National Black Book Festival


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Black Kindle - Twelve Years a Slave


It's a got damn shame that so many places in these here United States will not show the movie, "Twelve Years a Slave." My BookClubGroupies have been checking around Charleston and it's surrounding area to see where it is showing. So far, no place and I mean no place in the state of South Carolina is it showing.  

They should be damn ashamed of themselves.  All is the history of South Carolina: Market street in downtown Charleston has one of the original "slave market." Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina is one of the oldest "working" antebellum plantations. Aiken Colored Cemetery in Aiken, SC. Schofield School, founded by the Freedmen's Bureau after the Civil War. Howe Hall Plantation in Goose Creek. Aiken-Rhett House Slave Quarters in downtown Charleston. The Avery Institute which now called the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, which many African American authors have come there to talk and sell their books. Denmark Vesey House in Charleston. Sweetgrass baskets off of route 17 in Mt. Pleasant.  The language of Gullah.  The home of Dizzy Gillespie, William H. Johnson, a 20th century artist.  Go see the movie! Go buy the book!

I drafted this blog last week and just found out yesterday that there will be some theaters showing the movie.  I wonder what happen? Backlash! They still alt to be ashamed of themselves.

Twelve Years A Slave: Full Book and Comprehensive Reading Companion

I could go on for freaking forever and list page after page of the sweat, tears, anger, hope, love, hatred, money hungry low down scalawags, and the heinous atrocities known to man. That won't get rid of the hurt nor solve anything.  What will solve many things is to not forget and remember where we came from and how much many African Americans endured. If it wasn't for them, we would not be where we are today. Now if we can only remember that, may be we will stop complaining and running scared from a movie and do something about it.  I'm not letting a damn soul forget our history.  I remember I was always preaching at the Asylum about Black History and I hope they picked up a few things.

Let's do some Black History books.  Not from years past, but current. We have some good writers out there and I hope you support them.  I am by promoting this blog to get money to buy their books, to promote, and push their works like a drug dealer on the street corner. 

C. MICHAEL FORSYTH - THE BLOOD OF TITANS - $2.99 - - - The Blood of Titans is unique love story set in the Golden Age of Africa. It is the tale of Halima, a teenage princess who falls in love with a warrior king. Enormous obstacles lie in the way of their happiness. In the course of their adventures, Princess Halima learns about loss, duty, and the high price of romantic love -- and must make a choice that determines the future of kingdoms.

EDWARD P. JONES - THE KNOWN WORLD - $7.99 - - - I truly did enjoy reading this book and meeting him. The story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can't uphold the estate's order and chaos ensues. In a daring and ambitious novel, Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all of its moral complexities. 

JOEL B. REED – MURDER IN THE CHOIR (THE JAZZ PHILLIPS MYSTERY SERIES) - - $ 99 Cents - - -   When a famous black musician is shot down at his eightieth birthday celebration in a small settlement in rural Arkansas, no one can imagine why. Smiley Jones was a living legend, a sweet fatherly soul loved by all, and there is intense political pressure to find his killer. To solve the case the sheriff calls in Jazz Phillips, renowned former head of the Arkansas CID. Unfortunately, the governor calls in the FBI, whose bumbling senior agent almost blows the case.
Despite the incompetence of the senior agent, Jazz quickly discovers a dark side of Smiley Jones that yields a wide field of suspects. Narrowing down the list, Jazz discovers this is no simple murder and he finds himself plunged into the shadow world of national security. Jazz also discovers he is on the trail of an international assassin and finds himself no longer the hunter. He is also the prey of the man never seen; a professional assassin who leaves no loose ends.
DANTE FEENIX – BLACK BUTTERFLY – $2.99 Cents - - - This is book one of three and I never heard of him and saw some good and some bad reviews of his books, but for 99 cents, I will at least give it a try.
Set in Baltimore City, I expected Black Butterfly to be just another urban drama. Guns, drugs, and gangsters. Predictable, but entertaining. However, amidst the violence, local slang, and dark backdrop there is an unpredictable, intelligent, and heart wrenching story. A single mother and her extremely intelligent young son share a close relationship built on support. The dynamics of that relationship is tested when the mother becomes a local celebrity on the first all black soap opera, Black Butterfly. She's ultimately sucked into a world of fame and the dirt that comes with it, when art imitates life and she's accused of murder! As she flees to clear her name she encounters bad guys and bad situations she ultimately deals with in an unpredictable fashion.
Got to stick on one for Black History Year.  
PAMELA SAMUELS YOUNG - THE SETUP - $ 99 cents - - - I call Mrs. Young, the “John Grisham” of black lawyer writers, she got the “Gift” and damn sure using it well.  I will buy anything and everything from this woman, she knows murder.
When a star running back is gunned down by a cop with a questionable history, the city of L.A. is on the verge of a racial explosion. Enter a lawyer who comes to the cop's defense, but a desire for justice hasn't nothing to do with it.

JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN - FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM - $34.33 (paperback $23.99) - - - This is a classic and remains the most revered, respected, and honored text on the market. The preeminent history of African Americans, this best-selling text charts the journey of African Americans from their origins in Africa, through slavery in the Western Hemisphere, struggles for freedom in the West Indies, Latin America, and the United States, various migrations, and the continuing quest for racial equality. Building on John Hope Franklin's classic work, the ninth edition has been thoroughly rewritten by the award-winning scholar Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. It includes new chapters and updated information based on the most current scholarship. With a new narrative that brings intellectual depth and fresh insight to a rich array of topics, the text features greater coverage of ancestral Africa, African American women, differing expressions of protest, local community activism, black internationalism, civil rights and black power, as well as the election of our first African American president in 2008. The text also has a fresh new 4-color design with new charts, maps, photographs, paintings, and illustrations.