First of all let me send my prayers and condolences out to The Brown Family, the people of Ferguson, Missouri and everyone who has been shot, killed or wrongly arrested and incarcerated by the Criminal Justice System here in America.
Okay so the verdict is in and another White Police Office shoots an unarmed black man and no charges will be brought against him. Am i surprised no, outraged yes but now lets look at what we can do as parents and family’s to help our young black men stay out of the way of incidents involving the police because it is plain to see that we are being targeted . No matter what the crime was or why he was being confronted by that police office that young man did not deserve to be shot and killed.
But lets rewind the story and trace the steps of this young man and see where his actions caused him to be accosted by this police officer in the first place. Let’s look at the well documented incident in the store and him allegedly stealing something. Now some of you may say that this point is not important and that cops harass and kill innocent black men all the time. That may be true but it does not change the fact that our “innocent” young black men as well as those who commit crimes in our communities need to understand the training, behavior and mindset of the officers who patrol black communities.Which by the way seems to indicate that we are being targeted by them and that “any interaction or dealings with a police office can result in you being arrested , shot or killed” no matter what you are accused of doing.
Brothers & Sisters lets change the way we think,act and live in this new era of police brutality, lets do our best to teach our black men & women to not do anything that will put themselves in a situation that will cause them to be targeted by a police officer. Lets teach them to be well aware of the consequences of the things they do, the lifestyles they live and the crimes that they commit in this “Police State” that we live in.
We may not be able to change the system “right now” but we can change how we choose to conduct ourselves in it.
Coming soon from DJ Gatsby & WBMG Publishing “FADE TO BLACK” By Khalil Hakim
This groundbreaking book confronts Urban Culture With History of Race, Triumph, Forgiveness, and Divine Intervention.“The only thing harder than change is staying the same.” Fade to Black is a riveting tale of a young drug boss from Trenton New Jersey named Maurice who was severely scarred by tragedy. He isolated himself because of abandonment and went on to be hardened by committing murder, he was disillusioned with the duplicity of gang life, motivated by the thrill of rebellion, tormented by a distant and forgotten past, confused about the inescapable present, encouraged through passion sex and arrested by the power of love.
In this spellbinding story, Maurice is taken back in time by a series of rapid fire supernatural dreams that are so vivid and real that he can no longer tell what is real and what is not. When a bitter drug rival begins to invade his territory, he is left with a life altering choice: either continue down the path of drugs, murder, and violence, or embrace the life altering lessons learned from his dreams.
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1. Where are you from?
Buffalo, New York
2. Whats are you working on now?
Just working hard at promoting my first novel and getting ready to start my second.
3. When did you begin writing?
In grade school after the influence of a phenomenal teacher.
4. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When Author Zane and her sister read my then unedited first work and said they loved it.
5. What inspired you to write “In Love’s Time” ?
The loss of the love of my life. My personal experiences and tales of friend’s experiences.
6. Do you have a specific writing style?
I guess everyone has a style, so I’ll say, “yes.” It direct, honest, and easy to follow.
7. How did you come up with the title “In Love’s Time” ?
It was actually a toss-up between two different titles. The choice was made by the person who inspired the story.
8. Is there a message in “In Love’s Time” that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, that love is amazing. That contrary to popular opinion, all men do have feelings and are not dogs.
9. How much of “In Love’s Time” is realistic?
If I understand this question correctly, I’d say all of it. These situations are very possible and I’m sure occur in the lives of others daily.
11. What books have most influenced your life most?
All works by the great Alexander Dumas.
12. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
For this particular genre, I’d have to say Xavier Holland and of course, Zane.
13. What book are you reading now?
The Black Count by Tom Reiss.
14. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Elissa Gabrielle, Alretha Thomas and definitely Sia Stewart.
15. What current project are you working on?
Working out the details for my second novel, “Episodes.”
16. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The RAWSISTAZ Literary Group.
17. Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, it will definite being something I give my total focus to.
18. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in “In Love’s Time”?
Not really, I feel the story revealed in it’s entirety.
19. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes, in grade school as a result of my first black teacher, Mrs. Shelton. She chose me to recite a tribute to Alexander Dumas during Black History month. Her knowledge of him and what she passed on to me, lite the fuse.
21. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, writing in a manner that allows for respect to the reader. That doesn’t give the reader a choice but to become part of the story, the characters and their lives. Allowing the reader to become one with the writer’s thoughts and feelings during the act of presentment.
22. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Alexander Dumas. His boldness and bravery for writing as he did. As a black man in those times, his words could’ve easily cost him his life.
23. Do you travel much promoting “In Love’s Time” ?
Not at the moment but more than willing to.
24. Who designed the cover for “In Love’s Time”?
The cover concept is mine. The actual design work was done by Dashawn Taylor’s company, Hot Book Covers.
25. What was the hardest part of writing “In Love’s Time” ?
Experiences old feelings who’s intensity was just as great as they were many years ago, and trying to put that intensity into words.
26. Did you learn anything from writing “In Love’s Time” and what was it?
It reconfirmed for me that anything is possible. Stay the course and keep God in your heart and there’s nothing you can’t achieve.
27. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes! If you have a story to tell, then tell it. Someone out there might really need to hear it.
28. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, “Thank you so very much.” For trusting me, and sharing your capacity to feel. One couldn’t ask for a greater gift than you’ve bestowed on me. I am eternally grateful and you’re all in my prayers always. God Bless!
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This month has been a very busy one here at DJGBC, our publishing company WBMG Publishing published they’re 2nd book of the year. But not to worry i still have some of the best books released this year on this months “Book of The Month” List. You may not be familiar with some of the authors we choose this month but the books are sure to quench your thirst for something good to read. As always thanks for supporting DJGBC and the Authors we feature.
Jeff “DJ Gatsby” Wilson
The Cool In You by Mike Warren
This book is about older gay brothas who still have it going on and wonder why most gay books are about younger gay men who are in their teens, 20’s 30’s. Are older gay brothas not considered attractive, sexy, smart and therefore, no longer wanted by society? This book is about when one’s taste grows up and living your life as an older gay man who still have it going on!
Dream Weaver by Nene Capri
When a man has no loyalty he falls into the grip of a code that says death is the only reward for treachery. Derrick is a man that prides himself on backbiting and robbery however he stuck his hands in the wrong man’s pocket. He hides in the shadows whispering the song of deceit until Dream weaves a web of murder that ultimately brings all of Derrick’s lies and deception to the doors of everyone he loves, forcing him to surrender is soul.
The Dream Weaver is a high pace drama that will chill you to the bone as lies, secrets and murder fills every crevice of your mind and never slows down until the vicious are victorious and death is delivered to the whole squad.
Golden by Charmaine Galloway
Twenty year old Golden Brown was a complete mess. On the outside she was cool, calm, and collected. On the inside she was hiding secrets so deep and so dark that thoughts of them made her sick to her stomach and often sent her spiraling into a psychosis that required medication to pull her out. She trusted no one, had faith in no one, got close to no one. But when Marquis Jones, the man of her dreams, came along, everything began to change.
No longer was she able to bury the past in the dredges of her mind. Now it was time to face the demons that had been plaguing her since she was a child. But could Golden do it? Could she conquer a past so sinister it almost killed her just as it had killed another. Or was she destined to let it defeat her and destroy life as she knew it?
A Boss Chic 3 by Shantay
In the last installment to the Boss Chic series comes the question that everyone is dying to know; did Jasmine die? Seems like the day Jared set eyes on Jasmine, both of their lives have been a living hell. Haters came in all directions trying their hardest to do what nobody could do; tear apart their love. With Jasmine fighting for her life Jared is fighting to keep his sanity. The beast in him awoke and he’s painting Los Angeles red. Will Jasmine survive? Will their love withstand it all? Find out in this gritty urban tale by best selling author Shantay.
Shug’ah by Imani Writes
Shug’ah has an ideal teenaged life and a boyfriend who loves her. However, her life changes at fifteen when she becomes the victim of rape. After a year of being violated, Shug’ah puts an end to the assault the only way she knows how…by murdering her rapist.
After serving time in a juvenile facility for murder, at twenty-one, Shug’ah finds herself outcast and alone. She joins an all-male crew, making them her new “family”. She’s got something to prove, becoming a paid killer for one of LAPD’s dirtiest cops. When the crew’s leader is gunned down, Shug’ah steps up to help lead the group. Everything is good until her past shows up, offering her a chance at a life she believed was out of her reach.
Shug’ah’s worlds begin to collide. Can she stop it? Can she really have the happiness she desires? Or is it too late?
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Author AD Burks is one of the most interesting Authors that i have ever had the pleasure of interviewing on The Who’s Who In African American Literature Blog Talk Radio Show. The life that A.D. Burks has led is a very interesting one and his book “Sex & Surrender” gives us a look at his struggles with “Sex Addition” and how God helped him change his life around.
A.D. Burks is a native Texan and true Renaissance man. After earning a degree in Chemistry from Grinnell College, he pursued a music career while teaching in the Atlanta, Nashville and Houston public school systems. A.D. has a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University. With Sex & Surrender, A.D. returns to his first love, and what he considers his calling— creativity and spiritual growth. In this book, he shares life lessons and experiences he has learned through his journey. A.D. has spoken locally and regionally on the connection between HIV and sex addiction.
Publication Date: April 3, 2013
SEX & SURRENDER follows the journey of A.D. Burks, a recovering sex addict. Raised predominantly in a single-parent religious-based home, A.D. was given every opportunity to succeed in life, and he did. He flourished in the education, entertainment and corporate arenas, and his life looked picture perfect from the outside. Yet deep down his personal life was tormenting him due to the conflict between his spiritual and sexual beliefs. Longing for the perfect/traditional family he never had with his female best-friend, he redirected his pain through countless forms of risky sexual behavior.
Sex & Surrender graphically recounts the addictive cycle which lasted nearly 12 years and almost ended his life—until he had a dream that helped him realize he had to find a way out. Therapy and spiritual counseling provided a temporary respite and helped him devise a four-step process to manage his addiction. Yet his true breakthrough didn’t come until the root of his pain was uncovered.