Calling ALL Community Leaders and Urban Professionals:

Join us for our annual BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE, June 29th – Sept 10th 2019!

Our goal is simply to support disadvantaged students and school with undersized budgets within the Alexandria City Public School System. As you know, our public schools have already experienced budget cuts and families with multiples children are struggling to provide school supplies for their children. Let us come together and help collect back to school resources for families and schools in need.

As such, we all know that the cost of school supplies have risen over the years and the list of needed school supplies have grown longer and pricier. Parents spend large sums of money on school supplies that does not even include clothes, shoes, backpack, lunch box, and more. These families deserve our support, especially those with multiple students in the home, as well as schools in need.

Please bring your school supplies to our bookstore or make a generous donation to purchase much needed school supplies for students within the Alexandria City Public School System.

~Basic List of School Supplies ~

                                                           Children’s Scissors                                                           Backpacks
Binders (3 ring and/or zipper)
Compass with Measuring Guide
Composition Notebook
Glue stick
Loose Leaf Filler Paper Ruled
Notebooks (diff sizes)
Pencil Pouch & Sharpener
Ruled Index Cards

For more information contact Harambee Books & Artworks at (703) 299-2591 or



Juneteenth Discussion

On June 19th, we invite you to a Juneteenth Discussion in conjunction with the 400th Commemoration of the arrival of Africans in the first permanent English Colony in North America!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

6:00pm – 9:00pm

2714 Georgia Avenue NW

Washington DC

For more information, contact Harambee Books & Artworks at (703) 299-2591 or


Author’s Talk & Book Signing!


Book Event:

  – Save the date –

Saturday, August 25th

Author’s Talk & Book Signing!

3:00pm – 5:00pm

“Why The Race Battle Is So Hard To Win,” by Dr. Julian S. With

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
7 17 Queen Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Dr. Julian With  critiques’ are sometimes razor-sharp, but always sprout from professional, nuanced analyzes, illustrated by striking examples. The formulations, the expressiveness, the daring, the knowledge, and the thorough refutation of assumptions and false certainties make this book a fascinating polemic. The reader will recognize a lot, learn a lot, sometimes smile, nod approvingly, and occasionally frown or shake his/her head. In any case, the blood will flow faster when reading, and that is precisely what Julian With wants. He has no time for indifference, passivity, indiscriminately accepting everything. Those who remember the criticism that broke out in the US after Bill Cosby’s Pound Cake Speech know that it is hazardous to criticize your own group if you are a Black critic. Apart from the risk of rejection, there is a chance you will be placed on the same level as the Black authors who only write negatively about Blacks to please the white readers. The writer knows that risk better than anyone else, but does not stop writing what he considers essential for the victory of a battle that threatens to last forever, because so often the wrong mode of struggle has been chosen. As he also fiercely attacks the racism of white people, he estimates the probability of being misjudged very small. It is incomprehensible that African Americans still have to fight until 2017 to combat voting suppression while the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. With this book, the writer offers a partial solution to a persistent problem that still causes countless victims among the Black population, not only in the U.S. but also, in Europe and the Caribbean.


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Great Children’s Book to Read!


Children’s Book are a favorite category of book to read! ​Books about reading can inspire readers to be the best they can be in life and living. All of these are highly motivating to rediscover the pleasure of reading.

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What Truth Sounds Like


Harry Belafonte says: “Dyson has finally written the book I always wanted to read. I had the privilege of attending the meeting he has insightfully written about, and it’s as if he were a fly on the wall…a tour de force…a poetically written work that calls on all of us to get back in that room and to resolve the racial crises we confronted more than fifty years ago.”

What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

Michael Eric Dyson


Joy-Ann Reid says: A work of searing prose and seminal brilliance… Dyson takes that once in a lifetime conversation between black excellence and pain and the white heroic narrative, and drives it right into the heart of our current politics and culture, leaving the reader reeling and reckoning.”

Robin D. G. Kelley says:“Dyson masterfully refracts our present racial conflagration through a subtle reading of one of the most consequential meetings about race to ever take place. In so doing, he reminds us that Black artists and intellectuals bear an awesome responsibility to speak truth to power.”

President Barack Obama says: “Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison.”


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When will Washington DC’s cherry blossoms reach peak bloom in 2018?

Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Forecasts Issued for 2018:

by Cherry Blossom Watch

The two peak bloom predictions to watch are the ones from the National Park Service and the Washington Post‘s Capital Weather Gang. From time to time, others of note are issued and I’ll include them here.

National Park Service. At a press conference on March 1, the National Park Service issued their first peak bloom prediction for the 2018 season. They predicted that peak bloom would fall sometime between March 17 to 20. On March 12, they revised that prediction to March 27 to 31. On March 23, they pushed it back again to April 8-12. On April 3 they adjusted it again, to March 5-8.

Washington Post Capital Weather Gang. On February 27, the Washington Post‘s Capital Weather Gang posted their first peak bloom prediction of March 23 to 27, “centered on March 25.” Late on March 12, they posted a revised prediction of March 30 to April 3. On March 23, they revised it again, pushing it back to April 8-12, “centered on April 10.”

Common Questions About the Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Forecasts

Do the Peak Bloom Predictions Change?

Yes. It’s common for them to be revised as we get closer to the bloom. Which is why it’s worth checking back to this page for the current forecasts or signing up to get updates using one of the methods described below.

How are the Peak Bloom Predictions Made?

There are three parts that go into the mix for making the NPS peak bloom predictions. The first is a mathematical model that basically assigns heat points for temperatures. Once the trees wake up from their winter dormancy, there are thresholds for a certain number of heat points to bring them to bloom.

The second is actually looking at the trees to see how they’re developing. Sometimes the mathematical model doesn’t match what they’re actually seeing on the trees, as happened in 2018 when the model predicted a much earlier bloom than ended up happening because the buds got stuck in the green bud stage for much longer than expected.

The third part, and the most unstable element of the whole thing, consists of weather forecasts looking weeks ahead. We all know only too well just how unreliable forecasts that far ahead can be, and that’s the main reason that the peak bloom predictions can change quite a lot and why the NPS horticulturalists aren’t really comfortable with their predictions until about 10 days out.

What Does “Peak Bloom” Mean and Why Is It a Date Range?

The peak bloom date is the day on which the NPS horticulturalists judge that 70 percent of the Yoshino blossoms are out.

It’s a specific day that the threshold is passed. So when a forecast expects peak bloom between such and such dates, it means that they expect the 70 percent threshold to be crossed at some point during that range.

It does not mean that the flowers will be at peak bloom for that entire date range. It also does not mean that you have to be there only on that specific day to catch the spectacle. More on that below.

I have more detail in a separate post explaining the ins and outs of peak bloom.

How Accurate Are Peak Bloom Forecasts?

The NPS horticulturalists are the first to point out that they’re not really confident in their prediction until about 10 days out. And nature has a way of being unpredictable sometimes, as the 2017 bloom proved. There are so many variables that can come into play, especially since the prediction is based on long-range weather forecasts a month or more out.

Sometimes, the predictions nail it. Other times, Mother Nature has other plans, and it’s not at all unusual for the forecasts to be revised as we get closer to the date as the actual weather conditions diverge from the long-range weather forecast they initially relied on.

So the peak bloom forecasts are the best information we have to go on, but that doesn’t mean things always pan out as expected and it’s quite common for the forecasts to change. So be sure to keep checking in for any updates. I keep the peak bloom forecasts page up to date with the latest information.

Are There Any Other Peak Bloom Forecasts?

The two to watch are the forecasts by the National Park Service and the Washington Post‘s Capital Weather Gang. Typically, the National Park Service one is put out first–usually around the beginning of March–followed by the Capital Weather Gang’s about a week later.

From time to time there are some other ones issued that are worth noting. I keep this page updated with the latest forecasts.

How Long Do the Flowers Stay Out? What if I Miss Peak Bloom?

The day the cherry blossoms reach peak bloom is not, of course, the only day you can see the flowers. At minimum, you can expect a beautiful sight for at least a few days before the peak bloom date and at least a few days after. Sometimes they can be out for a couple of weeks.

How long they’re out depends on weather conditions. In ideal conditions (cool, dry, calm), there can still be flowers to see a week or even more after the peak bloom date. In less-than-ideal conditions (wet, windy, hot, stormy), the flowers disappear more quickly. I’ve put together a timeline with photos from previous years to give an idea of what you can expect to see during the different stages of the bloom. And if you’d like to find out more about what peak bloom means I have a post on that.

The crucial point is that you don’t have to be there precisely on that specific day to be greeted with a beautiful sight. There are still flowers to see in the days before and after that.

If you’re too early for the main cherry blossoms, your timing might be good for magnolias. There’s a particularly beautiful collection of them in the garden behind the Smithsonian Castle.

And if you’re too late for the Yoshino peak bloom by two or three weeks, you might in luck for a different variety that is also very pretty: the Kwanzan cherry blossoms. Tulips are another spring highlight around the area.

Black Seed Oil available Harambee Books & Artworks!

Top 7 Black Seed Oil Benefits

By Dr. Axe in Food is Medicine

Of the many ways that black seed oil benefits the body, the six that stick out in the scientific literature tout its ability to help prevent cancer, diabetes, obesity, hair loss, skin disorders and infections like MRSA.

1. Cancer

Croatian scientists evaluated the antitumor activity of thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone in mice and discovered that the two phytochemicals in black seed oil can resulted in 52 percent decrease in tumor cells.

Being rich in both chemicals, black seed is unique in that it can help prevent and treat cancer through a variety of mechanisms:

  • Anti-proliferation
  • Apoptosis induction
  • Cell cycle arrest
  • Reactive oxygen species generation
  • Anti-metastasis
  • Anti-angiogenesis

According to one study,

The anti-tumor effects of thymoquinone have also been investigated in tumor xenograft mice models for colon, prostate, pancreatic and lung cancer. The combination of thymoquinone and conventional chemotherapeutic drugs could produce greater therapeutic effect as well as reduce the toxicity of the latter.

2. Liver Health

The liver is one of the most important organs in the body. Nearly every toxin gets processed through the liver, and the bile from the liver is the key to digesting fats and keeping your mind and body happy and healthy.

For those that have struggled with poor liver function due to medication side effects, alcohol consumption or disease, black seed oil could greatly speed the healing process. In a recent study, scientists discovered that black seed oil benefits the function of the liver and helps prevent both damage and disease.

3. Diabetes

Explained in a recent article published by the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers from the Indian Council of Medical Research highlight that black seed oil “causes gradual partial regeneration of pancreatic beta-cells, increases the lowered serum insulin concentrations and decreases the elevated serum glucose.” This is actually quite profound because Nigella sativa is one of the few substances on the planet that is suggested to help prevent both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

In fact, according to the study, black seed “improves glucose tolerance as efficiently as metformin; yet it has not shown significant adverse effects and has very low toxicity.” This is HUGE because metformin, one of the most commonly prescribed type 2 diabetes drugs, can cause a wide slew of side effects including:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Gas/indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Nail changes
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Muscle pain
  • Stomach pain

4. Weight Loss

The Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders published a study systemically reviewing the literature for plants that have anti-obesity properties and discovered that black seed oil was amongst the most effective natural remedies on the planet.

Not traditionally believed to treat obesity, Nigella sativa is a marvelous anti-inflammatory agent that is known to help people lose weight in the same way that it helps diabetics. Specifically, by decreasing these weight gain triggers, black seed oil has helped millions shed excess weight:

  • Appetite
  • Glucose absorption in the intestine
  • Liver gluconeogenesis
  • Blood glucose levels
  • Cholesterol
  • Triglycerides

5. Hair

Probably one of the most unique black seed oil benefits is its uncanny ability to help restore hair loss. No one quite understands why it happens, but it’s not too hard to guess that it has something to do with its powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. By strengthening hair follicles, there is very good reason to see how black seed oil can help promote strengthened hair roots.

6. Skin

Produced in the retina, choroid and epidermis, melanin are pigments that protect the skin from damage. You probably are most family with it being the main chemical responsible for giving our eyes and skin their individual color. Known to promote and inhibit melanogenesis (melanin production), black seed oil benefits on the skin and other cells are profoundly healing.

For example, in a study conducted by Iranian researchers, Nigella saliva was found as effective as the skin cream Betamethasone in improving quality of life and decreasing severity of hand eczema. When you consider that black seed oil has virtually no side effects, the benefits of Nigella, in fact, far exceed medical intervention!

7. Infections (MRSA)

Of all the superbugs that black seed oil can kill, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is one of the most important. MRSA is plaguing hospitals and nursing homes across the globe because ordinary staph infections are becoming resistant to generic antibiotics. The elderly population is especially at risk because it is generally associated with invasive procedures such as surgeries, intravenous tubing and artificial joints. Primarily due to weakened immunity, the growing population of senior citizens has made MRSA a global public health risk.

Thankfully, one of the strongest black seed oil benefits may help. Pakistan scientists took several strains of MRSA and discovered that each one was sensitive to N. Sativa, proving that black seed oil can help slow down or stop MRSA from spreading out of control.


Marvel’s Black Panther


Join Manumission Tour Company and Griffin Vision Photography and travel to Wakanda before the general public with an Advanced PRIVATE Screening of Marvel’s Black Panther.

Thursday, February 15th

7:30pm private show.

Regal Cinemas- Potomac Yards

3575 Jefferson Davis Highway

Alexandria, VA 22305

Doors and VIP red carpet open at 6:30p.

Do it for the culture and represent in the most Afrocentric attire. There will be prizes for the best looks as well as other giveaways and swag bags for each guest.

About the film:

Black Panther is an upcoming 2018 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. It is a sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, and will also be the eighteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the sixth installment of Phase Three.






Every ticket includes:

-Inclusion in Best Dressed contest

-Red Carpet Photo experience

-Swag Bag

-Giveaway Raffle

$30 Donation for Ticket to Early Private Screening Event

$45 Donation for Ticket to Early Private Screening Event with concessions (individual popcorn and soda)

Questions? Interested in being a sponsor? Contact us at