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She that Findeth

Posted: September 6, 2014 in Reads

September 5, 2014

Kim Brooks

Detroit, MI ( — Atria Books’ inspirational novel release, She That Findeth, by award-winning author, Kim Brooks, from Detroit, landed the #1 spot on Black Christian News Network’s National Bestsellers List in the Fiction category.

She That Findeth chronicles the journey of Shenita Love, a single woman who faces the reality on her 35th birthday that she is still unmarried with no children. Instead of continuing to wait on her God-send husband, ten years celibate Shenita sets out to find a man on her own and puts herself out there in ways she would have never imagined.

“Shenita’s plight mirrors that of so many single women,” says Brooks, a celibate single herself who has spoken to single women audiences at churches and organizations for the past ten years. “I remember when Oprah dedicated an entire episode of her show highlighting the fact that 70% of black women are single. The novel tells a story that shows there is hope for Shenita Love, and others like her.”

“I couldn’t put it down,” says one reader, Caree. “I could personally relate to some of the female characters,” says another reader, Francine.

She That Findeth, published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, is Brooks’ third novel and fifth book and is available wherever books are sold nationwide and online.

For more information and to contact Kim Brooks (@kimontheweb), visit

Who plays the race card

Posted: September 5, 2014 in Reads

September 2, 2014

The Salter Group, LLC

By Kwame S. Salter

Nationwide ( — Robin Williams, the brilliant late actor/comedian, once remarked, “Reality! What a concept.” When the discussion comes around to race relations in America, we seem to have a difficult time dealing with the reality of race. On both sides of the racial divide, opinions seem to be set in quick drying concrete. Many whites feel that any mention of race is an attempt by blacks to justify or excuse some action or reaction. On the other hand, too many blacks believe that no white person can be trusted to be fair and objective in encounters between the races. In reality, the truth lies somewhere between these two extremes. Clearly, not every compliant by blacks is frivolous or a blatant attempt to obfuscate by playing the so-called “race card.” And, in spite of the sordid history of social injustices, political disenfranchisement and state sponsored terrorism in the guise of the Klan and other white supremacist groups, many brave and courageous whites have stood up for both our civil and human rights.

The recent phenomenon of rewiring racial injustices to be viewed as something other than reality has been aided and abetted by the talking heads of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh et al. Some whites have a problem with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and, even, President Obama injecting themselves into race issues. However, more blacks find the right wing rants of the Fox commentators both insulting and a gambit – as they, not so subtlety, use race as both sword and shield to boost their ratings and line their pockets. Jon Stewart, the insightful and comic genius anchor for The Daily Show ( assembled and dissected a block of videos from these media agitators. After viewing the Stewart video, I am sure you will agree that facts to these guys get in the way of their goal of whipping their fan base into frenzy. While selected and isolated so-called facts are introduced with glaring graphics and amplified by angry guest commenters, the objective reality doesn’t support their position. In their worldview, the only race that counts and should be acknowledged as legitimate is a NASCAR event. Yet still, they raise issues that must either be countered or addressed– not only by blacks, but also all of America.

Issues such as black on black crime and the scourge of vicious black criminal cartels loosely referred to, as gangs must be faced up to and discussed. Approximately 12%-13% of the American population is African-American, making up 40% of the almost 2.1 million male inmates in jail or prison (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009). Crime, whether committed by blacks or whites, has become pandemic in our large urban centers. What are the contributing factors; why is our criminal justice system so efficient in the capture and incarceration of black offenders; and, how many are in prison due to being targeted in the putative War on Drugs? “Too many,” as George Wallace was said to have quipped when asked, “how many blacks are there in America?” But, why are we so protective of so many of the truly bad guys who live in and terrorize our black communities? Is it that we dont trust the police? Many of the police patrolling these black communities are themselves black. Are these black officers quid pro quo better or fairer than their white counterparts? Some are and some aren’t.

Just recently, a highly commended black Police Commander in Chicago was stripped of his badge and gun while facing two felony charges. This top cop allegedly put his gun in the mouth of a black suspect. DNA test verified the presence of the gun in the suspects mouth. By the way, this cop, over the years, had been the subject of many citizen complaints. What comes of the complaints from black citizens against these black cops? According to records, only two citizen complaints resulted in discipline. Is this behavior by a black cop surprising? No, not if you consider that during WWII the Nazis used Jewish prisoners as “Kapos” or prisoner trustees to watch over and brutalize their fellow Jewish prisoners. The more brutal these Kapos the more rewarded by the SS Guards. As I pointed out in my piece of Ferguson, what we need is not, necessarily more black officers – but better officers. Attracting, developing and retaining better police officers is the key to tamping down some of the potential of violence by and against police. Having a close relative that was a police officer who was shot and blinded in the course of duty, I know their job is not an easy one. Every split second is over loaded with information and data that must be correctly deciphered – their life and the suspects depend on it. This is the reality of the situation.

Having discussions aimed at bringing about positive race relations appears to be a topic that America is not eager to put on the table. America, we have a problem. This is not a new problem; it is not even an isolable problem; still, it is a wicked problem. According to the Australian Public Commission, a wicked problem is one “that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. The term “wicked” is used to denote resistance to resolution, rather than evil.” Improved race relations in America can be achieved by applying our unique American “can do” attitude. We have a blueprint. That blueprint is the Kerner Commission formed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967 to understand the root causes of the urban riots that plagued our cities from starting in 1964. Johnson rejected the Commissions recommendations. Still, the Commissions findings, known as the Kerner Report were spot on and prescient. The Commission stated that the nation was “moving toward two societies, One Black, One White – Separate and Unequal.” Moreover, the Report warned our country faced a “system of apartheid in its major cities.”

Obviously, we have not heeded the warning. Today, the concentration of blacks in the inner cities remains more fixed than fluid; the predicted racial divide has widened; and, poverty is more structural than generational. We need President Obama to issue a call to action, much like President Johnson did over 40 years ago. Thus, my modest proposal is for the President to create the Biden Commission on race relations. Joe Biden, our straight shooting Vice-President has both the street cred and needed gravitas to lead such a Commission – his 2007 primary gaffe, notwithstanding, of describing Obama thusly: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” I’ve heard worse and Biden has more than atoned for that politically incorrect statement.

Finally, I would also highly recommend that Sean Hannity, Bill OReilly and Rush Limbaugh be invited to join this august body. Why not? They always seem to have the right answers.

Kwame S. Salter is President of The Salter Group LLC, and the author of two books including “Striving While Black”. For details about his company, visit

From Slave To National Hero By Colin C. Reid

Nationwide — Jamaican-born writer, Colin C. Reid, has incorporated multi-disciplinary story-telling to recreate a gripping historical narrative of Chief Nanny and her fearless Maroons. His book, From Slave To National Hero: The Legend of Nanny, was written as an acknowledgment of the valuable contribution made by African slave women in their fight for freedom. The text also serves as a reminder to the people of today’s Diaspora of the enormous sacrifice made by ordinary folks to bring forth the freedom we now enjoy and take for granted.

Former slaves like Nanny and the Maroons have defied the odds and charted their own destiny, paving the way for the dismantling of slavery. However, millions have suffered at the hands of the slave masters and carry the scars even to this day. Still, Reid does not let the African slave traders off lightly and pulls no punches in chastising them for their role in perpetuating the practice. Reid’s account not only explores the suffering that the Africans endured, but more importantly, he highlights their success with a strong female leader at the helm. In doing so, he has convincingly made the case why Nanny deserves to be called a National Hero.In From Slave To National Hero, the author delves into the dreadful lives of slaves on the plantation, leaving no stone unturned to expose the brutality of this system. However, he also reveals compassion, empathy, kindness, caring, honesty, respect, love, honor and forgiveness, character traits that were essential in building a new and just society.

The narrative is told entirely from the perspective of the African people, from their tiny villages back in Africa to the great plantations in Jamaica. This was a deliberate attempt by Reid to help the reader understand the day-to-day struggles of the typical slave.

Stemming from the author’s attempt to include the reader into the lifestyle of the Jamaican people at this time, Reid highlights the many colorful celebrations and festivals brought to Jamaica by both the British and the Africans and that are still celebrated today.

This story is written in such a versatile manner than it can be enjoyed by history buffs or the average reader who is interested in being enlightened about an important part of Jamaican and Caribbean culture.

From Slave To National Hero: The Legend of Nanny is available in digital as well as paperback versions at, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Page Foundry and Scribd.

Colin Reid

Knock Knock Whooz There by Marvin Griffin

Nationwide — “… Prisons today represent a kind of break from the rest of the world’s mindset on incarceration,” [where deprivation is deep], “that it challenges our conception of what America truly is … ” The subject of prisons pose the thought-provoking question: ” … what steps should be taken to help change society’s negative perception of prisoners and ex-felons?”

Trachell Rutherford CEO of Nivram’s Bookshelf, recently sat down with renowned author, publisher, and philanthropist Marvin Griffin to get his insight with respect to prisoners responsibility not only to themselves [as convicts] but their community they someday wish to reenter. Once upon a time, Marvin hosted a myriad of street aliases, i.e. , Prince Nivram, Norman Bates, Robbing Marvin, and Mitch just to name a few.

These generic sobriquets earned him the rightful presumption of guilt as being labeled an emphatic thug who albeit became a legend in the so-called game! Today, however, Marvin is wearing another name, one of which many may argue threatens to taint his legendary status instead of enhancing it. He’s now commonly referred to as “Inmate” Marvin Griffin Reg. #57836-004; by virtue of being duly convicted in 1998 by a jury of his so-called peers. That is to say, this once charming, brown skin, soft spoken individual with a narrow build — in the sense of a physical specimen — emceed his role as a hustler — met his fate one day trying to steal 6 kilograms of cocaine from his once partner in crime, Danny Felton, a former city of Miami Police Officer, turned government informant.

In a twisted game of greed, disloyalty, betrayal, and awkward fate, the drugs Marvin so desperately coveted turned out to be sham packages: and the actual drug deal turned out to be a reverse-sting operation orchestrated by the FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation; corruption unit doing a joint investigation with Internal Affairs on police corruption in the Miami-Liberty City area. In the end, while the corrupt cop walked away scot-free, Marvin wasn’t so lucky. He received 30 years in prison [albeit] with no chance of parole. Thus far he’s already served 17 years and with the exception to the greying of his beard and receding hairline you’d never know he’s two years shy of being 50 years old. To facade this reality, he occasionally rocks a crown and keeps an electric razor handy to elude the inevitable tolling of father times. In a more ironical sense, he blames his growing ball to the weight of his lengthy dreads that hang just above his scrawny knees. Yet, in spite of his underpinnings, Marvin maintains he’s a reformed and redeemed prisoner who’s not only worthy of reentering his community but that society should accept him with open arms. To his credit, Marvin claims he’s managed to do more with his time, seeking to accomplish more than the average individual in the free world. “Had it not been for prison, there’s no telling where I would be today.” He chides, dreamily: “Probably Dead!”

“Where urban fiction hip-hop literature comes to life.” Today, he calls himself founder and CEO of Nivram’s Bookshelf at 360 Degrees Publications, an independent urban book firm based in Boynton Beach Florida. He’s working expeditiously to get this company off the ground; announcing his new release Knock Knock Whooz There/A Ghetto Tale which features a mystique mystery contest that allows readers to compete for a chance to win $10,000 and/ or a GT Bentley. Marvin calls himself a majestic writer with an imaginary sense that brings ordinary words to life.

To date, he’s penned almost 21 manuscripts including but not limited to an exclusive running manual The Art of Running, Biography: The Making of a Thug, and the motivational book Nightmares/ A Deep Spiritual Cleansing Towards Good Dreams that he plans to donate [the entire proceeds of] to charity.

“To answer your question,” Marvin explains, “Prisoners must work diligently while incarcerated to change the image of themselves. They must acknowledge that without rehabilitative programs in prisons around the country society-using the judicial system as a conduit has virtually condemned them. Being cognizant of this information would encourage prisoners to constantly seek redemption throughout their incarceration. This is the first step. Secondly, they must accept full responsibility of, their actions.”

It suffices to say, Marvin’s own personality has proved divisive [so much so] that he’s inspired intense hatred from the Government, who prosecuted his case, and judge both of whom have portrayed him as a “slickster” a sophisticated criminal whose managed to escape “the system’s crooked game of justice” (white justice), for years . When I asked Marvin how he feels about the judge and government’s comments of him. He states with a genuine beguiling smile: “Man, I take everything in stride. It’s all material I use to create stories, ya’ know what I’m saying?” That’s another thing, prisoners need something to aspire to; and what better inspiration do I have to motivate me than my current circumstances.

In other words, prisons in America today is about withstanding the worst of times in one’s effort to transcend his own faults into virtues. With this in mind, society’s conception of American’s prisons change when prisoners redefines his or her own vices that binds them to a mental capacity of which encourage-rather than- discourage criminality … “My question to you now to the audience of which this press release seeks to target is: what’s your perception of me: Am I condemned or redeemed?”

To learn more about Marvin and how you can become an instant winner or how you can support Marvin in his fight for freedom, log onto To read other articles about Marvin’s story, log onto LinkedIn and/or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Book
Knock Knock Whooz There?
By Marvin Griffin
ISBN: 1482079178
Pages: 310
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– Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated family, relationships and marriage book from San Diego, CA, author Nadi Williams. –

Seal the Deal by Nadi Williams

Nationwide — Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Seal the Deal – a resource book for those looking to improve and retain healthy loving relationships with others.  Author Nadi Williams’ most recent book to date is a 6×9 paperback in the family, relationships and marriage category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication on May 9, 2014.

While every relationship has its issues, only those who are willing to work at them truthfully and without judging can enjoy the successes that come with building them up.

Seal the Deal is an intimate book about looking at one’s self and learning to accept the person in the mirror in order to facilitate healthy relationships with others.  With examples from the author’s life, this book guides the reader through their own personal journey, allowing them to explore areas that they feel confident in and to examine other areas in their relationships that could use some work.

Seal the Deal is an easy-to-follow, inspirational resource for those looking to improve and retain healthy, loving relationships with others. It shares the many reasons to love, to engage in a committed relationship with one person, and to build upon a solid foundation that can then be shared with others.

86 pages in length, Seal the Deal, is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the family, relationships and marriage category.  With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Seal the Deal meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $14.95.

Book Details:
Seal the Deal
By Nadi Williams
ISBN: 9781478732860
Copyright 2014

About the Author:
Nadi Williams received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego.  She has been working on her loving marital relationship for twenty-six years and is the mother of two adult children.  As a military wife of twenty-two years, Nadi is known for her matchmaking ability and for helping others problem-solve relationship and parenting issues.  Nadi has journeyed through obstacles in her own life as a child raised in the inner-city projects of Buffalo, NY and now seeks truth, compassion and levels of understanding when choosing to move forward in forming and maintaining meaningful relationships.

Nadi Williams

Maya Angelou Dies

Winston-Salem, NC — Legendary author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou has died, according to her publicist Helen Brann. She passed away in her Winston-Salem, N.C. home after suffering from health problems, and was found by her caretaker.

Born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Angelou was raised between St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She got into writing after experiencing a childhood tragedy when she was 7, after her mother’s boyfriend raped her. He was later beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him. Later in life, she moved to San Francisco and studied dance and drama, and went on to become a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.


She also went on to become one of the greatest literary writers of our time, and is especially remembered for her award-winning writings including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “A Song Flung Up To Heaven.”

Once, during in an interview with USA TODAY, she said, “I have created myself. I have taught myself so much.”

She also once notably said, “I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine… before she realizes she’s reading.”

Just last November 2013, at the age of 85, Angelou was introduced by her friend, author Toni Morrison, and presented with an award for “Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.”

This past January 2014, after the death of South African leader Nelson Mandela, Angelou published His Day Is Done, a poetic tribute to Mandela commissioned by the U.S. State Department. It was seen as an exchange of honor between two legends because Mandela had read aloud Angelou’s poem, Still I Rise, at his 1994 presidential inauguration.

She reportedly spoke more than 5 languages, and considered Oprah Winfrey and Martin Luther King Jr. to be among her personal friends.

For more information about the life and works of Maya Angelou, visit:

Second American Revolution by Harvey Smith Sr

Pittsburgh, PA — African American author Harvey Smith, Sr. has published The Second American Revolution: Closing The Four Basic Gaps of African Americans – a ground breaking book which provides a fresh look at the history of slavery in America as well as providing the first significant solution to the current problems that exist in America today. Harvey describes the differences between the Perfect Pair of achievements of white Americans versus the Imperfect Pair of achievements of African Americans. This book was written for the benefit of African Americans and all Americans who want to see all Americans have a fair opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

Today, it is very common to hear high profile wealthy white individuals continually express their racial hatred of African Americans. One example was Donald Sterling of the LA Clippers who said he did not want African Americans coming to his team’s basketball games. Another example was Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks who made racist comments about “a black kid in a hoodie…” 

President Barack Obama in his speech on December 4, 2013 made the following comments: “The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American Dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe.” Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times said: “Yet today the American dream has derailed, partly because of growing inequality.”

The Second American Revolution describes the four basic gaps that exist in America and they are: Business; Income; Net Worth; and Education (the BINE Gap). The BINE GAP is a new concept that has never been discussed in America. The book provides verifiable documentation of facts that clearly identify the gaps. Just as importantly, the book, for the first time, provides solutions that will level the playing field and will yield fresh opportunities for African Americans to become truly free and to become first class citizens for the first time in the history of our country.

There is a need for a drastic shift of thought in America today. This book provides for a renaissance of ideas and plans that should be given immediate attention by all stakeholders and leaders in our country.

The following are some of the key topics taken from the book:

1. White Americans have achieved great success in religion and in economics, a Perfect Pair. African Americans have achieved great success in religion, but only a limited success in economics (an Imperfect Pair).
2. A history of white Americans and African American religion dating back to the early 17th century.
3. A summary of slavery and the African Diaspora.
4. The important economic role of the African slave and the importance of Black Rice both of which provided the foundation for economic prosperity in the development of America.
5. The basis of equality based on the Bible and the Declaration of Independence including comments that God wants everyone to prosper.
6. Economic comparisons by race and the social implications of the disparities.
7. Reasons for economic equality including the need for an accelerated plan of action.
8. A financial equity action plan that will lead to equality in America and the achievement of the American Dream by African Americans. This plan provides for a self-help component including personal financial management and a wealth maximization model.

Now is the right time for real change in America. All Americans should strive towards the achievement of the maximum and optimum productivity level that Americans are capable of achieving. It is time for African Americans to stop being complacent with their plight in life. It is time for the achievement of the American Dream by all African Americans.

About the Author:
Harvey Smith, Sr. earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He has earned certificates in several writing courses and has a published article. He is a college professor where he teaches online business courses worldwide to undergraduate and graduate students. His past work experience includes work at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, PPG Industries as well as work in African American communities in Pittsburgh. He has worked as a CFO and a CEO, and is the founder of a nonprofit organization that serves disadvantaged youth. For more details, visit

Four-Hundredth Year Celebration Planning
Harvey Smith is encouraging all African Americans and all Americans to join with him in planning for the 400th year 2019 celebration of the first arrival of African slaves who arrived in 1619 in colonial America. The event will commemorate the productive labor of the African slaves that substantially helped America’s economic growth.

Harvey Smith, Sr.