OWL Feature with Ashley Antionette Part 1

Ashley Antoinette is a bona fide literary success story. She is a New York Times bestselling author in her own right, as well as half of the superstar-writing duo Ashley and JaQuavis. With over 40 books published, including the popular The Prada Plan saga, she is a force to be reckoned with. Not content to… [Continue Reading]

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The Delphine Queen – Tamika Newhouse

The Delphine Queen – Tamika Newhouse Today’s publishing world is full of trick steps, strokes of luck, heartbreaks, and incomprehensible (see inconsistent, changeable) standards. Writers find dozens, sometimes hundreds, of obstacles between them and their dream of publication. But the savvy have learned how to dance through those tricks steps, outsmart luck, endure heartbreak, and… [Continue Reading]

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Lashonda DeVaughn, Urban Warrior and Success Story

LaShonda DeVaughn, Urban Warrior and Underdog Success Story by Robin L. Martinez From its earliest beginnings, the United States has rallied around and idolized those who found a way to overcome less than ideal circumstances. Our history is rife with stories of individuals who used ingenuity, pure grit, and not a little chutzpah to make… [Continue Reading]

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Spreading the Fire: Darlene Aiken and the Empowerment of Women

Spreading the Fire: Darlene Aiken and the Empowerment of Women by Robin L. Martinez Today’s child “experts” and psychologists are very fond of handing out advice (much of it contrary and impractical) on how to raise a child. Parenting magazines print endless lists of skill-building activities and kid-friendly recipes to entice readers. But not many… [Continue Reading]

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Francis Ray Interview

Interviewed by Ni’cola Mitchell Francis Ray is a literary legend with too many books to mention. I had the opportunity to sit down with her and discuss writing, publishing and the inspiration and hard works to keep moving forward. Unfortunately she past away before we were able to publish. 1.What inspires you to write? What… [Continue Reading]

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OWL Feature with Ashley Antionette Part 1

Ashley Antoinette is a bona fide literary success story. She is a New York Times bestselling author in her own right, as well as half of the superstar-writing duo Ashley and JaQuavis. With over 40 books published, including the popular The Prada Plan saga, she is a force to be reckoned with. Not content to […]

Tamika-Newhouse-Trust-no-nigga- 150 x 150

The Delphine Queen – Tamika Newhouse

The Delphine Queen – Tamika Newhouse Today’s publishing world is full of trick steps, strokes of luck, heartbreaks, and incomprehensible (see inconsistent, changeable) standards. Writers find dozens, sometimes hundreds, of obstacles between them and their dream of publication. But the savvy have learned how to dance through those tricks steps, outsmart luck, endure heartbreak, and […]

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Lashonda DeVaughn, Urban Warrior and Success Story

LaShonda DeVaughn, Urban Warrior and Underdog Success Story by Robin L. Martinez From its earliest beginnings, the United States has rallied around and idolized those who found a way to overcome less than ideal circumstances. Our history is rife with stories of individuals who used ingenuity, pure grit, and not a little chutzpah to make […]

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Spreading the Fire: Darlene Aiken and the Empowerment of Women

Spreading the Fire: Darlene Aiken and the Empowerment of Women by Robin L. Martinez Today’s child “experts” and psychologists are very fond of handing out advice (much of it contrary and impractical) on how to raise a child. Parenting magazines print endless lists of skill-building activities and kid-friendly recipes to entice readers. But not many […]

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The Rejected Stone by Reverend Al Sharpton (Book Review)

“The Rejected Stone” by Reverend Al Sharpton Cash Money Content 2013 $22.00 / $26.00 Canada 272 pages By Terri S. The Bookworm Sez The directions didn’t make any sense. They came with diagrams, but that didn’t help. Online information was no better, you were making a mess of things, and about ready to scream. You […]

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Nine Years Under by Sheri Booker (Book Review)

“Nine Years Under” by Sheri Booker Gotham Books (2013) $26.00 / $27.50 Canada 272 pages Review by Terri S. Sitting around all summer would’ve been so wrong. And that’s why you found a job that year between classes. No more parental hand-outs, no more wearing clothes your mom bought you, no more borrowing the car. […]

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The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color in a New Millennuim (Book Review)

Reviewed by Terri S. “The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color in a New Millennium” by Kathy Russell-Cole, Midge Wilson, and Ronald E. Hall c.1992, 2013, Anchor $16.00 / $19.00 Canada 288 pages This month, you’ve decided you need a whole new look. Your hair and wardrobe are out of date, so you’re getting […]

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How to Use the Power Of Goodreads Giveaways

When it comes to marketing a book, never underestimate the power of a book giveaway. Perhaps one of the best ways to kick start book discovery is by offering your book for free. I recommend doing multiple giveaways for a book and, in fact, I have done pre-publication giveaways that have really helped to spike […]

How to Toss Pitches That Hit the Target

How to Toss Pitches That Hit the Target By Marsha J Friedman I’ve been saying it for 22 years: Getting mentioned in news stories and being interviewed on radio and TV is the best, most cost-effective marketing strategy. By positioning yourself as an expert on topics relevant to your product or book, you also gain […]

How to Maximize Media Leads

Maximizing Media Leads Thanks to HARO (www.helpareporterout.com) and similar media leads services, there are media leads out there for everyone, all the time. Media, media, everywhere! The key, however, is to maximize these leads. Often, we think that as long as we respond to them, and give them our information, the hard part is done. […]

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January Jackson and Friends: The Premiere by Zonie Felder (Book Trailer)

Paperback: 180 pages Publisher: iUniverse (February 6, 2012) ISBN:978-1-4620-8355-8 Price: $13.95 Book Trailer Book Description Beautiful women can-and will-stoop to ugly acts in the name of love, lust, and power. In the face of unspeakable erotic betrayal, no one is safe. Behold how lust and passion can quickly cloud judgment-and how wrong choices will forever […]

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Murderville by Ashley JaQuavis (Book Trailer)

Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Cash Money Content; Original edition (July 26, 2011) Author: Ashley JaQuavis Language: English ISBN-10: 1936399008 Book Description Two children from Sierra Leone, Liberty and A’shai, are brought together by chance only to be forced apart by the most inevitable and tragic fate. Ashley and JaQuavis bring us this classic love story […]

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Lorton Legends by Eyone Williams (Book Trailer)

Author: Eyone Williams Paperback: 300 pages Publisher: DC Bookdiva Publications; 1st edition (September 1, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0984611061 Price: $15.00 Book Description The Lorton Correctional Complex was one of the most notorious prisons in U.S. history. It housed convicts from Washington, D.C. Known for violence and corruption, it shaped and molded every man, or […]

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Interview with Author Chemistry

Interview with Author Chemistry 1.Introduce yourself to our readers My names is Chemistry and I am a author from Alabama. I am also the CEO of Go Gettas Magazine and blogger @ Books & Chocolates Book Blog. I am also an advocate for Anti Bullying. 2. What inspired you to become a writer? I am […]

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Interview with Lovely Lies Author Lashanta Charles

Introduce yourself to the audience. I was born and raised in Orangeburg, SC. I love to eat, watch movies, read, and obviously write. I’m married, have two kids and I live in Texas. Oh, and I hate spiders. Tell us about your title. Lovely Lies, basically sums up the concept of my novel. Makynzee, the […]

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Interview with A Cold Piece Author Ni’cola Mitchell

UM: Introduce yourself to the audience. Hello, my name is Ni’cola Mitchell, and I am an author and I run an independent publishing house NCM Publishing. Originally from Jamaica, I am a proud mother of two beautiful and talented girls Destani Imani 18 and Diamond Lynn 13. Currently we reside in North Las Vegas, Nevada. […]

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Interview with Hank Willis Thomas

A Perfect Picture: Interview with Hank Willis Thomas Interviewed by Dana Rettig Someone once stated that a picture is worth a thousand words. A picture does not just remind us of our past and present. It reminds us of who we are as individuals as well as our perspective on things that make life bittersweet […]

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Interview with Artist / Illustrator David Charles

In the Eyes of a Rebel: David Charles by Dana Rettig Renaissance is French for change. It is a cultural movement in the 1920s that celebrated black art, literature, and music that experienced renewal and growth; originating in New York City’s Harlem district, which later became known as The Black Renaissance and the New Negro […]

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Interview with Dirt Bomb

Dirt Bomb has already been featured in several magazines for his music, vision and success selling music on the street. He has worked with artists including Scarface, Too Short, Mario, and Scott Storch. More information can be found at www.dbomb.net From the web: “A healthy confidence in self and mature intelligence to match, his delivery […]

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Short Fiction

Four Women by A. Jarrell Hayes

FOUR WOMEN By A. Jarrell Hayes She steps into the beauty salon smiling. Her teeth are polished ceramic gems, her fingernails clear as glass, and her hair flows like an ebony ocean. Her pumps clank to a halt. Her hand falls slightly to the side of her whimsical dress, and she smiles. This is her […]

Trapped in the Closet by Jordan Belcher

TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET BY Jordan Belcher Her kidnappers told her not to move, but how else was she supposed to keep the blood circulating through her legs? Sometimes she’d be sitting with her knees bent close to her chest, and when that starts to feel uncomfortable, she’d stretch her legs flat out, ankles touching. […]

Gone with the Wind by Kumar Shrestha

Gone with the Wind Grandma died. She breathed her last at the dawn of a New Year. She was ninety-five. “I will live to be a hundred years,” she used to say, when anyone asked about her health. She had a great passion for living. She had married an army man at a tender age […]

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Video

Rhyme & Reason

Title Rhyme & Reason (1997) Runtime 1 hr. 29 min. Studio Miramax Genres News and Information Description: Documentary filmmaker Peter Spirer interviewed over 80 significant artists in rap and hip-hop music for this documentary that explores the history of hip-hop culture, how rap evolved to become a major cultural voice (and a multi-billion dollar industry), […]

BookWars

Title BookWars (2000) Runtime 1 hr. 17 min. Studio New Video Group Genres News and Information Description The gritty world of New York City street booksellers told in a remarkable story that chronicles their lives, loves and their unique perspectives on life.

Hooked

Title Hooked (2004) Runtime 1 hr. 00 min. Studio Razor & Tie Genres News and Information Description: Hooked follows the tragic story of Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell, who grew up in Oakland, California, playing basketball with his childhood friends Gary Payton of the Los Angeles Lakers and Jason Kidd of the New Jersey Nets.

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Gorilla Unit by Eric Nycamor

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