7th Annual African American Literary Awards Show Nominees

Congrats to all the nominees for the 7th Annual African American Literary Awards Show. Voting starts Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Go to www.literaryawardshow.com to vote online on 7/27/11.


Dorothy by LaToya S. Watkins

He Was My Man First – Courtney Parker & Nancey Flowers

No One in the World: A Novel – E. Lynn Harris & RM Johnson

Mama Ruby – Mary Monroe

Money Can’t Buy Love – Connie Briscoe

Self help

How To Get Out Of Your Own Way – Tyrese Gibson

The Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn’t Sexy – Shirley Strawberry

Why Do I Have To Think Like A Man?: How To Think Like A Lady And Still Get The Man – Shanae Hall & Rhonda Frost Priceless Inspirations – Antonia Carter

A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life – Demetria Lucas


Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood – Ice T

The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring – Sugar Ray Leonard

Flavor Flav: The Icon The Memoir – Flavor Flav

Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain – Natalie Cole

Transparent – Don Lemon

Christian Fiction

An Inconvenient Friend by Rhonda McKnight

Right Package, Wrong Baggage by Wanda B. Campbell

The Deal, The Dance & The Devil – Victoria Christopher Murray

Crowning Glory – Pat Simmons

Who Said It Would Be Easy?: A Story of Faith (Zane Presents) – Cheryl Faye


Strawberries, Stilettos, and Steam – Imani True & Dreama Skye

Southern Comfort” by Cynnamon Foster and Nina Foxx

Sixty-Nine – Pynk

Smooth Operator – Risque

Nasty – Dr. XYZ

Street Fiction

Justify My Thug – Wahida Clark

My Kinda Girl” by Michael McGrew

The Prada Plan 2 – Ashley Antoinette

Welfare Wifeys: A Hood Rat Novel – K’wan

Memoirs Of An Accidental Hustler – JM Benjamin

Non Fiction

I Shall Not Die: Living A Psalm 118:17 Existence – Kendra Norman Bellamy

Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure – Tavis Smiley

Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama – Sophia Nelson

Peace from Broken Pieces – Iyanla Vanzant

Becoming a Woman of Destiny: Turning Life’s Trials into Triumphs! – Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook


Giving Up The Ghost by Stacy-Deanne

Ask Nicely and I Might by Lorraine Elzia

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey – Walter Mosley

Price Of Fame – Amaleka McCall

Surrender the Dark – L.A. Banks

Children/Young Adult

Getting Played by Celeste O. Norfleet

Drama Queens –ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Giant Steps To Change The World – Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel – Whoopi Goldberg

Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. by S.Dodson


Inseparable – Brenda Jackson

Sweet Persuasions– Rochelle Alers

Unexpected Interruptions – Trice Hickman

Twice The Temptation – Francis Ray

The Proposal – Brenda Jackson

Short stories/Anthologies

A Woman’s Revenge by Tiffany L. Warren, Sherri Lewis and Rhonda McKnight –

Home Again: Stories of Restored Relationships by Wanda B. Campbell, Dijorn Moss, Tyora Moody and Trinea Moss

Between the Sheets – Tamika Newhouse, NiCola Mitchell and Anna Black

Magazines (Non -Literary

Black Enterprise





Magazines (Literary)

Mosaic Books

Booking Matters


African Voices

Black Literature Magazine

Humorist Award of the Year (Stand-up Comics)

Kevin Hart

Sherri Shepherd

Chris Spencer

Tony Rock

Rickey Smiley

Self Published Author of The Year

The Ultimate Question: Will Love Ever Know Me – Tamika Newhouse

Con Test: Double Life – Rahiem Brooks

Twisted – Ni’cola

Devour, One Man’s Tale of Love, Intimacy, and Ecstasy – D.A. Williams

Breakout Author of the Year

Tour Secrets – Winkk

The Putting Away – Sharel E. Gordon-Love

Open Your Eyes – Schelle Halloway

Shady – Dell Banks

Girl, Get Your Mind Right – Tionna Smalls

Publishing House Of The Year

St. Martin’s Press


Kimani Press

Grand Central Publishing

Simon & Schuster

Independent Publisher Of The Year

Peace In The Storm

A New Quality Publishing

Delphine Publications

NCM Publishing

Black Dawn Books

Author Of The Year – Male

J.M. Benjamin – Memoirs Of An Accidental Hustler

Walter Mosley – The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

E. Lynn Harris & RM Johnson – No One In The World

Carl Weber – Choir Director

K’wan – Welfare Wifeys

Author Of The Year – Female

Victoria Christopher Murray (The Deal, The Dance & The Devil)

Kimberla Lawson Roby – Love, Honor and Betray

Pat G’Orge Walker – Don’t Blame The Devil

Nancey Flowers & Courtney Parker – He Was My Man First

Sophia Nelson – Redefining The Black Woman

Bookclub of the Year

Black Expressions


The D-Cup Divas

African American Literary Book Club (AALBC)

Go On Girl Bookclub

Television Writer Of The Year

Tyler Perry – House Of Payne

Ali LeRoi – Are We There Yet

Mara Brock Akil – The Game

Stacy A. Littlejohn- Single Ladies

Shonda Rhimes – The Practice

Screenwriter Of The Year

Tracey E. Edmonds – Jumping The Broom

Salim Akil – Jumping The Broom

Tyler Perry – For Colored Girls

Tyler Perry – Madea’s Big Happy Family

Comic Strip

Aarron McGruder – Boondocks

Jerry Craft – Mama’s Boyz

Ray Billingsley – Curtis

Keith Knight – The K Chronicles

Robb Armstrong –Jumpstart

Comedy Author

Girl, Get Your Mind Right – Tionna Smalls

Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there? – Whoopi Goldberg

Don’t Blame The Devil – Pat G’orge Walker

More info at www.literaryawardshow.com

Kobo Comments on Borders’ Liquidation


TORONTO – July 19, 2011 – The management of Kobo, a global leader in eReading with over 4.2 million users in more than 100 countries worldwide, has issued comments relating to the ongoing liquidation of Borders to clarify misconceptions about Kobo that have been inaccurately reported by the media and misunderstood by consumers.

Kobo management provides the following facts regarding the company:

Kobo is a privately-held company that offers over 2.4 million eBooks, newspapers, and magazines — one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world.

· Readers from over 100 countries across the globe download and read using Kobo’s top-ranked eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS. Kobo is the eReading application of choice for leading tablet OEMs.

· While Borders is one of the early investors in Kobo, it holds only a minority stake in Kobo, approximately 11 percent. The Borders shares are subject to the terms of the Kobo shareholders’ agreement which, among other things, restricts their transfer or disposition.

· Borders serves as part of Kobo’s distribution in the U.S. along with Best Buy, Walmart, Sears and other top retailers.

· Kobo does not rely on Borders for content. Kobo owns the publishing agreements and has direct relationships with all major publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press and many more. Kobo is solely responsible for payment to publishers for eBooks sold through the Kobo platform and publishers will continue to be paid on time as usual.

· For some time, Kobo and Borders have been in the process of transitioning Borders’ customers’ eBook accounts to Kobo, in order to provide such customers direct access to the most up-to-date eReading functionality, apps and devices. All Borders customers that have transitioned to Kobo shall enjoy uninterrupted access to their e-Reading accounts. Kobo shall continue to work with Borders to transition customer accounts to Kobo.

· For those Borders customers who haven’t transferred their eBook libraries to Kobo, the process is quick and easy. Borders customers can visit kobo.to/bmigrate to transfer their Borders eBook library to Kobo. No additional steps are required to continue reading on your Kobo eReader. For those Borders customers that are using Borders apps to access their eBook libraries, visit kobo.com to download a free Kobo eReading app for your computer, smartphone or tablet.

· Owners of Kobo eReaders will continue to use their Kobo eReader as usual, and be able to browse and shop for new titles in the Kobo Store with no interruption or change in service.

· Kobo continues to grow in the U.S. and around the world. Kobo is very pleased with progress of the launch of the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition which is available at leading retailers including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy and WH Smith.

· Kobo continues to build international growth with the successful launch of Kobo in Germany, the first rollout of several planned international launches.

As an interested party in the Borders bankruptcy proceedings, Kobo has made certain filings with the court to preserve its legal rights moving forward.

Kobo offers their support to the Borders’ community of employees, families and friends.

Statement from Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo, Inc:

“As one of the early investors in Kobo, Borders has a minority stake in our company and serves as part of our distribution in the U.S. along with Walmart, Best Buy, Sears and other leading retailers. As a member of the broader book publishing and retailing community, we are watching Borders’ story and will offer our support to Borders and their employees. Kobo will continue to serve Borders customers – in this time of transition as well as moving forward – to provide the ultimate eReading experience and one of the widest selection of eBooks available to the eReading community worldwide.”

About Kobo, Inc.

Kobo is a global eReading service with more than 2.4 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers – one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world. Kobo believes consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device and has attracted millions of readers from over 100 countries across the globe. Kobo has top ranked eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS, and is the eReading application of choice for leading tablet OEMs. The Kobo Wireless eReader and the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition are available at leading retailers, including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy and WH Smith. Kobo’s innovative Reading Life is an industry-first comprehensive social eReading experience – Kobo users can earn awards simply for time spent reading and encouraging others. Kobo is backed by majority shareholder Indigo Books & Music Inc, Cheung Kong Holdings, and institutional investors.

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Contact: Wendy Zaas/Karina Tang
Rogers & Cowan 310.854.8148/212.445.8419

One-Woman Play ‘Georgia’ Moves to DC

The one-woman play that has wowed audiences in New York & New Jersey is taking a road trip to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. We want everyone to experience this play, so D.C. (DMV area) this is your chance.

The play stars actress Fariso Jordan (www.farisojordan.com)
& features an opening performance by poet, Marcus Wright.

‘Georgia’ is a one-woman play about a young couple who revel in the complexities of love. The play investigates the windows of good, evil and the sometimes blurry lines in between. Forcing an analysis of opposing view points in relation to one another, ‘Georgia’ opens the door on one of the most taboo interactions between a man and a woman.

Sunday, June 19th
Show starts 5 p.m. Sharp
Busboys & Poets
1025 5th Street & K

$10 in advance
$15 at the door

The link to purchase tickets in advance is:

We suggest you purchase tickets ahead of time as space is limited!!!

A preview/trailer of Georgia:


Interview with Fariso Jordan on ‘The What?’ T.V. show:


Actress and playwright, Fariso Jordan is Setting Her Own Stage with her one-woman show, Georgia…http://bit.ly/parlewithfarisoj

Kevin Benoit
Parlé Magazine
9109 Avenue N
Brooklyn NY 11236

Kobo Starts $10 Million Fund to Inspire People to “Read On”

Kobo Starts $10 Million Fund to inspire people to “Read On” and Make a Difference

Kobo, a global leader in the eReading announced a new $10 Million fund to inspire readers of all ages to read more and make a difference in the community. For every 10 million minutes read with Kobo up to one trillion minutes, Kobo will support an initiative to bring ereading to schools and communities in need. Readers can sign up and make a difference now at www.kobo.com/readon.

Get started today with Read On:

1. Sign up at kobo.com/readon
2. Name your cause: A school, or community organization dedicated to learning
3. Start reading with Kobo: Every minute read counts
4. Track progress
5. Tell friends

More information about Kobo’s Read On initiative is available at www.kobo.com/readon.

Kobo’s innovative Reading Life is an industry-first social reading experience – Kobo users can earn rewards simply for time spent reading and encouraging others.

What’s Really Hood Book Release Party


Press Contact:

Esther Akutekha
Wahida Clark Publishing

Wahida Clark Hosts NYC Book Release Party for Newest Title

New York Times Bestselling Author Celebrates Release of her First Anthology

East Orange, NJ (May 4, 2010) – New York Times Bestselling Author Wahida
Clark will host a book release party to celebrate the release of her first
collaborative anthology What’s Really Hood!. On Tuesday May 25th from 7pm -11pm the public is invited to join Clark along with co-authors Bonta and Shawn “Jihad” Trump at Social Bar & Lounge in NYC as they commemorate this milestone.

For a $15 cover charge all guests will receive a copy of the new book, drink
specials, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Wahida Clark Presents Publishing. Music will be provided by the legendary DJ Juice with appearances by several authors under Wahida Clark Presents Publishing.

What’s Really Hood! is the first anthology edited and released by Wahida Clark. This collection will feature short stories from Bonta, Victor L. Martin, LaShonda Teague, Shawn “Jihad” Trump, and of course, the Queen of Street Literature Wahida Clark herself. Throughout the evening authors from the anthology will be present to autograph copies of the book.

Social Bar & Lounge is located at 795 8th Avenue (between 48th and 49th) in New York, NY. Guests who plan to attend should RSVP to publicity@wclarkpublishing.com. Press passes will be made available upon

About Wahida Clark Presents Publishing

Established in 2008, Wahida Clark Presents Publishing is a leader in urban
literature. Currently working with several authors, the organization has
published numerous novels, including Trust No Man 1 and 2, Karma with a
Vengeance, Thirsty, Cheetah and The Ultimate Sacrifice. Wahida Clark
Presents Publishing is based in East Orange, New Jersey. For more
information on Wahida Clark Presents Publishing, please visit


Put on Your Crown – Queen Latifah Book Giveaway

Which www.UrbaniaMag.com visitor will win a copy of the new Queen Latifah Book? How about a Vivitar Camcorder and camera?

Free registration here.

Thanks to a partnership with the Hatchette Book Group, 25 lucky visitors will win a copy of Queen Latifah’s new book, Put on Your Crown. In addition, one other person will win a Vivitar camcorder and camera accessory package.

Free registration here.

The promotion ends May 30, 2010. The winners will be announced. Registration is free and only takes a few seconds to complete.

Read the first chapter of the book here.

Don’t forget the free registration.

Have fun.

The Survival Bible: 16 Life Lessons for Young Black Men

National and Essence magazine bestselling author Jihad is back with his seventh and most important book, THE SURVIVAL BIBLE: 16 Life Lessons for Young Black Men.

This nationally renowned writer and motivational speaker has won award after award for his thought provoking novels, Street Life, Baby Girl, Riding Rhythm, MVP, Preacherman Blues, and Wild Cherry. He’s been called the king of street fiction, the Kanye West, Mos Def and Common Sense of the literary industry. Embark on another journey with Jihad as he educates and entertains with his unique style of writing.

THE SURVIVAL BIBLE: 16 Life Lessons for Young Black Men

Survival of the Fittest.

The path from boys to men is paved with obstacles…with prison rates soaring, graduation rates dropping and the streets claiming a growing number of young black men, only the strong can survive. Now, there’s help to navigate the turbulent path to manhood.

It’s called The Survival Bible, an easy-to-read, inspirational, page-turning book, full of true-to-life essays that creatively attack the heart of problems that so many young men of color face growing up in today’s society. Not just stocked with problems, The Survival Bible is filled with solutions. Each essay is designed to spark discussion to help young men make better decisions, motivate them to strive for more, and propel them to a lifetime of success..

Please support THE SURVIVAL BIBLE one of the most important books of the 21st Century as it attempts to re-awaken the African American awareness of self through re-educating the urban nation. THE SURVIVAL BIBLE will be in stores and online at www.jihadwrites.com October 5, 2009.

Jihad is available for interview and speaking engagements. For further info email Maurice Gant at envisions07@sbcglobal.net or call 678-349-6960

Aspiring urban writers, artists and musicians find resources online


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Aspiring urban writers, artists and musicians find resources online

BALTIMORE, MD – Aspiring urban writers, artists and musicians have help available online at new ezine that launched in 2006 at www.UrbaniaMag.com. The brainchild of author and editor, Q.B. Wells, UrbaniaMag.com is a one-stop shop for topics related to marketing, selling and managing the business side of the creative process.

“I wanted to help writers, filmmakers, musicians and any creative types avoid some of the mistakes I’ve seen happen to too many artists who are taken advantage of financially or they end their lives broke with nothing to show for their efforts,” says Wells. Writers learn how to market their books in the print world and online. Wells offers consulting services and access to publishers for writers.

Urbania Magazine is a network of fans, writers, artists, reviewers, publishers and industry professionals who are a part of the business of literature and the urban art community. “By providing an urban perspective of business, art and literature, Urbania Magazine’s goal is to provide urban businesses and artists strategies to effectively promote their products,” says Wells. “The magazine’s staff stresses a first-hand experience that gives more accurate and contextual analysis of urban books, music, art and business strategies.”
Wells added, “We illustrate what goes on in the city through focused perspectives, business and stories written in a vernacular and expression anyone can understand. By being simple and upfront, our magazine will be available for anyone to gain knowledge and engage.”

Readers gain marketing tips to grow their business and promotional opportunities for their products. A team will review submitted products. Readers and subscribers are entered in a drawing for a $35 value prize pack from the magazine. To subscribe to the webzine, visit online at www.Urbaniamag.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for advertisers. Contact Q.B. Wells for sponsorship information or visit www.UrbaniaMag.com. UrbaniaMag is part of ArtOfficialMedia.com, a multimedia publishing company founded by Wells in 2005. The company publishes urban books and art-related media.

About Q.B. Wells: Q.B. Wells is an author and editor of The Urbania webzine at www.Urbaniamag.com, and Webmaster of www.ArtOfficialMedia.com. In his 30s, Wells holds an M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University and a B.A. from Columbia College. He currently resides in Baltimore, MD.

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