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NewsOne Minute: Barbershop Promotes Literacy by Giving Young Customers Books

Originally posted on Atlanta Daily World:

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Your local barbershop probably consists of TVs broadcasting ESPN, animated banter on almost any subject and music to match the vibe of the shop. The only literature you would expect to find is a magazine. A Palm Beach County, Fla., barbershop is altering this traditional view of barbershops by taking away the televisions and radios and adding a library of books. The owner of Royal Touch Barbershop, Reggie Ross, is promoting literacy by asking his young customers to read one of the books he provides while they wait to get their haircut. Ross extends the option for children to continue reading the book during their haircut. He even asks them to read aloud to him and sparks discussions with them about the book. Read more.

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Children’s Fairy Tale Featuring Same-Sex Marriage And A Lesbian Princess Hits Bookshelves

Originally posted on Pop News, Artists, Celebrity Gossip, Fernando & Greg - 99.7 [NOW!]:

(CBS SF) — Two princes fall in love, marry and are rescued by a lesbian princess in this new children’s fairy tale book that hit international bookshelves, major retailers and local libraries.

Published in February by Sacramento author Jeffrey Miles, “The Princes and The Treasure” is the story of undefeated champion Gallant and shy bookworm Earnest and their quest to rescue Princess Elena. Along the way, the princes realize “the greatest treasure in the land” is not what they expected.

The Princes and The Treasure. A fairy tale children's book about same-sex marriage.

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Miles, a professor of management at the University of the Pacific, said he was inspired to write his first children’s book after watching a live-action show at an amusement park that featured a prince and princesses, according to The Advocate.

“I suddenly wondered, ‘Why aren’t there any gay princes or lesbian princesses? Why can’t the handsome prince marry another handsome prince? Why can’t a damsel in distress be rescued…

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Celebrating Afrikan American History Month | ¿ What Does It Mean To Be Coloured In Present Day America ?

Originally posted on The BLACK Media:

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Celebrating Afrikan American History Month

Today I took time to reflect on many things regarding my culture. One question kept popping up in my head. After merging Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Barack Obama, Miles Davis, Langston Hughes, Jesse Jackson, Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou, Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, Raven Symone, Frederick Douglas, Bob Marley and Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, I’ve come to one question…

¿ What does it mean to be coloured in present day America ?

I wish I had enough time, I would have posted every single Afrikan who ever did anything great for our culture and this country, but I’d die before i’d finish. So instead i’ll start a new, and become great, become an activist who changes the world one post at a time.

In the comments section please answer the question of the month;

¿ What does it mean to be coloured…

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Here’s another one from Terry M. Walker, author

A Bittersweet Love by

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Shayna is a naive young woman who unknowingly marries a figure from the underworld. She believes the rich lifestyle she’s married into is funded by her husband Simon “legit work” in corporate America, but as their marriage progresses, clues begin to abound that Simon is not who he has pretended to be. It’s a tale of obsessive love. Simon wants to keep his innocent wife at all costs, while Shayna wrestles with staying in or escaping the marriage. She chooses to leave, but will he let her? Joined by fate, Shayna and Simons final outcome has already been determined.

Curl up to read this thrilling masterpiece as their story unravels. Only then will you come to know that … “love is insanity.” And what this couple shares is A Bittersweet Love.

 

When Oprah Calls …

Originally posted on Gwen Pegram, Author, The Missing Five:

gwenpegrampublishing… It’s all about the back cover of The Missing Five.

It is a beautiful sight when professional women come together to support one another. That is exactly what happened at my “second” signing hosted by Sophie Dunbar, owner of Creative Hands, on December 21 for my debut novel, The Missing Five.

This first day of Winter, which displayed a record-breaking temperature of 72 degrees, was a wonderful backdrop for us to discuss five middle-aged African-American men, missing without a trace, in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

One newly met fan, Claretta, adamantly said, “Well, I’m buying a book because I need to find one of these missing men for myself.” She went on to say, jokingly, that there is already a black man shortage in DC and now they’re disappearing! No wonder black women can’t find a man.” We laughed.

Another fan, Patricia, said she loved the cover, especially the back of the book…

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#2013YearInReview of Tamika Newhouse’s tour dates and fun throughout the year #PassionateSpot

Originally posted on Tamika Newhouse's Passionate Spot:

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I traveled to various cites on a book tour such as Miami, New Orleans, D.C., Chicago, and more

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I had a on site photo shoot in Newark, NJ and NYC prepping for my 2014 tours and events.

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I stayed on the road having fun and even was on a few urban radio stations.

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I attended so many parties and events in 2013 from NYC to Atlanta it was a ball.

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I met with over half a dozen book clubs and they always fed me good!

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I hosted a bloggers brunch in NYC during NY Fashion week and it was sponsored by Cover Girl Cosmetics and Lift Lab.

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In March I went back to Fort Worth, TX to host a signing for Cookie a Fort Worth Story and its sequel and the locals came out in numbers.

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I attended the AALAS awards in NYC and won my 6th award for Self…

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Charles Ramsey Signs Book Deal To Pen Memoir

Originally posted on K Soul 94.5:

The man at the center of attention for rescuing the 3 Cleveland, Ohio women who had been kidnapped and missing for a decade is cashing in on his good deeds. Charles Ramsey has signed at book deal with Cleveland Publisher David Gray & Co. Ramsey helped Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and kicked the door in Michelle Knight and Berry’s 6-year-old daughter escape May 6, 2013. This was one of the biggest stories of 2013.

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New Book From Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin

Originally posted on Praise 103.9:

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Just look who survived the whole “inappropriate dress for a preacher’s wife debacle” and has managed to change the topic. Meagan Good and her husband, DeVon Franklin, are writing a book about not having sex throughout the yearlong courtship that led to their 2012 nuptials.

Yep! Titled The Wait, the book tells you all about how Good knew Franklin was “the one” because he agreed to wait until marriage to be intimate with her.

“It’s that waiting period where we really get the most anxiety and the most frustration,” Franklin told Sister 2 Sister. “It’s all about how you handle the waiting period in life, from the relationship wait, to the marriage wait, to the career wait.”

How did the couple go so long without sex? “We held each other accountable because we honored the commitment,” Franklin told ESSENCE.com. “And we both were already committed to it.”

The Wait is slated…

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Book Review: Live and Let Die by Bianca Sloane

Originally posted on Spotlight:

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Blurb (from Goodreads)

“On a bitterly cold January evening, Tracy Ellis went for a jog along Chicago’s snowy lakefront and disappeared. Her body was discovered days later, her beautiful face bashed in with a rock. Police determine her brutal death to be a mugging gone wrong and drop the matter into their cold case files.

Over a year later, Tracy’s sister, Sondra, still can’t come to grips with what happened. She throws herself into her work as a documentary filmmaker to try and forget the cruelty of her sister’s death. However, a chance encounter with a man from Tracy’s past rips the wound open and sends Sondra on a desperate search for answers about the secrets from her sister’s life that may have led to her death.

As Sondra struggles to uncover what happened to Tracy, she’s launched into a tangled web of deceit and danger that put her on…

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REVIEW: HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE, BY EMMA CHAPMAN

Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:

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Marta’s life seems to be on the verge of something: a place somewhere between the past and the present, except that her past is lost to her. She has been married to Hector for many years, and their grown son Kylan has moved out, leaving her alone with her husband and the tasks that seemingly consume her. But don’t fulfill her. And threading through her days, as she completes her duties, excerpts from a book about being a good wife filter through, reminding her of her mother-in-law who gave her the book. And of a kind of imprisonment that seems more and more real with each day.

What is happening to Marta? Why does her husband keep handing her pills to swallow? Why does he “explain” her to friends as having “empty nest syndrome” and having a “vivid imagination”? Why does she fear him?

Yes, lately, images…

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