Dr. Angelise Rouse
The King Inside: Practical Advice for Young African-American Males
About the Book
The King Inside is Dr. Rouse’s heartfelt call to the young African-American men of this generation to take their rightful place in their homes, society and their communities. As a mother of two sons and six nephews, this book hits home with her life lessons and advice shared around her dinner table. Readers will be given a foundation on several life skill areas which calls their decision-making into action. Topics such as family, education, mentorship, friendship, entrepreneurship, and finance as well as others are included to give young men an overall understanding of these critical life issues.
Forest Of The Rain Productions: Please share your pen name?
Angelise Rouse: Angelise M. Rouse , PhD.
Forest Of The Rain Productions: What is the name of your most recent book?
Angelise Rouse: The King Inside: Practical Advice for Young African-American Males.
Forest Of The Rain Productions: How did you come up with the name?
Angelise Rouse: Our young men must realize that it is in fact a “jungle” out there, but they have the tools within themselves to control their destiny. It is time for them to take their rightful place on the throne in their respective kingdoms.
Forest Of The Rain Productions: Does the name have special meaning?
Angelise Rouse: The impetus and title of this project stemmed from my dissertation research on the subject, as well as my oldest son Terrell’s favorite movie, Disney’s The Lion King. I believe he and I watched this movie more than 100 times during his childhood. For some reason, King Mufasa’s powerful message to his son Simba, the young prince, that there was a king inside of him resonated with me then, and still does today.
Forest Of The Rain Productions: Why did you write the book?
Angelise Rouse: The King Inside stems from a deeply rooted passion to empower today’s young African-American males with a practical game plan to guide them from adolescence through manhood. The success rate for the statics of young men comprising this demographic are utterly frightening. Whether we look at literacy, high school dropout, incarceration, repeat offenders, or death, the sheer volume of this “counted-out” group, should send shocks to the system of any adult human being, regardless of race, creed, or ethnicity.
Readers will be given a foundation on several life skill areas which calls their decision-making into action. Topics such as family, education, mentorship, friendship, entrepreneurship, and finance as well as others are included to give young men an overall understanding of these critical life issues.
Forest Of The Rain Productions: What do you want readers to take away from your book?
Angelise Rouse: My objective is to motivate these young men with knowledge to succeed while navigating life’s challenges. This is not a project to elaborate on the negative aspects affecting this group in our communities. There is enough written about it by talented individuals who have worked with and studied this issue their entire careers. More importantly, there is plenty of hate, division, and negativity disproportionately targeted at young African-American males daily, and not enough general life-knowledge that is common to us as adults. No one book can cover everything, however, I hope that The King Inside, strikes a chord with this demographic to help them become productive citizens, and accomplish their dreams and goals. It’s the least I can do!
Forest Of The Rain Productions: Where can we purchase your book?
Angelise Rouse: The King Inside: Practical Advice for Young African-American Males is available today on Amazon, Amazon-Kindle, ibook on iTunes and Barnes & Nobles
Forest Of The Rain Productions: Will there be a follow-up to the book?
Angelise Rouse: I am currently working on my next publication which will highlight urban education and inner city matters, specifically as they relate to educational research, policy, and practice.
Dr. Angelise M. Rouse is an education writer and staunch special education advocate. Her interest and research focus is on creating a meaningful, lasting and empowering educational experience for students with disabilities. Inspired by her doctoral dissertation topic, Dr. Rouse has future research interested in the over representation of minorities in special education and social and emotional development of African- American young males. Dr. Rouse holds several educational certifications and has been thoroughly published on critical educational issues. Dr. Rouse has worked in several educational arenas serving as a charter and public school teacher, school administrator and college faculty member. Her work ranges from all levels of education from middle school through college.
Dr. Rouse holds a Ph.D. in Special Education Leadership and received a Masters in Organizational Management and Special Education. Her first book, Especially 4 Me: A Student’s Guide to Understanding the IEP was written to help promote self –advocacy and self-awareness for special education students. She is currently working on her next publication which will highlight urban education and inner city matters, specifically as they relate to educational research, policy, and practice.