AALBC.com eNewsletter - March 19th, 2004
|Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!|
Die Alone (Opens March 26, 2004)
Based on legendary street novelist Donald Goines� book of the same name, NEVER DIE ALONE is a richly literate film noir about King David (DMX), a hard-boiled, stylish criminal who returns to his hometown seeking redemption and finding only violent death. But he did not die alone...King David�s final moments are spent with Paul (David Arquette), an aspiring journalist who knows him for just a few minutes but is changed forever by their meeting. King David � half preacher, half Satan, and all street smarts � gives to Paul an audiotape featuring the story of his recent exploits, leaving behind a riveting, poetic sermon on villainy and its consequences. The tapes reveal that the cycle of violence and retribution King David�s actions spawned have come back on him full circle, as he suspected they might all along...
The acclaimed novel Never Die Alone was penned in 1974 by the late African American cult writer Donald Goines shortly before his death, and was adapted for the screen by James Gibson. One of the most widely acclaimed black authors of his generation, Goines wrote his first two books while incarcerated, and followed those with an astonishing 16 novels written from the time he was released from prison in 1970 until he was shot to death in 1974. Goines sold more than 5 million books in his brief career and has, in the past decade, been re-discovered by legions of hip-hop fans. He has been called the greatest black American urban novelist since Chester Himes and the French magazine L�Express called him �a flashing talent straight from the street of the lost.�
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A Phat Death (or, the Last Days of Noir Soul) by Norman Kelley
"A Phat Death (or, the Last Days of Noir Soul) is the latest Nina Halligan novel by Norman Kelley. I have been a fan of Nina Halligan and her creator since I read the first Nina Halligan novel, Black Heat, several years ago. My admiration remains intact with A Phat Death. In Nina's latest adventure, she gets married and finds herself smack dab in the middle of the murder investigation of a popular rapper. A Phat Death is extraordinary. I loved everything about it. Norman Kelley's Nina Halligan series continues to be one of the best written, unheard of mystery/suspense series in print today." �Read the rest of Thumper's Review
AUTHORS YOU SHOULD KNOW
�Brokers are out to make a commission, and there is nothing wrong
with that as long as you understand what their commissions are,�
says Dr. Lois Center-Shabazz, author of Let�s Get Financial Savvy!
From Debt-Free to Investing with Ease. Dr. Center-Shabazz worked 15
successful years as a dentist in San Diego, CA, while pursuing her
interest in investment and financial research. After she decided to sell
her practice and move to Virginia, her newfound freedom allowed her to
fully develop the investment education program she had started many
Carmi has written two
books Mommy Why Did You Choose Your Boyfriend Over Me? and
Wasted Waters. Wasted Waters is a book that deals with racism in the
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Especially appropriate for Women's History Month..
Woman: Her Story Through Time
This inspiring tribute sweeps through world history to celebrate the courage, commitment, and accomplishments that link the daughters of Africa in a 3,500-year heritage, from ancient queens to the modern Black women who command respect and renown in every field of human endeavor. Now, in the first collection of its kind, Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter of Howard University gathers these stories in a book that is at once an unprecedented group portrait of Africana Woman and a stirring chronicle of Black women's impact and influence.
In these pages, meet magnificent figures from ages past: Hatshepsut, the female Pharaoh who built some of Egypt's greatest monuments; learn about the courageous women who escaped from centuries of slavery, such as Coincoin, who amassed a 2,000-acre estate in 18th-century Louisiana; Mary Prince, author of an autobiography that created a sensation in England in the 1830s. Trace the rise of abolitionism and the unforgettable figures who fought for Black freedom -- Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and others -- along with the groundbreaking leaders who struggled to turn emancipation into true equality, a battle that lasted over a century, from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and beyond. These women � dedicated educators like Mary Church Terrell, business pioneers like Madam C. J. Walker, daring journalists like Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and determined activists like Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer � devoted their lives to social justice. Finally, meet those who have made modern history, from politicians like Shirley Chisholm to media stars like Oprah Winfrey.
Filled with extraordinary illustrations and rare photographs, as well as evocative selections from diaries, memoirs, songs, and poetry, this is a fascinating tale of cruel fate and unflagging creativity, profound tragedy and uplifting triumph.
Billion Dollar Bet: Robert Johnson and the inside Story of Black Entertainment
Television by Brett Pulley
Written by award-winning journalist Brett Pulley, The Billion Dollar BET is the first-ever in-depth look at one of the most enigmatic and important entrepreneurs of our time. This revealing book offers a colorful portrait of a brilliant and relentlessly focused businessman, whose life is a window into race, culture, and capitalism. From Johnson�s rural Mississippi roots and early years in blue-collar Illinois, to his graduate life at Princeton University and career as a cable industry lobbyist on Capitol Hill, The Billion Dollar BET traces his inspired climb to the top and his often controversial tenure at the helm of one of the most influential media outlets in the country. You�ll discover how Johnson won the support of media titans John Malone and Sumner Redstone, and watch as BET begins to take on far greater social significance than even Johnson could ever have imagined. You�ll also learn how Johnson handled pivotal events in the company�s history, such as the public attacks on BET�s program content and the decision to sell the firm to media giant Viacom.
AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOKS TO BE RELEASED APRIL 2004
All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown V. Board of Education by Charles J Ogletree
"A shocking document that reveals how the great reforms once promised by this landmark decision were systematically undermined."�Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the doctrine of "separate but equal" was unconstitutional. Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., was not even two at the time, and his family, farm workers in southern California, had scant knowledge of how keenly the ruling would affect them. In All Deliberate Speed Ogletree examines the personal ramifications of the decision for him and his family�his childhood in the wake of the Brown decision, his student days at Stanford and Harvard Law, his immersion in the Boston busing crisis�and its meaning for all Americans. Presenting a vivid pageant of historical characters including Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr., Earl Warren, Anita Hill, and Clarence Thomas, Ogletree discusses the ambivalence of our judicial system, the increasing legal challenges to affirmative action, and the issue of reparations. Informed throughout by brilliant legal insight, All Deliberate Speed compellingly traces the history of race and integration in American society, and will promote intense debate and reconsideration.
Author Biography: A professor at Harvard Law School and a leading civil rights authority, Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. has represented Anita Hill and the plaintiffs in the Tulsa Race Riots case. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
It's been two years since the tumultuous end of Sasha Borianni's affair with three men. She's looking forward to a new life after establishing her own public relations firm, Platinum Images. But as her client list grows, she once again finds herself mixing business with pleasure - and balancing her affairs this time around is proving much more difficult. Her newest client/lover, banking exec, Jordan Ashe, turns out to be even kinkier than Sasha could've imagined, while her old flame, NBA player Phoenix Carter, proves more adept at seducing Sasha than letting her clean up his image as a reckless gambler. Complicating things further is Trent, who once ended his relationship with Sasha over baby-mama drama, but who now wants her back in his life. And financier Lyor Turrell makes his own play for Sasha, but only so he can manipulate one of Sasha's other lovers.
...You can also learn about excellent soon to be released books at Thumper's Corner discussion board. We hear Olympia Vernon's soon to be released novel, Logic, is a masterpiece!! http://www.thumperscorner.com/discus/messages/1/957.html?1079644339
Harlem Book Fair 2004 - Harlem, NY - Tuesday, July 20 - Sunday, July 25, 2004
It�s time for the 6th Harlem Book Fair! This, the largest African American book fair of its kind, is expected to draw more than 40,000 New Yorkers and visitors to West 135th Street (from Fifth Avenue to Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevards) in Harlem. Over 250 booths will be set up along West 135th Street offering books, story-telling, readings, and opportunities to meet and greet authors on four stages that will feature spoken word poets, celebrities, and music throughout the day. Visit www.qbr.com for program details.
TAKE A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
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THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING
March 2004 Selection
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading Rendezvous Eighteenth by Jake Lamar
Our chat session is scheduled for Sunday, April 11th, 2004 at 6:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time . If you have already read Rendezvous Eighteenth and would like to participate in our on-line chat session; please join us in our chat room http://www.thumperscorner.com/chat/
Visit http://thumperscorner.com/Reading_List.htm to view the rest of The Coffee Will Make You Black on-line reading group's reading list for 2004
Read the chat transcript from our February 2004 chat with author Delores Phillips author of The Darkest Child http://thumperscorner.com/deloresphillipschat.htm
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