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.

 

 

 

 

Its Never A Good Time To Discuss “Black On Black Crime”

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I recently read an article and the topic was  “Black On Black Crime”.  Now I am not here to prove nor do i have an hidden agenda. This is not about statistics , Black Loves Matter or any other organization. it is to bring attention to the plight of our youth in the black community  when it comes to guns, drugs, gang, violence and murder.
black-on-black-violenceRecently a 23 year old girl was shot and killed at a House Party in South Florida & i’m sure there were killings in black communities all over the the country this weekend. (Our prayers go out to the family & friends of the young lady that was murdered in Florida). *These are our Black sons and daughters, both young and old committing these murders. The killings i’m talking about are not committed by the police nor any of the people who we stand up to fight against and denounce.
Black-on-Black-CrimeI know a lot of you are the parents of men and women who have shot & killed people in our black communities. Some of your children are incarcerated or just came home from Prison after serving time for committing these killings. My prayers also go to you for the pain and suffering you experience as the parents of a child who has killed someone. The point of this writing is to start a discussion on how we can all do better to help our young people deal with the problems they encounter in the streets in other ways than grabbing a gun and killing someone.
Everyone has a theory & some even justify what the killers do as part of the life that they choose to lead. some say the streets , drugs, gangs , jealousy or hate is the reason so many people are shooting up our communities. And for those who say the Whites, the Latino’s or the Asians etc .are also killing in their communities or commit more crime than we do. That is not the point of this piece,they need to reach out to their young man and women as well.
#RIPMySisters #RIPMyBrothers #StopTheShooting #StopTheKilling #NotJudging #JustSaying #NotMyBrother #NotMySister #NotMyParents #NotMyChildern

The Prison Yard – by George Cash #Kindle

“The Prison Yard” it’s the next book in the “Prison Life” Short Story Series by Author George Cash. It’s tells of the experiences of a young man in an Upstate New York Prison. The Prison Yard takes you from behind the bars and out to The Prison Yard. What will happen to the inmate will he live, will he die or will he survive another day in the most dangerous place for a prisoner to be while he is in jail ? The Prison Yard.

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Excerpt:
Well I’ve ignored this motherfucker way past bed time, and now it was beginning to bother me a lot because now this prick was grilling me. He was making a mean ass face when he looked at me, and I was saying to Muhammad that I was tired of it. He gave me a couple of options and yard etiquette, and they were as followed.
“You can step to him and get to the bottom of it by straight up asking him what’s up? But,” Muhammad said, “Remember, we’re on The Yard.” As in many of our conversations, he was teaching me prison yard politics. He said:
“1. Everybody’s watching everybody and everything else.
2. The CO’s are doing the very same thing, that’s why they’re on the walls with guns in the first, second, and third place.
3. If you use your art, you have to win or life will become hell for you in this prison, knowing me or not; once you’re labeled a fake that’s a wrap.
4. If and when you fuck him up with Kung Fu, you get tagged by the prison as being a lethal weapon, and that means if you’re ever around any uproar of any kind, the CO’s know to approach with extreme prejudice, and handle you with maximum force no matter what, or who did what!”

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DJGBC “Books Of The Month” April 2016

With the sounds and smells of Spring in the air DJ Gatsby Book Club gets you in the swing with 4 great Spring reads to choose from. Author and books include George Naim Cash “The Sounds Of Sing Sing Prison”, KD McGregor “Backs Against The Wall”,  Lady Qetesh “Lies,Sin & Desire” and National Bestselling Author Sonovia Alexander “Cartel Princess”. As always DJGBC, support your favorite and Authors and #Buy #Read #Review their books.

Sounds Of Sing Sing Prison: A Day In The Life Of A Prison Inmate (Kindle Edition)

pizap.com14529552829119From the moment I arrived the power and history of it’s past surrounded my thoughts. The shear fear of the expected and the unexpected had me in it’s grip. My entire body felt like a clinched fist, with the finger nails digging into my palm. It was my own clinched fist digging into my into my own palm, until the barking of an officer snapped me out of my daze saying, “Eyes Front”.

Backs Against The Wall

kdThere’s only one thing that certain in life: from the day we are born we will surely die.what make life interesting is everything that happens in our lives in between the beginning and the end.the Jordan family were no different from anyone else just a loving family trying to make ends meet in the Brooklyn projects. After the unexpected passing of there of their father, the Jordan brothers found themselves pulled into a life of crime struggling to keep there mother, their girlfriends,and most importantly of all each other from being swallowed up by the mean streets of Brooklyn. How far would you go to protect the ones you love?what lines would you cross? The question facing the Jordan’s is the same one each of us might have to face any day now : What would you do if your back was AGAINST THE WALL

Lies Sin & Desire (Kindle Edition)

lady qChicago native Tabitha Green has always been the “good girl.” College, good job even her dating life is bland. An epiphany sends her down a path she never thought possible, with not one but two sexy eligible bachelors at her beck and call, allowing her to indulge in pleasures and desire she’s only dreamed about. To make things more interesting, she uses her suitors to her benefit, choosing to have her cake, and eat it too. While keepig her secrets close, one of her paramours is keeping a secret of his own. Will those lies lead to Tabitha’s demise?

Cartel Princess (Kindle Edition)

pizap.com14529550634166Meet Adelana, a Puerto Rican Princess that has taken over her father’s business. She is every man’s dream. The itty bitty waist, the long bra line hair, tanned skinned, and a mean streak.  Adelana is the daughter of Julian Hernandez. Julian was known on the streets as God. Whatever God wanted, God got. He controlled the drugs that moved from the east coast to the west coast. God was feared by many, but loved by all.

God was gunned down at JFK airport in NY. There were no known witnesses nor was any one willing to come forth for fear of Adelana and her cartel. From the age of 16, Adelana took over her father’s business. She maintained the constant flow of money to keep her family a float and to maintain her father’s name. Adelana has set out to find the people who were responsible for her father’s death.

Will she live long enough to redeem her father’s name and maintain respect? Who can she trust? Who will she love? Meet Adelana in the trap and find out NOW!!

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Authors Spotlight: Mike Warren “The Cool In You 3”

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Mike Warren started his love for writing since attending college. He received his Masters Degree in Communications from Towson State University and has been writing ever since. He is the author of several LGBT novels. His first novel, “A Private Affair” was picked up by Life Changing Books publication Company and published in the summer of 2007. Because of the controversy and peaked sales, Mr. Warren was asked by his publisher to do a sequel, thus bringing forth his second novel, “Sweet Swagger” which was published in 2009. Two other novels then followed that, “Sir Yes Sir” published in 2011 and “Just Make Him Beautiful” published in 2013.

Mr. Warren then left his publishing company, Life Changing Books and branched out on his own and formed his own publishing company titled, Mike Warren Publishing. He then published his first self published book titled, “Timing Is Everything” published in May 2014. His next self published book, “The Cool In You” was published October 2, 2014. His next book, “Love All Of Me” which is the finale for the “A Private Affair” series was published November 29, 2014.

As a result of his hard work, great writing skills and stories, Mr. Warren was nominated and became one of the Kings Of Literature for 2015. He continues to write great stories and have several new books coming out this year.

12799125_10205961141128247_4277270743284961890_nMr. Warren is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and still resides in Baltimore which is called, Charm City. He is the father of 5 grown children and has been in a loving relationship with his partner for 5 years. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, reading and spending time with his family.