Thursday, July 27, 2017

"Sin of a Woman" by Kimberla Lawson Roby

"Sin of a Woman" by Kimberla Lawson Roby is one of the best reads of the summer.

The latest "Curtis Black" novel has Raven Black (if you're a fan of Lawson Roby's you know Raven's history) playing with fire.  And I mean the fires of hell.

Nothing I dislike more than a man or woman pretending to be "called by God," when in fact, they're called by the devil.

If you thought that Raven's ex-husband Dillon was scandalous, you haven't seen anything.  Raven's latest act makes Dillon look like a boy scout.

When Raven and her new "BFF" Porsha Harrington (Dillon's ex-mistress) join forces and open one of the area's largest churches - well, let's just say it's a mess.

My favorite part is how Ms. Lawson Roby intertwines the gospel with urban fiction.

Put this on your summer list.

Available in bookstores, online and in hardback and kindle/e-reader formats.

Monday, June 19, 2017

"All Eyez on Me" Starring Demetrius Shipp, Jr. They Don't Want You to See This Movie.

Tupac Shakur
Demetrius Shipp, Jr. (as Tupac Shakur)

Critics be damned.  You cannot expect our movies to get the same kind of favorable treatment given to movies made by people who are not "of color."

So happy I didn't listen to the nay-sayers and went to see for myself this weekend, the newly released "All Eyez on Me" starring Demetrius Shipp, Jr.  

In addition to the fact that the resemblance to the late Tupac Shakur is "eery," Shipp is a great actor.  

The movie is over two hours long but it moved with a quick pace and kept me engaged.

Sure, the filmmakers took creative liberties.  That's what artists do.  But don't let folks tell you that it's not a good movie.  It's a great movie.

Go see for yourself.  In fact, pack the theaters.  

Watch the Official Trailer, HERE.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Phaedra Parks and the Real Housewives of Atlanta - This is my confession

I'm going to talk about something here today that I've never fully admitted to before.

For years, I tried to ignore the Real Housewives of Atlanta.  As a Black woman, I felt it was not in the best interest of my race to engage in discussing a show that doesn't always depict black women at their best.

What joy can be gained from watching on-camera fights, break ups, good news, more often bad news and spilling of the tea in front of a national audience?

But, hey - I'm human.

I confess that I have finally given in to my "human side" or shall I say "nosey nature" and watched the entire four-part reunion.  I mean, after all, white women expose themselves on a number of reality series - right?

Question of the day - Is this scripted??  Phaedra Parks is a successful professional woman.  An attorney for crying out loud.  Would she risk her entire career for a short-term "cash cow?"

I don't know the answer, but I do know one thing - whether people admit it or not, it seems a whole lot of folks are watching to find out.

p.s. - anybody else miss Nene?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry - A Book Review of Marcus Thompson II's "Sermon"

Preach Marcus!  

Marcus Thompson’s observations of Steph Curry’s miraculous rise, is that spiritual food that I look for on Sunday to sustain me through the week, as I encounter the slings and arrows of opposing fans.  
Yes, Marcus is indeed that learned Preacher delivering a stirring sermon to his “choir” and meticulously constructing his evidences of indictment upon those who are still unbelievers.  

"Golden" paints a picture of one who was chosen to break down the constructs of NBA lore and belief to bring about a new Covenant of faith and Resurrection to the "We Believe-ers" and  the "Strength in Numbers” generation.  

Thompson’s high literary and B-Ball IQ, is poured from the heart, as he intertwines facts with prose and events with analysis to fully discuss Steph Curry’s inevitable rise to greatness.  Steph Curry’s life writes the book and Marcus Thompson puts pen to paper to retain it for us as it happens in our midst and for generations to come.  

Each chapter chooses a particular focus on Steph Curry’s life, but each chapter tells the same story; he was gifted to us to show us a different way.  If you are a fan, reading this book will only help you identify and give meaning to how you feel.  

If you are not a fan, reading this book will make you look at your own legend in a different way.  Amen.

(Review by JRS)

Friday, April 14, 2017

"Golden" - The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry from Touchstone Books and Marcus Thompson II - available now

Just in time for the NBA Playoffs, comes "Golden - The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry" written by Marcus Thompson II, Sports Columnist with the Bay Area News Group.

Available online at amazon, Barnes and Noble and in bookstores.

(Review coming soon!)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The thin line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation and why French Montana was trending on Twitter

I woke up this morning to find rapper French Montana was trending.

I like French Montana.  He seems like a nice enough guy.

The reason he was trending on twitter -  he had gotten into a "twitter-war" or "clap back," if you will, with a young woman  who tweeted that essentially no one cares about French Montana.

And while she didn't actually send a direct tweet to Mr. Montana, she upset him enough for him to respond directly to her with a few "opinions" of his own about her appearance which included the words "nappy __ poetic justice braids."

And that's when the fight broke out.

What troubles me most is that while French Montana is of Moroccan descent, he always seems to enjoy the company and support of African Americans both in the entertainment industry and in his fan base.

Never mind that he has dated Khloe Kardashian and Iggy Azelia, we just assumed French was "one of us."  Now it seems he was perhaps. . .full of cultural appropriation.

I have a feeling that French is going to rethink "clapping back" in the future.