Michelle Hord finds light in the darkness in new book ‘The Other Side of Yet’

Michelle D. Hord is a creative storyteller and media executive. As the president of Hope Warrior, Inc., and former vice president of creative content and talent management at NBC Universal, Michelle has produced content for television shows, developed strategic solutions for business and talent management needs, and spent more than two decades on a quest […]

‘Vinyl Moon’: A young teen overcoming a traumatic past

Fleeing from an abusive relationship and leaving her mother, siblings and the boy she thought loved her behind, Angel relocates to Brooklyn to live with her Uncle Spence. Arriving in a new town and school, it begins to feel like an out-of-body experience. She can’t shake the feeling that everyone knows what happened and that […]

‘Don’t Cry For Me’ is a father’s emotional love letter

As Jacob lies dying from cancer, he begins to write letters to his gay son, who he hasn’t spoken to in years, as a way to make amends. Their relationship wasn’t the best, and now practically nonexistent, he feels his son deserves an explanation — an explanation for his behavior, beliefs and lack of communication.  […]

Ashley C. Ford depicts childhood in powerful debut memoir

Ashley Ford has looked up to her father for as long as she can remember. Though she has vague memories of him, she feels as if he’s the only one who would understand and relate to her. Ashley longs for the day they reconnect. The problem is that he’s in prison, and she doesn’t know […]

‘An American Marriage’: Relationships tested by a wrongful conviction

Atlanta couple, Roy and Celestial are ready for their next stage of life together. The newlyweds have both made tremendous progress in their careers; Roy being a young executive and Celestial an artist on the edge of her breakthrough moment. The future they envisioned abruptly fades when Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years […]

Denise Williams’ debut novel is full of humor, wit

Denise Williams’ debut novel, How to Fail at Flirting, reads as if you got your hands on an advance copy of a new Netflix film. This is Naya Turner’s story. When she looks in the mirror, she does not clearly see the uptight, homebody university professor that she has become. Her closest friends are worried […]

Kasim Abdur Razzaq is healing and educating young Black men with new book

Healing and educating young Black men has been a challenge in America. So many young Black men are falling by the wayside due to violence and a lack of education. Kasim Abdur Razzaq has made it his responsibility to not only educate young Black men but also to focus on their mental, social and emotional […]

BRAVO star Genise Shelton pens new book, ‘Married to Fitness’

Sometimes, tragic circumstances can propel a person to great personal goals and Genise Shelton clearly is an example in her book Married to Fitness. The journey to living a healthy lifestyle did not come from her own struggle with obesity but rather a generational cycle of health issues within her family that could be easily avoided. […]

Top 5 books for women to read in the new year

Mom&Me&Mom by Maya Angelou Angelou is known for her candid depictions of her most personal thoughts and experiences. In her latest autobiographical work, she addresses her relationship with her mother. This book examines how influential the mother-daughter dynamic is, because it shapes what kind of women we become. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi […]

Top 5 books for men to read in the new year

Men we Reaped by Jesmyn Ward Ward writes about losing five men in her life from 2000 to 2004, including her younger brother. All five were claimed by violence in a small town in Mississippi. But Ward’s memoir does more than just recount her own grief; she views the five deaths as a microcosm for […]

Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’: A review and some real-world advice

The recent release of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s best-seller, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead has sparked debate, criticism and an ongoing dialogue about women’s impact in the workforce and what that impact should or shouldn’t be. From the delicate balance of raising productive children while staying on a steady career path, to speaking […]

‘A Family Affair’ book review

National bestselling author, ReShonda Tate Billingsley has written over 26 books, and stopping is nowhere in her near future.  Billingsley’s most recent novel “A Family Affair”, due out July 30, 2013 is yet another brilliant piece from this gifted author. Olivia Dawson has seen her mother struggle throughout her entire life.  She was constantly working […]

‘An Accidental Affair’ book review

Eric Jerome Dickey has been in the game a long time.  He’s written over 16 novels and has been featured on numerous best-sellers lists. With Dickey’s persona and gifted writing capabilities, his fan club is forever increasing. As usual, Dickey does not disappoint with this book. This is definitely a conversation piece for E.J.D. lovers! […]

‘The Twelve Tribes of Hattie’ book review

Ayana Mathis’ debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, is indeed a jewel.  Having a fan such as Oprah to show fascination and delight with the advanced copy she received speaks volumes.  Consider yourself a big deal if you make the “Oprah’s 2.0 book club selection”, and that’s exactly what this gifted writing genius has […]

‘The Secret She Kept’ book review

ReShonda Tate Billingsley, National Bestselling and NAACP Image Award-Winning author of ‘Say Amen, Again’ has created yet another masterpiece.  Along with her numerous faith-based novels, Billingsley is also the author of the ‘Good Girlz’ teen series.  Her latest adventure is watching her ‘Let the Church Say Amen’ novel come to life in a movie directed […]

‘The Partner’ John Grisham book review

John Grisham is a gifted and talented author who has made the New York’s Times Bestsellers list on numerous occasions with his infectious creativity.  After graduating from law school, Grisham practiced law for nearly a decade.  His inspiration to write his first novel, “A Time To Kill” was from overhearing a case in the courtroom […]

‘The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil’ review

Why you should read The Deal, The Dance, and The Devil, by Victoria Christopher Murray” Victoria C. Murray is a native of Queens, N.Y., and a true writing genius. Murray has won six African American Literary Awards for best Christian fiction, best novel, and Author of the Year-Female. Murray has also received her second NAACP […]

3 reasons to read ‘The Cartel’ series by Ashley and JaQuavis

Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman are New York Times bestselling authors who received their first publishing deals while still freshmen in college. JaQuavis is a former drug dealer and his wife, Ashley, has always been by his side. A decade later, the duo is taking the world of street literature by storm. Here, we’ve outlined three […]

Life Lessons From Sheryl Lee Ralph: The Original Dream Girl

Reclaiming Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dream Girl by Sheryl Lee Ralph Famed actress Sheryl Lee Ralph just published her first book recounting her life as an actress in Hollywood, her rise to stardom, becoming an activist, and what makes a true DIVA. Reading this book is like having a conversation with Ms. Ralph as she provides the reader with […]