by Heather Covington

On May 30th to June 1st, a record ground-breaking number of publishing industry professionals from across the globe attended BookExpo AMERICA 2008 hosted this year in the Los Angeles Convention Center  managed by ABA (American Booksellers Association), AAP (Association of American Publishers) and BEA (BookExpo America).

Dubbed as the prime event for publishers worldwide “Where the world gathers to get a great READ on the industry,”  over 2000 exhibitors convene among 1000 authors during well advertised meet and greet autograph sessions along with 4000 librarians, 120+ educational programs, highly frequented special events, industry luncheons, workshops, seminars and events with an accessible International Rights Center where international copyrights are bought and sold on the spot.

Visitors can expect to meet and greet booksellers, publishers, retailers, rights professionals, librarians, educators and decision makers according to Lance Fensterman, “Industry Vice president of BookExpo America and most of all network with the “Who’s Who” in successful publishing.

One of BookExpo America’s feature attractions by over 80,000 visitors annually is the African-American Pavilion. The African-American Pavilion was founded and directed in 2004 by Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO of Amber Communications Group Inc. with Adrienne Ingrum (Adrienne Ingrum, LLC), and Niani Colom (Associate Publisher of Genesis Press). Just some of past guests have included Haki Madhubuti, Therez Fleetwood, Victoria Rowell, Wendy Williams, Tonya Hart, Yvonne Rose, Dorothy Goins, Harriette Freeman, Dena Silver, Rique Johnson, Ron Kavanaugh, William Frederick Cooper, Bern Nadette Stanis, Vickie Stringer, Relentless Aaron, Harriette Cole, Donna Hill and more.

This year the African-American Pavilion celebrated its 5th Annual African-American Pavilion at BookExpo America  Awards Show and Reception honoring distinctive individuals of excellence. Just some of the award recipients of the distinguished 5th Annual African-American Pavilion at BookExpo America honorable award categories who received standing ovation and praise among notable guests were:

George C. Fraser-Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, James Haskins Pioneer Award (Founder of  Fraser Net PowerNetworking Conference and critically acclaimed author of  CLICK: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships, Success Runs in Our Race, The Complete Guide to Effective Networking, publisher of multi-award winning  SUCCESSGUIDE Worlwide: The Networking Guide to Black Resources, named as one of the Top Ten Business Books of the Year by Booklist, and the AAP at Book Expo declared number one networking guru nationwide!).

Terrie Williams-Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Toni Trent Parker Author of the Year Award (Essence Bestseller of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, Founder of Terrie Williams Agency and Stay Strong Foundation).

Hill Harper- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America,  Sidney Poitier Distinguished Writer  Award (NAACP Image Award & Emmy Award Winner Star of CSI and National Bestselling Author of Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny).

Tony Rose- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America Founders Award (Founder and Director of African-American Pavilion, AAP@ BEA Awards and Reception program, Publisher and Founder of ACGI, INC. ( noted as “The Nation’s Largest African-American Publisher of Self-help books, Celebrity Biographies and Career Guides”).

Omar Tyree- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Gordon Parks Renaissance Artist” Award (New York Times Bestselling Author, NAACP Image Award Recipient for Outstanding Fiction and 2006 Harlem Book Fair/ Philis Wheatley Award Recipient with books like The Do Right Man and Boss Lady).

Pras Michel- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Octavia Butler Humanitarian Award (Founding Member of Music group, The Fugees, Producer of Award Winning Documentary; Skid Row who spent 9 days as a homeless man to produce this film that changed his life).

Max Rodriguez- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Sonia Sanchez Legends Award -(Founder of Annual Harlem Book Fair, QBR: Philis Wheatley Awards and QBR: The Black Book Review celebrating African-Americans of excellence in literature/

Magic Johnson-Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Reginald F. Lewis Vanguard Business Leader Award-(Winner of 12 NBA All-star games, gold medalist at Barcelona Olympics, founder of Magic Johnson Foundation, co-creator of “I Stand with Magic” (Program for HIV/ AIDS prevention and awareness), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, venture partner with Starbucks, Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund providing revitalization of 30 Burger King restaurants, T.G.I. Fridays  Restaturants, and AMC Magic Johnson Theaters).

W. Paul Coates- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Haki Madhubuti Independent African American Publisher of the Year Award (Founder and Director of Black Classic Press, founder of BCP Digital Printing, co-editor of Black Bibliophiles and Collectors, and former operator of The Black Bookstore).

Heather Covington- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Self-Publisher of the Year Award- (CEO of, producer of YGA Awards hosted by Disilgold SOUL Magazine Online-; host of Literary Living Tv Show aired on Black Family Channel to 17 million viewers, IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE of Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African-American Women in Literature and small press publisher of critically acclaimed self-published titles like Tekila Nika: The Forbidden Bronx Video Diary Tales and 100’s of upcoming titles from Disilgold.)

Denise Stinson- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Christian Book Publisher of the Year Award-(CEO of Walk Worthy Press, A highly successful literary agent whose clients include T. D. Jakes, CeCe Winans and  Victoria Christopher Murray. She serves as the editor at large for Warner Books).

Gwen and Willie Richardson- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Clara Villorosa/ Emma Rogers Bookstore of the Year Award- (Owners of largest AA online bookstore-CUSHCITY.COM)

Crystal Bobb-Semple and Walston Boobs-Semple- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Clara Villorosa/ Emma Rogers Bookstore of the Year Award-(Co-owners of Brownstone Books)

James Fugate and Tom Hamilton- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Clara Villorosa/ Emma Rogers Bookstore of the Year Award-(Co-owners of Esowon Books)

Brother Nati and Tabia Kamau-Nataki-Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Distributor of the Year Award-(Co-owners of Afrikan World Book Distribution, in 1988 co-owners Tabia & Nati, Kamau Nataki opened Afrikan World Books in Baltimore Maryland. Their Book Distribution endeavor came out of response to the lack of Afrikan owned wholesaling companies).

Lerone Bennett Jr.- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Glenn Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award-(Author of the great and eternal National Bestselling Book-Before the Mayflower: History of Black America,; served on staff of Ebony Magazine and ia an alumnus of MooreHouse College).

Tavis Smiley- Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Glenn Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award-(National Bestseller of 11 books, editor of Covenant With Black America reaching #1 on New York Times Bestseller List, author of critically acclaimed What I Know For Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America (Doubleday); founder of Tavis Smiley Group and Foundation, Executive producer of Democratic and Republican All-American Presidential Forums on PBS, host of Tavis Smiley Show and founder of Smiley Books with Cheryl Woodruff).

Denise Nicholas-Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Maya Angelou Legends Award-(Emmy and 4 time NAACP Award Winner and author of Freshwater Road and has appeared in numerous films and television shows including Room 222 which earned two Golden Globe Nominations and  In the Heat of the Night. She has received 2 Emmys for the PBS special, Voices of Our People: In Celebration of American-American Poetry).

Mary B. Morrison-Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Ntozake Shange Legendary Writer of the Decade Award Recipient-(New York Times Bestseller and author of Sweeter than Honey, Who’s Loving You, He’s Just a Friend, Some Bodies Gotta Be On Top, Never Again Once More, She Ain’t the One, When Somebody Loves You, and as the author HONEY B. has written the book Sexcapades. Her first novel, Soul Mates Dissipate became an Essence Bestseller. She recently completed her first screenplay, Soul Mates Dissipate).

Crystal Lacey Winslow-Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Chester B. Himes Street Lit Publisher of the Year Award-(CEO of Melodrama Publishing founded in 2001 by the award winning author. Well-regarded publications like Vibe and Essence  have heralded the efforts and accomplishments of Winslow, who gave up a law career for a literary one. Just some of her books include The Criss Cross, Love & Loneliness and a book of poetry called Up Close and Personal. Her upcoming books include Sex, Sin and Brooklyn II, the sequel to her short story in the Essence Bestselling anthology Four Degrees of Heat. She also, owns and operates her bookstore, Melodrama Books & Things in Queens, New York).

Irene Smalls-Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Children’s Book Author Emeritus of the Year Award-(An award winning author/ storyteller/ historian has written 10 books for children and produced 3 storytelling cd’s chronicling African-American life and history. She has performed nationally and internationally at various venues including the White House. Her newest book is My Pop Pop and Me/(Little Brown).

Zane-Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Audra Lorde Gambia Adisa Distinctive Voice Writer and Publisher of the Year Award-(CEO and Publisher of Strebor Books International LLC/ Simon & Schuster/ National Best-Selling Author of Several New York Times Essence BestSelling titles including Addicted, The Sex Chronicles: Shsttering the Myth, The Heat Seekers, Nervous, The Sisters of APF, Shame On It All, The Sex Chronicles 2 and Skycrapers. Zane was first signed to Simon and Schuster in June 2001. She is the first author to have 3 out of 5 of the top fiction sellers in one month! Zane has held down seven of the top 15 African American fiction titles at Waldenbooks including the first, second and third positions from tens of thousands of books on the market! She has sold more than 2 million books since April 2000).

Kassahun Checole-Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America Trailblazer Award (Publisher and president of Africa World Press and the Red Sea Press, his two publishing and distribution houses focus on African American issues. His Red Sea Press, Inc.  was initiated in 1985 and has become a premier distribution network distributing the books of over 250 publishing companies).

Barack Obama-Winner of 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Book of the Year Award-(A graduate of Harvard Law School, his book “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” became a New York Times Bestseller. Today, he is running for candidacy as president of America). By the time this press release was completed, Barack Obama is declared the front runner Deomocratic presidential candidate by AP.

Scheduled guest speakers of this historical event included: Pam Perry (Creator of Chocolate Pages and chief visionary of Ministry Marketing Solutions)  Michelle Gipson (Publisher of Written Magazine, Darrell D. Miller (CEO of Beverly Hills based firm Miller & PIliakas providing creative guidance to powerhouse clients like Angela Bassett, Outkast, Time Life Television/De Passe Entertainment), Tonya Evans-Walls (Publisher of LEGAL WRITE PUBLICTIONS with book esentials for publishers and authors like LITERARY LAW GUIDE), Dr. Kenneth Edelin (Publisher of Pond View Press and author of the critically acclaimed BROKEN JUSTICE), Beverly Black Johnson (Publisher of Gumbo for the Soul Publications/,  Wade Hudson (CEO founder of JUSTUSBOOKS/ www. , Keynote speaker George C. Fraser (Networking guru and CEO of FraserNet PowerNetworking Conference/, Zane (New York Times Bestselling Author, Producer, CEO publisher of Strebor Books, LLC), Mary B. Morrison (Critically acclaimed author of Soul Mates Dissipate and Author Honey B.), Cheryl D. Woodruff (Associate Publisher of Smiley Books), Judith Curr (Executive Vice President, Publisher and Founder of Atria Books (Division of Simon & Schuster/ has published over 105 New York Times Bestsellers including African-America, Latino and Spanish Language Publishing/ and Books like WORLD RENOWN BOOK, THE SECRET!, Dawn Davis (Editor of Pulitzer Prize Award Winning Novel (The Known World and Vice President of Armisted Press/ Harper Collins/ Former editor of Vintage), Donna Hill (National Bestselling Author of Wicked Ways and more with over 50 published titles to credit, Jewell Parker Rhodes (National Bestselling author of the Douglass’ Woman)  Phillip S. Hart (National Bestselling author of  African Americans and the Future of New Orleans: Rebirth, Renewal and Rebuilding an American Dream), Dante Lee (President and CEO of Diversity City Media/a Top 30 Young Leaders for 2006 Award Recipient by Ebony Magazine), Kevin Johnson ( Bestselling author of 9 book series, Give God the Glory), Ken Hudson (NBA Referee and author of A Tree Stump in the Valley of the Red Woods designed to inspire people of all ages to reach their dreams), Melody R. Guy (Senior Editor with Ballantine, imprint of Random House),  Synthia Saint James (Renown artist  of over 60 author book covers including Iynala Vazant, Julia Boyd, Terry McMillan, and more),  Steve Rosato (Director of Strategic Accounts and Industry Development  for BookExpo America responsible for over 3000 librarians in attendance annually),  Curt Matthews (Founder of Chicago Press Review; International Publishers Group (IPG)-Thrid Largest Distribution Company Worldwide) and Cevin Bryerman (Associate Publisher of Publisher’s Weekly.

Just some celebrity guests who attended and were sighted at the AAP at BEA by Disilgold Soul Magazine Media  Team in support of the African-American Pavilion were Omarosa with new book, The Bitch Switch: Knowing How to Turn It On and Off (Phoneix Books in stores November), a DisilgoldSOUL Magazine predicted  New York Times Bestsller. Omarosa was bombarded with supporters  who know the real side of the executive CEO rumored to have a new tv show developing.

Daphne Reid and Tim Reid were also spotted among many literary celebrities like Anthony Asadullah  Samad (Author of Saving the Race) Chunichi,   Carol Mackey (Senior Editor of Black Expressions Book Club), Shannon Holmes (Top  bestselling urban author nationwide), Carl Weber (Internationally renown fiction drama author)and Lisa Woodson (Macro Publishing).

Special guest presentations and performances scheduled for a special Exhibitor’s Forum Celebration sponsored by Publisher’s Weekly included:

Naija, author of Spanish Fly, Marc Lacy (Rock & Fire/, Abiola Abrams (Dare), Nakisha Crawford ( So Good It Hurts, The Pain, The Fight, The Love), Sherri Glover (Expressions of My Own Heart), Robbin Ayele (Broken), Dr. Rhonda Byrd (Editor of Invitation to Love: Celebrating the Love Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar), Elaine McHard (Playin’ In Someone Else’s Yard), Denita Hedgeman (The Guidelines to Starting and Maintaining a Church  Dance Ministry), Didi Tillson ( A Need for Love), Elaine Abrams (What Crack Is Cracked Up to Be), Monda Webb (Author of 7:33am), Lonnie Henderson (NEVA-EH: Prince of Black Angels), Freedom Speaks Diaspora ( author of Manjani), West Coast Biz (Author of Be Like That Sometimes) and Sherrance Henderson (The Ten Year Debate).

African American Pavilion books spotted at the BookExpo we took special interest in bringing back to the Disilgold Top Advisory Review Board and as recommended by AAP staff advisory of which we were able to obtain autographed copies included:

1. Click: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships by George C. Fraser-   

2. Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting by Terrie M. Williams-

3. African Americans and the Future of New Orleans: Rebirth, Renewal & Rebuilding An American Dilemma by Philip S. Hart-

4. Changing Lanes: A New Adult’s Guide to Understanding Your Lane in Life by Tonia N. East

5. The Ring Formula: How to Marry Mr. Right by Alduan Tartt, Phd.-  

6. Expressions of My Own Heart by Sherri R. Glover-

7. No More Excuses: Black Men Stand Up! by Robert Jackson-

8. My Journey to Becoming a Mentor: How the Daily Struggles of Being a Teen made Me Stronger by Juanita Hernandez Cisnado-

9. Protecting the Innocent: A Teacher’s Memoir by Michelle p. Chappell-

10. My Pop Pop and Me by Irene Smalls-

11. My Nana and Me by Irene Smalls-

12. Phases: Selected Poetry by Shanedria Ridley-

13.  Be Like That Sometimes by West Coast Biz-

14. Freedom Speaks Diaspora by Manjani-

15.  Poem: Love Thy Neighbor by Bettye Olds-Green-

16.  The Precious Life by Cheparker-  

17. Soul Messages: Insights and Understandings to Expand Into Life by Hank Innerfield-

18. Adventures of a Capital B: Don’t Judge a B by her Cover by Moi Dame Spielberg     

19. Okay God, Explain This One! by Angela Yarbrough-

20. Coming Soon: A Love Supreme by Patrick A. Howell-

21. The Games Ova by Derrick O’Neal-

22. Broken by Robin Ayele

23. Move Beyond the Color Line by Jacquelyn Rochell

24. How to Unlock Your Family Genius by David Simon

25. So Good It Hurts by Na’Kisha Crawford- or


On behalf of Disilgold Soul Magazine and our sponsors like ( Joe James-Producer of Soul Baby (Dink Entertainment, Dennis Bell-Music Producer(, Rel Dowdell-(Director of Movie Kevin M. Weeks (The Street Life, Joaquini-Owner of Beauty Salon, Inc. Wear Clothing, Bestselling author Na’ Kisha Crawford, Tony & Yvonne Rose ( Publisher of Amber Books), Phillip Herbert ( we thank the AAP at BEA for inviting Disilgold as a featured host of the AAP at BookExpo Awards Reception and Show, giving opportunity to many new authors to present their new works among celebrated guests and welcome all to witness more celebrated highlights of AAP at BEA, plus photo tributes and captions by Disilgold SOUL Magazine at See BEA 2008 link or banner!

For more information on how to become apart of this event which returns in 2009, please contact To secure your advertisement in the journal in advance, email

To acquire Disilgold Soul Magazine YGA Awards 2008 nominations,  promotions, press release syndication, reviews and interviews or to be a feature top story at, email or call 1.718.547.0499. We would  love to share your literary voice with the world!




  1. Pingback: clothing industry marketing programs

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s