THIS EVENT HAS TAKEN PLACE AND IS RECORDED HERE AS AN HISTORICAL ARCHIVE.
the second year I a row I was invited back to host The African American
Literary Awards by founder Yvette Hayward. It was a fantastic
opportunity to give to our literary talent honors that we unfortunately
only traditionally reserve for our actors, singers, athletes and
rappers. On BET I am the host of the indie film show The Best Shorts,
and I close every show by saying, “Until lions tell their own stories,
tales of the hunt will glorify only the hunter.”; That night I was in a
room full of lions, whom I proudly join with my debut novel
DARE, which is being published by Simon and Schuster on December
11, 2007. It is a motivational chick lit retelling of Faust set in the
world of hip hop, and is Black Expressions alternate selection for
January 2008. If we don’t honor ourselves and our work, who will?” —Abiola Abrams
African American Literary Awards Show founder Yvette Hayward
"The AALAS Open Book Awards is the first of its kind. It is the most comprehensive awards show ever to recognize, honor, celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements and contributions that authors and writers make to the publishing, arts and entertainment industries."
Visit http://www.literaryawardshow.com/ for more information.
History of African American Literary Awards Show
The African American Literary Award show is the brainchild of Yvette Hayward, president of Y. Hayward, Inc., a public relations company that has been a powerful resource in the literary field for over a decade. Ms. Hayward came up with the idea in 1996 because she saw there was a clear need to bring recognition to African American authors throughout the country. She was finally able to bring the awards show into fruition in September 2004 with the help of her partner, Ruth Morrison, president of What's The 411? Networks, a leading digital media, marketing, and entertainment company with a focus on under-served markets.
The First Annual African American Literary Awards Show was held on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (corner of W. 126th Street) in Harlem, NY at 6:30 p.m.
Photos from the African American Literary Awards Show
2007 Nominees and Winners
MAGAZINES - LITERARY
L.A. Banks - The Forsaken
Brandon Massey - Within The Shadows
MAGAZINES - NON-LITERARY
AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR
PLAYWRIGHT OF THE YEAR
PUBLISHING HOUSE OF THE YEAR
OF THE YEAR - MALE
OF THE YEAR - FEMALE
CLUB OF THE YEAR
TELEVISION WRITER OF THE YEAR
Presenters - Tweety (choreographer) and Sharon Quinn (Model/Actress)
Read Quinn's Blog Post of the Describing The Even
Troy Johnson's commentary show in Brown Italics below
Model, Apprentice Candidate Stacie J.
AALBC.com Founder Troy Johnson with winners Doug (NBA star) & Jackie Christie authors of authors of “No Ordinary Love”
The Christies have to be some of the most gracious and supportive authors I've come across in a long time. I can see why their love is not "ordinary".
Nominee, Author Miasha
Miasha is the complete package. Aggressive, attractive and the author of several poplar book including Diary of a Mistress. Miasha has a very supportive husband and, like the Christies, are great team.
Nominees William Fredrick Cooper and David Riveria, Jr.
William was one of the first authors I met when I started AALBC.com. Cooper was disappointed he did not win his category but was pleased to be nominated
Winner - Actress (Young & the Restless), Victoria Rowell, Author of The Women who Raised Me
I've seen Victoria on a number of occasions since the publication of her book. I have observed that she is a very approachable celebrity with many fans.
Krishan Trotman, accepts for winners
Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due & Steven Barnes - Casanegra
Victoria Christopher Murray, Shida Carr
Victoria, who writes in the Christian fiction genre is a future icon. Victoria truly appreciates her readers makes a prodigious effort to connect with them at events across the country.
Winner Black Issues Book Review, Managing Editor, Clarence Reynolds accepts
Clarence, William Cooper and I went out for drinks after the event. Clarence is very passionate and so well informed about books -- it is fun to talk to him about the subject.
Award Winner, Pat G�Orge-Walker
I first met Pat almost a decade ago. It has been fun watching her career develop. This is the 2nd event that that I attended where Pat was presented with an award.
Troy Johnson with Author Tyeese Gaines Reid
I meet Tyeese or Dr. Ty just moments before this photo was taken. Tyeese author of The Get A Life Campaign The Authors Den describes her as "a one-woman juggling act: writer, mom, wife, and physician".
Author Georgia Woodbine and Phil Andrews of 100 Black Men of Long island
I shared a table with Georgia, author of How To Make Big Bucks Without Selling Your Soul and Phil. They advised me to set up an advisory board for AALBC.com. Two really smart people who seem to enjoy helping others.
Some of the attendees
...when I left the event I ran into this Randy Kearse selling his book in the street in front of the Alhambra Ballroom. Randy served 13 years of a 15 year sentence and is now selling a book to help others have a positive and productive life after prison. I brought a book -- one can't help but support
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