Black Entertainment : Jewels of Wisdom found in GTA 5's Black protagonist Franklin Clinton

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For those of you who are familiar with Rockstar Games' video game Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA5),
you know that when they insert Black/Afro-American people in their content they try their hardest
to depict accurate narratives so that the images reflect truth in regards to the African American experience in America.
In this thread I want to show some jewels I found. There were books/images in Franklin's Aunt Denise house that I found to be relevant and we'll be focusing on those here drawing comparisons to real life essentials. Before we elaborate on the books. Let's talk about Franklin for a minute.

Franklin Clinton's character, voice, and likeness is played by Black actor Shawn Fonteno. Franklin is a grown man living with his aunt at the beginning of the game working various jobs while hanging out with some of his friends in the hood. Franklin doesn't want to live in the hood and aspires to achieve more. His friends don't have his best interests at times and some of them are toxic. Lamar for example, is the epitome of one of those friends who's addicted to the street life. Lamar is Franklin's friend and usually has a bad influence on Franklin. Franklin's other affiliates like Tonya, see him as a person of favored interest. If you've played the game by now, you know Tonya relied heavily on Franklin to help her with job duties and do favors for despite not being paid in return. From our perspective it seemed like something we've all experienced, we do a favor for them because we care despite not earning anything in return but respect.

To make a long story short so that we can get to the nitty gritty of the books/images in the game, Franklin's depiction relates to real life experiences. He's not a bad guy. He's humble. Just someone trying to do better and make it in life. His story is identical to some of our real life experiences as Black people. Which brings me to the books/images in Aunt D's house; (side-note on her kitchen table is a crossword puzzle book, now y'all can't tell me that elder Black people don't be having that in they house XD)

Anyway let's start with the first image located in Aunt D's front room

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Let's make note of the significant titles. We see the book titles YOGA FOR BEGINNERS, "POWER WITHIN", "HOLISTIC HEALING WITH CRYSTALS" "THE KAMA SUTRA"
and "FINDING YOURSELF"
. The other titles are not that relevant but here's why these mentioned are of great jewels. Aunt D, is someone in her 50s or elder years and as
you get older you get wiser and you want to be more aware. You want to elevate and evolve. The Holistic Healing With Crystals book draw comparisons to real life studies
of Holistic Health that the late Llaila Afrika elaborated on in his book
African Holistic Health
This in-game reference to Holistic Health using crystals suggests to us that someone from the Black Conscious Community was asked to reference books that would be in a household
that would aid Black people in health and wellness in real-life. As far as healing with crystals, that brings us to metaphysics. Crystal healing has always been a remedy in African culture. This also relates back to energy healing and meditation, we can also see in other pictures that Aunt D had crystals in her bedroom on her nightstand in the next photo along with a yoga mat:
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. "YOGA FOR BEGINNERS" in-game book is self-explanatory. Aunt D was trying to practice Yoga to stay in shape and expand her body's strength. This is something we also should continue to adopt in the Black Community. The "SELF HELP FOR WOMEN" book is interesting as well. "THE KAMA SUTRA" relates to spiritual sexual harmony. This could also be a key what we need to sexually harmonize our romance in Black Love between Black Women and Black Men.

The next image is a dreamcatcher, these are found in Aunt D's room and in the living room. This tells us that she, like most of us, are very in-tune with our dreams and wish to protect ourselves from nightmares. This is also an Native American tradition reference. Overall this symbolizes protection.
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Now in reference to the in-game titles "POWER WITHIN" & "FINDING YOURSELF" I'll show you these final images and their significance. We an image of the Chakra body aura on Aunt D's wall. Also we see an OM (AUM) symbol of Buddhism/Hinduism. Om is a mantra chanted during meditation and relates back to metaphysics. When I see these this shows us that our quest for freedom should be within us. The Power Within us!!!! The Finding Yourself could reference getting our knowledge of self (Know Thyself) and finding our higher-self within us through meditation and yoga. Attaining spiritual enlightenment seems to be the message here.
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WE HAVE TO CONCLUDE THESE WERE PURPOSELY SHOWN IN THE GAME TO DRAW OUR ATTENTION TO RAISING SELF-AWARENESS AND POTENTIAL KEYS TO OUR SUCCESS AND FREEDOM AS BLACK MEN & WOMEN IN THIS GAME OF LIFE
 
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To elaborate a bit further on OM symbol and the Chakra Aura image seen in this thread in the game, we reference the book The Chakra Handbook by Shalila Sharamon and Bodo J.Baginski .

THESE PHOTOS GIVE A CLEAR DETAIL OF WHY WE SHOULD STUDY THE CHAKRAS AND UNDERSTAND THE OM SYMBOL REFERENCED. THE CROWN CHAKRA REFLECTS THE OM (AUM) SYMBOL THE HIGHER SELF, ATMAN, THE POWER WITHIN!!! FINDING YOURSELF!!! KNOW THYSELF!!!
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