Victura: the Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea
James W. Graham’s new book -- Victura: the Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea -- offers new insights into the dynamics and magic of the Kennedy family and their intense relationship with sailing and the sea. Many families sail together, but the Kennedys’ relationship with Victura, the 25-foot sloop purchased in 1932 shortly after the family’s move to Hyannis Port, stands apart.
Throughout their brief lives, Joe Jr., Jack and Bobby spent long hours on Victura, competing in countless races every summer. They were joined by their younger brother Teddy when he grew old enough. Joe Jr. and Jack ranked among the best collegiate sailors in New England, driven by their father Joseph P. Kennedy who insisted that winning was essential. Among their sisters, Eunice emerged as a gifted sailor and fierce competitor, the equal of any of her brothers.
Tracking their story beginning in 1932 when Jack was 15 and continuing today in an identical family boat of the same name, readers will learn to admire the Kennedys for what Victura taught them about life, family, leadership, determination, winning, and dealing with tragedies.
Celebrating the sailboat’s deep influence on Jack, Bobby, Ethel, Ted, Eunice and other Kennedys, it offers a new way of experiencing their intimate sibling relationships and growth as an extended family. Kennedys credit young Jack’s sailing with helping him survive the sinking of his PT boat in the Pacific. Life magazine photos of Jack and Jackie on Victura’s bow helped define the winning Kennedy brand in the 1950s. Jack doodled sketches of Victura in Oval Office meetings, and his love of seafaring probably played a role in his decision to put a man on the moon, an enterprise he referred to as “space-faring.”
When the Kennedy siblings married, sailing connected them with their children and nephews and nieces. Sailing was an everyday event, even in dangerous weather and in the darkness of night. The sport influenced how they celebrated and observed happy events, managed grief, and grew close to one another.
Ted loved Victura as much as any of them. In the years following the untimely deaths of his three older brothers, Ted sailed with his children and the children of his lost brothers as crew. He also sailed past the shoals of personal shortcomings and an ebbing career to become known as the “Lion of the Senate,” helping fulfill patriarch Joe Sr.’s desire that his children pursue careers in public service rather than in business.
Rich with colorful and intimate anecdotes, the book features author interviews with family members, including children of Ted, Robert and Ethel Kennedy.
Victura is a story of redemption, strong family bonds, character, sport, tragedy, the power of metaphor and the influence of a little boat on the lives of great men and women.
In Victura, James W. Graham charts the progress of America’s signature twentieth century family dynasty, in a narrative both stunningly original and deeply gripping. This true tale of one small sailboat is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the impressive story of the Kennedys.
The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea
James W. Graham
ForeEdge, an imprint of the University Press of New England
$29.95 cloth 978-1-61168-411-7
$22.99 ebook 978-1-61168-599-2
Official publication date: April 1, 2014
280 pp., 28 illus., 6 x 9"
For more information visit www.thevictura.com
About the Author
James W. Graham, a communications and public affairs professional for a major-brand retailer, was a senior adviser to former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and the Illinois House of Representatives. He races and cruises his sailboat Venturous out of Wilmette Harbor, north of Chicago.
What People Are Saying
"This wonderfully-written book takes a well-worn subject -- the Kennedys -- and gives it as fresh a gust as the sailors on the sturdy, little Victura themselves must have felt a thousand times off the Nantucket shore. In going to sea on board the Victura, Joe, Jack, Bobby and Teddy Kennedy entered their metaphor of quest, braced themselves for the unknown, and left their country, in the end, with an imperishable poignancy in its heart."
-- Richard D. Mahoney, author, Sons and Brothers
"The Kennedys saw the world and nature as a magical place, full of mystery and adventure. They especially enjoyed challenges and the freedom of activities like sailing, skiing, river running, climbing and just being outside. Two thirds of the surface of planet earth is liquid: the sea is vital to life -- a huge source of both pleasure and fear -- and a great teacher. Victura, a small wooden sailboat, became the center of adventure, companionship and love for this remarkable family. Author Graham knows the sea, sailing and the Kennedys. Sail on Victura, to new horizons."
-- Jim Whittaker, first American to summit Mt. Everest, former CEO of REI, author of Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond.
"Victura is more than Graham recounting the sailing experiences of the Kennedys. In this well-researched but warmly written book, Graham sometimes goes several pages describing an election, or a Kennedy family intrigue, and then gracefully brings the story back to the sea, showing how, in best and worst of times, the family pulled together around sailing."
-- Rich Evans, book review, SAILING magazine, March 2014
An Autobiography of Black Chicago
by Dempsey Travis
An Autobiography of Black Chicago (Agate Bolden, 978-1-932841-67-1, February 15, 2014, $17) by Dempsey Travis. This is a new, revised edition of Travis's rich personal history of Chicago's African-American community, an important and engaging first-hand account of black life in Chicago during the twentieth century.
This new edition starts with Travis's father migrating to Chicago in 1900, through the family's experiences during the boom of the 1920s and then the depression years of the 1930s (when the teenaged Travis became a successful if underage jazz bandleader), through his fraught US Army service during World War II, to his career as a prominent real-estate developer and civil rights activist. As WBEZ's Richard Steele writes in the book's introduction, "His personal story and family history illustrate the kind of grit it took to make it in Chicago at the dawn of the twentieth century." An Autobiography of Black Chicago is an essential guide to Black Chicago's explosive growth and flowering during the twentieth century, as told by one of the city's preeminent African-American citizens.
Dempsey Travis (1920-2009) contributed much to his city through his work in jazz music, writing, and civil rights activism during his life. His insight into the city's culture and politics is everywhere evident in these pages.
The Prodigal Son
New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby returns with the eleventh installment in the Reverend Curtis Black series, THE PRODIGAL SON (Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; May 13, 2014; 9781455526130; $26.00). After dropping out of Harvard to be with his girlfriend, Racquel, and their new baby, Matthew Black discovers that fatherhood isn't what he expected. His relationship with Racquel has become strained, and while he wants to be a good husband, he soon finds himself attracted to another woman.
His parents, Curtis and Charlotte are having their own problems. Curtis's long-lost-son Dillon has settled into their household and Charlotte feels he's trying to take Matthew's place in Curtis's heart. She is determined to get Dillon out of the house, but doing so won't be as easy as she thinks. Dillon quickly figures out what Charlotte is up to and launches his own plan to turn Curtis against her.
As jealousy builds and secrets pile up, both of Curtis's sons will be pushed over the edge and forced to take drastic action. Can these two troubled young men find their way back into the Black family fold, or will their family ties be undone once and for all?
Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black series. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.
Visit www.KimRoby.com to learn more.
The Prodigal Son
A Reverend Curtis Black Novel
by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; May 13, 2014; 9781455526130; $26.00
Tap Dancing Inspirational Speaker Releases New Book,
“I'm a Black Man Who are You?”
Boulder, CO (Jan. 28, 2014)…To celebrate African American History Month, Barnes & Noble will present a book signing and performance with Boulder’s David Preston Sharp, D. Min., author of “I am a Black Man, Who are You?” (Dorrance Pub. 2012) on Sat. Feb. 15, at 1:00pm. The event will be held at the Boulder Barnes & Noble, 2999 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301. Sharp is an award-winning songwriter and poet who has performed on Broadway, in films, on television, and directed for the theater. For more information please contact Barnes and Noble at (303) 444-0349.
Sharp’s book recounts the life lessons that sparked the discovery of his uniqueness, inner beauty, joy, passion and power. Set in the deep south of the United States during the turbulence of the 1960’s, Dr. Sharp shares how he learned to accept himself and claim who he really is, and tells of the champions of love who helped him find the strength and courage to do so. He reveals how he learned to face life no matter what life makes you face, and what it means to remember who you are.
At the event, Sharp will speak about the significance of Black History Month, the reasons to celebrate all our cultures, and his experience in attending Rev. Martin Luther King’s funeral as a young boy. David grew up in the climate and influence of the social justice efforts of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, of which his father, a Presbyterian minister, was a member, and of which Dr. King was a founder.
Sharp’s life experiences capture the dynamic tension that has been a part of people learning to live in harmony and mutual respect. He is an engaging, talented artist who uses the arts as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the human journey, honor its triumphs and challenges and spark new breakthroughs in the art of living.
"All of us contribute to American History, no matter our culture and heritage,” says Sharp. “As America becomes more diverse, we need to honor the cultures that make up American society. Though this month focuses on the African American journey, we all come from cultures and heritages, and they all contribute daily to the American landscape. To honor them, I feel, is to honor our common humanity and celebrate that which makes us unique. "
David Sharp and his wife, Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen will present, "Tap Into Power For Life", from March 21-23, at their studio, 4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65, Boulder, CO 80304. This workshop shows how tap dancing can be a potent and useful tool to help you connect to your spiritual life in a powerful and deepening way. Tap dancing evolved from David witnessing his mother’s healing via her own tap dancing. Initially, David wanted to help others by entertaining, which he did--performing on film, television, and stage. As a practicing minister he discovered that tap dancing could be used as a form of prayer or meditation. Sharp says, “The Tap into Power Life workshop will use basic tap steps as a foundation to create powerful group rhythms into which we will access the resources within us to live the challenges of life while retaining joy and humor. Come experience what it feels like to connect deeply with others as we express the wisdom of our hearts through our feet. No experience is necessary and we provide the tap shoes.”
Sharp will be performing at the California African American Museum’s Target Sundays at CAAM on Sun., Feb. 2, from 12-3pm. He will be enacting portions of his one-man show, “I’m a Black Man, Who Are You?”
About the Author
Dr. David Sharp, D. Min., is a writer, performer, composer, communicator and educator. He has performed on Broadway, in films and on television, and has directed and choreographed for the theater. He has won awards as a speaker, songwriter, and poet and has presented for churches, universities, and major corporations and civic organizations. He has recorded CDs of inspirational music and poetry, has hosted a lifestyle television show in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Art and Soul of Urban Living, and was Editor-in-Chief of Soul Mag, a nationally distributed magazine bridging entertainment, culture and spirituality.
He has served on the faculty of USC (Los Angeles), UCS (Oakland) and has run a one-of-a-kind program, Success Camp, for foster kids in northern California. He holds a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California, a Master’s of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Master’s in Special Education from Santa Clara University and a Doctorate of Ministry from the University of Creation Spirituality, now Wisdom University. Dr. Sharp resides in Boulder, Colorado.
Newly Released Book by Dr. Lawana Gladney Provides Strategies for Navigating Life’s Obstacles
If You Are in the Driver’s Seat, Why Are You Lost?: A Roadmap to an Amazing Life
Dallas, Texas (Jan. 7, 2014) - With the release of her highly anticipated book, If You Are in the Driver’s Seat, Why Are You Lost?: A Roadmap to an Amazing Life, respected life-expert and emotional wellness doctor, Dr. Lawana Gladney, (Dr. G.) navigates readers through life’s many roadblocks and obstacles by mapping out effective strategies for creating an amazing life. Published by Benbella Books, the book is currently available online and at major bookstores including Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million.
In If You Are in the Driver’s Seat, Why Are You Lost?: A Roadmap to an Amazing Life, Dr. G. draws from years of experience to provide tools and techniques for conquering life’s most challenging situations. From break-ups and family conflicts to career changes and sudden losses, she offers practical tips for setting goals, building successful relationships, developing healthy habits and living happily. Acting as a personal coach, Dr. G’s straight forward direct approach will motivate readers to overcome common obstacles including coping with feeling lost; facing and overcoming fears; defining destiny; defeating insecurities; dealing with thoughts and beliefs; managing emotions; identifying and veering away from toxic people and managing finances. By providing insight, solutions and a series of action items, through If You Are in the Driver’s Seat, Why Are You Lost?: A Roadmap to an Amazing Life Dr. G provides an ultimate roadmap for creating an amazing life.
As Dr. G. states, “You have the decisive power to determine what kind of life you want to live. The truth is, while some people have the ability to bring about experiences that make you happy, true joy only comes from deep within your soul and that is when your life becomes amazing.”
If You Are in the Driver’s Seat, Why Are You Lost?: A Roadmap to an Amazing Life is a must-read for those needing direction in various areas of their lives. It is currently available online and at several bookstores including Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million. To learn more about Dr. G, purchasing a copy of her latest book and upcoming events, please visit www.creatingamazinglives.com. You can also follow her on Facebook at Dr.Gladney and on twitter @drgladney.
About Dr. Lawana Gladney (Dr. G.)
Dr. G. is an award-winning life expert, emotional wellness doctor, speaker, author, and media personality who shares her message of success and wellness with audiences across the nation. Formerly a college professor, she spent numerous years researching the concepts of motivation and success and has transformed that knowledge into numerous books and speeches. She is the author of five books including
If I Have to Tell You One More Time: Six Keys to Motivating Your Kids; You Can’t Be Sick, I Have to Work; 50 Tips to Emotional Wellness for Working Mothers; For Men Only: 50 Tips to Power, Women, And… and the newly released If You Are in the Driver’s Seat, Why Are You Lost?: A Roadmap to an Amazing Life.
As CEO of Emotional Wellness, Inc. Dr. G. has presented her message to millions around the nation and has worked with many of the nation’s fortune 500 hundred companies including, IBM, AT&T, PepsiCo, Aetna, Texas Instruments, Pitney Bowes, U. S. Coast Guard, Freddie Mac, U. S. Department of Defense, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Additionally, she works as a success coach helping individuals manage their lives both personally and professionally. Areas of focus include life balance, relationships, stress management, motivation, business and leadership.
Dr G. is also a television personality who has a been a co-host and residential expert for an array of programs. In addition, she has been featured in several publications and on several shows including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Washington Watch with Roland Martin, Michael Baisden and Al Sharpton Radio Show.
SECRETS OF THE SOUTHERN BELLE
by Phaedra Parks
You don’t have to live in the south to act like a Southern Lady! Real Housewives of Atlanta star PHAEDRA PARKS, self made business titan and mother of two, announces her #SouthernBelleSecrets pre-order giveaway! Fans can get insight into the world of Southern Belle fashion, etiquette, dating and tackling the workplace without breaking a sweat by entering to win one of THREE amazing prizes!
Giveaway submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, November 7th.
#SouthernBelleSecrets Giveaway - Prizes:
One on One tea with Phaedra Parks in Atlanta (must be an Atlanta resident)
5 lucky winners will receive a goody bag of Phaedra’s favorite beauty products
· 10 Lucky winners will receive a personalized signed copy of SECRETS OF THE SOUTHERN BELLE
How to Enter
To take part in the #SouthernBelleSecrets Giveaway, follow these two simple steps:
1. Pre-order your very own copy of SECRETS OF THE SOUTHERN BELLE by clicking here
2. Email a copy/ screenshot of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, address and phone number where you can be reached.
For more details, please go to: http://phaedraparks.com/win.htm
THE YEAR OF HOPE & HOSTILITY
by Byron Williams
“Byron Williams’ groundbreaking narrative beautifully demonstrates that we are the descendants and beneficiaries of the year of hope and hostility.”—Tavis Smiley
“For 50 years, 1963 has hidden in plain sight. We have been content to define the year by the tragedy in Dallas, but Byron Williams forces us to revisit this year that has greatly influenced our politics as well as our culture. Don’t miss the powerful book.”
—Princeton Professor Cornel West
“1963 was really the year that changed things,” says Byron Williams, the author of 1963: The Year of Hope & Hostility. Several books discuss the events that Williams, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, explores in his book, but none have viewed them through the lens of a 365-day odyssey that chronicles this watershed moment in American history and culture. None have focused with laser-like precision on the major events of that year. In 1963, Williams, the pastor of the Resurrection Community Church in Berkley, California, examines who we were fifty years ago and its impact on who we are today.
Williams explores 1963 through the prism of the three most influential individuals of that year: President John F. Kennedy, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and Governor George Wallace.
It was the year that Martin Luther King wrote his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail. It was the year that King gave the keynote address at the March on Washington.
It was the year that Medgar Evers was killed and four young African-American girls were killed at the Sixteenth Baptist Church. It was the year that Governor George Wallace infamously proclaimed “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever” and stood in front of the classroom doors of the University of Alabama and endeavored to blocked two African-American students from admittance.
It was the year that ended with the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The dream that was Camelot was drowned in the blood shed that tragic day in Dallas.
In this penetrating and provocative history of this critical year, Byron Williams examines three key moments: the dramatic events of the Kennedy administration, George Wallace’s rise to power, and Martin Luther King’s rise to prominence as he forged the civil-rights movement into an unstoppable force in American politics and culture.
Williams explores the significance of the events of 1963 and the impact they have had right down to the present day, including:
Kennedy’s transformation as a political leader from his early unsuccessful handling of the Cold War, as evidenced by the Bay of Pigs incident and his initial encounter with Khrushchev, to his successful handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis and his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech as well as his evolving awareness of the importance of the civil rights movement at home.
Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. A universally recognized masterpiece of American political oratory, Williams explains why it is the most important document written during the Civil Rights Movement.
King’s March on Washington and the intricate political maneuvering and planning behind the monumental rally for civil rights.
The assassination of President Kennedy and the impact of the assassination on our political culture.
How Bull Connor, the notoriously racist Commissioner of Public Safety, unwittingly did more to advance civil rights agenda in a single blunder than King could have hoped for, his eight hard years of putting his life on the line in the name of civil rights notwithstanding.
How Bull Connor’s attack against African-American children with fire hoses and attack-dogs set the stage for the upcoming March on Washington and proved to be an integral part of the momentum for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Governor George Wallace’s rise to power from his progressive beginnings as a pro-black liberal Democrat (he was once endorsed by the NAACP) to a Southern bigot whose famous (and infamous) inauguration acceptance speech, “Segregation now… segregation tomorrow …segregation forever,” was one of the most influential speeches of 1963, thus helping to set the tone for the year that would be a contest between hope and hostility.
1963 is forever associated with the assassination of President Kennedy. Yet, says Byron Williams, many other monumental events also occurred that year that continue to have a profound impact on not only our history but also our daily lives and especially our commitment to our stated democratic principles and beliefs.
In this groundbreaking historical look at 1963, Byron Williams also investigates how the transformative events of 1963 were dependent upon actions in previous years and were sometimes decades in the making. As Martin Luther King shared with civil rights leader Jack O’Dell, the facts alone do not reveal truth. Instead, it is within the interrelated nature of facts where truth most often emerges. The events that Williams has judiciously selected from 1963, though they have been presented for fifty years as unrelated, are a collection of interrelated facts that tell a profound truth about who were then, paving a methodical trail that leads to who we are today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Byron Williams is the pastor of the Resurrection Community Church in Berkley, CA and a columnist for The Huffington Post and the Bay Area News Group (where his work was considered for a Pulitzer Prize). He is also the author of Strip Mall Patriotism: Moral Reflections on the Iraq War. He has written for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Tikkun, Christianity Today, and The Guardian (UK). He has also appeared on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, NPR and Fox.
The Credara Trilogy
The world of fantasy and science fiction writing is one that African
American authors don’t often frequent. *J E Henderson*, who recently
released book one of *The Credara Trilogy*, is one African American
breaking into the genre in a big way.
Raised by a family who supported the arts – *his sister is actress
Bledsoe of The Cosby Show fame* – J E moved to California in 1983, where
his hobbies of songwriting, television and screenplay writing came to
Now, 20 years later, J E gives readers *CREDARA: Rise of the Kraylen*,
taking them into a world thousands of years after the great battle of
Lucifer and Archangel Michael, where chosen warrior must defeat Lucifer’s
Army – and battle some demons of his own.
Last Chance for Justice: How
Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham
September 15, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the horrific 16th Street
Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Bringing a sense of closure
to this tragic, long-unresolved event comes a new book on the 2002
conviction of the KKK church bombers: Last Chance for Justice: How
Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham
Church Bombers (Lawrence Hill Books, September 2013) by T. K. Thorne, a
retired Birmingham police precinct captain.
After the notorious bombing at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed
four young girls in September of 1963, President John F. Kennedy tasked
the FBI with finding the bombers, but they closed the case after a decade
with only one prosecution. Ever since that failure, Birmingham’s African
American residents harbored anger and distrusted the police, believing
justice had not been served. T. K. Thorne tells the story of police
detective Ben Herren of the Birmingham Police Department and FBI special
agent Bill Flemming as they delved back into what ultimately brought
closure to one of the most recognized Civil Rights era cases in our
nation’s history. With the recent unanimous vote by the Senate to award
the victims of the bombing the Congressional Gold Medal and create
legislation in their honor, the case is ripe for reexamination 50 years
(BPRW) BRAVO TV, The Real Housewives of Atlanta co-Stars Cynthia Bailey Thomas and Peter Thomas Release Their Book, “Carry-on Baggage, Our Nonstop Flight”
(BLACK PR WIRE) – New York, NY (September 3, 2013) – Griffin Scott Press announced a late September release date for Cynthia Bailey -Thomas's and Peter Thomas's urban memoir. The book chronicles the couple's journey of courtship, marriage, financial comebacks and blending a family of six children.
Bailey-Thomas shares, "Peter and I did not write a book to give other couples relationship advice. Our story is biographical and we hope it will serve as an inspiration to other couples finding love in the second half of their lives."
The chapters delve into everything from Cynthia's and Peter's first date that was fifteen years in the making to their formula for successfully managing six children and five co-parents. "Carry-on Baggage, Our Nonstop Flight” will inspire, provoke and make the reader laugh out loud.
"Despite his allure, there were some contradictions in Peter’s personality that occasionally threw me. Like the time I had to take an incoming call during one of our conversations and told him I’d call him back. When I did, a female answered his phone and said, 'Peter’s eating right now.' Really? This man who’d called me daily and asked me every personal question short of when I had my last period was playing me like he was King Henry VIII. Now, all of a sudden, he was too occupied to bring his black ass to the phone? Wow!"
“...I typically daydreamed on my commute anyway, but that day I couldn’t take my eyes off the black beauty plastered in that print ad. It was one of those crazy kind of ads that no matter how I turned or repositioned, her eyes followed me. It freaked me out! Before I got off that train, I had to glance back one last time at those alluring eyes that had stalked me the entire time. I could still see hints of that young lamb from Nell’s, who’d shown me no real interest the first night we met. Now, years later, here she was standing in a sultry pose, smoking a cigarette and staring me down. All I could think was, 'Oh! Okay, now honey wanna sweat me.'”
The couple will host a media reception, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Simply Books, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA.
To schedule media appearances, interviews or book-signings, please contact Double XXposure.
Sexx Is Not The End Of The Game
- O. Smith -
Written for young men aged 13-25, *Sexx Is Not the End of The Game* is,
about how young men ought to treat young (& old) ladies in contemporary
times. Perfect for the single mother as the "game" contained can be shared
between mother & son(s).
We all know that boys don't read as much as girls, make sure this is the
*'One book he does read, in his Whole life*!'
Wading Home is one of very few published novels that deals with African Americans' experience of Katrina. It tells the story of jazz trumpeter Julian Fortier and his return to New Orleans after the storm to search for his father, retired chef Simon Fortier, who has disappeared from his home in the Treme district. This search leads Julian on a winding trail of discovery that takes him deep into his family's history, both in New Orleans and in their ancestral home in the Louisiana countryside. Lyrical, accessible, compelling, and populated by a broad, fully realized cast of characters, Wading Home is a timeless story of a son striving to connect with his father: shaken to the core by his city's devastation, he discovers the true meanings of home, family, and history.
Rosalyn Story is a writer and musician who works as a violinist with the Fort Worth Symphony. Wading Home is her second novel. Her first, More Than You Know (Agate 2004), was an Essence bestseller. She lives in Dallas. Agate Bolden, an imprint of Agate Publishing, is devoted to discovering and showcasing fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs by African-American writers. Among the authors published by Agate Bolden are National Book Award winning novelist Jesmyn Ward, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr., and daytime television star Judge Lynn Toler, among many others.
FIRST CLASS: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School
Dunbar High School began in a church basement shortly after the Civil War and grew into an academic powerhouse that rivaled white public and private institutions at its height in the 1940s and 50s. Alumni include the first black Presidential Cabinet member, the first black General in the U.S. Army, the first black federal judge and the current Mayor of Washington, D.C.
But today, as in so many of the nation’s urban public schools, Dunbar students are barely proficient in math and reading. How did it all go wrong? Combining a fascinating history of the first U.S. public high school for African-Americans with an unflinching analysis of education reform in urban public schools today, FIRST CLASS explores an underrepresented and largely unknown aspect of black history while widening the discussion on what it takes to make a public school successful.
v 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education being argued before the Supreme Court
v On August 26, 2013 the new $122 million Dunbar Senior High School opens its doors
Praise for First Class:
“Alison Stewart uncovers the hidden history of a great American institution, and shows us the moving, herculean, human effort it took to build it in the first place, and to rebuild it now. What an amazing story—what a great book.”
“In First Class, Alison Stewart skillfully chronicles the rise and fall of Dunbar High School, America’s first black public high school. Recalling the institution's extraordinary legacy and the lives of its accomplished alumni—her own parents included—Stewart will convince you that there’s cause for hope, and that the school’s brightest days may still be ahead.”
—President Bill Clinton
Escape from Detroit: The Collapse of America's Black Metropolis
Paul Kersey, the author of Escape from Detroit: The Collapse of America's Black Metropolis, writes that the stunning bankruptcy of the Motor City is a story whose primary culprit has yet to be blamed. Few people are more versed than Kersey on the collapse of Detroit.
Escape from Detroit
Debut novel by Kiese Laymon. Long Division is the funny, sharp, and wise coming-of-age story of two 14-year-old boys, one growing up in 2013 and the other in 1985 Mississippi. The book has recently been praised in the Wall Street Journal, on MSNBC, Booklist, and Boston Review, which wrote, "In a multilayered, allusion-packed, time-traveling plot set in Mississippi, Long Division takes us, nesting-doll-style, from 2013 to 1985, 1964, and back, engaging complex questions of race, violence, gender, sexuality, and our relationship to history."
Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution included Long Division on their lists of the best summer novels, and Laymon's other writing has appeared this summer on NPR, ESPN, and Guernica.
A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home
In her triumphant new book, A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, Ms. Gottesdiener examines how the national financial crisis is impacting African American families, and how communities of color are fighting back—and beating the big banks.
Approaching the subject as a rights advocate and story teller, she reflects on the real life stories of African American families fighting against foreclosure in the larger context of black history and progress in the United States.
A Dream Foreclosed, due out next month, is already winning remarkable praise from civil rights leaders, bestselling authors, and social justice advocates like Ralph Nader, Naomi Klein, Johanna Fernandez, Mumia Abu Jamal, and Noam Chomsky.
The publication A Dream Foreclosed coincides with both the 50th anniversary of MLK's “I Have Dream” speech and the 50th anniversary of the terrorist attack on Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. Black history seems to hedged to struggle within the parameters set by those two historic events: the celebrated vision of how things can be and the all too ignored nightmare of how things often are.
In A Dream Foreclosed, Laura Gottesdiener looks hard at both and does so in the larger context of African Americans' search for home. To write the book she travelled the country and stayed in neighborhoods devastated by bankers. She tells stories from the silenced part of our country, stories from black families that are fighting against the American Dream gone wrong—families fighting foreclosure, fighting eviction, fighting bankers who want to physically take away their home.
Laura reminds us that not a single Wall Street banker has been arrested for the countless acts of fraud and foreclosure abuse that have contributed to the more than ten million people being evicted from their foreclosed homes since 2007, with millions more foreclosures currently pending. That ten million people have been thrown out of their homes—the equivalent of the entire population of Michigan—with almost no coverage of their stories or perspectives is itself a testament to corporate influence over public policy and national debate. A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home puts a human face on this vast underreported crisis. And it portrays the raw verve, non-commercial commitment and civic power marshaled when neighborhoods come together to defend a neighbor’s home from foreclosure and repossession by banks.
In A Dream Foreclosed Ms. Gottesdiener profiles four neighborhoods that not only challenge the big banks that threaten their neighbors with foreclosure and eviction—they actually win. Her main subjects, Bertha Garrett in Detroit, Martha Biggs in Chicago, Griggs Wimbley in North Carolina, and Michael Hutchins in Tennessee, are all preyed upon by bankers and initially seem to embody the American Dream gone wrong; but by challenging the system they come to represent the far-reaching possibilities that emerge when everyday people organize together in social movements. Further, Gottesdiener weaves their stories into a larger narrative about African Americans’ history of displacement and search for home, from enslavement and sharecropping to redlining and today’s mass foreclosures. New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein calls A Dream Foreclosed, “A riveting book.” Ralph Nader calls Ms. Gottesdiener "a genius."
A DREAM FORECLOSED
Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home
By Laura Gottesdiener
Foreword by Clarence Lusane, author of The Black History of the White House
Trade Paperback | $14.95 | 208 pages
Pub Date: mid-August 2013
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King of Rags
New Book Reveals Music Legend’s Scott Joplin’s Fight Against Racial Discrimination Over 100 Years Ago
- When music publisher John Stark first heard Scott Joplin play his piano, he knew that ragtime was the music of hope for a new America -
But Joplin would never be content with popularity and fame. Joplin committed himself to racial justice in the early 1900’s. He was inspired by Booker T. Washington and the Dahomeyan defeat in West Africa. But due to this earnest pursuit, he was ignored by the masses for writing the music of Civil Rights fifty years before America was ready to listen.
King of Rags, by Professor Eric Bronson, is a historical fiction account of the quest for racial equality at the turn of the 20th Century. Dr. Bronson takes a fresh and invigorating look at the tragic life of Scott Joplin and his fellow ragtime musicians as they frantically transformed the seedy and segregated underbelly of comedians, conmen and prostitutes who called America’s most vibrant cities home. His story brings to light numerous interesting and little known historical discoveries about life in America.
King of Rags
212 pages perfect bound
Trade paperback and Kindle
Library of Congress Control Number: 2013932896
Neverland Publishing, Miami, FL Publication date: May 2013
For more information visit www.NeverlandPublishing.com
A DOLLAR OUTTA FIFTEEN CENT by Caroline McGill
Praise for A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent:
- “This is one-part Sex in the City and two-parts Single Ladies with a dash of ratchetness to keep the whole boat afloat. Samantha, Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda (or in this case Portia, Simone, Laila and Fatima) are in fits and starts, fighting with their men, trying to stay with their men, sleeping with other men, and wondering if they slept with the wrong men. Tired yet? Fans of street lit won’t be.” —Juicy Magazine
Praise for Caroline McGill:
- “Ingenious!” —The Biggest Critic
“Urban Lit’s best-kept secret.”
- —Treasure Blue, bestselling author of Harlem Girl Lost
“Be ready to be entertained by the real.”
- —JaQuavis Coleman, New York Times bestselling author
“A thrilling ride through the streets of Brooklyn.”
- K’wan, bestselling author
About the book:
If she hustled hard enough, she could stay ahead of the game. That was her life story. Meet Caroline McGill’s irresistible character Portia Lane in A DOLLAR OUTTA FIFTEEN CENT (Pocket Books; June 25, 2013; $7.99)…
Street-smart Portia Lane traded in her church roots and college degree for sex-fueled stardom as Brooklyn’s hottest stripper. The hood respects her, men in suits open their wallets, her girlfriends—Laila, Simone, and Fatima—have got her back, and the money rolls in…then Portia breaks her own rules and falls dangerously in love with one of her regulars, and everything about the Life comes into question. Jay is an ambitious music executive who’s a little bit thug, and all sexy—and Portia must genuinely change to win his trust and prove her love for him is not inspired by his wealth. One way or another, Portia will pay the price for her tumultuous past.
Readers will be unable to put down Caroline McGill’s A DOLLAR OUTTA FIFTEEN CENT as they follow along with Portia and her circle of girlfriends from start to finish.
About the author:
Caroline McGill is the author of five novels in the series that begins with A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent, the book that inspired her AIDS awareness campaign, Saving Our Selves (S.O.S.). She also penned the rave, controversial novel S*x as a Weapon, and brought forth Guns & Roses, an urban-erotic anthology. Her latest urban novel is HBIC: Head B*tch in Charge, the first of a new “Dollar” sister series from Synergy Publications.
Ms. McGill earned a degree in Business Administration from Bladen Community College in North Carolina, and founded Synergy Publications. She currently resides in New York when she is not touring to promote her books. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter, and learn more at www.synergypublications.com.
(BPRW) Lyme Disease Survivor Details Battle in Memoir, Advocates for Greater Awareness
(BLACK PR WIRE) – Atlanta, GA – Lyme Survivor Awareness Network (LSAN) Founder Rosa L. NeSmith highlights the difficulty of being diagnosed with Lyme disease in her book, A Race Against Time: Living With Lyme (A Near Death Experience From a Tick). Her ordeal began unremarkably with a bite from an infected tick while working in her garden. Soon she began experiencing severe medical problems, and doctors could not provide her with any satisfactory answers. Ms. NeSmith confronted her own mortality due to her ignorance of Lyme disease. Sadly, over a four-year period, 15 doctors were also clueless in diagnosing the prolonged clinical symptoms.
Lyme disease is a serious bacterial infection transmitted by infected ticks. The tick is barely visible to the naked eye and destroys the body’s internal organs when left untreated. There is a gap in the national Lyme disease debate between the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). The IDSA believes Lyme is treated and cured within three weeks (non-chronic). The ILADS state Lyme disease does exist beyond three weeks (chronic) and they have collaborating research and countless sick patients to support their position. Where are the mainstream doctors that are skilled in diagnosing Lyme disease?
LSAN demands federal intervention and oversight of medical legislation in order to close the gap. The mission of LSAN is to donate to Lyme disease research and to promote increased national awareness to patient-consumers by highlighting the difficulty in getting diagnosed. The network inspires the nation to: Take the time…Tell three people about Lyme!
LSAN is a national nonprofit organization which values a community where there is no human suffering from Lyme disease. Ms. NeSmith, the Founder, lost her Allstate Insurance Agency to the difficulty in getting diagnosed with Lyme disease. In effort to help LSAN increase national awareness of Lyme disease, Ms. NeSmith has exposed her private life in a recently published memoir that readers are raving about, entitled: A Race Against Time: Living With Lyme (A Near Death Experience From a Tick). To learn more, please visit www.lsan.net.
Contact Agent: Carl DeShazior
Sisters in Faith Release New Devotional For the Modern Woman
God’s Wisdom® for Sisters in Faith Encourages and Empowers
(Nashville, Tenn.) – Thomas Nelson Publishers, a division of Harper Collins Christian Publishing, is preparing to release an inspiring new tool for African-American women of all ages. God’s Wisdom for Sisters in Faith (ISBN 9781400322534, $14.99) addresses the concerns of today’s Christian women who are seeking God’s wisdom and guidance in every area of their busy and complex lives.
This gorgeous book combines the trusted J. Countryman brand, which has sold over 15 million books worldwide, with cameos from respected writers Michele Clark Jenkins and Stephanie Perry Moore. Michele and Stephanie are the co-founders of Sisters in Faith, an entity established to create meaningful products that encourage and empower African-American women with God’s truth, and address the needs and concerns of life that are particularly challenging to the women in this culture.
“African-American women have long suffered and long loved the Lord in such a way that being Christian and being an African-American woman is synonymous,” Stephanie writes. “But very few Christian products reveal the African-American woman’s voice to the body of Christ and almost none have been created to speak directly to her in a way that relates to her life and her struggle. This will be a journey to awaken a new and dynamic spirit for these women.”
This devotional features content from the Sisters in Faith Devotional Bible, as well as Scripture readings designed to fill women with God’s abundant peace. The book is divided into eight sections that address topics such as abiding in God’s love, being anxious for nothing, praying for one another, and developing strength for the journey.
Perfect for self-purchase or as a gift for a friend, family member or even co-worker, God’s Wisdom for Sisters in Faith is available in bookstores April 30, 2013.
Michele Clark Jenkins, co-founder of Sisters in Faith, is the senior director of the consulting group for Griffin & Strong, PC. She was co-creator of Real: The Complete New Testament Biblezine, writer/editor of the Children of Color Storybook Bible, and contributed to the Women of Color Devotional Bible and Wisdom and Grace Devotional Bible.
Stephanie Perry Moore is author of more than 35 inspirational books. As general editor for Nia Publishing, she produced Men of Color Study Bible, Wisdom and Grace: Study Bible for Young Women of Color, Strength and Honor Bible for Young Men of Color, Women of Color Devotional Bible and African American Family Bible.
Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano, TX. For additional information, please visit www.thomasnelsoncorporate.com.
Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies for Transforming Your Business and Life Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is often remembered for his dream of and fight for equality and freedom for all, many do not realize how keenly focused he was on economic issues. Dr. King believed that without economic opportunity, we do not have the chance to pursue happiness. It was, in fact, while planning the Poor People’s March, a dramatic stand on economic issues, that his voice was forever silenced. In his final book, Dr. King posed the question, where do we go from here?—a question many of us are asking in today’s unpredictable economy.
The answer lies in Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies for Transforming Your Business and Life Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (BenBella Books, January 2013), a timely release around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 21, 2013. Kingonomics is a 21st-century interpretation of Dr. King’s economic vision translated through the eyes of Rodney Sampson, a globally established economic innovator, business developer, and highly successful serial entrepreneur. With 12 currencies (including service, innovation, and reciprocity), Sampson takes pertinent ideas from the life of Dr. King and, by combining them with real-life experiences, produces a guide through which one can realize their full potential and personal power. Success does not discriminate, and the road map to it is contained in the pages of this revolutionary new work.
Title: Kingonomics Subtitle: Twelve Innovative Currencies for Transforming Your Business and Life Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Author: Rodney Sampson
Publisher: BenBella Books, distributed by Perseus Distribution
Publication date: January 1, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-936661-08-4
Price: $24.95 US/$27.50 CAN
Format: Trade Cloth
Page count: 240 pages
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.25
Available at bookstores everywhere and through Perseus Distribution.
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About Rodney Sampson
Rodney Sampson is a social innovator, serial entrepreneur, investor, author and consecrated bishop, shaping innovative economic policy and opportunities throughout society and culture. Sampson is regularly called upon to advise and speak to nations, businesses, universities and bishops who employ thousands and lead millions of constituents and communities around the world.
As a serial entrepreneur, Sampson co-founded Multicast Media Networks (StreamingFaith.com), Intellect, Intellect Inspire and Legacy Opportunity Fund. Sampson is currently building Opportunity Fund, a US based super crowd fund and crowd funding platform designed to provide underserved and underrepresented communities access to investment opportunities traditionally reserved for accredited and institutional investors. Sampson holds a B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University and a M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management, and he studied in the Doctor of Medicine Program at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Sampson received an honorary Doctorate of Ministry from the I.G.F Theological Seminary in 1998.
A strong believer in global reinvestment, Sampson has worked closely with the Republics of Namibia, Gabon and Uganda in the areas of trade and development, business development, leadership development and public affairs. For his contributions to humanity, Sampson was awarded The Phoenix Award – the City of Atlanta’s highest honor. Sampson, his wife and a group of influencers also donated more than $50,000 to the King Papers Project, a capital campaign established to ensure that Dr. King’s papers would remain in The City of Atlanta at Morehouse College for generations to come. Sampson and his wife currently reside in their native home of Atlanta with their children.
From New York Times bestselling author, Nikki Turner, comes the long-awaited, PROJECT CHICK II: What’s Done in the Dark (St. Martin’s Griffin; 1-250-00143-9; March 2013; $14.99; Trade Paperback Original), the drama-packed and wittier-than-ever sequel to A Project Chick.
Tressa always thought that the best moment in her life was the day she gave birth to her twin boys, Khalil and Hadji, but even better was when she got the news that their abusive father, Lucky, was dead. His death gave the streets freedom and safety and gave Tressa an opportunity to start over. Thrilled the bad days were gone, it didn’t take long for her to realize that even though Lucky was dead, she would never be free of him.
When the twins discover that Indie, the man who raised them, had a hand in killing their father, nothing can stop them from plotting their revenge. They are about to find out that nothing is what it seems.
NIKKI TURNER is the author of The New York Times bestseller Black Widow, the #1 Essence bestseller Forever a Hustler’s Wife, and the Essence bestsellers A Hustler’s Wife, The Glamorous Life, and Riding Dirty on I-95.
Authors’ powerful debut novel delves into abuse, abandonment, and the power of forgiveness
- In her new novel Scattered Letters, author Reshunniece Kline takes on the power of forgiveness. -
At eight years old, Bellina Al Asma's idyllic life is turned upside down by an unspeakable tragedy. She is forced to leave Switzerland for New York and finds herself in the chaotic home of her self-destructive, alcoholic aunt. Struggling to survive in her new country and life, Bellina finds comfort and companionship in her African American neighbor, Ms. Hickens. Together, they discover a devastating secret written in a pile of scattered letters.
With the goal of achieving her dreams, Bellina must address the challenges associated with the deep fears she feels about her loss and many years of abuse. To deal with the horrible experiences she escapes to a fantasy world where she communicates with her deceased parents.
An African American woman becomes the closest thing to family she has. She learns how to explore the world right in her living room and realizes that if you can’t actually go to faraway places, this is the best way to travel.
She learns how that something as simple as a soccer ball can be the light that shines in even the darkest moments and allows one to find laugher and happiness.
Forgiveness takes time but time is not on everyone’s side. She realizes that while you must always have an open heart for love, it takes incredible strength to confront your abuser.
Only when you forgive can you truly triumph.
“My life is pretty boring. So, I write fiction because I love being able to go anywhere and everywhere and have characters who do the same. It’s my escape,” she said. “I started writing Scattered Letters in high school. Over the years I got to grow with my character. I got to figure out my own life while I pieced together hers.”
$11.99 list (paperback) $3.99 Kindle
ISBN-10: 061575581X ISBN-13: 978-0615755816
About the Author
Reshunniece Kline has been writing since she was seventeen. She has written articles for the University South Carolina- Beaufort, newspaper The Shark. To date she has completed two screenplays and two novels. She lives with her husband and children in Hawaii.
What People Are Saying
“This is a great story about the power of faith, forgiveness, determination, and the triumph of the human spirit. A sweet story that left me cheering for this wonderful and encouraging heroine. I highly recommend it.”
What a story! You are skilled at creating characters that I empathized with and felt a connection to. My emotions often mirrored theirs; when they were joyful, so was I. When they experienced pain, my heart broke for them. This is a wonderful gift to have as a writer, because it keeps your readers connected and invested in your story. I’ll be thinking about Bellina long after I am done with this evaluation. I thought you truly shone as a storyteller when you told about Bellina’s abuse at the hands of her aunt. I had to remind myself that I was writing an evaluation, because I kept getting lost in the story and transfixed by Bellina’s pain. That was the strongest section of the novel and really allowed me to see into Bellina’s heart and mind.
Dr. Lori Handelman, Clear Voice Editing
Finally, I got to read a book that didn't seem like they were trying to sound like an old Twilight or Nicolas Sparks novel. I enjoyed how the writer described each detail so vividly and I loved the flow of the story. I can't wait to read more from this author.
The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism
The African American unemployment rate remained at 13.8% last month, almost double the national rate. In this context, a forthcoming book from the Russell Sage Foundation provides new and unsettling evidence that the nation has fallen off the path to equal employment opportunity. The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism finds that economic racial disparities are perpetuated not by explicit racism, but by seemingly innocuous processes that institutionalize racial bias. Author Nancy DiTomaso, professor at Rutgers Business School, is available for interviews on enduring racial inequalities in the U.S. job market.
Drawing data from in-depth interviews with a broad cross-section of 250 Americans, DiTomaso finds that:
· With new evidence that hiring is increasingly based on personal connections and internal company referrals, equality in the workplace is often hindered by whites’ preferential treatment of other whites when filling positions – even by those who strongly claim to support equal opportunities.
· White job seekers have extensive social resources – social, financial, and cultural capital – from their networks of family and friends, giving them advantages they are often unaware of.
· Public attitudes against affirmative action are driven by the misconception that African Americans don’t face barriers in the job market and by a misunderstanding of how affirmative action works.
· Some whites see gains for immigrants coming at the cost of their own jobs – a key factor in the current debate over immigration reform.
DiTomaso argues that racial inequality is a non-dilemma for whites, who are unaware of the invisible ways preferential treatment is embedded in everyday social interactions that affect their economic opportunities. And as detailed in this recent New York Times piece, a second book from the Russell Sage Foundation, Documenting Desegregation, finds that racial segregation is actually on the rise in many industries.
Finding My Voice: My Journey through Grief to Grace: Living with the Loss of Don LaFontaine
by Nita Whitaker Lafontaine
In 2008, the entertainment world lost one of its most familiar and powerful voices. Known as "The Voiceover King," Don LaFontaine's robust career included more than 5,000 movie trailers, thousands of TV ads, network promos, video game trailers, and the popular movie trailer lead-in, “In a world...", which he parodied in GEICO and Mega Millions lottery spots. He was the most successful voice-over actor in history, but his proudest achievement was his family.
Finding My Voice: My Journey through Grief to Grace: Living with the Loss of Don LaFontaine (March 2013, paperback) shares a never-before-seen look at life with Don, including 20 years of marriage, three daughters, active careers, and the ups and downs that are universal to any relationship.
FRIENDS & FOES
by Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley
About the book:
“Frenetic and deliciously slapstick sequel to Sinners & Saints…These frenemies [Rachel Jackson Adams and Jasmine Larson Bush] are drama queens at their best and smartest, a combination that will leave fans praying for their further misadventures.” —Publishers Weekly
“Celebrated authors Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley combine forces in this unconventional tale about two ambitious women at odds…This faith-based novel should keep devout fans on their toes.”
The bestselling authors of Sinners & Saints, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray, rock the New Year for readers as they bring back their outrageous first ladies in FRIENDS & FOES (Gallery Books; February 26, 2013; $15.00), a sassy, witty, and poignant sequel!
Now that Rachel Jackson Adams’s husband has won the coveted position of president of the American Baptist Coalition, Jasmine Larson Bush has concocted a scheme to one-up her rival—by promoting her new community center on the nation’s #1 television talk show! The power play won’t stop Rachel, who jets from Houston to Chicago to sabotage Jasmine’s TV appearance. But Chicago is the last place Rachel should be when one of the Coalition’s heaviest hitters turns up dead—and Rachel looks guilty as sin. Will her nemesis leave her stranded and let her take the rap? Or will Jasmine help Rachel hunt down a killer? Could danger this deep turn the enemies into BFFs? After all, miracles do happen…
Two bestselling award-winning authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray bring their favorite heroines together again in FRIENDS & FOES, and once again their fans will be delighted from start to finish as they follow alongside Rachel and Jasmine!
About the authors:
ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s #1 bestselling novels include the NAACP Image Award winner Say Amen, Again, and Let the Church Say Amen, soon to be a BET original movie. Visit reshondatatebillingsley.com, or go to facebook (reshondatatebillingsley) or Twitter @Reshondat.
NEWS: BET will make three of ReShonda Tate Billingsley's books into movies for television—all three books starring popular fictional character Rachel Jackson Adams. The first movie is based on ReShonda’s book Let the Church Say Amen. It will be directed by Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit, and is scheduled to air in Fall 2013!
Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of numberous Essence bestselling novels and a winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction and Female Author of the Year. She divides her time between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Visit VictoriaChristopherMurray.com.
NOTE: BOTH AUTHORS ARE 2012 NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEES FOR OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK—FICTION!
The Secret She Kept by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Destiny’s Divas by Victoria Christopher Murray
(Past winners of this prestigious award include Terri McMillan, Nikki Giovanni, and Toni Morrison.)
NAACP Image Awards two-hour special airs live Friday, February 1st, 2013 on NBC.
A Girl Called Nettie: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love
by Netica “Nettie” Symonette
Dunham Books has just released the truly inspiring autobiography, A Girl Called Nettie: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love (Dunham Books, December 2012). A Girl Called Nettie is the remarkably uplifting story of Netica “Nettie” Symonette, a Bahamian Out Island girl who dared to reach beyond her circumstances and persisted in moving forward, against all odds and the prejudices of mankind, to experiences and successes never imagined as one of the premier and most admired hoteliers in the world and revered as a national icon.
Nettie broke many barriers in the business world despite her impoverished upbringing and lack of education, charting the course for thousands of Bahamians by becoming the country’s first hotel manager and first Bahamian woman to ever own a hotel. Pioneering the nation’s first Ecotourism Resort, Nettie received international recognition for her outstanding accomplishments in the travel/tourism industry and became a role model for women everywhere.
Nettie desires that her story of strength, confidence and motivation will offer readers the courage to take heart when times are difficult, trust their dreams as she did, and be inspired to keep moving forward—despite the odds. Readers will most certainly attest that she succeeds in her wishes.
“This is a book to be treasured,” said Sean McWeeney, Queens Counsel. “It is a story, exceedingly well told, that needs to be read and re-read for its timeless lessons about life and about this authentic Bahamian star. There is no one else like Nettie. She’s one of a kind.”
“It (A Girl Called Nettie) is without question the most moving and intriguing story of a life fully lived and still going,” said Sir Sean Connery.
A Girl Called Nettie: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love is now available through Dunham Books in paperback (ISBN 978-0-9855328-4-0; $15.99) and in eBook (ISBN: 978-0-9855328-5-7).
Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar
by Peter Benjaminson
In 1960, a 17-year-old Mary Wells approached Motown founder Berry Gordy at a Detroit nightclub with an original song and enough nerve to sing it for him on the spot. In the years that followed, Wells would become Motown’s first solo superstar. While The Supremes were still picking up jobs as backup singers, Wells’s signature hit, “My Guy,” was topping the charts—even briefly surpassing The Beatles—becoming one of the first Motown songs to cross the color line into mainstream popularity.
However, the same spirited self-determination that brought Wells fame would also inspire her to leave Motown at age 21— and spend the rest of her life fighting to get back to the top.
In the first book ever written about Motown’s original superstar, Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar (Chicago Review Press, November 2012), author Peter Benjaminson delves deep into her rapid rise and long fall as a recording artist, her spectacular romantic and family life and her Motown hits that charmed the world. Based in part on four hours of previously unreleased deathbed interviews with Wells, Mary Wells reveals the incredibly turbulent life of one of the most important figures in early Motown history.
Mary Wells helped define Motown’s emerging sound in the 1960s, preparing the stage for many female Motown vocalists. In Mary Wells, the first complete account of the singer’s life, Peter Benjaminson re-introduces Wells in all her glamour.
How to Win In Life In a Greater Way: Principles That Will Change the Way You Look at Success
by Ronald A Cooper
Success has been defined as the favorable outcome of an endeavor, the attainment of wealth, position, honor, or some achievement. Simply put, success or winning in life is reaching your goals. What are your own expectations? Do you have a dream of making a difference in this world? Do you have big plans for your life but feel they might be beyond your reach?
If so, How to Win In Life In a Greater Way: Principles That Will Change the Way You Look at Success will help lay a foundation of positive thought patterns, attitudes, and beliefs that are necessary to reach any goal.
In this new release author Ronald A Cooper helps us to look at winning in life in a greater way— by going beyond human success to accomplish something of eternal value.
Cooper's message explains that the key to winning is to become a person who has a positive and biblical self image. People with a biblical self image not only succeed in their own lives, they help others around them to win in life as well.
In these pages you will read the profiles of many Americans and people of other countries—black, white, male, female—as well as biblical characters who have risen above their circumstances to become successful and make an impact on their world. Their stories resonate a message of inspiration.
"A wonderful book! How to Win in Life in a Greater Way holds to God’s word giving the reader a clear, practical direction to victory in the Christian life. A great tool for teaching, full of excellent illustrations and easy to read. This book will be one of your best friends. May God richly bless Rev. Ronald A Cooper.
—Pastor Dave Eustis, Hoffmantown Church
"In this book, R. A. Cooper hits the nail on the head! With laser-like focus he immediately captures your attention, holds you hostage with life-giving and life-living words then releases you to advance from winning in life in a good way, to winning in life in a greater way. From the first to the last page, this book inspires, motivates, encourages and heightens your awareness to live life with a biblical self-image, a sense of urgency and intentionality. As a self-care consultant, I definitely plan to add it to my book club. Once you have read this book you will have access to the key for achieving internal to eternal value.
—Rev. Altonnette D. Hawkins, President – Divas For Christ, Inc
Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress
by Becky Pettit
- New York, NY – The Russell Sage Foundation published a ground-breaking book today by sociologist Becky Pettit that calls into question the prevailing assumptions about black progress in the United States. Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress examines the hidden ways incarceration impacts our perception of African American advancement in mainstream measures of voter turnout, educational attainment, and employment. -
Most national population surveys—including the U.S. Census— fail to count prison inmates, who are disproportionately young black males. Pettit’s research shows that these methods have rendered the inmate population invisible. As a result, mass incarceration—and our failure to acknowledge it in our data sets—has effectively overstated black progress in the United States and concealed persistent racial inequality in political engagement, wage growth, educational attainment, and other areas.
By adding incarcerated Americans back into the existing data, Pettit finds:
· The black high school dropout rate in America may be much higher than widely believed. In fact, existing surveys have underestimated racial inequality in the high school dropout rate by 75 percent.
· Contrary to conventional wisdom, the racial educational attainment gap may not have decreased in two decades. When inmates are included, the data shows little improvement in the black-white gap in high school since the early 1990s.
· Disparities in employment rates are even worse than generally believed. The employment rate for young, black male dropouts is 26 percent when inmates are included, compared to 42 percent when they are excluded.
· Data surveys for the 2008 election overestimated overall black voter turnout by 13 percent and turnout among young, black male dropouts by 64.2 percent.
“By systematically excluding inmates and former inmates from key data, we’ve clouded our understanding of the American political, economic and social condition,” says Pettit. “I hope that by bringing the mass of incarcerated people into public view, the book will give the public, social scientists and policymakers a more complete picture of our contemporary reality—and influence public policy debates accordingly.”
A crucial complement to The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, which argued that mass incarceration replaced segregation as a system of social control, the book’s findings have implications for the upcoming election and beyond. They call into question what strides African Americans have made in recent decades—and during President Obama’s time in office—and assumptions about black voter engagement. They also raise questions about which types of policies would best address entrenched social and economic problems.
Becky Pettit is professor of sociology at the University of Washington. She is also the co-author of Gendered Tradeoffs (Russell Sage Foundation 2009), which examines how gender and family obligations influence economic inequalities in 21 advanced industrialized countries. Pettit is the Editor of Social Problems, the official journal of the Society of the Study of Social Problems, and a founding member of the Scholars Strategy Network. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University and a B.A. in sociology from University of California at Berkeley.
Weapon of A.S.S. (American Socialist States) Destruction
by Alfonzo “Zo” Rachel
From Agnostic to Conservative, Rachel as a Christian conservative, social/political humorist, is distinguished by his grinning delivery and rapid fire rant style in his video commentaries called ZoNation aired on PJTV.
“Zo” obliterates liberal lies…stating, “Since so many people are going to reshape the Constitution in order to suit themselves, I can’t rely on interpretations made by people. Instead, I must rely on insight from the One who grants us our unalienable rights in the first place—God.”
From Agnostic to Conservative, Alfonzo “Zo” Rachel tells it like it is…in Weapon of A.S.S. (American Socialist States) Destruction (White Hall Press, August 24, 2012).
As a musician and martial arts instructor, Rachel founded Macho Sauce Productions to create right-minded entertainment. As a Christian conservative, social/political humorist, his work is distinguished by his grinning delivery and rapid fire rant style in his video commentaries called ZoNation aired on PJTV.
“Zo” obliterates liberal lies…from the so-called “party switch” to the money-grubbing self-righteousness of the green movement, calling out Poverty pimps, Afrocentrics, RINOs, Demon-crats, whatevuh... delivering some truth bombs!
When people see what conservative principles are from conservatives, instead of from the donkey’s mouth, we’ll have more people ready to vote with a clearer understanding of what conservatism is. I wouldn’t be as effective to that end if I were in office. I gots to be in the trenches!
In Weapon of A.S.S. Destruction, Rachel’s commentaries include:
The true meaning of conservatism is the conservation of our God-given rights. That’s what it really means to be conservative, despite how Democrats have tried to twist its perception over the years.
And…So, if you’re for one nation under God, and understand that this country is a constitutional republic, then you may find yourself in the Conservative Republican tent. We form a party to hold the line against a legion of selfish people hell-bent on giving themselves power through the government, taxing us into the ground in order to support their agenda.
Along with…All these liberties that the liberals take only amount to oppression.
As well as…Since so many people are going to reshape the Constitution in order to suit themselves, I can’t rely on interpretations made by people. Instead, I must rely on insight from the One who grants us our unalienable rights in the first place—God. Social/political commentator Ann Coulter states, “Alfonzo is my new favorite Republican.”
Visit here for Rachel’s commentaries. Weapon of A.S.S. Destruction is available at PatriotDepot.com
White Hall Press · ISBN: 978-1-4675-0255-9· Paperback · 186 pages · $14.95/US
The Skin you Live In
by Dr. David Ireland
ARE YOU CROSS-RACIALLY ATTRACTIVE?
The Skin you Live In, Dr. David Ireland's new fall release with Nav Press (Sept. 2012) provides the tools and practical application needed for crossing the otherwise overlooked cultural boundaries within the realm of our churches, communities, and work-place.
Dr. David Ireland. pastor’s a 6,000 member congregation out of New Jersey with over 40 nationalities represented. He is a diversity consultant to the National Basketball Association and holds a doctorate from Regent University on organizational leadership. Dr. Ireland is a dynamic speaker and an engaging person to interview.
His book is already garnering much response! You can get book details and view video clips at http://www.theskinyoulivein.com
BUCDI's-Because U Can Do It
by Kerry Corley Dawley
Have you ever questioned your own strengths and weaknesses, think you could never meet your goals, or second guessed your innermost thoughts?
'Because U Can Do It' is packed full of quotations which cover everything from your feelings about beauty to one's growth, what could inspire you to do better as an individual and/or with a team, and reconnecting with your own spirituality.
It's a refreshing book to recall the many lessons we were once taught or heard. It's time to make a positive change in our lives. "A must-read."
by Virgil Brannon
For too long, Blacks have held onto the lies their "friends and leaders" have told them... and then wondered why success and the American dream elude them.
Sleep no more in this comatose state. Listen to Virgil Brannon as he removes the blinds and exposes the raw truth of who has done the most to keep blacks "in their place". And then, as he emphasizes, investigate for yourself. When you do, you will see that:
- Abraham Lincoln and his fellow Republicans free Blacks from Slavery.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a republican fighting against Democrats.
- Republican President Dwight Eisenhower sent troops into the South to desegregate the schools.
- Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act and opposed Dr. King's march on Washington, DC, in 1963.
Dig deeper, as Brannon has, and you will see what Democrats have done and what they are planning to do:
- President Obama and other Democrats have established relationships with people who want to take away our freedom and destroy America.
- Democrats have consistently sponsored legislation that keeps fathers out of Black families.
- Policies by the Democrats have destroyed the education system, hurting Blacks more than any other segment of the population.
- Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson Sr., and other Democratic voices for the Blacks purposely promote racism as a means for their own popularity and power.
Democratic Coma sets the record straight, exposing this and more of the damage inflicted by these "friends of the Blacks." And it offers hope. Success will come to those who drop their cloak of victimhood, realize they have the power and means within them to achieve, and take action to create a life of purpose, love, and integrity.
Hello, Goodbye Again
By Suzette Francis
Readers who flocked to Southern coming-of-age novels like The Secret Life of Bees and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, are in for a treat with Suzette Francis's new novel set in the mountains of Tennessee. In the mold of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Color Purple, Francis's Hello, Goodbye Again (AuthorHouse, 2011) deconstructs issues of race and bigotry through the eyes of the innocent. Sadie Winter--the fatherless bi-racial spitfire of a child who takes center stage in Hello, Goodbye Again--is the caged bird that sings, refusing to be a victim and holding fast to her dignity.
In Hello, Goodbye Again, Suzette Francis deftly weaves current themes of childhood bullying and the "otherness" still associated with being of mixed race into a beautiful narrative of triumph over tragedy. As Sadie's audacious curiosity sheds light on the secrets and hypocrisy within her family, her faith and open heart help her chart a course all her own.
Check out the book trailer here:
Visit http://www.suzettefrancis.com for more information.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The predictions of a voodoo lady in New Orleans set off an upheaval in the life of struggling country music singer Annie Winter. Annie is forced to move home to Foggy Mountain, Tennessee where her biracial child, Sadie, is not given the warmest of welcomes by her hard-driving intolerant grandmother. As Sadie is forced to do chores beyond her years and is bullied at school, her resolve stiffens. When Annie abandons her daughter to seek fame, Sadie holds onto her dream of being part of a real family and becomes determined to meet the father she never knew.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Suzette Francis wrote her first novel Rules for A Pretty Woman in 2003. It won the Romantic Times Multi-cultural award that same year. Her second novel Hello, Goodbye Again was published in 2011, while Francis completed her MFA from George Mason University and studied as a Creative Writing Honors Fellow at Oxford University. Also while at Oxford, Francis wrote as her thesis what she hopes to publish as an English historical novel Scraps from the Master's Table. Her third novel The Midlife is currently awaiting publication.
MAKING MARRIAGE WORK
New Rules for an Old Institution
By Lynn Toler
The long-time host of the popular syndicated TV show Divorce Court takes
the lessons learned from her many years on the bench and channels them
into practical, humorous, and engaging rules on how to succeed at being
married. Replete with simple, no-nonsense rules, Divorce Court anecdotes,
and stories about Judge Toler’s own 22-year union, Making Marriage Work
contains invaluable information couples everywhere can use to better secure
their marital tomorrow.
Making Marriage Work is Lynn Toler’s follow-up to the acclaimed My Mother’s Rules.
It’s a bold and inspiring guide to keeping marriages functional from a well-respected
authority with a unique take on the topic. Readers are treated to the same straightforward
and sensible advice that keeps audiences tuning in to Divorce Court year after year.
Sprinkled throughout are anecdotes from Divorce Court as well as observations and
insights gleaned from the author’s own 22-year marriage.
(Q. & A. with Lynn Toler, author of
Making Marriage Work)
What do you think are the main factors that caused the huge increase in the divorce
rate over the past four or five decades?
Let me count the ways. When society changes, its institutions are exposed to different
pressures. Now that women are legally equal and more economically able, marriage is no
longer a must but a choice. The sexual revolution, having allowed more of us access to
sex without the requirement of marriage, has removed yet another social pressure that
used to propel many down the aisle. Now that childbearing outside of marriage is also
more socially acceptable, that’s one fewer reason to make the walk down the altar. Also
we are not as dependent on each other as we were before. Gender roles are no longer so
strictly defined. We can take care of our own needs without the necessity of a
spouse. Add to that our having access to the entire world right in our living rooms
through our keyboards, and we can get plenty of satisfaction in life outside the bounds of
What is the role of love in modern marriage?
In the beginning of any serious relationship, love is the spark that gets it started. Stopping
there is where many people, especially younger people, make their mistake. That hot
love, if we’re lucky, evolves into something else—a love that is more steady and
consistent but not as exciting. (Lucky that it doesn’t die out altogether.) But you have to
feed that fire regularly, and you can’t expect it to keep you warm without help.
What are the most common marital problems that you see again and again?
The intrusion of technology, the desire for immediate gratification, economic pressures,
and the age-old problem—cheating.
What do you think has helped you maintain your own successful marriage?
We needed each other. He is strong where I am weak, and vice versa. We both had
parents who had solid, yet not perfect, marriages. So we both had a script to follow for
getting through tough times, and the belief that it can be done. And last, but not least, we
believe in it. We don’t expect to be happy with each other all of the time, and when
things did get bumpy, we got counseling.
What are the top three takeaways readers should glean from Making Marriage
1. You have to be consciously married. That means you have to think about what
you do and how you do it all of the way through. You have to treat marriage like
a third party that needs to be fed and cared for in order for it to survive.
2. Marriage is work. And work is good for people.
3. You need to decide what your marriage is supposed to look like. What works for one couple will doom another.
About Lynn Toler:
Lynn Toler graduated from Harvard University and got her law degree from the
University of Pennsylvania. After a decade practicing law in Cleveland, she was elected
judge of the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court in 1993. During her tenure, she was
actively engaged in the community, creating innovative programs to help at-risk youth
and coordinating resources and outreach to victims of domestic violence.
She became the host of Divorce Court, the longest-running television court program, in
2006. Her no-nonsense, straightforward advice and rulings have endeared her to legions
of Divorce Court’s fans. She brings the same practical insights to Making Marriage
Work, drawing on her own 22-year marriage to Eric Mumford. She is the author of My
Mother’s Rules (2007), also published by Agate Bolden. Judge Toler has two sons and
four stepsons, and frequently posts about her large, busy family on her Facebook page.
(August 15, 2012, Agate Bolden, 978-1-932841-65-7)
THE NO EXCUSE GUIDE TO SUCCESS
Almost everyone is guilty of playing the blame game. It's satisfying and easy to do.
If we despise our work, we can blame our manager or even our short-sighted
organization for its inability to recognize our genius. If our personal lives are a
disaster, we can blame our spouses, partners, the economy, or even our ancestors.
We all know on some level that we are pointing our fingers in the wrong direction,
but we just can't seem to help ourselves.
The notion of personal responsibility has never been more important than it is
today. Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr. strives to change our natural response to it in
his new book THE NO EXCUSE GUIDE TO SUCCESS: No Matter What Your Boss-or Life-Throws
at You (Career Press, June 2012) by showing readers how to replace "it's not my
fault" with "it's my responsibility". Please see below for more examples.
Jim Smith, Jr. is the President and CEO of JIMPACT Enterprises, where he is a
sought-after trainer and personal power speaker who has spent 16 years working in
corporate consulting leadership positions for a wide variety of industries.
In THE NO EXCUSE GUIDE TO SUCCESS, Smith provides his 10 proven principles, called
his Winning Ways, which include:
-- Own Your Choices: Accountability is about owning your role no matter what. Change
your perspective and avoid the use of the term mistake for anything you have
-- Listen with Three Ears: Our disengaged listening habits are directly linked to
the fast-paced, get-it-done-now world we all inhibit, but it also links directly to
our excuse-making habit.
-- Give Up "Right-Fighting": How to break the "yes, but." cycle. Wouldn't it be
great if we were never wrong? Yes, but sometimes we are. Learn to actively listen
for positive change.
-- Avoid the "Taking Credit" Trap: An attitude of contribution, not attribution,
often leads to surprising results. Learn how to balance a healthy amount of
self-promotion with a reasonable amount of "credit taking."
-- Live with Urgency and Purpose: If you made it to the end of the book, the
reasoning for principle #10 should be clear!
About the Author:
Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr., the President and CEO of JIMPACT
Enterprises, is a sought after trainer and personal-power speaker who has delivered
his message that we have the power to radically change the direction of our lives to
thousands of individuals throughout the world. Jim spent 16 years working in
corporate and consulting leadership positions for a wide variety of industries. In
addition to JIMPACT, he also serves as a faculty member for the Rutgers University
Executive (National and International) MBA Programs. Jim's previous motivational
books include: From Average to Awesome: Lessons for Living an Extraordinary Life and
The Masters of Success (coauthored with Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield, and others).
His other book, CRASH AND LEARN: 600+ Road-Tested Tips to Keep Audiences Fired Up
and Engaged provides tools on speaking, facilitating and training. Jim lives in Mt.
Laurel, New Jersey with his wife, daughter, and two sons.
Lucia Mann, a former journalist, was inspired by some true events seen through the eyes of a child to write Rented Silence. Rented Silence is a compelling story of human suffering that takes you back to slavery's unforgettable and unforgivable past during the brutal period in British Colonial history. But at the same time it is an inspirational tale of hope and love, but mostly the testimony to the human spirit, an overpowering instinct to survive against the odds. Rented Silence will move you to tears, anger and a wide range of other emotions, and will make you ask: "Where was God in the midst of this evil?"
Discover the truth that lies behind these unsung heroes in Rented Silence - and the unexpected repercussions whose far-reaching tremors are still felt today. The story will stay with you long after you've closed the book.
Lucia Man is Sicilian-bred, born in British Colonial South Africa in the wake of WWII. She is a citizen of Britain and Canada who recently applied for a U.S. Green Card because she believes she is an American at heart. She was educated in London, England and retired from freelance journalism in 1998. After suffering from racial prejudice most of her early life because she was part Italian and part South African, she saw and felt firsthand the pain and suffering of those who were thought to be inferior because of the color of their skin. Her mission is to end prejudice and slavery now and in the future.
Discard Everything You Thought You Knew About Church and Begin to Understand the Real Methods Behind the Manipulative Games Used Against Black Women in the Name of God!"
Open your mind. This book will show you how to save your self-esteem, heart and your money, and at the same time put you on the fast track to freedom from the church pimp game!
Date: May 25, 2012
From: Deborrah Cooper
Piece by piece, like a jigsaw puzzle, you will uncover the biggest secrets in how black men in churches make a profit from the labor and fears of black women. The real master of manipulation use these secrets daily in black churches across the nation. Learning the ins and outs of religion and how it can be used to hurt women was never more easy!
A church and the people in it or not beyond examination, critique or reproach. Churches are a BUSINESS, and as such should be put under the same microscope as any other business. If the business is not meeting your needs, why do you continue to shop there? Why give your money to a business that does not have your best interest at heart? Ladies, you must open your minds and consider the fact that the lies you've been told about a man coming for you have come from the robe clothed pimp speaking to you from the pulpit.
Black churches in the United States were once considered the cornerstone of the Black community and looked at as a source of guidance and strength. Indeed, the war for freedom waged in the 1960s civil rights era was born within the walls of Black churches nationwide. But that was then, this is now. The pews of our nations Black church are filled with women, most of them single and many of them young mothers.
Going to church is undeniably social conditioning amongst black women - it's how many Black women were raised. But what women hear in church about staying hidden, waiting on God to bring a man, receiving blessings based on donations to the church is in reality nothing but pimp style game. Children are also at risk to be used, as churches are increasingly the location for sexual abuse of children at the hand of church leaders and congregants alike. Church is not a safe place for Black women or their children, because the men there see you as nothing but prey!
Freeman by Leonard Pitts Jr.
Freeman is a love story--sweeping, generous, brutal, compassionate, patient--about the feelings people were determined to honor despite the enormous constraints of the era. Freeman illustrates the times and places it describes from a fresh perspective, with stunning results. Few other novels so powerfully capture the pathos and possibility of the era, particularly regarding how black slaves grappled with the promise--and the terror--of their new status as free men and women.
The new novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. is a moving, powerful story about love, surival, and resilience. Freeman tells three stories of courage, hardship, and faith that slowly coalesce around the town of Buford, Mississippi. The title character is Sam Freeman, a former slave who travels on foot a thousand miles through the ravaged South to find the woman he left behind 15 years earlier. Sam leaves the safety of his life in Philadelphia with no assurance that his wife, Tilda, is even alive. Only his abiding love for her and the memory of their dead son keeps him going as he faces the worst that humanity can offer.
Tilda, meanwhile, is being marched at gunpoint from the wreckage of her former master’s ruined plantation in search of land outside the reach of the Union. Along the way, she is forced to grapple with questions of ownership, freedom, and her own agency in an echo of the wider African-American community as it deals with the radically altered landscape of Southern society. The third story focuses on Prudence Kent, a wealthy young widow from Boston intent on starting a school for freed slaves deep in the heart of the former Confederacy. Prudence raises the ire of the local white population, who view her, a Yankee, as very nearly as alien to them as their former bondsmen.
Leonard Pitts, Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald. He is the author of the novel Before I Forget (Agate Bolden, 2009), the memoir Becoming Dad (Agate Bolden, 2006), and Forward From This Moment: Selected Columns, 1994-2009 (Agate Bolden, 2009).
Visit him on the web at http://www.leonardpittsjr.com
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What Would Michelle Do by Allison Samuels
A Modern-Day Guide to Living with Substance and Style
Just what is it about Michelle Obama that makes her such a beloved figure to
millions of Americans? Could it be her rise from a working class background to the
Ivy League and on to the White House that resonates with women? Maybe it’s the
easy-going way she seems to connect with virtually everyone around her. Could it be
the loving and diligent way she supports her husband, President Barack Obama?
Perhaps, all of the above!
In WHAT WOULD MICHELLE DO?: A Modern-Day Guide to Living with Substance and Style
(Gotham Books; 4/19; $24) award-winning journalist and Newsweek’s cultural critic
Allison Samuels, who has interviewed the First Lady numerous times, takes all women
on a journey into the life of one of the most celebrated First Ladies in American
Part style book, inspirational handbook and motivational manual, What Would Michelle
Do? is a play-by-play life guide to all things Michelle. From her must-have beauty
products, style tricks and favorite movies to the street-smart tips she picked up as
a young girl growing up on Chicago’s rough South Side, we are able to follow the
trajectory of Michelle's life to illustrate the determination, intellect and charm
that drives her success, while revealing how women across the country and even the
world can incorporate these traits to help them shine like Mrs. Obama.
What Would Michelle Do? outlines Mrs. Obama’s everyday rules of thumb to living your
best life. Allison is happy to speak with you about:
* Michelle’s friendship secrets.
* Michelle’s top rules to live by.
* Michelle’s formula for personal and professional success.
* Michelle’s style.
* What women of the world love about Michelle.
* Michelle’s secrets to a successful romance, and finding the right man.
* Mother's Day.
Interspersed with words of admiration from luminaries such as Samuel L. Jackson,
Diahann Carroll, Judith Jamison, Sidney Poitier, Magic Johnson, along with personal
friends and colleagues of Mrs. Obama, What Would Michelle Do? is the perfect guide
for the modern day woman, determined to live her most fabulous life.
About the book:
Inspiring insights, advice, and style for every woman who admires the popular and
poised First Lady Michelle Obama
Embodying style, class, and intelligence, Michelle Obama has quickly become an
American icon. Rising from modest beginnings, she went on to earn an Ivy League
education, a position at a top law firm, and a pivotal role beside President Barack
Obama. Yet Michelle still faces the same issues as most women today. As they watch
her juggle kids, marriage, and a seemingly nonstop calendar without breaking a
sweat, American women are asking, What Would Michelle Do?
Award-winning Newsweek journalist Allison Samuels, who has interviewed the First
Lady numerous times, follows the trajectory of Michelle's life to illustrate the
determination, intellect, and charm that drove her success-and reveals how women can
incorporate those same attributes to get everything Michelle has, from her toned
arms to her grace under pressure to her happy marriage. With the 2012 elections
looming, Michelle continues to be in the public's eye. Covering a range of lifestyle
topics-from creating a distinctive style to conquering obstacles to managing a
household-What Would Michelle Do? combines solid advice with a fun package that will
appeal to style mavens, soccer moms, and career women alike.
About the Author:
Allison Samuels is a senior writer with Newsweek’s The Daily Beast. She is the
author of three books as well as a former correspondent for NPR’s News & Notes and
she is a contributor to publications including Rolling Stone, Essence, Marie Claire,
and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the
Society of Professional Journalists’ National Sports Awards and the National
Association of Black Journalists’ First Place in Magazines Award. She lives in Los
For more information, visit http://www.michellewould.com
On Facebook: http://www.fb.me/whatwouldmichelledobook
The Ripple Effect
by Ken Coleman
Asks one of the most controversial and important questions of our time. What do we do with a child that commits murder? A cold blooded murder is committed in a sleepy, quiet, North Carolina town. The Ripple Effect explains, the character of a man is not in the way he acts. It’s in the way he reacts, even more so, the way he reacts to tragedy. Because, in one moment in time, through controversy and the court of public opinion, everything can change.
The story explores the relationship of a solid, Godly family that breaks, as well as a broken family that find their way back together. Sterling Sharpe, the suave and handsome defense attorney, uses the event to rekindle past relationships, while the urban and gritty talk show host Great Dane, uses the controversy to gain national popularity. The riveting tale is not so much about true crime, as much as it is real life.
BEING LARA, the stunning second novel from Lola Jaye—Out 3/13/12
BEING LARA by beloved author Lola Jaye is one of our biggest women’s fiction titles for the spring, and focuses primarily on a woman’s struggle to reconnect with her Nigerian roots after she’s adopted into a blended family living in London. Lola herself is acutely aware of the importance of understanding your roots as she was adopted from Nigeria and has repeatedly traveled there to reconnect with her birth family to understand her cultural past.
Opinion: Should race be a factor in adoption?
Read Lola Jaye's Opinion