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The Kept Ones
The Kept Ones
by Bunny DeBarge
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars ..., 7 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Kept Ones (Paperback)
This books stops right where the fun should begin...at her time with Motown as stars. I read her brother, Thomas Debarge's book first and that one was unexpectedly longer, more detailed, shocking and revelatory. Though this one was quite revelatory too, I didn't feel it was as much. So that kind of lessened the enjoyment for me. Thomas' book is also golden in providing another perspective and contains things that Bunny didn't pick up on. That said, still an enjoyable read that gives you some insight into their upbringing and the drive behind their motivation to succeed. Bunny is a real trooper and I wish all the peace and blessings to her and the whole family.


Star Struck: An American Epidemic
Star Struck: An American Epidemic
by Kim L. Dulaney
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to the hype, 10 Aug 2014
This was slightly disappointing. I had high hopes for this based on the reviews. Without wanting to be negative I feel the author was slightly delusional about her achievements, importance and the nature of her relationship with R.Kelly...uh...Benjamin Beemo. It basically boiled down to a classic relationship with a sex-addict where she was used and manipulated. It also doesn't shed as much light on the inner-workings of the industry as the blurb suggests and is more about the author's musings about her unresolved relationship with Kelly...uh...Beemo. Writing style was amateurish. But I give it 3 stars for exploring a necessary theme in today's world.


The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family
The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family
Price: 6.41

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, 28 Mar 2014
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This book starts of well but loses momentum. For the price I paid for it (about 17-20 UK pounds) I expected it to provide more insightful information above anything you can google on the internet, which it doesn't. The chapters which I would have thought should be the most useful for someone dealing with a narcissist turned out to be the LEAST useful- and those were the ones on personal relationships- i.e family and partners. For the chapter on relationships it would have been useful to have some sort of a quiz to first establish whether your partner is a narcissist and the degree to which they are narcissistic. In addition to SPECIFIC examples of narcissist behaviors e.g always making plans for outings in their favor. You can find this on the internet. But it doesn't do this and is very vague. Both the chapter on family and relationships are unnecessarily "wordy", as though the author is trying to fill out space and lacking in SPECIFIC detailed CASE-STUDIES not just a few examples here and there. They read more like a protracted campaign to get people into therapy. Also, it's more ideological than it is practical- notably the chapter on Cinderella and Rapunzel. It was difficult to keep up my concentration.The most useful thing about this book were the examples of the different facets of narcissism and the different types of narcissists in society, showing just how pervasive a disorder it is. The truth is, very few people will pick up a book on narcissist personalities without first having experienced it first hand in a personal relationship. And many people who are in a personal/long-term work relationship with a narcissist have experienced the dynamic first within a family. Anyone just working with or relating to a narcissist on a daily basis without having grown up in a narcissistic family dynamic themselves won't see the urgency of the issue. So really, books like these are geared towards narcissistic abuse sufferers. For a better, more focused read on the subject I would recommend The Narcissistic Family by Stephanie Donaldson.


All About Eva
All About Eva
by Deidre Berry
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.13

4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, positive message, 9 Mar 2014
This was an unexpectedly good read. The interesting twists and turns and original writing style stops the book from becoming cliched. In addition to the realistic, multidimensional portrayal of the characters. It explores themes to do with love, life, personal and family values, friendships, materialism and spirituality without being preachy and from a much needed black perspective. Good read. Positive moral and message in very negative, self-serving times. Would recommend.


Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon
Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon
Price: 5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good effort, 27 Feb 2014
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Whilst this is a good effort to provide a historical context for the rising of Tupac's star which is directly relevant to the black condition, I feel there are several things which let it down. Firstly, there are a couple of key factual errors. Other reviews have mentioned some but the one that stood out to me was Shock G's date of birth which is described as 1980. That would have made him 12 when he became successful with Digital Underground. Lol. Secondly, the authors offer their personal opinion where it's not particularly valid like where they call Afeni a narcissist or speculate on the happiness of Biggie's childhood or the usefulness of the Thug Life campaign. Lastly, the organisation of the chapters is odd. It effects the time-line and you keep jumping back and forth so it makes it difficult to follow the story of Tupac's life. It's also worth noting that the chapter on women is actually just one paragraph and can be summed up in one line: Jada and Leila were the two most influential females in Pac's life. The rest of the 4 page chapter had nothing to do with women...I found that pretty weird and humorous. Otherwise, the rare tidbits of insight add to the greater picture of what you might already know. One thing I've learned is that there's no "right" book on Tupac. He's too complex. Every one has something interesting to offer based on what you're looking for. Tupac Remembered was about stories from people who knew/admired him and had more of a conversational tone. It got rave reviews and I bought it but was not particularly moved. Where as Inside a Thug's Heart was basic but the most revealing I've read because it contained extremely intimate letters and poems direct from the source. Got Your Back is by his former bodyguard and is more focused on his life after prison. ..so the learning continues...


Tupac Remembered (33 1/3)
Tupac Remembered (33 1/3)
by Molly Monjauze
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Draw your own conclusions..., 29 Jan 2014
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A lot of the contributors to the book had never met Tupac, only met him once or twice or hadn't seen him in a long time. Although all the contributions offer little pockets of insight, of the fifty or so of them only 3 or 4 provide TRUE insight and get to the point. There's a lot of innuendo and you have to read between the lines. For example, his sister Sekyiwa- who's contribution I expected would be longer and more detailed was actually quite short for someone the author of this book claims Tupac was strongly influenced by. She jumps from discussing occasional episodes in their childhood to the final days of his life where she was changing around her own life (learning how to cook banana cake for the first time at the age of 30 she says) and how he told her he was proud of her after not saying it for a long time. There is no mention of what elapsed between that time period. In one place she says that Tupac was always a star to her even before his fame because "he was cuter". But she doesn't elaborate on this. I've read interviews she's given where she talks about how her mother always favored Tupac and taught HIM to cook instead of her. And how Afeni even favored Jada Pinkett, giving her life advice that she did not get. So you get a sense that there is more than what's on the surface. Similarly, the book talks about how Leila Steinberg, his first manager and him read poetry together and about how they had plans to set up a youth centre together. However, in the book Inside a Thug's Heart which contains letters he sent to an intimate female pen pal while he was locked up in prision he talks about how he got his start in the music business- by an "older white married woman who helped him out financially as long as he gave her the dick occasionally." And she was the one that introduced him to Digital Underground. Seeing as how it says in this book that he slept on her couch for many months and that she introduced him to the music business, I can only deduct that the two people are one and the same. I wonder if she's aware of his version of events? As is mentioned several times throughout the book, you can never really get to the heart of who Tupac is. Over-all, what all the contributors seem to agree on and "hint" at (and just that- hint) is that the thug persona was a character that Tupac played and they suspect that he was getting ready to shed this image around the time of his death. Overall, what I took from this book is the amount of paths Tupac's life crossed, how much of a living legacy he created through his relationships and how much he was respected. It's more of a nostalgic versus deterministic read.


Inside A Thug's Heart
Inside A Thug's Heart
by Angela Ardis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars straight from the man's heart, 18 Jan 2014
This review is from: Inside A Thug's Heart (Paperback)
I'd passed this book up again and again at the library whenever I saw it thinking it would be the same mainstream cliched attempt to cash in on a fallen rap star. I'm glad I didn't this time. I was intrigued from the start. First by the premise that this happened to an ordinary person and then by how the interaction unfolded. Like a wonderful 'hood fairytale that shows the world how multidimensional a person can be. Tupac is as erudite as any great writer. The letters and poetry are very revealing and set the record straight on ambiguous areas such as his relationship with Jada and family upbringing. But most importantly, it's opens a huge window into who Tupac was as a lover, most of which I had known intuitively just from his music. It is a very exciting read if you are a Tupac fan, especially a female fan(I found myself being jealous in some parts!). That said, it is unclear whether they would have bonded and had such an intense "emotional relationship" if he hadn't been going through the stressful situation he was going through in prison. Still, wonderful legacy which I'm grateful to the author for sharing.


Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength
Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength
by Laurie Helgoe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Written by an extrovert?, 17 Jan 2014
The title of the book is misleading. It suggests an analytical, factual read. Where as it feels more like you're reading someone's journal (and a very female-oriented one at that), combined with some social commentary. The author makes a lot of generalizations and uses a lot of "we" phrases. Such as where she talks about how in childhood she kept her side of the room simple and neat- "Japanese-style" as she described it, compared to her sister's messy "extroverted" bedroom decor. And how "you probably" did this too. I think the author is venturing into other aspects of personality and labeling it introversion or extroversion erroneously. There are INFPs (Itroverted, INtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving) introverts and there are ISTJ (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking and Judging) introverts. I, for example- although practical and unattached to material items, which I think was what the author was trying to convey unsuccessfully when talking about her childhood room, had what some might describe as a "messy" room. Because I am more of an intuitive/feeling introvert than a judging and sensing introvert. That's why you can get introverts in fields as diverse as Banking and Finance and Music and creative arts. And this accounts for personality differences despite common defining traits specific to introverts. I don't think she highlights the importance of these Myers-Briggs personality distinctions which she only mentions in passing in the introduction when talking about how introversion has come to be misunderstood. Which leads me to believe that this wasn't very well researched. Additionally, of the assumptions she makes, the most important of these is that everyone reading this book feels ashamed about being an introvert in an extrovert world.I couldn't relate in many places. The writing style is very conversational and in fact feels like it was written by an extravert! For this reason I couldn't get into it. Hopefully there's a more useful book on introversion out there for me. I gave this 3 stars because it wouldn't be fair to give it two as I did not finish it and donated it to my local library. Since buying it in 2011, the author has re-released a new version in 2013.


Land Grabbing: Journeys in the New Colonialism
Land Grabbing: Journeys in the New Colonialism
by Stefano Liberti
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Economics explained from a human perspective, 10 Jan 2014
Anyone who argues the case against immigration based on the argument that colonialism in Africa ended 50 years ago needs to read this book. Because that's all it boils down to. But to say that this is all that it is about would be wrong. Even for those not interested in Economics this is just a good book on cultures and the modern forces shaping us in the 21st century. It is as interesting and intriguing as any good novel. Here are some facts you might learn:

-The Ethiopian government is formed of a tribe that represents only 6 percent of the population
-China has no national policy at the time of the writing of this book to acquire land in Africa for the purpose of producing food to export to China.
-Saudi Arabia imports tens of thousands of cattle a year for their dairy farms in the desert.
- The Food and Agricultural Organisation (the U.N) defines "available" land around the globe as land which has less than 25 people per square kilometer on it. Of the 400 million hectares of "available" land, 202 million of it is in Africa.

Men like Stefano Liberti and many of those he interviews are truth-telling pioneers in their respective fields. Congratulations and thumbs up! 5 stars.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment, 30 Dec 2013
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I was paying about 20.00 every two to three months for Tranquility Spa dark circles cream. Since then, the price has gone up to about 30-50. So I thought I would give something else a try. I was excited to find this eye cream on amazon for such a low price.The main ingredient is Haloxyl. I've personally trialled this and know it to be effective so this is what I always look for in eye creams for dark circles. The label clearly says it has haloxyl, the labeling, directions and packaging were simple and straightforward, which I liked. But no results?? It says use daily (doesn't specify whether once or twice). I've been using it for about 2-3 weeks now and the dark circles I haven't had for months since using the other aforementioned brand, have returned. The liquid is also more watery and less creamier than the previous brand I was using. Not sure if this is indicative of a lesser quality. I've also developed a burning in my eyes over the last few weeks which I'm not sure whether this eye cream has anything to do with. I'm suspecting that this is a newer company which isn't quite sure what they're doing yet. Good price but failed to deliver. Won't be buying again.


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