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Intimate Conversation with Jihad

Intimate Conversation with Bestselling Author Jihad

EDC: Jihad it is a pleasure having you with us. Tell us about your latest book.
Jihad:Preacherman Blues is my 5th novel. And as I’ve done with all my books, I put several positive messages in my stories. If Kanye West, Jada Kiss, Nas, Common, Krs-1, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and other conscious hip-hop artists wrote books, I imagine they would be similar to what I write. My stories are Urban but very conscious. I write to help pull people out of a negative mindset.

EDC:Who are your two main characters and what do you like most about them?
Jihad: Percival Cleotis Turner and TJ Money. I like that they are pastors in church’s all around this country and to the links that they both will go to for what they want and believe.

Best friends...Mega preachers…One good….One evil….
As kids, Terrell "TJ" Money and Percival "PC" Turner had one goal – become big-time preachers. But once they accomplished that goal, heading up One World Fa…

Meet Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard

Intimate Conversation with Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard

Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard, who enjoys a dual career as a university professor and gospel radio host, recently added the title “author” to her list of accomplishments.

Her book, When the Church Becomes Your Party: Contemporary Gospel Music, published in April of 2008 by Wayne State University Press, focuses on such topics as praise and worship music, the changing dress code in the Black Church, and Christian rap. Other work by her has been published in both academic and popular outlets, including Womanist Theory and Research, College Language Association Journal, College English Association Journal, The Arkansas Review, Gospel Today, and The Detroit Free Press.

Intimate Conversation with Ella Curry, EDC Creations and Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard discussing her journey in publishing and music world.

EDC: Finish this sentence: I am Powerful...
DSP: I am Powerful because of my own prayer life and because of the love, support and prayers of my …

Intimate Conversation with NIA Literary Group

Hello Black Authors Network Family! I hope you are enjoying our slideshow above. One of the photos in the slideshow is where we were reading a book by Kimberla Laswon Roby and we all wore our First Lady Hats. The other photos are from our book discussion at Miss Annabelles Tea Parlor and they have hats, boas, shawls, etc for guests to wear, so we all dressed up. One photo is a book club meeting where we had the author of the book at our discussion Gladys Hankins (AKA GiGi Gossett) who wrote By Any Other Name - GiGi Gossett.

Intimate Conversation with Ella Curry, EDC Creations and the NIA Literary Group

EDC: Please tell us a little about you and where your bookclub is presently stationed.How many members are in your group?
GAA: My name us Gail Adams~Arnold and I am the founder of the NIA Literary Group here in Cincinnati, Ohio. There are 10 of us and we meet monthly to discuss and enjoy. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I married after college and had two daughters, and now 3 wo…

African Americans and Prop 8 by Pastor Bobby Scott

African Americans and Prop 8 by Pastor Bobby Scott

Grace and peace,

Robert "Bobby" Scott
Pastor-Teacher of Los Angeles Community Bible Church

Imani and Scribbles Greet Nathan McCall

Click to view the slideshow of the event with Nathan McCall

Author Nathan McCall has written a poignant novel about an historic Atlanta neighborhood invaded by Them. Readers see the subtle and not-so-suble changes this vibrant community is forced to endure when Them begin to move into it. Imani, Scribbles and guests were invited to discuss with Nathan McCall, his first foray into fiction in the context of how gentrification is creating problems for disenfranchised people throughout the United States. When McCall was asked what happens to These . . . He replied, "They disappear.

Somebody Prayed for Me

Xpress Yourself Publishing presents a collection of heartwarming stories and poetry that are sure to touch your hearts, uplift your spirits and ignite your soul.

Allyson M. Deese opens this spiritual experience with the title piece, "Somebody Prayed For Me," a heartfelt poem that reminds us of the importance of prayer. There are so many things we could have been in life but somebody prayed for you and for me. And now we must pray for others because prayer does change things.

In "Silent Cries,"Linda R. Herman shares the tale of a teen-aged mother who suffers abuse and rape at the hands of the person she loves. Rape is devastating at any age, but imagine a seventeen year-old girl struggling to get past the pain. With prayer, it is possible.

Tinisha N. Johnson’s"Facing Reality" opens our eyes to how much our children are influenced by our actions. A mother tries to drown her sorrows in alcohol but doesn’t realize the affect her behavior has upon her twelve…

Imagine Living Healthier

Destined to Change Your Life

The Time is Now...
The Choice is Yours...

In Bridgette's debut novel, Imagine Living Healthier, you'll meet Sarah, Suzanne and Todd.

Sarah, a successful marketing executive, wants to lose weight, but hates exercise and prefers happy hour with her girls to the Stairmaster any day.

Suzanne, a newlywed with a secret past, lives for 26-mile marathons, but the onset of a mysterious illness points to a deep affliction that may not necessarily be physical in nature.

Todd, for all his years of striving and hard work, suddenly finds himself abandoned by his wife one day, left to care for three distraught children while trying to launch a lucrative new enterprise.

The assembly of a broad cast of diverse and compelling characters reveals the uphill battle that many people face today with regards to living healthier in the midst of change, insecurity, fear, deception, and betrayal. This book will provide you with a different perceptive toward living healthier that pr…

Destined to Change Your Life

Destined to Change Your Life
The Time is Now...
The Choice is Yours...

Yes, You Can Live Healthier!
Follow the compelling characters in Destined to Live Healthier as they learn to make healthier lifestyle choices in the midst of daily challenges with relationships, work, and finances. In the newest self-help novel by acclaimed author and fitness coach Bridgette L. Collins, you'll see how Laura and Leslie, sisters reunited after 30 years, deal with a surplus of health issues while struggling to break free from a life built on blame, deception, insecurities, and bitterness.

Next, follow Brenda, a devoted wife and mother, as she faces financial problems, a verbally abusive husband, and a potentially serious medical condition. Finally, meet Maurine, a recent retiree who confronts her misplaced priorities and unhealthy habits after her husband has a heart attack and a close friend dies from breast cancer.

You will recognize something of yourself and people you know in these characters, and…

Monday Morning Musing - Using Your Own Mind

Monday Morning Musing - Using Your Own Mind
by Tamara Grant

You are first taught your values and morals by your parents. They are the ones that instill in you everything from the type of person you should date to your ideas on how to choose a career. There comes a time when you take that step as an adult to mesh the things your parents taught you with what you truly feel, think, and believe.
Do you choose that mate that is the one that your parents think will be acceptable or the person that you are truly in love with?
Do you choose the career that your family thinks is most appropriate for you, or do you choose a career that reflects your aspirations, desires, and talents?
These are hard decisions. When did you first realize that the things your parents taught you to believe aren't necessarily what you really believe? Did you grow up in a Baptist church and then find out that you feel most comfortable in a Methodist church?
Did you pass up a date with the nice man at work because he…

Why President-Elect Barack Obama Needs Our Prayers

Why President-Elect Barack Obama Needs Our Prayers

Today's commentary is from blogger Andy Freeman

The election has concluded. While there will be many with sore feelings, everyone who walks under the banner of Christ must come together and intercede for Barack Obama. We are specifically instructed to do so in the Word of God. During the Clinton Presidency, Christians spent more time criticizing and hating the man than lifting him before the Lord.

Why does Barack Obama need your prayers?

#1. He will make decisions that influence countless people in signficant ways.

#2. He faces incredibly difficult challenges in our economy, as well as two difficult wars in the Middle East. Barack Obama is an ordinary man who will require extraordinary wisdom and strength to deal with these serious issues.

#3. He will be surrounded by many people who have their own agenda or simply want to be "yes" men to him. We must pray for wise counsel and truth to be presented to Barack Obama as he lead…

Express Your Opinions and Opposing Views

1) Do We Still Need Affirmative Action?
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King spoke these words in 1963, and they still resonate today. Affirmative action programs were established to create this very type of equality, but have they brought us closer to Dr. King’s dream or hindered it?

2) Should Same-Sex Marriage be Legal?
The tide of marriage for same-sex couples has ebbed and flowed over the last decade with no end in sight. Because marriage sits squarely at the intersection of religion, law and society, the discussion around same-sex couples’ inclusion into the institution of marriage has been one of the most complex and hotly contested topics in America.

3) Can the Obama Preside…

Tempting the Mogul

Tempting the Mogul by Marcia King-Gamble

Playing glorified babysitter to a reluctant executive isn't quite the job life coach Kennedy Fitzgerald had in mind. Even so, she's sure that grooming Salim Washington to take over as head of a TV studio will be a breeze right until he delivers a kiss that rocks Kennedy's perfectly ordered world to the core.
Unconventional, impulsive and sexy as sin, Salim would rather be traveling the globe helping others than trapped behind a desk. He also doesn't trust Kennedy's motives one bit. Yet beneath her prim exterior is a tempting, sensual woman who makes him long to turn every business meeting into an adventure in soul-searing pleasure.

Seduction and Lies by Donna Hill

Seduction and Lies by Donna Hill
The feisty women who sell Tender Loving Care body products are hiding a secret: they're undercover operatives in The Ladies Cartel-the flip-side organization of TLC Cosmetics. They're sworn to an oath to never reveal their clandestine activities, and not even their families know about their alternate lives.
Danielle Holloway is the newest member of the group. Her first assignment: infiltrate a ring of identity-theft criminals. With cool wit and seductive charm, Danielle uses her skills to piece together the clues, and she's shocked to discover a cloud of guilt hovers over her beau, the very sexy and charismatic Nick Mateo.

Seducing the Matchmaker

Seducing the Matchmaker
by Elaine Overton

As the owner of Love Unlimited, a matchmaking firm, Noelle Brown has an enviable track record. When world-renowned and drop-dead gorgeous architect Derrick Brandt graces her doorway, she's incredibly pleased.

Hooking him up will raise her agency's profile and give it an incredible public-relations boost.

But after a few moments of conversation with the arrogant Derrick, Noelle understands why the tabloids have labeled him the most ineligible bachelor in the city.

Derrick needs to find himself a wife-a woman who understands his demanding career. He's stunned to find himself captivated by the sexy siren Noelle. As the sparks of passion heat up between them, they both wonder if their relationship is indeed the perfect match.

We’ve Only Just Begun

We’ve Only Just Begun: The Day after Election Day ‘08
By Cheryl Lacey Donovan

Elated, hopeful, encouraged, inspired all of these are descriptors for how I feel one day after the Presidential election of 2008. It’s amazing to believe, however, the fearful, leery, and watchful are also feelings that reside in my heart.

Yes, change has come to America . Now what? The election of Barack Obama as the first African American President of the United States has sent shockwaves around the world. People as far away as Japan were celebrating a black man in the White House. His election has released a new spirit of goodwill towards the United States , the likes we haven’t seen in years. Many are in fact amazed that we as a nation have come so far in spite of an ever present racial divide.

Frances Junior Minister of Human Rights likened Obama’s election to the falling of the Berlin wall.

As I think about it, I wonder how white people must feel. For years, they have essentially run the country. Yet, nev…

Greedy, Greedy Man

An Aboriginal Queensland jackeroo is overseeing his herd in remote territory when suddenly a brand-new 4X4 advances out of a dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a designer suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, 'If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?

'The jackaroo looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, 'Sure, why not?'

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany.

Within …



If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference. It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical,…

Inauguration Ball 2009

Inauguration Ball 2009

Guests began arriving early. There are no place cards and no name tags. Everyone knows everyone else here. Now, there's a grand foursome - Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz sharing laughs with Martin and Coretta Scott King.

Looks like Hosea Williams refused the limo again, keeping it real. And my goodness; is that Rosa Parks out there on the dance floor with A. Phillip Randolph? Seated at a nearby table, Frederick Douglass has a captive audience in W.E.B. DuBois and Fannie Lou Hamer, and Medgar Evers has just joined them.

Marian Anderson was asked to sing tonight, but she only agreed to do it if accompanied by Marvin Gaye, John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix. Look, there's Harriet Tubman. No one knows how she arrived, but there she is. And my guess is that, when the time comes, no one will see her leave. There's Jackie Robinson swiftly making his way through the hall as the crowd parts like the Red Sea to the unmistakable sound of applause. "Run, Jackie, run!&q…

As I Sit and Write

As I Sit and Write

I pen to save the only life I share
You see, not to write is death for me
Some days it’s the only life I have

A day without pen and ink on paper
Is like a ship without helm or rudder
Drifting afloat, cast about the ocean
Waves clashing against the bow
A terrible sound

This is life without writing for me

For when I write I journey afar
I imagine all that my life could be
I set my thoughts to draw a map
That leads to a purple meadow
Where I roam cheerfully free

I walk the rural villages
Climb a few grassy hills
My heart travels where my desire wants to go
Yes! Pen and ink to pad, that is the life for me
For when I write. . . I transform my soul

Antonio L. Crawford
Founder National Christian Writers Conference
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The Maverick's Rant on Black Colleges

'Nothing New When It Comes to Black Folk'

I gave only brief deliberation on whether I should open this week's Real Talk, Real People show on Blog Talk Radio with a rant or just do things the way they've gone since we started this thing in early October.

The reason why I'm in this mood is because we had planned to do a show on black colleges. I wanted to discuss what was good and what was bad about them in 2008.

My basis for the show was because I'm a product of a black college, Texas Southern, in my native Houston, and I have several relatives who have either attended or earned degrees from these institutions, including an uncle who is a tenured instructor at one. I even have a nephew by marriage that attended Hampton and finished with honors; he was asked before leaving to be one of the school's poster boys for its promotional material. He parlayed his success there in Virginia to attend Yale, where he earned a master's of divinity.

When I include the year…

Monday Morning Musing - The Rebirth

I'm home in Baltimore, helping my sister to pack and move to Atlanta. It's strange to think that she will be moving from the home where we've lived most of our lives. I always thought of that address as home base. The comfort zone. And now with her moving to GA, time is counting down until the house is sold and will no longer be ours.

I remember before my mom passed, she told me to help my sister make a decision. She could keep the house, which would be wonderful. She would be a homeowner at age 22 and have fantastic credit. Besides, she would pay less in mortgage then she would in rent living in Maryland. Or my mom said, if she couldn't keep the house financially or emotionally, help her sell it and move to GA with me.

I remember being a bit angry. Why would we sell the house? It's home. That's where we are from. It's ours. It didn't hit me until my sister told me she was ready to leave Baltimore. She needed to do what I did 13 years ago. She needs to le…

Prayer for my Sisters

Dear God:

The lady reading this
Is beautiful, classy and
Strong and I love her.
Help her live her life to the fullest.
Please promote her and her cause to excel above her expectations.
Help her shine in the darkest places where it is impossible to love.
Protect her at all times, lift her up when she needs you the most
Let her know when she walks with you;

She will always be safe.
Love you Sis!!!!

What do Pumpkins and Christians have in Common?

From one pumpkin to another!!

A woman was asked by a coworker, 'What is it like to be a Christian?'The coworker replied, 'It is like being a pumpkin.'

God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you.

Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed.

Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.'This was passed on to me by another pumpkin.

Now it's your turn to pass it to other pumpkins.

I liked this enough to send it to all the pumpkins in my patch.

The Butler Sees A New White House

The Butler Sees A New White House
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CLARK, The Washington Post

Eugene Allen, 89, a retired White House butler, tries on his old tuxedo for a photo. Allen, who served eight presidents during a period when America 's racial history was being rewritten, is marveling at the election of Barack Obama. Now retired, he started when blacks were in the kitchen. By Wil Haygood November 7, 2008
Reporting from Washington -- For more than three decades, Eugene Allen worked in the White House, a black man unknown to the headlines. During some of those years, harsh segregation laws lay upon the land.He trekked home every night to his wife, Helene, who kept him out of her kitchen.
At the White House, he worked closer to the dirty dishes than to the Oval Office. Helene didn't care; she just beamed with pride.President Truman called him Gene. President Ford liked to talk golf with him. He saw eight presidential administrations come and go, often working six days a week."I never mi…

Talk to Me by Pat Simmons

Talk to Me by Pat Simmons
Christian Fiction ISBN-10: 1601629729

Noel Richardson is perfect, but genes don't define a man. The CEO of a St. Louis non-profit organization, Noel is deaf as a result of a fire works explosion.

He's captivated by Interpreter Mackenzie Norton's graceful hands.

Plus, Mackenzie's exquisite, a steadfast believer, and head strong, but a misinterpretation separates them.

Rhythms of Grace By Marilynn Griffith

Rhythms of Grace By Marilynn Griffith Revell
ISBN-10: 0800732782

Grace Okoye was a promising young dancer when her career was cut short by a brutal assault that left her scarred for life.

Twenty years later, when her past gets in the way of her happiness, she heeds the invitation of her dance instructor and returns home to help hurting children and rediscover the rhythms of grace.

What she doesn't expect is to meet a man who already seems to know her beat. But for all they share in common, the biggest thing in Grace's life is noticeably absent in his--faith. She's finally found the love of her life, but can she choose between him and God? Real, raw emotion and the promise of redemption run through this soulful new book from Marilynn Griffith.

Singing A Song by Crystal Rhodes

Singing A Song by Crystal Rhodes
Genesis Press ISBN-10: 1585712833

Diva, Darnell Cameron, and playboy, Thad Stewart, are both superstars. She is a singing sensation and he is an actor extraordinaire. One would think that they have a lot in common, but in reality they are like oil and water.

They are two American idols who openly despise each other. It would take a major miracle to get these two together, or perhaps the mysterious stranger stalking one of them and intent on killing the other one might hold the key to their mutual destiny.

Living the Dream by Linda R. Herman

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Is your teen crying silently?--Abuse in Teen Relationships

Abuse in Teen Relationships: Is your teen crying silently?

The issue of teen abuse is not one that immediately pops into mind for most of us when we discuss domestic violence. Until November 2006, I was one who might have believed that it didn't exist, at least not in my world.

The morning I received a phone call informing me that my younger cousin, who was seventeen at the time, had been raped by her ex-boyfriend, is one that I'll never forget. 2006 had already claimed the life of my maternal grandmother, and I didn't want to imagine that things could get any worse in our family. But low and behold, we had yet another travesty to deal with, leaning on the arms of God's mercy and love for strength that only He could deliver.

My heart broke into a million pieces when I saw my cousin. I thanked God that she was alive and not seriously bruised externally, but the fear and pain I saw in her eyes nearly stopped the rhythmic beating of my heart as it filled with just a portion …

Marc Lacy presents Rtiqlation

Marc Lacy presents Rtiqlation - Spoken Essence of Music © 2008 Marc Lacy (9780974971223) CD price: $11.00

Straight-up, to the point, smooth flowing, on target, and very much worth your while.

1 Prelude - Rtiqlation
2 Rtiqlation
3 Verbalized Intentions
4 Chorus Call
5 Mellow Rhapsody By the Waterfront
6 Inflexion Detection
7 3 Part Trash Talkin'
8 Interlude - Time Spoken
9 Whispering Voices
10 Accoustic Mack Down
11 Poetic Serenity
12 Bass Clef Serenade
13 Artistic Bellow Tones
14 Interlude - Enchanted Dialects
15 Lyrical Mood Swings
16 Noise Revolution
17 Outro - Quiet Rain
18 Renditions - a Tale of Two Metronomes
19 Anti-music Box

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Walter Marcellus (aka “Marc”) Lacy is the second child and first son of three children born to Walter and Julianne White Lacy. Alongside maintaining a current residence in his birthplace of Huntsville, Alabama, Marc has also resided in Korea and Germany. In having been well schooled and traveled; his knack for creativ…

Treat Yourself to RTIQLation


Treat Yourself to RTIQLation
Spoken Essence of Music Spoken Word CD by Poet/Author Marc Lacy

Executive Producers: Marc Lacy, Canita Rogers (AVO Publishing, Quiet Girl Music Production) Lead and Background Vocals: Carla McAlpine-Franklin, Gloria Betts-Caldwell, Canita Rogers, and Marc Lacy

That's right! Huntsville, Alabama's own Poet/Author Marc Lacy (author of The Looking Heart and Rock & Fire) launches the follow-up spoken word smasher to the critically acclaimed "REFLux" - Poetic Spirit and Spoken Soul.

"RTIQLation"...pronounced (articulation) is guaranteed to massage your mental and present the change in mood, mindset, and perspective on you desire.

Lacy has teamed up with Producer Canita Rogers (Quiet Girl Music Production ( and Hip Hop Artist "Bonecrusher's" Bass Player) along with vocalists: Gloria Betts - Caldwell and Carla McAlpine - Franklin (all of Huntsville, AL) in the creation of a musical/poetical ma…