Sista Let Me Tell Ya, Bruh if You Only Knew

Real Talk for Parents and Educators, From Me to You

by Marquis Cooper



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/13/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781452040042
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781452040059
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781452040066

About the Book

What you and I have experienced in life began before we came into existence. One of the greatest enemies of the present is the ability not to understand the historical foundation that is the structure of our lives. Have you ever heard the words, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” or “what goes on in this house stays in this house”? Many of us have spent years living behind these words. We have allowed these words to stunt our growth. The author expresses to his readers the importance of understanding the quote; “the past holds the key to the present, and the present holds access to future.” The author explores some historical implications that have had an effect on the current lifestyle of many individuals. He elaborates to women the importance of knowing what your name means. Leaving women with the quote; “I was Responsible for waiting on you, I was Accountable in my search for you, I was Consistent in finding you, and now I have to be Persistent that I don’t lose you.” He helps women/men to understand the difference between Bruh and Men. Leaving men with the quote; When the man is out of place, the woman becomes displaced, and the children become misplaced.” He goes on to express to parents and educators that the key to saving our children is through communication. We must learn to meet our children where they are by understanding the language they speak. He leaves parents and educators with the Cherokee proverb; “If you listen to the whispers, you won’t have to hear the screams.” The author leaves his readers with the words: “If you leave and grow, you can come back and plant.”


About the Author

Marquis Cooper, Sr. is an award winning educator, Professional School Counselor in the Pulaski County Special School District, and the Executive Director of 12welve( This is a community based organization that was established to provide youth and parents with thought provoking seminars, workshops, and youth leadership conferences to help alleviate some of the problems that communities encounter on a day to day basis. Marquis is a nationally renowned motivational speaker, and author of two books. His first book Guidance –N- Action ( was written to help counselors and educators change the culture and climate of public schools by “bridging the gap” while “removing the cap” of limitations between the children that are celebrated and those that are tolerated.  

Over the past 14 years he has served as an advocate for children of all capacities from the elementary, middle, high school, and even in the juvenile justice arena. Marquis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Philander Smith College, a Master’s degree in counseling from UALR, and currently is working on his Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate, while finishing his doctorate degree in Education Administration at UALR He is a native of Marianna, AR and is the youngest of 22 children in his family.  Marquis is the proud father of two loving children, Marquis Jr. and Cobie Cooper.   

He has coined the quote, “If you leave and grow, you can come back and plant.” He continues to plant seeds of success and change by helping others to understand that your current circumstance does not dictate your future.