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September 19, 2006

Tainted Destiny Coming October 31, 2006

tainted_destiny_5_2006-400.jpgBack in the welcoming arms of New York City after a tumultuous relationship, Sadira Cooper is ready to breathe again. It isn’t long before she finds herself entering the dating scene. As she struggles to understand the meaning of true love, Sadira has to confront a past that she’d fought very hard to forget. After a failed first attempt at reigniting an old flame she begins an affair with Olivia, but makes a fatal mistake that gets her trapped in Olivia’s web of destruction. This coupled with the return of her venomously sexy former lover leaves Sadira quickly approaching an unavoidable collision of hearts and shattering of lives.

Tainted Destiny is a suspenseful romance that paints a vivid picture of turmoil and passion. Sadira experiences every facet of emotion—fear, pain, love, anxiety and utter confusion as she is stretched from one extreme to another in trying to find a balance. Does Sadira have what it takes to survive the obstacles put in her path or is her destiny forever tainted?

Mark your calendars for "Tainted Destiny" by Cheril N. Clarke due out October 31, 2006

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September 06, 2006

The Emerging Black GOP Majority

book promo.jpgDr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's new book hit the stores last Friday. The Emerging Black GOP Majority discusses Bush, Republicans and Black America. Jasmyne Cannick worked on the chapters of this dealing with the use of moral issues, like gay marriage, to divide us. See below, Chapter 6: Moral Wars


Dissects How the Issue of Gay Marriage Divided Black America and How It Can Happen Again

(Los Angeles, CA – August 31, 2006) – Political commentator and syndicated columnist Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson will release his latest book entitled The Emerging Black GOP Majority (Middle Passage Press) September 1, 2006.

Black votes put President Bush back into the White House in 2004. That was the untold story of campaign 2004 in all of the endless articles, commentaries, and post election assessments from the nation’s top political analysts.

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June 18, 2006

Ann Allen Shockley

One of my favorite writers in the lesbian relationships genre is Ann Allen Shockley. Her books, Say Jesus and Come to Me, and Loving Her, and The Black and White of It are my favorites and the stuff I searched for in my early days. Be sure to read the interview with Ms. Shockly via PrideIndex. Enjoy

Ann Allen Shockley is the award-winning author of six books of fiction and non-fiction, including the ground-breaking, now classic novel Loving Her, originally published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1974 and still in print with Northeastern University Press. Loving Her has been acclaimed as the first novel by an African American author to have a Black lesbian protagonist and to deal explicitly with an interracial lesbian relationship.

The author is also the first to write a collection of lesbian short stories by an African American, The Black and White of It. Among other firsts include an anthology of early Black American women writers titled Afro-American Women Writers 1746-19933: An Anthology and Critical Guide; a co-edited reference book on Black librarianship, Handbook of Black Librarianship, and the seminal essay, "The Black Lesbian in American Literature," in Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology.

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Feeling The Spirit: Review

spiritedcover4web-714102.jpgEssays about black gay and lesbian faith offer glimpses at a range of spiritual paths
By RHONDA SMITH [Washington Blade]
May. 25, 2006

Contributors to “Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity” offer little doubt about where they stand when it comes to their religious and spiritual beliefs and their sexual orientation.

Most of the 40 men and women who contributed to this collection of faith-based essays seem clear about their right to praise a higher power and be openly gay. This seems to be the case whether they believe in a Savior, Shamanism, Buddhism, Wicca, Voodoo or just themselves.

“It’s a book so people can learn how to feel whole,” says Maryland resident Lisa Moore, founder and editor of RedBone Press, which published “Spirited.” Moore co-edited the book with G. Winston James, a poet and short fiction writer who lives in Florida and New York City.

The editors and several contributors from the book will present their work at a reading at Lambda Rising on Saturday, May 27, as part of D.C.’s Black Pride weekend.

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May 08, 2006

JaWa: Portraits of Lesbians of Color Just as We are

A "Coffee Table" style book with a cause.

“The only people who can change this is us. Straight white people don’t sit around and talk about gay issues. Gay white people do. We have to take charge of our images ourselves. Too many people, other than ourselves, are painting our picture. We have to paint our own canvas.” said Filmmaker Maurice Jamal in 2005 at the NYU panel Gay Black Invisibility Explored.

The lives of Lesbians of color are unique, complex, intense, and revolutionary in their own right. In original essays and photographs, JaWa: Portraits of Lesbians of Color Just as We are will be a moving portrayal of a culture of women who until now have been over looked by the greater LGBTQ community and its allies.

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February 06, 2006

Charis Books and More Embraces New “Cuddle Up with Charis” Campaign

Atlanta, Georgia, February 1, 2006 CHARIS, (, the Southeast’s oldest feminist bookstore, is pleased to announce its new Internet and print marketing campaign: “Cuddle Up with Charis.” After 31 years of providing a protective space for independent thinking and passionate writing, Charis Books and More is ready to increase awareness and sales in order to thrive in this era of increased competition.

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January 07, 2006

The "Down Low" with a Twist - Debut Novel "Am I My Sister's Keeper?"

Keeper.gifBy Shonia Brown

From the time Elise was fifteen years old, she knew she was different and that society did not embrace her difference. While in high school, Elise existed on the edge of the dating game. After graduating college she makes a decision to change her life. She wants to be the daughter her parents have always wanted. Elise terminates all of her old friendships, dates and becomes engaged to a well-respected young man. For some reason her engagement wedges a gap between Elise and her younger sister. But Elise is too concerned with changing her life to fix things with her sister. Then Elise meets a young woman who makes her question the path she's chosen. As Elise fluctuates between conflicting emotions, her indecisiveness alienates her family and sends her sister on a path of destruction. A tragedy forces Elise to rethink her decisions and accept that she is the master of her fate.

We're excited about announcing the release of new author, S. Stephens' debut novel, Am I My Sister’s Keeper? that spotlights the "down low" phenomena from a lesbian point of view.

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