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His clients are a Who’s–Who among African American from Baltimore. The list includes basketball legend

Allen “Skip” Wise; Ernest Graham; Tyrone “Mugsy” Bogues, Reggie Williams, David Wingate, and Sam

Cassell; and actor Charles “Roc” Dutton. His list of friends include actors Jada and Will Smith;

actress Kim Fields; and actress Nicole Amir Parker; fashion designer Travis Winkey;

hair designer Irvin Dett; rapper/actor Tupac . . .

 

 

The Barber's Close Cut

By Alfred P. Gladden

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Alfred P. Gladden: A “Cut” Above the Rest

Review by Alvin K. Brunson

 

A Barber by definition is someone who uses edged instruments to cut, trim, shave, shape or change a person's hair to make them look a “cut” above the rest.  Alfred P. Gladden, a barber in East Baltimore for over 40 years, has written a book entitled The Barber’s Close Cut.  I myself am an avid reader and collector of books written by or about African Americans from Baltimore.  This book is a definitely a “cut” above some of the other books that I have researched.  In my opinion this book is a classic, a diamond in the ruff.  So sit on the edge of your chair and enjoy the ride.

Al is a Barber and friend to the “Stars.”  His clients are a Who’s–Who among African American from Baltimore. The list includes basketball legend Allen “Skip” Wise; Ernest Graham; Tyrone “Mugsy” Bogues, Reggie Williams, David Wingate, and Sam Cassell; and actor Charles “Roc” Dutton. His list of friends include actors Jada and Will Smith; actress Kim Fields; and actress Nicole Amir Parker; fashion designer Travis Winkey; hair designer Irvin Dett; rapper/actor Tupac; R&B singer KC and Jo-Jo and Jimmy Briscoe and the Little Beavers; drummer and song writer James Carter and basketball stars Dominic Wilkins.  As you can see, Al is a “cut” above the rest.

In his own words, Al openly talks about his life. He takes you from playing marbles in the Lafayette projects; to having women at his “beck and call.”  As you know, every man wants three things in life: good looks; good hair, and a good woman in his stable.  Al was the chosen one.  He had it all.  A player/lady's man, he was. Outside of being filled with good celebrity stories and pictures, this book is a great reference guide. Al introduces you to many of his friends before they became Big Stars. 

I totally enjoyed reading this book; it brought back a lot of good memories.  It made me remember growing up in West Baltimore and hanging out in front on Well’s Lounge on Popular Grove waiting to give a “shoe-shine” to all of the well-dressed Black men before they went inside the club.  Thanks Al, for opening up your world to me.  Now your friends are my friends. You are a “cut” above the rest.

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The Barber's Close Cut (2002) by Alfred P. Gladden is distributed by Afrikan World Books / 2217 Pennsylvania Avenue / Baltimore, MD 21217 or order by money order ($18.95 + 4.25) from Close Cut / P.O. Box 13002 / Baltimore, MD 21203

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books

For July 1st through August 31st 2011
 

Fiction

#1 - Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark
#2 - Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree
#3 - Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane
#4 - Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper
#5 - Stackin' Paper 2 Genesis' Payback by Joy King
#6 - Thug Lovin' (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark
#7 - When I Get Where I'm Going by Cheryl Robinson
#8 - Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby
#9 - The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane

Non-fiction

#1 - Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
#2 - Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans
#3 - Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane
#4 - Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper
#5 - Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant
#6 - Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey
#7 - The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight
#8 - The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
#9 - The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. "Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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Debt: The First 5,000 Years

By David Graeber

Before there was money, there was debt. Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.  Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history—as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.   Economist Glenn Loury  /Criminalizing a Race

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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