AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books
September 1st through October 31st 2010
#1 - For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow
is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
#2 - Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan
#3 - Prime Choice: Perry Skky Jr. Series #1 by Stephanie Perry Moore
#4 - Dirty Red: A Novel by Vickie M. Stringer
#5 - Every Thug Needs A Lady by Wahida Clark
#6 - Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou
#7 - Zane's Sex Chronicles by Zane
#1 - Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans
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#2 - The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want
by Karrine Steffans
#3 - We Need to Talk by Robert G. Barnes
#4 - From Superman to Man by J. A. Rogers
#5 - Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill
#6 - The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop By Saul
#7 - The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great
Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Next Big Story by Soledad O’Brien
In The Next Big Story
, Soledad revisits her challenging formative
years in order to illustrate how overcoming childhood adversity
perhaps served to shape not only her personality but her
compassionate approach to her career as a television journalist at
CNN. Whether it was being asked “Are you black?” by a portrait
photographer at the age of 11, being teased “If you’re a [N-word]
why don’t you have big lips?” by an 8th grader in the hallway at
school, or having to hear “Why do I have to sit next to the black
girl?” coming from the sister of a friend, Soledad suffered a host
of indignities on the path to the peak of her profession.
Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve
Success and Find Greatness by Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson
As a journalist privileged to have access to many celebrities, a
question I often like to ask in interviews with African-American
captains of industry is how they managed to flourish in a
predominantly white environment where so many other talented blacks
have simultaneously failed to do so. Now, we finally have a
satisfactory answer to that query thanks to Dr. Randal Pinkett,
winner of Donald Trump’s reality show The Apprentice.
For in conjunction with his longtime business partner, Dr. Jeffrey
Robinson, Randal has written a viable blueprint for blacks trying to
make it in corporate America. The book opens with a discussion of
what the authors call the four dimensions, by which they mean the
critical workplace issues African-Americans are apt to find
themselves grappling with, namely, matters having to do with
identity, meritocracy, society and opportunity.
It Just Me? Or Is It Nuts Out There? by Whoopi Goldberg
All over the country nowadays, we’re witnessing a frightening
decline in civility, whether it’s teens being bullied to the point
of suicide, tourists being subjected to searches at airports that
look more like foreplay than pat downs, or simply people talking
loudly on cell phones in places where it’s rude or illegal to do so.
In the political realm, we’ve heard mudslinging candidates refer to
opponents as a “witch,” “whore” or “degenerate idiot,” a Republican
can interrupt the President’s State of the Union speech to call him
a liar, and even a fellow Democrat tell Obama to “shove it.”
Weighing-in on this disturbing trend is comedienne Whoopi Goldberg,
herself no stranger to such controversy. You may remember how she
and fellow co-host Joy Behar recently became so exasperated by what
they considered to be anti-Muslim remarks by guest Bill O’Reilly
that they stormed off the set of their own show, The View.
Shawn Corey Carter, aka Jay-Z, wasn’t always a cultural icon married
to Beyonce’ who had parlayed his success as a rap artist into a
multi-millionaire empire with a host of diverse holdings ranging
from a record label to a music publishing company to a clothing line
to a nightclub chain to an NBA team. No, he spent his formative
years in the Marcy Housing Projects in Bed-Stuy, before moving to
Trenton where he dropped out of school to sell crack on the streets
while pursuing a hip-hop career.
Relatively-sophisticated musings making sense of rants about a “Hard
Knock Life” coming from an insightful 40 year-old ostensibly no
longer full of the angst which had helped skyrocket him to the
heights of super-stardom.
Enter AALBC.com's Best Book Trailer (Video) of 2010 Contest
Videos may be submitted until December 15, 2010. Five to ten finalists
will be determined by popular vote, which take place from December
16, 2010 until January 14, 2011, a panel of judges will select the 3
winning video videos from the finalists. The winning videos will be
announced on January 17th 2011.
Grand Prize: The winning videos will be embedded on AALBC.com for up to 3 months
(January 17 until April 17, 2011) and will benefit from additional
AALBC.com promotion via this eNewsletter, social media and more.
The winning videos all also be presented during the National Black Book Festival in Houston
, Texas (June 10-12, 2011)
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Days of Being Gouged by Cable TV Companies Are Over…Almost
Two services, reported by the Wall Street Journal, look very promising
FilmOn.com and Ivi.TV. Both of these services address my biggest
complaint about cable television — cost.
Both FilmOn.com and Ivi.TV will allow you to watch broadcast TV directly
on your PC or mobile device. I just tried FilmOn.com on my iPhone and it
worked quite nicely. No software was required, just browse to the
Ivi.TV appears to be more feature rich, but charges a paltry $4.99 per
month with a 30 day free trial. Setting up this service was simple and
fast. The screen shot (above) is from my local, New York City, broadcast
of the Dr. Oz Show.
Simmons Hosts Book Party for CNN’s Soledad O’Brien
Over the weekend, hip-hop entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Russell
Simmons opened up his home to host a star-studded party for Soledad
O’Brien in his lavish two-story penthouse located in lower Manhattan.
The occasion marked the release of Soledad’s autobiography, “The Next
Big Story,” which she co-wrote with Rose Marie Arce.
Besides the authors, celebrity guests in attendance included CBS news
anchor Katie Couric, HLN host Jane Velez-Mitchell, actor Jamie Hector
(“The Wire”), CNN reporters Alino Cho and Susan Candiotti, syndicated
columnist Keli Goff, educator Dr. Steve Perry and PR maven Terrie
Williams. Read the rest of the coverage at: http://aalbc.it/soledadparty
Profile Photo Trick
I’m often inspired by the things other people do. While checking out the
Facebook profile of a recent contributor to my discussion board
yesterday I noticed their company logo was directly underneath profile
Initially I thought to myself, I did not know you could add an
additional image underneath your Facebook profile photo. I quickly
discovered that it was simply a single long vertical image which was
being used. The image included a head shot, the person’s name and
services in a nice prominent font, and the company logo.
Great Tip and Advice for Creating a Blog or Website
One of the questions I’m most frequently asked when I speak to groups
about the World Wide Web is, “I don’t have a big budget and I’m not
super tech savvy, how do I create my own website?” Today my answer would
be, “WordPress is a very good way to get started”.
I’m so satisfied and excited, that I wanted to share my experience with
others hoping that they would take advantage of WordPress and establish
a web presence of their own. Read the rest of the article
and Madeline on a Park Bench
Guy is played by Jason Palmer, an accomplished jazz trumpeter recognized
as an up-and-comer by Downbeat Magazine. Triple threat Desiree Garcia
proves formidable in her own right as Madeline, handling her acting,
singing and dancing duties with perfect aplomb.
The movie marks the remarkable writing and directorial debut of recent
Harvard grad Damien Chazelle, a gifted wunderkind to be reckoned with.
For, with an effortlessness that’s nothing short of amazing, he exhibits
an encyclopedic knowledge of cinematic history here, interweaving a
dizzying number of allusions to the work of his idols behind the camera,
legends like John Cassavetes, Jean-Luc Godard and Busby Berkeley.
Need to Talk
Janks Morton is an award-winning documentary filmmaker known for
poignant, tough-love documentaries about African-American males like
What Black Men Think and Men to Boys. Now, as the father of an 11
year-old girl poised on the brink of blossoming into a beautiful, but
possibly vulnerable young woman, he was inspired to make sisters the
subject of his latest offering. So, this go-round, he traveled to the
Southside of Chicago where he interviewed ten female survivors of the
battle-of-the-sexes about their relationships with their dads during
their formative years and also with their boyfriends when they first
Exhibiting an uncanny knack for both eliciting emotional responses and
capturing African-American pulchritude on camera, Janks posed a series
of probing questions in his trademark fashion. The telling, and
frequently tearful responses of each, whether Kenisha Byrd, Stephanie
Brewer, Anika Jackson, Trudy Martin, Carla O’Neil, Conchita Jamison,
Jaime Gill, Soneika O’Neil, Rhonda Benson or Donna Watkins, generally
revealed a wounded soul profoundly affected by a dysfunctional, early
family life, often the product of an absentee father.
Eventually, all of the assorted melodramas serendipitously merge and
resolve themselves satisfactorily right on cue for a typically-preachy,
Perry denouement during which our heroines take turns expressing their
resolve to rise above their overwhelming personal challenges. A fresh
interpretation of For Colored Girls which puts to rest the question of
whether that black feminist classic was too dated to be adapted to the
AALBC.com has also interviewed several of the actors staring in
For Colored Girls
including; Kerry Washington
Also check out some of the conversations from our discussion boards.
Not everyone agreed with our reviewers assessment of For Colored Girls:
Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and moved to the United
States when she was twelve. She is the author of two novels, two
collections of stories, two books for young adults, and two nonfiction
books, one of which, "Brother, I'm Dying", was a finalist for the
National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
for autobiography. In 2009, she received a MacArthur Fellowship.
Danticat's latest work, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work
(Princeton University Press, September 19, 2010)
RZA - founder, producer, and
mastermind behind the Wu-Tang Clan
RZA is a Grammy Award-winning music producer, with a distinguished body
of work scoring movies for filmmakers such as Ridley Scott, Jim Jarmusch
and Quentin Tarantino. His acting credits include Due Date, Repo Men,
Ghost Dog, The Killers, Funny People, American Gangster, Life is Hot in
Crack Town and Derailed.
Here, he talks about his latest outing playing Mouss in The Next Three
Days, an action-thriller directed by Academy Award-winner Paul Haggis
and co-starring a couple of other Oscar-winners in Russell Crowe and
Anthology of Rap
Both a fan’s guide and a resource for the uninitiated,
The Anthology of
showcases the inventiveness and vitality of rap’s lyrical art. The
volume also features an overview of rap poetics and the forces that
shaped each period in rap’s historical development, as well as a
foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and afterwords by Chuck D and
Common. Enter the Anthology to experience the full range of rap’s
artistry and discover a rich poetic tradition hiding in plain sight.
This pioneering anthology brings together more than three hundred lyrics
written over thirty years, from the “old school” to the “golden age” to
the present day. Rather than aim for encyclopedic coverage, Bradley and
DuBois render through examples the richness and diversity of rap’s
poetic tradition. They feature both classic lyrics that helped define
the genre, including Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five’s “The
Message” and Eric B. & Rakim’s “Microphone Fiend,” as well as
lesser-known gems like Blackalicious’s “Alphabet Aerobics” and Jean
Grae’s “Hater’s Anthem.”
from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through by
New York Times best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant recounts the last
decade of her life and the spiritual lessons learned -- from the price
of success during her meteoric rise as a TV celebrity on Oprah, the
Iyanla TV show (produced by Barbara Walters), to the dissolution of her
marriage and her daughter's 15 months of illness and death on Christmas
day. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Iyanla shares why everything
we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and the strength and
wisdom she has gained by supporting others in their journeys to make
sense out of the puzzle pieces of their lives.
Forces by Brenda Jackson [Free Kindle eBook]
An offer he couldn't refuse... One week of mind-blowing sex on a
beautiful Caribbean island. Of all the business proposals financial
tycoon Dominic Saxon has heard, Taylor Steele's is definitely the most
tempting. All Taylor wants in return is for Dominic to father her baby.
No strings, no commitments…just a mutually satisfying arrangement. Make
that very satisfying. For a man with no intention of marrying again, it
Taylor wants a baby, not a relationship. And sexy, intelligent Dominic
seems like a man with perfect genes. Turns out, Dominic has perfect
everything. Their “procreation vacation” is a whirlwind of sensual
ecstasy. But when it's over, will either of them be able to say goodbye?
Cheryl Wills - Doug E’s Chicken & Waffles Restaurant - Harlem, NY -
December. 6, 2010 6-9 P.M.
Hip Hop Pioneer and the Original Human Beat Box Doug E. Fresh is excited
to host his first book signing event at his new Harlem restaurant Doug
E’s Chicken & Waffles (The 132nd St & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.) for NY1 News Anchor and Author,
With more than 25 years in the music industry, Doug E. remains the
darling of the rap world with the wild popularity of the hit song Teach
Me How to Dougie by Cali Swag District which was inspired by Doug E.’s
brilliant recording career. Harlem resident Doug E. Fresh is on a steady
world-wide tour amazing audiences with his musical poetry and
new book Die Free: A Heroic Family History
(Bascom Hill Publishing,
January 3, 2011) is a fascinating thread of American history interlaced
with the life of the author’s father, the first African-American to
integrate Engine 1, the oldest firehouse in New York City.
Allen McCoy - Brandon Public Library - Brandon, MS - December 4, 2010 @
Location: Brandon Public Library, 1475 West Government Street, Brandon,
MS 39042 (Phone: 601-825-2672)
Renee McCoy will be signing copies of her new book "Kiss
." (GITUS/Tinsley Phelps, July 2010).
Kiss of Judas
tells the story of
Justine Dasant who walks the earth in search of something that always
seems to be just out of reach. After she's promised herself that she
would leave her past in the past, history starts to repeat when her
current boyfriend, Isaiah Johnson, shows interest in someone other than
her. Justine makes it known that she'll stop at nothing to get what she
wants...no matter who gets hurt along the way.
Isaiah Johnson, a young, successful CEO, has climbed himself to a life
of wealth. He's worked hard to open his own business and just when
success peaks, Isaiah's new found strength to step out on faith drives a
wedge between him and the woman in his life. Not only does he regret
meeting Justine, it's a challenge for him to escape her calculated
stalking. At what cost will Isaiah say no to the world and yes to God?
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Review: When Everything Has Fallen by Nathalia Zongo
On October 15, 1987 a military coup d'état took place in Burkina Faso,
and the president Thomas Sankara was assassinated. Sankara himself had
gained power in 1983 when he had toppled the Ouédraogo regime in a coup
d'état that was organized by Blaise Compaoré and supported by Libya. In
an ironic twist of events, it was Blaise Compaoré who went on to lead
the subsequent coup d'état in 1987.
Should you love it or hate it?
Plenty of people think they’ve got a book inside them. Is that where
most of them should stay?
That’s the debate that broke out during this year’s
National Novel Writing Month
12-year-old project that encourages participants to set aside November
1-30 to write a 50,000-word novel. “NaNoWriMo,” as it’s
semi-pronounceably called, started with 21 friends in 1999. Last year,
it attracted more than 165,000 would-be novelists, with more than 30,000
completing the goal, organizers said.
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