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     https://cherryblossomwatch.com

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 info@manumissiontours.com.

Website:    https://www.manumissiontours.com/


2018 Ujamaa Book Festival

2018 Ujamaa Book Festival

The 2018 Ujamaa Book Festival, on Saturday, March 31, 2018, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm,  brings authors and readers together to celebrate the written word of the literary profession. The festival features new, emerging, and nationally recognized authors. Panel discussions and workshops are aimed at expanding the knowledge of the discerning reader and fledgling author. We invite you to be a part of this exciting event. For more information, call (703) 299-2591 or visit http://www.harambeebooks.org.

2018 NAACP Image Awards: List of Winners


2018 NAACP Image Awards: List of Winners

The 49th NAACP Image Awards, presented by the NAACP, honored outstanding representations and achievements of people of color in motion pictures, television, music and literature during the 2017 calendar year on January 15, 2018; Listed below are award winners in the area of literature:

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

The Annotated African American Folktales – Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Author), Maria Tatar (Author) (Liveright Publishing Corporation) (WINNER)
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House)
No One Is Coming to Save Us – Stephanie Powell Watts (HarperCollins Publishers)
Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward (Simon and Schuster)
The Wide Circumference of Love – Marita Golden (Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

No One Is Coming to Save Us – Stephanie Powell Watts (HarperCollins Publishers) (WINNER)
A Beautiful Ghetto – Devin Allen (Haymarket Books)
Chasing Spaces: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace & Second Chances – Leland Melvin (HarperCollins Publishers)
Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat – Patricia Williams (Author) Jeannine Amber (With) (HarperCollins Publishers)
We’re Going to Need More Wine – Gabrielle Union (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams Dr. Tererai Trent (Author), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword By) (Simon and Schuster) (WINNER)
Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You – Misty Copeland (Grand Central Publishing)
Exponential Living – Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are – Sheri Riley (Author), Usher (Foreword By) (Penguin Random House)
Kristen Kish Cooking – Kristen Kish (Author), Meredith Erickson (With) (Clarkson Potter)
Notoriously Dapper – How to Be A Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style and Body Confidence – Kelvin Davis (Mango Media Inc.)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

Becoming Ms. Burton – From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women – Susan Burton (Author), Cari Lynn (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword By) (The New Press) (WINNER)
Ali: A Life – Jonathan Eig (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Chester B. Himes – Lawrence P. Jackson (W. W. Norton & Company)
Obama: The Call of History – Peter Baker (New York Times/Callaway)
We’re Going to Need More Wine – Gabrielle Union (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies – Dick Gregory

 (HarperCollins Publishers) (WINNER)
Black Detroit – A People’s History of Self-Determination – Herb Boyd (HarperCollins Publishers)
Chokehold: Policing Black Men – Paul Butler (The New Press)
The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas – Adrian Miller (University of North Carolina Press)
We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

Incendiary Art: Poems – Patricia Smith (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press) (WINNER)
My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter – Aja Monet (Haymarket Books)
Silencer – Marcus Wicker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water – Cameron Barnett (Autumn House Press)
Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems – Ntozake Shange (Simon and Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History – Vashti Harrison (Hachette Book Group)
Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (With) (Hachette Book Group)
Before She Was Harriet – Lesa Cline-Ransome (Author), James E. Ransome (Illustrator) (Holiday House)
Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! – Andrea J. Loney (Author), Keith Mallett (Illustrator) (Lee & Low Books)
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist – Cynthia Levinson (Author), Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator) (S&S Children’s Publishing)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Rita Williams-Garcia (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers) (WINNER)
Allegedly – Tiffany D. Jackson (HarperCollins Publishers)
Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds (S&S Children’s Publishing)
Solo – Kwame Alexander (Author), Mary Rand Hess (With) (Blink)
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas (HarperCollins Publishers)



MLK Day Celebration & Book Signing

MLK Day Celebration & Book Signing

featuring keynote speaker

Sheryll Cashin, Georgetown University Law Professor.

9:00 a.m./Everyone Invited!
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Fort Washington Baptist Church
11516 Fort Washington Road
Ft Washington MD 20744

Join the author and get a signed copy of her newest books entitled, “Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy.” Hosted by Harambee Books & Artworks.