive answer to this issue.


Chasing the Scream

chasing the screamJohann Hari

The War on Drugs is a result of failed policy. Johann Hari sets out to clarify what exactly the War on Drugs really entails and, in doing so, finds “three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives from the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.” Hari embarks on a three year journey to tell the tale of this hundred year prohibition on drugs in great detail—from the day it was conceived in the mind of Harry Anslinger to grave efforts across the globe to change policy. By sharing the stories of many different people whose lives have been impacted due to the effects of the drug war, this “book will challenge and change how you think about one of the most controversial—and consequential—questions of our time.”


American Pain

John Temple

Taking a look into Florida’s pill-mill industry, American Pain tells the tale of Chris and Jeff George, along with Derik Nolan, who took over the oxycontin industry with their infamous Florida pain clinics. By finding the loop-holes in the law for prescription medication, these young men took advantage of a business model that rendered dreamlike profits in the worst of ways. What you are about to read will leave you questioning: This really happened in the United States of America?—and exemplifies the danger of greed.


Ghettoside

ghettoside_jill-leovyJill Leovy

Homicides involving young, black males have become a media narrative that has garnered continued coverage more recently—but the issues still remain. Leovy, a journalist for The Los Angeles Times, brings the gritty, true-nature of this ongoing crisis to the forefront with Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America. Exploring black-on-black crime, primarily in South Central, LA, Leovy bases her gripping tale around the true story of Wally Tennelle—an LA cop who’s youngest son is killed right outside his Watt’s neighborhood for being mistakenly tied to a local gang. John Skaggs, a charismatic, highly competent detective, digs into the case and relentlessly strives to bring a difference to the torn community: pressing to close cases, rather than let them go cold. Ghettoside shines a light on the lack of policing and real preventive action in these poverty-stricken war zones. This is a must read for anyone who questions the validity of “Black Lives Matter”—and a compelling, critical story that fuels the agitation for social reform.


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