Countdown to the African American Pavilion at BookExpo- May 29-May31


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WESLEY SNIPES TO INTRODUCE NEW SCI-FI FRANCHISE -Zulu Mech- 1 AT THE 2009 AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION AT BOOKEXPO AMERICA


WESLEY SNIPES TO INTRODUCE NEW SCI-FI FRANCHISE 

“Zulu Mech 1” AT THE 2009 AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION 

AT BOOKEXPO AMERICA

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New York, NY – , 2009 – “Zulu Mech 1”, a breakthrough African sci-fi adventure series co-produced by Wesley Snipes, will be unveiled on May 30th at The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America. The press conference is scheduled for 12:00 noon in the African American Pavilion Meeting Room 1C01-1C02 at the Jacob Javit Convention Center, New York City.

An innovative combination of animation, music, movie techniques and fine art paintings called a “Cinema Graphic Novel,” “Zulu Mech 1” is an adventure designed to promote literacy, hope and world peace.  Creators Mshindo I and Gregory Walker, aka “Brother G,” the award winning author of the “Shades Of Memnon” historical adventure series, will be on hand to introduce their epic, as will Snipes, star of the Blade movie trilogy, who serves as “Zulu Mech 1” co-producer and voice talent, also scheduled to appear is Jonathan Woods, animation director and music composer.

Then at 1:00 p.m., activities will shift to the African American Pavilion stage for a presentation entitled “African Legends Past And Future” that closes with a screening of the first “Zulu Mech 1” adventure. Upcoming episodes will soon be available on Apple Itunes.

I think “Zulu Mech 1″ is a grand adventure,” said Snipes. “Everybody knows I love sci-fi, I am always looking for a hot new property and I think I found it! If the fans liked the stuff we did on the Blade series, they are gonna love this. “Zulu Mech 1″, as written by Brother G and illustrated by the amazing Mshindo brings a fresh, untapped perspective to scifi. I think the world will be pleased. Our hope is to develop ZM1 into one of the hottest franchises around.”

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BookExpo America, one of the largest book trade shows in the world provides independent African American book publishers, authors, self publishers, bookstore owners, librarians, distributors, literary agents, publicists, and African American imprints at major publishing houses with exposure to more that 80,000 bookbuyers and booksellers from across the world.  With over 25,000 BEA attendees crossing up and down the African American Pavilion Aisles, there will be huge opportunities to learn, share, educate, buy, sell, and network and the pavilion provides our exhibitors the lowest discounted booth prices at the BEA.

FOR EXHIBITING AND MEDIA CONTACT:

 

 

 

TONY  ROSE

PUBLISHER/CEO

AMBER COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-CO-FOUNDER, THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION AT BOOKEXPO AMERICA

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The Resurrection of Me: A Spiritual Memoir by Tonya Blount Signing. COME OUT!


Please join us for a book reading and signing by VOW member Tonya Blount and author of “The Resurrection of Me: A Spiritual Memoir.” This event is for persons who identify as female: survivors, advocates, family and friends. “The Resurrection of Me: A Spiritual Memoir,” will be on sale at a cost of $14. A portion of the proceeds from the sell of each book will be donated to VOW to help support survivors as they continue to fight to improve the systems survivors and their children turn to for safety and justice.

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www.disilgold.com-Will Barack Obama Win Last Remaining 4 Undecided States?


According to recent exit polls if Senator McCain does not win last 4 key states, Barack Obama could win the candidacy for presidency of the United States. As we are reporting this, Barack Obama just won Ohio.   And it’s official, he just won New York and Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  He  currently has 194 electoral votes. It’s getting closer as I am typing this announcement.  Barack Obama’s votes are over the top. With Virginia, Florida and New Mexico remaining it’s not over yet. There are still big battle ground states left. 270 Electoral votes are needed and even if America is lit up red on the news, It’s all about the electoral votes. If Barack Obama wins, he will appear in Chicago in front of over 1 milllion people with anticipated victory just building and building. Many African-American  leaders like Andrew Young are currently present and filled with tears. History is being made for what was the longest presidential campaign race ever!  It’s a good thing for all people. Hear my live commentary on www.disilgold.com after poll finals. Remember, we don’t know yet if Barack Obama is clearly the winner. Brace yourself! Anything can happen, but folks are already saying if barack Obama wins, they are going to celebrate by being a being a better person. Oh my, New Mexico is BarakaBAMA land. Okay, got to go. Soooo excited. God bless all! Running to see the big win!

The African American Pavilion at BookExpo is back at Jacob Javits, NY. See Exhibitors Information.


 

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The 2008 5th Annual African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, Promotional Video.
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Contact: Steve Rosato,  Director, Strategic Accounts and Sales, BookExpo America and Tony Rose, Executive Director and Co-Founder for exhibiting information at The 6th Annual African American Pavilion at BookExpo America 2009, The Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, NY, May 28-31, 2009 – For further information and exhibiting prices at (The Largest Book Trade Show In The World) please scroll down.
 
EXHIBITORS WANTED FOR THE 2008 AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION @ BOOK EXPO AMERICA JACOB JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, NY, MAY 28 – MAY 31, 2009 
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National:

Dear Exhibitor:

Amber Communications Group, Inc.;  Amber Books;  Adrienne Ingrum, LLC.;  QBR The Black  Book Review/QBR.com;  Written Magazine;  Disilgold.com;  AALBC.com;  MosaicBooks.com and Book Expo America Invite……….

Independent African American Book Publishers, Self Publishers, Black Interest Imprints at Major Publishing Houses, Literary Agents, and Publicists to exhibit at the African American Publishers Pavilion at Book Expo America, , Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, NY, May 28 – May 31, 2009.

Co-Founders of The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc. and Adrienne Ingrum, CEO, Adrienne Ingrum L.L.C., former founding Associate Publisher of Black Issues Book Review have signed a new agreement with BookExpo America/Reed Expositions to manage the 6th Annual African American Pavilion @ BEA and produce the African American Pavilion Welcoming Reception and The African American Pavilion Reception and Awards Program at BookExpo America, Jacob Javits Convention Center, May 28 – May 31, 2009, New York City, NY.

 
Now in its sixth year, the 5,500-square feet of joint exhibit space showcasing on the main exhibit floor/hall, African American books, authors, products and publishers, is the market place for thousands of African American publishing industry professionals.  Influential exhibitors and book buyers form a community of unprecedented strength.  “The African American Pavilion is a growing presence at BEA,” says Exhibitor, ZANE, Publisher, Strebor Books International, LLC/Simon and Schuster, National Best-Selling Author of several New York Times and Essence Best-Selling titles and the 2008 African American Pavilion Awardee, “The Distinctive Voice and Publisher Award”,There will be great opportunities to learn, educate, sell, and network and it’s making African American history a vital, visable part of the 108-year history of BookExpo America/American Booksellers Association.”

“The response by the exhibitors and the book publishing industry to the 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America was tremendous and powerful”, stated Pavilion co-founder Tony Rose. “The Pavilion hosted some of the giants in the African American Publishing Industry such as: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises;  Tavis Smiley, Founder, The Tavis Smiley Foundation, New York Times and Essence Best-Selling Author;  Denise Nicholas, Emmy and NAACP Image Award Winner;  Kassahun Checole,  Publisher, Africa World Press/Red Sea Press;  Zane, Publisher and Founder, Strebor Books International/Simon and Schuster;  Wade Hudson, President/CEO, Just Us Books;  Mary B. Morrison, New York Times and Essence Best-Selling Author;  Judith Curr, Executive Vice President, Publisher and Founder of Atria Books; Cheryl Woodruff, President, Associate Publisher, Smiley Books; Omar Tyree, New York Times and Essence Bestselling Author;  Terrie Williams, President and Advocate, The Stay Strong Foundation and The Terrie Williams Agency, Essence National Best-Selling Author;  George C. Fraser, National Best-Selling Author, Founder of FraserNet and The Power Networking Conference;  Donna Hill, National Best-Selling Author;  Carol Mackey, Editor-In-Chief, Black Expressions Book Club;  Max Rodriguez, Founder, The Harlem Book Fair/QBR The Black Book Review;  Troy Johnson, Founder, AALBC.com;  Ron Kavanaugh, Founder, MosaicBooks.com;  Jewell Parker Rhodes, National Best-Selling Author;  Synthia SAINT JAMES, Internationally renowned Artist and Author;  Dante Lee, President and CEO, Diversity City Media and Pam Perry, Chief Visionary, Ministry Marketing Solutions, President, Chocolate Pages.”

BookExpo America, one of the largest book trade exhibits in the world provides independent African American book publishers, self publishers, authors, African American imprints at major publishing houses, distributors, literary agents, publicists, librarians, and bookstore owners with exposure to more than 80,000 book buyers and booksellers from across the world. With over 20,000 BEA attendees crossing up and down the Pavilion aisles. There will be huge opportunities to learn, share, educate, buy, sell and network, and the African American Pavilion provides our exhibitors the lowest discounted booth prices at the BookExpo America.   

The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America was founded in 2004 by: Tony Rose, Amber Communications Group, Inc., Adrienne Ingrum, Adrienne Ingrum, L.L.C. and Niani Colom, Genesis Press.

2006, 2007 and 2008 AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION EXHIBITORS INCLUDED:

African American Books On Tour;  Africa World Press/Red Sea Press; African American Literature Book Club (AALBC.com); Afrikan World Book Distributors; Alight! New York Grit Books; Amber Communications Group Inc.;  Amiaya Entertainment; AmmPublishing; Annie Busby; Aphesis Publishing; Arc Type Press; Around the Way Books; Asta Publications; Aya Press; Aspicomm Media; Avo Publishing; Austin Publishing/Kaden Publishing; Baker Publishing Group; Barry Nix; The Beckham Publications Group Inc.; Big Door Presentations and Publications; Big Time Studios; BIS Publications; Biz-E-Bee Publications; Blacast Entertainment/ Urbanbooksonline.com; Black Americans In Publishing; Black At Work.com; BlackBoard Entertainment Media Group; Black Issues Book Review; BlackListed, LLC.; Black Print Publishing; Brand Nu Words; Brooklyn Christian Center; BroSis Publishing; Brown Erotic Publishing; C&B Books Distribution; Chocolate Angel Publishing; Chocolate Pages; Creative Wisdom Books; Christian Nations Center; Connie Leon; Color Bridge, LLC; Cultured Expressions; Delores Quinerly Press; Destiny Publishing; Disilgold Soul Publishing; Diversity City Media, Inc.; Emida International Publishing; Every Generation Media, LTD; firebrandpublishing; First Black Autos-The Story of Charles C.R. Patterson; FYOS; Genesis Press; GhettoHeat; Green Olive Tree Publishing; GS Publishing Group; Gumbo For The Soul Publications; Harobed House: Hilton Publishing; Imperious Publishing; In and Out the Dugout; In the Note of C; Irene Smalls; It’s Time For Bed; Jewels Publishing; Just Like Me Books; Just Sisters Publications; Just Us Books, Inc.; Kaden Publishing; Kandour Publishing; Ken Hudson & Associates; Kidding Around Entertainment; K Harris Publishing, Inc.; Kija Entertainment; Kingdom Kids Clubs; Kinship Press; Kymber Jae Publishing; Late Bloomer; Lefall and Company; Le’Femme Fatale Productions; Lift Every Voice/Moody Publishers; Lighted Mansions; Literally Speaking Press; Literamed Publications;  Mad Parent Publishing; M&E Abrams Publications; Maria Falconer; Mahogany Star Publishing; Melodrama Publishing; Mind Candy; MomoWilly, Inc.; Mirror-Gibbs Publishing;  Mosaicbooks.com; Ms. Gail’s Books; Nay-jay Publishing; Nefrawerks Diversified; Nega Fulo Books; Nile Publishing; Nunes Productions; Outskirts Press; Papa Lemon; Papyrus Publishing; Pathway Publishing; Paul L. Woodring; Parker Publishing; People Skills International; Pond View Press; Power Play Media; Prodigal Son Ministries; Publishing Associates; Q-Boro Books; QBR The Black Book Review/Harlem Book Fair; Quick Qwest publications; Relentless Content, LLC; RJ Publications; Renaissance Media Sales & Distribution; River Maverick Publishing; Ruby Burke; S.E.L.F. Publishing; Shawn Ryan; Sheryl Walker Press; Silver Maple Publications; Strebor Books International; Sun Cycle Publishing; Tate Publishing; The Cartel Publications; The Elevator Group; The Healing Tree; The Pilgram Press; Third World Press; Triple Crown Publications; Urban Ministries; Urban Touch Entertainment; White Men Can’t Hump; Wisdom Books, Inc.; Who’s Who Publishing; W. James Richardson; Walk Worthy Press; and Writing for the Lord Ministries; and Written Magazine.

FOR EXHIBITING INFORMATION:

For exhibiting information at the African American Pavilion at BookExpo America contact Steve Rosato, Director of Strategic Accounts and Sales at 203-840- 5463; Email: srosato@reedexpo.com   and Tony Rose, Executive Director, Co-Founder at 520-568-6692; Email: amberbk@aol.com

 
 
The African American Pavilion Package includes (but is not limited) to the following:

EARLY BIRD BONUS (VALUE)!!!  YOU WILL RECEIVE A FREE 1/4 PAGE AD IN THE 2009 EXHIBITORS JOURNAL,  AND A FREE ($199.00)  WEBSITE EVALUATION/ CONSULTATION WHEN YOU RESERVE SPACE ( 50% DOWN ) BY December 1, 2008 ( Except Value Package )

10×10 package-$3,690.00 (100 sq. ft.) (30% Discount off all BEA Exhibitor Pricing) includes 6 badges.

10×10 Value Package-$2,600.00 (100 sq. ft.) NO combining.

Premium Small Press $3,035.00 (80 sq. ft) – NO combining / (30% Discount off all BEA Exhibitor Pricing) includes 4 badges.

Premium Small Press Value Package $2,450.00 (80 sq. ft.) – NO combining.

Small Press $1,880.00 (48 sq. ft) NO combining / (30% Discount off all BEA Exhibitor Pricing) includes 2 badges.

Small Press Value Package $1,325.00 (48 sq. ft.) NO combining.

10×20 package-$6,419.00 (30% Discount off all BEA Exhibitor Pricing) includes 10 badges.

ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE

All packages ( Except Value Package ) include carpet, (1) draped table and (2) Side chairs, (1) wastebasket.

All packages include individual listing on web and official directory.

Specific booth location w/in Pavilion will be assigned.

Badge allotment ( Except Value Package ) determined by size per official show rules.

All packages ( Except Value Package ) include meeting room privileges.

Pavilion Show floor signage- (Banner) Recognized as official BEA Pavilion.

Pavilion will be promoted in the BEA directory, website, QBR The Black Book Review – QBR.com / Written Magazine / BlackNews.com / AMBERBOOKS.COM and other national media outlets.

SPECIAL FEATURES FOR 2009

Special exhibitors placement in The African American Pavilion for Children’s Publishers and Self Publishers.

Literary agents booth, with private meeting room privileges.

Publicists booth, with private meeting room privileges.

Listing in Book Expo America master directory.

Listing on Book Expo America Website directory.

Company listing in Written Magazine / QBR The Black Book Review – QBR.com / www.bookexpoamerica.com and www.amberbooks.com .

For further information on the African American Pavilion and BookExpo America please visit: WWW.BOOKEXPOAMERICA.COM  or  WWW.AMBERBOOKS.COM

FOR EXHIBITING INFORMATION
For Exhibiting Information please contact Steve Rosato at 203-840-5463 or email: srosato@reedexpo.com and Tony Rose at 520-568-6692 or email: amberbk@aol.com

Any questions, thoughts, or suggestions, please email: AMBERBK@AOL.COM  

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Tony Rose
Publisher/CEO
Amber Communicatons Group, Inc.
Executive Director and Co-Founder, The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America
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Adrienne Ingrum
President
Adrienne Ingrum, L.L.C.
Co-Founder, The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America
 
Yvonne Rose
Associate Publisher
Amber Communications Group, Inc.
National Director, The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America
 
Heather Covington
President
Disilgold.com / Disilgold Soul Magazine
Associate National Director, The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America and National Director of Online Promotions
 
Lynette McMillon
President
The Tushe Group
Associate National Director, The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America and National Director of Publicity, Promotions and Sponsorships
 

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THE BOSTON BOOK BAZAAR IS HERE BY NISHAWNDA ELLIS. RSVP NOW!


The Boston Book Bazaar has finally arrived!!!

This Saturday October 18 from 12-7pm, the Boston Book Bazaar will open it’s doors for a day long festive book fair filled with authors, publishers, readers and spectators.  Don’t forget to stop by our registration table to sign up for free giveaways and enter raffle event.  See you there.
 
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Mosaic Literary Magazine Invites You to The Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase


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Join Mosaic Literary Magazine, and the Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase, as we celebrate ten years of presenting the literary arts by writers of African descent. This series of readings will display the diversity of content Mosaic has showcased since 1998.

Tuesday, October 14, 7-10pm
Patrick Rosal

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Patrick Rosal is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, which won the Members’ Choice Award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and most recently My American Kundiman, which won the Association of Asian American Studies 2006 Book Award in Poetry as well as the 2007 Global Filipino Literary Award.

His poems and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies including Harvard Review, Crab Orchard Review, Pindledyboz, Black Renaissance Noire, and  Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.

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Bronx NY 10454
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Contribute $10 and receive a one-year subscription to Mosaic.
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These events were funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York State department of Cultural Affairs; and The Bronx Council on the Arts

   

 

 

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Click here, your support will strengthen our ability to present the literary arts to teachers, youth, and readers.

 

 

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continues to document important voices informing contemporary literature. In this issue Ozioma Egwuonwu interviews the bestselling young-adult writer Walter Dean Myers. He discusses his new book The Game.

Nicole Sealy interviewed legendary poet Nikki Giovanni about her 30 books of poetry. We also reviewed books by Paula Giddings, Kalisha Buchanon, and Lamont Steptoe.

As always, there’s more wonderful editorial, but you’ll have to subscribe. Go to  http://mosaicmagazine.org/preview.html, and receive 60% off the cover price.

Future issues will feature Naomi Long Madgett, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Akiba Solomon, and Jamel Shabazz among others.

Subscribe to Mosaic. Your support will strengthen our ability to showcase the literary arts by writers of the African Diaspora.

Tony Rose and Lynette McMillon present The 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America “Reginald F. Lewis Vanguard Business leader” Award to Magic Johnson


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June, 2008  (National)  The Fifth Annual African American Pavilion at Book Expo America 2008 was recently held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California (May 30 – June 1)

 

The highlight of the weekend’s events was a special presentation Saturday morning by world-renowned NBA champion and Chairman/CEO, of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Earvin “Magic” Johnson.  Mr. Johnson spoke about his new book “Urban Magic: 32 Ways to Succeed in Business” that will be published by Crown in January, 2009 and developing strategic programs and supporting services that address the educational, health, social, and spiritual needs of our ethnically diverse, urban communities.  Magic Johnson Enterprises is comprised of a portfolio of companies that include: Starbucks, Best Buy, Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds, Burger King, 24-Hour Fitness, SodexoMagic, T.G.I Fridays and the AMC Magic Johnson Theaters.  Magic Johnson was presented with The 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America “Reginald F. Lewis Vanguard Business Leader” Award. 

 

BookExpo America, one of the largest book trade exhibits in the world provides independent African American book publishers, self-publishers, authors, black interest imprints at major publishing houses, distributors, literary agents, publicists, librarians, and bookstore owners with exposure to more than 50,000 book buyers and book sellers from across the globe.

 

The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, co-founded in 2004 by Executive Director Tony Rose  (Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc.), Adrienne Ingrum, Adrienne Ingrum, LLC. (former Associate Publisher, Black Issues Book Review) and Niani Colon (former Associate Publisher, Genesis Press), showcased more than 300 African American exhibitors, authors, self-publishers and publishing houses and a pavilion attendance of over 6,000 book industry professionals, in the 5,000 square feet of joint exhibit space and 1,000 square feet of pavilion main staging area.

 

This year’s theme was “Celebrate with the Stars” as a high-powered entourage of celebrity speakers lit up the stage and shared positive messages to the standing-room only audience of book publishing professionals. 

 

Heather Covington, CEO, Disilgold.com, National Best-Selling Author, Literary Divas: The Top 100+ African American Women In Literature, NAACP Image Awards Nominee for Outstanding Literature (Biographies) and her new title Tekila Nika: The Forbidden Bronx Video Diary Tales was the witty and charming host for programs at The African American Pavilion at Book Expo America.  Miss Covington was named the 2008 African American Pavilion at BEA “Self-Publisher of the Year.

 

The pavilion events began Friday May 30th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Omar Tyree, NAACP Image Award Winner and New York Times National Bestselling Author of Flyy Girl and A Do Right Man.  The 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, Gordon Parks “Renaissance Artist” Award was presented to Mr. Tyree.

 

Internationally renowned artist and writer Synthia SAINT JAMES unveiled her new art, which featured “Precious” a Collaborative Mixed Media Painting by Synthia SAINT JAMES and  Charles BIBBS.  The 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, Romare Bearden “Vibrant Artistry” Award was presented to Synthia SAINT JAMES.

 

Pras Michel, founding member of the Fugees showed his award-winning film documentary “SKID ROW”, after which he spoke about the perils of homelessness, and the spiritual and economic means that we need to battle this dilemma.  Pras Michel was presented with The 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, Octavia Butler “Humanitarian” Award.  Pras was accompanied by his manager Maxwell Billieon of The Billieon Group.

 

Keynote Speaker, Max Rodriguez, Founder, The Harlem Book Fair hosted a Special Preview presentation of The Harlem Book Fair (HBF), embarking on its Tenth Year Anniversary, July 19th.  Max Rodriguez was presented with The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, Sonia Sanchez “Legends” Award.   Other speakers for the HBF program included:  Mary Monroe, Essence and New York Times National Best-Selling author;  Gwynne Forster – An award winning author of over 30 novels;  Michelle Gipson – Publisher/Founder, Written Magazine;  Troy Johnson – Founder, AALBC.com;  Omar Bradley – Former Mayor of Compton and author, The King of Compton.

 

The Welcoming Reception, which took place Friday afternoon was exciting and enlightening with a myriad of guest stars and awardees.  Kevin Wayne Johnson, Founder/Publisher, Author, Writing For the Lord Ministries began the program with an invocation.

 

The featured guest speaker Denise Nicholas, NAACP and Emmy Award Winning Actress, National Best-Selling Author of Freshwater Road  was presented The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, Maya Angelou “Legends” Award.

 

Keynote Speaker, Terrie Williams, National Best-Selling Author, Founder and Youth Advocate, The Stay Strong Foundation;  President, The Terrie Williams Agency and author of BLACK PAIN: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting received the 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, Toni Trent Parker “Author of the Year” Award. 

 

Other speakers at the AAP at BEA Welcoming reception included:  BEA Remarks:  Steve Rosato, Director of Industry Development, BookExpo America;  Melody Guy, Senior Editor, Ballantine Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group;  Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes, Founding Artistic Director, The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative, Writing at Arizona State University (ASU), and National Best-Selling Author, Douglass’ Woman;  Donna Hill, National Best-Selling Author, Wicked Ways, Rhythms, An Ordinary Woman, and On the Line;  Curt Matthews, Founder/CEO of Chicago Review Press and CEO, Independent Publishers Group;  Cevin Bryerman, Associate Publisher, Publishers Weekly;  Pam Perry, Chief Visionary, Ministry Marketing Solutions Inc., the nation’s foremost experts in the African American Christian Public Relations market and President of Chocolate Pages;  Dr. Philip S. Hart, National Best-Selling Author of African Americans and The Future of New Orleans: Rebirth, Renewal & Rebuilding an American Dilemma;  Dante Lee, President/CEO, Diversity City Media/BlackNews.com, Best-Selling Author of, 2007-2009 African American Scholarship Guide For Students and Parents  and Ken Hudson, author of A Tree Stump In the Valley of Redwoods: Achieving Success In Sports & in Life.

 

Saturday afternoon began with a salute to exhibitors as seventeen self-published authors took center stage and gave a synopsis of their new titles, including:  Naija, author of Spanish Fly;  Mark Lacy, poet and author of Rock & Fire;  Abiola Abrams, author of Dare;  Na’kisha Crawford, Publisher/author of So Good It Hurts – The Pain, The Fight, The Love;  Sherri Glover, author of Expressions of My Own Heart;  Robin Ayele, author of Broken;  Joy Marie, author of The Straight Up Truth About The Downlow;  Dr. Rhonda Byrd, editor of Invitation To Love: Celebrating The Love Poems Of Paul Laurence Dunbar;  Elaine McChard, author of Playin’ In Someone Else’s Yard;  Denita Hedgeman, author of The Guidelines To Starting and Maintaining A Church Dance Ministry;  Didi Tillson, author of A Need For Love;  Elaine Abrams, author of What Crack Is Cracked Up To Be; Monda Webb, Author of 7:33am;  Lonnie Henderson, author of NEVA~EH: Prince of Black Angels; Freedom Speaks Diaspora, author of Manjani;  West Coast Biz, author of Be Like That Sometimes; Sherrance Henderson, author of The Ten Year Date and numerous other pavilion exhibitors, authors and self-publishers.

 

A wonderful and welcome visit to the pavilion was made by the stunningly beautiful Omarosa, television personality (The Apprentice) and author of the new title, The Bitch Switch: Knowing How to Turn It On and Off.  She was accompanied by her mother, graciously signed autographs, and posed for pictures with authors, exhibitors and pavilion attendees. Omarosa spoke about her association with Donald Trump, her new book and up-coming television show.

 

Carol Mackey, the legendary Editor-In-Chief, Black Expressions Book Club, stopped by to say a few words to the pavilion exhibitors and attendees while scouting new titles in the pavilion for the book club.

 

The Saturday afternoon Awards Presentation was nothing short of spectacular, featuring Keynote Speaker George C. Fraser, best-selling author of CLICK: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships and Success Runs In Our Race: The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the African American Community.  Mr. Fraser was the recipient of the 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, James Haskins “Pioneer” Award.  

 

ZANE, Publisher, Strebor Books International, LLC/Simon & Schuster, National Best-Selling Author of several New York Times and Essence Best-Selling titles, including: Addicted, The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth, The Heat Seekers, Nervous, The Sisters of APF, Shame On It All, The Sex Chronicles 2 and Skyscrapers offered great advice to the many new and established authors and publishers in attendance; and Suzanne De Passe and ZANE spoke about a new television collaberation between ZANE and the Depasse Entertainment Company.  Zane was awarded The 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, Audra Lorde “Gambia Adisa” “Distinctive Voice Writer and Publisher” Award.

 

Mary B. Morrison, New York Times and Essence National Best-Selling 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 author as Honey B., of Sexcapades. Mary shared her experiences as a beginning author and now as a highly notable author role model. Mary B. Morrison is the 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, Ntozake Shange “Legendary Writer of The Decade.” 

 

Other program speakers included:  Cheryl D. Woodruff, President and Associate Publisher of Smiley Books;  Judith Curr, Executive Vice President, Publisher and Founder of Atria Books a division of Simon and Schuster;  Wade Hudson, President/CEO, Just Us Books, The nations largest African American Children’s Book Publisher;  Darrell Miller, Miller and Pliakas, LLP, (client list includes: Angela Bassett, Courtney Vance, Outkast and Ludacris);  Tonya Evans-Walls, Publisher, Legal Write Publications and author;  Dr. Kenneth Edelin, Publisher/Author, Pond View Press;  Na’kisha Crawford, Motivational Speaker and Essence Best-Selling Author and Beverly Black Johnson, Publisher/Author, Gumbo For The Soul Publications.

 

The 2008 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America Awards Ceremony concluded with several top honors being presented:

 

The 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America Glenn Thompson “Lifetime Achievement ” Awardee was Lerone Bennett Jr.. Mr. Bennett, the author of the National Best-Seller, Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, has received numerous honors and awards including the prestigious Literature Award of the Academy of Arts and Letters. He is an Alumnus of Morehouse College.

 

Tavis Smiley, the author of eleven books/editor of The New York Times #1 Best-Seller, The Covenant with Black America, was the recipient of the 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America Glenn Thompson “Lifetime Achievement’ Award. He has received numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees and is an alumnus of Indiana University.  The African American Pavilion was honored by Mr. Smiley’s gracious and memorable acceptance speech.

 

THE 2008 African American Pavilion at BEA, “Book of the Year” Awardee was Senator and Presidential Candidate Barack Obama for New York Times Best-Seller, Dreams  From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. 

 

The  2008 “Haki Madhubuti” Independent African American “Publisher of the Year” was W. Paul Coates, Founder and Director of Black Classic Press, which specializes in republishing obscure and significant works by and about people of African descent. 

 

The African American Pavilion”BEA Trailblazer” Awardee is Kassahun Checole.  Mr. Checole is the President and Publisher of Africa World Press/Red Sea Press;  Crystal Lacey Winslow is the 2008 African American Pavilion at BEA, Chester B. Himes “Street Lit” Publisher Awardee. Crystal Lacey Winslow is CEO of Melodrama Publishing founded in 2001 by the award-winning author;  The 2008 African American Pavilion at BEA “Christian Book Publisher of the Year” is Denise Stinson, CEO, Walk Worthy Press;  The 2008 African American Pavilion at BEA, “Children’s Book Author Emeritus” is Irene Smalls, an award-winning Author/Storyteller/Historian;  The 2008 African American Pavilion at BEA “Distributor of the Year” awardees were Brother Nati and Tabia Kamau-Nataki, Co-Owners, Afrikan World Book Distribution;  The 2008 African American Pavilion at BEA “Book Stores of the Year” were: Crystal Bobb-Semple and Walston Bobb-Semple, Co-Owners, Brownstone Books;  James Fugate and Tom Hamilton, Co-Owners, Esowon Books;  Gwen and Willie Richardson, Co-Owners, Cush City.com and Naomi Webb, owner of the Windsor Hills Christian Book Center.

 

Tony Rose, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the African American Pavilion at Book Expo America stated, “I am elated at the overwhelming success of the pavilion and it’s programs.   ‘Thanks ‘ are pouring in from many sources – publishers, sponsors, advertisers, exhibitors, authors, self-publishers and attendees – who networked, made deals, sold books, signed new book deals, acquired distribution and in their words ‘had a remarkable time!’  In turn, I thank all those who participated, our wonderful speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers, as well as my co-founders Adrienne Ingrum and Niani Colom, and my staff, including:  Yvonne Rose, National Director;  Lynnette McMillon, National Director of Publicity and Promotions;  Heather Covington, Host, and National Director of On-Line Promotions;  Cheryl Crosby, Associate Director of Sponsorships;  Therez Fleetwood,  Exhibitor Relations;  Philip Herbert, Exhibitor Relations;  Kristen Willis, Assistant, Exhibitor Relations;  Darnell Smith, Exhibitor Relations and Kamali Minter, Videographer.  I’d like to also thank Steve Rosato, Mike Carlucci, Lance Fensterman and all of our partners at BookExpo America.” 

 

Mr. Rose, highly commended for producing and co-founding the hugely successful African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, received several awards.  Steve Rosato, The Director of Strategic Accounts and Industry Development for BookExpo America, presented The 2008 BEA “Founders” Award.  Mr. Rosato stated, “We honor your extraordinary contributions, service and commitment to the African American Book Publishing Industry.”   Cynthia Exum, Founder and Director of the 2nd Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair and Bernard C. Parks, Councilmember 8th District, Los Angles, presented a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles and the State of California, which stated:  “For your extraordinary contributions to the literacy legacy of Los Angeles, the State of California, and the United States”,   Charles L. Chatmon, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Black Book Expo presented a “Certificate of Appreciation” which stated: “Presented to Tony Rose, in honor of your outstanding contribution in promoting African American Literature.”

 

Tony Rose acknowledged, “The fellowship shown to us, the receptions and honors given to us by the community, the people of Los Angeles through The Leimert Park Village Book Fair and The los Angeles Black Book Fair, was tremendous and supportive.  We look forward to our continuing friendship and work with Cynthia Exum and Charles Chatmon as we, along with Max Rodriguez, Founder of the Harlem Book Fair, continue to strive to keep literacy at the forefront of our African American communities.”

 

Preparations are underway for the 2009 African American Pavilion at Book Expo America being held at the John Jacob Javit’s Convention Center in New York City from May 28th to May 31st.  To register, contact Mike Carlucci, Director of Sales, Book Expo America, 203-840-5625 or email: mcarlucci@reedexpo.com  . For further information, contact Tony Rose, Executive Director/Co-Founder, The African American Pavilion at BEA at 520-568-6692 or email: amberbk@aol.com  or visit: WWW.AMBERBOOKS.COM  (The African American Pavilion 2008 link).

 

The sponsors for the 2008 5th Annual African American Pavilion were:  Amber Communications Group, Inc.;  Adrienne Ingrum, Adrienne Ingrum, LLC.;  QBR The Black Book Review;  Diversity City Media, Inc/ BlackNews.com;  Written Magazine;  Disilgold.com;  AALBC.com;  MosaicBooks.com;  Sheridan Books, Inc.;  Scholastic Inc.;  Oxford University Press;  Amber Books and BookExpo America.

 

Media Contact:

 

Lynette McMillon

National Publicity Director, The African American Pavilion at BEA

773-732-2560

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www.Disilgold.com-THE HEATLIST COUNTDOWN- Deadlines for New York Book Festival Fast Approaching


 

 FACT OF THE DAY: Did you know Kevin M. Weeks over at www.Thestreetlifeseries.com won the wild pick Book of the Year category. WHOA~ A contender for cinema motion pictures right here!

2008 NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL – FIRST VENDOR DEADLINENEW YORK (March 26, 2008) _ The 2008 New York Book Festival’s next vendor deadline arrives on April 15, 2008 for its annual program celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the world?s publishing capital.

Last year, over 20,000 attendees enjoyed the beauty and serenity of Manhattan?s Central Park as they browsed books, listened to music and author readings and enjoyed our food vendors. This year, the day festival will offer expanded stages and new opportunities for authors, publishers, musicians and vendors. Please e-mail NewYorkBookFest@aol.com for an application.

The 2008 New York Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children?s books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics/?zines, e-books, poetry, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, science fiction, horror, photography/art, romance and biography/autobiography works.

A panel of judges will determine the winners based on the following criteria:

1) The story-telling ability of the author.

2) The potential of the work to win wider recognition.

Entries can be in German, Portuguese, English, Spanish, French or Italian and must be published on or after January 1, 2000. Our grand prize for the 2008 New York Book Festival Author of the Year is $1500 and a flight to New York for the awards and our day festival in Central Park.

ENTRIES: Please classify your book and enter it in the following categories. Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book.

1) General Non-fiction

2) General Fiction

3) Children?s books

4) E-books

5) Comics/?zines

6) Wild Card (anything goes)

7) Unpublished Stories

8) Teenage

9) Science Fiction

10) Romance

11) Biography/Autobiography

12) Audio/Spoken Word

13) Poetry

14) Photography/Art

FESTIVAL RULES: New York Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on this web site shortly after the entry deadline.

Regular registration deadline submissions in each category must be postmarked by the close of business on May 25 , 2008. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions.

TO ENTER: Click on the “ENTER THE COMPETITION” link at newyorkbookfestival.com and follow the directions to get an entry form. Forms may also be faxed/e-mailed to you by calling our office at 323-665-8080 or e-mailing us at NewYorkBookFest@aol.com. You may also register over the phone with a credit card. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee via check, money order, credit card payment or PayPal online payment of $50 in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

Entry fee checks/money orders should be made payable to JM Northern Media LLC. We?re sorry, but entries must be mailed and cannot be delivered in person or by messenger services to the JM Northern Media offices.

Entry packages should include one copy of the book; any relevant marketing material; a copy of your official entry form; and the entry fee or receipt from online payment.

Entries should be mailed to: JM Northern Media LLC7095 Hollywood Blvd.

Suite 864

Hollywood, CA 90028

AWARDS: Winners of the 2008 New York Book Festival will be honored at a gala ceremony held the night before our annual day festival in Central Park. You do not need to be present to accept your award or accompanying prizes.

New York Book Festival winners in each category will be admitted free to the awards ceremony. The New York Book Festival selection committee reserves the right to determine the category eligibility of any project.

VENDORS AND MUSICIANS: If you would like to be a part of our day festival in Central Park, please e-mail us at NewYorkBookFest@aol.com for an application.

The New York Book Festival is produced by JM Northern Media LLC, producers of the Hollywood Book Festival, DIY Convention, London Book Festival and DIY Book Festival, and is sponsored by the Larimar St. Croix Writers Colony, The Hollywood Creative Directory, eDivvy, Westside Websites and Shopanista.

www.Disilgold.com MAJOR LITERARY EVENTS ALERT- AUGUSTA RENAISSANCE “THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT”


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Media Contact: Anthony R Page – – 404.786.3277 / anthonyrpage@yahoo.com
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27 February 2007
 
Augusta Renaissance
 
Presents
The Butterfly Effect
Augusta, GA. On Thursday April 10th at 7pm Augusta Renaissance and Clear Channel’s Kiss 96.3 FM w/ Minnesota Fatz and Cher Best will host The Butterfly Effect at the Julian Smith Casino located at 2200 Broad Street in downtown Augusta on Lake Olmstead. The Butterfly Effect was created to be a cultural networking event for the season. With more than 30 performers from across the area, a fashion stroll, panel discussions, motivational speakers, special guests and of course a power meet and greet with Greater Augusta’s spirit-led, forward-thinking, creative minded professionals.
 
The efforts of many individuals, small businesses and non-profit enterprises are quickly changing the spiritual, cultural and economic dynamic of the CSRA and have given birth to this Renaissance thereby creating a virtual butterfly effect across the area. To create an environment best suited for a diverse palate of activities, the Julian Smith Casino will be subdivided into café areas where visitors can gravitate towards the activities that interest them most.
 
There will be a book-signing area including 10 local writers who will have discussions of their works throughout the evening. Writers include John Daryl Blouin, Karlton Clay, Carol Spencer, Rev JoJo Williams, Takisha Perry, The Mastel, Carlyn G. Morris, Donna Brown, Wanda Seals and Cecelia Johnson.
 
Local and regional playwrights will be performing vignettes from past and upcoming productions. Rev JoJo Williams will be presenting scenes from his successful traveling production “Daddy Who.” Arlean Edwards of the Talking it up Show will facilitate a topical panel discussion following an original play titled “Relationships” written by Kinyada Jackson. There will be a special sneak peek performance of a play called “A Breath, A Beat and a Hey!!” about the life of The Godfather of Soul written by Maxine Barnett who played the witch doctor in the movie “Skeleton Key.”
 
Mary Brooks, owner of Barely New Boutique, will sponsor a fashion stroll featuring some of the most well known names in women’s attire. Local choreographer, Chazitear Martin will orchestrate the Fashion Stroll and demonstrate her skills with a group of dynamic dancers. Also “Jammin Jeanne” will be doing an interpretive dance to contemporary R&B and Soul music.
 
Visual artists, Michael Dawson and Bruce A Ingram, will be painting onsite to let the public observe their creative process. Sheila Maynard-Logan, of Trim America Down, and Melissa Hudson, a Reiki Master, will be speaking about wellness and doing exercises designed to improve the quality of life.
 
Everybody loves music, so we will have musical performances by Jubba, The Krist Austin Project, Il-Hwa Bowman, Nikia Star, Bles Sed, The Gospel Originals; Taranda Renee’, Adrianne Marcia, Sweet Melody, Funmilayo Harmon and Tahnee Latrell and straight from the ATL, Neo Soul Singer: Honey Bone.
 
Visitors may also be inspired by the experiences of Betty Ambrose Brown as she presents excerpts of her one woman show titled “How I Got Over.” Dana Wideman-Howard and Tommy Ingram will present a few motivational moments with their special brand of testimonial commentary.
 
We will also feature the talents of spoken word artists Amyr Heard (Co-Founder of National Spoken Word Week); Purple Heart Recipient – – Most Elevated Deepness; Reginald Sweet of the Groove Speak Poets from Albany, GA and John Daryl Blouin will tell us “How to Stay out of Jail in Georgia.” Also the Atlanta hawk himself Hawk the Poet will grace the stage.
 
Dreambuilders of America’s Youth will be our honored organization. We will use this occasion to raise funds in support of their work to empower youth all over the CSRA through their Student Ambassador Program. To support their efforts we will hold a special raffle.
 
While you mix and mingle, enjoy our special feature performance Medipeo who will have a unique display of Mediterranean dance, acoustical music and drumming featuring Dr Chouaieb Saidi.
 
Top local graphic designers are working on an Augusta Renaissance logo. The designs from Black Kard, David & Akachi Omni Media Group, T.I.M.S. by Patrick Mills and Vision Multimedia Studios will be unveiled that evening and visitors will get to decide which logo will become the marker for Augusta Renaissance. There will also be vendors of a great variety and Chef Red will be cooking up the best Bar B Que in town.
 
This is by no means all of the activity that you can expect at this event. We have more on the horizon leading up to this Augusta Renaissance experience. We are working diligently to create a unique cultural and empowering event; designed to help people connect in a meaningful way with others who share their passions, and understand their visions. 
 
We also recognize that these people need to meet you, as many of our journeys are parallel. One of the key objectives is for more of us to become involved in the spiritual, economic and creative success of our community. So bring your friends, bring your family, bring your out of town guests, but more importantly bring your vision…it may be the very vision this city has long waited for. Come enjoy great entertainment by some of the areas best, make a meaningful connection and move towards your next level.
 
What you don’t expect is the “Secret.” The truest spirit of Augusta Renaissance, our Butterfly Effect, can only be experienced not explained. Those who know; KNOW. There is a Renaissance in Augusta. On April 10th Opportunity meets Preparedness. Come experience the Augusta Renaissance. Then the evidence will be clear!!
 
The Butterfly Effect April 10th 7pm at the Julian Smith Casino.
 
Vendors are Welcome (Vending Fee $50)
 
What is Augusta Renaissance?
Yea, Yea, the community has been buzzing about this thing called the Augusta Renaissance. Is it an email thing, some idea about people helping people, or maybe some pie in the sky economic development idea that has no real merit? The truth is….
 
We are an action-oriented collective of businesses and individuals who are motivated spiritually around the “idea” (Augusta Renaissance) of excellence for each individual and the group. We are a collaborative of creative-minded, forward thinking and spirit-led professionals. Many of us are engaged in the various arts industries, small business and community development organizations. There is no president, no dues or fees. You become a member by believing. Do you believe?
 
We are thinking, planning and executing our visions, individually and with others, to promote the spiritual, economic and cultural health of our community. We believe in many different ways that this is a period of unprecedented renewal (a renaissance) that is limited only by our thinking, our beliefs and our efforts. There is a Renaissance in the greater Augusta area.
Faith without works is dead!
 
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NATIONAL BLACK BOOK FESTIVAL


 

. . .Dozens of Authors
. . .Thousands of Readers
. . .All Under One Roof

May 17-18, 2008
Houston, Texas
George R. Brown Convention Center

 


 

 
 

Brought to you by

Local Information
Where to Stay
Official Expo Hotel
Other Hotels and Resorts
Where to Eat
Restaurants

Where to Play
Attractions and Nightlife

 


Book Club Central
List your book club as a participant at the Festival and win prizes for your club members who attend!
Participating book clubs
Amina Book Club
Baltimore, MD

Cover2Cover Book Club
Houston, TX

Cover2Cover Book Club
Fort Worth, TX

Cushcity Book Club
Houston, TX

Ladies of Expression Book Club
Houston, TX
Ladies of Literacy Book Club
Houston, TX
Minds-n-Motion Book Club
Brenham, TX

Mocha Divas Book Club
Houston, TX
Pearls of Wisdom Book Club
Houston, TX
Reading Beauties Book Club
Charlotte, NC
Sistahs’ Bookclubbing
Shreveport, LA

http://www.cushcity.com/ http://www.houstonblackexpo.com/
 

Participating Authors
Visit these authors’ tables at the
National Black Book Festival:
Willie J. Alexander

Vincent Alexandria
Zeda Amaya
James Arthur
Janie P. Bess
Andrew Billingsley
Tangelika Bolen
Beverly Boone
William E. Boswell
Arlene Brathwaite

Cheryl Bronson
Lisa Brown
Sai Browne
Anita Bunkley
Destiny Carter
Portia Cosby

W. Eric Croomes
DeMonica D. Gladney

Glendora Glover
Theresa Gonsalves
Garland Gregory
Vanessa Davis Griggs
Daniel B. Henderson Sr.

Hotep
Renay Jackson
T. L. James
Richard Jeanty
Marsha D. Jenkins-Sanders
James A. Jimason

Featured Authors

Reshonda Tate Billingsley

 


Victor McGlothin

 

Dr. Melvin L. Johnson
Rashun Jones
Rhonda Jackson Joseph
Diane King
Chaz Kyser
Whitney J. LeBlanc

Lily
Erica N. Martin
Masyree

K. Lowery Moore
M. W. Moore
Horace Mungin
Valorie N. Parker
Recha G. Peay
Adam L. Perkins
Ti Kendrick Randall
James Reedom
Gwen Richardson

Jonathan Richardson
Robert T. Sells
Jennifer N. Shannon
K. Mitchell Thomas

Sheilah Vance
Brenda L. Washington
Debra Williamson
Arlether Wilson

Supporting Authors
Authors who are unable to attend the Festival, but want to make you aware of their latest book(s):
Kevin M. Weeks


Mary B. Morrison

Sister-Friends Book Club
Houston, TX

Sisterhood of Literacy Book Club
Houston, TX
Sisters Sippin’ Tea
Houston, TX
Stolen Moments Book Club
Houston, TX

The Tea Rose Book Club
Houston, TX
Women of Wisdom Book Club
Shreveport, LA


Register your book club via e-mail:
bookclub@nationalblackbookfestival.com


 

 


Big Boom

Workshops/Seminars

  • Taking Economic Empowerment to the Next Level

  • Bringing Out the Book In You

  • Marketing Your Book On a Limited Budget

  • Presentation Is Everything:  Packaging Your Book for Maximum Sales
     

Spoken Word Poetry Slam
Author poets with tables at the Festival can register for the Spoken Word Poetry Slam on Sunday, May 18!


 


Miasha

Building A New Generation
of Readers

Parents can bring their children and teachers can bring their students to story reading sessions.  Authors of children’s books will entertain and educate a new generation of readers.

 

 


 


Victoria Christopher Murray

Festival’s Official Book Sellers
Cushcity.com
Shrine Book Store

   

 

NATIONAL BLACK BOOK FESTIVAL


 

. . .Dozens of Authors
. . .Thousands of Readers
. . .All Under One Roof

May 17-18, 2008
Houston, Texas
George R. Brown Convention Center

 


 

 
 

Brought to you by

Local Information
Where to Stay
Official Expo Hotel
Other Hotels and Resorts
Where to Eat
Restaurants

Where to Play
Attractions and Nightlife

 


Book Club Central
List your book club as a participant at the Festival and win prizes for your club members who attend!
Participating book clubs
Amina Book Club
Baltimore, MD

Cover2Cover Book Club
Houston, TX

Cover2Cover Book Club
Fort Worth, TX

Cushcity Book Club
Houston, TX

Ladies of Expression Book Club
Houston, TX
Ladies of Literacy Book Club
Houston, TX
Minds-n-Motion Book Club
Brenham, TX

Mocha Divas Book Club
Houston, TX
Pearls of Wisdom Book Club
Houston, TX
Reading Beauties Book Club
Charlotte, NC
Sistahs’ Bookclubbing
Shreveport, LA

http://www.cushcity.com/ http://www.houstonblackexpo.com/
 

Participating Authors
Visit these authors’ tables at the
National Black Book Festival:
Willie J. Alexander

Vincent Alexandria
Zeda Amaya
James Arthur
Janie P. Bess
Andrew Billingsley
Tangelika Bolen
Beverly Boone
William E. Boswell
Arlene Brathwaite

Cheryl Bronson
Lisa Brown
Sai Browne
Anita Bunkley
Destiny Carter
Portia Cosby

W. Eric Croomes
DeMonica D. Gladney

Glendora Glover
Theresa Gonsalves
Garland Gregory
Vanessa Davis Griggs
Daniel B. Henderson Sr.

Hotep
Renay Jackson
T. L. James
Richard Jeanty
Marsha D. Jenkins-Sanders
James A. Jimason

Featured Authors

Reshonda Tate Billingsley

 


Victor McGlothin

 

Dr. Melvin L. Johnson
Rashun Jones
Rhonda Jackson Joseph
Diane King
Chaz Kyser
Whitney J. LeBlanc

Lily
Erica N. Martin
Masyree

K. Lowery Moore
M. W. Moore
Horace Mungin
Valorie N. Parker
Recha G. Peay
Adam L. Perkins
Ti Kendrick Randall
James Reedom
Gwen Richardson

Jonathan Richardson
Robert T. Sells
Jennifer N. Shannon
K. Mitchell Thomas

Sheilah Vance
Brenda L. Washington
Debra Williamson
Arlether Wilson

Supporting Authors
Authors who are unable to attend the Festival, but want to make you aware of their latest book(s):
Kevin M. Weeks


Mary B. Morrison

Sister-Friends Book Club
Houston, TX

Sisterhood of Literacy Book Club
Houston, TX
Sisters Sippin’ Tea
Houston, TX
Stolen Moments Book Club
Houston, TX

The Tea Rose Book Club
Houston, TX
Women of Wisdom Book Club
Shreveport, LA


Register your book club via e-mail:
bookclub@nationalblackbookfestival.com


 

 


Big Boom

Workshops/Seminars

  • Taking Economic Empowerment to the Next Level

  • Bringing Out the Book In You

  • Marketing Your Book On a Limited Budget

  • Presentation Is Everything:  Packaging Your Book for Maximum Sales
     

Spoken Word Poetry Slam
Author poets with tables at the Festival can register for the Spoken Word Poetry Slam on Sunday, May 18!


 


Miasha

Building A New Generation
of Readers

Parents can bring their children and teachers can bring their students to story reading sessions.  Authors of children’s books will entertain and educate a new generation of readers.

 

 


 


Victoria Christopher Murray

Festival’s Official Book Sellers
Cushcity.com
Shrine Book Store

   

 

NATIONAL BLACK BOOK FESTIVAL


 

. . .Dozens of Authors
. . .Thousands of Readers
. . .All Under One Roof

May 17-18, 2008
Houston, Texas
George R. Brown Convention Center

 


 

 
 

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Local Information
Where to Stay
Official Expo Hotel
Other Hotels and Resorts
Where to Eat
Restaurants

Where to Play
Attractions and Nightlife

 


Book Club Central
List your book club as a participant at the Festival and win prizes for your club members who attend!
Participating book clubs
Amina Book Club
Baltimore, MD

Cover2Cover Book Club
Houston, TX

Cover2Cover Book Club
Fort Worth, TX

Cushcity Book Club
Houston, TX

Ladies of Expression Book Club
Houston, TX
Ladies of Literacy Book Club
Houston, TX
Minds-n-Motion Book Club
Brenham, TX

Mocha Divas Book Club
Houston, TX
Pearls of Wisdom Book Club
Houston, TX
Reading Beauties Book Club
Charlotte, NC
Sistahs’ Bookclubbing
Shreveport, LA

http://www.cushcity.com/ http://www.houstonblackexpo.com/
 

Participating Authors
Visit these authors’ tables at the
National Black Book Festival:
Willie J. Alexander

Vincent Alexandria
Zeda Amaya
James Arthur
Janie P. Bess
Andrew Billingsley
Tangelika Bolen
Beverly Boone
William E. Boswell
Arlene Brathwaite

Cheryl Bronson
Lisa Brown
Sai Browne
Anita Bunkley
Destiny Carter
Portia Cosby

W. Eric Croomes
DeMonica D. Gladney

Glendora Glover
Theresa Gonsalves
Garland Gregory
Vanessa Davis Griggs
Daniel B. Henderson Sr.

Hotep
Renay Jackson
T. L. James
Richard Jeanty
Marsha D. Jenkins-Sanders
James A. Jimason

Featured Authors

Reshonda Tate Billingsley

 


Victor McGlothin

 

Dr. Melvin L. Johnson
Rashun Jones
Rhonda Jackson Joseph
Diane King
Chaz Kyser
Whitney J. LeBlanc

Lily
Erica N. Martin
Masyree

K. Lowery Moore
M. W. Moore
Horace Mungin
Valorie N. Parker
Recha G. Peay
Adam L. Perkins
Ti Kendrick Randall
James Reedom
Gwen Richardson

Jonathan Richardson
Robert T. Sells
Jennifer N. Shannon
K. Mitchell Thomas

Sheilah Vance
Brenda L. Washington
Debra Williamson
Arlether Wilson

Supporting Authors
Authors who are unable to attend the Festival, but want to make you aware of their latest book(s):
Kevin M. Weeks


Mary B. Morrison

Sister-Friends Book Club
Houston, TX

Sisterhood of Literacy Book Club
Houston, TX
Sisters Sippin’ Tea
Houston, TX
Stolen Moments Book Club
Houston, TX

The Tea Rose Book Club
Houston, TX
Women of Wisdom Book Club
Shreveport, LA


Register your book club via e-mail:
bookclub@nationalblackbookfestival.com


 

 


Big Boom

Workshops/Seminars

  • Taking Economic Empowerment to the Next Level

  • Bringing Out the Book In You

  • Marketing Your Book On a Limited Budget

  • Presentation Is Everything:  Packaging Your Book for Maximum Sales
     

Spoken Word Poetry Slam
Author poets with tables at the Festival can register for the Spoken Word Poetry Slam on Sunday, May 18!


 


Miasha

Building A New Generation
of Readers

Parents can bring their children and teachers can bring their students to story reading sessions.  Authors of children’s books will entertain and educate a new generation of readers.

 

 


 


Victoria Christopher Murray

Festival’s Official Book Sellers
Cushcity.com
Shrine Book Store

   

 

For Immediate Release: DisilgoldSOUL Magazine Presents 220 Communications “The 4th Annual Authors & Artists Chicago”on OCTOBER 6th (1pm-5pm) at Little Black Pearl Art Design Center


Musical Artist

    Ron (Romeo) North
 

 

  Artists

Terrence Haymer
Darrick Claiborne
Alicia Neal 
Yvonne Coleman-Burney
S. Teresa
Rashawn Taylor
Kelley Moseley

 Speakers

         Minister Joyce Alim
    
Youth At the Crossroads

 

Authors

Carla Curtis
Donya Hooks
Monica Young Freeman
Toni Akers
Gary Cooke

Valerie Beck
Karoline Bethea-Jones
Gregory B Williams
Darryl McCullough
Anthony McGee
Shoya Bowman

Brenda Taylor
Liz Lampkin
 Valerie Whiters
Mel Hopkins
Sylvia Hubbard
Shamontiel L. Vaughn
Cynthia Berry
Talayah G. Stovall
Pamela Murphy
Sheena M. Jones
Michelle Larks

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 For Immediate Release: DisilgoldSOUL Magazine Presents 220 Communications “The 4th Annual Authors & Artists Chicago”on OCTOBER 6th (1pm-5pm) at Little Black Pearl Art Design Center

(DisilgoldSOUL, USA- Sept.1)-One of the most anticipated annual Chicago events is back with its “4th Annual Authors & Artists Chicago” sponsored and produced by 220 Communications.

The national headline news event will be held on Saturday, October 6th @ 1PM -5PM at the classic “Little Black Pearl Art Design Center” located on 1060 East 47th Street. Admission is free to the public.


 The theme of this year’s event is “My Story, My Way” and it focuses on the struggle of the independent author, and the obstacles they have overcome to tell their story. 

 The event will be one of the largest book events to feature almost exclusively self published authors in Chicago this year. 

 Each year this event has grown by leaps and bounds. Founder Glenn Murrat mentions he  began with 12 participants 6 authors and 6 artists, but by the next year the number of authors increased by 100% .

 By 2006 the founder mentions he had to decline author enrollment for spacing reasons. 

However, this year under a highly selective process, 25-30  self published authors will grace this glorious event. 

Currently scheduled to appear are returnees Janis Kearney, Carla Curtis, Monica Young Freeman, Sheena Jones, Paulette “Passion” Stinson,  Charles Miles and Michelle Larks.

 New authors  to  join the event, are Darrin Lowry, Cynthia Berry, Jeanetta Bradley, Sheila P. Miller , Minnie E. Miller, D.J. McLaurin, Corlis Martin, Dwayne Murray, Robert Sells, Shoya Bowman, Kenny Bey, Xernona Woods, Shelly Sylvester. 

 Artists appearing include Bill Hill, Melvin King, Clifton Henri, Rashawn Taylor, and KFleye Designs Kelley Moseley for an ecclectic mixture of authors, art and a musical performance by Sanctuary.The  goal of the event  is to create a book  experience. Unlike most book expos, there is no admission into the event. The event makes sure select a diverse group of authors from every genre and plans to keep the event fun and exciting.Past events  have awarded thousands of dollars in prizes to attendees ranging from Oprah tickets to Cruise Vacations says founder Glenn.“We make sure our attendees walk away with lasting memories.  This year we will add musical entertainment, as always we’ll have the best prize drawing of any event anywhere  and an experience of meeting talented people you won’t  forget.”For more information, visit :

www.authorandartist.kreationsart.com or email info@220communications.com

THE 2007 HARLEM BOOK FAIR STORY BY DISILGOLD.COM


THE 9th HARLEM BOOK FAIR IS THE LARGEST IN NYC HISTORY: THE LITERARY STARS RISE & BOOK LOVERS COME OUT IN RECORD NUMBER!

by Heather Covington
See photos by Heather Covington on www.Disilgold.com and additional photos by Seitu Oronde on Event Link!

Commendations: For HBF’s beautiful 2007 Program Guide & Autograph Book (July 20-22)

The 9th Annual Harlem Book Fair brought out the largest amount of attendees in the event’s history according to Channel 7 ABC news on Saturday, July 21st. Hosted by founder and publisher of  QBR: The Black Book Review, Mr. Max Rodriguez (www. QBR. com),  the three day event featured QBR’s “The Wheatley Book Awards” on July 20th at the Schom-burg Center for Research in Black Culture directed by community leader Howard Dodson.

This year’s Wheatley Book Award” recipients  were Eloise Greenfield, Walter Mosley and Amiri Baraka. A tribute was honored to the late sci-fi author Octavia Butler and actor Ossie Davis, husband of actress Ruby Dee. Other notable recipients were Mr. Tony Rose,CEO of Amber Communications Group, Inc. (www.Amberbooks.com)for his work with the  African American Pavilion at Book Expo.

An HBF BBQ Jazz Author Brunch was held on Sunday, July 22 featuring the fine music of the Tyrone Birkett Group with Paula Ralph-Birkett,  New York Times Bestselling author, Omar Tyree (The Last Street Novel) and Zane , slated to have her best selling book, “Addicted” adapted to a movie with producer Sylvia Rhone. She is also publishing over 50 authors this year to give rise to new African-American voices in literature.

Omar Tyree also, held his debut signing for his new book, The Last Street Novel at Hueman Bookstore, owned by Marva Allen and Rita Ewing which brought out many post Harlem Book Fair attendees who got to hear one of their favorite authors on the main author stage among literary bestselling peers like Relentless Aaron (Extra-Marital Affairs) just signed to G-Unit Books, Pat G’orge Walker (Sister Betty is Calling You), Kenya Perry(Game: Get It, Georgia Woodbine (How to Make Big Bucks Without Selling Your Soul),Andrew Morrison, Host of Money Making Modays Radio Show on 98.7 Kiss Fm, Elon Bomani (Dynamic Diva Dollars: For Women Who Aren’t Afraid to Become Millionaires and Wealth Chants), and Renee McCrae, host of Fade to Black Show on QPTV and BCAT.

The stage was opened with community leaders Howard Dodson, Chief, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President; State Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Keith Wright; Neal Clark, Chair, Community Board 10. These leaders set the tone for an amazing event that was a SUCCESS!

If you watched the crowd very carefully, you may have witnessed many best selling authors casually interacting and walking among the crowd on a say of unseasonably cool weather  like Ghetto Hickson, Kashamba Williams, Darshell DuBose Smith, Cheryl Hudson,Wade Hudson, Kashan , Sha, Dashawn , Marc Lacy, Relentless Aaron , Pat G’orge Walker,  Yvonne Bynoe , Thulani -Joseph Peniel, Eric S. Gray, K’wan, Mark Anthony, Rique Johnson, Anna J., Renee Flagler, Nakea Murray, Chi Chi, Shannon Holmes , Miasha, Assaunta Collins, Ojeda Nin , Milton McGriff, LaJill Hunt, Roy Glenn, Latrese N. Carter, Dr. Ron Daniels, Daryl Harris,  Barry Borne, Jeannine Batiste, RJ Williams, Dwayne S. Joseph, Dwayne Murray,Sr., and Thomas Long.

The Children’s Book Stage brought out entire families and children for panel discussions featuring Traci Lester, Director, Read & Learn, Dr. Loretta Long (Courtney’s Birthday Party); Roscoe Orman (Sesame Street Dad); Sonia Hayes (The ATL Girlz); Dr. Sabrina Martin, Chief of Pediatrics, North General Hospital; Alex Simmons (Buffalo Bill Wanted!); Tia Williams (It Chicks),Patrick Oliver, Founder, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series Sheron “Umi” Smith, Andrew Sekou Jackson, Executive Director, Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Centers; David Miller, CEO, Urban Leadership Institute; Professor Griff (Public Enemy) and Cheryl Willis Hudson , the Editorial Director of Just Us Books, Inc., an independent publishing company that focuses on Black interest books for children and young adults. Ms. Hudson has authored many books for young children including Hands Can, Good Morning, Baby, Glo Goes Shopping, Many Colors of Mother Goose and Bright Eyes, Brown Skin (co-authored with Bernette Ford).


One of the top attractions of the Harlem Book Fair are the indoor panels hosted by QBR.com in the Schom-burg Center for Research in Black Culture and aired live to millions on C-SPAN BookTV, to literary lovers of African-American literature to  those who couldn’t make it from around the world. The live taping always repeats its programing in the evenings on the same day of the Harlem Book Fair, and re-airs again during the week online at www.Booktv.org .
This year, the Harlem Book Fair panels featured an opening address on The State of African American Literacy by Former Congressman J. C., Watts, A Conversation with Howard Zinn (A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present, A History of America) and Walter Mosley, (Workin’ on the Chain Gang: Shaking Off the Dead Hand of History), a panel on “Memoir and Remembrances: Making Way Out of No Way” featuring Carla Ranger(Director for Educational Partnerships, Dallas County Community College District, Dominic Carter (No Momma’s Boy), Charles B. Rangel (And I Haven’t Had a Bad Day Since: From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress), Avie Faison (Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of  a Harlem Hustler), Yvonne Thornton (The Ditch-digger’s Daughter), June Cross (The Secret Daughter, and a panel on ‘‘Post-Black Thinking’’: Where Black Becomes Irrelevant” featuring Moderator: Dr. Anthony Samad (50 Years After Brown: The State of Black Equality In America),Panelists: Dr. W.D. Wright (Crisis of the Black Intellectual); Gloria J. Browne-Marshall (Race, Law and America Society); Paul Robeson, Jr. (A Black Way of Seeing); Dr. Carol D. Lee (Culture, Literacy and Learning: Taking Bloom in the Midst of the Whirlwind).The Harlem Book Fair’s QBR saved the best panel discussion for last entitled: From Black Power to Hip Hop: The Evolution of Grassroots Political Thought, featuring Moderator: Tony Rose (Publisher, Amber Communications) Panelists: Herb Boyd (Race and Resistance: African Americans in the Twenty-First Century, Vol. 1), Peniel Joseph (Waiting ‘‘Til the Midnight Hour), Yvonne Bynoe (Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership, and Hip Hop Culture), Thulani Davis (My Confederate Kinfolk: A Twenty-First Century Freedwoman Discovers Her Roots.

I closed out the C-SPAN BookTV aired tapings with a message to millions to teach youth about their mentors, a solution for addressing the state of literacy in America and also thanked my very own publisher, Mr. Tony Rose  for taking a chance to publish a book called Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature to carry on the legacy and history of literary figures who have paved the way. 

 Literary enthusiasts will agree that the black community should continue to support black literature, publications  and attend more events like the Harlem Book Fair that celebrate “our literature, our voices and our words,” the unified theme and continuous message of an event that has made HISTORY and is quite remarkable! Visit www.booktv.org  to watch panels.

For more information about the Annual Harlem Book Fair, visit www.QBR.com.

Wendy Williams to appear on panel discussion at Harlem Book Fair


Photo by Heather Covington.

See Celebrity Link tribute.

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Its’ official, Wendy Williams, “Shock Queen of Radio” to appear on Harlem Book Fair Stage on panel. See full line up.

 HBF
 MAIN STAGE
 SCHEDULE          

The HBF Main Stage is located on West 135th Street between Malcolm X (Lenox) and 7th Avenue. All outdoor readings and performances are free. Schedule is subject to adjustment.

11:00 STAGE OPENS
Max Rodriguez
, Founder, Harlem Book Fair; Howard Dodson, Chief, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President; State Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Keith Wright; Neal Clark, Chair, Community Board 10.
12:00   The Harlem Book Fair Goes to Bermuda!
Join Max Rodriguez; Patti Pitt, Business Development Manager, Bermuda Tourism Board; and Dale Butler, former Member of the Bermuda Parliment in announcing the August 2008 Bermuda Book Fair! Support the work of the Harlem Book Fair by signing up for a Raffle for a Free 7-day Caribbean Cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line!
12:30   The Book That Changed My Life – Hosted by Selena James, Editor, Kensington BooksWhat is that book that made you laugh aloud…made you cry…made you read it all over again…or answered that one burning question in your life? Which is the book you that save for the special people in your life? Bring your book (or just your story about your favorite book) as authors and the audience read and share the books that touched, moved, and inspired their lives. This event is for book lovers only! A list of ‘The Book That Changed My Life’ will be posted on the HBF website. Come and share the gift of your favorite story!

1:00     Relentless Success – Meet four authors who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments!

Relentless Aaron is the acclaimed author of thirty completed manuscripts written while in prison has published over fourteen books. The books he penned behind prison walls are now breakout hits. Shortly after his release, he earned a 6-figure, fourteen book deal with St. Martin’s Press. He has been featured on ABC World News and Fox 5 Good Day New York as well as in The New York Times, The Journal News, The Daily News and TIME Magazine.
Renée McRae is a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and performance poet. Renée hosts a weekly cable talk show, Fade To Black, interviewing people living their passions which airs on QPTV and BCAT. Her award-winning poetry has been published in seven anthologies of the National Library of Poetry.
Andrew Morrison built a multi-million dollar company by providing innovative direct marketing services to Fortune 500 companies.  He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Crain’s Magazine 40 Under 40 and Advertising Age.  He also appeared as a “Young Millionaire” on The Oprah Winfrey Show and is the recipient of the prestigious Young Direct Marketer of the Year Award.  Andrew is the host of the “Money Making Mondays” radio show heard on 98.7 KISS-FM.
Georgia Woodbine shares her experiences, secrets to success and strategies from the entertainment industry that transitioned into her publishing company Spiritual Focus Publishing.  She gives it to you straight in her powerful book, How To Make BIG BUCK$ Without Selling Your Soul! 

1:30     Urban Street Lit with Omar Tyree

2:00    Elon Bomani, a self-made millionaire, is on a major mission to help all Women accomplish their greatest aspirations.The Dynamic Diva Dollar Workshop will teach you to take control of your financial destiny and become financial free today. You will learn how to develop a wealth consciousness, get your financial act together, start a home based or e-business on a shoe-string budget and invest in commodities, options, currency and real estate using other people’s money.
This fun-filled, interactive workshop is filled to the max with do-able, practical information that will help you build wealth beyond your imagination.. No get rich quick scheme…just totally ethical and legitimate techniques that really work for women and moms today. Elon is no math genius or has a degree in economics, but she has uncovered some wealth secrets that allows her to make money in her pajamas!
She is the author of two newly released books, Dynamic Diva Dollars: For Women Who Aren’t Afraid to Become Millionaires and Wealth Chants.  

2:45    Women’s Empowerment: Having It Now (or Know It’s On Its Way!)
Host TBA

Join our powerhouse conversation with Wendy Williams (Is the Bitch Dead, Or What?); Amy DuBois Barnett (Get Yours!: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Having Everything You Ever Dreamed); Lori Bryant-Woolridge (Weapons of Mass Seduction) and Ms. USA, Kenya Moore on getting it all now.

Identify and pursue your true passions. Let go of any negativity that’s holding you back. Find the man of your dreams–and build a lasting relationship. Achieve your professional goals and accumulate real wealth. Get the body you’ve always wanted. Figure out your personal style and nurture your creative talents. Form unbreakable bonds with your family, your friends and your higher power. Enjoy life and make every day count! Too good to be true? Not for our panelists – and not for you!

3:30    Churchin’ with Sister BettyPat G’Orge – Walker is in a league of her own. This accomplished Christian author and comedienne has an amazing mind and talent for turning her observations of church and black church life, in particular, into gems of sidesplitting humor. It is her own special gift from God that enables G’Orge-Walker to depict the often ridiculous antics of church folk. She does it without sub-
verting the Good News or watering down the potency of its message.
In the 1970s, G’Orge-Walker began penning short stories featuring a main character that has an intimate and impacting encounter with God Almighty on the telephone, the now infamous Sister Betty.  But it wasn’t until 1997 that she actually self-published Sister Betty God is Calling!

4:30    QUEEN AFUA: Journey to the City of Wellness

Queen Afua is a phenomenal spiritual visionary; a dedicated healer, who blends ancestral-rich spiritual cosmology with alternative medicine to teach women and men how to gain a pain-free, disease free and spiritually charged empowered life via Natures way. The City of Wellness: The Journey thru Nutrition Kitchen with Nature’s Pharmacy was written for the Wellness Movement. The revolutionary approach is presented in her text by encouraging people to utilize food as a medicine via 7 Kitchens of Conscious-ness.5:15    A Torchlight for America
Hosted by Minister Kevin Muhammad
Join Minister Kevin Muhammad, spiritual leader and radio host personality, in discussing A Torchlight for America, a book for guiding the country out from its present condition toward a more peaceful and productive society in which mutual respect governs the relations between the diverse members of America. 6:00    STAGE CLOSES

Literary Diva Toni Morrison to be honored by African Voices Magazine-Attend event- May 5th


What: Tribute to Toni Morrison at Columbia University

When: Saturday, May 5 at 5:00PM

Where: Columbia University
116th & Broadway (Lerner Hall)
New York NY 10027
646-229-1711

Event Description:
On Saturday, May 5, 2007, African Voices, the premier Black
literary arts magazine, will present a musical and poetic
tribute to Nobel prize-winning author and humanitarian Toni
Morrison. Ms. Morrison will be in attendance and will be the
recipient of the organization’s Ellie Charles Artists Awards
for her contributions to the literary community. Actor Avery
Brooks will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for a poetic and
musical tribute to Ms. Morrison. The program is a benefit for
African Voices, a non-profit literary magazine that sponsors
readings, the Reel Sisters Film Festival and other cultural
events. The reception begins at 5:30 pm and awards ceremony
starts at 6:30 pm at Columbia University, Lerner Hall (116th
St. & Broadway).

Arrangements are being made for Toni Morrison to take a group
picture with all BWGA members who attends this event.

Currently there are less that 20 discounted tickets at a low
price of $100 only for online members of BWGA here on Meetup.
com. All others can contact African Voices magazine for
individual tickets at $150 & $125. Your ticket through BWGA
entitles you to one seat at one of two tables reserved for
Black Writers Guild of America. Call Mark Anthony now at 718-
993-2999 to make arrangements to hold one or two seats for the
Toni Morrison event on May 5th, 2007.

To R.S.V.P. for this event …CLICK FOLLOWING LINK
http://africanamerauth.meetup.com/40/

Ellie Charles Artists Awards is named after the organization’s
first chairperson Eleanor “Ellie” Charles who dedicated her
life to supporting the arts, education and young people. In
1998, the late legendary photographer Gordon Parks became the
first artist to receive African Voices distinguished artist
award. Past Ellie Award recipients are actress/activist Ruby
Dee and award-winning authors Walter Mosley and Wole Soyinka,
poets Sonia Sanchez, Jessica Care Moore-Poole and Amiri Baraka,
Imhotep Gary Byrd, theater/film producer Voza Rivers and
actress Phyllis Yvonne Stickney.

Ms. Morrison was a close friend of Ellie Charles and it is a
great privilege for African Voices to bestow its award to the
beloved author.

We are deeply honored to present the award in Ellie’s name
because of the special bond they shared and the magic both
women possess. Ellie and Toni have a special way of
transforming people’s lives through their words and actions,
said African Voices publisher Carolyn A. Butts. They have
inspired us to believe that anything is possible through faith,
action and courage.

Ms. Morrison is one of the most influential writers in American
literary history. The following is a brief summary of her long
list of accomplishments.

BIOGRAPHY: TONI MORRISON

Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor Emeritus in the
Council of the Humanities at Princeton University.

Ms. Morrison has degrees from Howard and Cornell Universities.
She was appointed the Robert F. Goheen Professor at Princeton
University spring 1989, a post she held until 2006. Among the
universities where she has held teaching posts are Yale, Bard
College and Rutgers. The New York State Board of Regents
appointed her to the Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities
at the State University of New York at Albany in 1984. In 1988
she was the Obert C. Tanner Lecturer at the University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished
Professor at Syracuse University. In 1990 she delivered the
Clark Lectures at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Massey
Lectures at Harvard University. In 1994 she held the
International Cordorcet Chair at the Ecole Normale Superieure
and College de France.

Her eight major novels, The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon,
Tar Baby, Beloved, Jazz, Paradise and Love have received
extensive critical acclaim. She received the National Book
Critics Award in 1978 for Song of Solomon and the 1988 Pulitzer
Prize for Beloved. Both novels were chosen as the main
selections for the Book of the Month Club in 1977 and 1987
respectively. In 2006 Beloved was chosen by the New York Times
Book Review as the best work of American fiction published in
the last quarter-century. Ms. Morrison co-authored the
children’s books Remember, the Who’s Got Game? series, The Book
of Mean People and The Big Box. Her books of essays include
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination;
the edited collection Race-ing Justice, En-Gendering Power:
Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of
Social Reality; and the co-edited collection Birth of a Nation
hood: Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson Case.

Click link below for more details…
http://www.africanvoices.com/

Tribute & Dinner Fee: $100.00 per person