The Nautical Negro: The Adventures of a Black Waterman

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AuthorHouse, Sep 14, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
This book is the story of an African American mans strange Love, and passion for anything nautically related. Book I of the Nautical Negro was written 10 years ago during My first stay in the New York State Prison system.. When I took to writing Book one I had never written anything before that time and was learning on the fly. So the stories in book one reflect my limited experience in the craft of writing . Book one does however give a very clear picture of my nautical development and the progression Ive made throughout the years. Book II of The Nautical Negro was written during my last term of incarceration in 2009. Book II is a lot more comprehensive than book I , and the development of the writing of Book II mirrors in a lot of ways my evolution and development in the surf game. As you will read they have both come a long way. Book II also delves pretty deeply into my spiritual development and the path I believe that has been laid for me on this nautical journey Ive undertaken. One message I do hope this book conveys is that no matter where you come from, no matter what your circumstances were coming up, never give up your dreams. You can make it happen in reality. The last and most important impression I hope to leave on the readers is never let anyone talk you out of your dreams , or tell you , you cant do something. My father all ways said theres no such word as cant! And thats how I always lived my life. That message is especially important to get out in the African American community , because all my life I heard people say I wasnt suppose to surf, or swim the way I did because I was black. And to me thats the worst thing you can do to a developing young mind. Young Brothers and Sisters need to be encouraged to expand there minds, and indeed there horizons by letting natural talents blossom. They must be allowed to purse what ever endeavor there young hearts and minds desire. Brian BJ James Author of The Nautical Negro!
 

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I grew up in Port Chester and spent plenty of time on Long Island Sound with Brian. Although it has been a few years since I read the book, I enjoyed it very much.

Contents

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
IN THE BEGINNING
LET THE SKIING BEGIN
GOING PLACES
ROCKAWAY THE EARLY DAYS
LET THE ODYSSEY BEGIN
SANTA CRUZ
SOLITUDE IN SAN DIEGO
DIRTY JERSEY
READY FOR RHODE ISLAND
LONG ISLAND LOVE
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About the author (2011)

Brian BJ James is something of a novelty in the nautical world he’s lived in for years, and believes he has a very unique story to tell. BJ, as he is known by most people around the beach, has traveled to many parts of the world from Jamaica to Hawaii, And shares with you in his book his deep feelings, and commitment to anything nautical, as well as documenting his progression and growth through this predominantly white male dominated world. After Speaking with BJ about this Journey of his one can’t help but come away with the impression that as much as the boating , swimming ,and surfing in these many places has meant to him, it’s the people he’s met along the way that has had the biggest impression , and indeed brings the biggest smile to his face. He simply loves people. If BJ has one short fall it’s trusting too many people, and considering everyone his friend. But if he wasn’t so open he wouldn’t be BJ, and he wouldn’t have so many great stories to share with us. I hope you enjoy!

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