#1 - Life
Doesn't Frighten Meby Maya
Angelou, Jean-Michel Basquiat
Forever a Hustler's Wife by Nikki Turner
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Thieves' Paradise by Eric Jerome
#5 - A
Hustler's Wife by Nikki Turner
#1 - Confessions of a Video
Vixen by Karrine Steffans
#2 - The Vixen Diaries by
Karrine Steffans #3 - It's No Secret: From Nas to
Jay-Z, from Seduction to
Scandal--a Hip-Hop Helen of Troy
Tells All by by Carmen Bryan #4 - Diary Of A Lost Girl
by Kola Boof #5 - The Covenant with Black
America by Tavis Smiley (Editor)
Your career as an author has spanned over a decade. What has the
journey been like for you and how has writing changed your life?
"True, it has been over a decade since my first book, When We
Practice to Deceive was published in 1995, however, my true
literary journey began when I self-published Shades of Jade in
2000. That five-year span of silence is an indication of how
difficult it was to get publishers to give me a chance. I
couldn't pay them to publish me which is why I had to
self-publish in the first place. I forged ahead knowing only
what I'd read in a self-publishing manual and prayed that
someone would want to read my book. Thank God a lot of readers
wanted to read Shades of Jade. Five months after publishing
Shades of Jade, I had a two-book contract with Strivers Row, an
imprint of Random House."
Howard Zinn has been fighting for progressive
causes since the 1930s, when he began organizing workers in the
New York City shipyards. He later embarked on an enduring career
teaching political science first at Spelman College and then at
Over the years, the celebrated firebrand
wrote numerous eye-opening books advocating economic and social
justice, perhaps most significantly, A People's History of
the United States, an incendiary work which turns many of
the prevailing myths about America on their heads.
Lyons is a children's book author and
freelance writer, Lyons' mission is to transform moments,
memories and history into stories of discovery. Her books
including picture book, One Million Men and Me, and
chapter book, NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal, have won praise for
exploring relationships and black history. Her essays and
feature articles have appeared in many publications including
Ebony magazine, The News & Observer, Syracuse Herald-Journal,
The Christian Science Monitor and Chicken Soup for the African
American Woman's Soul.
Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. This
young writer has been called the
�the 21st-century daughter of
Chinua Achebe". Her first novel Purple Hibiscus
won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright
Legacy Award. It was also long-listed for the Booker Prize.
Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, which won 2007
Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, re-creates a seminal
moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle
to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s,
and the chilling violence that followed.
Monroe, the daughter of Alabama sharecroppers
and the first of her family to graduate high school, had been
absent from the literary scene for more than a decade. Then her
novel, God Don�t Like Ugly was published in the fall of
2000, was honored with the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award,
and went on to sell more than 250,000 copies.
Mary's Most recent book, Deliver Me From
Evil was released on August 28th 2007 by Dafina Books.
Everett's latest novel is his
most lacerating indictment to date, The Water Cure (Graywolf
Press, August 21, 2007) follows the gruesome reasoning and execution of
revenge in a society that has lost a common moral ground, where rules
are meaningless. A master storyteller, Everett draws upon disparate
elements of Western philosophy, language theory, and military
intelligence reports to create a terrifying story of loss, anger, and
helplessness in our modern world. This is a timely and important novel
that confronts the dark legacy of the Bush years and the state of
Faison was a ninth grade dropout who earned more
than $100,000 a week selling cocaine in Harlem, New York, during
the peak of America's "War on Drugs" between 1983 and 1990.
Faison, along with two partners, was an urban prince with cars,
jewels, and people -- in awe of this million-dollar phenomenon
-- at his feet. His legacy has been praised by hip-hop's top
names in their lyrics, and his life was the basis for the urban
cult classic film Paid in Full starring Mekhi Phifer, Wood
Harris, and rapper Cam'ron and produced by Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella
In Game Over, Azie brings forth a powerful memoir of New York's
perilous drug underworld and music industry, with an intellect
and wisdom to empower and challenge the street culture he knows
so very well.
Until the age of 18, Sonsyrea "Ray-Ray" Tate was
essentially raised in the Nation of Islam, although the Black
Muslim sect would change its name and philosophy several times
over that time span. This could prove to be very confusing for a
child who first had it ingrained in her head that all white
people were devils, before being taught that they�re not devils,
and then, oops, they are in fact devils after all. Her mandated
clothing and spiritual rituals also underwent revisions
intermittently, which might understandably take a toll when one
is expected to follow a flip-flopping path on faith alone.
Held is the author's own personal account of recovery towards
healing. She found that recovery meant rebuilding trust with
God, then with others and then with herself. She found that
recovery is temporary; but that healing is the restoration of
wholeness, heart, mind and soul. Healing is forever. But one
must recover in order to heal and remain open to God so that He
can fix what is broken inside. And while He is fixing what is
broken, He will hold you in His loving care. This is the basic
message that the author puts forth in the book using prayers and
Scriptural references to enhance and make clear her personal
story. Reaching out to a hurting world; Haskin does an awesome
job of relating to those in need of healing in this book.
On June, 6 1984, the inaugural City
Sun cover story was �Death of a Generation� written by Errol
Louis, now an op-ed columnist at the New York Daily News. He
reported that 54 percent of New York City's black males age 16
to 19 were unemployed; 14 percent of black men ages 20-plus were
jobless, and the city's 42-percent high school dropout rate was
extreme at four schools in predominantly black neighborhoods.
The early City Sun formula was an
oversize black masthead accessorized with a red streamer that
mimicked the city's bare-knuckled tabloids, the Daily News and
New York Post, liberal use of wide-angle action photos, an
eclectic mix of stories about black New York life, regular
Caribbean and Africa news pages, a copious arts and culture
section led by critic Armond White and arts writer Fern
Gillespie, and an out-of-the box sports section edited by
Anthony Carter �Tony� Paige.
Fortunately, Khalil Bendib is an exception to the rule and his
work stands in sharp contrast to most of his colleagues. This
inventive Muslim-American artist routinely weighs-in with
clever, iconoclastic cartoons on subjects ranging from war
profiteering to New Orleans to racism to healthcare to the
criminal justice system to the Middle East.
can be found in his lampooning of the 2004 presidential election
in Ohio as "separate but equal" with side-by-side tableaus in
which votes are collected in ballot boxes in white precincts,
but in trash cans in black neighborhoods. He returns to this
theme frequently to illustrate the country's 21st Century form
of segregation, such as his drawing of a hospital where a
"Whites Only" sign has been replaced by one reading "Insured
Just the sort of honest, hard-hitting cartoons called
for in this Orwellian Age where doublespeak and disinformation
have become the order of the day.
Gone to Where the Bong Trees Grow By L. E.
The next time you pick up a picture
book written by a contemporary children's author flip through
the pages. Take a few minutes to read the storyline and you'll
discover an interesting fact--parents are rarely depicted as
significant characters in contemporary bedtime stories. It would
be fun but, perhaps, a tad bit naive, to pretend that the
parents in picture books had followed the lead of the much
beloved characters in Edward Lear's classic nursery rhyme the
"Owl and the Pussycat"...
What Black Men Think is highly recommended as an excellent
alternative to the mainstream propaganda which would have us
internalize the worst beliefs about an unfairly maligned segment
of society. Perhaps more importantly, this groundbreaking
documentary ought to serve as an overdue wake-up call for young
African-American males to take Harriet Tubman's words to heart,
and to assume the responsibility of reprogramming their own
minds in a positive manner instead of voluntarily internalizing
a self-defeating mentality which amounts to little more than the
21st Century's equivalent of slavery. Excellent
Most African-Americans of my generation were
raised with whispered rumors about light-skinned relatives who
had opted to pass for white. Sadly, due to the United States'
virulent strain of racism, this often meant that one might never
see or hear from that crossing over sibling, cousin, son or
daughter again, given the sick society's strictly-enforced
system of segregation For this reason, a book like the aptly
titled An Illuminated Life represents a priceless addition to
the annals of African-Americana, for it represents a very
revealing and detailed biography of a woman who made just such a
daring transition. Belle Marian Greener (1883-1950) was born in
Washington, DC to parents who were both black. Her father had
been the first African-American to graduate from Harvard while
her mother hailed from a prominent black family which had been
emancipated for generations.
December Williams, Jr. was born on April 6, 1937 in Harlem where
he was raised by his parents, William, Sr., a janitor, and
Loretta, an elevator operator. Billy Dee, who exhibited
considerable promise both as an artist and as an actor early in
life, attended Manhattan's prestigious Music and Art High
The strikingly-handsome thespian's big break came in
1971 in the acclaimed television movie "Brian's Song" where he
played Gayle Sayers opposite James Caan. He immediately followed
up that impressive performance with another as Billie Holiday's
husband in "Lady Sings the Blues" which co-starred Diana Ross.
The two would appear together again years later in "Mahogany."
Walken's vintage performance as Feng is so over the top, it
makes you forget the patently political-incorrectness of a white
person playing an Asian. The same can be said of scenes where
chopsticks are used to grab a guy by his gonads, or where a
character speaking Chinglish mixes his �l's and his �r�s.
film's ensemble also includes Aisha Tyler (http://reviews.aalbc.com/aisha_tyler.htm)
as Feng's blowdart wielding henchwoman, along with Reno: 911's
Kerri Kenney, veteran character actor David Koechner and Terry
Crews, a buff crowd-pleaser who seems to be asked to flex his
pecs in his every cameo nowadays. But Balls of Fury is basically
a star vehicle which provides a breakout role for 2005 Tony
Award-winner Dan Fogler, a gifted comic who comes across like a
combination of Johns Belushi and Candy, exhibiting the former's
impish, unbounded enthusiasm, and the latter's ever-endearing
charm and twinkle in the eye. Excellent (3.5 stars)
In 1992, the
USC film school alumnus became both the youngest person and the
first African-American ever to land an Academy Award nomination
in the Best Director category for Boyz N the Hood. He also
earned another nomination for the picture's screenplay.
He went on to
write, produce and direct Poetic Justice, Higher Learning,
Shaft (2000), and
Singleton's additional credits as director include Rosewood
(1997); 2 Fast 2 Furious and Four Brothers. John has also
enjoyed tremendous success as a producer, financing the
Flow (2005) which landed an Oscar for Best Song and a Best
Actor nomination for Terrence Howard.
you missed or attended the 2007 Harlem Book Fair, visit this
page. Here you will find commentary, video, links to
hundred of photos, blog posts and other information about this
year's Harlem Book Fair.
Having experienced the book fair as an advisory board member,
panelist, volunteer coordinator, exhibitor, advertising seller,
street map maker and even table and chair carrier my impressions
are somewhat unique. My emotions for each years fair range
from joy and excitement to downright frustration and anger.
This year was no different.
I truly enjoyed the conversation between Howard Zinn and
Walter Mosley. I made sure I was front row and center for
that exchange. I participated on a panel about book
reviews. The audience's questions and participation was
truly enlightening. The most frustrating part of the day
was paying for an advertisement in the Harlem Book Fair Journal
and not seeing a single one all day...
Visit the link about to learn more about this year's Harlem
Book for click the following link to read about previous Harlem
We've added a few more terrific web sites to the list
including The Urban Book Source, also
check out the newly revamped Thebacklist.net and other
favorites like; TheGRITS.com who are running the GRITS
Kidz Book Club and Radio Show and Disilgold Soul who pack
more information onto one page than most entire web sites!
All the sites are all have something unique to offer and are
worth a visit.
I approached the novel, Sojourner's Dream by first time author
Angeline Bandon-Bibum expecting a sweet, sweet romance novel
that transcended international cultures between an African
American woman and an African man. The novel is a love story
about the romance between Sojourner Brown, a shy graduate
student at Howard University and Joseph Kalissa, a handsome and
accomplished international lawyer from Rwanda but that is where
my expectations ended.
What I found was a very detailed storyline filled with the
horrors and the atrocities of the civil war in Rwanda in 1959
between two ethnic groups; the Hutu and the Tutsi people. It was
an incredible read...
Carter has penned a great sequel to her well-received debut
novel, The Wages of Sin. In Judge Not! readers
follow the tale of Dr. Laura Bradley-Hutchins as she returns
home to Atlanta due to a family crisis. She is Initially afraid
to return to reclaim her children from her cheating and powerful
millionaire ex-husband who drugged her and had her falsely
admitted to a mental institution. But Laura finds her power and
is filled with rage and determination to not only save her
children, but to also extract revenge against her ex-husband,
Hollywood has never been known to let the
facts get in the way of an uplifting, overcoming-the-odds bio-pic,
and Resurrecting the Champ is no exception. Based on the Los
Angeles Times article of the same name written by J.R.
Moehringer in 1997, the film revolves around an aspiring
journalist who stakes his teetering career on a feature about a
homeless ex-boxer while simultaneously learning a valuable
lesson about father-son relationships in the process. Poor (�
During my 23+ years in the workforce, nineteen
with the federal government and four within the setting of
corporate America, I have seen friends, peers, associates, and
colleagues, at all levels within the organization, encounter
multiple problems while at work. I, too, have faced them. In
most instances, the affected person feels isolated, alone,
trapped, with nowhere to turn. You are NOT alone.
...Keeping pace with these constant changes is a
fulltime job in and of itself. Having a personal relationship
with God, through Jesus Christ, is the assurance that we can
overcome all of the pressure and change that is inherent to a
typical day at work.
In Caddyshack (1980), arguably Rodney
Dangerfield's finest hour on film, the late comic stole the show
as a nouveau riche tycoon who outraged the old-moneyed members
of the exclusive country club he was thinking of buying.
The running joke in that fish-out-of-water
classic revolved around his bull-in-a-china closet boorish
behavior and bad taste as he offended relatively-uptight members
of polite society.
Who's Your Caddy
resurrects the same premise, but basically in blackface, relying
on the racist notion that you can take a brother out of the
ghetto but you can�t take the ghetto out of the brother. The
picture stars gangsta� rapper Big Boi (aka Antwon Andre Patton)
in the Rodney role, only typecast as C-Note, a mythical hip-hop
icon from Atlanta who's "getting his pimp thing together."
Poor (0 stars)
With the rallying cry of "Black Power!" in 1966, a group
of black activists such as Stokely Carmichael and Huey P. Newton
pioneered a radical new approach to the fight for equality. Waiting 'Til
the Midnight Hour vividly invokes the way in which Black Power redefined
black identity and culture and in the process redrew the landscape of
race relations. In a series of character driven chapters that move from
Malcolm X's Harlem to Nkrumah's Ghana and beyond, we witness the rise of
Black Power groups such as the Student Non Violent coordinating
Committee and the Black Panthers, and with them, on both coasts of the
country, a fundamental change in the way Americans understood the
unfinished business of racial equality.
Trouble Loves Company by Angie Daniels - True the book isn't
highbrow fiction, but it is packed with fun, interesting characters
and low level, highly infectious DRAMA! Just the way I love 'em.
Trouble Loves Company is a one day, up all night type of book with
enough twists and turns in it-up to the very end-I threw the book
across the room when I got done reading it, screaming at the top of
my voice. Loved IT! LOVED IT!
A Street Girl Name Desire by
Treasure Blue. Treasure Blue continues and solidifies his
position as the true heir to Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines. A book
full of gritty realism, violence, drug abuse, and hope; the book is
simply off the damn hook!
Chasing Sophea by Gabrielle Pina - I got hipped to this book
by Linda. Oh my goodness, this book is tight! I loved it from
beginning to end. A real family drama beautifully written, Chasing
Sophea is an unforgettable read.
Something To Die For by
Travis Hunter- I started to put on Parliment's Flashlight
and do the cabbage patch when I finished this novel, because Travis
Hunter DONE FOUND AN EDITOR! Something To Die For has a nice,
pleasant, easy type of flow to it. Hunter stayed on point through
out the story. I enjoyed it immensely!
Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani - Oh My God! Abani is an
author to watch out for! Becoming Abigail is a powerful, beautifully
written novella. I became submerged with the stoy, as if standing
under a warm waterfall whre brathing is almost unimportant. I expect
to read more great writings from this most talented author.
It Can Happen to Anyone by Elisabeth Withers. This CD is
TIGHT! If you haven't heard of Withers yet, you have to check her
out! She has a smooth alto voice that at times sounds like Gladys
Knight. With the exception of a couple of songs that I didn't care
for, Sweat and It Can Happen, the CD is a Track to Track hit. I
prefer the slower songs on the CD, especially Simple Things and
I Am by
Chrisette Michele. This singer is BAD! She has a real Billie
Holiday type grooove going. Now she's being compare by a lot of
reviewers to Erykah Badu. I storngly disagree with that, mainly
because I never thought that Erykah Badu could really blow and
basically took Billie Holiday style because she aint got the pipes
or creativity to create her own style. Michele first outing is a
near perfect CD. I have no complaints at all. I loved everything on
it. I strongly recommend getting the I Am (with Bonus Tracks
Version). I am in heaven.
Inventions weaves the technical and
business detail of entrepreneurship between the U.S and Japan
with relationships that are complicated by the psychological
isolation of a black male in a white world. It is a story of one
man's search for identity, for the place he truly belongs and a
love that will make him whole.
Author Paul Woodring lives in Del Mar,
California with his wife and their two dogs. In 2005, he retired
from the position of President of the Hospital Division of a
large medical device firm. Paul grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and
is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Cleveland State
University. Paul has been a creative "intrapreneur" and
entrepreneur for all of his professional career. In the mid
1970's, he managed the design of the first multi-computer system
that dynamically shared computer program tasks associated with
managing electrical power plants.
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