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1. Marlene "Mo" Morris, director, A New Color, the Art of Edythe Boone with the star of the film, Ms. Edy. The film screens at the Mill Valley Film Festival October 10 and 16. Visit a newcolordocumentary.com

2. Dr. William Conwill
Many African American teens find themselves wondering what they should or should not be doing and how they should behave toward each other. As they struggle to build their characters, they receive a wide range of feedback from multiple sources, bringing about confusion. Spirit Training offers a guide through that confusion by providing a personal training aid for Black teens in the arena of ethics. Spirit Training holds that our spirits, which protect and sustain us, should direct and unify our thoughts, efforts, and actions. Author William L. Conwill seeks to help Black teens who want to prepare for adulthood in the family, the community, and the world by developing their characters. Based on traditional African values, the principles presented in this guide serve as directives or instructions on living, as well as means of defense against destructive influences. These principles are represented throughout the text by Adinkra symbols, along with a self-defense interpretation for each principle and a reading to help provide insight. Drawing on brain science, transpersonal psychology, and mainstream psychiatry, as well as ancient traditions, Spirit Training invites Black teens to conduct a personal and conscious examination of the principles that have allowed us to survive, create, and nurture life.

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