“I Am Charlie Wilson” – The Gap Band, despair, addiction and back. Interview with the Soul singer on his upcoming memoir and the life that’s filled its pages

…..”Give me a hit,” I croaked into her ear, sure I could score a little something from her out there on the street. “I’m clean, Charlie. Have been for three years,” [my cousin Shirley] said, her voice cracking. “Three years?” I yelled…..While I contemplated the thought, Shirley started to full-on cry, her face contorted, tears leaving streaks […]

Author Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz on her latest literary work – “X, a Novel”

Photo credit: ILYASAHSHABAZZ.COM “Smoke everywhere. In the air, by the door, at the windows—- in our very bed, it seemed. Hot and dark, choking. Someone’s hands on me, dragging me up, then down. Stumbling over floorboards and furniture. Scooped up into strong arms. The first breath of cool, fresh night. We watched the house burn […]

Harry Shearer Famed author and voice actor of “The Simpsons” tells us what to expect when he receives the Ernie Kovacs Award Oct.17 at Dallas VideoFest 27

Harry Shearer of SPINAL TAP and “The Simpsons” fame tells us what to expect when he receives the Ernie Kovacs Award Friday, Oct. 17 th  at Dallas VideoFest 27 at Angelika Dallas. The award is named after the pioneering comedian Ernie Kovacs of ’50s and early ’60s television who died in 1962.  “Before Ernie, TV […]

Author Interview: Niobia Bryant on her compelling characters, searing street scenarios and erotic interludes

Written by: Melody Charles No matter what nom de plume readers may find on the cover—Niobia Bryant, Simone Bryant or Meesha Mink—fans already know that the contents are going to be a scintillating read. Ever since her 2000 debut Admission of Love, the New Jersey native has created some of the most compelling characters, searing […]

Author Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz on her children’s book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X

Written by: Melody Charles Stunning and nearly 6′ tall, Ilyasah Shabazz‘ physical presence is charismatic and commanding. Her historical legacy—-she’s the third-born daughter of the late Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz—-is also impactful, which is why she commanded rapt audiences in DFW last month when she arrived as part of an author meet-and-greet for Dock […]

Author Interview: Beverly Jenkins on her years of writing historical mulitcultural romance novels feat heroes and heriones of African-American descent

Written by: Melody Charles With just the power of her words, she’s an author that can send her readers through different events and eras like a time machine: in her universe, heroines escape slavery with Harriet Tubman, write for T. Thomas Fortune’s pioneering 19th century black newspaper and lead covered wagons across the countryside to […]

Cool Site 2 Know: Hangukyeonghwa.com – A Very Respectable Online Portal for Korean Film Enthusiasts

Written By: Mut Asheru Simon McEnteggart, publisher of  Korean film review site Hangukyeonghwa.com has a keen talent for cinematic conversation. With interviews and film reviews that are well-rounded yet accessible to the everyday film lover he has turned his passion for Korean cinema into a very respectable online portal for Korean film enthusiasts. While we […]

Author Interview: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Written By: Melody Charles A practicing general and child’s psychiatrist and an integral force in shaping the narrative of national and global ramifications of racism and white supremacy, author Dr. Frances Cress Welsing wrote the seminal works Cress Theory of Color and The Isis Papers: The Keys To The Colors, appearing in films and documentaries […]

Author Interview: Brenda Jackson – the first African-American of either gender, or genre, to publish 100 books

Interview By: Melody Charles A quick book lover’s pop quiz question, if you will: what do titles “Tonight and Forever”, “Slow Burn” and “A Madaris Bride For Christmas” all have in common? They were all written by Brenda Jackson, the first-ever African-American best-selling romance novelist. And with Christmas, Ms. Jackson accomplished yet another feat: the […]

Interview: Gabby Reece former model on her her second book and latest book ‘My Foot Is Too Big For the Glass Slipper: A Guide To The Less-Than-Perfect’ Life

Written by: Melody Charles When it comes to sacred subjects like marriage and motherhood, most of us are eager to lighten our loads as and look forward to reading, or seeing, what the rich and famous say about how they keep it together….until their words are construed as a burden that can only make things […]