The Covenant with Black America: Ten Years Later

By Tavis Smiley

In 2006, Tavis Smiley teamed up with other leaders in the Black community to create a national plan of action to address the ten most crucial issues facing African Americans. The Covenant with Black America, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller, ran the gamut from health care to criminal justice, affordable housing to education, voting rights to racial divides. But a decade later, Black men still fall to police bullets and brutality, Black women still die from preventable diseases, Black children still struggle to get a high quality education, the digital divide and environmental inequality still persist, and American cities from Ferguson to Baltimore burn with frustration. In short, the last decade has seen the evaporation of Black wealth, with Black fellow citizens having lost ground in nearly every leading economic category.

So Smiley calls for a renewal of The Covenant, presenting in this newedition the original action plan—with a new foreword and conclusion—alongside fresh data from the Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) to underscore missed opportunities and the work that remains to be done. While life for far too many African Americans remains a struggle, the great freedom fighter Frederick Douglass was right: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

With Smiley leading the charge, the time has come to finally convert the trials and tribulations of Black America into the progress that all of America yearns for.


By Iyanla Venzant

Who do you trust? Everyone? No one? Some people? Sometimes?

Indeed, “learning to trust is one of life's most difficult lessons,” says #1 New York Times best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant. “That’s because trust is not a verb; it’s a noun. Trust is a state of mind and being. If you are serious about learning to trust, you need TNT—Tenacity, Nerve, and Time. But what if the real problem is not that we can’t trust other people; it’s that we can’t trust ourselves?”

In this compelling volume, filled with illuminating and heartrendingly powerful stories of broken trust, betrayal, and triumph, Iyanla demonstrates why the four essential trusts—Trust in Self, Trust in God, Trust in Others, and Trust in Life—are like oxygen: without them, none of us can survive.

Mastering these four essential trusts requires both a process and a practice. Life gives you the process through your experiences; people provide you the opportunity to practice. Whether you are faced with the specter of an unfaithful spouse, a manipulative colleague, a rebellious child, or a corrupt institution, Iyanla not only explores what trust really is, but she reveals why some of life’s most shocking trust violations offer us the most profound opportunities for personal growth and healing.

Iyanla’s pragmatic trust prescriptions—rooted in increased self-awareness, heightened intuition, honest communication, and disciplined spiritual practice—will not only challenge you to face your deepest fears, they will free you to cultivate new levels of increased authenticity, greater resilience, renewed peace, and more joy. This wise work will inspire you to “take the leap of trust,” because without trust there can be no peace of mind.

If You Can See It, You Can Be It

By Chef Jeff Henderson

- IF YOU CAN SEE IT, YOU CAN BE IT: 12 Street-Smart Recipes for Success, by Chef Jeff Henderson. In If You Can See It, You Can Be It: 12 Street Smart Recipes for Success, Chef Jeff Henderson, the New York Times best-selling author of Cooked, presents two decades of life lessons—gained on his redemptive journey from drug dealer to TV celebrity chef to nationally acclaimed motivational speaker—to help people reboot their dreams and gain a new foothold on the ladder to success.

Release date November 4, 2013 Called the “urban Tony Robbins,” Chef Jeff Henderson is a powerful voice for personal transformation. While working his way to the top ranks of the restaurant industry in barely five years after leaving Federal prison, Henderson became Executive Chef of Café Bellagio at the renowned Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Chef de Cuisine at Caesar’s Palace. Today, the creator of the Food Network’s docu-reality series, The Chef Jeff Project, is one of the most influential AfricanAmerican chefs in the country.


The African Americans

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Donald Yacovone

- THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: Many Rivers to Cross, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Donald Yacovone. The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is the companion book to the six-part, six-hour documentary of the same name, airing on national, prime-time public television in the fall of 2013. The series is the first to air since 1968 that chronicles the full sweep of 500 years of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent and the arrival of the first black conquistador, Juan Garrido, in Florida in 1513, through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to today—when Barack Obama is serving his second term as President, yet our country remains deeply divided by race and class.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross delves into the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have created in the half a millennium since their African ancestors first arrived on these shores. Like the television series, this book guides readers on an engaging journey through the Black Atlantic world—from Africa and Europe to the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States—to shed new light on what it has meant, and means, to be an African American.


Almost White

By Rick Najera

In June 2014, ALMOST WHITE: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood, won first place for “Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Book” at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards in association with the American Library Association 2014 Conference.

In ALMOST WHITE: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood, award-winning writer, actor and director, comedian, playwright and producer, Rick Najera, explores what it means to be a Latino against the ever-changing backdrop of his life as a Hollywood creative. A bona fide chameleon, this LA-based everyman is ‘Mexican hyphen American’, or as he wryly puts it — he's almost white.

Driven by a satirical stream of consciousness, Najera’s journey from his San Diego childhood to his Hollywood adulthood exposes universal lessons from a range of characters both real and imagined. Lessons like learning to confront the limits we place on our imaginations, the need to take ownership of our own stories instead of settling for being mere performers in someone else’s distorted vision,and the necessity of rising every day to press forward—no matter what. “In the end,” says Najera,“perhaps it will be the power of the people and art, not politicians and politics that will redefine the Latino American dream.”


By R. Kelly with David Ritz

Who is R. Kelly? Three-time Grammy winner, who has sold more than 35 million records worldwide. Legendary writer and producer, who collaborated with such music icons as Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Jay-Z, and Aretha Franklin. Visionary cultural messenger, who created the hip hopera phenomenon Trapped in the Closet. Creative genius. Sex symbol. The man who puts the “R” in R&B.

Through the iconic anthem “I Believe I Can Fly” and such sexy R&B mega-hits as “Bump N’ Grind,” “Ignition,” and “When a Woman’s Fed Up,” R. Kelly has proven to be one of the greatest musical talents of his generation. Yet his rollercoaster ride to the top has been as perilous as it has been exhilarating. In Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, Kelly shares his life story through episodic tales and exclusive color photographs, exploring his meteoric rises and sudden falls.

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The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty


By Tavis Smiley and Cornel West

Record unemployment and rampant corporate avarice, empty houses but homeless families, dwindling opportunities in a paralyzed nation—these are the realities of America, land of the free and home of the new middle class poor. Award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West, one of the nation’s leading public intellectuals, take on the “p” word—poverty. They challenge all Americans to re-examine their assumptions about poverty in America—what it really is and how to eradicate it. 

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Health First! The Black Woman's Wellness


By Eleanor Hinton Hoytt and Hilary Beard

“At last, solid sister-to-sister information, advice, and non-nonsense straight talk about good health and how to really be good to yourself!"

Marcia Ann Gillespie, Essence                                                                                                                                                          

Health First! provides today’s Black woman with a comprehensive guide to her #1 resource—herself. It empowers her with the information she needs to express her full physical, emotional, and spiritual potential.

This groundbreaking book is the product of three decades of work by the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the nation’s only non-profit organization devoted to advancing the health and wellness of Black women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. Health First! connects the dots through every stage of life—from adolescence through maturity. Grounded in vital research, as well as the realities of Black women’s lives, it identifies the Top Ten Health Risks that Black women face and discusses what can be done to avoid becoming another statistic. The focus is on prevention, awareness, and action, across generations and circumstances, presented in an authoritative, yet reassuring personal voice. In an age of uncertainty, Health First! provides the invaluable insights that Black women need to reprioritize their health and establish new traditions of well-being through self-love and self-care.


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Too Important to Fail: Saving America's


By Tavis Smiley Reports

a balanced account of solutions that we cannot allow to fail -- it could be the model for the transformational change that our democracy needs."

— John Thompson, award-winning historian, lobbyist and inner city teacher

Too Important to Fail: Saving America's Boys is the companion volume to the TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS PBS special. It examines an undeclared crisis in America-the staggering dropout rate among young black males. Nationwide fewer than 50% of young black males will graduate from high school. Low graduation rates combined with disproportionate rates of suspensions, expulsion, and high enrollment in special education classes, fuel this state of emergency. Tavis Smiley's candid conversations with frontline experts and educators, detention center administrators, and the boys themselves urges readers to ponder the societal and economic cost of losing another generation of uneducated young black males to lifetimes of prison and poverty. The Too Important to Fail Resource Guide lists 130 organizations who are committed to solving this monumental challenge.

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Faith in the Fire: Wisdom for


By Gardner C. Taylor

“…the quintessential preachers’ preacher.  This is a classic…a must read for clergy and lay people alike!”

Cleophus J. LaRue - Frances L. Patton Professor of Homiletics - Princeton Theological Seminary

In Faith in the Fire, civil rights activist and social-justice pioneer Dr. Gardner Taylor shares the inspirational wisdom gained throughout his extraordinary career as one of America’s most legendary and beloved preachers. The treasures collected here will inspire readers to pause and reflect on their lives and faith. Contained in this volume are Dr. Taylor’s observations, reflections, and teachings on subjects ranging from fear and faith to politics and integrity to wisdom and laughter. Faith in the Fire’s exquisite gift-book-with-original-CD format, featuring Tavis Smiley’s conversation with Dr. Taylor, makes it both a wonderful introduction for those new to his work and a welcomed companion for those who celebrate his enduring legacy.

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Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure

By Tavis Smiley

“A really talented broadcaster in the business!”

— Larry King, legendary talk-show host

“Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” This timeless quote by Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett has served as an inspiration for Tavis Smiley’s unprecedented success. By reflecting on his missteps, misdeeds, and miscalculations, the award-winning television and radio broadcaster has learned that while failure is an inevitable part of the human journey, it can also serve as your wisest teacher. As he celebrates his 20th year in broadcasting, Smiley recounts 20 instances of perceived “failure” that were, in fact, stepping stones to success. Smiley’s humanness inspires, informs, and reminds us of our inherent ability to achieve and grow in spite of life’s inevitable setbacks. Every day that you wake up, you get another chance to get it right, to bounce back from failures big and small—to fail up.

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America I AM: Pass It Down Cookbook

Edited by Chef Jeff Henderson with Ramin Ganeshram


“Pass It Down is an example to which we all should aspire: Whatever you do, don't keep that recipe to yourself.  Pass it down—and "take back" your heritage.”

— Kim O’Donnel, food journalist for USA Today

The smells in the kitchen, the unforgettable flavors—these powerful memories of food, family, and tradition are intertwined and have traveled down from generations past to help make us the people we are today. Now, Tavis Smiley’s America I AM exhibit has joined forces with Chef Jeff Henderson and Ramin Ganeshram to create the American I AM Pass It Down Cookbook. This special keepsake preserves African Americans’ collective food history through touching essays, celebratory menus, and over 130 soul-filled and soul-inspired recipes. There’s even a section for you to add your own family recipes and “pass it down” to the next generation.

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Black Business Secrets: 500 Tips, Strategies, and Resources for the African American Entrepreneur

By Dante Lee

“If you are serious about entrepreneurship (not just playing it), you must read this book.”

— Alfred A. Edmond Jr., Sr. VP/editor-at-large of Black Enterprise, and host of WVON 1690 Chicago’s The Urban Business Roundtable

Black Business Secrets challenges you to develop the entrepreneurial mind-set and real-life skills that African American business owners must master to compete in a world where most new companies fail within three years. Lee focuses his entrepreneurial lens on subjects like separating black business facts from fiction, building your entrepreneurial muscles with a real business plan, developing brand-building best practices, and discovering if you have what it takes to endure short-term failure to achieve long-term success. Filled with practical insights, empowering examples, and real-life strategies that work, Black Business Secrets is the perfect success coach for today's entrepreneur.

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Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through

By Iyanla Vanzant

"Written with searing honesty...this book will infuse you with the hope, strength, and courage you need to turn life's greatest challenges into blessings."

— Cheryl Richardson, New York Times best-selling author of Take Time for Your Life

New York Times best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant recounts the last decade of her life’s journey and the spiritual lessons learned—from the price of success during her meteoric rise as a TV celebrity on Oprah, the Iyanla TV show (produced by Barbara Walters), to the dissolution of her marriage and her daughter’s 15 months of illness and death on Christmas Day.  Part wrenching personal chronicle, part powerful teaching, Iyanla’s phoenix rising from the ashes story is about money, men, life and death, and how to activate your GPS (God Protection System).  Learn why everything you need to learn is reflected in your relationships and how to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of your life.

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America I AM Journal

Edited by Clarence Reynolds

What will you leave behind? It’s time to discover the unique life imprint that only you can create. Record the infinite possibilities of your life’s journey, every day, in this beautiful journal inspired by Tavis Smiley’s traveling museum exhibition America I AM: The African American Imprint.

The America I AM Journal presents over two hundred thought-provoking quotations and compelling images that explore 400 years of African American history. It invites us to remember what we have received, what we have yet to give and why our shared legacy makes life worth living.

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Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority

By Tom Burrell

“Brainwashed is the most important book I will read this year. In fact, it may be the most important book I’ve read in the past decade.”
— Alfred Edmond, Jr., Editor-in-Chief of

Today, all Americans—Black and white—are deluged with a tsunami of words and images that promote the myth of Black inferiority. The seeds of this brilliant propaganda campaign were sown and skillfully fertilized during America’s lucrative slave trade. But in contemporary society, African Americans have become blind to the real roots of their own self-destructive behavior.

But Blacks aren’t the only ones blinded by the brainwash, says Burrell. When Harry Reid recently asserted Barack Obama’s political attractiveness lay in his lack of “Negro dialect” and light skin, he was vocalizing a belief many whites and Blacks silently, unconsciously accept: traits identified as “too Black” are viewed as signs of inferiority.

Brainwashed examines how every strand in the fabric of Black American life has been tainted by brainwashing—from family survival, entertainment, and sexuality, to health, education and leadership. In each chapter, Burrell skillfully connects the dots between the historical roots and their contemporary manifestations—the dynamic forces that perpetuate the myth of Black inferiority.

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Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud

By Cornel West
Nominated for a 2010 NAACP Image Award

“Cornel West is one complex dude: brilliant scholar, political activist, committed Christian and soul brother to the bone.”

How did a man dubbed by some as “the world’s smartest Negro” go from childhood bully to class president and honor student in Sacramento, California, to the halls of Harvard? These questions and many more are answered in Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, Cornel West’s long awaited life story, written with David Ritz. In this compelling and intimate exploration, West reveals the human heart behind the brilliant mind. He reflects on the joys of growing up in a home where education was a foundation stone, and why growing up in a neighborhood and not a ’hood dictates that he will always and forever be a “Shiloh Baptist kind of brother.”

In Brother West, Dr. West discusses his life’s great passions—the life of the mind and the prophetic Christian tradition that has shaped his deepest personal values of unconditional love and a courageous commitment to service. He shares lessons learned in the academy through his professorships at Union Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School, Princeton, and Harvard, detailing the shocking and unexpected clash with Harvard’s controversial president Lawrence Summers and his decision to accept an invitation to return to Princeton in the aftermath.

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Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am: Discovering Your Personal Best

By Jeff Johnson

“Jeff not only lays out the road map, he also helps you visualize where you’re going…An amazing tool for young or old, student or professional. Jeff’s insights are invaluable.”
— Kevin Liles, Executive Vice President, Warner Music Group, and best-selling author of Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success

Nationally known, award-winning broadcast journalist, social commentator, and motivational speaker, Jeff Johnson is a man on the move. Whether sharing his unique perspective in weekly commentaries on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, hosting BET specials and town hall events, or breaking ground on his recent independent documentary work in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq—Johnson, who “wakes up every day loving the work that I do,” is living his PERSONAL BEST.

Self-mastery isn’t easy. In his book, Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am, Johnson beckons us on the road to self-discovery and takes us down the counter-intuitive road less traveled. He teaches us to ask not “Who Am I?” but rather “Who Am I Not?” Known for his straightforward, shoot-from-the-hip rapport with his audience, Johnson brings that same dynamic style to his debut book. He’s reached his personal best through a combination of life experiences learned and invaluable lessons taught by his mentors. These life lessons inspired him to create a powerful framework of proven “best practices” for those who need relevant examples and realistic help as they seek their own personal best—regardless of their age or life stage. Johnson dares us to make sure we aren’t living somebody else’s dream.

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America I AM Legends: Rare Moments and Inspiring Words

Edited by SmileyBooks
Foreword by Tavis Smiley

Through exceptional photographic images and penetrating words, America I AM Legends captures the dynamism of 78 legendary African American individuals and institutions, highlighting the indelible imprint each has made on the United States and the world. A statement illuminating a unique aspect of each iconic figure—made by the legend or by someone carrying on their legacy today—portrays the vision and contribution of each subject.

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America I AM Legends features the Black artistic genius of Toni Morrison and Alvin Ailey; the athletic excellence of Serena and Venus Williams and Michael Jordan; the political leadership of Ralph Bunche and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.; and those who struggle to make America true to its promise, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Barack Obama. Each legend reminds us that America would be unrecognizable without its African American imprint.

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America I AM Black Facts: The Timelines of African American History, 1601-2008

By Quintard Taylor

Time is the great equalizer. No person, race, culture, or nation stands beyond its reach or can alter its inevitable progress. Timelines, lists of events in chronological order as they happened, allow us to understand history as the evolution of events and eras. In the case of African American history, which has often been subjected to blatant and subtle distortion, a timeline can both set the record straight and expand our knowledge in new and exciting ways.

America I AM Black Facts is a companion volume to the four-year touring museum America I AM: The African American Imprint. It offers an introduction to the rich, complex, tragic, and triumphant history of the 40 million people of African descent over five centuries in what is now the United States. This fascinating volume features timelines that chronicle the indelible imprint of African Americans on the life, history and cultures of the world.

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Hope on a Tightrope: Words & Wisdom

Book + CD
By Cornel West

Nominated for a 2009 NAACP Image Award

"Uncompromising and unconventional...Cornel West is an eloquent prophet with attitude."- Newsweek

Educator, philosopher and New York Times best-selling author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters, Dr. Cornel West offers open-hearted wisdom for our times in Hope on a Tightrope, a courageous collection of quotations, speech excerpts, letters, and photographs all reflecting the profound humanity that fuels the passionate public intellectual. In a world that yearns for unarmed truth and unconditional love in the midst of cold greed and blind hatred, Hope on a Tightrope offers a new compass.

This provocative collection explores themes such as Identity and Race, Leadership, Love and Service, Social Justice, Faith, Family, and Wisdom. Hope on a Tightrope will challenge all those in search of new perspectives and provides deep wells of inspiration that marry the mind to the heart.

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By Tavis Smiley

THE COVENANT In Action is organized into three parts: stories about the projects and actions that everyday people have undertaken over the past year that were inspired by the Covenant with Black America; motivational essays from young Black activists who are on the ground impacting their environments; and a toolkit outlining steps you can take to organize, connect and act. The toolkit contains not only traditional action strategies, but also includes innovative approaches to organizing and community building that will result in stronger, more bonded communities that reflect their history and past experiences. The Covenant with Black America was only the first step. THE COVENANT In Action toolkit will prime and prepare individuals and communities to actually turn The Covenant book into a living, breathing movement!

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ON AIR: The Best of Tavis Smiley on the Tom Joyner Morning Show 2004-2008

4-CD Commemorative Box Set with Booklet
By Tavis Smiley

"Whether you're a fan of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a fan of Tavis Smiley, or a fan of intelligent, introspective, informative, and inspiring messages for and about issues important to Black America, this set of CDs is a must have."              
— Tom Joyner

For twelve years, twice a week, listeners of Tavis Smiley's commentaries on the Tom Joyner Morning Show heard Smiley express his views on a variety of topics that affected their lives. They knew they could count on Smiley, the resident political commentator and social critic, to evoke feelings straight from the heart. Topics on any given day could range from the hard-fought battle for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, to the alleged "racist" comments Don Imus made concerning the Rutgers University women's basketball team, or the endearing "mommy-isms" gleaned from Smiley's beloved "Big Mama."

Now, with the release by SmileyBooks of the 4-CD set On Air, listeners can revisit precious Smiley commentaries spanning 2004-2008, years when momentous events occurred in this country, from the origin on the Covenant Movement to the Clinton/Obama chronicles. The commemorative CD set comes with a booklet that features color photographs that capture the essence of Smiley and the Tom Joyner Morning Show, memorable moments, reflections from well-known fans of the show and the text of Smiley's last commentary.

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Tapping the Power Within: A Guide to Self-Empowerment for Women

Book + CD
By Iyanla Vanzant

Nominated for a 2009 NAACP Image Award

The revised and expanded 20th Anniversary edition of Iyanla Vanzant's first published work, Tapping the Power Within, offers a powerful path to self-empowerment through the revitalization of Spirit. It is a guide to spiritual housekeeping. Written with Vanzant's signature healing stories, this classic guide to uniting the will with the spirit teaches that only you have the power to make a change for the better. Offered to assist you on your journey toward peace, love, success, and the freedom to be who you are, this book is a perfect companion on the way toward the real you. This exclusive edition also contains Vanzant's special "What I Know Now" commentaries and an original CD.

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Never Mind Success...Go For Greatness

By Tavis Smiley

This inspirational book is a collection of the best advice Tavis Smiley has ever received. Movie stars like Annette Bening, musicians such as Vanessa Williams, and friends including Cornel West offer serious, practical, and humorous advice on everything from relationships, careers and money to improving your character, overcoming obstacles, and realizing your dreams. Based on Smiley’s belief that while you can be successful without being great, you can’t be great without being successful, this book is designed to enlighten, encourage, and empower you!

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Empowerment Cards

By Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley pours his passion for promoting positive change into these 50 personal empowerment cards. Each card will deliver an inspiring message that will encourage you to make the critical decisions to improve your everyday life. Smiley’s firsthand testimony and words of wisdom will enhance your life and the lives of those in your community. As Smiley says, “Keep the faith!”

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Empowerment Cards for Inspired Living

By Tavis Smiley

Expanding on the themes that connect us all, Tavis Smiley offers 70 personalized empowerment cards. Smiley’s words of introspection, wisdom, and encouragement will help you to think critically, enabling you to improve both your life and the lives of those in your family and community.

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Messages for Life Cards

By Bishop Noel Jones

In this deck of inspirational cards, orator and philosopher Bishop Noel Jones provides bite-sized servings of wisdom packed with nutrition for the mind. Each card presents a life-impacting message that is simple yet full of power—offering just enough to ponder without going too deeply. The messages within serve as a mental-fitness program for people of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds, and you’ll find that they will strengthen your body, soul, and spirit!

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