National Black Book Festival


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Need more money

Number 22

It’s the beginning of the week and I just return from church. It was a good sermon, getting that man-eating GATOR out of your life to a better life of financial freedom. It’s easier to say than to do. It’s hard, really, really hard to save and buy. The price of fresh fruit and vegetables is ridiculous. I brought a bag of grapes and cherries and each bag costs $6.99 a piece. Jesus, how can anyone afford fresh food? A gallon of milk is now $4.00 to $5.00. Eggs, if you can eat them after the worst recall in many years, will go up in price because you will have to buy organic. Organic, sure, that’s probably tainted too. What now, aspirins, beef? You hear that they, the establishment, wants you to eat better, but the food being produced is in the worst state since the 60s. I don’t know if they realize it, but families are buying their food at McDonalds, since you can still get a Happy Meal for $2.50 instead of going to the grocery store buying the beef ($4.00, maybe), a bag of frozen vegetables ($2.50) and a box of Hamburger Helper (If on sale at Wal-Mart for $2.50) to feed a family of four for a week. It’s not going to last a week, so the $9.00 will last maybe two days. Remember, Mom and Dad is taking it to lunch since the kids can get free lunch or reduced lunch at school, in most cases. In the end, paying $9.00 for two days is cheaper than paying $20.00 at McDonalds, but how long will you eat hamburgers. It’s hard and it does get boring to eat the same thing over and over again. As Dave Ramsey says, “Rice and Beans,” Rice and Beans.” It’s hard, but don’t give up. I don’t like it either. I fixed the Italian Hamburger Helper one Sunday and by Wednesday, because I was eating it everyday for lunch and dinner, I was sick and tired of it. I mean sick and tired. I made dinner last Sunday, (yes, got damn it! – I do cook) and will make that sucker last all week for lunch and dinner. I will get sick and tired of it, but I’m sick and tired of being broke. I’m tired of paying bills (except my mortgage and daughter’s college expenses – it’s worth it). I’m tired of looking at items I brought, who knows when, and still now using it to its fullest. I wasted my ding dong money.

We need money and we need it fast and for the future. Let’s stick to a plan and buy these books from these authors who are really, really trying to get the economy moving and help us to become better at our finances.

At least these books I am offering you are cheap and at least we can help and stay on a “non alligator” financial sinking ship and save us some MOOLAH.

The African American Guide to Financial Success and Security - $9.99

THE POWER TO PROSPER: 21 Days to Financial Freedom - $9.99

SPEND WELL, LIVE RICH: How to Get What You Want with the Money You Have - $9.69

YOUR MONEY AND YOUR MAN: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well
and Live Rich - $9.89

If you live in the Washington, DC area, you will note that Michelle writes a column on money issues for the Washington Post and it’s very good.

THE MOCHA MANUAL TO TURNING YOUR PASSION INTO PROFIT: How to Find and Grow Your Side Hustle in Any Economy - $10.99

Now that you have read a few financial books, get some good old fashioned urban fiction on:

DESPERATE HOODWIVES: An Urban Tale - $10.99 - - Quote from Amazon - This is the first book of a drama-drenched new series about four unforgettable women who will do anything to escape the hood.

Aisha has what every other ghetto girl envies: a loving man who supplies her with all the fashion, money, and accessories that scream "hood success." Now that her husband's in jail, Aisha may have to put something more precious than her designer gear up for sale in order to maintain her image.

Devani knows she's found her way out of the hood when she sleeps with Tyrik, a star pro athlete. When Tyrik's calls get further and further apart, Devani's mother suggests the perfect scheme: become his baby momma. Will Devani's plans force her man to commit, or backfire?

Molly is so in love with her husband, Junior, that she doesn't care if she's the only white girl in the hood. Blinded by her love, Molly lets everyone walk all over her. But Junior may cross the line, forcing Molly to give back all the abuse she's taken.

Lexi has five children - and four broke baby daddies. Now she is married to Luther, Mr. Right in every way but in the bedroom. Determined to finally provide a good man for her kids, Lexi must struggle to fight her cravings for sex with her ex. Will she stay faithful to her husband or give in to a passion that may very well prove deadly?

I WAS YOUR FOOL - $5.59 - - - There are some pretty bad comments about this book on Amazon, but then one’s opinion does not mean it’s bad. There was one who said she would recommend it and it is not the continuing story of “I Am You Fool” by the same author. Give it a try and provide feedback on Amazon of what you think.

GETTING EVEN - $7.96 - - - Claudia, Annelise and Lishelle have been screwed over and in a very big way. They all get together, like in the movie, “Waiting to Exhale,” to plan revenge on these men who done them wrong. It’s kind of funny.

SPRING BREAK - $9.99 - - - I just got finish reading this books and I am a fan of Kayla’s writing style. She gets to the point. It’s a fast read with a good ending.

And don’t forget - -

DON’T BLAME THE DEVIL - $9.60 – It comes out August 31.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Black Relationships Part III

Number 21

Well, so far it has been a good week. I managed to get so many things accomplished at work and it’s just Wednesday. We lost one of our best employees, he got a new job with a promotion, and now Renee and I are going to be doing a lot more grunt work. You know the type of work I mean, the work where some body has to do it, but no one wants to. It’s beneath them. Or, it’s not in my job description or I don’t have the time. I don’t mind grunt work at all. My grandmother always told me to do what ever is necessary to get the job done. It doesn’t matter what it takes, just do it and be over it. If no one else wants to, you do it, believe me, you will feel great and very blessed. GOD knows you are doing it. Isn’t that more important? So, do what you have to do to get the job over and done with. It’s the same in relationship.

You know that guy you want to date or marry you is not really for you. You see your friends and relatives with good men and you wonder, where’s mine man? He’s around. Just stop thinking about what you want in a man; you already know it and so does GOD. Stop looking. Let GOD take over. I think he knows better than we do sometimes anyway. In the meantime, do the grunt work; work on you. Be happy with who you are and what you are doing. If you don’t like what you are doing or seeing in yourself, then exercise more, eat more vegetables, walk more, get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, cut off the TV for a day or two, walk in the rain. Oh, excuse me; don’t forget about your hair. You know how we black women are about our hair. Me, I could not really give a damn if it’s nappy or straight. Enjoy your life more. Travel to the local library, recreation center, help at a homeless shelter, help at the local school. Drive 100 miles from your home and sight see. Oh, my God, the things you can do!!! But for right now, download one of these books. Go to your front or back porch or favorite chair with a cup of coffee or what every, relax and read, read. I will betcha, as soon as you stop looking; you will look up and see that he’s there, waiting for you. Give it a try. What the hell, You got nothing to lose.

Oh, and another thing. If my blog becomes boring or there is something you don’t like, or do like, tell me. I would like to see comments to make sure I’m giving my customers what they want. And I mean it. The customer is first and foremost. Thanks


THE LESSON - $9.99 - - -Twenty years after Earth's devastating bio-genetic racial war, David Kenyatta, African American ace Freighter Pilot and Space Engineer crash lands on a wild and remote planet kept hidden for centuries by the Altoura Nebula. The deadly secrets he discovers there will ultimately save or destroy the last survivors of humanity forever.



THE REAL THING - $9.60 - - - Former boxing champion Dante "Blood and Guts" Lattanza is being featured in Personality magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" issue and reporter Christiana Artis has the scoop. There's just one hitch: she'll have to fly to her elusive subject's home in Canada. But once she lays eyes on Dante's chiseled physique and sultry Italian looks, she decides it was worth every mile. Too bad his icy demeanor doesn't match his hot body. Since he lost his last fight ten years ago, Dante has led a reclusive life--and he never gives interviews. But he's making a comeback, ready to prove to the world--and his ex-wife--that he can still win a championship. He gives Christiana an ultimatum: if she can perform five tasks, she can ask him five questions. And then she can be on her way. Yet Dante's always had a weakness for beautiful black women, and seeing Christiana everyday is enough to melt his defenses. Soon Christiana is an intimate part of the very story she came to write. But when the line between personal and professional gets blurred, it can be difficult to see when you've found the real thing. ...


CHANGING THE RULES - $6.99 - - - Sasha Jordan has five simple rules when it comes to men and she’s managed to live within them until the morning of her big job interview. That’s when she first lays eyes on Dylan Matthews, CFO of the company where she’s just been hired. He’s everything she’s looking for in a man except for one small problem. He violates every one of her rules. Now the rules that were created to keep her from getting hurt could keep her from getting the man of her dreams. Dylan Matthews, CFO of Presco Financial, never thought he would find the right woman for him. And being one of Chicago’s most eligible bachelors hasn’t exactly made it any easier. But from the moment he sees Sasha Jordan rushing towards him he knows there’s something about her that he just has to get to know better. Only problem is she’s got a rule for everything and wouldn’t you know it her number one rule is no dating outside of her race.

Ok,Ok, I have the next book at the end. The cover looked swelteringly good!! And the price is cheap. It’s not a long book, but short and to the point. Hey, for $1.99, there ain’t going to be much sexual spark in there any way, but she’s a sister trying to sell her book and I’m going to buy it to help her continue writing. Let me know what you think.

RIVAL LOVERS - $1.99 - - - Sharon and Jason were instant rivals the moment he set foot in her domain at work. They each found delight in making the other look bad, yet ignoring the sexual spark that flashed between them. When desire is too much bear, past hurts are left behind. What they really mean is, girl see boy, girl get hot, girl says, “too bad boy is white,” then girl says, “What the hell, I’m going to give it a try.”

Sunday, August 22, 2010

We need some Uplifting Spirt in the House

Number 20
Have we lost it!!! Have we finally lost our damn minds!!!!! Why do we continue to talk, talk, talk, and more talk about, “that is so sad about that woman who drowned her two kids in South Carolina.” “That’s pathetic that that woman went back to that man after he beat her over and over again.” “What is the world coming too when our President wants to allow a Mosque to be built around ground zero.” “Why can’t black women find a good man?” “Why can’t our children read?” Why can’t parents read to their kids?” “When am I going to get a job?” When is the economy coming back?” “When am I going to get some more money to buy more things I really don’t need, but I want?” “Why did the Essence magazine hire a white woman editor when it’s a black magazine?” (Don’t know if you don’t know this, but Essence is own by white folks, not us.) As the author Karen Hunter stated at the Christian Writers Conference held at Howard University in Washington, DC, “if you don’t like that Essence hired a white fashion editor, remember, we sold out, start your own magazine.”

You know why we are doing the “whys" and "whens". Some of us just sit there, talk and do nothing. We know adults or children who cannot read. We know a woman, man or child who is being abused. We know where there are jobs, but few will move to another city or state to get one. We know the answers we just don’t want to do it. Everyone can do something, anything to help. You really can. You can take better care of yourself, Mentally, Spiritually and Financially. You can go next door, down the street, downtown, uptown, at a school, church or recreation center and volunteer to help in any way you can. You can be a mentor. The next time you go shopping at the grocery store, buy an extra can of fruit or vegetables or something to give. You can listen, read and promote people who are trying to make this world better. You can talk to your child each and every day about everything and anything. Talk to your child, wife, girlfriend, significant other, and friends who you know are trying to help. Help them. Help yourself. Stop looking at news 24 hours a day. Do you know how depressed that can be? Stop looking at the most inane piece of crap call reality shows. Give me a damn break. Do they really offer anything that will help this world become better? Do seeing videos with our black young men and women telling us how “he” got the “booty” because she looks so “nasty” in those shorts! Shorts! Doesn’t’ it just give you a headache? Don’t you get tired of hearing bad stuff all damn day? Damn it, I tired of it. Aren’t you?

Let’s get some uplifting today:

KAREN HUNTER - (Website -



32 CANDLES: A NOVEL - $11.99
I just ordered 8 of this book for another book club that was started because I pushed everyone to at least read something every month. It worked.

In Griggs's faith-filled third novel (after 2005's Wings of Grace and unfortunately it is not on the Kindle and so far only one 1st edition exist and it costs $217.63, but there are paperbacks for at little $7.99. There’s also the audio for $27.28 which is read by Lizan Mitchell. A very well versatile African American women). The story features charismatic, dreadlocked pastor George Landris, George and his wife, Johnnie Mae Taylor, have left their Atlanta mega church to start afresh in Johnnie Mae's hometown of Birmingham, Ala., where the pastor believes God sent him to begin a new congregation. Financial troubles and a hostile reception from power-hungry local ministers stall George's plans, but he puts his trust in God and soon builds a thriving congregation, Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center. The pastor and Johnnie Mae face another challenge in three mysterious new churchgoers: the controlling diva, Faith Alexandria Morrell; Faith's more cautious, shy identical twin, Hope; and their plain easygoing sister, Charity. This inspirational novel leaves the reader eager to know what Griggs plans next for this spiritual family.

If you are one of my friends on face book, you know that I am currently reading it and enjoying it. One of the comments I like in the book is that one of the characters actually lay out and iron all her clothes to where for the whole week or two. I thought I was the only one who does that. I hate to iron, so I do what my grandmother and mother taught me, “get it done on Sunday, so that you don’t have to look Monday thru Friday, it saves time, child, it saves time.”

Hollar!!! We need some uplifting!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Black Relationships - Part II

Number 19

Well, I’m back from Washington, D.C. and man, do I miss my home town. I miss my friends Lindberg, Karen, JD, Tanya, Dean and so many others, especially my grandmother. Every time I go home, I try to visit the neighborhood, Lincoln Heights in NE DC, where my grandmother and I lived. I miss everything about her. Every day when I get up in the morning, I pray to God, the Lord, Marie (my mother-in-law), Aunt Precious (my grandmother’s sister), and my grandmother, “Muh.” I thank them all for getting me out of the lonely, dark and sometimes depressing mode of living, each and every morning. I miss them so much.

I lived for my grandmother. I would do anything for her and sometimes in the back of my mind, I feel hurt and very lonely because I could have done more to save her. Yes, Yes, I know she was getting old and it was time for her to move on, but I still cry all the time because I need her. I needed her way after I grew up, got married and after having her first great grand child. Her picture is in my living room and I always, always look at it and start all over again missing her. I’m sure many people have a love one that they miss, but there are times when I’m ready to go to heaven and be with her.

I have done a pretty good job here on earth. I raised my daughter and she has turned out to be the most beautiful and intelligent young lady, but it’s not enough. I have forgiven my ex, mother and others and moved beyond the angry. I have done the good thing and stayed on the path my grandmother gave me, but it’s not enough. What do you do when you have sacrificed your life to help your grandmother and raise your child by yourself? I would not change anything I have done in the past, but what do you do after than. Life has turned out pretty good, but what do you do after that life is over.

I’m working on it, but I still want and need my grandmother more than my life. Sorry, if this sounds depressing, I’m going down memory lane and I guess it got a bit emotional.

Well, let’s get to books on relationships. I’m friends on face book with KOLE BLACK. He is a young, black and gifted writer of urban fiction and I thought you would like to download and read some of his work. If you like Steve Harvey’s book, ACT LIKE A LADY, THINK LIKE A MAN - $10.99, then I think you will enjoy Kole’s books on relationships. His version of urban fiction and relationship has a different way of looking at black relationships and it’s funny with first-class smartness.


THE CHANCE SHE TOOK (7/2007) - $6.99
Quote from Amazon, “The Chance She Took is the story of Miss Rayqelle Davis, the step daughter of a Chicago police officer, who grows up in a seriously dysfunctional home and turns to the streets as a means of escape. After some truly bad experiences with thug love, that leave her both emotionally and physically battered, Rayqelle soon grows to understand that fast life and fast love in the hood isn’t all that it's cracked up to be.”

THE RISK OF CHANCE (3/2003) - $6.99 (Second book in series)

THE GAME OF CHANCE (3/2010) - $6.99 (Third book in series)

CHANCE & DRAMA (The Chance Series) (8/2010) - $6.99

SEX THERAPY: A Women’s Guide to Understanding Why Men Cheat) - $6.99

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Black women and White men Dating, OH! OH!

Number 18
The Kindle is now $139.00. Get one and subscribe to my blog on Amazon for $1.99 a month. It’s well worth the price (both the Kindle and the blog). You can read my blog your Kindle then download the book. Now, how easy is that?.

Well, I guess it’s on again or maybe the talk will never stop, Black women finding love in the church and in the wrong places. Yesterday I heard on the Michael Baisden show a few women and men commenting on why don’t black women date outside their race. I suggested that they do in a previous blog. Not because there aren’t any good black men, there are. It’s just not enough black men for the growing and increasing number of black women. For every 1 black male, there are 20 to 25 black women. Hey, how can we get to him if the good, bad and really, really ugly (I mean in their heart and soul not looks) get one? Are you going to wait and wait until some black man comes thru, or are you going to take the time and energy to meet other types of men? Are you still looking for the financially secured, buffed body, make love all night long, funny, all his teeth, no medical problems, especially HIV, no baby mama drama or ex-girlfriend who attacks him every time she sees him because he don’t pay no child support or won’t come back to her. Are you looking for a man who can cook and I don’t mean Taco Bell or Kentucky Fried Chicken or the Chinese joint in the hood who fry their chicken until the damn birds outside sing.

Are you looking for a black man with no kids? A black man who loves his mama, but not too much that she controls his life. A black man who does has a job, but not at McDonalds, Wendy’s, Footlocker, Sprint, Verizon or the Chinese joint down the street from his mama’s house. A black man who lives by himself in a nice apartment or owns his own home in a nice neighborhood? A black man who’s not missing any body parts. A black man who doesn’t dig in his nose and bring crap out of it or dig at the other end!! Yuck!! Let’s stop this, I need a good book to read and dream about a good black man or maybe a white man! How about the ones below? There are surely hot and sticky, oh! My!




This is book two in the Long Line of Love series and here’s an excerpt - As her thirty-first birthday approaches, plain but passionate accountant Benai Peters' romantic prospects improve when she attracts the attention of her best friend's brother-in-law at the wedding rehearsal dinner. The only problem is the handsome Randall Grayhawk mistakenly thinks she belongs to his older brother, the equally handsome but brooding Bancroft. Which means Benai is off limits to all the other Grayhawk brothers unless she can convince Randall that the two of them belong together. The Grayhawk brothers have never vied for the attention of the same woman -- until Randall finds himself falling hard for Benai. Despite his struggles and best intentions, he's reluctantly drawn into a steamy sexual and emotional relationship with her that threatens to destroy his cherished relationship with Bancroft and force the other Grayhawk brothers to take sides.

J. J. MURRAY (Would you believe this is a white guy)
I’M YOUR GIRL - $4.47
I actually read this book last year. Found it while working at the library. The cover got me first (it is a different cover now), so I thought I give it a try. It’s a nice, soft, slow love story of Diane Anderson (black) who falls in love with Jack (White). More importantly, how they met and connected, which I think is the best part. It is a little slow and a little boring at the beginning. Hang in there though. You never know what can happen until you jump. So, jump when you can, but be careful.

Now, if the books don’t convince you, then buy or rent the movie, “Something New” with Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker. The love scene alone will make you think.

Monday, August 2, 2010

She's back - Terry

Number 17
I’m leaving Charleston, SC, to pick up my daughter from DC. I cannot wait. I’m not staying, just getting off the train and driving back down immediately; (a whole lot cheaper than a plane--that sucker cost over $300.00 for one way, whereas the train was $89). Airline fares are again back up.

I want to go to Egypt and London next year. A flight from Charleston to London is $900.00, not including taxes and other surcharges. Two years ago it was about $500 for a round trip to Europe, now the expense is unaffordable.

I remember when I took my first flight. I was 16 years old and working as a summer intern at HUD; I was asked if I would like to take a trip to St. Louis with some of the managers to look at housing divisions. I ran home and told my grandmother, Muh! She had never flown anywhere, and was more excited than me.

My grandmother was born in Athens, Georgia. A place I will visit either this year or next. If I remember my family history correctly, she married my grandfather when she was 14 and moved to DC a year or two later. It was not the best of living during the 40s to the 60s, especially for blacks. My grandparents moved to what is now called Georgetown, DC. You may not know the place. It is one of the most expensive areas on Washington, DC and if you can believe, black folks use to live and work there. My grandmother’s family lived in a huge house with two or three families. I was told bits and pieces of what life was like there, so I will try to jar my memory over the next few weeks and tell you and find out more info for myself.

I came across a blog that I think is pretty good, ’DIARY OF A CONTENT BLACK WOMAN’ --you can just type that title on Google search. There’s one particular article, “Are Black Churches Keeping African American Women Single and Lonely”? By Deborrah Cooper. I also heard about it this blog on the Michael Baisden show. Many people believe it’s true. Some women do go to church to look for a man and in some instances that may not be a bad thing. There are also many men who are players who attend church to just ‘get some’ or someone to hang out with for a little while until someone else better comes along. Many women fall for this because they are just that lonely. To me, looking for a man in church is wrong. You go to church to worship God and if, and this is a big damn if, you are lucky, you will meet someone who has the same ideals as you, but that’s a load of crap too. Too many churches are missing so many black men. So, try going to church because you want to worship God. Look inside yourself to find out what you want in a mate, then look in and outside the church. It will come, it will come when you least expect it.


Here’s one of the most celebrated black woman writers on black men and women relationship. TERRY McMILLAN

McMillan is coming out with the continuing story of our much beloved women characters Gloria, Bernadine, Savannah and Robin, from “Waiting to Exhale - $8.99” I was wondering what had happened to them.

You know these women Gloria (who lusted after Marvin played by Gregory Hines), Savannah (who was involved with married man Kenneth played by Dennis Haysbert), Bernadine (who was dogged by no damn good John, who left her for a white woman, played by Michael Beach) and Robin (who was dogged over and over again by married/thug wanna be Russell). I loved that movie. Black woman all over the world filled movie theaters to watch those beautiful women get their grove on. I went to see that movie three times and brought the DVD. It’s a classic. McMillan will always, always be the sister who started the Urban Black Woman Romance books, and I thank her every day.

Terry’s motto, "Too many of us are hung up on what we don't have, can't have, or won't ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy -- if not less of it -- doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do."

Excerpts of her new book are in the Essence magazine (from when – date?). The hardback comes out September 7 - $16.77.

Here are other books by Terry McMillan on Kindle:


A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT - $6.99 (Not one of my personal favorites).

TERRY MCMILLIAN: A CRITICAL COMPANION - $37.56 (Ok, Ok, now that cost too much!!!)

HOW STELLA GOT HER GROVE BACK - $6.99 (I definitely enjoyed the movie with Angela Basset and Whoopi Goldberg)

MAMA –$11.25 is not in kindle format, but is a book you should have in your personal library. This is the Mack Daddy book (What an expression!!!) of all time.
Mildred is broke with no future, living in a Detroit slum with her five children, and a complete jack-ass of a man who drinks, is abusive, and can’t keep a damn job. Mildred stays real and optimistic. When I first read this book, I could not get over the fact that finally a book about “us,” real black women in real talk, not to say there were not others, but McMillan is good. I would read it everywhere. I could not put this book down. I think I will read it again, really good memories with good characters. I love this book!

As my kid says, “Mommy, you have got to stop what you are doing and read this book! Now!!!” Kendra has great suggestions on what books to read, I predict that when she finally reads this one, she won’t stop either.