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Author Tuesdays in The DMV

VOTE on Tuesday, November 4, 2014! Then Join us for Author Tuesdays in Beltsville, Maryland  (The DMV: District of Columbia, Maryland and Viriginia).  It is a free event. MIx and mingle  and discuss the issues that are important to you. You will learn how to successfully independently publish. On November 4, 2014, at 5:30 PM,…See More
Nov 2, 2014
Stafford Battle posted a blog post

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month!

October 2014 is Black Speculative Fiction Month, so tell everyone.  Visit your favorite online book site or visit a local bookstore in your neighborhood. Read some of the great Black authors. Purchase books by emerging Speculative Fiction authors -- there are many writers who are very, very good.If you are a…See More
Oct 4, 2014
Diane posted a discussion

Gotham Writers Workshop Fall Open House

Get a taste of Gotham!  On Tuesday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 1we're offering free one-hour creative writing classes at our …See More
Sep 25, 2014
Diane posted a discussion

Still Lying - The Truth About American Capitalism & Slavery

Salon Magazine has published an excerpt of  "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism" by Edward E. Baptist. Published by Basic Books.This book and its review in The…See More
Sep 22, 2014
Stafford Battle posted a video

At Rest

A short flash fiction created by Stafford Battle, AFROFuturist.
May 22, 2014
Stafford Battle posted a discussion

Free Ebooks, When Should You Give It Away

As an Indie author, when should you offer your books for free and for how long? Depending upon your readers or followers on the web there are essentially three things you need to consider before offering your precious book for free:1) Will it cheapen the product -- does FREE suggest that the book is of low quality?2) How long should it be free -- a few days, a week or forever?3) Does Free mean  you will not make any…See More
May 3, 2014




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National Black Writers Conference

We are updating with the happenings at the conference with facebook photo uploads (check them out now) and live tweets. Check back periodically for updates.

Sunday began the morning with individual 'talkshops' covering Book Reviews, Dramatic Writing, Book Proposals, Poetry with Sonia Sanchez, and Memoir writing. The afternoon started with a panel discussing Speculative Fiction featuring L.A. Banks, Michael Boatman, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Cheo Tyehimba.

Saturday was a long day that began with Hip Hop and Internet panels and ended with a VIP reception featuring Toni Morrison, Imamu Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Cornell West, and Susan L. Taylor. Ah yes . . . the icons were in the house. It was indeed a rare treat to have been in the presence of Ms. Morrison. For those of you that missed it, the entire event was recorded and will be available on DVD.

The last session on Friday featured the venerable Sonia Sanchez waxing poetic on the memory of literary revolutionary Toni Cade Bambara. If you missed it, you must check out the recorded proceeds that will be available from the conference.

Ms. Sanchez was also gifted last night with a photo poster commemorating her 75th birthday. You can see that on our facebook page.

Follow my tweets on my blog throughout the conference.


Happy Thanksgiving

Psalm 100:1-6 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God, it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endureth to all generations. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I was led by the Holy Spirit to remind everyone of how blessed we are in spite of any difficulties we may be experiencing. Regardless of our troubles we are still blessed beyond measure. It is God's goodness that we are awakened each day clothed in our right minds with a reasonable portion of our health and strength. All of our basic needs are met (food, clothes and shelter) and even the homeless are blessed just to see another day.Let's close by saying, each day's blessings are too numerous to…Continue

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Started by Dr. Willie B White in Announcements on Tuesday.

Praise God For His Deliverance

Psalm 9:1-2 I will praise thee O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee; I will sing praise to they name, O thou most High. The month of November is associated with Thanksgiving when friends and family come together giving thanks to the Lord for His goodness that He has bestowed upon us each day of our lives.That being said, we offer praises unto a Holy God for His blessings and deliverance because all believers have been delivered from the clutches of sin through sacrificial death of His Son Jesus Christ who shed His precious blood atoning our sins. Our deliverance from sin is praise worthy. God is gracious and loving until He delivers us from the many unpleasant situations we find ourselves.We praise God for His deliverance when the enemy attacks shake us to our very core; He is there saying, don't worry my child; cast all your cares upon me and I will take care of them (1 Peter 5:7).We have many reasons in which to…Continue

Tags: Insights, Weekly, Devotionals, Uplifting, Inspirational

Started by Dr. Willie B White in Announcements Nov 16.

The Great Assembly

Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about Him. Our scripture text makes a profound statement as it relates to the assembling of the saints and what mindset all believers should have while looking forward to that great and glorious assembly in heaven with God. All believers are to honor God with a reverential fear recognizing Him for who He is and His sovereign powers.God is worthy of all glory and honor daily, and with the coming together of the saints in our local congregations to worship and glorify God; what a glorious time that is; then imagine the joyful time that will be when all God's children from every nation is gathered together in one place giving Him praise. There will be ongoing praise and worship services; even the angels in heaven bow before the King singing Hallelujah glory hallelujah to the Lord our Savior. That said, while here on earth let every heart sing praises unto the Lord God of…Continue

Tags: Insights, Weekly, Devotionals, Uplifting, Inspirational

Started by Dr. Willie B White in Announcements Nov 6.

Fishers Of Men

Matthew 4:19 And He said unto them; follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men The setting for today's topical discussion is during the beginning of Jesus' ministry when He was calling His disciples. The first two of Jesus' disciples were Peter and Andrew, two brothers who were fishermen by trade when Jesus summoned them to follow Him.These two men immediately left their fishing boats to follow Jesus; which brings to mind these questions, what would you and I had done when Jesus made such a request? Would there have been twenty questions or would we have said yes to Jesus?Jesus is still calling fishers of men in the form of pastors, evangelist, teachers, deacons, prophets, writers who write as God have given, and then there are the lay people who witness Christ wherever they go. All have a message of salvation to a dying world.As fishers of men, we as believers are shinning the light of God's glory, His righteousness while wearing His righteous garment of salvation. The church as a…Continue

Tags: Insights, Weekly, Devotionals, Uplifting, Inspirational

Started by Dr. Willie B White in Announcements Oct 14.

Blog Posts

Yes I Can

Yes I Can

The day has just begun and it seems there's no way out,

As the alarm clock goes off I beg for more time before the point of no return

Every minute I have is already accounted for, with the feeling of loneliness and

Abandonment; I cry out hoping to be heard.

I'm single, married but alone in this race to…


Posted by Mary Rodwell on May 8, 2015 at 9:46am

Profesional Lynching

Professional Lynching
Professional lynching your hands were not black
You waited so long to stab a knife in my back
You took it to the highest level
I know your father he is the devil
You think that you have gotten by
I see hatred and relief in your eye
A young black man you were glad you killed
You took his life but not his will
It lives in all of us you see
And you will never abolish me
That's right my soul you snatched away
But did you first sit think and pray
You said if I could eliminate
The young black race their backs I’ll break
But wait a minute did you think
Of Doctor Martin Luther King
You took his life or so you thought
But for it all of our freedom you bought
His body may be in the grave
But for it we got better days
See in the White House is Barack
And you didn’t give a second thought
But his blood still flows in our veins
And we’re still singing let freedom ring
From the mountain top of Stone Mountain Georgia
All the way to Sanford Florida
We will never be destroyed
For our heart s are overjoyed
See our missions they run deep
Harriet Tubman stood on her feet
When Trayvon could not find his way home
The blood of Sojourner Truth led him on
His mentor’s murderer is not of you
But of those you never knew
You got away but you’ll never get by
Soon you’ll look God in his eye
Our mission you will not abort
But we will continually move forth
To do the things that must be done
Till the setting of the sun
elaine taylorbrown

Posted by elaine taylorbrown on March 20, 2015 at 6:46pm



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