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The King Inside 


The brilliant new book entitled “The King Inside” by Dr. Angelise M. Rouse is an indispensable guide for young African-American males to reach their highest potential in all important facets of life.  The book astutely addresses all of the salient points that a young African-American male needs to properly define his identity, develop his intellect, and position himself for greatness despite any social, economic, political, or spiritual obstacles that society might impose.  It is imperative that young African-American males properly equip themselves with a full armor to be successful in mainstream society and not live beneath their natural and spiritual privilege.


Our young men are ordained to be leaders and not followers and take their rightful place in academia, government, the private sector, their communities, and most importantly in their homes. The potential of the collective intellectual capital resident in the minds of young African-American males can unleash innovative breakthroughs impacting this nation and the world at large. 

Every young African-American male who carefully reads and applies the life transforming principles contained in “The King Inside” will position himself on a trajectory for continual success and self-mastery.  The American educational community should take note of this important book and incorporate it into their leadership development curriculums.  If adopted, we’ll see higher levels of academic and professional achievement amongst young African-American males and lower levels of young African-American males entrapped in the penal system, engaged in destructive social behavior, and feeling a sense of helplessness and marginalization.

There is a sense of urgency for all young African-American males to consistently raise the performance bar and set a higher standard for their peers.  Dr. Angelise M. Rouse’s book communicates that sense of urgency and clearly articulates practical principles easily applied by our young African-American males to make the ontological transformation into true manhood. 

My recommendation to all conscientious African Americans is to continue to fervently pray for our young men and to purchase as many copies of “The King Inside” and distribute them to all young African-American males within their sphere of influence.




                                                                                                              Dr. Frederick R. Lester, Global Managing Director

                                                                                                                                         Men’s Empowerment Network

Eliud Sicard

Youth Minister Motivational Speaker Community Activist, Chicago, IL

“The King Inside is a very powerful and practical book for young men today. Young men need to understand how to reach their true value and potential. The foundation of anything is crucial for its survival and success. This book highlights the foundations which are vital to growth and success. It is filled with applicable principles needed for young men today. The quotes in this book are on point. I recommend this book for young men who are in need of motivation to reach their highest potential.”


Dr. Flavius A B Akerele III

Senior Faculty Coleman University, CA and Education Consultant

“There are truths in this country that must be acknowledged if we are ever going to make progress, so whether we like it or not, we must understand that the United States was built on a foundation of racial inequality, so it is important that we are constantly providing tools to our young men so that they can successfully navigate the world we live in, to try and bring this inequality into balance. The King Inside provides practical, clear, concise, and most importantly, uplifting information for young African-American males.”



Evan Burnett

Youth Educator, Rochester City School District

“The King Inside lays the groundwork for our young African American males as they navigate their way through life and the societies they inhabit. Dr. Rouse demonstrates that with hard work and a strong support system, our young black men can become successful regardless of their race, class, and social circumstances. She makes important points when discussing black males within the educational system, and how the value of education is worth reiterating beyond High School. The King Inside is a must read and a wonderful guide for people of all ages!”

Wilbur Brown

Special Educator, Seminar Presenter - Maryland School Districts

"If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" -Psalm 11:3. Foundations determine everything. There's too many useless attempts at living life and not enough of building a life right for living. In "The King Inside: Practical Advice for Young African-American Males," Dr. Angelise Rouse challenges our young men to not leave "home" without the fundamentals. Schools are suppose to prepare you for one thing. Life skills are not generally one of them.This practical tool is a clear guide, that can be in itself a "type" of mentor that will instruct, direct, and position each young man who applies the wisdom and advice written in it for success in life". 

R. Bey Muhammad

Multicultural Studies Instructor, Central Piedmont Community College

"From family to citizenry, practicality and self-efficacy is the message of "The King Inside;" and herein lies the societal challenge - helping adolescent males of color reach their full potential".       

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It’s time for you as a young African-American male to put an end to the negative statistics and media portrayals of your doomed future. Starting today, make a commitment to take your future seriously. Everything you do in life requires a foundation-something strong enough to build upon your knowledge and experiences for personal and career growth. The King Inside: Practical Advice for Young African-American Males, aims to give you a foundation on several areas in life where your decision-making will be challenged. Topics such as family, education, mentorship, friendship, and finances are included to give you an introductory understanding of these critical life issues. No one book can cover everything, but let this one be the start of further research, initiative, and discussions with your parents, teachers, and others to help you succeed. Get ready to unleash the King Inside!  

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