The Diamond Treatises Book Review
A prodigy. The best way I can describe Ty Hobson-Powell is to label him extraordinary, a visionary. To know someone with the intellectual depth Ty possesses is inspiring. I've had the pleasure of knowing Ty for some years now and with him publishing his first book, The Diamond Treatises, he could be easily be mistaken for Superman. Born on June 17, 1995 and raised in Washington, D.C., Ty's credentials are very impressive for a 22 year old. He's not your average 22 year old young black male though, he's an activist, an author, a public speaker and a Kappa. He learned how to read at the age of 3 and following his thirst for knowledge, Ty tested out of high school at the age of 13 and graduated college at 15 years old. He is a product of his environment, an example of a what young black boys can achieve, regardless of where he was raised and the statistics that told him he wouldn't amount to much in life.
The Diamond Treatises is a good book for those 20something year olds that need an extra push in finding their purpose in life. The book doesn't give you purpose, but it inspires you to go searching for it. Ty was very good at using his life experiences to fuel his drive to always work on bettering himself. Ty begins his book with explaining his theory of, "Five Point Inspection: Maneuvering Life's Road." In this section he compared maintenance on a vehicle to taking care of ones self. The first point he introduced was maintenance of head lights on a car, metaphorically making them to be your guide in life, your lights that help you see. Ty emphasizes the importance of having people to guide you and support you. He explains, "Find that person or those people and establish and strengthen a positive relationships with them. They will be your much-needed guides as we navigate through these tempestuous seas of trouble." (20) I noticed we've grown accustomed to this thinking that we don't need anyone and we can do bad all by ourselves. Independency is good, but being anti and unwilling to be receptive of help isn't. We need guidance, we don't know everything. You may not need help to execute your vision, but you need supporters to invest in your shit. It is perfectly okay to ask for help, it makes you wiser, it keeps you from making unnecessary mistakes.
My favorite line from this book is, "The world may little note not to long remember the things you did right in this life but they will always recall your wrongs. Do right anyway." (26) Throughout times of adversity, remain true to yourself. People will always try to not get you out of character. Some thrive off of your failures. You must never let haters steer you from success. Tunnel vision. Even the ones closest to you are quick to mention your failures and fill your mind with self doubt. Your achievements over power any mistake, because mistakes are lessons learned and an opportunity to do better the next time. As a young black woman, a student, an educator and a womanist, I often hear of the things I can't do, from people who don't even know my capabilities. The weapons will be formed, but can never prosper, because I know the powers of Black Girl Magic.
If nothing else, what I want you to take away from these words is that the world is yours the moment that you decide that you want it.
Publishing a book is a very, very big achievement and Ty deserves all the recognition. If you haven't already, get a copy of The Diamond Treatises and indulge yourselves ins wise words. Whether you're looking for a good read, or some motivation, you'll definitely find it in this book.