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.....was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the current cover of Publisher's Weekly. The photograph brought on a Don Imus brain freeze.  Maybe a decade ago I might have been able to appreciate the cover for what it is: ART - but these are sensitive times for Af-Am authors;...
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Happy Hump Day Ya'll! First off CONGRATULATIONS to Shalema who won last weeks book give-a-away. She will be receiving an autographed copy of Loving Donovan. *applauding* Before I announce the next book-give-a-way I'd like to remind you that we are exactly one month from Sugar's 10th Anniversary...
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...... by a white person I was ten years old and strolling down Rockaway Boulevard (Queens) with my seven-year-old brother in tow. Back then South Ozone Park was made up of mostly Italians who were fiercely trying to protect their bedroom community from the onslaught of AF-AM’s who were escaping...
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I'm in the holiday spirit and so for the entire month of December I will be giving away books! The first book I will be giving away is a signed, hardcover of my novel Loving Donovan. This book is autographed by both the author (me!) and the illustrator R. Gregory Christie. Book Description: "...
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From Galley Cat "Seg-Book-Gation" in PublishingBy Jason Boog on Nov 23, 2009 04:23 PM Ever since she published Sugar ten years ago, novelist Bernice L. McFadden has felt marginalized by the literary fiction world--exiled in the name of diversity. In an email interview with GalleyCat, she...
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Dear Oprah: We don't sing karaoke or dance with the stars. We have been contributing to the cultural landscape long before Jon & Kate, Britney,Rhianna and Chris or Stephanie Meyer and most of America, including you have probably never even heard of us. We have railed against Kanye's proud...
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Isabella Van Wagenen aka Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in Hurley, New York in 1797. She was released following the New York Anti Slavery Law of 1827, however slavery was not abolished nationwide for 35 years. She lived for a time with a Quaker family who gave her the only education she ever...
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I went to see Precious (based on the NYTimes Bestselling novel PUSH) on Sunday. I read the book during the summer and so was completely prepared for the violence, the tears, the love and the ultimate message. Director Lee Daniels did a wonderful job of transferring the story onto the big screen. I...
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So here is the new cover. Do you like it? drop me a line and let me know. I've been working very hard to get the message out to the world about Sugar's 10th anniversary and thanks to all of you, I've been making some headway! I've been able to monitor some of the activity on amazon.com and so...
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The Great Gatsby
novel GLORIOUS was six years in the making and now it's just six months away from publication. The story first came to me in 2004 as I sat in my kitchen sipping tea when I became suddenly was aware of the presence of two women, who I will contend until the day I die, were the spirits of Zora Neale...
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Author and educator Gloria Wades-Gayle published a book of essays entitled: Rooted Against the Wind. In it she writes about cultural memory being the “root” and the “polarization of class and race,” the fierce winds. I write to breath life back into memory to remind African-Americans of our rich...
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Thanks to the blog Color Online which profiled Speak So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston by Lucy Anne Hurston. thus reminding me that I owned this wonderful piece of work. Yesterday, I posted about the more things change in publishing the more they stay the same and even though...
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  Dear Reader, It’s been nearly four years since my last novel, Nowhere is a Place was published, which is why I’m very excited to announce the upcoming publication of my long-awaited seventh novel, GLORIOUS (Akashic Books, 978-1936070114, $15.95) which will be available in a reader-friendly trade...
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The Help, authored Kathryn Stockett – is a runaway, NYT bestseller. The story centers on AA maids and their white employers. First off, if you’re reading this Kathryn, a big congratulations to you! As a writer, I applaud you and your novel. In this very tough fiction market, it does a heart good to...
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Hey! I know ya'll have been buying SUGAR -- but where are your photos??? I was hoping to have a nice thick album full of your smiling faces (holding a copy SUGAR) to commemorate the 10th Anniversary. So far I only have three! (sad face) -- Come on ya'll don't be shy! Any-hoo -- the SUGAR PHOTO OF...
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