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Panther Baby Paperback – February 7, 2012
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The film rights to Jamal Joseph's story have been optioned by Focus Features but don't wait until the movie comes out, read the book now. You won't be able to put it down.
The Panthers perform community service and break up drug dens, while protecting and empowering The People to rise above their circumstances. Their ties to the community are strong, along with their attempts to educate young and old to be more than what circumstances have made of them. It’s true that weapons and fights against The Establishment were part of Panther life due to the way Blacks and Panthers were treated, but Jamal puts a humanity to them and their work allowing readers to understand why they were an important part of life for impoverished Black Americans.
“Panther Baby” pulls no punches, depicting biographical accounts of the police brutality of the times, the race struggles of poor Blacks in Harlem and other urban cities, street warfare, and prison life. Jamal was smack in the middle of it all, and brings readers along for the rides of their lives. As a true Panther who once believed in educating the masses, he continues that belief today as he educates readers through writing “Panther Baby.” I won’t be surprised to see it earn some sort of literary award at the upcoming ALA Media Awards in Seattle. In fact, I really hope it does.
Recommended for ages 17 and older.
Joseph details many community programs run by the Panthers as well as their training with firearms. When he ends up in prison the first time, I think I as a reader began to really see Jamal's deep commitment to the organization. He never seemed to question how he was betrayed. Rather, he took what he had learned from the Panthers and used it to empower his fellow prisoners. He learned the ways of prison life just as he learned the ways of the street and the ways of the Panthers, all of this being a code of decency which when maneuvered correctly allowed one to give and receive respect through proper treatment of others.Read more ›
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Totally absorbing as Mr. Joseph takes us on his journey to manhood and understanding of self. A must read if there ever was one.Published 9 months ago by Bingopuss
Very informative, behind-the-scene read. Kept my interest throughout.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent. A must read!. Great guide to understanding an important movement in history and those who sacrificed and endured for a greater tomorrow.Published 17 months ago by FireFliesEntertainment
In this book, Jamal Joseph provided unique insight into the societal conditions that resulted in the creation of the Black Panther Party, and what led to him becoming a member. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jeron McCall