Sunday, June 26, 2016

"A Sinful Calling" by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Get Ready.  The Black Family is back.

If you thought they were scandalous before, you ain't seen nothing yet.

 I'm sure we all know people, at least I do, who say "I've been called to preach."  

And your first thought is, "Who called you??"  I get that it's not our place to judge the heart or intent of others.  However, with megachurches and storefronts popping up every day, all over the world, you can't help but wonder, if God is truly calling all these people.

And there you have the basis for Kimberla Lawson Roby's latest novel in the Curtis Black series, "A Sinful Calling."

It mixes equal parts of love, marriage, religion, lust, sin and all the other things we encounter in our everyday lives.

Another great read from this New York Times Best Selling Author.

"Two years ago, to everyone's surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister, and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he's pastor of a 1,000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago-consumed with money, power, and lots of women. His family may have let bygones be bygones, but they continue to keep their distance. 

Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon's congregation, leaving her father's church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less. She and Levi are truly happy, however, guilt from her betrayal of Phillip and its aftermath casts a shadow over their wedded bliss.

But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don't see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone . . . and for very good reason."

Thursday, June 16, 2016

BET Networks Premieres "Music Moguls" and "F" in Fabulous - If You Don't Know, Now You Know!

BET Networks Premieres Two New Series
"Music Moguls” and “F in Fabulous”

Tuesday, June 28 Beginning at 9:00 PM ET/PT
“Music Moguls” Premieres Tuesday, June 28 at 9 PM ET/PT on BET

“F in Fabulous” Premieres Directly Following with Back-to-Back Episodes Beginning at 10 PM ET/PT on BET

“Music Moguls” showcases the lives of some of the most recognized moguls in the industry on their endless rise to the top. As artists themselves, Birdman, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, and Damon Dash bring their unique blend of smarts and creativity to the stage, to the boardroom, and the streets, as they try to balance the concerns and obligations of family with the never-ending demands of the music business. From grooming new talent to building new empires these moguls dare to do whatever they need to do to stay at the top of the game. (from BET and L. Plummer Media)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

"The Greatest of All Time" - Muhammad Ali, A Proud, Free Black Man

January 17, 1942 - June 3, 2016
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."  

The greatest "spoken word" poet of our time has died.

It's taken me a few days to actually sit down and write about what the passing of Muhammad Ali (née Cassius Clay) means to me and that's mainly because I think until today I've been in denial.

Although, we had all seen the effects of Parkinson's on his body for over two decades, he left us with so many quotes and poems and memories, it didn't seem that he would ever really be gone.  But, he is.  And we're all better people for him having graced this earth for over 70 years.

Muhammad Ali came of age in an era when it wasn't popular for a black man to "speak his mind."  Or, speak, at all, for that matter.  But, speak, Ali did.  And speak.  And preach.  And predict.  And he did it all with a freedom, poise, confidence and power like no one had before or has done since.

His popularity spanned generations.  In fact, my great-nephew who isn't even two years old yet, can often be seen sporting a baby tee-shirt with one of Ali's quotes emblazoned on his tiny chest.  Obviously, he doesn't know who Ali was, but one day, maybe he'll look back at his baby pictures and be grateful that his dad thought it important that he "put some respect on Muhammad Ali's name."

He was right.  He was so pretty.  And smart.  And the greatest of all time.