2012 A Leap Year…a year of true, deep change…stand strong and make sure your vote counts…In this month of love, change and yes my birthday I ask that trust and community become a vital part of your personal commitment.
Look closely at our signings this month and you will not only see determination but progress and indeed true Solidarity emerging all around. Maggie Anderson’s Year in Black, Carol Jenkin’s 1 Million Dollar Gift from A Black philanthropist to make sure her Grandfather’s Legacy lives on and lots of uncovered history of our people’s greatness. And though some of the same struggles continue, like the President sang, we are so in love with you and if we stay together and committed, without question together we’ll find find the soul of America.
I would also like to say thank you to Una Melzak of Liberation Bookstore who fought tirelessly for justice and solidarity in the Harlem community and beyond…I ask that you come into the bookstore this month and spend $20 on one of her valued collection, which now resides at Hue-Man…She passed away this January.
And to the lovers and those who are looking for love….well join RJ to find out how the Death of a Cheating Man can further your goal of finding love or Tionna Smalls who thinks a spike heel can do the same job!
Wednesday, February 1, 6PM
Jessica Care Moore and Friends
We kick of the month with a celebration and nod to the enormous history of our people. With an all star line up of our cultural ambassadors, Moore Press presents the Rebirth of the Literary Cool. Join Jessica Care Moore, Danny Simmons, Asha Bandele and Khalid, El-Hakim for a powerful evening of words and a celebration of 15 years of Moore Press.
Thursday, February 2, 6PM
Men Love Abuse
Following up on her successful, award winning book, “Girl, Get Your Mind Right!”, Smalls, the Relationship Advisor on season 1 and 2 of What Chilli Wants, is tackling the issue of nice girls finishing last. “Men Love Abuse” is a honest book helping women become strong when dating a man by telling them not to call too much or to not to take any crap from a man. Smalls philosophy is, “be a bitch and you will get hitched.”
Friday, February 3, 6PM
Making Bold Moves
Making Bold Moves: Creating Multimillion-Dollar Success in 500 Days or Less! is the first in a series of motivational books geared toward inspiring entrepreneurs, business owners, industry executives and anyone dreaming of creating major success in their lives. The book is part “how-to” and part business biography, serving as a “how-about ™,” combining elements of an instructional road map with rich anecdotes about William S. Parrish, Jr.’s real life business journey and personal story.
Saturday February 4, 4PM
This book documents a number of inventions, patents and labor saving devices conceived by Black inventors from over 70 countries. Among many other inventions, pre-enslaved Africans, developed agricultural tools, building materials, medicinal herbs, cloth and weapons. Although historical documents emphasize that millions of Black people arrived in Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America and the United States under slavery’s yoke, it is relatively unknown that thousands of Africans and their descendants developed numerous labor-saving devices and inventions that spawned companies which generated money and jobs, worldwide. While most authors focus primarily on American and European inventors, Keith Holmes introduces inventions, both past and present, that Black people, developed and patented globally and multiculturally.
Sunday, February 5, 2PM
At York College
with Cheryl Wills
Greater Queens Chapter of the Links host Read In
23rd annual “African American Read-In” on Sunday, February 5, 2012 2:00pm – 5pm York College Faculty Dining Room 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11451
Monday, February 6 , 6PM
The George Brothers talk about their personal lives, their ups and downs, life in the crazy music and entertainment industry, their contribution in helping to create Full Force, their experiences in the movies they’ve acted in, most notably the “House Party” movies and more…but keep in mind…everything in their lives is “NOT just a House Party” REAL BROTHERS. REAL MUSIC BUSINESS. REAL DRAMA. REAL LIFE!
Tuesday, February 7, 6PM
In Ilchi Lee’s newest book, start a journey of spiritual growth and awakening as you follow him in his discovery of the wonders of Sedona, Arizona, a place steeped in earth wisdom. Release the past on the banks of Oak Creek and find a vision of the future among the red rock mountains dotted with cacti and juniper. You will find profound insights about making a true connection with your heart and nature, as well as much practical guidance for experiencing the spirit of Sedona.
Wednesday,February 8, 6PM
Part detective tale, part social and cultural narrative,Black Gotham is Carla Peterson’s riveting account of her quest to reconstruct the lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. As she shares their stories and those of their friends, neighbors, and business associates, she illuminates the greater history of African-American elites in New York City.
Black Gotham challenges many of the accepted “truths” about African-American history, including the assumption that the phrase “nineteenth-century black Americans” means enslaved people, that “New York state before the Civil War” refers to a place of freedom, and that a black elite did not exist until the twentieth century. Carla L. Peterson is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of”Doers of the Word”: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North, 1830-1880.
Saturday, February 11, 2-6PM
Beauty Through the Ages
Iman Cosmetics and Madeline and Terahshea McCRay
What better than a celebration of beauty in this the month of love. Join the experts of Iman cosmetics as they discuss beauty through the ages. Get Make overs from their celebrity Make up artists (2-4PM) YOU MUST SIGN UP AT HUE-MAN for this. Pick up a sign up sheet or call in. Following the GM of Iman Cosmetics, Desiree will join fitness expert Madeline and Terahshea McCray in an discussion of what it really means to be beautiful from the inside out. A FUN EVENING.
Monday, Feb 13, 6PM
From Where I Stand: Flight #93 Pilot’s Wife Sets the Record Straight
A decade after September 11, 2001, the nation continues to mourn what was lost: nearly 3,000 lives, and the innocence of a nation that will forever be changed. LeRoy W. Homer, Jr. was the first officer and co-pilot of United Flight 93; the morning of September 11, the flight was diverted to Washington, D.C., before crashing into a deserted field. Had it not been for the heroic efforts of crew members such as LeRoy, the plane would have crashed into its intended target–the U.S. Capitol–destroying more lives and the symbol of a nation united. In From Where I Stand, Homer’s wife Melodie chronicles the events of that day and the “new normal” that ensued: media calling for a quote every time a story broke related to September 11; raising children while living with post-traumatic stress disorder; and standing up to LeRoy’s employer, United Airlines. The last ten years have been a daily struggle, yet as Melodie proves in this ultimately uplifting journey, “there is a better future ahead.”
Tuesday, February 14, 6PM
Death of A Cheating Man
Ray J and Maxwell Billieon
Best known as the other half of the famed Kim Kadashian sex tape,Celebrity playboy Ray J has achieved fame and fortune, but what no one knew is that since he was a teenager, Ray J has hidden his addiction to cheating. He has never been faithful and has set out to find out why men cheat in efforts to change his life. It is not until Ray J’s search leads him to Billieon that he realizes that he can change.
Wednesday February 15, 6PM
I will Moderate a Panel at Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn
with the authors of Harlem is Nowhere Sherifa Rhodes-Pitts and Powder Necklace Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond. Skylight Gallery/Restoration Plaza is on 1368 Fulton street between Brooklyn and New York Avenues. A train to Nostrand avenue.
Thursday, February 16, 6PM
Troupe is an innovator of form and tone who shifts quickly from a lofty, elegiac mode into burlesque or smoky, jazzed-down pop phraseology.”–”Publishers Weekly”
“Troupe’s poems are exuberant and passionate outpourings with driving, syncopated rhythms and improvisatory riffs of colorful language.”–”Star Tribune “(Minneapolis)
Coined with the French word errance “to wander” in mind, these poems rove through ancient Yoruba to the streets of Harlem to the tropical heat of Guadeloupe and emerge with a new vocabulary for the transformations of the physical, philosophical, and musical worlds. Known for his long lyrical narrative poems and invocation of the oral tradition, Quincy Troupe captures the histories and deaths of Michael Jackson and Miles Davis, celebrating both their accomplishments and contradictions. This collection embraces the improvisation of a soul as it offers a paen to the possibilities of poetry.
Friday, February 17, 6PM
Where the Sun Rose Over Harlem- A Memoir
Terry Baker Mulligan
Using Harlem’s cultural institutions and memorable characters as her backdrop, Mulligan writes joyously about weathering adolescence while history unfolds around her. This feel-good story resonates with humor and warmth as she chronicles her life among evangelists, curly-haired doo wop boys, snuff-dipppers, Fidel Castro’s entourage, interracial marriage, chitlin’ parties and testy interactions between West Indians and Southern blacks. Meet Mr. Big B, the neighborhood numbers banker; join her at the Apollo for Thursday matinees and visit Smalls Paradise and the Hot Cha, when she and her father go bar-hopping on Sunday mornings. She befriends baseball’s Willie Mays in the shoeshine parlor, paints posters for the 1957 March on Washington, and tries, but fails to ingratiate herself into junior black society. This book is a living document of mid 20th-Century Harlem with appeal for all America.
Double Feature Saturday
Saturday, February 18 12-3:30 PM
Black Comic Book Day
With Jerry Craft and Friends
This was so much fun last year…I truly look forward to celebrating our Black Comic book authors and illustrators…Join Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz series) and his fellow artists as they inform us on the importance of comics on imagination and literacy.
Saturday Feb 18 , 4PM
Black Titan: A. G. Gaston the Making of a Black Millionnaire 4PM
In 2004 Carol Jenkins and her daughter penned a wonderful book about her Grandfather A. G. Gaston. It is a work that should remain in the black cannon of literature. But, unlike others our works like our history seeps out of America’s history. Well not anymore. Through the generous gift of $1 Million Dollars from a Philanthropist who will Join Carol…A. G. Gaston’s Legacy will live again. Meet a few titans who know that financial empowerment is an important conversation for people of color today. The Philanthropist, the young entrepreneur and Jenkins. Jenkins is a writer and producer, and Emmy award winning former television anchor and correspondent, well known for her tenure with WNBC-TV in New York. Jenkins now serves as president of the Women’s Media Center, a nonprofit advocacy organizations founded in 2004 to make women visible and powerful in the media.
Sunday, February 19, 3PM
Makeda Book club
Monday, February 20th
The John Carlos Story
Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Here is the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist, John Carlos. John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete and professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze-medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy.
Tuesday, February 21, 6PM
To Harlem With Love
A diplomat’s son, star athlete, and Harvard Law School graduate, Joe Holland, in the early 1980s, had a world of opportunities awaiting him on Wall Street and in corporate America. Instead, Holland moved to the inner city, driven by a divine calling full of unfolding mystery and challenge. He found himself in Harlem during the nadir of its blight and endeavored to contribute to a neighborhood that was tough in every sense of the word. A Republican among Democrats, a privileged Southern scion among working-class Northerners, Holland earned his stripes as an entrepreneur/activist embracing a vision of personal and community transformation. A five-year sojourn became a three-decade commitment, as his Harlem-based career morphed from practicing law to empowering the homeless, to running small businesses, to writing plays, to serving in politics, to building housing-all aimed at revitalizing a beaten-down, dream-deferred cultural mecca haunted by poignant memories of its glory days in the early twentieth century.
Wednesday February 22, 6PM
Hue-Man Book club
Reading By Any Greens Necessary
Thursday February 23, 6PM
Redefining Black Power
Contributors: Michelle Alexander, Rev Jeremiah Wright, Joanne Griffin
2008; the year of hope and change. The year of the black president. The year of Barack Obama. His campaign unlocked the door to America’s political process in ways unseen before. Millions donated to the Obama election fund; even more exercised their democratic right to vote for the first time, recognizing the power of the collective voice. America was ready for a black president and African Americans ready for a new reality.
The work of the Redefining Black Power Project is simple; to document the black experience during the ‘Age of Obama’; African American history is unique, and so is the black perspective on this key moment in the United States’ political and social development. Beginning in 2009, hosts and producers including Margaret Prescod, Lucia Chappelle, Sabiha Khan, Aimee Allison, Esther Manilla and Gloria Minnott, recorded roundtable discussions at Pacifica stations nationwide. These conversations were followed by a special documentary series, phone in programs, and now the book and this online portal of history. Via these outlets, were collected voices and opinions through the lenses of the legal system, the economy, media, social justice advocacy, faith, politics, education and more. As the 2012 election approaches, our voices are ever more important.
Saturday, February 25, 4PM
Karyn Parson and Terrie Wise-Douglass
Karyn Parsons formerly of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air mentors fellow writer and will be here to help her promote her new book Cupcake for Maya.
Sunday Feb 26 3PM
The Spook Who Sat By The Door
WITH DR GENE PETERS.
Monday, February 27th, 6PM
Never Would Have Made It:
Nothing happens overnight. Seeds are planted, serendipity happens and beliefs outweigh fear. Providence. Melvin Childs, former executive producer for Tyler Perry, details the incredible true story of the struggles, determination, friendship, and innovation that rocketed Tyler Perry to Hollywood domination and forever altered the course of Childs’s life. Never Would Have Made It: The Rise of Tyler Perry, The Most Powerful Entertainer in Black America is a must-read not only for Perry fans but also for hopefuls seeking to break into the entertainment industry.
Tuesday, February 28, 6PM
Our Black Year
Maggie Anderson is a woman of substance and walks every talk. Anderson’s shocking and enlightening book, Our Black Year, was born from what many black people say with nauseating regularity, but that the Anderson family actually practiced. The power couple bought exclusively from black-owned businesses for an entire year and documented their profound findings through their Empowerment Experiment website and Our Black Year book. ”The Empowerment Experiment is grounded in my family’s public pledge to live off of black businesses and talent, and to buy black for an entire year. Since then, the Empowerment Experiment has evolved into a movement where we encourage consumers of all kinds and races to support black businesses,” says the Chicago native who’s called “Mrs. Buy Black” at speaking engagements around the country. “And in doing so you counter the social crisis that disproportionately impacts black people. We believe that it’s a beautiful thing that is just as American as buying white, buying military, etc.” A Sister to our own Harlem Power of One Program…this is a must have book for every black person who want to economically empower themselves and their community. see special coupon below….to help you…afford this book.
Wednesday, February 29, 6PM
Girls Like US
A deeply moving story by a survivor of the commercial sex industry who has devoted her career to activism and helping other young girls escape “the life.” At thirteen, Rachel Lloyd found herself caught up in a world of pain and abuse, struggling to survive as a child with no responsible adults to support her. Vulnerable yet tough, she eventually ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. It took time and incredible resilience, but finally, with the help of a local church community, she broke free of her pimp and her past. Three years later, Lloyd arrived in the United States to work with adult women in the sex industry and soon founded her own nonprofit-GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services-to meet the needs of other girls with her history. She also earned her GED and won full scholarships to college and a graduate program. Today Lloyd is executive director of GEMS in New York City and has turned it into one of the nation’s most groundbreaking nonprofit organizations.
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