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Meryl Streep, Donald Trump, and A Reason To Hope

Meryl Streep, Donald Trump, and A Reason...

by: Octavius Calloway   As the clock hit midnight on Dec 31, 2016 America rang in the New Year. On its surface it was a familiar celebration. In Times Square the lights shined and the music soared as a sea of people eagerly counted down the final seconds until the ball dropped and signified the end of a trying year. However, under the surface there was a country at odds with itself. A nation steeped in uncertainty and haunted by harsh truths-one of those brutal realities being that of a Trump presidency. It’s a concern shared by millions of Americans and one that was...
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From the Bookshelf to Off-Broadway

From the Bookshelf to Off-Broadway

by: Denise Newsome   When I first began this journey several years ago, I had some naysayers. As if the self-doubt wasn’t enough, the enemy always finds a way to bring people into your life who make you question the road you’ve chosen and the calling that’s been given to you.   How could I, a woman with only a GED, write a book?   How could I, a formerly incarcerated person, get it published?   How could I, a poor person approaching 50, succeed in life?   People didn’t necessarily have to say those words out loud or to my face, but I knew by the...
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Self-Published Princess

Self-Published Princess

by : Madeline Rosenberg   I never dreamed I could publish my own book. It sounded too good to be true.  There are so many amazing books on Amazon that from self-published authors, which show you how much potential we can have.  I have learned so much in the book business within the past year.  My advice to an aspiring author would be don’t do it for the paycheck – do it for the PASSION.  Self-publishing is tough work, especially if you’re your own publicist and formatter, which I am.   The most surprising thing I have learned is negative reviews can actually...
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Illiteracy And Our Children: Why I Write

Illiteracy And Our Children: Why I Write

So here I was again. Praying. ‘Are you there God? It’s me, Amani.’ I was in another vacuum. I had been thinking of getting a patent for a product I wanted to launch. I was considering about two fiction books and a book of poetry. On top of that, I was in desperate need (am in desperate need) of a vacation and another career. My current location was at my desk with my current employer, but my focus was shot. I hadn’t really done any work of value for a while. Just enough to stay above water and not get fired.  Then, as He usually does, God whispered his response. ‘Amani,...
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Poem: Who You Imitating?

Poem: Who You Imitating?

  who you imitating when you straighten your hair who you imitating with the clothes you wear who you imitating when you bleach your skin who you imitating with that fake weak grin who you imitating with that job on your nose who you imitating with those skin tight clothes i know you imitate those who enslave your mind i know who you imitate the ones who leave you blind i know who you imitate my black friend who you imitating? you better think again… Copyright 2016 Verlyn Tarlton Poet, road mom and author Verlyn Tarlton is super dope on so many levels. Check...
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Book Review: Random Thoughts From The Heart by Michelle Poitier

Book Review: Random Thoughts From The He...

Author: Michelle Poitier Title: Random Thoughts From The Heart: A Collection Publisher: Bookstand Publishing   When I obtained my copy of Random Thoughts, I expected to get some inspiration for my daily hum drum, but not much more.  Ms. Poitier’s stream of consciousness was refreshing and much needed for any Christian.  I found it to be a mirror reflecting many moments that I have found myself in. With her mixture of thoughts and poetry, Ms. Poitier shows her vulnerability, transparency, faith, and longing for a righteous walk with God.  This is a must have for the...
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Book Review: Secrets Untold by Latonya Smiley

Book Review: Secrets Untold by Latonya S...

Book Review Title: Secrets Untold: A Daughter’s Cry Author: Latonya Smiley Publisher: Unbroken Publishing Inc. Published: 2015   I knew when I opened the mail and stared at the title what this book had in store. However, these horrible tales always hold unique aspects. I’m thankful that Latonya Smiley found the courage to share her story and the strength to forgive her parents. Why are books like Secrets Untold valuable pieces? Multitudes of victims are not telling their stories, not healing, and not living freely.  Secrets Untold is Latonya’s story of abuse, pain,...
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Women Aren’t Bitter But We Are Damn Sure This!!!

Women Aren’t Bitter But We Are Dam...

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What I Hate Most About Cheating

What I Hate Most About Cheating

HOW DARE YOU The Betrayal. Let’s just get that out of the way. It’s what most of us hate. How could they? I loved them! I am such a great mate. So irreplaceable! Yeah, you should feel that way. Especially when you sacrifice and compromise, and do everything you can, plus more than you probably should to make them happy.  Betrayal slaughters trust; and we all know that once trust is gone, every other aspect of the relationship starts to feel strained.  You can’t say that water is wet without your partner second guessing you and checking to make sure for themselves. We...
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Book Review of Hot Mess: Author Madeline A. Rosenberg

Book Review of Hot Mess: Author Madeline...

Book Review Title: Hot Mess Author: Madeline A. Rosenberg Publisher: CreateSpace Published: February 2016   The title of the book, Hot Mess, could not have been more spot on. I expected to read a book about a girl with tons of drama and whose life was all over the place. I got pretty much that, but also much more. The main character, Anna, never had a dull moment.  You get the feel that she is out of touch with real world issues and engrossed with her entitled, suburban lifestyle.  I was a bit nauseated with her mindless behavior and interactions.  Thankfully she is...