AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books
#1 - For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow
is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
#2 - Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan
#3 - Total Eclipse of the Heart by Zane
#4 - Thug Matrimony by Wahida Clark
#5 - Thug Lovin' by Wahida Clark
#6 - Missionary No More: Purple Panties 2 Zane (Editor)
#7 - Purple Panties: An Eroticanoir.com Anthology Zane (Editor)
#1 - Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans
AALBC.com's 25 Bestselling Books for
2010 November 1st through December 31st 2010
AALBC.com's 25 Bestselling eBooks for
#2 - The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Dr. Frances Cress
#3 - The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want
by Karrine Steffans
#4 - Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom
#5 - The Vixen Diaries by Karrine Steffans
#6 - The Mis-Education of the Negro by Dr. Carter G. Woodson
#7 - Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill
2 Lovers by Jonathan Anthony Burkett
Who doesn’t remember their first love? And what about the girl next
door? Or how about the boy you cared for in school only to end up in the
friend zone? In Jonathan Anthony Burkett’s new novel, he attempts to
capture that feeling young people get when the bonds of friendship
mature into something stronger.
Friends 2 Lovers
is the story of high school best friends Claude and
Kelly that spans over a two and a half year timeframe. Though they have
been best friends for many years, everyone from their friends, family,
and the protagonists themselves know that they are destined to be
together. After all, the best romantic relationships start off as
friendships anyway, right? Even Kelly’s mother loves Claude like a son.
However, it’s the actions that transpire with Claude’s family that could
threaten this relationship and even his life.
Am I Not a Man? by Mark L. Shurtleff
What a curious book to be written by Mark L. Shurtleff, Utah's Attorney
This well-researched historical novel, Am I Not A Man?, goes into the
mind of Dred Scott, an illiterate slave who endured the agony of bondage
and all of its cruelty from his early days in Virginia until his classic
legal battles to over-turn the restrictive laws of slavery. Shurtleff, a
white author, never lets us forget these black men and women were human
beings. He shows the reader that Dred and his wife, Harriet, were
loving, caring people. He takes us into their minds and hearts and
trusts us with their unrelenting humanity.
Among the Kudzu by H. Victoria Hargro Atkerson
Walking Among the Kudzu
is a page turner that will remind you of books
such as The Darkest Child
, and even The Color Purple
Readers who know a thing or two about the Civil Rights Era will enjoy
this nostalgic tale. And those who enjoy a good story will have
something to smile about as well. The characters from all walks of life
feel like people you may know. Atkerson's natural writing skills will
have you wondering how much of this novel comes from actual events.
Though the ending is a bit mushy and predictable, and you might wish for
more dialogue versus the first-person narration, it is still a very
enjoyable story of hope, love, and redemption. You should definitely
pick this one up.
Surrender By Ai
When news reached me about the death of renowned poetess, Ai, I knew
that I must write something about her and her unwavering lyrical
examination of the human condition in America. Her last collection, No
was released in the fall and it is an occasion to pay her
Ai was always a fierce and uncompromising voice. The author of seven
memorable books of poetry, she earned the American Book Award for Sin in
1987 and a National Book Award for Vice in 1999. As the Mitte Chair in
Creative Writing at Southwest Texas State University from 2002 -2003,
she earned a United States Artist Ford Fellowship in 2009.
True You: A
Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself by Janet Jackson
Whenever I’ve interviewed Janet Jackson, I’ve always had the sense
that I was speaking with a very grounded individual for someone who
was born inside the bubble of celebrity and has lived her whole life
in the limelight. Thus, I am not surprised to discover that she
would seem as real and equally accessible in her autobiography.
Janet co-wrote True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself
with ghostwriter to the stars David Ritz, who has also penned
memoirs with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha, Etta James, B.B.
King, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Grandmaster Flash, Billie
Holiday, The Neville Brothers and The Wire's Felicia "Snoop"
Pearson. The prolific Ritz credits his uncanny knack for the genre
with an ability to become one with his subjects by "absorbing
himself into the artist’s very heart and soul."
Business Secrets: 500 Tips, Strategies, and Resources for the
African-American Entrepreneur by Dante Lee
During these dire economic times when the overall unemployment rate
in the U.S. is at 9.8 %, you can be sure that that figure is at
least double in the African-American community. And after the
Democrats took what President Obama referred to as a “shellacking”
on Election Day, they appear prepared to capitulate to the
Republican demand that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy be
If you’re presently out of work, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting
for the supposedly-stimulative effect of that windfall for the rich
to trickle-down to you in the form of a job. Instead, may I suggest
perusing a copy of Black Business Secrets: 500 Tips, Strategies, and
Resources for the African-American Entrepreneur
Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell
Ever since the dawn of the nation when the Founding Fathers
deliberately rationalized slavery by spreading the big lie that
black people were inferior, African-Americans have suffered from
serious self-esteem issues. But why has this phenomenon continued to
persist so long past emancipation and the elimination of the Jim
Crow system of segregation?
This is the nagging thought which inspired Tom Burrell to write
Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority
. After all,
as an advertising executive with 45 years in the business, he is
well aware of the power of propaganda. So he knows that American
society has done such a good job on the minds of blacks that they
have not only internalized but have willingly participated in the
perpetuation and further dissemination of nearly every negative
stereotype propagated about them by the media.
Rhytms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston Composed by Randy Weston
True jazz buffs will welcome this well-detailed, informative memoir,
by one of the most innovative musicians in America,
Randy Weston, for it pays earnest tribute to the African origins,
traditions, and their primary influence on the sounds that rose from
Congo Square long ago. It is the finest jazz autobiography since
that of the big band maestro Duke Ellington’s glorious remembrances,
Music Is My Mistress. “Arranged” by jazz writer-producer Willard
Jenkins from a collection of interviews and observations over a four
year period, it spans over 60 years of Weston’s personal and
Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to "The Blind Side" and Beyond by
Michael Oher with Don Yaeger
Michael Oher became famous a year ago when his inspirational story
was made into a heartwarming Hollywood movie. That
overcoming-the-odds sports saga recounted how a traumatized, black
teenager went from homeless to National Football League star with
the help of the a well-to-do family who rescued him from the streets
of Memphis. Sandra Bullock even won an Oscar for her endearing
portrayal of matriarch Leigh Anne Tuohy, a compassionate Christian
who altruistically invited the gentle giant to move into her house.
But the film also took some liberties with the facts, such as
suggesting that Michael only learned to play football in high school
and that he was walking around wearing shorts in the middle of a
frigid day in November. Furthermore, because the picture basically
began with his rescue, it failed to convey exactly how much of a
harrowing nightmare his childhood had been previously, when he and
his siblings had been shuttled from foster home to foster home on
account of their mother’s crack addiction.
Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today Edited
by Gregory S. Parks and Matthew W. Hughey
I could write at length from personal experience about the trauma
inflicted on my psyche by the time I was 25 by a decade of being
routinely stopped and frisked by police about once a month or so,
and always on the flimsiest of pretexts. Back then, the prison
industrial complex was undergoing a mammoth growth spurt thanks to
the so-called “War on Drugs,” which was really just a rationale for
feeding the corporate beast with the bodies of millions of
non-violent, black offenders.
And judging by the accounts related in 12 Angry Men: True Stories of
Being a Black Man in America
Today, the situation hasn’t improved
much over the interim. Here, a 35 year-old family man recalls how he
was recently strip-searched right in front of his neighbors by NYPD
detectives who suspected him of possessing narcotics. When they
didn’t find any contraband, they left him to pull up his own pants
without as much as an apology
of AALBC.com's Best Book Trailer of 2010 - Airing Grandma's Laundry and
Other Hush Hush Secrets by Natasha Owens
Thank you Jesus, Mr. Troy Johnson, Judges, and each book lover who made
the book trailer for Airing Grandma’s Laundry and other hush hush family
the first place winner. I am confident that once the book is
released this Spring 2011 it will also be a best seller!
MAKING OF THE BOOK TRAILER:
First I contacted companies that wanted to charge me outrageous fees
because it was a period piece. Once I spoke to my Writing Instructor who
also does screen plays he connected me with a camera man Mr. Tommy
Riggins. Tommy told me I had what it took to direct it myself. So I
wrote the script, searched for my location in my Grandmothers old
neighborhood, went to thrift stores and found the clothing, asked my
mechanic to drive his car and stopped a man who turned out to be a
preacher on the street and asked him to help me out by allowing his car
to be in the shoot and we set a date. I enlisted people from the area to
be in the trailer along with friends and family including my baby girl
in the basket. The music was done by Professor Harrison. My son Chance
helped me direct and ensured all props were in place. From start to
finish it took us about two hours.
This video will be showcased at the
2011 National Black
Book Festival in Houston
book trailers of the 2010 2nd and 3rd place videos
as well as to
Don't Bring Home a White Boy
Publisher Karen Hunter & her author Karyn Langhorne Folan. Talk about
Folan's book, Don't Bring Home a White Boy: And Other Notions that Keep
Black Women From Dating Out.
This video was recorded July 31, 2010 during the National
Book Club Conference in Atlanta, GA
Related Products Company - It's All About Books
Star Rice talks about her business It's All About Books. A tee shirt
made by this company, "Real Men Read" is one of my favorite tee shirts.
This video was recorded July 31, 2010 during the National
Book Club Conference in Atlanta, GA
Thurman Reveals Important Tips for a Successful Marriage
As a relationship columnist, Thurman questions the way men and women
view relationships. This video was recorded July 31, 2010 during the National
Book Club Conference in Atlanta, GA
Tavis Smiley is no good for Black folks!
I freely admit that I was not always a Tavis Smiley fan. When
presidential candidate, Barack Obama declined to participate in Smiley’s
2008 State of the Union meeting; Tavis openly criticized Obama. I felt
Smiley’s reaction was a mistake; perhaps driven by pettiness or even
jealously. My opinion was reinforced earlier this year when an angry Al
Sharpton criticized Tavis for misquoting him regarding Obama’s need for
a Black agenda.
For Black History Month: Research & Share Your
Every February someone asks me,
“What are you going to do for Black History Month?”
As trite as it might sound, I always reply,
“Every month is Black History Month at AALBC.com”
I view the question the same as, what are you gonna do for Mother’s day
or Valentine’s day. While I’m sure this is not the person’s intent, the
implication is that we need a day to do something special for our
mothers or a loved one. Similarly, everyday is Mother’s day and
Valentine’s day for me.
Today I decided to contradict myself and do something that was
specifically motivated by Black History Month and share a small aspect
of my family’s history.
Behind Those Books: A
Thought Provoking Documentary Tackling Societal Ills Through Literature
The first and only comprehensive documentation on film of this
controversial genre, gives viewers a raw and uncensored look inside this
emerging industry. The film chronicles the evolution of the gritty
street tale through interviews with pioneer authors, publishers,
industry insiders, fans, activists, hiphop artists, book clubs, editors,
literary agents and vendors.
“I am a abandoned child. My mother was a whore. And the things I saw
through these eyes, no child should have to witness or experience. So am
I wrong for writing about my life that I saw?” --Treasure E. Blue
Mooz-Lum - Young Muslim Searches
for Identity in Coming-of-Age Flick
Since 9/11, Muslims have basically become the N-words of the new
millennium, being indiscriminately demonized in much the same way young
African-Americans were universally vilified by the FBI during the rise
of the Black Power Movement. In the wake of the civil unrest triggered
by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, simply walking the
streets with an afro was all the probable cause a cop needed to stop and
frisk anyone who resembled a radical figure like Huey Newton, Stokely
Carmichael or H. Rap Brown.
Such state-sanctioned mistreatment inflicted harm unlikely ever to be
undone on impressionable young minds trying to figure out their place in
the world, since it made the U.S. suddenly feel more like an oppressive
police state than the proverbial land of the free and home of the brave.
And it is a similar sort of predicament which is sensitively explored in
Mooz-Lum, a coming-of-age flick by Qasim “Q” Basir.
Night Catches Us - Period
Piece about Prodigal Black Panther’s Released on DVD
Anyone familiar with the history of the Black Panther Party knows that
it self-destructed during the Seventies after the FBI strategically
created dissension in its ranks via a combination of infiltration,
disinformation and assassinations. In fact, by the time of the
informant-riddled organization’s collapse, its members were so
mistrustful of each other that its leaders were reduced to accusing each
other of being government agents.
That feeling of paranoia permeates the air in Night Catches Us, a period
piece about the Panthers set in Philadelphia in ‘76. The story revolves
around the return to town of one Marcus Washington (Anthony Mackie) to
attend the funeral of his father following four years spent in a
Orgasm, Inc - Scathing Expose’
Uncovers Pharmaceutical Industry Plot to Exploit Female Pleasure
This shocking expose’ was directed by Elizabeth Canner who devoted nine
years to chronicling the drug companies’ effort to get the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) first to recognize FSD as a medical disorder, and
then to approve a class of prescription drugs as female versions of
Viagra. With the help of physicians placed on the pharma business
payroll, some of whom were reportedly paid as much as $75,000 per day
(that’s right, per day), the FDA soon certified the newly-discovered
illness as an affliction marked by a woman’s “lack of desire, lack of
pleasure and/or painful intercourse.”
That governmental go-ahead triggered a race among biotechs which
immediately plunged headlong into a competition to be the first to bring
a billion-dollar cure for the supposed malady to market. However, as
this damning documentary alleges, it appears that what we have "is a
case of corporate-sponsored creation of disease."
Russell Simmons - Hip-Hop Mogul Expounds on the Transition from
Materialism to Meditation
Russell Wendell Simmons was born in Queens, New York on October 4, 1957,
the middle of three sons to bless the marriage of Daniel and Evelyn
Simmons, a public school administrator and NYC parks administrator,
respectively. Russell and Rick Rubin co-founded Def Jam Records, the
legendary hip-hop label, in 1984.
A devoted yogi, Russell also leads the non-profit division of his
empire, Rush Community Affairs, and its ongoing commitment to empowering
at-risk youth through education, the arts, and social engagement.
Furthermore, he serves as UN Goodwill Ambassador for The Permanent
Memorial to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave
Trade. Here, he talks about his new book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having
It All, a how-to tome which champions meditation over materialism as the
path to true wealth.
Kerry Washington on Everything from Film, Family & President Obama
Winner of the 2005 NAACP Image Award as the “Outstanding Actress in a
Motion Picture” for Ray, Kerry Washington is a versatile, talented and
fearless actress who has built an impressive list of credits over the
course of her relatively brief career. She has also garnered critical
acclaim for recent roles in Mother and Child, The Last King of Scotland,
The Dead Girl and Lakeview Terrace.
Kerry is an active member on the Board of Directors for The Creative
Coalition, a group dedicated to raising awareness of First Amendment
Rights and to the support of the arts in education. Plus, she’s a member
of the V-Counsel, a group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to
end violence against women and girls (www.vday.org). As for endorsement
deals, Kerry is a spokesperson for both L’Oreal Paris and Movado.
Malveaux - The “Surviving and Thriving” Interview
Dr. Julianne Malveaux is the 15th President of Bennett College for
Women. Malveaux’s insights on issues such as race, culture, gender, and
their economic impacts are helping to shape and thus immeasurably impact
the mindset of 21st Century America. Always in demand in this capacity
as a sage television commentator, Dr. Malveaux appears regularly on CNN,
BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and other networks.
Currently, Malveaux serves on the boards of the Economic Policy
Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the
Liberian Education Trust. Here, she talks about her career and about her
new book “Surviving
and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History
Dr. Cornel West - Dr.
West’s Prognosis for the Country’s Prospects
Dr. Cornel West is a prominent and provocative public intellectual
dedicated to democracy. Currently the Class of 1943 University Professor
at Princeton University, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in
three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.
Here, he discusses his participation in "America’s Next Chapter," a
forum hosted by Tavis Smiley where a panel of luminaries will wrestle
with the question, “How do we make America as good as its promise?” The
event took place on Thursday, January 13th at George Washington
University’s Lisner Auditorium. You'll also be able to watch the entire
Anthony "Van" Jones - Former
Obama Green Czar Opines on the State of the "Carbon Nation"
A clean energy pioneer and author of the eco-employment best-seller "The
Green-Collar Economy," he was invited by the Obama Administration to
serve as Green Czar. But Van decided to resign from the post in the wake
of a relentless, right-wing smear campaign which accused him of
everything from being a Communist to signing a petition suggesting that
the Bush Administration had knowingly permitted the terrorist attacks on
9/11 to transpire.
Here, he talks about all of the above, and about his appearance in
Carbon Nation, a cautionary documentary about the consequences of
climate change. The film opens in theaters in New York City on February
11, and will open elsewhere around the country later in the month and in
March before becoming available on DVD in April.
Remembered and Reclaimed:
BlackPast.org, founded on February 1, 2007, is broadly conceived to
provide reference information on people of African ancestry in the
United States and around the world. BlackPast.org is supported by a
volunteer staff of twelve and over 500 volunteer contributors. The
website has nearly 10,000 pages and is free and ungated. New features
are added regularly.
BlackPast.org includes: An online encyclopedia featuring over 4,000
entries which describe people, places and events in African American and
global African history; The complete text of over 200 speeches by
African Americans and other people of African ancestry from 1789 to
2009. Over 100 full text Primary Documents—court decisions, laws,
organizational statements, treaties, government reports and executive
orders. Seven major timelines that show the history of people of African
ancestry from 5 million B.C.E. to today, and much, much more.
of Life - A Sharing and Discussion of Black Music
Kalamu ya Salaam and his son, Mtume ya Salaam have created one of my
favorite sites. I anxiously await ech weekly installment. If you enjoy
music check out Breath of like you will not be disappointed. The follow
is the "About Us" text from the Breath of Life website:
All humans make music. Black music (meaning music produced or heavily
influenced by people of African descent) is one of the main forces in
popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Even though Black music is ultimately a reflection and expression of the
experiences of people of African descent, Black music is not an
exclusively racial product. People from diverse backgrounds all over the
world produce rap, jazz, blues, gospel, funk and many other forms of
Black music. Additionally, from classical music to what is humorously
called “hick hop” (rap influenced country music), Black music has
directly affected all major forms of music in the world today.
This website is a celebration of Black music. We update every Sunday and
offer three selections each week: a classic (music that is a major
example of a specific genre or style), a contemporary (music produced
within the last decade or so), and a cover (previously recorded music
that is given a new or different interpretation).
2011 Ladies of the Dove Literary Festival
The 2011 Ladies of the Dove Literary Festival is being held in
Hinesville, Georgia on Saturday, March 12th from 10am-5pm. Featured
authors include New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Monroe, Tina
McElroy Ansa, Kendra Norman-Bellamy and more. Author and Vendor tables
are now being reserved on a first come first serve basis.
For more information visit
First Annual "Baltimore Urban Book Fest" - Sunday April 10, 2011 From
3pm-7pm at The Fredrick Douglass-Issac Myers Maritime Park Museum
Author Chris Hicks: AAMBC and The Frederick Douglass Museum Presents The
First Annual "Baltimore Urban Book Fest"
Sunday April 10, 2011 From 3pm-7pm at The Fredrick Douglass-Issac Myers
Maritime Park Museum 1417 Thames St Baltimore MD 21231. $10
general admission, Kids 12 & under free, $5 admission with college id,
$5 admission for all registered book clubs, Tickets may be purchased on
the day of the event
There will be a live jazz band, fully catered buffet, light bar, special
activities for kids will be available, special panel discussion.
Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ben Carlson Reading
Rooms program to provide funding and support to local schools so that
they can create a nurturing environment for a child to feel safe and
secure as they develop their reading skills. We will also contribute to
The Fredrick Douglass Museum Living Classroom Foundation in support of
their hands-on, experience-based approach to education that emphasizes
learning by doing and teaches important academics, job skills and life
skills through real-world experiences.
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NPR, February 24, 2011 - Your 2011 Books-Into-Films Lineup, From
'Eyre' To 'Water' To 'Desert'
The Book: Somalian model-turned-writer Waris Dirie published Desert
Flower in 1998, telling the world her story of escaping from her rural
village after having been circumcised at 5 and sold into marriage at 13.
She is now an international advocate against female genital mutilation,
and also happens to be a stunner.
The Film: Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede takes on the Waris role — she
is discovered in a London fast food restaurant by a fashion
photographer, and soon it is all catwalks and, later, activism. This is
a feel-good film, to be sure, but hinges on the precarious assumption
that models can act.
View Trailer Here
Cick to Buy the Book Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a
Tribune, February 18, 2011 - New book on the Black P. Stone Nation By
More than a decade before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Jeff
Fort, longtime Chicagoan and former leader of the Blackstone Rangers,
which morphed into El Rukn, one of the city's most lethal street gangs,
and some of his fellow gang members were the first Americans to be
convicted of domestic terrorism, according to "The
Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an
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