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A Love Letter to Black People: Audaciously Hopeful Thoughts on Race and Success Hardcover – February 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sherian Publishing (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979567653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979567650
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,012,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian McClellan is a former Fortune 500 executive and the author of the book, The Real Bling: How to Get the Only Thing You Need (2007), a critically acclaimed guide to personal and professional development. A graduate of Princeton University and the Columbia Business School, Brian is also the 2007 and 2008 Toastmasters Georgia State Champion of Public Speaking.

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Format: Hardcover
Written after Barack Obama won the nomination of the Democratic Party for the presidency but before he won the election, this book is designed to appeal to the rise of the black professional class. Using a large number of quotes from Young Successful Blacks (YSB's), arguments are put forward that a black person can succeed if they will first set aside the excuses of history. While it is true that there is still residual racism in the United States, the claim here is that the biggest hurdle to success for black people is their disbelief that it is possible.
The quotes from the YSB's are the most interesting feature of the book. Drawn from people with a wide spectrum of experiences, they clearly demonstrate that there are many paths to success. It also crushes, and hopefully for ever, the idea that for a black to succeed, they first must become "white." While it is true that dressing and behaving appropriately are generally necessary for success, it is made very clear that this does not diminish a person's racial heritage or stature, in fact it enhances it. McClellan also puts forward the argument that more blacks should vote Republican in order to change the party and enhance the role of blacks in the democratic workings of the United States.
There is no question that the election of Barack Obama is a watershed event in the United States and it is clear that he has the potential to be remembered as one of the greatest presidents of all time. While he will be an inspiration to all people, specifically Americans of African descent; the message in this book is even more important. For it is a timeless one of success via a belief in yourself, that by looking inward, you can be successful without having to follow or need exterior beacons.
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Format: Hardcover
Brian McClellan's book, A Love Letter to Black People; Audaciously hopeful Thoughts on Race and Success, is a powerful appeal to African Americans to re-embrace ways of thinking that were crucial to our incredible legacy of resilience and accomplishment.
Through an artful use of reflection, McClellan examines the pathology of how our Blackness evolves within us, flagged by "mile markers" of experiences that define our personal perception of what it means to be Black.
More importantly, McClellan has researched how the Young Black and Successful (YSBs) have trumped long held assumptions, cultural architypes and sterotypes by "ignoring the evidence" that statistics overwhelmingly imply about the inevitability of Black failure. McClellan's message is one of self love and love for the Black Community, without which our glorious Black culture cannot survive.
In a nutshell and through the insights of YSBs, McClellan expresses the love and optimistic "mindset" that Black People require, not just to achieve success, but to be RESILIENT in the face of the setbacks that we will inevitably encounter.
McClellan has created a "Best Practices" manual for loving ourselves and the Black Community. He has equiped us to ignore the so called evidence of inevitable failure so we can continue to add to the incredible legacy of the greatness of our people.
I had an opportunity to review this book before it was released and some of my comments were featured on the back cover.
Be sure to check out the chapter on "Keeping it Real."
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Format: Hardcover
Brian McClellan has penned a fantastic book urging Black people to love themselves and each other. He points out success comes from the love of others and self. Without love, there can be no success. He interviews many people - Young, Successful, and Black - and gets their opinions on how they became successful. He refers to them as YSBs.

He delves into the slurs Black people toss at each other, such as "sellouts," or "acting white" because they speak correct English and don't use street slang. In addition, he talks about the "crabs in a barrel" mentality that seems to infect our community. "Crabs in a barrel" refers to the way Black people pull each other down when success seems imminent. He further explains each person is different, and has different methods of becoming successful and however they do it does not mean they are a "sellout."

McClellan tells the community how to love other Blacks and each other and how that can bring success. He is clear that you must love what you do or it will only be painful for you; just another job. If you love what you do, you will find ways to become successful at it. He also urges Black people to seek mentors, get an education and research the subjects that interest them. If we all follow these suggestions, we can change the world. It would be wonderful if the book could be mandatory for Black youth. It is well worth reading.

Reviewed by Alice Holman
of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
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Format: Hardcover
A Love Letter to Black People is a moving book. No matter what your skin colour is, this "Love Letter" really explains a lot about the inner workings of the Black community. It strives to build hope and a strong belief that there is every possibility, for a Black person to be totally and completely successful. By asking some tough questions and answering them with a flourish, Brian is hopeful about the future of the Black community, as he should be! This somewhat controversial book, inspires everyone to take some risks and dare to believe that you DO have the right, even the responsibility, to be everything you ever hoped you could be.
Some chapter titles include: Living Angry, The YSB's, Carrying The Weight, The "Man" Is Dead, Keeping It Real, Can't We Do Better? Responsibly Black, Who To Be, How To Be, Ignoring The Evidence - The Remix. There are lots of interesting testimonials from successful Black people and great quotes throughout the book.

(7 out of 10 Diamonds) - I really enjoyed it

© 2008-2009 Bobbie Crawford-McCoy (Book Reviews By Bobbie).
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