Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Bay Area Black Journalists Association (BABJA) Presents: "Race and Media in a Changing Landscape"



A Conversation Featuring:

Van Lathan
P. Frank Williams
Christin Ayers
Davey "D" Cook


Saturday, September 8, 2018
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

OAKSTOP
1721 Broadway, #201
Oakland, CA  94612

$20.00

Further details and tickets, HERE!


Van Lathan was recently catapulted into the social media spotlight following his insightful confrontation with Kanye West on TMZ’s live show in response to West’s comments regarding slavery being a choice.

BABJA and MIJE will facilitate a discussion focusing on the correlation between race and media and the ways in which social media has impacted the dissemination of news.

Additional Panelists include KPIX reporter, Christin Ayers, Emmy Award winning Producer for TVOne's, Unsung, P Frank Williams and just added, KBLX's Armand Carr.

All proceeds benefit BABJA's student scholarship program. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

"Better Late Than Never" by Kimberla Lawson Roby - The Conclusion to the Reverend Curtis Black Series


The whole time I was reading this book, I kept saying to myself, "This can't be the last one."

We have come to know and love (and hate at times) Reverend Curtis Black and his family.  From Charlotte to Matthew to Alicia to Phillip to Curtina to Raven to Dillon, each and every one of them has become a part of our lives.  Speaking to fans of Kimberla Lawson Roby and the Curtis Black Series.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you've got a lot of catching up to do.

I also realized that despite their flaws, they're just like the rest of us (okay, minus the wealth in my case) but they really are just people.  Black folks living their every day lives.  Obviously, being the pastor of a large megachurch comes with its own set of issues, but the raw emotion and feelings are what many of us feel from time to time and we go through life's ups and downs.

I don't want to give anything away, however, I will say at the end of the book, I love them now more than ever.

"Better Late Than Never."  On sale everywhere July 31st.

Curtis Black is no stranger to scandal. Throughout the decades, he has done much in the public eye, both good and evil. But what most people don’t realize is that Curtis has been hiding an abusive childhood that has affected him in horrifying ways.
Sadly, when his estranged sister becomes alarmingly ill, his buried past returns without warning, and his youngest daughter, twelve-year-old Curtina, becomes the kind of problem child he never thought she could be…and this is only the beginning. Worse, all the public scandals they’ve experienced over the years now seem like mere child’s play compared to the turmoil they are facing in private. And who could have known that their deepest wounds would come from within?

Monday, July 2, 2018

Need a laugh? Go to the theater and check out, "Uncle Drew!"


You don't have to be a basketball fan to appreciate the laughs you'll get while watching, "Uncle Drew" which is now in theaters everywhere.

It's a wonderful escape from the world that we're currently living in and the tragedies and bad news on every cable channel and social media.

I haven't enjoyed mindless entertainment like this in a while and it was long overdue.

Kudos to the costume design team and great acting from the basketball greats.

in fact, I had such a good time, I think I'll go see it again next weekend!

Check out the trailer, here!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Book Review: "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones


A few years ago, I read "Silver Sparrow" by Tayari Jones with my book club.  It remains one of my all-time favorite books.  "Silver Sparrow" opened my eyes to one of the best authors of our time.

Fast forward to 2018 and the release of her newest novel, "An American Marriage."  This book is an Oprah's Book Club Selection.  However, Tayari Jones didn't need Oprah's stamp of approval to encourage me to buy and read her work.

I was so moved by this book in many ways.  

It is the story of a man (a newlywed) conviction of a crime he didn't commit.  What unfolds is a story about love, marriage, betrayal, racism, injustice, life in the South and so much more.

I enjoyed every page.  I suggest you take the journey for yourself.

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.
 
This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forwardwith hope and paininto the future.
 (from Amazon.com)