Monday, June 28, 2010

"Sins of the Mother" - Win Your Free Copy Today

"Sins of the Mother" by Victoria Christopher Murray

Enter a random drawing and win a new copy of "Sins of the Mother: A Novel," by Victoria Christopher Murray.
Simply email me at to enter. Contest ends on July 12, 2010. All entries must be submitted by that date.

Victoria Christopher Murray is a national bestselling author of several novels, including "Lady Jasmine," "Too Little, Too Late; and "The Ex-Files." Ms. Murray is also the author of a teen inspiration series, "Divine Diva."

She lives with her family in Inglewood, California and Washington DC.

Learn more about her and her work at:

Good luck!

Friday, June 25, 2010

One Year Anniversary of the Death of Michael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson
August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

"Gone Too Soon"

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pam Grier ("Foxy Brown") Coming to San Francisco

Bookreading and Signing

"Foxy: My Life in Three Acts" By Pam Grier

Friday, June 25, 2010
12:30p to 1:30p
Alexander Book Company
San Francisco, CA

From Booklist:
"As the queen of the 1970s blaxploitation movies, Grier stands assured that her as-told-to autobiography will be welcomed by film-studies collections high and low. Iconic for her roles in such gems of the genre as Coffy and Foxy Brown, Grier has also appeared in mainstream films, the likes of Fort Apache the Bronx and Mars Attacks. Her blaxploitation efforts were made on shoestring budgets without much time for rehearsal or nuance, but when given a much meatier role—the title character in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown—she turned in a spectacular performance (unfortunately, that excellent film was overlooked in the wake of Tarantino’s signature work, Pulp Fiction). Grier describes making the low-budget films, in which she often portrayed a tough but beautiful woman involved in a ludicrous plot, and also such noncommercial events as her 1974 night out with John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, and Peter Lawford, during which she was ejected from the Troubadour, an “in” spot at the time, though at least in the company of pop-culture royalty. --Mike Tribby"

Do The Right Thing

This is not a political blog. I repeat this is not a political blog.

That said, I would be remiss in my role as a mother if I simply ignored the trial of Johannes Mehserle currently underway in Los Angeles. Mehserle is the former BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police officer on trial in connection with the murder of Oscar Grant on New Year's Day 2009.

I do not know if Mehserle will be found guilty of murder or a lesser charge. I do not know what happened on the BART train that early morning. I was not there. I hope that the jurors will do the right thing in deciding Mr. Mehserle's fate. I hope that the public will do the right thing in response to the verdict (whatever it may be).

The prosecution has rested its case and now the defense is at bat. Study the facts of the case for yourself and make your own determinations.

But, remember, everyone - please "Do The Right Thing."

Monday, June 21, 2010

Nikki Giovanni In Conversation With Gwen Mazer on June 26, 2010 in San Francisco

"Gwen Mazer is an author, personal style consultant, speaker and workshop leader. Her recent book Wise Talk Wild Women, is a collection of intimate conversations with women of substance about life, love and lessons learned. They include philosopher Jean Houston, activist Dolores Huerta, journalist, Belva Davis philanthropist, Glady Thacher and poet Nikki Giovanni."

Nikki Giovanni is a Grammy-nominated American poet, activist and author and is currently Professor of English at Virginia Tech.

June 26, 2010
3:00 p.m.
Delancey Street Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-922-7935

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Mildred!

Mildred Morey (seated), who turned 100 on June 6th, in Detroit, MI, with her great niece, Barbara Rodgers of San Francisco and her 86-year-old niece, Sylvia Stinson of Charlotte, NC.

Barbara, you've got great genes!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Karen Hunter In San Francisco

Karen Hunter and Bernard Henderson at the Alexander Book Co. for a lunchtime reading. Ms. Hunter was promoting her new book, "Stop Being Niggardly: And Nine Other Things Black People Need to Stop Doing" on Monday, June 14, 2010.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Museum of African Diaspora

Celebrate Juneteenth at MoAD
Saturday June 19, 2010
11:00 am - 4:30 pm MoAD Salon

"Juneteenth is a celebration of African American freedom and achievement. It was originated to commemorate the day that enslaved Africans in Texas received formal notification of their emancipation on June 19, 1865, more than two and a half years after the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Join us for a day of reflection and an opportunity to trace your family’s lineage. Whether you’re a novice or an enthusiast, professional genealogist, Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS will lead workshops designed to develop basic skills in gathering, preserving, and sharing your family’s history. Gina Paige, President and Co-founder of, will lead an engaging and informative workshop that explores genetic ancestry tracing within historical, cultural, and scientific contexts."

MoAD Members Free.

General Admission $10

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Town Hall Meeting With Karen Hunter - Monday, June 14, 2010

Pulitizer Prize Winning Journalist Karen Hunter

Function: adjective
1 : grudgingly mean about spending or granting : begrudging
2 : provided in meanly limited supply
synonyms see stingy
— nig·gard·li·ness noun
— niggardly adverb

Join Pulitzer Price Winning Journalist Karen Hunter for a Town Hall Meeting and to discuss her controversial new book "Stop Being Niggardly and Nine Other Things Black People Need to Stop Doing"
Ms. Hunter has co-authored New York Times best-sellers,with Queen Latifah, Al Sharpton, LL Cool J, Wendy Williams, Cedric the Entertainer and others.

Monday, June 14, 2010
African American Art & Culture Complex
(Hall of Culture)
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 922-2049
Admission: $5; free with a copy of the book; free for students and seniors.

(Other Bay Area appearances by Ms. Hunter include:)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Marcus Bookstore, 1712 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, (415) 346-4222
A book signing from 5 to 7 p.m.
*Meet for cocktails at "1300 on Fillmore" afterwards

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Allen Temple, 8501 International Boulevard, Oakland 94621
Karen will speak briefly at both the 8am and 11 am services

Monday, June 14, 2010

Alexander Book Co., 50 2nd Street (Market and 2nd), 415-495-2992
Lunchtime Reading , 12:30 - 1:30p

Wednesday, June 2, 2010