Urbania Magazine Sponsors Miss Black Collegiate USA Scholarship Pageant 2013 (Free Signup via Website)

Four of the Miss Black Collegiate USA Scholarship Pageant Sponsors – NCM Publishing, The Event Strategist, Urbania Magazine, & Inner Beauty Solutions invite sororities, On-Campus Student Governement Organizations, or any non-profit organization that works with young collegiate women of African descent to submit a two-minute or less video of herself stating why she would make the best 2013 Miss Black Collegiate USA Scholarship Pageant Queen. Those who are selected will be entered into the pageant as a contestant and will have her application fee waived as well as will have the opportunity to participant in a Macy’s The fashion show which has partnered with Teen Vogue.

All submissions must be received by the pageant office no later than Friday, September 13, 2013 for consideration! “Exposing Minds, Not Bodies!”

For more information about the Miss Black Collegiate USA Scholarship Pageant visit the website at www.missblackcollegiateusa.com – follow us on Twitter @mbcusasp and “Like” us on Facebook at Miss Black Collegiate USA Scholarship Pageant.


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[Media Recap] Boris Kodjoe, Kevin Hart And Morris Chestnut Headline The 19th Annual Insights Marketing Weekend Of Events

Insights Marketing and Keshia Walker hosted the 19th Annual Weekend Of Events during the country’s premier Music Festival in New Orleans during 4th of July Weekend. The series of events emerged as the ultimate celebrity studded day experiences in New Orleans this year. The weekend included Friday’s Coors Light Day Escape hosted by Boris Kodjoe, Saturday’s 15th Annual All White Affair celebrating Kevin Hart’s birthday presented by Universal Pictures, Crown Royal and ORS, Saturdays’ A Night In White hosted by Laz Alonso and Lance Gross, and Sunday’s COVERGIRL Queen Collection’s Queendom presented by Martini hosted by Morris Chestnut with a special appearance by Nicole Murphy. For more information visit www.insights-mpc.com

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African Pride Hair Care “Beauty and the Beat” Beauty Suite: New Orleans (Media Recap)

New Orleans (July 2013) – The African Pride “Beauty & the Beat” Beauty Suite was the ultimate beauty lounge during the Essence Music Festival as over 500 people convened over the weekend at the luxurious Wyndham Riverfront Hotel on Saturday, July 6th. The “Beauty & the Beat” Beauty Suite fused a unique celebration of beauty & music from the 80’s to today. Guests received an exclusive hospitality experience sharing their digital hair journey powered by MadameYou.com along with complimentary make-up services, signature “Master of the Mix” Cocktails, an exclusive “Beauty & the Beat” soundtrack with headphones and a chance to win a 3 month supply of African Pride hair care products. MadameYou.com The African Pride Beauty Suite featured special celebrity appearances by Spinderella (DJ), Kelly Price (TV One’s R&B Divas), AJ Johnson (Actress “House Party”, “Baby Boy”) and Mama Dee (VH1’s Love & Hip Hop). National beauty bloggers from HelloBeautiful.com, Lexi with the Curls, The Glamazons, Luv Brown Sugar and The Style & Beauty Doctor hosted the suite continuing the conversation surrounding African Pride’s nationally charged “My Pride. My Way” campaign. The African Pride “Beauty & the Beaut” Beauty Suite and “My Pride. My Way” campaign promotes healthy hair care, celebrating the individual style, innovation and beauty of all women because “When it Comes to Hair, We Write Our Own Rules.”

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Amazon Announces Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013

Amazon Announces Sixth Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

One Grand Prize winner will be chosen by Amazon customers and receive a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing, with a $50,000 advance

Finalists will be chosen in five categories—general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction—and receive publishing contracts with Amazon Publishing

SEATTLE—December 4, 2012—Amazon.com today begins an exciting new chapter in the annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA), the contest in search of the next great voices in popular fiction. Starting January 14, authors can enter the contest in one of five categories—general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction—for the chance to win a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing. A finalist will be chosen in each category, and a Grand Prize winner will then be selected by Amazon customers and receive a $50,000 advance. The remaining finalists will also receive a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing, with a $15,000 advance.

This year’s ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published English-language novels, which can be submitted from January 14, 2013 through January 27, 2013. The five finalists will be announced on May 21, and the Grand Prize winner will be announced during a special ceremony at Amazon headquarters in Seattle in June.

“Over the past five years, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award has helped thousands of authors realize their dream of writing a novel, while connecting them with their peers as well as readers and giving them the opportunity to be discovered,” said Nader Kabbani, Vice President of CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. “We’re excited to evolve the contest this year to recognize talented aspiring authors in even more genres, with bigger advances, more winners, and quickly bring the winning novels to readers around the world.”

Up to 10,000 eligible entries will be accepted for the ABNA contest this year. The top 400 entries from each category will advance to the second round. Amazon reviewers will then read excerpts of the entries and narrow the pool to 100 titles in each category. In the subsequent round, reviewers from Publishers Weekly will read, review and rate the full manuscripts to find the top five semi-finalists for each category. Amazon Publishing editors will then choose a finalist in each of the five categories. In the final stage of the contest, Amazon.com customers will vote for a Grand Prize winner.

“At Amazon Publishing we love introducing readers to outstanding books,” said Daphne Durham, Editor-in-Chief, Amazon Publishing. “We’re thrilled to be a part of ABNA this year, and look forward to the chance to build these books into best sellers.”

CreateSpace, an Amazon company, will again this year host the contest entry platform, which includes a community for authors that will keep them up-to-date on the contest and help them prepare their entries.

Amazon Publishing is the publishing arm of Amazon.com. Amazon Publishing’s West Coast Group includes imprints AmazonEncore, AmazonCrossing, Montlake Romance, Thomas & Mercer and 47North. Amazon Publishing’s East Coast Group publishes adult trade, children’s and young adult titles. For more information about all imprints of Amazon Publishing, visit www.amazon.com/amazonpublishing. Amazon Publishing is a brand used by Amazon Content Services, LLC.

For the complete Official Rules for the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and more information about the contest, please visit www.amazon.com/abna.

Mosaic Literary Conference 2012

November 9 & 10, 2012
Hostos Community College Bronx NY

If you’re interested in facilitating a workshop click here http://bit.ly/mlc12 to download the RFP

The Mosaic Literary Conference is an inspiring and unique grassroots conference planned, produced, and promoted in partnership with local cultural organizations and educators. Its focus is simple —to educate, empower, and reconnect this generation of educators, parents, and students to the power of books and reading. The conference invites some of the most innovative educators and literary artists to facilitate literature workshops to an audience of teachers and administrators.

The conference is produced by The Literary Freedom Project. LFP is a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization that seeks to restore the importance of reading books as an essential tool for creating intelligent, productive, and engaged young people. Towards this goal, LFP publishes Mosaic Literary Magazine; develops literature-based lesson plans; and hosts the Mosaic Literary Conference, an annual literature-education event.

Event details to come.

Baltimore Urban Book Festival Early Registration

Chris Hicks, AAMBC and The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park

2nd annual Baltimore Urban Book Festival Sunday May 6, 2012 at 1pm-8pm,
at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park,
1417 Thames St, Baltimore MD 21231.

Celebrating Baltimore’s FIRST and ONLY book festival focusing on African American literature.


Visit our website to register and purchase at www.baltimoreurbanbookfestival.com

Featuring some of the country’s most influential bestselling authors; Omar Tyree, T. Styles, JM Benjamin, Jimmy Da Saint, Kiki Swinson, Miss KP, Tamika New House, Trice Hickman, Nicola Mitchell, Chris Hicks, Ladawn Black,Moses Miller, Nikki Turner,Booker T Mattison

– AAMBC Awards Ceremony honoring this years top performing authors
-Omar Tyree lecture and book signing,
-Chocalate Chat workshop featuring
T Styles,Jimmy Da Saint and Miss KP
-The real talk with the men of ECE(ebony chronicles of elevation)featuring
Corey Barnes,QB Wells,Moses Miller,Omar Tyree and Author Chris Hicks
-African American Literature Panel
Panelist will be announced soon


storytelling, free treats, games, face painting, moon bounce,
Annual free book giveaway drive and a special storytelling feature from Baltimore Ravens

Some of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Fredrick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park a program of the Living Classroom Foundation, in support of their Voyage of Exploration a science, technology, engineering, and math program (STEM).

Media sponsors; Mosiac Books, The Baltimore Times, Urbania Magazine, DMD Experience,
BMore News, AAMBC, The Urban Twist, Rolling Out Magazine, Urban Literature Review,
ILuvblackwoman.com, EDC Creations, My Soul Radio.com, BaltimoreBlack.com, AALBC

please contact Chris Hicks directly at chrishicks@baltimoreurbanbookfestival.com or chrishicks.hicks@gmail.com

New Jersey’s ‘James Bond Gang’ Fictionalized in Street-lit Author Ericka Williams’ Fifth Book ‘The Robbin Hoods

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“Police in New Jersey and New York believe this group is an offshoot of the original James Bond gang of the 1980s and 1990s that used a tricked-out BMW and other made-for-Hollywood ploys to evade police and steal from the rich.”–MyFoxNY.com 4/2011

“Authorities say the “James Bond Gang” is back, targeting high-end homes in wealthy neighborhoods.”–News 12 Jersey 4/2011

New Jersey’s ‘James Bond Gang’ Fictionalized in Street-lit Author
Ericka Williams’ Fifth Book
‘The Robbin Hoods’

Teaneck, New Jersey (September 9, 2011)– Best known for her 3-part series A Woman Scorned formerly on Life Changing Books, Ericka Williams captured the attention of readers and reviewers by her uncanny ability to weave a story about a broken hearted Brielle who snaps and gets revenge on her unfaithful. Without warning, Brielle becomes sadistic and puts every man into a deathtrap.

Now with her fifth novel The Robbin Hoods (ESharan Publishing Paperback; September 27, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-615-47432-8; $15.00) true crimes become street-lit fans’ entertainment. Inspired by the media coverage on the crimes of the notorious ‘James Bond Gang’ Ericka Williams dives into the quest for the American Dream through the eyes of those who take from the rich and splurge on the poor.

Ericka Williams writes all of her books with theme to show the unlimited access of human beings to redemption. She doesn’t condone the acts of the ‘James Bond Gang’ but she empathizes with those young boys who grow up being force fed to “get things” on their own without proper guidance. As an elementary school language arts teacher she is determined to impart into young people, that nothing comes easy, but any thing worth having is worth working for.


The Robbin Hoods are burglars. They are hood stars who are living the good life splurging their money on women, fast cars, jewels, nice homes, trips, and drugs. Chance was from Brooklyn. His mother moved him and his siblings to New Jersey for a better life. Very early his family learns that the have-nots are surrounded by those who are extremely wealthy. Chance chooses a life of robbery to support his mother and siblings. What started out as a petty crime with teenagers who would cut school and break-and-enter into houses, on foot, turned into a multi-million dollar empire when the crew took their craft to a higher level. They graduated from boys to men, who made millions of dollars when they began venturing into exclusive upper class neighborhoods. The story is about the unlawful pursuit of the “American Dream”. The Robbin Hoods shows what happens when you take from others, instead of building your own.


Last month Sparta police reported to News 12 they’ve caught four men believed to be part of the infamous “James Bond Gang” that has been burglarizing wealthy communities for over a year. Police say they caught the four men after they led them on a short chase down Sparta’s main road which ended when the vehicle crashed. When the vehicle was searched, police found $20,000 in goods stolen from two homes in Sparta Authorities say three of the men were out on bail from prior arrests.

In April of this year reports from News 12 Jersey say the so-called “James Bond Robbers” were first named years ago when the crooks used a BMW with secret compartments during a robbery. Police say this time around, there isn’t a high-tech car, but there is a similar mode of operation. Authorities say the group is mostly from Englewood and Teaneck and dates back to the 1980s. Different people have been involved throughout the years, but committing the same type of crime. Police say in most cases, the crooks ring a doorbell. When they are sure no one is home, they break in through the front door.

Ericka Williams grew up around the original members of the James Bond Gang as the “little sister” type. She is a graduate of Teaneck High School, in Teaneck New Jersey. She attended Howard University and graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. She is the author of All that Glitters, A Woman Scorned, A Woman Scorned part 2: Family Ties, Shining Star, The Robbin Hoods and A Women Scorned part 3 (January 2012) .

The Robbin Hoods
ESharan Publishing Paperback
September 27, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-615-47432-8
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Author Treasure Blue Signs Book Deal with Cash Money Content


National Best Selling Author Treasure E. Blue Is The New Face Of Cash Money Content

New York NY- National Best Selling Author Treasure E. Blue Is The New Face of Cash Money Content – Only 2 months after self-publishing his 4th novel Harlem Girl Lost 2 – The Beginning he captured the attention of the label. Starting out with an eBook release and reinvesting to print books paid off after walking away a few years ago from a major deal with Random House/One World/Ballantine.

The decision to sign Mr. Blue to Cash Money Content wasn’t difficult due to Blue’s consistent marketing efforts. From online sales, street sales to stores, Treasure has captivated his audiences with heartfelt urban stories that will often leave readers thinking, crying and rooting for his street smart heroines. His uncanny ability of making readers feel as if they were there has won the hearts of many.

The deal consists of the re-release of Harlem Girl Lost 2 entitled Get Em Girls: A Harlem Girl Lost Story (Winter 2012), the conclusion of the Harlem Girl Lost trilogy which has not been titled and 2 anthologies. For Blue this new venture will help position himself into an arena with winners that’ll be able to make a reality of his life’s dream of turning his books into film.

“It’s not only an honor and a privilege to be signed to the future of publishing, Cash Money Content, but to be part of a roster that includes the great Wahida Clark and the dynamic duo Ashley and JaQuavis, I just thank God for such a wonderful opportunity … I’m forever humbled.” says Treasure E. Blue

About The Author

Treasure E. Blue is the Essence Magazine Best Selling Author of Harlem Girl Lost, A Street Girl Named Desire, Keyshia & Clyde and contributor to Flexin & Sexin Volume 2 and Erotic Snapshots Volume 1. A former fire inspector with the New York City Fire Department he currently resides in Harlem NY and is a public speaker that shows today’s youth the dangers of drug addiction and the importance of literacy.

For media inquiries please contact the Literary Consultant Group at 267-329-9194 or via email at Nakea@literaryconsultantgroup.com


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