AALBC.com eNewsletter - December 14th 2005
|Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!|
BESTSELLING BOOKS NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2005
|AUTHORS YOU SHOULD KNOW|
As a scholar, Professor Painter has published numerous books, articles,
reviews, and other essays. Her most recent books are Creating Black
Americans and Southern History Across the Color Line. Furthermore, six of
her earlier books are still in print. Professor Painter�s prominence has
been recognized by her selection to be the President of the Southern
Historical Association for 2007 and the President of the Organization of
American Historians for 2007-2008.
Queen of Hip-Hop Literature Vickie Stringer has revolutionized the literary industry as a pioneer of the Hip-Hop Literature genre. Beginning with the self-publishing of her first novel, the Essence Best Selling Let That Be the Reason, followed by the founding of her internationally renowned publishing company, Triple Crown Publications, Stringer�s innovative voice and controversial style has earned her intrigue and fascination around the globe.
The successes and achievements of Stringer�s novels, Let
That Be the Reason, its sequel, Imagine This, the upcoming Dirty Red, and
the wide popularity of the Triple Crown Publications brand have garnered
attention from prominent news media since Stringer ignited the Hip-Hop
Literature era less than four years ago.
Cynthia Harris Casteel tells the story of five
women who call themselves �Frankie�s Angels�. Their love for Frankie Beverly
and Maze has helped them endure the joys and pains of life. They discovered
their common denominator on the Maze website and now they are on their way
to Washington D.C. to meet at the first Angel Convention and a Maze concert.
Some are actually expecting a surprise visit by Mr. Beverly. Before they get
to the convention and concert, their life stories are revealed. The reader
gets to understand why a Maze Concert is a necessity for these ladies.
Frankie�s Angels are deeply in need of a spiritual healing and only Maze
featuring Frankie Beverly can be the �fix�.
Author of two books Wild Thangz and Caught Up!, Chapman has enjoyed a diverse array of interesting careers including owning a drycleaners, working in mutual funds investments, stand-up comedy and producing a sports television talk show.
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2004 may have been the Year of the Foxx (Jamie, that is) but 2005 has certainly turned out to be a breakout year for Terrence Howard. The versatile thespian received rave reviews for his powerful performances in a half-dozen feature films, most notably, Crash, Hustle & Flow, Animal and Four Brothers.
He also appeared in Get Rich or Die Tryin� and The Salon, and a couple of made-for-TV movies, Lackawanna Blues and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Just like Jamie, he has a shot at landing Oscar nominations in both the lead (for Hustle & Flow) and supporting (for Crash) actor categories.
But Terrence wasn�t the only brother or
sister in the industry to distinguish him or herself, so for better or
worse. So without further ado, in the interest of celebrating excellence and
of eradicating mediocrity in movies, permit me to present Blacktrospective
2005, an annual report card which shines a light on black overachievement
and underachievement in cinema.
Your Book: Eight Unique Ways to Promote Your Book - Article by Desiree Day
Whether you have just completed your
first, third or fifth book you want to see it succeed. Book promotion
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A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America
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We�re done, and we�re lying there, she reaches down and says, �I thought you�d be bigger than you are, because you�re black.� I didn�t know what to say to her. I felt this sudden explosion of self-doubt partly because I didn�t measure up to expectations.
This was the beginning of an education for me, an
education in the twisted ways in which race and sex rage through American
culture. Through all the lessons I�d learned up to then, there had never
been an intersection of race and sex before I�d lain down with the white
chick in Providence. �Excerpted from Chapter 1
the Mix -
Movie Review by
You know that
times have certainly changed when you see an American-made movie about a
black DJ from the �hood who steals the heart of the lawyer daughter of a
white Mafia kingpin and the brother ends up welcomed into the family rather
than swimming with the fishes. But that�s just what we have with In the Mix,
a delightful dramedy which features handsome, R&B heartthrob Usher in his
first starring role.
Usher Raymond IV was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on October 14, 1978 to Jonnetta Patton, a single-mom who encouraged him to join the choir she directed when he was only six. In 1990, they moved along with his younger brother, James, to Atlanta where Usher began entering talent shows.
A couple of years later, with his mother serving as his manager, he signed on with Diddy as an R&B singer, and the rest, as they say, is musical history. Besides selling millions of CDs and winning a couple of Grammys, Usher He is also a co-owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This talented, teen heartthrob has been named
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voted #1 on BET�s list of the 25 Hottest Men of the Past 25 Years.
Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion -
Book Review by Kam
Before Reagan, there was no such thing as �going postal� or schoolyard rampage murders. It all started with his reign and his revolution. Thanks to Ronald Reagan, we are all miserable wage slaves, or schoolyard wretches being pressed and prepared for life in the office world.
Americans have become perfect slaves, fools and suckers,
while a small elite is cackling all the way to the offshore bank. Why is it that
in those rare, exceptional cases when Americans take up arms against the malice
that Ronald Reagan bequeathed to us, we only turn on each other in our
workplaces, our post offices, and schools?�
Black Americans: African American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present
Book Review by Kam
The book incorporates works from around 100 noted African-American artists, ranging from the readily recognizable Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence to the relatively obscure though no less deserving, such as Joshua Johnston, a freedman who painted over 80 portraits in Baltimore between 1795 and 1825.
Though Creating Black Americans may be worthwhile for the
art history lesson alone, as it includes brief bios of each contributor,
what makes it most valuable is its refreshing restatement of the black
centuries-long struggle to survive from the perspective of the exploited.
Crisis and Social Demoralization: The Dynamics of Status in American Race
Book Review by Kam
Building a brilliant case with copious quotes
from Harold Cruse (The
Crisis of the Negro Intellectual), Frantz Fanon (The
Wretched of the Earth), E. Franklin Frazier (Black Bourgeoisie),
Carter Woodson (The Mis-Education of the Negro) and a dizzying number of
other esteemed thinkers, again and again the book arrives at the idea that
the great masses of poor blacks are simply so utterly oppressed that it�s
impossible for them to ascertain the extent to which they have been
bamboozled to believe in an unattainable American Dream.
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The PACMAN plan is an ambitious debut by Sam
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in America, and their collective impact on the political process.
Bin Laden: America's Enemy in His Own Words
�In the Western media, and especially the United States, the demonization of Osama bin Laden has been complete. Almost without exception, he is depicted as a maniacal terrorist who hates freedom and kills for the sake of killing. This is a lot of nonsense.
I have compiled 20 of what I believe to be Mr. bin Laden�s most important statements over a 10-year period between 1994 and 2004. They have been translated into understandable English. For the first time, Americans will be able to study the real Osama bin Laden in his own words.
will clearly understand his thoughts, his grievances, and his goals, why
9/11 came as no surprise� and how best to adopt strategies to win the war on
terrorism before it morphs into a global holy war.�
�Excerpted from the Introduction
Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism
�Beginning in about 1890 and continuing until 1968, white Americans established thousands of towns across the United States for whites only. A �sundown town� is any organized jurisdiction that, for decades, was all-white on purpose. Many towns drove out their black populations, then posted sundown signs. Other towns passed ordinances barring African-Americans after dark or prohibiting them from owning or renting property.
All this residential exclusion is bad for our nation. In fact, residential segregation is one reason race continues to be such a problem in America.
The ghetto isn�t the problem. Exclusion is the problem.
The elite sundown suburb is the problem.�
�Excerpted from the Introduction
Boys of Baraka Film - Review by Kam Williams
After Born into Brothels won an Academy Award for Best
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First Waco Horror: The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the
"In 1916, in front of a crowd of ten to fifteen thousand cheering spectators, seventeen-year-old Jesse Washington, a retarded black boy, was publicly tortured, lynched, and burned on the town square of Waco, Texas. He had been accused and convicted in a kangaroo court of the rape and murder of a white woman."
The city's mayor and police chief
watched Washington's torture and murder and did nothing. Nearby, a
professional photographer took pictures to sell as mementos of that day."
Drawing on extensive research in the national files of the NAACP, local
newspapers and archives, and interviews with the descendants of participants
in the events of that day, author Patricia Bernstein has reconstructed the
details of not only the crime but also its aftermath. She has charted the
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eventual success of its antilynching campaign. And she has asked the hard
questions of how participating in such violence affected the lives of the
mob leaders, the city officials who stood by passively, and the community
that found itself capable of such abject behavior.
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Eighth National Black Writers Conference
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