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SECRETS World Premieres, September 16 at 8:00 p.m. on BET

One Man’s Lustful Affair, A Brother’s Jealousy and A Wife’s Suspicions Collide and Unravel a Once Perfect Home in Debut Feature Film

Denyce Lawton, Denise Boutee, Harold “House” Moore, Dennis “LA” White, Tobias Truvillion, Kiya Robert star

Secrets – MegaMind Media’s first feature film world premieres Saturday, September 16, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

Secrets follows the story of Tarron, a successful businessman and father of two man who has a sexual appetite larger than what’s on his plate at home. After a compromising, sexual affair complete chaos erupts, tragedy occurs, lies are unearthed and Taron is left picking up the pieces of his disrupted life and broken relationship. Secrets the movie is adapted from the bestselling novel, Secrets of a Housewife by J. Tremble published by Life Changing Books in 2006.

Directed and co-written by Juwan Lee (November Rule), co-written by Jamal Hill (Brotherly Love) and Executive Produced by Co-Founder of MegaMind Media Tressa Azarel Smallwood Secrets was Featured Narrative Film at the 20th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF). The film is produced in association with Free Mind TV & Films.

Secrets all-star cast includes:

  • Denyce Lawton (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne) plays Taron’s wife, Secret.
  • Denise Boutte (Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?) is Victoria, an extremely intelligent and overly flirtatious co-worker.
  • Harold “House” Moore (VH1’s Single Ladies) as Taron, a married father of two and a highly successful architect.
  • Dennis “LA” White (Notorious) portrays the envious and older brother struggling to find his way in life.
  • Tobias Truvillion (Empire) as the brother-in-law serving as a voice of reason.
  • Kiya Robert (Major Deal) plays the role of Secrets cynical best friend
  • Lyric Hurd, Taron and Secret’s daughter.

ABOUT MEGAMIND MEDIA
Megamind Media (@thesecretsmovie) is an American film and production company specializing in book-to-film adaptations and original television series and programming. The company was co-founded by award winning Publisher of Life Changing Books Tressa Azarel Smallwood and business executive Donte Lee.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS BET
Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER (formerly CENTRIC), a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET Networks around the globe.

Contact: Dream Relations PR & Literary Consulting
Dawn Michelle Hardy| Dawn@DreamRelationsPR.com | 917-538-1829

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Highlighting Books Needed for Survival

STAY WITH ME by Adebayo Our August 23rd Newsletter is Sponsored by KnopfOur August 23rd Newsletter is Sponsored by Knopf


Expanding Awards Section

Our lists of award winning books have greatly increased in the last couple of weeks. We’ve added;

Book AwardsAs we expand our list of award winning books; the information is immediately factored into our formula for creating our list of The Most Critically Acclaimed Books. The most critically acclaimed books cover almost 50 years and is exclusive to AALBC.com!

There are currently 473 books on our list. You are sure to find a book you’ll enjoy and discover a classic title you may have missed. The critically acclaimed books on our list have earned multiple honors; they have won awards; made our bestseller’s list; or were selected for inclusion on prominent book club’s reading lists. Winning one award is not enough to make this list and being a New York Times or USA Today bestselling book is not a factor.


Recently Reviewed Books

Life AFTER the Down Low by Ingrid M. EllisLife AFTER the Down Low by Ingrid M. Ellis

Life After the Down Low is Ingrid M. Ellis’ honest and harrowing account of her life after finding out that her husband, Bobby, the man she thought she’d spend the rest of her life with, is accused of molesting multiple young boys he mentored as a youth pastor. After Bobby admits to having oral sex with a man, and then presents her with a list of other men he has had sex with, Ellis’ world falls apart. She must come to grips with his admission and maintain structure for their young son Cole, while also wondering if she’s contracted AIDS from Bobby. Read our full review.


Recommended Reads

Wonderful Ethiopians Of The Ancient Cushite Empire by Drusilla Dunjee Houston

Wonderful Ethiopians Of The Ancient Cushite Empire by Drusilla Dunjee Houston

Houston’s brilliant book was originally published in 1926, but is more relevant today than ever before!

“Uninformed men make unsafe leaders. that is the primal cause for so many errors of judgment in state and national councils. We look upon them not as statesmen but as promoters of petty politics, for out of their deliberations spring no alleviation of the woes of the world. It is from this lack of understanding in leadership that the world suffers most today. We could discriminate between the true and false in our civilization, if we knew more about primitive culture. The way by which the first man climbed must ever be the human way. Racial prejudices are the greatest menace to world progress. Classes clash because the wealth of the world concentrates more and more in the hands of a few.” Read the full excerpt.


The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison

The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison

America’s foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid?

Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others. In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines. Readers of Morrison’s fiction will welcome her discussions of some of her most celebrated books—Beloved, Paradise, and A Mercy.


Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions

Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions

Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions contains the entire original manuscript, and includes new commentary from surviving members of the 21: Sekou Odinga, Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Jamal Joseph, and Shaba Om. Still-imprisoned Sundiata Acoli, Imam Jamil Al-Amin, and Mumia Abu-Jamal contribute new essays. Never or rarely seen poetry and prose from Afeni Shakur, Kuwasi Balagoon, Ali Bey Hassan, and Michael “Cetewayo” Tabor is included. Early Panther leader and jazz master Bilal Sunni-Ali adds a historical essay and lyrics from his composition “Look for Me in the Whirlwind,” and coeditors kioni-sadiki, Meyer, and Panther rank-and-file member Cyril “Bullwhip” Innis Jr. help bring the story up to date.


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AALBC.com Mourns the Loss of Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory

The Most Defining Moments in Black History According to Dick GregoryDick Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017), was the rare celebrity who was a true activist. Men of his breed are rare and he will be sorely missed.

Gregory’s last book The Most Defining Moments in Black History According to Dick Gregory will be released by Amistad Books on September 5th.

In his final book, Gregory, as always, shows us how we are manipulated with lies that are not obvious unless we look. Gregory uses humor and brutal honesty to make sure our eyes are open. These days, our eyes will need to be wide open if we are going to survive as a people and a nation.


Dear Reader,

Troy Johnson LIterary Activist of the YearBeginning this fall, I’m going to remove information from this newsletter which is intended for those interested in using AALBC.com to market their books.

The goal is to provide both marketers and readers information they are most interested in receiving by separating the two audiences. Of course, many subscribers will fall into both categories. Please click here if you are interested in joining the list for authors and publishers.

As always, Troy, this website is only be as strong as its supporters. If you truly value and believe in uplifting Black literature; please support AALBC.com by;

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2 Ways Google is Killing Online Booksellers & How You Can Help

(1) Google Uses its Dominance in Search to Hijack Traffic from Websites

Google does this by placing content, it has collected from other websites, ahead of their search engine results, to sell its own products and services.  Google engages in this practice in a wide variety of areas from restaurant ratings to travel directions.

However, Google has had a particularly devastating impact on online booksellers—Google has literally embedded its own online bookstore prominently in their search engine results.  Rather than directing visitors to other websites, which should be the purpose of a search engine, Google is abusing their virtual monopoly in search by standing in bookseller’s virtual doorways and grabbing visitors before they can enter.

I’ve been tracking, and participating in, online book sales for 20 years.  My niche is Black literature and the impact on this group of sites has been particularly devastating.

Despite websites being less expensive and easier to create than ever before, there are far fewer websites dedicated to black literature today than there were 10 years ago. Those that remain are struggling to grow because they are unable to attract enough visitors to generate the revenue needed to maintain their websites.

The video below demonstrates how Google does this:

 

(2) Google’s Virtual Monopoly in Search Allows Them to Control Which Sites are Visited

I would argue that Google’s search engine is one of the the most significant developments on the web.  In fact, I use Google’s search engine on this site, because it is an excellent service (Google is discontinuing this service in 2018).

Unfortunately, Google does make mistakes, and these mistakes and be very costly if not catastrophic for the affected business.  Consider the following graph from Semrush’s website, which shows their estimate of this site’s traffic.

Graph of AALBC.com Traffic hit

While Semrush’s data is not prefect, they estimate a site’s traffic based upon how frequently it shows up in Google’s search results (big data stuff), they did correctly identify a significant drop in traffic to AALBC.com, back in 2011.  The drop in traffic was a direct result in a reduction of traffic from organic search from Google.

Now Google never provided, or even made themselves available for, an explanation of this dramatic, overnight, drop in traffic from search.  Many, less sophisticated, web site owners never knew what hit them. The drop in our traffic was apparently the result of a change in the code Google used to rank websites. Affected businesses were left to speculate on the specific underlying reasons for their site being penalized in search engine results.

This lack of transparency from Google has fostered a industry of people touting services to help you understand and improve (or game) your site’s search engine rankings.

This has also fostered a level of paranoia, which has led to an unwillingness of websites to link to each other for fear they could hurt their own site’s ranking in search. This behavior actually puts more power into Google’s hands, as websites are no longer a good way to discover other sites.  AALBC.com has never stopped linking to other good sites. Part of the value the site our site provides is helping visitors discover other websites they will enjoy.

From my experience, the best way to address Google’s search engine rankings is to follow all of Google’s recommendations and guidelines.  No matter how you feel about it, if you want your site to rank on the only search engine that matters, you must follow Google’s rules.

AALBC.com’s traffic has completely recovered 2011. 2017 is on track to be a record year for page views. Visitor quality is also better; visitors look at more pages and stay on the site longer.

AALBC.com is a higher quality site because of my adherence to Google’s mandates, but I invest a significant portion of my time addressing “Google Issues.”  This time and energy comes at the expense of creating valuable content for the site.

The environment created by Google also discourages the creation of new sites because it is not enough to produce quality content, you must also be well versed in Google search engine optimization.

Google Makes the World Wide Web a Less Rich Place

Because of these practices and more, Google makes the World Wide Web a much less rich place.  We are rapidly reaching a point where only the most massive corporate sites have a chance at survival.

Google has argued that they are trying to create the best possible experience for their visitors. In reality, what they have done is help make the web less accommodating to diversity and creativity, by making it an environment hostile to independence and where only the wealthiest companies have a chance to maintain a profitable platform.

Many who would have operated their own website, just 5 years ago, are now using Facebook as their primary web presence, because they believe their chances for discovery and survival are better on Facebook. As a result, visitors need a Facebook account to engage with this content. Once on Facebook visitors are treated to the same cookie cutter style and presentation. This situation contributes to concentrating of wealth into the hands of a few massive corporations. The rich get richer and wealth inequality continues to rises…

What Can You Do?

Support independent bookseller websites by;

  • Visiting their websites (here are more than 50);
  • Purchasing the products they sell;
  • Sharing their content by utilizing word of mouth, social media, anyway that makes sense;
  • Linking to bookseller websites from your website or blog;
  • Engaging with their content by leaving comments and participating in their discussion forums; and
  • Buying advertising on their platforms if available;

Sure, buying from an indie bookseller, might cost you a bit more on the price and you may need to wait a little longer to receive the product, but will we be better if the only place we can buy a book is from Google and Amazon?

Join our conversation about the importance of independent booksellers (both online and physical stores).

Support Independent websites, including this one, especially if you want them to thrive rather than merely survive.