{New Release} 6/17/2014

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Forever an Ex by:Victoria Christopher Murray
You met them seven years ago in The Ex Files when they came together in a support group to get over their exes. Now, Sheridan, Kendall and Asia are back in Forever an Ex with more drama than before.

Sheridan has to deal with her ex-husband who once was gay, but now he’s not — at least, that’s what he says. And now his fiancée has some questions for Sheridan. Kendall has to find a way to accept that her ex-husband and her sister (who are now married) are having a child. It might be easier now since there’s a new man in her life. And Asia has decided that it is time to steal her ex-lover from his wife — this time for good!


The Old Man in the Club by: Curtis Bunn
He’s the “old guy in the club” who everyone judges and scorns, but there’s so much more to his story…Travel into the mind and soul of a complex man on the road to redemption in this riveting, true-to-life novel.

Almost everyone who has been to a nightclub has seen him: the “old man in the club.” He’s the graying, balding loner looking totally out of place, like he could be everyone’s father. Or grandfather. And almost everyone’s wondering the same thing: Why is he in here?

In Curtis Bunn’s The Old Man in the Club, you learn why. Meet Elliott Thomas, sixty-one years old, and not afraid of spending a night among twenty-something strangers. But his motivation for hanging out in clubs isn’t his fear of growing old; it’s his desire to “catch up on what I have missed.” Life hasn’t been easy for Elliott, and now he’s on a journey to redemption. How he goes about it, however, gives some people pause. Some find him charming, some find him creepy. The women his age find him disgusting. His buddies marvel at his nerve. His children loathe his existence. But no matter who judges him, Elliott is set on reclaiming his youth—the way he wants to.

A page-turner that outlines the depth, complexities, and motivations of an intriguing character, this novel will surprise and touch you—and make sure you’ll never look at the “old man in the club” the same way again.

Mayor For Life by: Marion Barry Jr. & Omar Tyree
Four-time mayor of Washington, DC, Marion Barry, Jr. tells his shocking and courageous life story, beginning in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world.

Known nationally as the disgraced mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room with a mistress, Marion Barry Jr. has led a controversial career. This provocative, captivating narrative follows the Civil Rights activist, going back to his Mississippi roots, his Memphis upbringing, and his academic school days, up through his college years and move to Washington, DC, where he became actively involved in Civil Rights, community activism, and bold politics.

In Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, Jr. tells all—including the story of his campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor. From the man who, despite the setbacks, boldly served the community of Washington, DC, this is his full story of courage, empowerment, hope, tragedy, triumph, and inspiration.

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{New Releases} 6/10/2014

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Legacy: Book Two of the Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld by: Shakir Rashaan
A tale unlike anything else, this second episode in the Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld series continues the erotically charged journey inside Atlanta’s African-American Fetish/BDSM community.

“In order to be great, you have to leave your mark. Are you ready to leave your mark?”

After returning from Dubai, a power shift occurs within the Atlanta Fetish community as the “torch” is passed on from Amenhotep to Ramesses and Neferterri. The Palace is being transformed in Ramesses’s image, and the new “power couple” is adjusting to life in the spotlight and the benefits (and headaches) that come with it.

But as Ramesses puts the finishing touches on establishing the balance of power, Amenhotep has tasked him with a daunting task–one that will test his will and re-forge a bond that was once broken, cementing his legacy within the sacred “society.”

Exotic, decadent, and written by a true insider, Legacy takes you deeper into the Atlanta Fetish/BDSM community, twisting more surprises and revelations that are sure to take your breath away.

{Between The Lines} Best of Dr. Maya Angelou’s Home Going

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Today was the home going to honor a giant in the world. Friends and Family flocked to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to celebrate the life of Dr Angelou at Wake Forest University.









Cicely Tyson speaks “On her 50+ year friendship with Dr Angelou.”  
 Bill Clinton speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel  
 Oprah Winfrey speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel   
 BeBe Winans speaks sings at Maya Angelou Memorial  
Michelle Obama Emotional Speech “On what Dr. Angelou meant to as a little black girl growing up. She celebrated black women’s beauty like no one had ever dared to before. Our curves, our stride, our strength, our grace,” Obama told the audience, seated in wooden pews. “Her words were clever and sassy. They were powerful and sexual and boastful.”

{Between The Lines} OWN will Air Dr. Maya Angelou’s Funeral

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Tomorrow OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air the home going of the late great. Then, OWN will air encore presentations honoring the late author, poet, activist and teacher. The block of special programming will feature her appearances on Oprah’s Master ClassThe Oprah Winfrey Show and “Super Soul Sunday.” You can watch the service on OWN or log on to Oprah.com starting at 10 A.M. EST.


Full Schedule for Saturday, June 7 
(All times are ET/PT)
 9 a.m.: The Oprah Winfrey Show: Conversations with Oprah: Maya Angelou—1993
10 a.m.: Dr. Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service
12 p.m.: “Super Soul Sunday” with Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 1
1 p.m.: “Super Soul Sunday” with Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 2
2 p.m.: The Oprah Winfrey Show: Legends Ball
3 p.m.: Oprah’s Master Class: Dr. Maya Angelou

{Between The Lines} Oprah Set To Release Book In September

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Oprah Winfrey the queen of the book world is set to release a compilation of her popular column “What I Know For Sure” from her O magazine on September 2nd. MacMillian is the publisher. She is in the studio recording the audio version of her book now.

Synopsis
After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, “What do you know for sure?” Oprah Winfrey began writing the “What I Know For Sure” column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Saying that the question offered her a way to take “stock of her life,” Oprah has penned one column a month over the last fourteen years, years in which she retiredThe Oprah Winfrey Show (the highest-rated program of its kind in history), launched her own television network, became America’s only black billionaire, was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, watched friends and colleagues come and go, lost beloved pets and adopted new ones, and celebrated milestone birthdays. Throughout it all, she’s continued to offer her profound and inspiring words of wisdom in her “What I Know For Sure” column in O, The Oprah Magazine.Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful book packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme—joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power—these essays offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and dynamic, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of wisdom and truth that readers will turn to again and again.

{Book Attraction} Brothers Be "Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?": A Memoir by:George Clinton

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The long-awaited memoir from one of the greatest bandleaders, hit makers, and most influential pop artists of our time—known for over forty R&B hit singles—George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic.

George Clinton began his musical career in New Jersey, where his obsession with doo-wop and R&B led to a barbershop quartet—literally, as Clinton and his friends also styled hair in the local shop—the way kids often got their musical start in the ’50s. But how many kids like that ended up playing to tens of thousands of rabid fans alongside a diaper-clad guitarist? How many of them commissioned a spaceship and landed it onstage during concerts? How many put their stamp on four decades of pop music, from the mind-expanding sixties to the hip-hop-dominated nineties and beyond?

One of them. That’s how many.

How George Clinton got from barbershop quartet to funk music megastar is a story for the ages. As a high school student he traveled to New York City, where he absorbed all the trends in pop music, from traditional rhythm and blues to Motown, the Beatles, the Stones, and psychedelic rock, not to mention the formative funk of James Brown and Sly Stone. By the dawn of the seventies, he had emerged as the leader of a wildly creative musical movement composed mainly of two bands—Parliament and Funkadelic. And by the bicentennial, Clinton and his P-Funk empire were dominating the soul charts as well as the pop charts. He was an artistic visionary, visual icon, merry prankster, absurdist philosopher, and savvy businessmen, all rolled into one. He was like no one else in pop music, before or since.

Written with wit, humor, and candor, this memoir provides tremendous insight into America’s music industry as forever changed by Clinton’s massive talent. This is a story of a beloved global icon who dedicated himself to spreading the gospel of funk music.

Release: 10/21/14

{New Release} 5/13/2014

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The Prodigal Son (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel) by: Kimberla Lawson Roby
The Reverend Curtis Black hasn’t spoken to his son, Matthew, in over a year-not since Matthew dropped out of Harvard to marry his girlfriend, Racquel, and be a full-time father to their infant son. Curtis knows that it was he and his wife, Charlotte, who drove Matthew away, but he prays that one day his son will forgive them and come home.

Matthew, however, can’t seem to forget the pain his parents caused him and Racquel. Still, he wonders if maybe they’d been right, as fatherhood is not what he expected, and Racquel’s behavior has become increasingly erratic. Matthew genuinely wants to be a good husband, though, and swears he’ll never repeat his parents’ mistakes. But when an old friend expresses her desire for Matthew, the temptation may be too great to resist… 

Then, there’s Dillon Whitfield-Curtis’s long-lost-son-who has settled in as a member of the Black family. Yet the transition has been anything but easy. Charlotte, convinced he’s only after Curtis’s money, wishes he would move back to where he came from. Dillon, however, has no intention of going anywhere. After a lifetime in the shadows, he’s determined to take his rightful place as Curtis’s first-born son and heir, and he’ll do whatever it takes to win his father’s affection-even if it means playing dirty…

As jealousy builds and secrets pile up, both of Curtis’s sons will be pushed over the edge and forced to take drastic action. Can these two troubled young men find their way back into the Black family fold, or will their family ties be undone once and for all?

Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore by:Walter Mosley

In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn’t going to “do it anymore.” But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.

Millions of men (and no doubt many women) have watched famed black porn queen Debbie Dare—she of the blond wig and blue contacts-“do it” on television and computer screens every which way with every combination of partners the mind of man can imagine. But one day an unexpected and thunderous on-set orgasm catches Debbie unawares, and when she returns to the mansion she shares with her husband, insatiable former porn star and “film producer” Theon Pinkney, she discovers that he’s died in a case of hot tub electrocution, “auditioning” an aspiring “starlet.” Burdened with massive debts that her husband incurred, and which various L.A. heavies want to collect on, Debbie must reckon with a life spent in the peculiar subculture of the pornography industry and her estrangement from her family and the child she had to give up. She’s done with porn, but her options for what might come next include the possibility of suicide. Debbie . . . is a portrait of a ransacked but resilient soul in search of salvation and a cure for grief.