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International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood. If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison. Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control. Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father. Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different. When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire .... Tammy and her girls barely escape life threatening snares in "Concrete Roses Trampled Book I," only to be caught in the iron clutches of danger again!In "Concrete Roses Book II Revived," Tammy grapples to keep her family together under the menacing intimidation of pimp, Rooster and his main girl, Chica. Tammy's past life just will not leave her alone, as old friends reveal new plots and diabolical schemes that aim to destroy Tammy and all she holds dear. But amid the chaos, new alliances are forged, and hope emerges!
These fifty-two spiritual reflections cover a variety of topics that will be of interest to the spiritually curious who want to know more about Christ, the Black Church, Urban America, and even, the late rapper, poet, and actor, Tupac Shakur. Some entries are autobiographical testimonies; others are short theological essays. Most offer the reader ways to apply biblical truth to life's situations; and more than a few include a social critique of the worst elements of American culture, coupled with references to noteworthy people and events in African American history. Each entry will provide food for the mind, heart, and soul. The title of this book was inspired by the powerful metaphor depicted in Shakur's famous poem about a rose that resiliently grows up above unyielding forces--forces meant to suppress its potential. These essays originally were crafted through the author's weekly discipline of preparing spiritual reflections for publication in his congregation's Sunday morning worship bulletin. What is presented here are expanded or modified versions of these weekly entries. Though none were, or are sermons, together, they are presented in the chronology and thematic focus that Pastor Bryant normally lifts up during the cycle of a year of preaching. The themes reflect those liturgical celebrations that are recognized in many African American mainline congregations from January to December: Epiphany, Black History Month, Lent, Easter, Mother's Day, Pentecost, Father's Day, Women's Day, Ordinary Time, Youth Sunday, Stewardship Month, Senior's Day, Friends and Family Sunday, Men's Day, Advent, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Watch Night. It is the author's hope that these pastoral essays, each one like a rose ascending and pushing upward, will exalt the beauty of Christ, the strength of faith, the power of the Word of God, and the fascinating story of what God has done and is doing in the world, especially through the lives of those who have been, in the words of the Negro Spiritual, "buked and scorned...and talked about as sure as you were born."
Andre Chapman founder Unity Care shares this remarkable story of courage, faith, and vision. You will be challenged by his innovative ideas for transforming our broken educational and foster-care systems. You will be inspired by his devotion to bringing hope to the hopeless while growing "roses in concrete."
Aroma has played a vital role, directly as well as indirectly, in the life of human beings since its appearance on the earth as a result of evolution. India, Egypt and Persia were amongst the first countries to have conceived the process of distillation of essential oils. Aromatic plants have essential or aromatic oils naturally occurring in them. They help heal mental ailments and other diseases. India is endowed with a rich wealth of medicinal plants. Aromatic (Aroma Producing) plants are those plants which produce a certain type of aroma. Their aroma is due to the presence of some kind of essential oil with chemical constituents that contain at least one benzene ring in the their chemical configuration. These plants have made a good contribution to the development of ancient Indian material medica. In recent years, there has been a tremendous growth of interest in plant based drugs, pharmaceuticals, perfumery products, cosmetics and aroma compounds used in food flavors and fragrances and natural colors in the world. The chemical nature of these aromatic substances may be due to a variety of complex chemical compounds. There is a definite trend to adopt plant based products due to the cumulative derogatory effects resulting from the use of antibiotic and synthetics and except for a few cultivated crops, the availability of plant based material is mainly from the natural sources like forests and wastelands. There is a need to introduce these crops into the cropping system of the county, which, besides meeting the demands of the industry, will also help to maintain the standards on quality, potency and chemical composition. During the past decade, demand for aromatic plants and its products has attracted the worldwide interest, India being the treasure house of biodiversity, accounts for thousands of species which are used in herbal drugs. 90% of herbal industry requirement of raw material is taken out from the forests. This book basically deals with cultivation of matricaria chamomilla, present agro production technology status of celery, cultivation of ocimum gratissimum linn. var clocimum, the production and perfume potential of jasminum collections, chemical modification of turmeric oil to more value added products, biologically active compounds from turpentine oil, folk medicinal uses of indigenous aromatic plants in nepal , traditional uses of selected aromatic plants of bhutan and their cultivation prospects, blending aspects of perfumes with turpentine constituents, the chemistry of mint flavour, essential oils of cinnamomum species, citral containing cymbopogon species etc. The aim of publishing this book is to provide multidisciplinary information on aromatic plants. The book covers method of cultivation and utilization of various aromatic plants. This is very useful book for farmers, technocrats, agriculture universities, libraries, new entrepreneurs etc.
Munro, Turnell and Murphy Child Protection Consultancy have received two grants from the English Innovations Programme to work with eleven local authorities to implement whole system reform to support Signs of Safety practice. The first grant funded 18 months' work in 2014-16 (hereafter referred to as EIP1) and was written up in a final report: 'You can't grow roses in concrete' (Munro, Turnell, & Murphy, 2016). This report: 'You can't grow roses in concrete Part 2' covers the second grant funding two years' work carried out between 2017-19 but also pulls both projects together and examines progress over the five-year period.
Discover the critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling The Hate U Give and the highly anticipated On the Come Up from Angie Thomas in this two-book collection. FIND YOUR VOICE. MAKE SOME NOISE. The Hate U Give William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Michael L. Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book "Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds "Stunning." —John Green "This story is necessary. This story is important."—Kirkus (starred review) "Heartbreakingly topical."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. On the Come Up Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.