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Pouring from an Empty Cup
By Stacia Frederick

Pouring from an Empty Cup is a 52-week guided journal designed for nonprofit professionals to use self-reflection as a means to develop personally and professionally. The journal is a mixture of personal and work-related prompts and creates a space to gain insight, build resiliency, as well as a life strategy.

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Pouring from an Empty Cup
By Stacia Frederick

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The Miracle Question Handbook
By Karl Pinnock

Do you wish things were different in your life? Better? Do you sometimes sit and daydream about how you would like your life to be. Imagine if that's all it took to get the life you wanted. Imagine if by simply seeing it you could start to achieve it. The Miracle Question Handbook contains the skills and techniques needed to develop the perfect strategy to create the life you deserve. From conception to completion, all you need to make your dreams a reality is packed in this little handbook. 

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The Miracle Question Handbook
By Karl Pinnock

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The C Word
By Semaj Rramal Crawford

The C Word It’s probably not what you were thinking, and that is exactly what this book is about – discovering new ways of thinking. The C Word takes you on a journey of freedom – freedom from limiting thoughts, borrowed beliefs and false perceptions. If you’ve always known there’s something more, you’re right. And you’ve picked up the right book. Semaj has taken the journey himself and knows the way. Follow him as he helps you identify the walls you’ve built and ruts you are in and gives you the tools to create a new life. Semaj Rramal Crawford, is a survivor of childhood abuse, the military and the 80’s. He has become a teacher, mentor, guru, and healer to thousands of minds, bodies, and spirits for the past thirty-five plus years.

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The C Word
By Semaj Rramal Crawford

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30 Life Changing Quotes: Personal Narratives
By Dr. Christa L. Flood

A book of daily quotes meant to inspire and empower others. Thirty personal quotes that highlight family and friends that epitomize and model each quote. This book can be used for educational and motivational purposes or daily reflections.

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30 Life Changing Quotes: Personal Narratives
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Sprite: A Primer
By LaDonna Davis

Nature is a great guide. Working in Nature or even in your own environments it is possible to encounter energy spirits. Many can be very useful to work with. This book, a primer, is an initial look at Sprites as the author encountered the energies. She writes so you can see what she learned and also what she discovered through research. It's hopefully a new look at the topic and also the beings. As an engineer, the author hopes that readers will find the topic engaging and also worthy of further study (especially for those that specialize in the fields of Nature, the study of energy, and even healing). Future works hope to further delve into the topic so that those that are on the path of discovery will have works that can accompany the journey.

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Sprite: A Primer
By LaDonna Davis

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Tools For Career Success: 101 Answers to FAQs about Public Health
By LaTonya Bynum

Tools for Career Success: 101 Answers to FAQs about Public Health is the student, professional, and organizational leadership guide to landing – and being successful in the public health industry. These answers are your tools, resources, and strategies for applying, interviewing, negotiating, succeeding and then tapping into your resources to launch your career and first successful consultant business. Over twenty years of combined experience in retail sales, public health and health information technology are used to empower YOU as a change agent for solving public health problems.

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Tools For Career Success: 101 Answers to FAQs about Public Health
By LaTonya Bynum

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Come Over I'm Cooking
By Jessie Washington

This cookbook is for the entertainers out there. No matter what the occasion this cookbook is here for you. Having some friends over for the game. I got you. Parents in town and you want to impress. I got you. Want to wine and dine your significant other but in the comfort of your home. I got you! No matter the occasion. Brunchaholics is here for you!

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Come Over I'm Cooking
By Jessie Washington

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You Have Food at Home
By Gabrielle McBay

You Have Food at Home is a minimalist cooking guide to help you feel more confident in the kitchen. Use these chef-proven recipes with limited ingredients and steps so that you can focus on the people and things you love most. Happy cooking!

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You Have Food at Home
By Gabrielle McBay

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Cooking With Love, Laughter And Happily Ever After
By Jamie Marie Lloyd

Don’t you just look forward to visiting that sister, aunty, or brother who cooks so passionately that every visit usually turns out being a new amazing memory? Jamie Marie Lloyd is one such person. Once you taste her food, there is certainly no going back. All the recipes shared in her book are perfectly designed to suit different occasions with family and friends. It is a book that could especially be beneficial to new couples, seasoned married couples, professionals, college students, single persons who are ready to mingle and many other different kinds of people. Cooking with Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After is indeed not like any other recipe book as it takes its readers through a journey that depicts the unseen relationship between food and love.

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Cooking With Love, Laughter And Happily Ever After
By Jamie Marie Lloyd

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Our Children and Future: Lessons in Family and School Engagement
By DeBora L'T. Mapp EdD

Our Children and Future need more care and hope in this rapidly changing uncertain world, so families, educators and society must engage differently with children and with each other, for better results. Many parents and school personnel may rear and teach with outdated practices that may not prepare children for their future challenges and opportunities. This updated and renamed guide book is long-overdue to help older adolescents mature and adults upgrade and adjust their actions and skills. They will both learn lessons from their pasts for better decision making while making sense of today.

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Our Children and Future: Lessons in Family and School Engagement
By DeBora L'T. Mapp EdD

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Fieldnotes on Allyship
By Our Human Family

In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and the routine killing of Black Americans, unprecedented numbers of people are participating in peaceful marches and demonstrations across the United States. There are many more who want get involved, for whom demonstrations are not an option.And they’re unsure what to do. Fieldnotes on Allyship is an informal and informative guide to becoming an effective ally right where you are. Written by eighteen authors from the U.S. and around the world, this collection of essays covers four areas: 1) a history of how we as a nation got here, 2) the forces that maintain systemic racism, 3) preparing to serve as an ally, and 4) serving as an ally.

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Fieldnotes on Allyship
By Our Human Family

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The Beauty in My Bare Bones
By Alexis Lawson

The Beauty in My Bare Bones, is a collection of poetry explicitly expressing the feelings that a lot of people have in common but seldom express, such as the recognition of depression, heartbreak, self-discovery, and much more. Bare Bones, tells poetic stories of the life of a young black woman going through the motions of breaking, reflecting, and rebuilding. Though she has been hurt and made some wrong turns, she remains determined, knowing that there is more to her than what she has been through. In these stories, she finds beauty in the skeletons that she's hidden away for so long. If you have breath in your body, you will soon see the beauty in your own "Bare Bones".

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The Beauty in My Bare Bones
By Alexis Lawson

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Roselyn X
By William Russell

Roselyn X, a young Black prostitute, has terminal cancer and a very small child. She is angry at fate, racism, sexism, and her loss of home and culture. Roselyn Y, masquerading as Roselyn X relays her feelings and pleas in a series of 22 cantos in a collection of poetry. Roselyn’s story is not all dark, it offers light and hope. Her story should never have happened; nothing has changed for Aboriginal Australians; little has changed for women and issues of sexism — or racism; and Black Deaths in Custody still generations on; let alone drug issues over that 50 year landscape of all of the poetry in this book. Black lives around the world rate a lesser value than the deaths of White people, why? Thought provoking, humorous, enlightening, and a pleasure to read.

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Roselyn X
By William Russell

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To My Lst Love
By Laetitia Kalunga

This book is about a heartfelt journey of emotions that, at first were the reasons why a girl couldn't grow. Staggering and hindering growth because letting go was hard. She finds her strength through the pain and realizes that nothing is ever truly lost. "The wound is where the light enters you" - Rumi

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To My Lst Love
By Laetitia Kalunga

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When Rain Falls
By Brea Holmes

What do you associate with the rain? A collection of heartfelt and relatable relationship short stories related to what happens when it rains.

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When Rain Falls
By Brea Holmes

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Alive In the Sea of Death
By Chukwudi .T. Okeke

This book depicts the true life story of a lot of African young women, especially those that came from a less privileged background. Idinaka (female) who happens to be the main character in this novel “Alive in the sea of death”, was a subject of life’s numerous challenges. She was a product of ignorant incest, her mother abandoned her and ran away when she was barely 10 months old, Juliet her mother’s friend whom she left her for and her only hope, died in an auto crash when she was 8 yrs old and left her to suffer and survive. Idinaka passed through a lot in diverse stages of her life, she was raped, humiliated, rejected, dejected, dehumanized and betrayed especially by those whom she thought she will get solace from. But in all she passed through, she was able to stake her life to her dreams and therefore stood up tall in the mist of surrounding failures.

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Alive In the Sea of Death
By Chukwudi .T. Okeke

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Oduduwa
By John Adoga

Illustrated with beautiful graphics, this story is based on ancient Yoruba folklore about the creation of the world. Oduduwa, one of the sky gods and son of the supreme being Olodumare, is sent down from the skies to create the earth after his brother Obatala fails to complete the same task. This volume is part of the Nigeria Heritage Children’s Books Series by +234Express®.

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Oduduwa
By John Adoga

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When I Grow Up
By Erynn Danielle DeLancy

Meet Danielle- a spunky six-year-old girl that has a big decision to make. It is career day at school but what will Danielle choose to be when she grows up?

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When I Grow Up
By Erynn Danielle DeLancy

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Chris Canduet: My Ball
By Virdell Larkins, Michael Bobino

“Chris Canduet: My Ball” is great for young children and beginning readers. The story follows Chris Canduet as he learns the importance of sharing with his peers.

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Chris Canduet: My Ball
By Virdell Larkins, Michael Bobino

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Beautiful Black Boy
By Lakeila Hamilton

Beautiful Black Boy is a non-fiction book where 3 brothers express their thoughts, worries, and hopes about their future as a black boy.

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Beautiful Black Boy
By Lakeila Hamilton

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A Better ME, A Better YOU
By Myra Morgan

WHAT’S STOPPING YOU from living healthier? A Better ME a Better YOU takes the reader on a journey to healthy living. The author shares user-friendly habits that will have you moving in new directions. This book gives suggestions to finding your way to a life of “betterness”.

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A Better ME, A Better YOU
By Myra Morgan

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The Savory Stiletto Chef
By J. Nikol Bradford

Recipes crafted with savory herbs and spices that will warm your senses.

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The Savory Stiletto Chef
By J. Nikol Bradford

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Thou Shalt Never Quit
By Sharon Gaston

This is the inspiring narrative of General Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. who was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen and America's first African American four-star general of the Armed Forces. Dr. Sharon Gaston gives an account of General James' life from his birth to the challenges and triumphs he faced in his illustrious military career to his early death. It is an inspirational story about the legacy, self-reliance, patriotism and excellence of General Daniel "Chappie" James Jr.'s achievement of the American Dream.

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Thou Shalt Never Quit
By Sharon Gaston

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Beyond Every Wall
By Velma P Scantlebury, M.D.

A remarkable journey in the life of young girl, born in Barbados, and her incredible stories as she struggled to become the first African American transplant surgeon in the United States. This book gives you a remarkable glimpse into the life and culture of Barbados. She takes us into the operating room where a transplant is being performed, as well as into her life as she journeys from a teenager in Brooklyn to overcoming the doubts and negativity that she encountered in her quest to become a surgeon. The struggles of advancing a career in a male dominated field are coupled with her personal struggles with depression, marriage and motherhood. As a role model and mentor, her story highlights possibilities for young girls whose dreams can become realities.

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Beyond Every Wall
By Velma P Scantlebury, M.D.

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