Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Copycat" by Kimberla Lawson Roby


Have you ever had a copycat?  I know I have.  

Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery, but when does it cross the line into "obsession?"

Although, we've all been just a little jealous of something or someone at one point in our lives, how we handle that most normal of emotions is what makes all the difference.

I've never been one to covet other people's things or become envious when a friend has success in life or work or love.  Quite the opposite.  We should want our friends to do well.

Unfortunately, not everyone knows what to do with those unhealthy pangs of jealousy and actions often spiral out of control and enter the danger zone.

Kimberla Lawson Roby, one of my very favorite authors, hit the nail on the head with this one.  This is a departure from the "Curtis Black" series, but a very deep look at what is sometimes at the root of "unhealthy competition."

Enjoyable and enlightening.

Online and in bookstores now.

Click HERE for a listing of Lawson Roby's book signings and appearances.

Befriending Traci Calloway Cole is the best thing Simone Phillips has ever done. Traci is the kind of woman Simone wants to be-in every way possible. She begins copying her role model. Not because she wants to be Traci. She just wants to be exactly like Traci.

Traci doesn't worry, though. She knows Simone doesn't mean any harm and that her mimicry is only sincere admiration. Until she discovers how far Simone's obsession has gone.

It is then that Simone's entire world begins unraveling, and dreadful secrets from her past are exposed with no warning. Secrets that she'll do almost anything to protect.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Grammy Award Winning Singer Al Jarreau (March 12, 1940 to February 12, 2017)


Al Jarreau with Barbara Rodgers (1978) (Photo Credit:  Jim Dennis)
Al Jarreau pictured with his wife, Susan, and friends in Rochester. (1978)  (Photo Credit:  Jim Dennis)

 
Al Jarreau and Jim Dennis (1978)

Al Jarreau who won seven Grammy Awards died on Sunday, February 12, 2017 in a Los Angeles hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music. 

Among Jarreau's many hits was "We're In This Love Together."  He also sang the theme song for the television show, "Moonlighting."

Jarreau is survived by his wife Susan and son Ryan.  Private memorial services will be held.



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

If Donald Trump Wants to Ban Muslims - Are African Americans Next?



I think the climate post-election has not only gotten more frightening, it's gotten to be downright disgusting.

The news of this past weekend which shook up the travels plans of many and pulled the scab off of racism at the knee, caused me to wonder, 'What's next?'

If Donald Trump wants to "Make America Great Again," which in my opinion is code for "Make America White Again," are we slowly but surely witnessing the rebirth of segregation in the US?

It's time we all opened our eyes widely and realized that we're going to be part of the solution or part of the problem.  Because we're not really free unless we're all free.

And I'm not feeling very free right now.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Man on the Run" - Another Great Read by NY Times Best Selling Author, Carl Weber


Carl Weber books are my guilty pleasure and I make no apologies.

However, they are hot.  Steamy hot. You'll want to keep a little portable fan at hand.

I'd like to see "Man on the Run" made into a movie.  Because I need more urban fiction to make it to the screen and this one is totally adaptable.

If only I had a group of "ride or die" friends like Jay Crawford does.  

Imagine spending ten years locked up for a crime you didn't commit.  And then imagine having the guts to escape.  And "your boys" have your back.  

So many twists and turns, that I had to keep going back to the cover to make sure I was reading the same book.  And just when I thought I had it solved, I didn't have it solved at all.

That's what I love about Carl Weber.  He always leaves you wanting more.

On sale in bookstores, online and in print or digital.  I'd suggest you buy print and digital.  One to keep and share and one to read "on the run."  Pun intended.

Man on the Run

New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber delivers a riveting, action-packed drama full of the twists and turns for which he's become known.

It was the night before his wedding, fifteen years ago, that the nightmare began for Jay Crawford--locked up for a crime he never committed. Now, he's escaped prison and wants nothing more than to clear his name and protect his family. To get justice, he'll need the help of the three best friends who have always had his back--Wil, Kyle and Allan. But a man on the run requires absolute trust...and Jay may just be setting himself up for the ultimate betrayal. (From Hachette Book Group)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Allen Temple Health & Social Services Ministry Presents the MLK Jr. Drum Major for Freedom Breakfast, Monday, January 16, 2017 in Oakland, California


Please join Allen Temple Health and Social Services as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr by reflecting on "Why service still matters". Guests will enjoy opportunities to meet others within the community and hear from pioneers such as Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Former Black Panther Elaine Brown, Honorable Ron Dellums and other honorable guests. Networking from 8:30-9:00 am. Breakfast and program will begin at 9:00 am.

Special Guest Speakers:  Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Hon. Ronald V. Dellums
Elaine Brown

Mistress of Ceremonies

Barbara Rodgers
Host, Comcast Newsmakers

Click HERE to Purchase Tickets

Sunday, November 27, 2016

"ALMOST CHRISTMAS" in theaters now!


I'm not sure why it took me so long to drag myself to the theater for a fun evening with family.  

But, there's no way I could let the Thanksgiving weekend end without seeing David Talbert's "Almost Christmas."

Sure, it's somewhat 'predictable,' but it made me smile from ear to ear and laugh out loud with all the other wonderful black folks in the movie.

Great casting and directing and it was so good to see Danny Glover on the big screen again.

If you're looking for a "feel-good" movie and who couldn't use a laugh after this debacle called "election."

Starring:  Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover, John Michael Higgins, Romany Malco, Mo'Nique, JB Smoove Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Nicole Ari Parker, Jessie T. Usher and DC Young Fly.

Catch it before it's too late.

Watch the trailer HERE!