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  1. Sounds good. I'll make sure to keep it as unbiased as possible. Thank you!
  2. Hi all, I'm writing a mini history booklet (with illustrations) on the history of Detroit with regards to its Black population. My question is, what permissions do I need when discussing historical figures, many of whom are still alive? I just read, Lies My Teacher Told Me and there's no way the author consulted with the heirs of Lincoln and Ho Chi Minh. Is it free game? It's nothing scandalous or inflammatory. Just history.
  3. I've been on a binge, reading the journals from the Spanish conquistadors when they first encountered Natives and all of them speak on how they were either dark, or brown. The Yemassee from Florida were said to be my color (I'm dark brown). When I went to Oaxaca in Mexico, all the natives were my color (and very short. Like incredibly short but that's outside the point). George Catlin did many paintings of Native Americans in the early 1800s. Although many had European contact for quite some time by then, some of his paintings still show some of them as being very brown and or dark.
  4. Won't save you at all. He should've stayed home for his "pop pop" and "Big Mama".
  5. Nice. I'm an hour and a half north of LA. Next time I'm down there, I'm going to stop in.
  6. Just finished this book. I expected it to bash those in the Civil Rights Movement who identified with "non violence". I myself am not a "non violent" and this book changed my perception of the "two" strategies. I originally thought "non violence" was weak. But now see it can be an effective tool that must be accompanied with people willing to defend. The author (Charles Cobb) did an amazing job of showing how the two worked hand in hand. Often, when direct physicality wasn't an option, we resorted to other, more creative ways to fight against the system. Work stoppages, slow downs and most not
  7. @TroyOn the point about selling more books in June of this year versus all of last year, let me ask you this. I see this as problematic because to me (not just in the publishing industry), this new wave of "black support" came in the wake of all the protests and unrest around the country. Don't get me wrong, the support is a beautiful thing but I don't think it's coming from a place that will allow it to be sustained. Soon, I fear it will die down again and will return to us not supporting the businesses, especially when it comes to books. What do you think about that?
  8. I'm on the same page as you all. Couldn't get pass a minute or two haha. Besides, she doesn't speak for us.
  9. I saw a video of this "officer" walking around a grocery store just living his life.
  10. Contact Name: D’Andre Walker Media Liaison fwoodwardpublishing@gmail.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Detective novel puts a turbulent post-rebellion Detroit at the forefront ‘The Man Across Eight Mile’ will publish on January 26, 2021 Farmington Hills, Michigan – Florence Woodward Publishing will release a new novel by Detroit born author, D’Andre Walker. ‘The Man Across Eight Mile’ is the story of Dominiq
  11. Yeah that's a no from me. I only watched the first. This is the type of comedy that makes other races laugh. They are very comfortable with this image of how black people talk. That's why videos like this can and will always have hundreds of thousands or millions of views. If you ever want any viral fame or be popularity, just act out a black stereotype that makes people comfortable. Maybe I'm getting old, but I didn't find it funny at all. We don't even talk like that among each other. There's a youtube channel (I won't name it so I won't promote it) that
  12. @Troy https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-coronavirus-cases-surge-spring-breakers-express-regret-n1168686 Your boy is pulling back on his statements haha
  13. @Troy It's basically from his perspective. I wrote it with a YA audience in mind so I had that figured out. One of my beta readers brought up the profanity and violence and said it might be too much for YA, that's where the concern is coming from. My editor said that YA audiences are pretty mature but I just wanted a little more insight from others. Appreciate the response!
  14. What's up Forum? I have a question. My second novel is a thriller that follows a naive sixteen year old who finds himself in trouble with some rough folks in Detroit in 1990. While it is centered on teens, there are many adult characters and the content is laced with profanity (this is how we spoke growing up) and instances of violence (it is a thriller). There are also characters that have had bouts with drug addiction (there is no drug use in the book). Teens can learn so much from this book, as can adults, giving them the insight on the behavior of the
  15. I long to join the "chitlin circuit". I'm like you, I don't like the term but it is what it is. My book(s) deal with topics that probably won't go over well with PWI institutes due to the subject matter but I know for a fact that the African American audience is resonating with them. I'd rather stick with the circuit, that's my audience. "Mainstream" success would be cool, but I feel like there would be pressure to change what and how I write and that would alienate my original audience. I found events through this website and I had my first event planned t
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