....."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 down her cheeks and chin. … [Read more...] about “I Am Charlie Wilson” – The Gap Band, despair, addiction and back.
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 from the back of the yard. Papa said the … [Read more...] about Author Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz on her latest literary work – “X, a Novel”
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 was radio with pictures. He was the first to understand that … [Read more...] about 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
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 street scenarios and erotic interludes in … [Read more...] about Author Interview: Niobia Bryant on her compelling characters, searing street scenarios and erotic interludes
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 Bookshop to … [Read more...] about Author Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz on her children’s book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X