Access Now Behind the Line

Author: Christopher Ivan Franklin
Publisher: Urban Books
ISBN: 1622861809
Format: PDF
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It's time for career-minded individuals to get beyond whatever imaginary line they're standing behind and live out their own success stories. Christopher Franklin is the founder and CEO of Titan Financial Services, Inc., one of the leading African American–owned financial management firms in the sports industry. Today, he's at the top, managing the financial assets of the rich and famous, and lecturing on wealth management all around the country. But, his road to success was not easy. Coming from a modest upbringing in a small West Virginia town, Franklin encountered plenty of roadblocks along the way. He has managed to change roadblocks to opportunities that have made him a star in his field. In Access Now, Behind the Line, Franklin shares the keys to unlimited possibilities and opportunities—all those things he wishes someone would have told him "way back when."

Working Girls

Author: Katt
Publisher: Urban Books
ISBN: 1622868501
Format: PDF, Docs
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Nineteen-year-old Jewels is one of the Midwest‘s most wanted. The daughter of one of the baddest prostitutes to ever work the streets of St. Louis and a high end call girl herself, she attracts nothing but the elite. She has caught the eye of twenty-two-year-old Rome, a dope boy who quickly makes a name for himself in the Loo. One uneventful night, their worlds collide when Jewels is caught with a violent and deranged client, while Rome is laying low at the same hotel because of a drug beef. After that evening, life for Jewels and Rome will never be the same. Together, they climb to the top, but Jewels is the one responsible for getting them there. Sex, money, and murder are the outcome as the world of prostitution collides with the drug game. Bodies begin to drop, and the streets are littered with corpses as an all-out war is launched. The Midwest heats up and things become even more complicated when Jewels is put in the line of fire and becomes the target.

How to Walk to School

Author: Jacqueline Edelberg
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1442200022
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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When two gutsy moms ventured inside Nettelhorst, their neighborhood's underutilized and struggling public elementary school, the new principal asked what it would take for them to enroll their children. Stunned by her candor, they returned the next day armed with an extensive wish list. The principal read their list and said "Well, let's get started, girls! It's going to be a busy year . . . " How to Walk to School is the story—from the highs to the lows—of motivated neighborhood parents galvanizing and then organizing an entire community to take a leap of faith, transforming a challenged urban school into one of Chicago's best, virtually overnight. The fate of public education is not beyond our control. In How to Walk to School, Susan Kurland, Nettelhorst's new and entrepreneurial principal, and Jacqueline Edelberg, the neighborhood mom, provide an accessible and honest blueprint for reclaiming the great public schools our children deserve. Check out www.howtowalktoschool.com for more information.

Fire in the City

Author: Lauro Martines
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195327101
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A gripping and beautifully written narrative that reads like a novel, Fire in the City presents a compelling account of a key moment in the history of the Renaissance, illuminating the remarkable man who dominated the period, the charismatic Girolamo Savonarola. Lauro Martines, whose decades of scholarship have made him one of the most admired historians of Renaissance Italy, here provides a remarkably fresh perspective on Savonarola, the preacher and agitator who flamed like a comet through late fifteenth-century Florence. The Dominican friar has long been portrayed as a dour, puritanical demagogue who urged his followers to burn their worldly goods in "the bonfire of the vanities." But as Martines shows, this is a caricature of the truth--the version propagated by the wealthy and powerful who feared the political reforms he represented. Here, Savonarola emerges as a complex and subtle man, both a religious and a civic leader--who inspired an outpouring of political debate in a city newly freed from the tyranny of the Medici. In the end, the volatile passions he unleashed--and the powerful families he threatened--sent the friar to his own fiery death. But the fusion of morality and politics that he represented would leave a lasting mark on Renaissance Florence. For the many readers fascinated by histories of Renaissance Italy--such as Brunelleschi's Dome or Galileo's Daughter, and Martines's acclaimed April Blood--Fire in the City offers a vivid portrait of one of the most memorable characters from that dazzling era.

Remaking London

Author: Ben Campkin
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857722727
Format: PDF, Docs
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Contemporary urban regeneration seeks to encourage diverse, creative new neighbourhoods that are rich in economic potential. Yet the end result frequently displaces precisely those qualities, activities and communities it claims to engender. Are people best served by a preoccupation with regeneration as economic growth? In The Regeneration Game Ben Campkin provides a lucid and wide-ranging critique of contemporary regeneration. Focusing on present-day regeneration areas in London that are key to the capital’s modern identity, including the site of the 2012 Olympics, the result is both a compelling account of contested sites within the capital’s recent history and a powerful critique of modern methods of urban regeneration.

My Secrets Your Lies

Author: N'TYSE
Publisher: Urban Renaissance
ISBN: 1622868803
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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“I became the pariah. It was my punishment for walking in my truth and being unafraid to love my way. But I can’t help but wonder what would have happened…had I denied those feelings…had I kept pretending…had I…stopped being me.” ―Sand Given all that Sand and Rene have been through, the couple lands an opportunity to share their life story in the upcoming documentary, Beneath My Skin. The question is―are they truly ready to take that trip down memory lane? As they subconsciously relive their past, Sand ventures to a dark place where agony and judgement has tormented her since the day her parents discovered her sexual orientation in a shoebox full of love letters. Their rejection left her homeless and dependent on the streets, but it was during those trying times that she learned how to not only walk in her truth, but how to survive. Recycled through the foster system as early as four, Rene is one who has become accustomed to change. Sand introduces her to another side of love and gives her a reason to open her mind and heart to something new―that is, until Rene finds herself questioning not only their relationship, but her sexuality. A series of events leaves them entangled in a web of deceit, wicked passion, and murder. As their love story unfolds, they’ll find out soon enough if they are truly each other’s ride or die!

The Next American City

Author: Mick Cornett
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399575103
Format: PDF
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From four-term Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, a hopeful and illuminating look at the dynamic and inventive urban centers that will lead the United States in coming years. Oklahoma City. Indianapolis. Charleston. Des Moines. What do these cities have in common? They are cities of modest size but outsized accomplishment, powered by a can-do spirit, valuing compromise over confrontation and progress over political victory. These are the cities leading America . . . and they're not waiting for Washington's help. As mayor of one of America's most improved cities, Cornett used a bold, creative, and personal approach to orchestrate his city's renaissance. Once regarded as a forgettable city in "flyover country," Oklahoma City has become one of our nation's most dynamic places-and it is not alone. In this book, Cornett translates his city's success-and the success of cities like his-into a vision for the future of our country. The Next American City is a story of civic engagement, inventive public policy, and smart urban design. It is a study of the changes re-shaping American urban life-and a blueprint for those to come.

Rebel Cities From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution

Author: David Harvey
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1844678822
Format: PDF, Docs
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Explores cities as the origin of revolutionary politics, where social and political issues are always at the surface, using examples from such cities as New York City and Mumbai to examine how they can be better ecologically reorganized.