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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Book Review: Secrets and Lies by Rhonda McKnight


Secrets and Lies by Rhonda McKnight
Reviewed by Tavares S. Carney
Amazon Rating: 4

Communication is Key

In author, Rhonda McKnight’s, debut novel, Secrets and Lies, Ms. McKnight does a superb job bringing readers into the lives of the Dr. Jonah and Faith Morgan, a well-to-do married couple that endures tribulations stemming from Faith’s perceived selfishness and Jonah’s work ethic and ailing heart.

This story is very interesting to me because not only does the author offer a real-world storyline suggestive of marital issues, she offers plausible solutions. The primary characters in this story, Jonah and Faith, face marital challenges such as inattentiveness, time management and lack of communication. Readers will learn firsthand what brings each of these characters to make the decisions they make and act in the ways that each does. I also appreciate Ms. McKnight touching upon the subject of sexual harassment in the workplace and how things are not always as they seem.

Through various scenarios set against a medical field back drop, Jonah and Faith are brought together to face and meet many challenges. Will their love survive?

I recommend this book to anyone experiencing marital issues. Reading it may give readers a glimmer of hope in learning and knowing that with God, all things are possible. I also recommend this book to married men and women, and even single individuals thinking of marriage not experiencing difficulty in their relationships. This selection is a reinforcement of the reality of the trials and tribulations of some marriages, as well as what it takes to sustain in a marriage.

I would definitely read another selection from Ms. McKnight.

For more on the author, please visit her @
RHONDA McKNIGHT.

Reviewed by Tavares S. Carney

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blog Tour Feature: Author and Marriage Coach, Jewell R. Powell


Meet Jewell Powell, author of Marriage 101

In July of 1992, Jewell met her Prince Charming at a Roy Rogers restaurant. When the couple decided to marry four years later, both were aware of the latest marriage statistics and the legacy of divorce that lay between them. Her parents divorced when she was four, after moving the family to Maryland, leaving her to be raised by a single mother. To circumvent the odds, they went through pre-marital counseling, attended church regularly and felt a strong love for one another. They believed they were ready for marriage.

While desiring to have a happily ever after, Jewell found life after marriage anything but a fairy tale. In 2001, she and her husband, Lewis, had been married for five years but were growing apart, after experiencing problems with infertility, sleeping in separate bedrooms and Lewis’s increasing disinterest in going to church. As she searched for answers to her marital troubles, Jewell found herself on a journey, seeking answers to save her marriage.

Despite a shaky beginning, the Powells now have a relationship with a strong foundation. After successfully resolving their marital problems, they started the Happily Ever After Marriage Ministry to help others do the same. Her new book, Marriage 101: Building a Life Together by Faith (Revell Books February 2009, ISBN 978-0-8007-3332-2, $13.99), offers hope and guidance to help transform broken relationships through the use of biblical wisdom in a simple workbook format.
Jewell serves as co-owner of Antiok Holdings, an emerging full-service management consulting firm, which she owns with her husband. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Maryland and is pursuing a Master of Divinity. The Powells reside in southern Maryland with their two daughters.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Your marriage can be strong, healthy, happy, and blessed. Marriage coach Jewell Powell shows you how in this 8-week plan for marital success. She reveals how God’s truths can transform two individuals into the union he desires. Laying a spiritual foundation is crucial to your marriage. In Marriage 101: Building a Life Together by Faith, you will discover God’s purpose for marriage, how to develop godly character, how to communicate effectively, and much more. With biblical examples, study questions, and Scripture meditations perfect for individuals or couples, you will be challenged to examine areas in your life that may need change so that your marriage can thrive.

Read about Pursuing Your Mate, Effective Ways to Communicate, Pursuing The One You Love and more in Marriage 101.

For more information, please visit Marriage 101.

Book Review: Farther Than I Meant to Go Longer Than I Meant To Stay by Tiffany Warren


Review by Tavares S. Carney

Amazon Rating: 4

Warning Signs

Have you ever met an intelligent woman who carries herself with dignity and class, and who seemingly has it all but one piece of the puzzle - a man by her side? In Farther Than I Meant To Go, this woman is Charmayne Ellis, a successful banking executive who allows her impatience and insecurity with her appearance to alter her decision-making when it comes to Travis Moon. Travis is the polar opposite of Charmayne. However, the two still find themselves in a whirlwind romance.

This is the classic story of a woman settling and not listening to her inner spirit. Charmayne, being an active church member, deals with issues of spirituality and desperation in this novel. Supporting characters Travis, Lynette, First Lady Jenkins, Dr. King, Dayna and Charmayne's mother, offer readers a glimpse into and will cause them to evaluate how the people in Charmayne's life actions may have directly, or indirectly, influenced Charmayne's decisions. Pressure from friends to hurry and marry, to familial strains and being deceived, Charmayne grapples with relying on her faith for all the answers she needs.

This book did begin at a slower pace than my preference but midway through I became thoroughly engaged in Charmayne's story, yearning to know how she would rise again or even if she would. There are a lot of good lessons in this selection and I recommend this book to all women who feel like they have waited long enough. Patience is a virtue. You definitely do not want to go farther than you mean to or stay longer than you want to when it's something or someone not good for you.



For more on Tiffany Warren,
click here.

Book Review: Watch Your Back by Lisa Watson

Review by Tavares S. Carney

Amazon Rating: 4

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

This is a story of money, power, love, trust, family and friends. Author, Lisa Watson, weaves a tale of deception from the very outset of the novel. The Mitchell family is loaded and it seems that more than one person is out to harm the heir to the Mitchell fortune. Through several events, Devon, the only male heir to the Mitchell fortune, will learn just who he can trust. Will Devon allow pains of the past to stop him from having a future?

After a tragic event, Devon leaves town and leads a life not his norm. In a town where he thought he could escape the pain of this tragic event, Devon encounters more drama than a little bit in new love interest, Jayde Seaton. As Devon tries to rid himself of guilt he has carried for a while, he is on a mission to figure out strange happenings around him. An emotional wreck, will Devon find new and lasting love amidst all the turmoil surrounding him?

Supporting characters, Candace, Devon's parents, Sterling and Avalon Mitchell, Uncle Henry and Xavier, offer readers good subplots that add to the main storyline. This selection is a good offering from Ms. Watson. The book did start a little slow for me but after the storyline accelerated, I did become more engaged, wanting to know how things panned out. Overall, it was a good read.



Click here for more on author, Lisa Watson.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Book Review: Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
Review by Tavares S. Carney
Amazon rating: 5 stars
Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts, Jr. is a story about men, their relationships with each other, themselves and their sons, as well as how their past relationships affect their present relationships. This is a novel about James Moses Johnson II, a once famed crooner whose diminishing fame, along with a recent medical diagnosis that threatens his very livelihood, stabs at his ego. Now, James Moses Johnson II sets out on a journey to give much warranted attention to his own son, Trey, as well as his own father. Each of the men, in their own way, have faced or are facing life's challenges that have affected their relationships with each other. Pitts offers dramatic underlying subplots that add steam to the story and also helps readers understand the connection, or lack thereof, between each father and son pair. It is through the main character's recent diagnosis that the emphasis of the story turns to father and son relationships, and hopes of forgiveness and a better life for the future Johnson lineage emerge.

I liked how this story flowed and the awareness brought to the challenges people face as they age and the emotional turmoil a medical diagnosis can bring, not only to the individual but to their family and friends as well.

Monday, September 28, 2009

BEAUTIFUL CHRISTIAN SISTER by Maya Angelou

BEAUTIFUL CHRISTIAN SISTER
By Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say.... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'

I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say..... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

TODAY IS BEAUTIFUL CHRISTIAN SISTERS DAY - TAG; YOU'RE IT!
I'm supposed to send this to BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, and you are one!!! If you share this with other women, you will boost another woman's self esteem, And she will know that you care about her.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Feature Book and Author: Sins of the Father by Angela Benson



Successful media mogul Abraham Martin has great wealth, an elegant wife, Saralyn, and a rebellious son, Isaac. He also has a secret: a second family that no one knows about. Now, after thirty years—driven by the urging of his long dormant conscience—Abraham is determined to do the right thing by finally bringing his illegitimate children into the light…and into the family fold.
But beautiful, manipulative Saralyn will never accept the proof of her husband’s indiscretions. Isaac the heir, shaken by his father’s revelations, will fight mercilessly when his world is threatened, and may lose everything that matters as a result. And while Abraham’s forgotten daughter Deborah is open to the undreamed-of possibilities suddenly awaiting her, son Michael cannot forgive the man who cruelly abandoned them to near poverty. And he’s driven by only one desire: revenge!

Angela Benson’s Sins of the Father is a powerful story of a house
bitterly divided—a rich, multilayered family saga of betrayal and redemption, rage and compassion, faith, forgiveness, and ultimately, of love.

Meet Angela Benson

Award-winning author, Angela Benson, has published many works including The Amen Sisters and Up Pops the Devil, published by HarperCollins (Avon A) in August 2008.

Angela's twelfth novel, Sins of the Father (Avon A), hits bookstores in September 2009.


Angela has a diverse education and work history. She majored in mathematics at Spelman College and Industrial Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and worked for fifteen years as an engineer in the telecommunications industry. She holds Masters degrees in operations research and human resources development. Her most recent degree is a doctorate in instructional technology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Benson is now an associate professor of educational technology at The University of Alabama.


Follow the blog tour at http://bitly.com/SinsoftheFather.

Be sure to check back for my review!

For more on Angela Benson, please visit
AngelaBenson.com.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Venus and Serena Williams join Miami Dolphins as Limited Partners


Stephen M. Ross, Owner and Managing General Partner of the Miami Dolphins, today announced that Venus and Serena Williams, who have 18 Grand Slam singles titles combined and are residents of Palm Beach Gardens, are joining the organization as limited partners of the franchise.

The Williams sisters are the first female African-Americans to hold an ownership stake in a NFL franchise and one of the few African-Americans league-wide to hold this unique distinction.

“We are thrilled to have Venus and Serena join the Dolphins as limited partners,” said Ross. “They are among the most admired athletes in the world and have become global ambassadors for the game of tennis. Their addition to our ownership group further reflects our commitment to connect with aggressively and embrace the great diversity that makes South Florida a multicultural gem,” added Ross.

"I am honored to be a partner in the Miami Dolphins franchise. I admire Stephen Ross' vision for the team and I am thankful to him for allowing Serena and I to be part of Miami Dolphins history,” said Venus.

"I am so excited to be part of such a renowned organization. Having spent so much of my childhood in the area, being involved with a staple of Miami culture is a huge honor. We look forward to many championships and much success together with the Miami Dolphins,” said Serena.

The Williams sisters are among the top professional athletes in the world. Between them, they have 18 Grand Slam singles titles, nine Grand Slam doubles titles, 62 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles and three Olympic gold medals. They have been credited with raising the profile of their sport and with bringing the women’s tennis game to a whole new level of power, athleticism and popularity. In addition, they are accomplished businesswomen.

Serena, currently ranked second in the world, has 11 Grand Slam singles titles, including her third Wimbledon title this past July, 28 Tour titles and two Olympic gold medals. She is a four-time ESPY Award winner, and in 2002 was named “Female Athlete of the Year” by the AP and one of People Magazine’s “25 Most Intriguing People.” Serena has her own accessories and clothing line, ANERES, and skin care line, MISSION Skin, which she co-founded. Her book, “On The Line” comes out September 1st.

Venus, currently ranked third in the world, has seven Grand Slam titles and 34 Tour titles. She now joins Marina Navratilova and Steffi Graf as the only ladies in the open era to have won five or more Wimbledon Championships. Venus is also a three-time Olympic gold medalist. She is the founding and global ambassador for the UNESCO/Tour partnership for Gender Equality, which raises awareness for gender equality issues and creates leadership opportunities for women and girls through programs in Camaroon, Liberia, China, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and the United States. In 2007, Venus launched a line of clothes named Eleven. She also owns an interior design company, V Starr Interiors.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Feature Book and Author: Til Debt Do Us Part by Michelle Larks


Making It Work

Review by Tavares S. Carney

‘Til Debt Do Us Part by Michelle Larks is the story of Nichole Baldwin-Singleton, a seemingly once spoiled, little rich girl whose inheritance has not afforded her experiences of financial hardship, and her husband Jeff, whose childhood is a total contrast to that of Nichole’s. Jeff knows all too well about financial hardships and is determined to make sure he, nor his family, ever has to travel that road.

Suffering from a gambling addiction, Nichole and Jeff’s relationship is pushed to the limit when Nichole risks almost everything the couple has to feed her addiction. Jeff, on the other hand, also has a few secrets of his own. When all comes to light and through various tragedies and triumphs, Nichole and Jeff realize that keeping God first, communication and forgiveness are key ingredients to making their marriage last. Supporting characters Eveline Baldwin, Maya and Pastor Dudley add a delightful mix to the story. The girls in the book club were also entertaining.

The author’s story progression worked well for me. I was happy to see that love conquers all in this novel. Positive elements of familial ties and friendship were prevalent throughout. Nichole and Jeff learn how to balance and complement each other, ultimately “making it work.”

Review by Tavares S. Carney

For more on the author: Michelle Larks

Monday, May 25, 2009

Featured Business: Cutie Booty Cakes

After working for over a decade in non-profit management and government, and upon the birth of her son, Renee decided that working from home was the best choice for her. An opportunity presented itself and after being back at work full-time for 3 months, she left her position for a more flexible schedule. A graduate of Spelman College with a Master's Degree from The American University, Renee is very much prepared for the entrepreneurial lifestyle. "I have the full support of my husband who is also an entrepreneur and has been pressing me to venture into my own business forever," she says.

In addition to building her "Cutie Booty Cakes" business, Renee is currently a non-profit management consultant for a national literacy organization. "I am a busy woman but am happy with the flexibility of my schedule and the ability to enjoy quality time with my child."



Cutie Booty specializes in "diaper cakes", cakes that are not edible but are loaded with the essential ingredients all new mommies need - Diapers!!! Cutie Booty diaper cakes are designed to look like real cakes and are great gifts for new parents. They can be given as baby shower gifts, at the hospital, anytime - because every Cutie Booty needs covering!

The diaper cakes are designed with the discerning customer in mind. Each diaper cake is meticulously handcrafted and made to order. All of the diaper cakes are created with materials of the highest quality - Pampers Swaddlers, silk flowers and top of the line ribbons and decorations. All diaper cakes are wrapped in tulle with a matching bow.

CONTACT RENEE @ Cutiebootycakes@gmail.com

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Victorious Enterprises Launches Victorious Magazine!


The Pleasing Spoon is happy to wrap-up the blog tour for Victorious Magazine's premiere. We spoke with the founder and editor, Brooks J. Young, to discuss what her plans are now that she has "birthed her baby."

As mothers plan and hope for their new children, now that you've birthed Victorious, what do you plan to do to shape and mold her into what you hope she becomes?

As a new "mom" I have given my "baby" back to God. That was my first assignment...MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I've planned so many things for Victorious but I've also looked at how mothers have to adjust due to what may happen. In saying that, I'm going to take it one day at a time before I announce any news. I will say that, Victorious is a FREE print publication that will be in your mailbox September 2009.

What types of influences/views will she be exposed to, in this case exposing? For example, who are your staff members and contributing writers and what are their platforms?

Victorious' Staff and Contributing Writers are work-at-home moms, authors, pastors, attorneys, financial planners and entrepreneurs.

Are you planning or do you have any extensions of the magazine? For example, is it only the magazine or do you have a newsletter, blog, radio show, Twitter, Myspace, Facebook,etc.? Also, are you looking for writers, blogger, reviewer, etc.?

Victorious Voice Radio Show is our interactive outlet which allows us to hear the voice of our readers and in turn share the voice of our vision. On the radio show, we will feature various authors, ministry leaders, entrepreneurs, book club hosts, musicians, and other public figures as a means of spotlighting women who are living victoriously in order to inspire our listeners to overcome the obstacles they are facing and turn their adversities into avenues for success. Victorious Voice Radio Show's interviews are hosted by BlogTalkRadio.

Victorious Café is the hot spot for those looking to connect with and learn more about others in the writing industry. We will provide a feature spotlight in the Cafe each week for authors, musicians, ministry leaders, and various entrepreneurs. We will also post book reviews and blog tour schedules as well. Don’t miss the latest industry news - it’s all right here presented in a practical format in our personal and interactive Café!

Are you planning to expand topic areas (in addition to the topics already covered). What are the topics/sections of the magazine as well - what's covered in each?

At this time, I am only doing what God has given me. When He adds more then I will. I believe, I must perfect what He has given before I add more.

1. Destiny & Purpose

Victorious Magazine exists to provide opportunities and instill confidence that all women possess the ability to reach their personal goals for success. Our goal is to motivate women of all backgrounds to develop skills and gain information through our resources to help them be the best and most prosperous woman they can be ... These articles will help women learn about entrepreneurship and find out how to research ways to begin on your path to becoming an author. The featured moguls will help you get connected in your industry of interest by networking with others in similar careers and get you educated on the necessary steps to start your own business! We all have a destiny and God designed each of us with a Purpose - the knowledge you need to succeed in your dreams is only as far as the vision God set forth in Victorious Magazine! Our priority is YOU! Our purpose is to be a vessel for God to open doors for all women...


2. Inspiration & Empowerment

We all need an extra boost of encouragement now and then. Inspiration is the first step to EMPOWERMENT! What are the gifts that you were blessed with? What is your passion? The talents God placed within you are the tools He intended for you to use to touch the masses. Victorious Magazine is determined to help you find ways to use your God-given gifts for your personal advancement! Why? Because when God's people are elevated, the Kingdom thrives and it brings Glory to His name! Through these articles, we will touch on all the topics vital to every woman's spirit so that each one of us are able to reach our potential for growth and maturation.


3. Style & Grace

The modern woman who concerns herself with fashion is presented with many worldly options of apparel. Here, you will find modest, yet sleek, alternatives to the revealing, suggestive styles out there. Want to learn how to look like a diva while remaining pleasing to God and not appealing to lustful eyes? Our goal in Style & Grace is to present you with material that enables you to be confident, respectable, trendy and professional in the clothing choices you make!


4. Victorious Living

Have you ever had the desire to get things done around the house on your own, but weren't sure where to start? Women are victorious in ALL areas of life... We will put together articles that will get you going on your next home improvement, decorating, gardening, or Mrs. Fix It project on your own!! We will get your in touch with the resources and tips you need to make your next project successful and affordable!


5. Victorious Wellness

As a temple for the Holy Spirit, our bodies should be a very high priority for us. Our health affects everything in our lives. If we don't feel good, we don't function well and we don't operate in our calling effectively. Victorious Magazine provides its readers with the latest news on health from foods to fads, diet do's and don'ts, as well as tips for healthy lifestyle changes such as working a practical exercise routine into a busy schedule, simple eating habits that make a BIG difference, and vitamin supplements that pack the most punch as well as information on the ones that aren't worth the trouble. The most important key of obtaining and maintaining good health is knowing what is helpful and what is harmful. You'll find all of that and more, right here!


6. Stewardship

Are you a good steward over your finances? Are you falling scarce to the "recession"? Victorious provides tips and resources on how to live a life of luxury while investing for your future. We have the best Financial Planners and Penny Pinching Divas to show you how to live like Queen Esther and work like Martha.


7. Victorious Book Club

Victorious Magazine features a book every month for which purchase information is provided and the book is discussed in depth. We believe that we can never get too much literary familiarity and encourage our readers to support established and up-and-coming authors' original works. You will find a plethora of resources here for your leisure and welcome you to join us in an enriching conversation through which we will all be able to consider the perspectives of others and look at things in ways we wouldn't otherwise see them.


For more information about the magazine and Victorious Enterprises, please contact:

Brooks J. Young
Founder & Editor
Website: www.victoriousmagazine.com
Twitter: www.tweetme.victoriousvoice.com
Facebook: www.facebook.victoriousvoice.com
General Information: info@victoriousmagazine.com

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Where are you now . . .

. . . compared to where you thought you'd be?

I had a very interesting conversation with some online girlfriends of
mine last month. Where are you now compared to where you want to be?
Where are you now compared to where you wanted to be at an earlier age
(i.e., elementary, high school, college)?

As for me, when I was in elementary school I'd say, "When I grow up I want to be a news anchor or an airline pilot." Then, as I got older and throughout high school, developing a love for Math, I started saying,"I'm majoring in Accounting when I go to college." I got to college and realized I didn't like Accounting so much. That's when it hit me - Business. I want to be an entrepreneur. Thus, I changed my major to Business Management and earned an Honors BBA. Somewhere along the line, I fell into the legal industry and have become a 10-year vet of the legal administration industry, having specialized in corporate law, medical malpractice, estate planning and intellectual property law, and some areas of probate law. I'm hopeful that the business background, the legal foundations learned and now my quest to obtain a Masters degree, and experience will afford me the credentialing and opportunity to one day found, own and successfully operate a community activity and educational training center.

With all being said, I believe I am right where God wants me to be but definitely not where I thought I'd be ;-)

~Tavares

Where are you now - compared to where you thought you'd be?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Book Review: Secret Daughter by June Cross


This memoir is a very interesting look into what it was like growing up for June Cross, daughter of aspiring white actress, Norma Booth, and well known black comedian, James "Stump" Cross. Secret Daughter delves into what is was like for a young June growing up, sometimes in two completely different worlds, and trying to find herself and more about herself and her parents. This novel takes us through June's adolescence and college years, on into adulthood and the present. June learns some lessons on her own, but is often persuaded to make choices other children or people do not have to make. Although June started out sometimes having to deny herself and even her kinships, I was happy to see that she fully accepts who she is now. I was happy June got all the answers she searched for for a lifetime, and especially the fact that she was able to reconcile her emotions with her mother and her father.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nurses Week Ends Tomorrow!




National Nurses Week is ends tomorrow!

Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6-12th. Join TPS and the American Nurses Association (ANA) in saluting nurses across the U.S. this year. The ANA's theme is "Nurses: Building a Healthy America". This theme reflects the commitment nurses make every day for their patients, their communities and their country.

TPS thanks all the nurses who have ever cared for any of our family and friends.

Send an e-card to a special nurse: ANA e-card

Walt Disney Studios' First African-American Princess


Walt Disney Animation Studios revvs up for the musical, 'The Princess and the Frog,' an animated comedy set in New Orleans starring Anika Noni Rose in the title role.

The movie is a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana, and a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again. A fateful kiss leads them both on a comical adventure through the Louisiana bayous.

Tiana is Disney's first animated black princess.

'The Princess and the Frog' will open for exclusive engagements in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 25 and then nationwide on Dec. 11.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

AI Has Lost it's "Girl Power"


Tonight's results were quite surprising for me! AI has lost it's girl power this season. After the polls were in and the votes got counted, Ryan Seacrest revealed to America that the last girl standing, Allison Iraheta, is going home. Allison's akready in her hometown - Los Angeles, CA. All is not said in done for this 17 year old talented girl with the uniquely identifiable voice. She'll be touring with the AI Top 10 and we'll probably see a solo effort.

Of the three remaining contestants, I 'm rooting for Adam. Personally, I think Chris should have gone home tonight. Hopefully, the top 2 will be Adam and Danny. I'll be satisfied with the season if either of the two win.

Dave Bing - Detroit's New Mayor!


Dave Bing, a businessman and former NBA great, is now the mayor of the city of Detroit. Bing assumes the office after defeating former Mayor Ken Cockrel, who assumed the remainder of Kwame Kilpatrick's term after he resigned just this past September.

The Detroit News reported approximately 92,000 Detroiters showed up at the polls.
Bing, 65, received 48,951 votes to Cockrel's 44,703 -- a win of 52 percent to 48 percent with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

QUESTION: With another election coming up in August and then another shortly thereafter, where do you think the city is headed? Should Dave Bing move quickly with his transition team or should he allow Cockrel's appointees to remain? With only months before other elections, what can really be accomplished during a possible shuffle considering Bing's "possible" short tenure in office?

Florida A&M Looking for Black Female Students

Please share this information.
Florida A&M Looking for Black Female Students

Scholarship Information

Florida A & M University is providing an outstanding opportunity for
Black women entering college in the fall of 2009. It is designed to
address their absence in the field of computer technology. Dr. Jason
Black is the Principal Investigator of a recently awarded $552,000 NSF
Grant entitled African-American Women in Computer Science. The grant
provides scholarships from $4000 to $10,000 per year for female African
American students.

We need your help to get the word out about this great opportunity to
build back up the enrollment of women in the CIS Department. Pass this
information along to high school or community college student, their
parents, and to guidance counselors you may know.

The full text of the scholarship can be found at
http://www.cis.famu.edu/~aawcs/

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Upcoming Book/Author Conferences

Here are a few upcoming conferences:

APRIL


25-26
L A Times Festival of Books
UCLA/Los Angeles: http://www.blackwriters.org/


MAY
02-03
DFW Writer's Conference Grapevine Convention Center, Irving, TX
http://www.dfwwritersconference.org/register/index.html

16 - 17
National Black Book Festival
Houston, TX: http://www.nationalblackbookfestival.com/

28-31
Book Expo America
New York: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/

JUNE
18 - 19
Black Writer's Reunion & Conference
Las Vegas, NV: http://www.blackwriters.org/

JULY
9-19
Indiana Black Expo: http://www.indianablackexpo.com/index2.html

11-16
NAACP Author's Pavilion
New York: http://www.naacpauthorpavilion.com

16 - 19
Faith & Fiction Retreat
Orlando, FL: http://www.nationalbookclubconference.com/

31 - 02Aug
National Black Book Club Convention Atlanta, GA:
http://www.nationalbookclubconference.com/

AUGUST
06-08
Greater Philadelphia Writer's Conference
http://www.writehisanswer.com/Philadelphia/

23 - 29
Shades of Romance Online Conference
http://sormag.blogspot.com/2009/01/online-conference-2009.html

SEPTEMBER
10 - 13
California Book Club Summit San Ramone, CA:
http://www.thecaliforniabookclubsummit.com/authors.htm

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Book Review: Serving Justice by Jacqueline D. Moore


Serving Justice by Jacqueline D. Moore


Amazon Rating: 3

Pain and Pride

Meet smart, sassy and successful legal professionals and friends, Angela, Theresa, Darlene and Rhonda, in Jacqueline D. Moore’s latest release, Serving Justice. These friends meet in college and become more like family over the span of approximately 20 years. This offering gives us the opportunity to experience a whirlwind weekend that threatens to destroy the ladies’ bond. In Serving Justice, Judge Angela Jenkins has loved her chauffeur, Tony, for awhile. She’s never shared her feelings with her friends or anyone else. She fears the scrutiny of colleagues, friends and others.

Judge Jenkins decides to break the ice, asking Tony to escort her to a public function where her girlfriends would be in attendance. Angela’s high-powered girlfriends all but lose it after finding out Tony is not only their girl’s chauffer, he’s a cab driver. The ladies’ friendship and Angela’s relationship with Tony is seriously threatened after.

I appreciated the balance in personalities in this circle of friends, from Angie’s eventual willingness to risk it all and not live according to societal expectations, to Darlene’s commitment to her career and assertive disposition. The novel for me was really about Angela, Theresa, Darlene and Rhonda, examining themselves and the way they see others. I was also rooting for things to turn out well for Angela and Tony.

I enjoyed this novel. It really held my interest. The character development was on point for me. I enjoyed getting to know each of the ladies, and Tony. Jacqueline Moore’s style of writing allows readers to experience each character’s pain and pride.

Monday, April 6, 2009

OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

FREE!! MIT announces its MITES Program, (Minority Introduction to
Engineering and Science), a challenging 6 week summer program that
prepares promising rising seniors for careers in engineering and
science. If you are selected, all educational, housing, meals and
activity costs are covered. You must, however, pay for your own
transportation to and from MIT. To apply, go to http://mit.edu/mites

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Science & Engineering Apprenticeship
program (summer) - This program places academically talented H.S.
students (at least 16 yrs old, sophomores/ juniors) with interest in
science & math in Dept. of Defense laboratories for an 8-wk period over
the summer. This is an invaluable experience in the world of scientific
research, with hands-on exposure to scientific & engineering practices
not available in the HS environment. It is a paid apprenticeship
($2,000) and the students are assigned a scientist or engineer as their
mentor. To apply online or get more information about the program:
http://www.usaeop.com/ Students must submit their transcript (minimum
GPA 3.0) and teacher recommendation to the program director for
consideration and daily transportation is the student's responsibility.
Program runs from June 22 - August 14, 2009.


FREE!! PRINCETON UNIVERSITY announces its Summer Journalism Program for
low-income sophomores or juniors with at least a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0
scale) who have an interest in journalism. The cost is free including
travel costs to and from Princeton ! Apply now! Go to www.princeton.edu

FREE!! The National Center for Health Marketing's Global Health Odyssey
Museum is pleased to offer the 2009 CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC).
DDC is an academic day camp for students who will be high school juniors
and seniors during the 2009-2010 school year. Campers will take on the
roles of disease detectives and learn how CDC safeguards the nation's
health. The camp will be offered twice from June 22-26 and July 13-17.
For more info and to apply to go www.cdc.gov/ gcc/exhibit/ camp.htm

FREE!! The American Legion sponsors a week-long summer leadership
program called Boys State. This year's program will be held at McDaniel
College in Westminster , Maryland from June 21-27. If you are a junior
interested in a leadership opportunity see your guidance counselor right
away for more information.

The Leadership Center at MOREHOUSE COLLEGE presents the 2009 Coca-Cola
Pre-College Leadership Program. There are 2 programs, one for male
students completing their sophomore or junior year, and the other for
male students completing their senior year. Applicants must have a
minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). The curriculum focuses on personal and
interpersonal leadership skills. The program runs from June 20 to June
26. The cost is $400.00. To apply, go to http://www.morehouse.edu

Access is listed under "Events at the Leadership Center ."

NASA sponsors the National Space Club Scholars Program, a 6 week summer
internship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. It is open to students
who will be 16 years old and have completed the 10th grade by June 2009,
have demonstrated high academic success, and have an interest in space
science or engineering as a career. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK : Women in Engineering,(email:
E2@UMD), July 12-18 or July 19-25; rising juniors and seniors. Go to
http://www.wie.umd.edu/precollege or call 301-405-3283

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND Young Scholars Program targets rising juniors and
seniors who have a strong academic record and a desire to excel to
experience college life while earning three academic credits. 14 courses
are offered for three weeks from July 12 - 31, 2009. Visit http://www.ysp.umd.edu

CITY YEAR, WASHINGTON DC (Americorps) - Graduating seniors who are not
sure what they want to do after high school should consider applying for
a paid community service position with City Year, Washington, DC., a
group of 17-24 year olds committed to full-time service for ten months
in the Washington, DC community. Benefits include: living stipend ($200
per week), health care coverage, free metro pass, and $4,725 educational
scholarship. For more info: http://www.cityyear.org
or email: cmurphy@cityyear.org or call: 202-776-7780, Amanda Seligman. Recruitment open houses will be held once a month at their headquarters: 918 U Street, NW , 2nd floor, Washington , DC 20001.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Post Your Christian Book Trailers on BlackChristianBookVideos.com

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Monday, March 30, 2009

March 30th: Today is National Doctor's Day

History of National Doctors' Day

The first Doctor's Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia.
Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside
a day to honor physicians. The red carnation is commonly used as the
symbolic flower for National Doctor's Day.

On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted
by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was
introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor's Day.
Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the
House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush
signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating
March 30th as "National Doctor's Day."

Ideas to honor your physician or a physician in your life:

Hallmark suggests you send your doctors a card of appreciation - (it's
no surprise to hear this from Hallmark). Card companies have cards for
this event....no surprise here, either!

OR

We suggest you simply tell your doctor(s) that you appreciate all that
they do for you and your health. If you don't see your doctor today,
make a note to thank him(or her) at your next appointment.

Virtual Fiction Writers Conference, April 16-18, 2009

Taking It To The Next Level In 2009
Virtual Fiction Writers Conference
"Coming to a computer and telephone near you!"
Thursday, April 16, 2009 - Saturday, April 18, 2009
$50 Registration Fee Includes All Sessions!

Faith Based Fiction Writers of Atlanta, formerly Visions in Print
Writers Group are hosting their second annual Virtual Writers
Conference. The proceeds will be awarded as a college scholarship to a
Class of 2009 high school student. They are offering seven workshops and
teleconferences sessions with top selling authors and industry experts
that will help you improve your writing and/or market your current work.
For details visit Urban Christian Fiction Today

Register Here

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Book Review: That Devil's No Friend of Mine by J.D. Mason





What Lies Beneath


Author, J.D. Mason, brings readers into the lives of characters Kristine Fontaine, Lamar and Rhonda, Cole and Nora, Rayne, T. Diggs, and Cash. That Devil’s No Friend of Mine is a story of a trail of secrets, lies and family ties left behind by a strong-willed man, Bishop Fontaine, with convictions that influenced his family and those he cared for to still be concerned with what he’d think of them and their actions, even after his death.

Upon Bishop’s passing, the author weaves a tale with characters whose lives are, unknowingly, intertwined by Bishop Fontaine. Kristine, Bishop’s only child, is the heiress to a million-dollar business owned by her father and family-friend, Lamar. Kristine’s vulnerability and innocence is tucked away when she finds new life in being able to make her own decisions, as well as come to terms with secrets of the past. Finding new love in Tauris Diggs helps Kristine to process her emotions, deal with her past and face the future. Supporting characters, Cole and Nora, Cash and Rayne add a twist to the story by offering subplots of volatile marriage and drug addiction.

The novel is a relatively fast-read. I did want to know what would happen next. I did close the novel, however, with a sense of not knowing if I was happy with the ending, only because I’d like to know how things turn out for Kristine and T. Diggs. Then again, that’s what sequels are for.

I liked this story. It read well for me and I would definitely consider other titles by this author.

World Deliverance Temple's Pastors Anniversary Celebration


Fantasia Barrino - Live in Detroit on Easter Sunday!


Friday, March 27, 2009

Beware - Computer Virus threat for April 1, 2009

A new virus known as Win32/Conflicker C (or sometimes as Kido or
Downadup) has been discovered and is expected to activate on April 1st,
which is Wednesday. We want to remind you not to open attachments in
emails from people you don't recognize, to make sure your firewall is
configured correctly, to check that all Microsoft critical updates have
been installed and to update your antivirus program to the most current
definition file.

According to an article on CNN.com,

"The malicious program already is thought to have infected between 5
million and 10 million computers. Those infections haven't spawned many
symptoms, but on April 1 a master computer is scheduled to gain control
of these zombie machines, said Don DeBolt, director of threat research
for CA, a New York-based IT and software company.

What happens on April Fool's Day is anyone's guess."

For further information see the following websites:

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2009-03-24-conficker
-computer-worm_N.htm

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/docume
nt?c=us&docid=355792&l=en&s=gen

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-067.mspx

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/03/24/conficker.computer.worm/index.html

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/the-conficker-worm-april-fools-
joke-or-unthinkable-disaster/?ref=technology

44 Presidents

My bookclub buddy Jennifer sent this link - How many can you name?

VERY INTERESTING HOW THIS IS DONE.... A SEAMLESS TRANSITION FROM ONE PIC
TO ANOTHER...... Forty four presidents!!! (there is music too if you
would like to listen)
http://www.flixxy.com/presidents-morphing.htm

How'd you like it? Please leave your comments.

Braille appears to be dying, report finds

Blind literacy rate declines to below 10%

By Ben Nuckols, Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Fewer than 10% of the 1.3 million legally blind people in
the United States read Braille, and just 10% of blind children are
learning it, according to a report to be released today by the National
Federation of the Blind.

By comparison, at the height of its use in the 1950s, more than half the
nation's blind children were learning Braille. Today, Braille is
considered by many to be too difficult, too outdated and a last resort.
Instead, teachers ask students to rely on audio texts, voice-recognition
software and other technology. And teachers who know Braille often must
shuttle between schools, resulting in haphazard instruction, the report
says.

"You can find good teachers of the blind in America, but you can't find
good programs," said Marc Maurer, the group's president. "There is not a
commitment to this population that is at all significant almost
anywhere."

Using technology as a substitute for Braille leaves blind people
illiterate, the federation said, citing studies that show blind people
who know Braille are more likely to earn advanced degrees, find good
jobs and live independently.
Technology no substitute

One study found that 44% of participants who grew up reading Braille
were unemployed, compared with 77% for those who relied on print.
Overall, blind adults face 70% unemployment.

The most recent report pulled together existing research on Braille
literacy, a method that its authors acknowledge was less than
comprehensive. The 10% figure comes from federal statistics gathered by
the American Printing House for the Blind, a company that develops
products for those who are visually impaired.

The federation also did some original research, including a survey of
500 people that found the ability to read Braille correlated with higher
levels of education, a higher likelihood of employment and higher
income.

The report coincides with the 200th birthday of Louis Braille, the
Frenchman who invented the Braille code as a teenager. Resistance to his
system was immediate; at one point, the director of Braille's school
burned the books he and his classmates had transcribed. The school did
not want its blind students becoming too independent; it made money by
selling crafts they produced.

The system caught on, but began declining in the 1960s along with the
widespread integration of blind children into public schools. It has
continued with the advent of technology that some say makes Braille
obsolete.

"Back in about 1970 or so, I was heading to college, and somebody said
to me, 'Now that you've got the tape recorder, everything will be all
right.' In the early 1980s, somebody else said, 'Now that you've got a
talking computer, everything will be all right,' " said Marc Maurer,
president of the federation.

"They were both wrong. And the current technology isn't going to make
everything all right unless I know how to put my hands on a page that
has words on it and read them."

April 10th is National Siblings Day

Today is National Siblings Day. The bonds forged between brothers and sisters is typically one of the most enduring relationships throughout life.

Today, nurture and celebrate your siblings.

To learn more about National Sibling Day (officially celebrated in 40 states), please visit http://www.siblingsday.org .

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Groundbreaking New Book - NAACP: Celebrating A Century, 100 Years in Pictures


March 20, 2009 - The NAACP and The Crisis Publishing Company have joined
with Gibbs Smith to bring you a visually stunning and groundbreaking new
book that captures the 100 years of the NAACP and The Crisis, NAACP:
Celebrating a Century, 100 Years in Pictures ($40.00; 1-4236-0527-6; HC;
600 Color and B&W Photos; 472 Pages; February 2009). The NAACP is built
on the collective courage of thousands of people of all races,
nationalities and faiths united in one premise: that all men and women
are created equal. From the ballot box to the boardroom, the NAACP has
led the fight for civil rights and social justice.

NAACP: Celebrating a Century, 100 Years in Pictures covers the founding
of the organization by Ida Wells-Barnett, W. E. B. Du Bois, Henry
Moscowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villiard, and William
English Walling, and follows it through to its widespread influence
today. Featuring over 600 photos from the NAACP and Library of Congress
archives, some of them published for the first time, NAACP: Celebrating
a Century, 100 Years in Pictures is a must-have!

Copies of this groundbreaking book are available for sale directly
through the NAACP website at http://www.naacp.org/ as
well as all major book retailers, independent bookstores and online
retailers. Buy your copy today!


Laura Ayrey
Director of Marketing
Gibbs Smith, Publisher
801.927.2156

Food for Thought: Meet Me Where I Am

"To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things
to all men so that by all possible means I might save some." 1
Corinthians 9:22

OK, so Paul never sinned in order to save a sinner BUT he understood
where a person was in their spiritual journey and met them on their road
as he began to minister.

I'm so happy and thankful that my God does not chastise me when my faith
falls short of His expectations. I'm so thankful for his everlasting
love, grace and mercy for accepting me as I am and meeting me where I
am. I know if I spend more time loving and worshipping Him, my faith
will increase.

For those of us that are not as mature in Christ as others, but know who
we are and whose we are, how do you feel when others stand in judgment
of you for not being who "they" want you to be in Christ or what they
"think" you should be doing on your spiritual journey?

Naked and Not Ashamed 1st Annual Women's Conference


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Documentary: Up and Coming Filmmaker on Injustice for Women in the Penal System

IN JUSTICE

Contact: Oriana J. Bolden,Director (510)637-8262 info@reelchange.org
Contact: Brittany Ballard,Producer/Field Producer(310)488-062 brittany@littleplowfilms.com

What is really at stake in a system where corrections officers work overtime to take care of their children and inmates are separated from their children for up to 14 years for non-violent crimes they were set up to commit? Tearing women away from their families and leaving behind a legacy of shattered dreams - is this what federal mandatory minimum drug laws were designed for?

THE DOCUMENTARY

The system is not working; in fact, many legal experts have called mandatory minimums a“perversion of justice.” Yet judges, frustrated in their ever-expanding obsolescence cannot do much;prisoners sentenced to 15 or more years can spend nearly a lifetime seeking elusive justice whilethe hands of attorneys on both sides are tied. Mandatory minimum sentencing poses dangers to not only individuals but also society. Underrepresented communities feel the major brunt of ineffectual sentencing laws in multiple ways, i.e., families are torn apart; people of color often receive longer jail terms thereby decimating many urban communities; and police policies of using snitches/informants with quotas disproportionately land poor people of color in jail for crimes they did not commit, for sentences far longer than those that would be dealt by judges allowed to use their discretion in sentencing.

CURRENT CASE PROFILE: Guadalupe Zuniga - North Carolina (# 0653282) is serving 18 years and three months for living in a home with her eight year old daughter and boyfriend who she did not know was trafficking cocaine. The boyfriend served a much lighter sentence even though the drugs were his and despite the fact that he testified at her trial that she did not know what he was doing and had no knowledge there was a stash of illegal drugs in their shared apartment. By interweaving the stories of five women- one prison guard, one prisoner, one judge, one prosecuting attorney and one defense attorney- In Justice will tell the real life stories of the mandatory minimums’ impact on family, justice and hope.

HELP US TELL THIS STORY. Donate. Advise. Help us locate the real women who can tell this story from each seat in the courtroom–the judges, the attorneys, the prisoners, the guards, the children and the many families affected by mandatory minimum sentencing.

SPONSORED BY the San Francisco Film Society

Food For Thought

Here's something to ponder . . .

I read this on Steve Troxel's God's Daily Word . . .

Do we really know God's voice? How often do we set aside time to
listen? If we only occasionally listen to His voice, how will we even
recognize when He calls? We live in a world so filled with
distractions, that we must not wait until the crisis of a storm. If we
haven't learned to filter out the competing noises of the world, God's
call will be lost in the crashing waves.
________________________________________________

I don't know about you but it's high time I start making quiet time to
meditate upon God's word so His voice becomes clearer and clearer to me
each day. I pray for my spiritual filter to become very fine tuned, so
much so that when there's noise all around me, my filter will only allow
a single voice to come in.

So no matter where I am, whatever the distraction may be, I pray that
God will use me and allow my light to shine, touching others and
encouraging them to begin a relationship with Him or re-establish a
relationship with Him just as I have.

Follow-up Bible reading: Matthew 14; John 10:27

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

45 Lessons Life Taught Me

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland ,
Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled
over
To 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

**********************************************************

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about..
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is Special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone for everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back..
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson Brings "Game of Life" to Dayton, Ohio to Inspire Kids to Make the Right Moves

Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson, founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Be Someone will be in Dayton, Ohio on Friday, March 27, 2009 to show at-risk youth how to make better decisions in school and in life.


He will speak to the students and faculty of Thurgood Marshall High School, 447 Hoover Avenue, at 10:00 AM. At 12:30 PM, Hudson speaks at the Black Man's Think Tank in the Ponitz Center (Building 12) at Sinclair Community College. This event is free and open to the public.


Hudson, a former Alabama State Trooper and author of "One Move at a Time" says, "Nationwide crime is on the rise. I want to make sure that every child chooses to think it out, rather than shoot it out. Now more than ever before, it is important to teach the youth of America that success is not measured by cars, clothes or dollars." Hudson's mission is to visit all fifty states teaching one million students how to win the game of life through self-esteem, responsibility and analytical thinking skills. "Through chess, I teach children to push pawns instead of drugs and help them make the right moves to improve their future. My message is simple: heads up, pants up, grades up and never give up." Hudson hopes to inspire support for his cause. "When good people fail to act, evil prevails. Investing in our youth is one of the best ways to ensure a better tomorrow."


Inspired by Dr. Estes Taplin, superintendent of the City of Baker School System in Louisiana, Hudson embarked on a nationwide tour. The campaign launched with the City of Baker School System, in which the best-performing and worst-performing schools stand only a mile apart. Hudson's second stop is Dayton, Ohio.



About Be Someone



Established in 2001, Be Someone has touched the lives of over 20,000 students across the country. The results: higher motivation, improved attendance and better grades. In addition to the youth-focused initiative, Be Someone offers on-site programs for corporations and community organizations.


For additional information, or to schedule Orrin to speak at your school, company or church, contact Valerie L. Coleman at 937.307.0760.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

African Americans On The Move National Meeting - 2009


Having trouble with relationships? Here's some motivation.

EXCERPT: God's Daily Word, March 19, 2009 - Steve Troxel

"For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more" (Hebrews 8:12).

Though we may carry a healthy level of new caution as a relationship continues, we must never place conditions on maintaining our forgiveness.

There WILL be times when we are burdened with hurt. But let's not seek revenge or try to withdraw and hide our pain. Let's follow the commands of God's Word and be set free! Let's grow closer to our Heavenly Father and see through His eyes.

Let's share His love and forgive as He forgave.

Cool Site for Teen Books!




Monday, March 16, 2009

Writtenvoices.com Book Review: The List by Sherri Lewis




The List by Sherri Lewis
Reviewed by Tavares S. Carney

The List by Sherri Lewis is the tale of best girlfriends, Michelle, Angela, Lisa, Vanessa and Nicole, on a search for “The One”. All but one of the group has experienced what she believes to be intimate love and the loss that occurs as a result of the relationship ending.


This novel has a storyline that is sure to appeal to women waiting for their perfect mate. With true-to-life characters, and a rawness that is sure to speak volumes to some readers, the author does a good job with her character development and plot, inviting us into the world of these girlfriends, their struggles, as well as their triumphs, as they search for “The One.” Read more

Stay Empowered Through Ministry


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rod of God





Christian Book Expo's African American Pavilion Highlights Authors and Products that Meet the Needs of a Multi-Cultural Community








ATLANTA, (March 9, 2009) - Get your tickets now and browse the Christian Book Expo's African American Pavilion at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, March 19-22, 2009.Come and meet over 200 authors and 60 publishers during the event. Take part in 150 seminars and nightly worship while picking up your copy of any of the thousands of Christian books that will be on display. Nightly inspirational events will feature Heather Headley and Nicole C. Mullen.The African American Pavilion (booth 734) features books, autograph sessions, book readings, comics, black gifts, give-away-items, special discounts and more. It highlights the many diverse products available from a wide range of publishers and manufacturers that meet the needs of a multicultural community. Book signing sessions include authors:

Thelma Wells, author of Don't Give In - God Wants You to Win

Sheron Patterson, author of Put on Your Crown: The Black Woman's Guide to Living Single (…and Christian)

Susan Williams Smith, author of Crazy Faith: Ordinary People Extraordinary Lives

Michelle McKinney Hammond, author of The Last Ten Percent and Playing God

Freddy Haynes, author of Soul Fitness and Healing Our Broken Village
Christian Book Expo will offer over 150 seminars, covering such topics as: How to Get Published, Marriage and Relationships, Wealth and Finances, Women's Issues, Men's Issues, Theology, and Spiritual Growth.

“Let's come together and share our joys, triumphs, and testimonies at the African American Pavilion. God has certainly been good, and we shall celebrate under one roof. I will see you there!” —Sheron Patterson

Get your tickets now! Combine codes church5off and cbe5off and pay $19 a day or $49 for all three show dates, a $10 savings per day. To register, go to http://www.evangelcontact.com/12all/lt/t_go.php?i=2034&e=NTgyMjY=&l=-http--www.christianbookexpo.com/.For more information, contact Linda Peavy of LiPav Consulting at (216) 531-5402 or by e-mail at http://us.mc456.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=lmpeavy@juno.com.The African American Pavilion is sponsored by Urban Ministries, Inc.

Written Voices Book Review: Talk to Me by Pat Simmons


Talk to Me by Pat Simmons

Reviewed by Tavares S. Carney


In the novel Talk to Me by Pat Simmons, the author introduces readers to Noel Richardson, an independent, wealthy and spiritual businessman with strong family values. His only perceived setback, and to varying degrees, according to supporting characters Mackenzie and Valerie, is Noel’s inability to hear. The author intertwines themes of faith and equal opportunity as the main character deals with challenges of acceptance, societal inclusion and developing even keel relationships. Read More

FOCUS ON YOUR SOUL


If you truly want to break through your addiction to mediocrity, your recovery must be spiritual. It doesn't necessarily involve going to church. That is good, but without a personal relationship with God, churchgoing is empty. Focus on what your soul hungers and thirsts for: to relate to God. God bless you as you pass on this message. - Bishop T.D. Jakes