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The New African American Man
TITLE: The New African American Man
AUTHOR: Malcolm Kelly
PUBLISHER: BYE Publishing
PRICE: $15.95, 190ppgs (1998)
GENRE: Nonfiction—Self-Help—African American
The New African American Man tells the story of what it’s like to be a black man in this country. The book delves into the thoughts and experiences of a young black boy, who is taught to think of blackness as a condition associated with being a victim. And from these victim beliefs, you live with anger, self-hatred, addiction, depression, illiteracy, and numerous other deleterious beliefs.

While the central theme of book focuses on empowerment, this is not your typical discussion of empowerment. It’s a transformative, cultural type of empowerment. The chapters on fear and worry truly hit home. Wow! I felt the words jump from the pages right into my soul. And the suggestions at the end of each chapter are special treats for inquiring minds.

I think what sets this book apart from most of the other books I have read on empowerment is the straightforward approach used to go deep into the bowels of the African-American lifestyle. Fortunately, it doesn’t end with the problems of victimization, because you get the additional information on how to overcome problems that cause people to think of themselves as victims.

This is a worthwhile book that deserves to be read by anyone who wants to know how it feels growing up black in the United States.

This book is recommended for high school students, college students, and adults.


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