Suffice to say, that until two weeks ago, I had never heard of Ferguson, Missouri.
I've never even been in the state of Missouri. I've heard wonderful things about the African American cultural scene in St. Louis in the past, however, now I'm not so sure I want to visit.
Despite the many and varied reports of what really happened two Saturdays ago in Ferguson, Missouri when Michael Brown and his friend encountered Ferguson Police Officer, Darren Wilson, the only things we can be certain of, are the facts revealed in the coroner's report. Michael Brown was shot six times, twice in the head, after essentially being stopped for, what amounts to a form of "jaywalking."
What we can almost be certain of is that there is likely going to be no jail time for the cop who killed the unarmed 18 year old. After all, the burden of proof rests with the prosecution and as of this writing, Officer Darren Wilson hasn't even been charged with a crime.
One thing we do know is that something has to be done. We have to seriously address the issue of why our young black men are dying (not only by each other's hands) but far too often, at the hands of the law enforcement whose job it is to "protect and serve."
I don't have a son, but if I did, I'd be afraid to let him out of my sight. And for sure, I'd sit down with him and we'd watch "Fruitvale Station" together.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't following you.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Just when you thought summer was coming to a close, here comes one of our favorite African American fiction writers, Carl Weber with the long-awaited sequel "The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride."
If you thought "The Choir Director" (now available in paperback) was scandalous, well you haven't seen anything yet.
As with his other novels, he doesn't fail to deliver on being a master plot weaver. This has a little bit of something for everyone - there's sex, power, religion, lies, deceit and mystery.
And the ending is anything but predictable.
I. Did. Not. See. That. Coming.
So, mark your calendars for August 19th and get ready for Carl Weber's newest offering from the Hachette Book Group.
"It's been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor, Bishop T.K. Wilson, dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. His success has drawn national attention, and he's on the verge of signing a huge recording contract. With his life in order, Aaron decides the time is right to propose to Tia Gregory, the church secretary who caught his eye and inspired him to shed his Tiger Woods-like tendencies to become a one-woman man. The stage is set for what might be the wedding of the year, but quickly becomes the disaster of the year when Aaron is left at the altar without explanation.
Now, during his own hour of need, Aaron turns to the bishop for help. Unfortunately, the line he asks T. K. to cross will force the bishop to choose between faith and friendship, or as he puts it, "between heaven and hell." As the investigation into Tia's disappearance continues, the two men are challenged in ways they never imagined."
- See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/carl-weber/the-choir-director-2/9781455505210/#sthash.O23E0rWQ.dpuf
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