Selena

In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla (Jennifer Lopez) is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham (Edward James Olmos), realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues. She finds success and falls for her guitarist, Chris Perez (Jon Seda), who draws the ire of her father. Seeking mainstream stardom, Selena begins recording an English-language album which, tragically, she would never complete.

Release date: March 21, 1997 (USA)

Director: Gregory Nava

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Open Veins of Latin America

By Eduardo Galeano

1971

Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx. Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe. Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably. This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende's inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.

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Confessions Of An Ex-Evangelical

The title and cover are intentional for this story; hoping to grab the attention of the audience, of course, but even more than that - drawing you into what the Lord set in my heart to communicate, in light of my last 17 years. This burden has become my confession of nearly 2 decades under the White, evangelical subculture known to most as "Christianity." Being stuck in a "White American-Christian purgatory" by being “white” on the surface in the name of Jesus, peace, and harmony while denying my kingdom blackness (sometimes forced and other times by volition) has withered the soul. This dichotomy I lived (and that others are compelled to endure in the name of “gospel”) is nothing more than modern-day colonization. It is a theological “bleach,” to use the words of one of my heroic, pastor-friends from Brooklyn. This way of living robs people of the God-honoring beauty that we all have. This audiobook is a story of freedom toward Jesus’s (Yeshua’s) kingdom way of living. Jesus (Yeshua) revealed that living for him, using the gifts of my skin, culture, height, and appearance filtered through the gospel of the kingdom, is more than necessary—it is powerful. Jesus showed me a real black A.D. Thomason is better than an assimilated, castrated, and colonized one, no matter how many bible verses we attach to that man's methodology. The aim of this book is to be transparent about my shortcomings. I will "throw" myself under the proverbial bus in hopes to set others free. However, where I believe it is pertinent, I will be honest about situations that include other people and institutions. Though my years of being white on the surface are over, I share this narrative, God's waterfall of favor, to liberate others. Whether it was advice I was given, people telling me what I needed to be, the platform I was trying to obtain; whether it was sheer misguidance, no guidance, or pure scriptural manipulation for systemic progression: the aim is freedom, not condemnation. This story will make you laugh, cry, hurt deeply, and feel encouraged, but most of all, I pray this offering will set you free to embrace who you are both physically and spiritually in Jesus (Yeshua). My hope is that you will be inspired, set free to practice the ways of Jesus (Yeshua). Not to merely speak and learn about them, for this is to know him. Visit https://practicingjesus.com/

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The Hate U Give

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.

Release date: October 5, 2018 (USA)

Director: George Tillman Jr.

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Gran Torino

Retired auto worker and Korean War vet Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) fills emptiness in his life with beer and home repair, despising the many Asian, Latino and black families in his neighborhood. Walt becomes a reluctant hero when he stands up to the gangbangers who tried to force an Asian teen to steal Walt's treasured car. An unlikely friendship develops between Walt and the teen, as he learns he has more in common with his neighbors than he thought.

Release date: December 9, 2008 (USA)

Director: Clint Eastwood

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United: Captured By God's Vision For Diversity

By Trillia J. Newbell

2014

On the Last Day every tongue and tribe will be represented in the glorious chorus praising God with one voice. Yet today our churches remain segregated. Can we reflect the beauty of the last day this day? United will inspire, challenge and en-courage readers to pursue the joys of of diversity through stories of the author's own journey and a theology of diversity lived out.

Civil rights leaders of fifty years ago fought hard to overturn the "separate but equal" Jim Crow laws. America has come a long way since the 60's. Our public facilities, parks, pools, and educational facilities - once segregated - are now filled with a variety of ethnic groups enjoying the benefits of togetherness. Yet, our churches remain separate but equal. In a time of great progress, why does the church remain relatively unmoved?

United will explore the importance of pursuing diversity in the church by sharing the author's unique experiences growing up in the south and attending a predominately white church. She champions the theology of diversity throughout the book through the Scriptures providing compelling reasons to pursue diversity. Trillia will also weave in story describing her friendship with two women of different ethnicities.

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Too Heavy A Yoke

By Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

2014

Black women are strong. At least that's what everyone says and how they are constantly depicted. But what, exactly, does this strength entail? And what price do Black women pay for it? In this book, the author, a psychologist and pastoral theologian, examines the burdensome yoke that the ideology of the Strong Black Woman places upon African American women. She demonstrates how the three core features of the ideology--emotional strength, caregiving, and independence--constrain the lives of African American women and predispose them to physical and emotional health problems, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and anxiety. She traces the historical, social, and theological influences that resulted in the evolution and maintenance of the Strong Black Woman, including the Christian church, R & B and hip-hop artists, and popular television and film. Drawing upon womanist pastoral theology and twelve-step philosophy, she calls upon pastoral caregivers to aid in the healing of African American women's identities and crafts a twelve-step program for Strong Black Women in recovery.

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