DJGBC “Book Of The Month” July 2016 “One Last Deadly Play” by Flo Anthony “

paperbackstack_550x498 (64)Almost two years had passed since the discovery of retired baseball player Royale Jones’ real identity: Rolondo Jemison. Valerie Rollins, famous Gossip Columnist, never revealed her intimate past with the true Wildcat player. While she and her crime-solving partner Rome Nyland were behind the uncovering of this imposter, one infamous question lingered on: what happened to the real Royale? As if the heavens themselves intervened, a peculiar stranger who has been living in isolation, tucked away in the Bahamas, suddenly awakens from his amnesia.

Five years of memorylessness evaporates upon seeing a photo of Rolondo and Valerie’s name in a newspaper article. Valerie returns to the Big Apple, with intentions of aiding her fiance, Victor Dumas. Upon discovering the murder of her staff, her home invaded and Rome’s fiancee missing, the worst has yet to come. Her fiance’s son, Vance, discovers his wife has left him, only to secretly join forces against the Dumas family with Rolondo and Victor’s worst enemy: Sincere. In a plot to kidnap Vance’s daughter in ransom for billions and kill Victor and Valerie, the dastardly trio is also after a trunk stored in an obscure, Underground Railroad location.

Follow these eclectic lives as they navigate the streets of NYC and the glittering Hamptons, all the while making new love connections and rekindling old, dodging bullets and death, but more importantly, Valerie and Rome are once again trying to keep the bad guys from making One Last Deadly Play.

Here it is the beauty that scares you -so you believe- to death

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Here is part of the problem right up front: we have to endure a MacDonald’s commercial before Jesse Williams’ speech. Surely there is a better way to honor our people than by encouraging belief that such a corporation cares about what they eat, unless it makes money for the corporation. In any case, it interrupted a poem I wanted to write about fear of blackness in white culture.

Here it is
the beauty that scares you
-so you believe-
to death.
For he is certainly gorgeous
and he is certainly where whiteness
to your disbelief
has not wandered off
to die.
No. It is there, tawny skin, gray eyes,
a Malcolm-esque jaw. His loyal parents
may Goddess bless them
sitting proud and happy and no doubt
amazed
at what they have done.
For he is black too. And obviously
with a soul
made of everything.
Try to think bigger than you ever have
or had courage enough to do:
that blackness is not where whiteness
wanders off to die: but that it is
like the dark matter
between stars and galaxies in
the Universe
that ultimately
holds it all
together.

-AW
Three deep bows to a beautiful son.

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See the broadway adaptation of ‘The Color Purple’


based on the book written by Alica Walker (http://colorpurple.com/the-show/)

DJGBC “Book Of The Month” July 2016 “Sinful Lust” #KindleEdition by Imani Hilton

DJ Gatsby Book Club is always known for bringing you the heat and we set the summer off with a sizzling selection of summer reads for all of our members. We know you will be traveling , hitting the roads and hitting the beaches this summer and we want to feed your need to read. As always our mission is to elevate your ‪#‎mind‬, ‪#‎body‬, ‪#‎soul‬ and ‪#‎spirit‬ with the books you want and love. So remember to ‪#‎BUY‬ ‪#‎READ‬ ‪#‎REVIEW‬ all of our July 2016 Book Of The Month selections.

Sinful Lust (Kindle Edition)

Synopsis :

Same devil, new levels. Simone learns it’s never a stranger that betrays you, it’s always the ones you love that will hurt you the most and nothing is ever what it seems. Boundaries are crossed allowing lust to take over setting a chain of treacherous events into play causing their sins to stain their hearts as one of their pasts comes back to haunt them. Desire has no picks nor chooses as it tangles the heart into a knot of passionate lies. How do you make the right decision when it feels so damn good doing the things you know you’re forbidden to do? As everything builds against her, will Simone make the right resolutions that will protect her soul? Or will it be too late? Let Imani Hilton show you what happens when a woman’s soul gets consumed by Lustful Sin

Get your copy today, 1-click Amazon and enjoy the heat. http://amzn.com/B01DPQ4C6S

DJGBC “Book Of The Month” July 2016 “My Life, My Mind, My Ink” By Michael Downey

DJ Gatsby Book Club is always known for bringing you the heat and we set the summer off with a sizzling selection of summer reads for all of our members. We know you will be traveling , hitting the roads and hitting the beaches this summer and we want to feed your need to read. As always our mission is to elevate your #mind, #body, #soul and #spirit with the books you want and love. So remember to #BUY #READ #REVIEW all of our July 2016 Book Of The Month selections.

Jeff “Gatsby” Wilson

Founder: DJ Gatsby Book Club #DJGBC

My Life, My Mind, My Ink

Paperback, 116 Pages

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My Life, My Mind, My Ink: I Had to Know I was Nothing to Become Something….offers a glimpse into the life’s journey, philosophies, and poetical works of author and poet Michael Downey also known as MR MD. Get ready to be taken on a sexy and sensuous ride through the mind of MR MD as he tells of his life changing events; shares words of wisdom to challenge your daily walk; and storms your senses with thought provoking poetry.

A 5 Star Book  Review by Ardra Huntley
“Amazing to read a man’s point of view about love..lust..life..well done MR MD.A must read of sensual poems.”

To purchase this book now click on this link @ http://www.lulu.com/shop/michael-downey/my-life-my-mind-my-ink/paperback/product-22314737.html

American Black Film Festival Kicks Off TODAY in Miami

Embrace the nation’s largest gathering of black film and TV enthusiasts

American Black Film Festival

 

Today, June 15, kicks off five days of films, masters classes, networking, and possibility at the 20th anniversary of the American Black Film Festival.

Hosted on South Beach Miami, Florida, this festival annually proves to be the premier event for content creators of color to come together in hopes of sharing, inspiring, and making a difference in the film and television industry. This year will continue to exceed all expectations.
Attendees arriving to the festival today can head over to the Loews Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave., to enjoy thePower Lounge, hosted by Cadillac, where there will be a celebrity meet-and-greet with actor David Ramsey at 4 p.m.

Following the meet-and-greet, feel free to relax on Miami’s notable white sand beach before enjoying an 8 p.m. advanced screening of Warner Bros. PicturesCentral Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, and Danielle Nicolet.

The screening will be followed by an opening night party, from 11:00 p.m.–3:00 a.m., at one of Miami’s hottest nightclubs, STORY, to celebrate 20 years of ABFF with DJ D-Nice. The who’s who of black Hollywood will be in Miami for this one!

Try not to party too hard as the festival continues tomorrow with a full day of events including an Actors Boot Camp with instructor Bill Duke where you can sharpen your acting skills in this intensive two-day class on the business and craft of acting through scene study and lively discussion, and a full day (11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.) of narrative feature and documentary films at the Regal Cinemas (Screens 17 & 18), 1120 Lincoln Rd.

At noon tomorrow, attendees will enjoy A Conversation with Common where the Oscar-winning recording artist, multi-Grammy Award winner and actor will host a dynamic discussion with moderator Roland S. Martin.

The conversation will be followed by a Spotlight Screening: ABFF Independent, courtesy of ASPiRE where Grammy Award-winning music producer, recording artist and actor, David Banner, will host the season premiere of ASPiRE’s popular original series that presents the best of independent shorts and docs from emerging African American artists.

This is followed by the Spotlight Screening: Angie Tribeca where you may preview a brand new episode ofAngie Tribeca alongside one of the show’s star, Deon Cole, who will participate in a discussion following the screening.

Tomorrow concludes with the highly anticipated HBO Short Film Competition where five emerging filmmakers showcase their unique stories while vying for the prestigious HBO Short Film Award in its 19th year.

This is only Day 1 and there is already so much to take advantage of. It’s time to dive in.

To purchase passes and tickets for events, panels, screenings, or to view the full schedule for the American Black Film Festival, log on to www.ABFF.com.

Follow #ABFF20, #ABFFBackToTheBeach; @ABFF to remain in the loop.

The 2016 AAMBC Literary Awards in Atlanta,GA

Monday June 13, 2016  by Jeff Wilson for WB Media Group & Copa Style Magazine (www.CopaStyle.com)

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AAMBC Literary Awards Founder Tamika Newhouse

Once again The Official “Boss Lady”  of the Literary Industry Tamika Newhouse shows us how to celebrate our Literary Legends and newcomers with Style & Grace at her 8th Annual AAMBC Literary Awards Event . The Awards Gala had extensive Media Coverage and “Real Star Power” featuring A-List Celebrities, Writers, Literary Fans and Professionals from across the nation.

 

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Cast from the Movie “Secrets”

Atlanta, GA was a perfect backdrop for a 3 day event (June 10th – 12th) that started off with a  Friday Night Mixer and Mass Book Signing featuring over 30 authors and access for *FREE to the screening of the movie “Secrets” .

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Author Panel for Voices Behind Black Fiction Discussion

On Saturday the events started off at 12 o’clock with *Lit Ish: Voices Behind Black Fiction which featured an all male panel.

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NYT Bestselling Author Mary Monroe & Event Host Reality TV Show Star Cynthia Bailey

Then at 5:30pm there was the much anticipated Red Carpet Reception which was followed by The AAMBC Award Show.

 

 

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NYT Bestselling Author Reshonda Tate Billingsley

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NYT Bestselling Author Victoria Christopher Murray

To cap off the weekend attendees were treated to The Books and Cocktails event with New York Times Bestselling Authors Reshonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray.

 

*Congrats to all of the people who were honored as well as those who won awards.