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  1. Oh wow. What a fabulous review. I'm so glad you liked it. I am now writing my next book, "She Wiped It On the Wall." Which is a totally different story about black women and religion. It's less controversial but just as powerful, I think you will love it. Don't forget to leave a review on Good Reads or Amazon.Com for me sister. tima usrah (through fire comes the family) KOLA BOOF
  2. I guess you don't read the Black women's blogs, Troy. There was a call for a boycott before the film even opened but everyone tried to ignore those blogs. The 2nd week box office fell by 53% Gee--what you think caused it to crash that severely?? According to "Ticket Box-office Tracker".....Older black women have been supporting the film strongly. But overall, Black women's audience is very low. How many Black Women really want to pay $16 to watch themselves erased from history & watch a Black man romance a white woman? All 2,000 of the Tuskegee airmen married Black women BTW. And there were Black Female Pilots & soldiers in Italy with those men. Not to mention 900 Black American nurses were imported to Italy to take care of the pilots. CNN recently reported on several "love stories" that were quite epic between Black Male & Female Pilots during that era. None of that was shown in the movie. NONE of the actors you mentioned are interested in Black women--they all married White. So yes, many DUMB black women are fawning over men who would never notice them. But the "thinking" black women are not supporting this movie and the box office shows that. I do notice a STRONG WHITE AUDIENCE attended the opening week, though.
  3. REMINDER: I don't do "friend suggestions." If you suggest someone to be my friend, I will delete the request. Kola Boof

  4. I, of course, am part of the Black women boycotting the film. But I don't have anything against anyone else going to see the film. It's simply not in my best interest to support it & nobody I really want to see is in it.
  5. I was surprised and happy to have TWO BOOKS make the top 20. #2--Diary of a Lost Girl #15--Kola Boof Unplugged I wish that "The Sexy Part of the Bible" (my current book) had done well in e-books. It has sold pretty strong in paperback. Kola
  6. I consider myself a very strong woman who protects & asserts herself. But even I....have had horrible trouble trying to insist that a man wears a condom when penetrating **MY BODY**. It's very sad. We really are weak to men. Some of us have horrible insecurity and fear rejection if we don't give in to the male's desire for flesh on flesh. Others are unfairly asked to "prove you love me" by not demanding a condom. Then there's the ones of us who really want that "feel" of real dick inside us. No plastic popsickle wrappers and stuff. Humans need touch; connection; ownership of each other. Sex is one of the few "condoned" activities where people get to show their real true souls...good and bad. So this is a very hard topic, because sex is so fleeting yet so important for our emotional and psychological health. I have been lucky and not contracted any diseases in my 41 years. But God knows, it's not because I was necessarily safe. Since the AIDS virus & Herpes hit the scene...I would say that I have been "flesh to flesh" with 25% of my encounters. And doing the "oral"--I just can't do it with a rubber on the guy. Takes everything away from the act. So I had to get "picky" about who got a Soul Kiss and who didn't. Sex is awful for our generation. We really are haunted and terrorized by sex. I envy the 1960's and 1970's "sexual revolution" Orgy time generation. I wish we all could hump so freely.
  7. Cynique.....your placcard said it all. That has been the truth from day one on earth. I don't think it will ever change. One huge problem with people is 'denial' following shock. Troy, So many of our lives are literally destroyed & reshaped by people's failure to watch out for children.
  8. Troy, This will come as a shock to you....haha....but Johnny Temple says I'm one of the EASIEST authors he's ever worked with. He thought I would be a diva and found me to be (his words) "a joy to work with." My people at Akashic (Johnny, Ibrahim & Zach) are like good friends. We haven't had a single argument. They spoil me and I work really hard both writing & promoting. I am exceptionally sweet Troy. I only become difficult when I feel that I'm being attacked or dissed. When it comes to "WORK", I'm really focused and competent and cheerful. You never got to work with me that's all. Kola
  9. You know Troy, I'm going to confide something. And this is really true. To be a "breakout" success in life....you have to take risks & stand for something. That is what separates the Icons from the merely talented/hard working. The Black Editors in New York are not very savvy or visionary---or they would have signed me years ago. On pure writing skill & drive alone (ignoring all public bullshit), they would have done what Johnny did and said "this person, eccentric & controversial or not, is a gifted writer and has a point of view." Instead, they actually held it against me that I was "African" (she's not one of us, even if we did raise her & give her that mouth)....they operated on PETTY he said/she said to the point where I became haughty and belligerent, mainly because I was so often being lied on and attacked by their inner circles. None of them, in my opinion, have the courage or integrity to truly be great. They want to be safe; they want to protect their jobs and only publish what is familiar or already successful. Johnny Temple is nothing like them, Troy. He's cunning, open and deep. There is NO REASON on earth that I should have spent 10 years without a black editor in NYC at least having lunch with me to discuss **WRITING**. (a) I had a following in both Europe and America...(B') I was getting A-list Media bookings that their authors on major houses couldn't get © It was known that people "cried" reading my books & were passionate about my books. All the signs, Troy. But Stephen Elliott (a White Man) did approach me to write a short story for "Politically Inspired" and that led to editors at The New Yorker & Paris Review requesting that I write stories for them. Neither of those magazines chose to publish the stories I wrote ("Sexy Part" was one). But they did begin predicting in their circles that I would be a major author. The award I won in Sweden for "I Am My Own Daughter" continued demonstrating that I had genuine talent and originality. Being published in "Harper's Magazine" continued my popularity with a White literary clique. With all that.....not a single BLACK editor in NY would read my work. Right now....my books are banned from Eso Won Bookstore in Los Angeles. A black male owned bookstore. National Book Award nominee Wanda Coleman is also banned from the store (she criticized Maya Angelou in a bad review she wrote of Maya's work). The pettiness among Black business & arts people is stupifying Troy. They want to work with "friends" and banish anyone who is "weird" & not status quo from existence. That's not smart business. Your "upstarts" (provided they have talent to back up their quirkiness) are usually the big fish in any form of entertainment, media.
  10. I agree, Troy. I personally prefer to have the Black books in one place where I can shop faster without looking all over the entire store. I'm also nervous about sales. One thing is happening, though....on GOOD READS it's mostly White People reviewing my book. And I get so many emails from Whites now who loved the book and find the subject (Colorism, Skin bleaching) really new & fascinating. So that's a plus. But I'm still nervous about sales. Kola
  11. Troy, You're right. Publishing (for blacks) is just dead in the water right now. I am LUCKY (extremely lucky) that I got in the door at Akashic at the right moment---because now----EVERYONE is dying to be there & jockeying for a place to land (*major houses are dropping black authors like flies). Joyce Carol Oates has just come to tiny indie label Akashic. Big hitters Nelson George, Edwidge Danticat & Randall Robinson are now on Akashic. Bernice McFadden's books sell twice as much as mine but still had to leave her giant major house. The recession is truly affecting sales of black books. My book has gotten huge press & A-1 attention from Johnny Temple....but it still is not a strong seller (IMO). Now Johnny & Ibrahim insisted to me that "it's a blockbuster Kola!"....but to me, if you don't sell 20,000 copies of 1 title, you still haven't broken through. And I have not broken through. I have 20 more cities on my tour ending in Alaska--that's how determined I am to secure my position at Akashic & Johnny luckily puts a lot into me PR wise. I think I would commit suicide if Akashic dropped me. They're irreplaceable. I did have a "Critical Hit" because of Madison Smart Bell & Boston Globe calling it a masterpiece. And of course my book was the last book blurbed by Derrick Bell (who had spent years trying to agent the book). So in that regard, it's a hit. But NOT sales. Barnes & Noble has a new "experiment" where they're putting Black novels in General Fiction and I am one of the first books stocked this way. That might be hurting my sales as well. Blacks go to B&N and then report back that they can't find me. It's really and truly TOUGH in the business right now. If Johnny Temple hadn't stepped in & taken over my career, I would be nowhere. It's hell out here for writers, especially "gifted" ones. People no longer have attention spans. Amazingly with the break out of Adam Mansbach, Akashic has become the hottest label in publishing right now. It was total LUCK (my talent was looked at)... that I got signed. Johnny was the one who received & read my manuscript himself. I sent it myself, not an agent, not Derrick. Johnny just fell in love with the book, had my background checked out & then took me to lunch & signed me.
  12. Thanks to Bernice McFadden coining the term "seg-book-gation" last year .....and challenging the industry to stop their practice of placing books by Black Authors in one segregated area.....I have become one of the first authors that Barnes & Noble stocks in "GENERAL FICTION." In a way, I'm very nervous about it. I think not being in the Black Section might hurt book sales. But on the other hand I'm delighted that "The Sexy Part of the Bible" was chosen for Barnes & Noble's new experiment, based on strong reviews of the novel. Publishing is changing immensely right now and black authors are truly suffering and losing leverage for the most part. The UK Guardian did an article on black fiction's ghettoization and gives props to Bernice for her heroic efforts. *Here's a link to that story: http://www.guardian....iction-american
  13. Well, now that I'm on the same label as Adam Mansbach, I've been able to meet him in person & chat with him. He really is White. So I digress on that argument (I had insisted he was a black writer). He's also REALLY cute and kind. But he is NOT...as so many claimed....my King "ABM" (the popular board member on AALBC that I performed a kind of Duo dance for so many years). The web allows people to be anonymous and many of the most famous writers, editors & agents post here at AALBC.COM. There was the rumor that ABM was really Adam Mansbach pretending to be a Black guy and sitting in on our issues year after year---mostly talking with Kola Boof. I asked Adam directly (in person where I could see his eyes) and he said that he is NOT ABM nor ever been to this board. I believe him. In a way, though it makes me sad...because when I went to Chicago during tour, I also didn't come across any men who could be ABM. I miss ABM and hope that he's alright. I genuinely loved him as my "Web Buddy" a lot. *Make sure to check out Adam Mansbach's latest book "Go the Fuck to Sleep" which has now sold over a million copies!!! It's a marvelous fanciful peace.
  14. 8 of the first Black American slaves were the direct children of Queen TinkaTekur II of Gambia.

  15. Hi Cynique, Just saw this. Derrick was for Obama until the end. Derrick never mentioned Cornel West to me, ever. Overall, I never got the feeling that Derrick believe in (or cared about) the Political Establishment. He & I seemed to be alike on that. I could be wrong. But he always mentioned the political realm as though it was an "outside menace"---even when discussing our side, the Democrats. Kola
  16. Pioneering Harvard Law Professor Derrick Bell dies at 80: http://www.nytimes.c...p&smid=fb-share On a personal note: Derrick did so much for me....I can't even begin to express what a great person he was. For years, no one would touch my current novel "Sexy Part of the Bible" (which Derrick LOVED!) and he took the book and agented it himself. He took it to Karen Rinaldi at Bloomsbury and some other people. Despite his insistence that "This girl is the next Alice Walker--I stake my life on it"---no one bought it. But he was so determined to see the book published and he was so angry at the way the U.S. media & the Black literati treated me. He hated injustice of any type. When the book was finally published by Johnny Temple, Derrick gave us TWO blurbs and gave 50 copies to his students "To help you get your sales going Kola." One thing I also loved about Derrick...was how he talked his wife, JANET. Even in his 70's & 80's he had such a vibrant; "fresh" love for his wife. He spoke about her like she was a genius. I loved that! Derrick also did a whole class on me at NYU when I was fired from "Days of Our Lives"--the class was about how I could sue the network & sponsors & others (it was the Bin Laden scandal). But just that level of caring and fairness in his character was riveting. He was truly my Play Grandfather as I called him. The photo I posted here shows Derrick out to dinner with me and a friend last year. He was such a DEAR, WONDERFULLY brilliant...perfect man! Just the best. I too remember him walking (as Joan Morgan said). walking from the restaurant to his cab. Walking & ALWAYS talking. He was everything. This is a great loss for the "good" in the world. I will truly miss him.
  17. Cynique, I just put your book on my FACEBOOK page and on my TWITTER. I plan to read it very soon. Go girl & keep writing! Kola
  18. UPDATE: Kola Boof is home and doing great! She should be back shortly. Rahel Thorsten! :) ______________________

  19. Attention This is Rahel Thorsten of Atlantic Library, an assistant for Kola Boof. Please do not attempt to vandalize her page while she is away receiving care. I will be monitoring and controlling her page for the next few days and will report to Facebook anyone who tries to post porn or hate images to Ms. Boof's board. This goes for Inbox hate messages as well. Thanks. Rahel Thorsten

  20. Oh yeah....I was asked to write for that Cynique but I didn't have time. "Chapter a Month" is a really big deal--those are major authors in that program. Congratulations. I've become friends with Bernice McFadden (we're also on the same label). I believe she has a continuing story on "A Chapter A Month." Well...I can't wait to read your story and will be posting the link NEXT WEEK because I go into the hospital the 29th for some routine brain tests (nothing serious). Congrats. You've always been a brilliant mind on this board, that's for sure.
  21. Cynique, I'm going to buy a copy of "The Only One" and I'll also be sure and post the link on Twitter & Facebook.
  22. There is no way that a Female can survive in America without being some form of Feminist. The brave call themselves Feminist straight out.

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