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August 2008 Blog Posts (113)


Another WOW review from The Library journal! Can RELENTLESS AARON do no wrong?

Relentless Aaron. Single with Benefits

-- Library Journal, 6/26/2008 10:03:00 AM

Relentless Aaron. Single with Benefits. Griffin: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2008. 288p. ISBN 978-0-312-35937-9. pap. $14.95 F

Verdict: For an incisive look at a man’s inner thoughts and feelings as he juggles multiple… Continue

Added by Relentless Aaron on August 31, 2008 at 5:31pm — No Comments

People with something to say

With a drop date of November 4, 2008, there is quite a buzz about Sister Souljah's sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, Midnight: A Gangster Love Story.…


Added by DJ Frazier on August 31, 2008 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

A First-Mover on the Urban Lit Scene Speaks on "The Art of The Hustle"

The Art Of The Hustle

by Omar Tyree . . .

Relentless Aaron, one of the hardest-driving book selling phenoms out of the

New York City area called me up after doing considerable book sale numbers in

New Orleans at the Essence Music Festival over the 4th of July weekend, and

asked me if I wanted to join him in August for an "Author's Pavilion" in Atlanta at

the famous Bronner Brothers Hair Show. R.A.… Continue

Added by Relentless Aaron on August 31, 2008 at 8:39am — No Comments

Life Lessons Writing for a Purpose Workshop Series: Days 3 & 4

We have a steady group of about eight - ten men and women from A Step Forward, Inc. who come out regularly to the Life Lessons: Writing for a Purpose Workshops. It has been sort of tough working with some of the participants because they aren't used to writing. I provide guided prompts and other types of writing assignments to help the participants structure their writing and to help make connections to their recovery process. It has been somewhat difficult for some, but what I appreciate most… Continue

Added by Lynn Pinder on August 30, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

10 Email Marketing Tips From Arlena The ePublicist

Greetings Family,

(Contact Information At The Bottom Of The Page)

As a Digital Drummer, I'm always looking for something good to put on this virtual drum

Arlena Richardson, is a relatively new friend, I met on We Are Creative People (see I've watched this sister selfishly put out positive, proactive and empowering information for the last year.

She exemplifies what social networking is all about; sharing, supporting, and… Continue

Added by Jim Neusom on August 30, 2008 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Reaction from Obama's speech

Added by The Cushite on August 30, 2008 at 11:32am — No Comments

Who is your God?

Joshua 24:18

Who is your God begs an answer from both believers and non-believers who must determine their answers truthfully. Our answers can be seen in our daily lives and where we placed God in our lives. Have you placed your God first in your life? Is your God the one true living God, the creator and sustainer of all life from beginning to end? Is your God the one who provides for all humanity’s need according to His riches and glory through His Son Christ Jesus? Is your God the… Continue

Added by Dr. Willie B White on August 29, 2008 at 3:02pm — No Comments


He too has strummed my pain with his fingers

Yet, my life was told through spoken-word

Not only on stage

But in books for his next subjects to admire

Like the prior pages

I am left for someone else to pick-up, blow


Try to comprehend

Like painter to object

He studied me

Turning me inside out



Then…lifting his…

Added by Tressy on August 29, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

What's In a NAME?

(a healing poem)

I said, “I don’t really know her.”

Truth is, I’ve known her too well.

As we’ve spent all of our life together, occupying the same human shell.

Abused and confused, not understanding what was wrong.

Because it persisted for such a long time;

Its power had become too strong.

Neglected, rejected, abandoned and let down,

By those who were to love me and always be around.

This healing search began long ago; but, would… Continue

Added by Debra P. Declouet on August 29, 2008 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Ten Top Reasons Authors Need a Web Site

Ten Top Reasons Authors Need a Web Site

Judy Cullins c. 2006

You may think, "Why not let other web sites sell my book?"

Maybe you've already put your print book into POD and are listed on a web site. Many authors who think they are non-techie, do this. They may do this because it "sounds" cheaper than doing their own site and book delivery. But notice just how many sales and profits these POD author's get. Just listed with 20-40,000 other books and a few lines about your… Continue

Added by Sylvia Hubbard on August 28, 2008 at 11:46am — 5 Comments

Black Folks & the Web: Reflections on 2008 Blogging While Brown Conference on 7.25-7.26 in ATL

2008 Blogging While Brown Participants

Click here to read blog posts with photos and videos from conference:

My life as a techie geek ... Reflections on 2008 Blogging While Brown Conference by Ananda… Continue

Added by Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke on August 28, 2008 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Basic Business Practices

Well, I feel that we must apply the same standards that we would apply to any company or business providing products and services. I understand that many of us are just getting started with new ventures and we may not be up to speed on many of the business practices, but we have to be honest with our customers. As an African American, I believe we should seek to bring opportunities to our people, first, but only if they are of the right mind-set to take on the responsibilities.


Added by The Cushite on August 27, 2008 at 11:07am — 2 Comments

God knows my name and He knows yours, too!

She was suddenly hit hard. The unexpected impact sent her sprawling to her knees. She could hear the incessant sound of the rain, pelting against her large bedroom window. It was all a strange phenomenon, to her. Dark billowy clouds had gathered, hovering and intimidating. It was an remarkable sight. The howling winds were a frightening thing to hear. The ominous sound caused chills to dance over the lone woman’s slight frame. The forcefulness of the blow was numbing. There on her knees, she… Continue

Added by Vanessa Richardson on August 26, 2008 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Congrats to Sista Dee Stewart one of our own spreading her wings.....

NING has featured Dee Stewart's - Christian Fiction Network on their Blog!!!! Go DEE Go DEE

Communion with the Written Word

Posted by laurao on August 20, 2008 – 3:00 pm

If the following words describe you — Christian, creative, professional — then it’s a no-brainer: You should be a member of the Christian… Continue

Added by Kulturefirst on August 26, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Brother: Pay Attention and Listen...

He didn’t know she was fading before his very eyes,

He should have seen the sparkle in her eyes dim like the midnight clouds caressing the left cheek of the moon.

Her lips once smooth with the oil of affirmation and love had dried up, leaving her disappointed wondering if love's flame would ever dance again.

He should have noticed the youthful glow of her face fade as she struggled to stay in the chalk boundaries of her life’s… Continue

Added by Savaslas Lofton on August 26, 2008 at 4:11pm — 3 Comments

Da Vinci's Blog Log Is Helping Fight Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome!

D.V.B.L will be selling pieces dedicated to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Help Da Vinci's Blog Log Support Polycystic Ovarian Sydrome With Our DVBL Charity Pieces. (All Profit Will Be Donated To PCOS). Also $1 will be donated from each non charity DVBL product purchased from our store! Click the banner above to browse or visit us at… Continue

Added by Da Vinci on August 26, 2008 at 4:02pm — No Comments


First of all, thanks so much to everyone for their heartfelt responses to this matter. It has given me an unprecedented opportunity to get to know my new "friends" better. I appreciate the fact that so many of you took time out of your busy lives to share your insights and perspectives.

Secondly, I want to apologize for the numerous blogs and comments you may have received from Mr. Pratt. It was never my intent to subject anyone to the subject beyond a theoretical… Continue

Added by Marcia L. McNair on August 26, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Invite Pamela to Your Next Event

Invite Pamela to Your Next Event

Speaking Engagements

“Pamela’s message is real — not contrived. She’s a living testimonial to how the ‘can do’ attitude will win out over the ‘I can’t.’ What’s more, she’s entertaining, amusing and fun to listen to.”

Mike Rounds, Former President,

L.A. Chapter National Speakers… Continue

Added by Pamela Samuels Young on August 26, 2008 at 8:13am — No Comments

Reflections on Mama Saartjie, The Saartjie Project Performance, and My Womanline


Jessica Solomon, Khadijah Moon Ali-Coleman, Nia McLean, Clarissa

McKithen , Blessing Okoroafor, Margaux Delotte-Bennett, and Chioma Oruh

Photo Credit: Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan (She is a Howardite like me, fabulous concert

pianist, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Visit

Reflections on… Continue

Added by Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke on August 25, 2008 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

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