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#BookExpo19 Justice Sonia Sotomayor at BEA in New York

#BookExpo19 BEA NEWS: United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latinx person appointed to the Supreme Court, will headline a Thursday evening event during BOOKEXPO AMERICA. At this special appearance, Justice Sotomayor will discuss Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, her new book that will be released this Fall.

“An Evening with Justice Sonia Sotomayor” will take place at the Javits Center on Thursday May 30, 2019 from 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM. Open to BookExpo badgeholders, that all attendees must register for in advance.

This event will offer attendees the unique opportunity to hear from Justice Sotomayor as she discusses her life and the experiences that led her to write her new book for young readers. Illustrated by celebrated artist Rafael López (The Day You Begin, Book Fiesta!), Just Ask will be released in both English and Spanish editions by Penguin Young Readers on September 3, 2019.

 

Updates for 2017 Chocolate Social in Atlanta

Subject: Important Updates for 2017 Chocolate Social
 
Hello!
We are about 25 days away from the annual Chocolate Social and Excellence Awards. This is the 10th anniversary for Black Pearls Magazine! I’m excited about meeting you all in Atlanta on Thursday Night, July 27, 2017.  I’m coming to you today with a few updates and to share some important news.

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE BLACK PEARLS MAGAZINE MEET & GREET
There is a free, private Meet & Greet on Wednesday, July 26, night for readers, authors and book clubs in the Atlanta area. Tell your friends! Just email Ella and let her know who will be attending. RSVP here: edc_dg@yahoo.com. We will all meet in the front lobby at exactly 7pm. Details on the main website. See the information: http://www.edc-creations.com/chocolatesocial16.htm

 

MEET & GREET LOCATION
HYATT Atlanta Midtown Hotel at 7-11:30pm
125 10th Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309
Meet Ella in the front lobby at exactly 7pm
Across the parking lot from the Loews Atlanta Hotel

 

AWARD WINNERS:
If you can not attend the event and would like your award, 2 of the featured books and a copy of the printed keepsake book shipped to you on Monday, August 17, 2017, the fee is $50.00. Email Ella Curry your address immediately after paying. Pay here for printed souvenir book AND your award shipping cost today: https://www.paypal.me/edc1creations/50

 

 

 


 

HOW TO ORDER KEEPSAKE BOOK ONLY
Order your copy of the official Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book from the Excellence Awards

Take a sneak peek today: http://bit.ly/2t3fhpL

Pay here for Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book and 1 featured book:  https://www.paypal.me/edc1creations/35

 

Important Note: After paying the $35.00 for the full color magazine and shipping, email Ella Curry at: edc_dg@yahoo.com with your mailing address and full name. Printed keepsake magazines will be mailed out on Monday, August 17, 2017 via priority mail. Check your address twice before emailing to Ella. Deadline to order keepsake book: Monday, July 31, 2017


Check out the official Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book from the Excellence Awards!
Take a sneak peek today: http://bit.ly/2t3fhpL

 


1. Our event has been moved to the Atlantis Room on the lower level. When you arrive at the event, come directly to the lower level. I will have the DJ waiting on you. There will be a 7ft banner in place so that you can take photos and stream live to social media.

2.
Please know that people will be taking photos, live-streaming and videotaping this event. I plan on having a professional photographer join us, so that he can take photos of all the guests. All of my event photos will be posted across social media and in printed material for EDC Creations.

3.
We want to feature all of the book clubs and book bloggers attending in the Souvenir Book, that will be given out at the event. If you have interviewed with us and want to send updated photos, do so immediately. If you have not been interviewed for Black Pearls, let me know and I can send over the questions immediately. The hardcover of Black Pearls Magazine will be on sale too.

4.
This year all of our guests will have assigned seating. I want to get people in the room and seated as fast as possible. I will email the seating chart on July 15, 2017. You will be seated with people you should get to know!  The idea behind this event is to introduce readers and authors so that you can support each other. Email all information to: edc_dg@yahoo.com.

5
. If you are an author attending the event, we have great packages to showcase your books during the event. The Chocolate Social Bundle is ideal for new books, backlist titles and for books coming out later in 2017. See the Black Pearls advertising opportunities and packages: http://www.edc-creations.com/chocolatesocial16.htm

6.
I need to know the names of all the guests attending with you. If you purchased tickets for a group, email Ella all of the names of the attendees. If you want to sit together, now is the time to send me all seating requests. I need to know all of the names before June 17, 2017.

7.
There is a private Meet & Greet on Wednesday night for readers, authors and book clubs in the Atlanta area. Tell your friends! Just email Ella and let her know who will be attending. We will all meet in the front lobby at exactly 7pm. Details on the main website.

8. We have 10 authors with tables to selling their books. Please prepare to support our event sponsors with a purchase. They will sign books and autograph the printed Black Pearls Magazine. Their books will not be included in the swag bags given out at 10pm. I will also have my Crown Holder Treasure Boxes on sale for $35.00.
 

9.
We are looking for business owners and authors to help sponsor the event, so please feel free to share all of my social media posts and the link to the EDC Creations website. Thank you in advance!

10.
You can call or email me at any time with questions about the event. Call (301) 892-6573 and leave your name, number and a detailed message.
2017 Chocolate Social Location and Details
HYATT Atlanta Midtown Hotel
Party in the Atlantis Room, Lower Level

125 10th Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309
Across the parking lot from the Loews Atlanta Hotel
Parking is $5.00. Attire: Semi-formal white clothing. Adults Only
 

Warmest regards,

Ella Curry, President of  EDC Creations
About Me:  http://about.me/elladcurry
Black Pearls Magazine Online-Founder
Black Authors Network Radio-Founder
Social Media Expert – Internet Publicist – Brand Strategist

 

REWIND: Summary of Black Books Weekend Events

Black Books Weekend opened Black Friday, November 26, 2010 with live readings and live Twitter/Facebook chats with 80+ of the most talented writers on the shelves, from all genres.

This was one of our best bookclub appreciation weekends yet!  We showcased several bookclubs at Black Pearls Magazine for the December, Christmas/Holiday Edition. Check out all the bookclubs, here.

Summary of the Weekend Events:  We had exactly 747 live callers, a total of 397 chatroom guests and visitors and a total of 19,781 RSS feed downloads of the shows as of Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. I would like to personally say  “thank you”  to each of you who posted to your network about the show and included Twitter, Facebook and Myspace in the coverage!  You Rock! We did it!

Listen to the Black Books Weekend archive, HERE.

The 3rd Annual Black Books Weekend, hosted by Ella Curry of EDC Creations featured four nights of readings and discussions with noted authors, bookclubs and poets. Our mission was to convince folks to buy great books for gifts 365 days a year as gifts, from our featured authors, publishers and imprints.

Find Black Books Weekend Rebroadcast on iTunes here.

Explore all the nights of Black Books Weekend. Meet the featured bookclubs and the authors.

Please tell your network and fans about this wonderful showcase and give them The Gift of Knowledge!
You can view the archive of author readings, here. WE will spread the word about great book gifts to the masses!

 
 
 

 

Workshops: Empowering Single Mothers Raising Male Children Alone

EMPOWERING SINGLE MOTHERS RAISING MALE CHILDREN
Raising Him Alone Workshops for Single Mothers Kick-Off Philadelphia, PA

The Urban Leadership Institute, Residential After-School Program and the Institute for Interactive Instruction are pleased to announce the Raising Him Alone Campaign (RHAC). The campaign seeks to create a larger community dialogue around the importance of supporting single mothers who are raising boys. With generous funding from the Open Society Institute’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement the Raising Him Alone Campaign has created a national platform to support single mothers raising boys in some of the toughest communities throughout this country.

On Wednesday, November 17, 2010 the campaign kicks off the first of many workshops to be held in Philadelphia, PA and will continue through June 2011. The campaign has partnered with a host of recognized organizations in the area to help mobilize mothers who are raising sons. BAEO- Philadelphia, Black Male Development Symposium and The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color are just a few of the campaign’s strategic partners who are support our work to improve the social and academic outcomes among boys of color.

Raising Him Alone Kick-off Philadelphia PA: Securing Our Sons Future Workshops:

» Saturday, Dec 18, 2010
Keeping Him Alive & Free
Co-Parenting Young Black Males
(Northwest Community Coalition for Youth)
Imhotep Charter High School
6201 N. 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19138
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Kwanzaa Celebration to Follow

» Friday, March 25, 2011
10 Rules of Survival When Stopped by the Police
Special host organization: Institute for the Development of African-American Youth (IDAAY)
Temple University
1801 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

» Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monitoring Your Son’s Technology
Police Athletic League (PAL)
2423 N. 27th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132
6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.

» Saturday, May 14, 2011
Black Male Development Symposium
7th Annual Symposium
Special Panel: Mothers Raising Sons
Cheltenham High School
500 Rices Mill Road
Wyncote, PA 19095
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

» Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Parent Retreat
FOP Lodge #5
1336 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

All workshops will provide a licensed child care provider, lunch or dinner and great giveaways. Attendees must R.S.V.P by contacting 215.851.1795,   215-572-8510   OR   877.339.4300 or visit us at http://www.raisinghimalone.com/

Raising Him Alone (RHA) is dedicated to researching, designing, and implementing a campaign to support the social well being of single mothers raising boys. Through a series of intense community forums, workshops and support group initiatives, RHA seeks to increase access to resources in the areas of Health & Well Being (Mental Health), Educational Support & Advocacy, as well as Financial Literacy.

About The Raising Him Alone Campaign
The Raising Him Alone Campaign is the vision of David Miller and Matt Stevens. It is based on Miller and Stevens’ collective work to improve the life chances of African American males. Miller and Stevens were compelled to join forces to create an advocacy campaign that focused specifically on supporting single mothers raising boys.

The campaign is based on numerous conversations with local and national organizations on ways to better support African American boys. Additionally, Miller & Stevens hosted a series of focus groups and interviews with single mothers raising boys across the U.S. to determine the successes and challenges which confront these families. Overwhelmingly, mothers indicated issues related to understanding male development, issues with their sons father’s and financial constraints as major challenges in their lives.

The campaign acknowledges that nationwide several groups are doing an exceptional job working with African American boys from an academic and social developmental standpoint, however few organizations are working with the parents of these boys.

The Raising Him Alone Campaign recognizes that there has been a total disregard for the voices of single mothers living in urban communities. Such neglect of mothers raising boys has created some alarming trends among African American boys. To this end, the campaign believes that by increasing awareness around the need to connect single mothers to greater access to services (mental health, financial literacy, strategies for parenting a male child and strategies to support school achievement of male children) we can produce more positive outcomes for African American boys.

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CONTACT: Lee McDonald
Email: therenaissancegrouplm@gmail.com

 

Black Books Weekend on the BAN Radio Show

Black Books Weekend on the BAN Radio Show
Black Books Weekend will open Black Friday, November 26, 2010 with live readings and live Twitter and Facebook chats with 80 of the most talented writers on the shelves, from all genres. Readers can possibly WIN one of 50 books being given away by calling into the show nightly! Read on…

Friday, Nov. 26 – Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

Readers Join Us Nightly:  646.200.0402
Party Totally Online at: http://edcmagazine.blogspot.com/
BAN Chatroom : www.blogtalkradio.com/Black-Author-Network

 

The 3rd Annual Black Books Weekend, hosted by Ella Curry of EDC Creations features four nights of readings and discussions with noted authors, bookclubs and poets. Our mission is to get folks to buy great books for gifts this holiday season, from our featured authors, publishers and their imprints.

Join us from the comfort of your homes, using your phones, and share the spirit of Sankofa with EDC Creations! This event is a bookclub and avid readers paradise!

We have confirmed appearances by: Carol Mackey, Mocha Ochoa, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Earl Sewell, Bernice L. McFadden, Pamela Samuels Young, Electa Rome Parks, Naleighna Kai, Moses Miller, William Ashanti Hobbs, Pat G’Orge Walker, Mari Walker, Kai, Fiona Zedde, Michelle Janine Robinson, Aleysha Proctor, Yasmine Harrison, Samara King, Jamise Dames, Dwayne S. Joseph, Denise R. Coleman, Twala Meju, Junnita Jackson and many more.

50 Book Giveaway Returns!
There are three major gift bag promotions for the readers who join us November 26-29, 2010 on the phones, in the BAN Chatroom and at the Twitter chat. Please tell your network and fans about this wonderful weekend and give them The Gift of Knowledge!  Readers, call into the show nightly at 646.200.0402  and speak to the featured authors. BAN Chatroom guests are eligible to win one of the featured books, by entering here nightly: www.blogtalkradio.com/Black-Author-Network

Black Books Weekend Schedule
Featured Panel Discussions, Author Showcases and Bookclub Parties.
Special holiday Twitter Chat on Monday Night 9-10pm! Details below.

* Friday, November 26, 2010 at 8-10 pm EST
Theme: Freaky Friday – Adult Books, Romance, Erotica,Gay/Lesbian
Location: Black Authors Network Radio Show
Connection: Call into the show at 646.200.0402

* Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 8-10 pm EST
Theme: Urban Lit, Thrillers, Mystery, Poetry and Mixed Genre Fiction
Location: Black Authors Network Radio Show
Connection: Call into the show at 646.200.0402

* Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 8-10 pm EST
Theme: Christian Fiction, Non-fiction, YA Readers, and Religious
Location: Black Authors Network Radio Show
Connection: Call into the show at 646.200.0402

* Monday, November 29, 2010 at 9-10 pm EST
Theme: Sankofa Bookclub Summit Twitter Chat
Location: Black Magazine Blogspot and TweetChat.com
Follow us on Twitter or at TweetChat with hashtag: < #blklitsummit >
Giving away (2) $250.00 gift bags, filled with books for holiday reviews

WIN GREAT GIFT BAGS AND REVIEW BOOKS
Readers, call into the show nightly at 646.200.0402 and speak to the featured authors. If you win a book, email Ella Curry immediately at:  edc_dg@yahoo.com, so she can send you the instructions. Listen for your area code during the show, your phone line will be opened and you can speak to the authors.

BAN Chatroom guests are eligible to win one of the featured books, by entering here nightly: www.blogtalkradio.com/Black-Author-Network  Join Ella and the other readers in the BAN Radio Show chatroom nightly to answer trivia questions, play games and share your thoughts. Registered chatters are eligible to win one of 5 books given away nightly. The two bookclubs with the most members in the chatroom each night will win a $50.00 gift bag! 

AUTHORS AND POETS
November 26-29, 2010 we are celebrating heritage, culture and creative forces! After the broadcasts, the shows feeds out to 118,000 RSS feed listeners, creates its own newsletter, is posted to130 blog and podcast directories. I will send it out to personal database of 133,000 readers in a holiday eblast. WE will spread the word to the masses!  If you would like to promote your book during Black Books Weekend visit our website and check out the packages here: http://www.edc-creations.com/publicity.htm

READERS AND BOOKCLUBS
You are invited to participate in online reading sessions, contests, bookclub giveaways, radio interviews and guest blogging sessions. Meet us online from the comforts of your home. Invite your friends, co-workers and social network members. Please consider the books showcased for your “book of the month” or to give as gifts all year long. Visit Black Pearls Magazine today to find those rare literary gems at: http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/!

Thank you,

Ella Curry, president of EDC Creations

 

Join the 11/22 BPM Literary Legacy Panel

 
Celebrating the Legacy of Black Literature

Black Authors Network Radio with Ella Curry

We are discussing literature, love of community and our literary legacy! This is a community discussion and we want to hear from YOU.
In honor of Thanksgivings, the Sankofa Literary Society (SLS) will host a empowering discussion panel on the legacy our books will leave future generations. This phenomenal online experience will highlight African-Americans in the literary world including radio hosts, educators, authors and publishing leaders. We invite you to call into the show and share your opinions of  “The State of African American Literature” and the legacy we are leaving.
Are you proud of the books that we are producing today?
Are the books published today creating a impact on the readers or merely entertaining the masses? Join us and speak up and out!

 

Black Pearls Literary Legacy Panel Discussion

FEATURED SPEAKERS:
Mocha Ochoa
Facebook: Facebook/inthecafewithmocha
In the Café with Mocha Literary Talk Show
Mocha Ochoa is the CEO of The Oracle Group, a nationally recognized agency that specializes in producing literary, educational and outreach campaign development. Connecting authors with events that engage and uplift the local, national and global community. The Oracle Group specializes in producing A-List Author Launch Events, National and Community Book Fairs, Educator Appreciation Series and Literary Campaign Development.
Mocha, host of the In the Café with Mocha Literary Talk Show co-founded the NAACP Author Pavilion at their Annual Convention and has also organized book events for Barnes & Noble, The National Book Festival, The National Press Club and the National Council of Negro Women. She the founding member and implementing partner of the Reading Across Continents initiative, an interactive cross-cultural literary exchange project connecting students, teachers and authors via technology. Participating countries include Ghana, Nigeria and the United State.
Judine Slaughter
Books: Clear Skinned and Do-It-Yourself Publishing
Exective Director United Black Writers Association
Judine Slaughter is the Executive Director of the United Black Writers Association. She has previously been the editor of several newsletters, taught three online classes on publishing/marketing and has presented writing workshops. Ms. Slaughter supports the nurturing of literary talent, because everyone has a story.
Go On Girl! Book Club
Website: http://www.goongirl.org/
Lynda M. Johnson – Co-Founder, Go On Girl! Book Club
Willette Hill – Corresponding Secretary
Evalyn Rose Hamilton – Historian
Tracey Y. Smith – Nat’l Media & Author Relations, Founder More Than Words

Go On Girl! Celebrating the Legacy of Black Literature® — With more than 30 chapters in 12 states, The Go On Girl! Book Club is the largest African-American women’s book club in the country. Founded in 1991, members meet in their homes in their respective cities to discuss the club’s reading selection of the month. Feedback on each selection is shared with the authors and publishers. The chapters come together annually to honor authors and celebrate the legacy of Black literature. Through the years, literary luminaries such as Gloria Naylor, Bebe Moore Campbell, Jill Nelson and Pearl Cleage have come in person to receive their Go On Girl! Author of the Year award.

Shalema McGhee
Blogger, Authors In Color
http://authorsincolor.blogspot.com/

Shalema K. McGhee is founder and blogger of Authors In Color. Her main goal is to promote and support books by authors of the African diaspora. She is also a member of Go On Girl! Book Club, where she currently serves as facilitator of the founding chapter.

Cora Coleman-Dunham
Musician, Mentor and Author
Book: G.A.G.U. – Gathering a Greater Understanding: The Ultimate Life Guide for Youth
Cora C. Dunham, is the Vice-President and CEO of The Vivo Club. Drummer, writer, photographer, director, clinician, mentor and designer, Cora received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2004 from Howard University (Washington, DC). Cora has performed with Pink, Lalah Hathaway, Goapele, Richard Smallwood, Il Divo, Elton John, Frank McComb and is currently the drummer for Pop artist, Prince.
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
Book: Powder Necklace: A Novel
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond has written for AOL, Parenting Magazine, the Village Voice, Metro and Trace Magazine. Her short story “Bush Girl” was published in the May 2008 issues of African Writing and her poem, “The Whinings of a Seven Sister Cum Laude Graduate Working Board as an Assistant,” was published in 2006’s Growing up Girl Anthology.
A cum laude graduate of Vassar College, she attended secondary school in Ghana. Powder Necklace is loosely based on the experience. POWDER NECKLACE chronicles the seminal years in the life of a teenage girl as she is shuttled both physically and emotionally from London to Ghana to London again, and finally Long Island.
Karen F. Brundage-Johnson, Ph.D.
Book: Beyond the Body! Developing Inner Beauty
Professional Women Woman Speakers Bureau – http://www.protrain.net/  
Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD is President of Your Image Matters, a consulting and training organization. As a business leader, Karen has overseen training &development for thousands of employees implementing programs in professional development, empowerment, and diversity.
Karen is co-author of “Beyond the Body! Developing Inner Beauty”, a book for women focused on emotional, mental & spiritual wellness.
In 2004, she founded the Readers Journey Book Club Network bringing book clubs together in Atlantic County New Jersey to fellowship and experience author discussions and in 2008 featured in Essence Magazine with author Gloria Naylor.
Karen also writes jazz performance reviews that accompany the jazz photos taken by her husband, noted jazz photographer Ben Johnson for Jazz Time Magazine online.
Tina McElroy Ansa
Book: Taking After Mudear
Novelist, Publisher, Filmmaker and Journalist
Websites: http://www.tinamcelroyansa.com/  and  http://www.downsouthpress.com/

Tina McElroy Ansa is a novelist, publisher, filmmaker, teacher and journalist. But above all, she is a storyteller. She calls herself “part of a long and honored writing tradition, one of those little Southern girls who always knew she wanted to be a writer.”  She grew up in Middle Georgia in the 1950s hearing her grandfather’s stories on the porch of her family home and strangers’ stories downtown in her father’s juke joint, which have inspired Mulberry, Georgia, the mythical world of her four novels, Baby of the Family, Ugly Ways, The Hand I Fan With and You Know Better.

In March 2007, Mrs. Ansa launched an independent publishing company, DownSouth Press, with its focus on African-American literature — fiction and nonfiction. Her fifth novel, Taking After Mudear, a sequel to her bestselling Ugly Ways, will be the lead title on DownSouth Press’s first list in the fall of 2007. DownSouth Press will publish established as well as emerging literary voices.

She and her husband, AFI (American Film Institute) Fellow filmmaker Joneé Ansa are currently adapting Baby of the Family for the screen in a feature film starring Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Vanessa Williams, Todd Bridges, Pam Grier, and Tonea Stewart. The author is collaborating with her husband on the screenplay for Baby of the Family, which he will direct and shoot in her hometown of Macon, Georgia. Mrs. Ansa is executive producer.

She and her husband, Joneé Ansa, have lived on St. Simons Island, Georgia since 1984. Together they produced and directed the 1989 Georgia Sea Island Festival, a 30-year-old grassroots festival that seeks to preserve the crafts, music, slave chants, games, food and spirit of the African-American people who lived and worked as slaves on the rice and cotton plantations along the Georgia coast. Ms. Ansa is an avid birder, amateur naturalist, and gardener. She always has collard greens growing in her garden among the black-eyed Susans and moonflowers.

Ella Curry, EDC Creations
Ella Curry is the president and CEO of EDC Creations Media Group. She brings more than 20 years of PR and marketing experience to clients in film, music, publishing and corporate event planning. Her expertise as well as her love for all things literary, dynamic contacts, and collaborative approach with clients have earned her a reputation as a respected leader in the publishing industry. Ella has enjoyed an extensive tenure in media promotions and book publicity. She started out as a corporate event planner and website developer; later becoming a buyer for the legendary Karibu Book Store chain. Her career now includes services such as blog tour coordinator, book coach, video journalist and literary publicist.
She has interviewed community leaders and celebrities such as: The View’s Emmy® award-winning co-host, comedienne/actress Sherri Shepherd, Byron Pitts Emmy® award-winning journalist for 60 Minutes and chief national correspondent for CBS Evening News, American film director of Secret Life of Bees, Gina Prince-Bythewood, literary legends Dr. Maya Angelou and Sonia Sanchez, along with award-winning actors and actresses such as Hill Harper, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Tristan Wilds, and International motivational speaker Lisa Nichols of the Secret DVD and author of No Matter What. 
Ella Curry is the host and producer of the Black Authors Network Radio Show, sponsored by EDC Creations Media Group. Ella has interviewed MochaMoms® and other community leaders along with bestselling authors Terrie M. Williams, Sue Monk Kidd, Farrah Gray, Breena Clarke, Carleen Brice, Nathan McCall, Mary B. Morrison, Francis Ray, Walter Mosley, John Kremer, Lutishia Lovely and Donna Hill.   
Ella Curry is the publisher of Black Pearls Magazine, a professional blogger and literary reporter on http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com where she publishes her popular Intimate Conversation Interviews with today’s hottest authors, business owners and community leaders. In the Spring of 2011, Ella will release her first book on how to effectively market and promote your book with social media while on a budget.
 

Author Pavilion Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 2010

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Author Pavilion 2010
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107

Thursday, September 16th
(Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)

Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. WRITE NOW!

1. Kea Taylor – I Still Do A Celebration of African American Weddings

2. Frederick Nnoma-Addison – The United States and Ghana Celebrating 50 Years of Friendship & Progress

3. Olympian Devon Harris – Yes I Can Children’s Book

4. Daniel R. Biddle & Murray Dubin – Tasting Freedom Octavius Catto and the Battle of Equality in Civil War America

5. R. Michelle – Her Game Plan

6. Afya Ibomu – Vegan Soul Food Guide to the Galaxy

7. Moneek Reid & Zubari Duniani – Nigus: Images of Ourselves

8. Pierre – My 100 Homies & Phonies of Hollywood

10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m. Author Meet and Greet

1. Jessica Tilles – Loving Simone

2. Tinisha Nicole Johnson – Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself as a Black Woman

3. Harold Turley II – My Darkest Hour The Day I Realized I was Abusive

4. Jam Donaldson – Conversate is Not a Word Getting Away from Ghetto

5. Ytasha L. Womack – Post Black How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity

6. Curtis Bunn – That Was Then This is Now

7. Towan Isom – Chasing Greatness The Young Professional’s Guide to a Dynamic Life

8. Harold Fisher – Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life

9. Willie Jolley – Turn Setbacks into Greenbacks

10. Indigo Johnson – Playing by the Unwritten Rules: Moving from the Middle to the Top and Playing by the Unwritten Rules II: From a Job Defense to a Career Offense

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Community Panel Discussion
TECHNOLOGY AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY!

The Importance of Technology in the Black Community: Using Technology to Communicate in the Digital Age. Moderator: Dr. Sammye Miller, Chairman of the Department of History & Government at Bowie State College.

Panelists: Narcius Ridley; Cynthia Hopkins Brown; Charles Acree; and Kevin Bailey Information Technologists
Ella Curry – Black Pearls Magazine Publisher and President of EDC Creations Media Group
Martin Pratt – CEO Infinite MMS
Curtis Bunn, National Book Club Conference Founder and author of That Was Then This is Now

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Author Meet and Greet
1. Robin D. Stone – My Times in Black and White Race and Power at the New York Times Gerald M. Boyd

2. Marva L. Goldsmith – Branding Yourself After Age 50

3. Gwynne Forster – Love Me Tonight

4. Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood, Rhonda Joy McLean – The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women

5. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall – Race, Law, and American Society

6. Jihad – Preacher Man Blues II

7. Thomas Chatterton Williams – LOSING MY COOL: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture

8. Scott Simpson – Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm: Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Community Panel Discussion
CULTURAL PRESERVATION & WRITERS

Preserving Our Cultural Memory Through Literature presented by The Hurston Wright Foundation. Moderator: Marita Golden author of Don’t Play In The Sun: The Color Complex.

Panelists: Elizabeth Nunez – Anna In-Between
Dolen Perkins-Valdez – Wench A Novel
Tom Burrell – Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority;
Julianne Malveaux – Surviving and Thriving 365 Facts in Black Economic History
Cheryl Wills – Die Free a Heroic Family History

View the 2010 Author Pavilion at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation schedule for  Friday  and  Saturday by clicking on the links.   Authors signing and speaking on panels  Friday morning,    Friday evening   and Saturday, KIDS day at the CBC.  

Brought to you by EDC Creations and Black Pearls Magazine. Visit the magazine here: http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/

 

CBC: Friday, September 17th – Morning Session

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Author Pavilion 2010
Friday, September 17th (Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107

Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.

Friday, September 17th – Morning Session

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. START THE MORNING WITH KNOWLEDGE!

1. Joyce Burnett – Adam’s Belle A memoir of Love Without Bounds

2. Valencia Campbell – Advice From the Top: What Minority Women Say About Their Career Success

3. Kevin Wayne Johnson – Give God the Glory Series The Power in the Local Church

4. R. Michelle – Her Game Plan

5. Mozella Perry Ademiluyi – Love is a Mountain

6. Afya Ibomu – Get Your Crochet On!

7. Moneek Reid & Zubari Duniani – Nigus: Images of Ourselves

8. David G. Evans – Dare to be a Man

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

1. Leonard Pitts, Jr. – Before I Forget A Novel

2. Harold Fisher – Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life

3. Rochelle Alers – Butterfly

4. Tracye McQuirter – By Any Greens Necessary A Guide for Black Women
Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy and Lose Weight

5. J.J. Michael – Secrets Unraveled

6. Dawn McCoy – Leadership Building Blocks An Insider’s Guide to Success

7. Tinesha Davis – Holler at the Moon

8. James Guitard – Delilah’s Revenge

9. Solomon Jones – The Payback

10. Charles Ogletree – The Presumption of Guilt The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
and Race, Class and Crime in America *

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

1. damali ayo – Obamistan! Land Without Racism Your Guide to the New America

2. Sheri L. Parks – Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Live and Culture

3. Rosalyn Story – Wading Home

4. Stacy Hawkins Adams – Dreams That Won’t Let Go

5. Pamela Samuels Young – Buying Time

6. Michele Tapp Roseman – Business Briefts Connecting the dots between God and your Work

7. Kasey L. Summerville – Bridges & Footstools 365 Days of Wisdom to Help You Live, Learn & Grow

8. Susan Fales-Hill –One Flight Up A Novel

9. Karen Langhorne Folan – Don’t Bring Home a White Boy and Other Notions that Keep Black Women from Date Out

10. Sanford Rubenstein, ESQ – The Outrageous Rubenstein: How a Media-savvy Trial Lawyer Fights for Justice and Change

11. Harold Fisher – Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life

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CBC: Friday, September 17th – Evening Showcase

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Author Pavilion 2010
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107

Friday, September 17th (Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)

Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.

Friday, September 17th Evening Session

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING


Emerging Leaders Series Present: A Brave New World: Social Networking Chronicles

Social networking sites (such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) have evolved into the paramount forms of media for personal communication and professional growth. However, emerging leaders must be vigilant about the downside associated with using these outlets for self expression. Young authors who have expanded their brand via social networking and who have written on business etiquette will share strategies for effectively utilizing social networking sites for benefit while avoiding the potential liabilities to personal and professional aspirations.

Moderator: Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group; author of Mackenzie Blue, Young Adult Series

Panelists:
Troy Johnson – President, AALBC.com, LLC

Shama Kabani – The Zen of Social Media Marketing

Thembisa Mshaka – Put Your Dreams First Handle Your Entertainment Business Industry Secrets for Your Success

Cedric Muhammad – The Entrepreneurial Secret to Starting a Business

Nnamdi G. Osuagwu – Facebook Addiction

Fenorris Pearson – How to Play the Game at the Top

Author Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Artist Arthur – Manifest

Andra Gillespie – Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership

Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe – A Woman’s Guide to Soulful Living: Seven Keys to Life and Work Success

Lt. Col. Joseph W. Hoffler, USAF-Ret. – Promotion: Denied The Harrowing True Story of Racism, Cover-up, Betrayal and Vigilante Justice at the United States Air Force Academy

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

1. Monda Webb – Life is Like a Soul Train Line

2. Maurine McFarlane – Release the Prophetic Destiny in Philadelphia A city Under Reconstruction

3. Sonia Hayes – The ATL Girlz Series

4. Delano M. White – Taking My Soul to the Laundromat: From Prison Walls to Executive

5. Richard Jeanty – Neglected Souls

6. Joyce Ellis-McNeal – Understanding Purpose Thru Dreams-Visions-Prophesy

7. Ella L. J. Edmondson Bell – Career GPS Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape

8. Candance Sandy & Dawn Marie Daniels – Souls of My Young Sisters: Young Women Break Their Silence with personal Stories That Will Change Your Life

9. Stephanie R. Bush-Baskette – Misguided Justice The War on Drugs and the Incarceration of Black Women

10. Malaak Compton Rock – It Takes a Village

Brought to you by EDC Creations and Black Pearls Magazine. Visit the magazine here: http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/

 

CBC: Day for Educators and Parents-Saturday, September 18th

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Author Pavilion 2010
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107

Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.

Saturday, September 18th
(Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.)



“A Day for Area Educators and Parents”

Literacy NOW! Developing the Next Generation of Readers, Writers and Leader

Meet & Greet Children & Young Adult Authors
Panel Discussion ~ Storytelling
Special Discounts on Selected Titles

NEA Read Across America
Encouraging Our Son’s to Read: A Community Call to Action
National Association of Black Storytellers
Special Tribute & Conversation with Literary Icon Eloise Greenfield

Parent Call to Action: Literacy NOW!
2KNation Collective

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. LITERACY NOW!

1. Jamal Bryant – World War Me

2. L. Trenton Marsh – From 1.0 to 4.0 Ten Strategies for Academic And Collegiate Success

3. James A. Merritt – Spencer’s First

4. Deborah Gregory – Catwalk & Catwalk: Strike a Pose

5. Yaba Baker – Princess Briana & Dollar

6. David Miller – Mama Used to Say “PARENT CALL TO ACTION”

7. Randall Horton – The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street

8. Honoring and Celebrating a Literary Icon: Eloise Greenfield – Childtimes: A Three Generation Memoir

9. Bobbie Edmonds – The Legal Navigator “PARENT CALL TO ACTION”

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. LITERACY NOW!

1. Deborah Gregory – Catwalk & Catwalk: Strike a Pose

2. Yaba Baker – Princess Briana & Dollar

3. David Miller – Mama Used to Say

4. Eloise Greenfield – Childtimes: A Three Generation Memoir

5. Bobbie Edmonds – The Legal Navigator

6. Lyah Beth Leflore – The Come Up: Can’t Hold Me Down & The World is Mine

7. Lori Nelson & Valerie Nelson – Hillary’s Big Adventure & I Can Do It by My-Self!

8. Ron Kavanaugh – Literary Freedom Project

9. Charisse Carney-Nunes – I am Barack Obama

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. LITERACY NOW!

Literacy NOW! Developing the Next Generation of Readers, Writers and Leaders
Moderator: Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series

Panelists:
Lyah Beth Leflore – The Come Up: Can’t Hold Me Down & The World is Mine

Julianne Malveaux – Surviving and Thriving 365 Facts in Black Economic History

Cora Coleman-Dunham – Gathering a Great Understanding

Wade & Cheryl Hudson – Founders/Publisher of Just Us Books

Salome Thomas-El – Immortality of Influence

Brought to you by EDC Creations and Black Pearls Magazine.
Visit the magazine here:
www.blackpearlsmagazine.com  

 

Sept. 20, 2010-Meet Cave Canem Fellow Tara Betts

A Celebration for author, Def Poet, and Cave Canem Fellow Tara Betts. Special guest poets, Derrick Weston-Brown, Sonya Renee, & Truth Thomas.

MahoganyBooks is excited to bring world renowned poet and author, Tara Betts, to Washington DC . The event will take place at  U-topia Bar & Grill on Monday, September 20th, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. This event is a celebration of the one year anniversary of Tara Betts debut poetry collection, Arc & Hue.   Arc and Hue will be available for purchase at the event and will be signed by Tara Betts.

Tara Betts, a lecturer in creative writing at Rutgers University , has had her poetry appear in various journals and anthologies, as well as, in publications such as XXL, The Source, BIBR, Mosaic Magazine and Black Radio Exclusive. As a performer Ms. Betts has appeared on both HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and the Black Family Channel series “SPOKEN” with Jessica Care Moore.

Additionally, Tara has performed her work in Cuba, London, New York, on the West Coast and throughout the Midwest . The venues in which she has performed have spanned notable sites such as Arie Crown Theater, The New School, Studio Museum of Harlem, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the Bowery Poetry Club among others.

The highlight of the evening will feature Tara Betts and special guest poets, Derrick Weston-Brown, Sonya Renee and Truth Thomas, reading from her acclaimed book in the relaxing and eclectic atmosphere of U-topia Bar & Grill.

Guest poets Derrick Weston-Brown is a Cave Canem fellow and the poet-in-residence at Busboys & Poets bookstore and restaurant; Sonya Renee is a National Poetry Slam Champion and Truth Thomas work has appeared in: African Voices, Art Times, the anthology Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora and many more

This is a must attend event for fans of poetry, as well as, admirers of great books. On the same historic street that once bore witness to Langston Hughes’ genius, you will meet and hear Tara Betts, a poet whose “…debut collection [Arc and Hue ] solidifies her status as a defiant and singular voice, joyous indication of a fresh new direction in poetry.” Attending this event is the best way to start your week.

About MahoganyBooks
Created by an enterprising husband and wife duo in the Washington DC area, MahoganyBooks is positioned to become the premier online destination for books written for, by, and about people of African descent. Coupling a dynamic social networking community, robust inventory selection and easy to use website, MahoganyBooks is an online African American bookstore dedicated to “Books, Community, Words, & You.”

Meet the Guest Poets

Derrick Weston Brown   holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. He has participated in VONA and is a Cave Canem fellow. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ginosko, Mythium, The Columbia Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Drunken Boat, and MipOesia. In 2006 he released his first chapbook of poetry, The Unscene, and has recently completed a full-length manuscript, Wisdom Teeth. He teaches poetry at Hart Middle School in Washington, DC. He is the Poet-In-Residence at Busboys and Poets’ 14th & V location in Washington, DC, and the bookstore, which is operated by the nonprofit Teaching For Change.

Sonya Renee  is the director of Peer Education at Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS), a non-profit organization that promotes HIV prevention and empowerment programming in Washington, DC. At work, she recruits, trains and supervises current and former sex workers to act as sex educators in their communities. In addition to her professional job, she is a National Poetry SLAM-winning performance poet who is committed to using the power of spoken word to bring empowering and progressive ideas to the public. Sonya’s poetry is blunt, raw, and poignant. She speaks the truth with no mixed words and challenges society to face its deepest and most long-lived ills with strength, courage and sometimes a lot of laughter. In the same light, her work also reflects a checkered childhood overcoming a family riddled with drug addiction and mental illness, and dealing with the reality of living completely on her own from the age of 17. Sometimes all that is left, is to get real.

Truth Thomas is a singer and poet, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, raised in Washington, DC. He studied creative writing at Howard University under Dr. Tony Medina and E. Ethelbert Miller, before earning his M.F.A. degree in Poetry at New England College. He is formally writer-in-residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literary Society in Maryland.

Bottle of Life–another tide rising–September 30th of 2010. Truth Thomas’ reputation as an “ironic, funny, sexy, tender” poet is founded on the seeds of his debut pamphlet, Party of Black, which introduced the world, not only to his eloquent, politically-charged voice, but also to a new poetic form of his own invention – the Skinny. But the roots of his recognition lie in his sophisticated, inventive first collection, A Day of Presence. In the run up to the release of his second full collection, Bottle of Life, his poem ‘Harriet Tubman’s Email 2 Master’ has been selected by Nikki Giovanni, to be published in The 100 Best African American Poems, due out in the fall of 2010.

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Ramunda Young
Chief Community Relations Officer
MahoganyBooks
Tel: 703.730.3873
Fax: 888.573.3987
http://www.mahoganybooks.com/
Books, Community, Words & You

 
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Black Pearls ATL Chocolate Social

Black Pearls ATL Chocolate Social
Purchase tickets today: http://bpmchocsocial.eventbrite.com/

Join Ella Curry and Black Pearls Magazine Thursday night, July 29, 2010 for a night of bookclub introductions, live author readings and great food at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. If you can drive or fly into Atlanta, come out and meet Ella Curry of EDC Creations and friends. If you are in town for the National Bookclub Conference, this is a great way to spend your first night networking! We want to introduce readers to a diverse selection of books for review.

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Black Marriage Day – March 28, 2010

Book Spotlight: Marriage ROCKS for Christian Couples by Dr. Harold Arnold
Author Reveals How to Build a ROCK Solid Marriage

Evidence suggests that marriage may be losing to more secularvalues. African Americans, in particular, have one of the lowest marriage rates in the country, and their divorce rate is among the highest. In response to the critical condition of black marriages, Dr. Harold Arnold offers a twelve-step model in Marriage ROCKS for Christian Couples. With the Marriage ROCKS method, Arnold challenges couples to establish and strengthen their relationship on a rock-solid foundation of:

*Redemption —–the rock of grace
*Offering ——- -the rock of sacrifice
*Covenant ——-the rock of boundaries

*Knowledge——-the rock of power

*Sacred space—-the rock of worship

The book leads couples at all levels of relational intimacy on a journey to discover how marriage (1) develops the human capacity to experience the fullness of God’s love and (2) becomes a ministry through which to share God’s love with others.

Designed for use by individual couples, with small groups, or in counseling contexts, this practical book includes biblical study, discussion questions, and action steps. A separate Leader’s Guide is also available. This is the perfect book to celebrate  Black Marriage Day – March 28, 2010.

About the Author:
Harold L. Arnold Jr . holds a PhD in social and organizational psychology from Temple University and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is president and founder of Discovering Family International, an organization that promotes the virtues and values of family life. A sought after speaker and workshop leader, Dr. Arnold is also creator of the Relationship ROCKS model™, a program for building equity in personal relationships. A member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Black African-American Christian Counselors, Dr. Arnold serves as a minister and counselor for a large multi-cultural church in Philadelphia.

A sample chapter of Marriage ROCKS can be downloaded at http://www.haroldarnold.com. Also visit Harold Arnold’s DigitalMarriage.com where the reader’s vote directs the course of the fictional Rob and Celia’s relationship. ISBN: 978-0817015664. Category: African American/Marriage/Religion; Distribution: Spring Arbor/Ingram Book Co., Anchor Distributors, STL Distribution, Baker & Taylor

How to Build a ROCK Solid Marriage

Excerpt from Chapter 1:“If you are reading this book it is because you desire the best for your marriage. You can rest assured that God desires the best for your marriage as well…. In fact, God plans to use your marriage as a bridge to a more rewarding relationship with him and with everyone within your sphere of influence.”

Editorial Reviews:

“Harold L. Arnold Jr., PhD, has written a book for African American couples rooted thoroughly in a faith orientation, and it draws on a biblical and theological tradition of gender mutuality and equality that is embraced by many African American couples…Those who use this book as a resource for marital enrichment will never regret their choice.”
–Edward P. Wimberly, PhD, Jarena Lee Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia

“This wonderful book serves a need in the African American community for help in strengthening and healing our marriages and relationships. The author provides honest examples that will be a blessing to those who are considering marriage and those who are already on the journey. The message is clear – whether your marriage is strong already or deeply troubled, God can make it better and can help to deepen your spiritual and emotional intimacy.”
–Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD, author of Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African American Experience

“Written for the couple themselves, this book and its companion leader’s guide are also practical tools for clinicians, pastors, and lay leaders who work with African American couples for whom biblical concepts are important components for conceptualization of self and other. Dr. Arnold draws on his personal and professional expertise to develop a biblical and theoretical twelve-step counseling model.”
–Elizabeth Johnson Walker, ThD, LMFT, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“An extraordinary resource. If implemented by couples and leaders, Arnold’s biblically sound method and strategy for married couples could revolutionize the way we approach ministry to couples and families. Christian couples will be blessed tremendously by his meticulous biblical reflections and insightful wisdom on married life, from sexuality to finances and parenting.”
–Dr. Johnny B. Hill, Assistant Professor of Theology, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and author of Multidimensional Ministry for Today’s Black Families

“Married couples are on the endangered species list. Dr. Harold Arnold’s expertise and passion are focused on preserving and strengthening African American marriages. His years of helping couples is reflected in this powerful Marriage ROCKS “journey” which has couples interacting and praying about topics that will enrich their personal and intimate lives together. But it’s not just about you! He goes on to teach and challenge couples how to use their marriages as a powerful tool for sharing Christ with all who live in their communities. Every couple who wants to grow their relationship with their spouse and with Christ will benefit from this interactive marriage experience.”
–Bruce R. McCracken, Ph.D., founder and president, House on the Rock Family Ministries, Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania

“At a time when the institution of marriage seems under attack, Marriage ROCKS provide a refreshing and affirming view of marriage. Dr. Arnold keeps it real, while providing hope for couples. His five components of “ROCKS” are grounded in sound Biblical principles and relational integrity. The book is honest, thoughtful, and presents some critical insights to the issues in the African American community. A great resource for both those in marriage and seeking marriage. ”
— Dr. Randolph Walters, marriage therapist and Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania


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2010 Literary Events for Writers

The Black Book Coalition Network Mixer
JANUARY 28TH, 6:00 PM EST

Ulah Bistro, 1214  U. Street NW
Washington, DC 20009 (Across from Ben’s Chili Bowl)

Join us as we kick off the new year and hit the literary ground running in 2010! We’ll meet at the swanky Ulah Bistro where you’ll have the chance to meet a host of diverse literary players from around the Washington DC metro area including: authors, publicists, publishers, graphic artists and more! Be apart of the movement to unify the DC Black Book Community. READERS are welcome!
Don’t forget to sign up on our new Facebook Fan Page at Black Book Coalition and stay abreast of events, publishing news, and connect with other book professionals attending the event.
The Black Book Coalition was founded by MahoganyBooks in conjunction with The Renaissance Group, LLC, and The Hurston/Wright Foundation. Our mission is “to achieve success and value for our literary community through the combined talents and expertise of area book professionals.”

Coming April 2010: Black Book Coalition
Special Event To Be Announced…Stay Tuned!!!
Looking forward to connecting soon!
For more information: Contact Mahogany Books at  Info@MahoganyBooks.com  or 703.730.3873

 

 

2010 Self-Publishing Symposium
Harlem, NY – March 7, 2010

http://www.selfpublishingsymposium.com/
Join the next Self-Publishing Symposium, March 7th, 2010 at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Take advantage of what this important business event can do for your publishing company. Whether you’re a self-published author, small/independent press or writer considering self-publishing, you won’t want to miss the only conference that focuses on the business of publishing.

Learn successful business strategies from industry experts
Network with peers and professionals and make powerful connections
Grow your business to new heights

2010 National Black Writers Conference
Brooklyn, NY – March 25- 28, 2010

http://www.mec.cuny.edu/nationalblackwritersconference

The theme of the 2010 National Black Writers Conference is And Then We Heard the Thunder: Black Writers Reconstructing Memories and Lighting the Way. Through a series of panel discussions, roundtables, author readings and storytelling, the National Black Writers Conference will use the metaphor of thunder, memory and light to examine the historical representation of the literature of Black writers and the representation of new and future directions for contemporary and emerging literary voices. With Toni Morrison as the Honorary Chair, the National Black Writers Conference will also honor Amiri Baraka, Kamau Braithwaite and Dr. Edison O. Jackson. Black writers will come from throughout Americaa , the Caribbean, Europe and Africaa.

 

 
2010 Black Writers Reunion & Conference 
Atlanta, GA – June 23-26, 2010

http://www.blackwriters.org/

Black Writers Reunion & Conference is accepting proposals for workshops and seminars on the craft and business of writing to be presented at the 6th BWRC in Atlanta, Georgia, June 23-26, 2010. We invite presentations that demonstrate insight and expertise on the craft and business of fiction, nonfiction, writing for the web, songwriting, blogging for profit, play/screenwriting, food writing, copy writing, and inspirational writing with interactive workshops that will allow participants to engage in hands-on writing or related activities wherever possible. We also welcome sessions that would permit attendees to receive feedback on their work, whether during or following the conference. Workshop styles may range from a modified traditional presentation to skill-building training. Proposals will be evaluated on the following:

• A well-defined topic with focused objectives
• Consistency with and significance to the conference emphasis areas
• Presenter credibility and experience to engage the audience and deliver an outstanding and informative workshop

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Event: You are not alone Feb. 2010

You are Not Alone.
Speak Purpose, Speak Power & Speak Freedom
An event created to educate, encourage & empower

I hope that your new year is off to a good start…

My name is Diane Martin, I need your help. I am writing you because we are putting together a free event to help encourage and uplift individuals who have been affected by unemployment, poverty, a recent loss of a love one, etc. Everyone is going through something and people are feeling lost and helpless. The name of the event is, “You are not alone (Speak Purpose, Speak Power, & Speak Freedom ).”   We just want to bring together everyone to celebrate life and let them see that there are others who are going through the same thing and that it’s going to be okay.

The event/workshop(s) is going to held on Feb. 20, 2010 
Saturday, February 20, 2010  at  9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Carter G. Woodson Library
9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL.

We need donations of school supplies, children’s books, self-help/motivational books, marketing materials, etc. Your donation will be given to a family who needs it.   We will need everything before Feb. 10, 2010.   We are looking for performers and speakers who will donate their time as well.  Please email me off-loop to discuss.

Please send what you can to:
Diane Martin
P.O. Box 79
Lansing, IL. 60438

 

Capital BookFest 2010 Dates

Capital BookFest 2010 Dates Announced

Capital BookFest will be held in three cities this year, for triple the literary fun:

September 18, 2010:  Harrisburg, PA (State Museum of PA)

October 2, 2010:  Largo, MD

October 16, 2010:  Charleston, SC (Marion Square, Charleston County Public Library)

In February 2010,  we will have author and exhibitor details, sponsor and partner details, and updated information at http://www.captalbookfest.org  

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Black Books Weekend Full Details

Black Books Weekend
Totally Online, November 27-30, 2009
Connect. Communicate. Community

Black Books Weekend Invite

Black Books Weekend will open Black Friday, November 27, 2009 with live readings from 50 of the most talented writers on the shelves. Black Books Weekend, hosted by Ella Curry of EDC Creations features 4 nights of readings and discussions with noted authors, bookclubs and poets. Our mission is to get folks to buy great books for gifts this holiday season, from our featured publishers and imprints.

November 27-30, 2009 this totally online festival will present a full authors showcase with live readings, a bookclub panel discussion, and poetry showcase, as we party in the spirit of Sankofa, celebrating our heritage, culture and talents! Join us from the comfort of your home, bring in your friends, make an event of it and chat with today’s hottest authors! All the fun is at Black Authors Network Radio (BAN)
www.blogtalkradio.com/Black-Author-Network  


For more information, email Ella Curry at: edc_dg@yahoo.com   Bookclubs, we have over 200 books that will be given away as REVIEW copies during the showcase. The Black Pearls Grand Prize gift bag, for the weekend, includes 15 of our finest Black Pearls books,  a handmade doll from Sister Inc., book thongs, bookmarks, CDs by poet Marc Lacy, EDC Creations 2010 book calendar, EDC Creations totebag and Godiva Chocolates! Value of gift bag $450.00.

Contributors: Francis Ray, Pat G’Orge Walker, Lynne Forde, Pamela Samuels Young,  Electa Rome Parks, Sherryle K. Jackson, Xpress Yourself Publishing, Life Changing Books, Triple Crown Publications, Kimani Romance, Genesis Press (Romance titles) Hachette Book Group USA, 6 Indie Publishers, Simply Said Reading Accessories and Audrey Bell-Kearney owner of Sister Inc. Dolls.

Dynamic personal interaction between readers and authors will be the hightlight of the 4 evenings. Don’t miss the latest literary buzz! Read our blog here for the list of books in the goody-room and the schedule of events. Callers are welcome to join us on the phones each night at: 646.200.0402. Please repost and blog about this awesome event. Book lovers this is a readers paradise! You will hear several excerpts from books that are NOT on the shelves yet. There will be opportunities for registered BlogTalk Radio users to win books, prizes and the huge Black Pearls Grand Prize gift bag!

Friday, November 27, 2009 —————-Freaky Friday; Erotica and Urban Lit
Friday, November 27, 2009 —————-Freaky Friday; Gay Lit and Erotic Poetry
Saturday, November 28, 2009 ————- Saturday; Romance and Thrillers
Sunday, November 29, 2009 ————– Spirit-filled Sunday; Christian Fiction; Faith-base
Monday, November 30, 2009 ————- Motivational Monday; Non-fiction; Children/Teen
Monday, November 30, 2009 ————- Relationships; Finance; Self-help; Memoirs

Black Authors Network Radio Show
Callers Welcomed: (646) 200-0402
 www.blogtalkradio.com/Black-Author-Network

EDC Creations Bookstore
http://astore.amazon.com/sanklitesoci-20

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Black Pearls Magazine Holiday Cocktail Party

Black Pearls Magazine Holiday Cocktail Party

Join us for a sensual night of hot music, colorful cocktails, light fare, networking and fantastic book previews. Each guest receives a holiday gift bag of treats and a featured book. Hosted by EDC Creations

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 7:00-1:00am EST
Embassy Suites Washington D.C.
900 10th Street NW, Washington,DC, 20001
Adults Only! Fiction Author Showcase
Special Holiday Giveaway: $250.00 wrapped box of books!

Activities:
One lucky party-goer will win the $250.00 Holiday Giveaway!
7-8pm Bookclub Mix and Mingle

8-10pm Meet the Authors; Readings; Games

10-12pm Booksigning and Dancing; Gift bag giveaway

For more information visit this link: http://bpholidayparty.eventbrite.com

No poetry books or non-fiction books showcased at this time. We will bring these genres in for the New Years Party.

Share this event on Twitter: http://www.eventbrite.com/s/g4m
Explore Black Pearls Magazine: http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/

Please post this party on your profiles and Tweet about us!

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Hello Authors!

The become a part of the holiday showcase is simple:

1. Pay the $18.00 for the ticket here
2. Invite all your friends and network
3. Attend the event with at least 25-50 books and your promotional material
4. Post the event in all your social networks and ask others to re-post

I am asking each author to donate one signed book to our gift bags. The gift bags will be given to the readers who attend the event. You will give away 1 book, in hopes of selling many more that night. Link to pay for tickets: http://bpholidayparty.eventbrite.com

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 7:00-1:00am ESTEmbassy Suites Washington D.C.
900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC,20001
Local East Coast Author Appreciation

Attire: Your Sunday best; Music: Holiday, R&B and Jazz; Fiction books only
Entertainment: Authors Reading; Bookclub’s Greatest Holiday Memories
Refreshments: Light holiday fare, dessert, alcohol based cocktails and sodas

Authors will have an opportunity to read from the book, then sell the books in the last 3 hours of the event. Promotional material can be added to the gift bags as well. Please no large signs, bags, posters or other promotional items. YOU will personal showcase your book to the reader! Your passion and message will be the focus of the evening.

Mailing Address for book donations:Ella Curry, EDC Creations
PO Box 7794
Langley Park, MD 20787

Warmest regards,

Ella Curry, President of EDC Creations Media
Black Authors Network Radio-Founder
Black Pearls Magazine -Founder
Website: http://www.edc-creations.com

 

Meet Ella at Capital BookFest ’09— Author Schedule

Capital BookFest ’09—Schedule
Author signings will follow each presentation
October 3, 2009, 10am – 7pm
Borders Largo, Maryland

Bookclub preidents Meet Ella at Capital BookFest to receive gift bags of review books! Let us help you select your next book of the month. We have several awesome books for your club to preview and to review. Look for the EDC logo on the table.

Pastor Jamal Bryant. Marita Golden. Omar Tyree. Shane Evans. E. Ethelbert Miller. Tim Reid. Charisse Nunes. Liza Mundy. Connie Briscoe. Victoria Christopher Murray. These are just a few of the amazing authors who will participate in the fifth annual Capital BookFest.

CAPITAL BOOKFEST 2009 CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS;
FEATURES OVER 80 NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AUTHORS

The popular, family-oriented Capital BookFest returns to the National Capital area this year on Saturday, October 3, 2009. Festivities are spread among four different zones in and around the Borders Books and Café, 931A Capital Centre Blvd, inside The Blvd at Capital Centre Mall in Largo, Maryland. The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. and lasts all day until 7:00 p.m. In addition, and in response to President Obama’s call to service, the Capital BookFest and the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services partner up to promote healthy homes for children in foster care.

The fifth annual Capital BookFest, presented in partnership with the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, features author readings/signings, teen authors and programs, poetry, exhibitors, children’s storytelling, writers’ and publishers’ workshops, and discussion forums for parents and children alike. The first 1000 early birds even receive book giveaways! “…the Capital BookFest was born out of this desire to motivate and educate parents and children to enjoy a good book…together”, states Kwame Alexander, award-winning producer, publisher, poet, and co-creator of the annual BookFest. Hence the mission: Strengthen Families through Reading.

Please go to the Capital BookFest website www.capitalbookfest.org for more information about the festival, including the list of authors, exhibitors, forums, and the proposed schedule of events.

MAINSTAGE (Inside Borders)

11:00 am – 6:30 pm Ella Curry of EDC Creations has Intimate Conversations Interviews with featured authors.

11:00 – 11:45
Fiction Reading: Donna Hill & Tinesha Davis, Holler at the Moon

11:50 – 12:40
Talk: E. Ethelbert Miller, The 5th Inning: A Memoir

12:50 – 1:40
Reading & Talk: W. Ralph Eubanks, The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South
Jennifer Bazille, Black Girl Next Door

1:50 – 2:40
Talk: Liza Mundy, author Michelle Obama

2:50 – 3:50
It’s About Love Reading hosted by Marita Golden

4:00 – 4:50
Reading: Connie Briscoe, Sisters and Husbands

5:10 – 6:10
Talk: Conversation with Tim Reid, Comedian and author of Tim and Tom

6:20 until
Reading & Talk: R. Dwayne Betts, A Question of Freedom: Memoir

WRITE ON (TENT BEHIND BORDERS)

10:20 – 11:00
Talk: David Johns, The State of Black America “Message to the President”

11:10 – 11:45
Talk: Kimberly Seals Allers, author of The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy

12:00 – 1:00
Teen Authors Spotlight: Book-in-a-Day & Write-a-Book Programs

1:10 – 1:50
Talk & Tasting: Chef Gillian Clark, Chef and author of Out of the Frying Pan

2:05 – 3:00
Talk: Omar Tyree, The Equation & Kathryn Freeland, Navigating Your Way To Business Success

3:10 – 3:55
Talk: Jewell Powell, Marriage 101 & Tameesha Tucker, Single & Saved in PG County

4:00– 5:10
Poetry Reading: Deanna Nikaido, Le Hinton, Rebecca Gonzalez, Van Garrett, Sami Miranda, Barbara DeCeasare

5:20 – 6:15
Talk: Alicia Crowe, REAL DADS STAND UP! What Every Single Father Should Know About Child Support, Rights and Custody
David Miller, Raising Him Alone:Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to Be Men

6:25 – 7:15
Ministers Panel: Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple, World War Me
Charlotte Avery, No One Ever Told Me

KIDS ZONE

Hosted by Dwe Williams, Storyteller
10:00 DWe Williams
10:35 Cassandra Hill, Shyann the Cat
11:10 Barbara Alexander, Papa’s Penny Party
11:45 Omar Tyree, 12 Brown Boys
12:35 Ashti

Hosted by Sylvia Dianne Beverly
1:15 Shane Evans
1:50 Ralph Burgess, Cool Calvin
2:30 Lori Nelson, Hillary’s BIG Business Adventure
3:10 Charisse Carney Nunes, I am Barack Obama
3:55 Shane Evans
4:30 Tiffany Alexander, Braided in my Hair

BORDERS CAFE (Inside Borders)

10:15 – 11:15 pm
Talk: Dr. E. Curtis Alexander: Civil War
Stolen Honor: Afro-Union Medal of Honor, Gilmore Medal and Army of the James/Butler Medal Recipients

11:25 – 12:10 pm
Talk: Toni Cade Bambara Panel: Linda Holmes/Cheryl Wall, authors of Savoring the Salt

12:20 – 1:20 pm
Everything You Wanted to Know about Getting Published: Kevin Johnson, Donna Hill, Charisse Carney Nunes, Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke

1:30 – 2:10
Fiction Reading: Monda Webb, 7:33 am & Wendy Thompson, triptych

2:20 – 3:10
Fiction Reading: Victoria Christopher Murray, Lady Jasmine & Stacy Hawkins Adams, The Someday List

3:20 – 4:00
Fiction Reading: Booker T. Matison, Unsigned Hype

4:10 – 5:00
Talk: Pamela McBride, author of The Mocha Manual to Military Life: A Savvy Guide for Wives, Girlfriends, and Female Service Members

5:10 – 6:10
Panel: A Woman’s Guide to Soulful living
Moderated by Dr Anita Davis Defoe

6:20 – 7:10
Talk: Valencia Campbell, Advice from the Top: What Minority Women Say about their Career Success; Kimberly Seals Allers, author of The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit

 

Events: Capital Book Festival–Oct. 3, 2009

Capital Book Festival–Oct. 3, 2009
Capital BookFest (Author signings will follow each presentation)
Time: 10am – 7pm


MAINSTAGE (Inside Borders)

10-10:50
Slideshow & Talk: The Muslim World: Alexandra Avakian, author of Windows of the Soul: My Journeys in the Muslin world

11:00 – 11:45
Fiction Reading: Donna Hill & Tinesha Davis, Holler at the Moon

11:50 – 12:40
Talk: E. Ethelbert Miller, The 5th Inning: A Memoir

12:50 – 1:40
Reading & Talk: W. Ralph Eubanks, The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South
Jennifer Bazille, Black Girl Next Door

1:50 – 2:40
Talk: Liza Mundy, author Michelle Obama

2:50 – 3:50
It’s About Love Reading hosted by Marita Golden

4:00 – 4:50
Reading: Connie Briscoe

5:10 – 6:10
Talk: Conversation with Tim Reid, Comedian and author of Tim and Tom

6:20 until
Reading & Talk: R. Dwayne Betts, A Question of Freedom: Memoir

WRITE ON (TENT BEHIND BORDERS)

10:20-11:00
Talk: David Johns, The State of Black America “Message to the President”

11:10 – 11:45
Talk: Kimberly Seals Allers, author of The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy

12:00 – 1:00
Teen Authors Spotlight: Book-in-a-Day & Write-a-Book Programs

1:10 – 1:50
Talk & Tasting: Chef Gillian Clark, Chef and author of Out of the Frying Pan

2:05 – 3:00
Talk: Omar Tyree, The Equation & Kathryn Freeland, Navigating Your Way To Business Success

3:10 – 3:55
Talk: Jewell Powell, Marriage 101 & Tameesha Tucker, Single & Saved in PG County

4:00– 5:10
Poetry Reading: Deanna Nikaido, Le Hinton, Rebecca Gonzalez, Van Garrett, Sami Miranda, Barbara DeCeasare

5:20 – 6:15
Talk: Alicia Crowe, REAL DADS STAND UP! What Every Single Father Should Know About Child Support, Rights and Custody David Miller, Raising Him Alone:Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to Be Men

6:25 – 7:15
Ministers Panel: Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple, World War Me
Charlotte Avery, No One Ever Told Me

KIDS ZONE

Hosted by Dwe Williams, Storyteller
10:00 DWe Williams
10:35 Cassandra Hill, Shyann the Cat
11:10 Barbara Alexander, Papa’s Penny Party
11:45 Omar Tyree, 12 Brown Boys
12:35 Charisse Carney Nunes, I am Barack Obama

Hosted by Sylvia Dianne Beverly
1:15 Shane Evans
1:50 Ralph Burgess, Cool Calvin
2:30 Lori Nelson, Hillary’s BIG Business Adventure
3:10 Ashti
3:55 Shane Evans
4:30 Tiffany Alexander, Braided in my Hair

BORDERS CAFE (Inside Borders)

10:15 – 11:15 pm
Talk: Dr. E. Curtis Alexander: Civil War
Stolen Honor: Afro-Union Medal of Honor, Gilmore Medal and Army of the James/Butler Medal Recipients

11:25 – 12:10 pm
Talk: Toni Cade Bambara Panel: Linda Holmes/Cheryl Wall, authors of Savoring the Salt

12:20 – 1:20 pm
Publishing Central: Kevin Johnson, Donna Hill, Charisse Carney Nunes, Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke

1:30 – 2:10
Fiction Reading: Monda Webb, 7:33 am & Wendy Thompson, triptych

2:20 – 3:10
Fiction Reading: Victoria Christopher Murray & Stacy Hawkins Adams

3:20 – 4:00
Fiction Reading: Booker T. Matison, Unsigned Hype

4:10 – 5:00
Talk: Pamela McBride, author of The Mocha Manual to Military Life: A Savvy Guide for Wives, Girlfriends, and Female Service Members

5:10 – 6:10
Panel: A Woman’s Guide to Soulful living
Dr Anita Davis Defoe

6:20 – 7:10
Talk: Valencia Campbell, Advice from the Top: What Minority Women Say about their Career Success; Kimberly Seals Allers, author of The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit

 

Distinct Ladies 3rd Anniversary Party Oct. 10, 2009

Distinct Ladies 3rd Anniversary Party Oct. 10, 2009
The Distinct Ladies extends an invitation for you to celebrate this milestone with us. We have Memphis’ Own Recha G. Peay, Best Selling Author Jihad and HollyGrove President and the Nation Best Selling Author Brian W. Smith.

When: October 10, 2009
Time: 4pm till 8pm Doors Open @ 3:30pm
Where: St. Paul Lodge on 423 East Georgia Street, Memphis, TN
Cost: $10 Per Person
Door Prizes, Food, Poetry and More

If you would like to purchase these books in advance or for more info, please email distinctladies@yahoo.com

The Distinct Ladies Bookclub
P.O. Box 271415
Memphis, TN 38167
Tiffany Rainey-President
Josula Williams-Vice President

www.distinctladies.com
http://dlbookclub.webs.com
http://www.myspace.com/distinctladiesandgents

Intimate Conversation with the Distinct Ladies Bookclub

EDC: Share with us the history of the organization and President’s biography.
DLBC: Tiffany Rainey is currently the President and one of the founders of Distinct Ladies Book Club. She was born and raised in Memphis, Tn and currently still resides there. Not only is Tiffany a member of DLBC but she is also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Sirius Ladies Social Club, and she is also a usher in her church.

DLBC was founded in October of 2006 with 4 women who shared a passion for reading. When we first started little did we know we would grow to be such a tight knit family. DLBC doesn’t just read books, but we attend movies, plays, book signing, and we just love to fellowship with one another.

EDC: What is the vision for your organization?
DLBC: Our vision for our sisterhood is to continue to promote authors who are not as well known as some of the greats like Eric Jerome Dickey or Kimberla Lawson Roby. We want to continue to give back to the kids in our community.

EDC: Finish this sentence: Living your best life includes…
DLBC: Living your best life includes being with our children.

On your nightstand now: We are currently reading The Dopeman’s Wife

Book all readers should own besides the bible: The Survival Bible by Jihad

Book you’ve bought for the cover: Casanegra by Blair Underwood

Favorite genre, series or sequels: Urban, Erotica, Christian Fiction

EDC: Your top three authors. Why?
DLBC: Brian W. Smith, President of Hollygrove Publishing is one of our favorite authors. Brian is a very down to earth person. He keeps your interest is his books from the beginning to the end. He also brings new talent to his company, that makes you just wanna read everything he has written.

Memphis Own Sheila Lipsey, author of Beautiful Ugly is also one of our favorite authors. Sheila is a Christian fiction author who always makes you wondering what’s going on next. She brings everyday problems and drama into her books.

Jihad, bestselling author of Wild Cherry is a favorite author. Jihad brings erotica to street to “I am gonna keep it real” to you in his books. He always makes you wondering which direction he’s going to write in. We have a few more that we love, but since you only asked for 3. I think I am going to leave it at that.

EDC: Name three authors you would like to do a phone chat with this year.
DLBC: Kimberla Lawson Roby, Wahadia Clark, and Jane Jordan

EDC: Share your news or events with us. What’s next for your group?
DLBC: DLBC is planning their 3year Anniversary Celebration. It will be held on Oct. 10, 2009 from 4-8. We will have Jihad, Brian W. Smith, Recha G. Peay, and other authors will be stopping through as well. DLBC will be having spoken word, music, and giving way door prizes. Admission is $10 and seating is limited. For more info you can contact us at distinctladies@yahoo.com

You can find us at:
www.distinctladies.com
http://dlbookclub.webs.com
http://www.myspace.com/distinctladiesandgent

We are also on Facebook and Twitter!!

 

Sonia Sanchez featured speaker Bennett College for Women

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the “Greensboro Massacre”, Bennett College for Women will host a Community Activism Forum —“From History to Healing” on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 9:30am – 2:30pm.
The Forum will pay special tribute to Bennett Alumna Sandra Neely Smith, Class of 1973 and former Student Government AssociationPresident, who was killed in the 1979 massacre while organizing mill workers.

The Forum will be held at the Sheraton Four Seasons (3121 High Point Road, Greensboro, NC 27407) and will include a recognition luncheon. The luncheon will acknowledge a student and several local community activists.
Renowned poet, Sonia Sanchez will be the featured speaker at the luncheon. Bennett College President, Dr. Julianne Malveaux along with local activists, Ms. Joyce Johnson and Mr. Lewis Brandon of the Truth and Reconciliation Project, along with Bennett alumnae, Ms. Maxine Bakeman, Dr. Myra McCoy Pope, Ms. Gladys Robinson and friends of Sandra Neely Smith will participate in this important Forum.
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, has also been invited to participate. This event is a demonstration of how Bennett College celebrates, educates and transforms women into 21st century leaders and global thinkers.

The Community Activism Forum—“From History to Healing”, will be held during Bennett’s Annual Family and Friends Weekend, October 1-4, 2009.

Early registration is $75.00 and includes a continental breakfast, workshops, luncheon, registration materials and a campus tour. Seating is limited so registration is encouraged before September 25, 2009.

After September 25th registration will increase to $90.00. Luncheon only tickets are $50.00.

Bennett College will provide free transportation for campus tours immediately following the
Forum. For additional information, please call (336) 517-2196.

Purchase tickets on-line by going to the Bennett College web site:
www.bennett.edu click on-line giving, and complete the form.
In the notes section, indicate “Forum” with $75 or $90 or “Luncheon” with $50. If you
prefer, please mail your check payable to Bennett College with the memo stating either “ 10/3 forum” or “10/3 luncheon only”.
Send to Bennett College for Women – Institutional Advancement;
Race Hall, 900 E. Washington St., Greensboro, NC 27401.
 

The Mosaic Literary Conference

The Mosaic Literary Conference presents creative ways for keeping books and reading valuable sources of knowledge and creativity.

This day of professional-development workshops will help educators incorporate literature into existing curricula to further explore course work that focuses on cultures, history, and social studies.

Official website: http://mosaicmagazine.org/literary-conference.html

Early Registration: $30 (ends Sept 23)
Regular Registration: $50

Listen to a interview with Ron Kavanaugh of Mosaic Literary Magazine- Interview on BAN Radio with host Ella Curry. Ron discusses this event and the need for the community to READ.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Black-Author-Network/2009/09/15/EDC-Literary-Spotlight

The Mosaic Literary Conference Details

Registration/Breakfast
Mosaic Workshop 2 concurrent workshops
Lunch/Vendor village
2 concurrent workshops 2 concurrent workshops

Registration includes gift bag, continental breakfast, lunch, and a 1-year subscription to Mosaic

Conference Date: November 7, 2009
Location: Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse at 149th St., Bronx, NY

Click here for information on past conferences

Download conference workshop RFP – Deadline Sept 29
http://mosaicmagazine.org/literary-conference.html

 

Meet Your Favorite Authors Sept 24-26 in DC

Meet Your Favorite Authors!
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Author Pavilion 2009
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E
Schedule Subject to Change!

Thursday, September 24th (Pavilion Hours 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.)
Author Pavilion hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series & host and executive producer Literary Nation KABF FM 88.3

Noon – 1:30 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)
Bernadette Stanis – Situations 101
Kwame Alexander – And Then You Know: New and Selected Poems
Valencia Campbell – Advice From the Top What Minority Women Say About Their Career Success
Congressman Chaka Fattah – State of Black America 2009 Message to the President
Lloyd Price & William “Dollar-Bill” Waller – The True King of the 50’s The Lloyd Price Story
Russell Price, Jr. – Is He Your Man or is Your Head in the Sand?
Janice Bryant Howroyd – The Art of Work: How to Make Work, Work for You!
Jamal Bryant – World War Me
Calvin Mackie, PH.D. – A View From the Roof – Lessons for Life & Business
Hilda Gurley-Highgate – Sapphire’s Grave A Novel

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)
Aaron W. Smith – In the Black Live Faithfully, Prosper Financially
Stephanie L. Jones – The Enemy Between My Legs
Derrick Barnes – Ruby and the Booker Boys Series (Children’s Series)
Rodney M. Jackson – A Philanthropic Covenant with Black America
Yaba Baker – Princess Briana & Super TJ (Children Series)
Jacquette Timmons – Financial Intimacy How to Create a Healthy Relationship With Your Money and Your Mate
Victoria Christopher Murray – The Divine Divas (Christian Fiction for Teens)
Mildred Muhammad – Sacred Silent The Mildred Muhammad Story
Dan Ouellette – Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes (Jazz Legend Ron Carter will appear for this signing)
Peggy Brooks-Bertram & Barbara Seals Nevergold – Go, Tell Michelle, African American Women Write to the New First Lady

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion, Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

The Black Writer as Cultural Activist and Gatekeeper of History hosted by Hurston Wright Foundation

Moderator: Marita Golden author of Don’t Play In The Sun: The Color Complex

Panelists:
Ralph Eubanks – The House at the End of the Road
Paula Giddings – Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching
Howard Dodson – In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
Annette Gordon Reed – The Hemingses of Monticello
David Levering Lewis – W. E. B. Du Bois, 1919-1963: The Fight for Equality and the American Century

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:
Sheilah Vance – Land Mines A Novel
Veronica T. White, MSPH – How to Maximize FEMA Funding After a Natural Disaster
T. Dweylan Wilson – Four Stars Conversations on Life Success, Leadership, Mentorship, Culture and Diversity

Meet Your Favorite Authors!
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Author Pavilion 2009
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E
Schedule Subject to Change!

Friday, September 25th (Pavilion Hours 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Bernadette Stanis – Situations 101
Janis F. Kearney – Something to Write Home About: Memories from a Presidential Diarist
Gil L. Robertson IV & Sandra Jowers – Family Affair: What it Means to be African American Today
Thembisa Mshaka – Put Your Dreams First Handle Your Entertainment Business
Layah Beth LeFlore – Wildflowers
Nika C. Beamon – I Didn’t Work this Hard Just to Get Married Successful Single Black Women Speak Out
Kim Collier – Kia’s Aftermath
Farai Chideya – Kiss the Sky
LaVerne Gill – African American Women in Congress Forming and Transforming History
Jeff Johnson – Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion, Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Mind Readers: Mental Health, Wellness, and Self-Help hosted by Emerging Leaders and sponsored by AstraZeneca.

Moderator: Michelle Gourdine M.D. – Reclaiming Our Health: A Step by Step Guide to African American Wellness

Panelists:
Cornel West – Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud — A Memoir
Terrie Williams – Black Pain It Just Looks Like We are Not Hurting
Kamau and Akilah Butler – The Love Ethic: The Reason Why You Can’t Find and Keep Beautiful Black Love
Haki Madhubuti – Liberation Narratives: Collective Poems 1966-2007
Wade Nobles – Seeking the Sakhu: Foundational Writings for an African Psychology
Pedro Noguera – The Trouble with Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education
Bryant Terry – Vegan Soul Kitchen Fresh, Healthy and Creative African American Cuisine

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Deborah Gregory – Catwalk (Young Adult Series)
Congresswoman Barbara Lee – Renegade for Peace and Justice

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Michael Taylor – A New Conversation with Men
Trice Hickman – Keeping Secrets and Telling Lies A Novel
Lori Nelson – Hillary’s Big Business Adventure (Children’s Book)
J.D. Mason – That Devil’s no Friend of Mine (Christian Fiction)
Ivan J. Houston –Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II
Carla Douglin – The Foreclosure Workbook: Complete Guide to Understanding Foreclosure and Saving Your Home
Monda Webb – 7:33 am
Tanya Brockett – The Loan Solution Nine Steps to Community Express
Katie McCabe & Dovey Johnson Roundtree – Justice Older Than the Law The Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree

Meet Your Favorite Authors!
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Author Pavilion 2009
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E
Schedule Subject to Change!

Saturday, September 26th (Pavilion Hours 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.)
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Panel Discussion, Meet, Greet, Book Signings)

Raising Him Alone Empowering Single Mothers Raising Young Boys hosted by Urban Leadership Institute

Moderator: Patrick Oliver author of Turn the Page and Don’t Stop

Panelists:
David Miller – Raising Him Alone Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to be Men
Cassandra Mack – The Single Mother’s Little Book of Wisdom
Sheron “Umi” Smith (Mos Def’s Mother) – Shine Your Light Life Skills Workbook
Dr. Brenda Green (Talib Kweili’s Mother) – Meditations and Ascension: Black Writers on Writing Jaquita Clayton mother of Mark Clayton Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver and
Director and co-founder of the Mom Squad a group of NFL, NBA and Entertainers mothers

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Bernadette Stanis – Situations 101
Michelle Caple Taylor – Trouble Won’t Last Always (Christian Fiction)
Kareem Moody – Raise them Up: The Real Deal on Reaching Unreachable Kids
Eureka A. Wright – Called for a Purpose (Gospel CD Signing)

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion & Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Impact of the Black Writer on Today’s Culture: How Our Story is Told and Who Tells It!

Panelists:
Gwen Ifill – The Breakthrough: Politics and Race In the Age of Obama
Stephanie J. Jones – The State of Black America 2009: Message to the President
Charles Ogletree – Road to Abolition: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States
Dwayne Betts – A Question of Freedom
Mary Frances Berry – And Justice for All: The United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom in America

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Solomon Jones – Payback
Jesmyn Ward – Where the Line Bleeds
Booker T. Mattison – Unsigned Hype
Tiffany Warren – The Bishop’s Daughter

1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion followed by a Poetry & Drum Performance!)

Teen Girls, Arts and Education hosted by Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series
Moderator: Patrick Oliver author of Turn the Page and Don’t Stop

Panelists:
Jessica Care Moore – God is Not an American (poetry performance)
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall – The Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls
Celia Anderson – Love, Ocean
Cora Coleman-Dunham – Gathering a Greater Understanding: The Guide for Life (drum performance)
Julianne Malveaux – Unfinished Business: A Democrat and a Republican Take On the Top Ten Issues Women Face

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad – Memories
Sloane Baxter – Concrete Dreams A Collection of Poems by 7 Young Men
Bey Bright – How to Attract a R.E.A. L. Man 10 Qualities R.E.A.L. MEN Look for In a Woman
Charisse Carney-Nunes – I Am Barack Obama

 
 
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