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Here is a reading list put together by Mwalimu Baruti. Check it out.

Warrior Children Reading List

• Verna Aardema, Koi & The Kola Nuts
• Veronica Ellis, Afro-Bets First Book About Africa
• Michael Faul, The Story of Africa and Her Flags to Color
• Muriel Feelings, Jambo Means Hello and Moja Means One
• Virginia Hamilton, The People Could Fly
• Arthur Lewin, Africa is Not a Country, It’s a Continent
• Sundaria Morninghouse, Harbari Gani? What’s the News?
• Sherley Anne Williams, Working Cotton
• Jane Yolen, Encounter

Warrior Youth Reading List

• Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
• S.E.Anderson, The Black Holocaust for Beginners
• Na’im Akbar, Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery and for BLACK MEN
• Akil, From Niggas to Gods, Part One
• Chike Akua, A Treasure Within
• Molefi Kete Asante, Classical Africa
• Ayi Kwei Armah, Two Thousand Seasons
• Mwalimu Baruti, The Sex Imperative
• Anthony Browder, From the Browder Files
• Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
• James Cameron, A Time of Terror
• John Henrik Clarke, Africans at the Crossroads
• Gaidi Faraj, Ourstory: Afrikans from Antiquity to the 21st Century
• Sam Greenlee,The Spook Who Sat by the Door
• Asa G. Hilliard, Larry Williams and Nia Damali (eds), The Teachings of Ptahhotep
• Jacqueline Johnson, Stokely Carmichael
• Indus Khamit-Kush, What They Never Told You in History Class
• Zak A. Kondo, The Black Student’s Guide to Positive Education and His-storical Lies and Myths that Miseducate Black People
• Joseph Marshall, Street Soldier
• Patricia & Frederick McKissach, Rebels Against Slavery
• Erriel D. Roberson, The Maafa & Beyond
• J.A.Rogers, Great Men of Color, Vols. I & II
• Sister Souljah, The Coldest Winter Ever
• Carter G. Woodson, The Miseducation of the Negro
• Amos N. Wilson, The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness
• Bobby E. Wright, The Psychopathic Racial Personality
• Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Asafo Reading List

• Kwame Agyei Akoto, Nationbulding
• Manu Ampim, Towards Black Community Development
• Marimba Ani, YURUGU
• Mwalimu Baruti, The Sex Imperative and Homosexuality and the Effeminization of Afrikan Males
• Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, Africa: Mother of Western Civilization
• Michael Bradley, The Iceman Inheritance
• Jacob H. Carruthers,Intellectual Warfare
• John Henrik Clarke, Notes Toward an African World Revolution
• Anthony Ephirim-Donkor, African Spirituality: On Becoming Ancestors
• George G.M. James,Stolen Legacy
• Kamau R. Kambon, Black Guerrilla Warfare in amerika
• Richard King, African Origin of Biological Psychiatry
• Chancellor Williams, The Destruction of Black Civilization

Over the years, I have read many books that have helped me on my journey to homeschooling. These books inspired me and also helped me to make curricular decisions as I developed an Afrikan-centered framework. It’s really too many to list, but I’ll give you some of my top choices. In my opinion, these books would be foundational if we ever developed a School of Afrikan-Centered Education.

Two Thousand Seasons by Ayi Kwei Armah
The Healers by Ayi Kwei Armah
The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness by Amos Wilson
Awakening the Natural Genius of the Black Child by Amos Wilson
The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child by Amos Wilson
NationBuilding: The Theory and Practice of Afrikan Centered Education by Kwame Agyei Akoto
Sankofa: African Thought and Education by Elleni Tedla
The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
Asafo: A Warrior’s Guide to Manhood by Mwalimu Baruti

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In Igbo tradition, meetings begin with bitter kola, kola nut, and garden egg with spicy groundnut /peanut paste (made with crayfish and peppers). Hmmm from where did George Washington Carver draw his inspiration on that peanut butter tip? Perhaps he was an Igbo or Igbo descendant 😉Which other cultural traditions have devised awesome peanut butter / groundnut paste creations? 

the signs: African Astrology

‘The current belief is that the Africans were the most primitive of the societies to have become interested in the stars, invented names for the planets and to have begun a study of astrology.’

The Baobab Tree (4th Jan ~ 3rd Feb)
: Capricorn/Aquarius

The Wealth of Amber and Silver (4th Feb ~ 5th March)
: Aquarius/Pisces

The Family (6th March ~ 4th April)
: Pisces/Aries

Small Services to the Neighborhood (5th April ~ 4th May)
: Aries/Taurus

The Market (5th May ~ 4th June)
: Taurus/Gemini

The Ancestor (5th June ~ 4th July)
: Gemini/Cancer

The Judge (5th July ~ 4th August)
: Cancer/Leo

The Kola Nut (5th August ~ 3rd September)
: Leo/Virgo

The Traveler (4th September ~ 3rd October)
: Virgo/Libra

The Distance (4th October ~ 3rd November)
: Libra/Scorpio

The Child of the Word (4th November ~ 3rd December)
: Scorpio/Sagittarius

The Harvest in the Granary (4th December ~ 3rd January)
: Sagittarius/Capricorn

Notes on the God Mars - Potential altar inclusions

There are a few things that you can put on an Altar as an offering to Mars, here are some of them.

Herbs that you can burn/spread (burning is preferred if possible, as Mars is often seen associated with fire) - Acacia, Agapanthus, Aloe, All-Heal, Asafoetida, Asarabacca, Ashwagandha, Barberry, Basil, Belladonna, Betony, Black cherry, Black gum, Blue cohosh, Broomrape, Bryony, Buckbush, Butterbur, Butcher’s broom, Cacti, Calamus, Caper, Cardamom, Cardoon, Cassava, Catnip, Chicalote, Chickweed, Chives, Coneflower, Coriander, Corn salad, Cow Parsnip, Cypress, Dandelion leaf, Devil’s claw root, Dragonhead flower, Dragon tree, Field horsetail, Flax lily, Garlic, Gentian, ginger, Gobo, Gorse, Guanique, Hawthorn, Horseradish, Hyacinth, Japanese knotweed, Kola nut, Lamium, Maca, Madder Root, Madwoman’s Milk, Masterwort, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Mullein, Mustard, Nettle, Onion, Pepper, Pepperwort, Pennyroyal, Pigweed, Radish, Red cedar, Red clover, Red-hot poker, Reed, Resurrection lily, Rowan, Rue, Safflower, Sarsaparilla, Solandra, Tea, Tarragon, Thistle, Thyme, Toadflax, Tomatillo, Turmeric, Wild ginger, Wild tobacco, Wormwood, Yohimbe.

Stones - Any red stone laid out is fairly good, though Ruby, Garnet and Bloodstone are especially significant.

Symbols/statues - The horse, the bear and the wolf are all associated with Mars.

Okwa oji, Igbo kola nut and condiment serving dish for ritual uses and receiving visitors. Lid and compartment at the centre for condiments. 19th-20th century.

Fun Decolonizing Facts: Soda Edition™

Most major Sodas (in the US?) are based on native beverages and medicines. That’s why so many were invented in like the 1800s by pharmacists, they were commodifying native drinks, medicines, and drugs.

1.       Coca-Cola and Pepsi: The most popular drink is basically just cocaine, a south American herbal substance, and the kola nut, originally from Africa where it was chewed and used like tea but super successful in the Americas. Used super frequently all over the continents but especially in the amazon and the central pan, cocaine was one of the most successful drugs. Kola was brought over and used for teas and such for a while before some white guy mixed the two with wine and sold it. Coca-Cola ta da.

2.       Sprite and etc.: Based on the pine tea and subsequent lemonade type drinks the natives made for scurvy ridden colonists. Their repayment was genocide and not being given credit.

3.       Rootbeer: Made from sassafrass and wintergreen was a common American beverage for a long time before colonization. Interestingly it is almost only popular in North America still to this day.

4.       Seltzer: The first real appropriated beverage was stolen from the Inca as a cure for malaria in the form of quinine. The natives of Tawantinsuyu or the Andes seemed to have enjoyed it for hundreds of years and learned to use it as a treatment once malaria was introduced during colonization.

5.       Ginger Ale: Based off of ginger beers and teas popular in precolonial America. I don’t really like it so that’s all I’ll say.

6.       Dr. Pepper: No one really knows what the main ingredients of Dr. Pepper are but we know it’s not prune juice. Natives had a tea made from Kola and Ginger that was a remedy for digestive problems and when some white guy made Dr. Pepper in the late 1800’s he marketed it as a digestive aid. So… that’s my guess.

The only exception to these origins is Fanta and Mountain Dew. Fanta was made by and for Nazis. Mountain Dew was made by redneck bootleggers during prohibition to wash down moonshine.

So that’s my excuse for my horrendous addiction to Diet Coke. It’s in my blood MOM!

2012 Lioco Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

About to hit the slopes with this Pinot Noir, guys! No fining or filtration on this bad boy! Kola nut, small ripe berries, twigs, hint of allspice, and a touch of licorice on the nose. Sweet and tart at the same time on the palate - sour cherry, kola nut, and twigs. Cool stuff! 

4/5 bones


Pinot Noir

13.1% abv

Sonoma Coast, California, USA

2010 Robert Sinskey Vineyards Aries Pinot Noir

I love Sinskey wines! This is no exception. Red cherry, kola nut, fresh twigs, tea, Asian spices, touch of cardamom, and red florals on the nose. Riper on the palate with much of the same bouquet of flavors and aromas! Crisp acidity. Nice long finish. Really nice stuff!

4/5 bones


Pinot Noir

14.3% abv

Carneros (Napa Valley), California, USA

2012 Robert Sinskey Vineyards Los Carneros Pinot Noir

It’s no surprise to many that I’m a bit of Pinot Noir lover. This one doesn’t disappoint. Kola nut, red cherry, strawberry, wild raspberry, tea leaves, and cranberry on the nose. Fuller fruit on the palate - riper raspberries and strawberries - kola nuts, florals, and sneaky tannins. 

4/5 bones


Pinot Noir

13.8% abv

Carneros (Napa), California, USA