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(The Tennessean) — For 25 years Yusef Harris has promoted black awareness at Alkebu-Lan Images Bookstore, an independent bookstore that focuses on black history, education, self-help and spirituality.  “I wanted products that reflect African-American heritage and culture and improve one’s self-esteem,” said Harris, who opened the Jefferson Street shop in 1986. “At the time, there were no resources for black art and black books.  “People would come in and say, ‘I want that Cosby art,’ because there was an awakening and awareness in the black community.” Alkebu-Lan was the original name for the continent of Africa whose people were known as Alkebulans, Harris said. The store was the former psychologist’s solution to promote positive images of blacks in the community, he said.  Now, celebrating its 25th anniversay, the store offers books on black history, self-help, urban novels, spirituality and children’s books with brown-shaded cartoon characters.

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