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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Filmmaker Interview – Mark Birnbaum discusses his documentary “Swingman”

By: Gordon K Smith Making its world premiere during the Dallas VideoFest 25 is SWINGMAN. Mark Birnbaum’s documentary tells the story of a Fort Worth firefighter’s life and emotional journey after a biking accident left him a quadriplegic, and does so with without ever resorting to schmaltz or sentimentality. We met with Mark, the subject […]

Author Interview w/Pam Grier – Foxy: My Life in Three Acts

Interview by:  Melody Charles She’s won fame and acclaim for her film roles, emboldened an entire generation of African-American women on the cusp of a civil and sexual revolution in the 60s and 70s and along the way, survived cancer, sexual assaults and broken hearts. She’s a public woman who has endured the private pain […]