“I am not offended by either. I grew up knowing myself as a black girl and as I grew older I learned that I am an African American. The argument I've heard is that being African American is a culture and being black is only talking about the color.”
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“I prefer Black over African-American because I believe the term BLACK is more powerful and a more unified term. There is so much more to Black people than being American. Once outside the USA, I could stand in a room with other Black people from different countries and nothing about me will reflect an "American" based solely on my appearance. On the other hand, everything about me reflects a PROUD BLACK MAN.“
Chris McClean is an award-winning author, graphic designer, and speaker. Chris was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but his family roots trace back to the beautiful island of Barbados, West Indies. Chris spent over ten years in law-enforcement and uses his experience and education to demand his readers’ attention with realistic scenarios throughout his stories. After serving four years as a Patrol Officer for the Philadelphia Police Department, Chris took advantage of an opportunity of a lifetime. In 2012, a small police department in the suburbs of Philadelphia hired Chris, which made him the first African-American officer in the history of that department. After years of searching for a way to teach young children about social issues they were likely to encounter, he created the CrimeFighters: Defenders of Justice. The CrimeFighters are a diverse group of heroes that teach safety lessons to young readers.
Along with being a children’s author, Chris writes fiction under the pen name C.L. Lowry. He has released three books under his pen name, which include a crime anthology, post-apocalyptic thriller, and a guide to self-publishing. As a writing coach, Chris has helped over 25 writers self-publish more than 50 titles. He has assisted writers with outlining, editing, marketing, illustrating, and designing promotional material. Chris has been a speaker at several elementary schools, libraries, and non-profit programs. His presentations include reading of his books, safety presentations for children, and “know your rights” presentations for adults.
Chris McClean’s debut storybook The CrimeFighters: The Heroes Fight a Fire ranked on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Selling Children’s Books in the summer of 2016. Since then he has released stories that touch on the subjects of bullying, theft, and stranger danger. In 2016, Chris won an award for the bestanthology at the New York Book Festival (The Black Badge: Confessions of Corruption). In 2017, Chris was a finalist for the Book Excellence Awards (The CrimeFighters: The Heroes Stop a Bully) and winner of the Hungry Minds Book Award for the 2017 Independent Children’s Publisher (The CrimeFighters Book Series). The CrimeFighters series comes in picture books and a chapter series. Along with the CrimeFighters book series, Chris also worked with developers to create the CrimeFighters Coloring Book App for Apple and Android. The app is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2018.
Along with perfecting his penmanship, Chris also started a book review program called Creedom Book Critiques. Alongside his son, CJ, Chris provides honest book reviews to authors of all genres. Chris started Creedom Book Critiques after seeing the minimum amount of exposure independent authors received, despite all the hard work they put into their books.
If you have any questions, suggestions, complaints or want to volunteer as a beta reader and receive free advance-reading copies of new books, please email Chris McClean at CreedomBooks@gmail.com. For more information on Chris McClean, Creedom Book Critiques and book release dates visitwww.creedombooks.com. For more information on the CrimeFighters book series, visit www.crimefightersbooks.com.
THE CRIMEFIGHTERS - The CrimeFighters are a group of superheroes that are also law-enforcement officers and first responders. The CrimeFighters are friends that work together to fight crime and make the streets safer. They are equipped with special armored suits that have features that are linked to each of their skills and professions. The CrimeFighters group consists of junior versions of a Police Officer, Firefighter, Fire Marshal, State Trooper, Corrections Officer, FBI Agent, Paramedic, and Sheriff. The CrimeFighters develop plans on how to catch criminals and defend justice all over the world. Whether they are stopping a bully from being mean to people or preventing thieves from stealing, the CrimeFighters are here to “save the day.”
The CrimeFighters books are recommended for children, ages 6 and up. With the CrimeFighters books, children will:
•Be introduced to the CrimeFighters
•Learn about the diverse group of heroes
•Enjoy beautiful illustrations
•Love the creative stories
•Be taught safety lessons
•Understand the difference between “right” and “wrong”
•Expand their vocabulary
•Have fun reading
“I don't have a preference because I view being Black is general, and African-American as being region specific. My wonderful black people are everywhere on this planet. To call myself a Black Man, is a sense of pride to be counted among all of my people everywhere. To be an African-American is a wonderful honor for what my family has fought and sacrificed for in the United States. There are Afro-Mexicans, Afro-Puerto Ricans, Afro-Cubans, Liberians, Nigerians, and Ethiopians. Each titles indicates where you are immediately from, but we are all Black and awesome.”
I was born in Findlay, Ohio. At the age of 16, my family moved to Sugar Land, TX. Shortly after moving, I began to write. No matter where I went, my writing followed. I wrote while attending University Of Houston, transferring and graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, graduate school at Bowling Green State University, marriage, fatherhood, and all points in between. Poetry is my snapshot in time because words mean more than pictures to me. They allow me to look, remember, and truly embrace each new experience.
I love the city of Houston. Houston is where I met my wife, and where my son was born. Writing has enabled me to express myself thoroughly and creatively. Life is more than "happy love." At times, I have had to say good-bye. Sometimes, I have had to give chase. In other situations, I have had to sit still. Nevertheless, in all of the places I have lived, and moments I have experienced, all are worthwhile.
From a poet-author who is deep in thoughts, sentiments, and experiences comes an emotive and endearing collection of poems that speak of a myriad of themes and topics. J. Elliot Howard has Rewritten Lives to share the lessons, dreams, hopes, and longings to others who are willing to listen.
In this poetry anthology, Howard unleashes his profound emotions through poetic verses. With the ebb and flow of his words, readers will feel the depths of his psyche and the nadir of his heart. Penning down these pieces, he conveys the unfathomable zenith of his feelings that range from memories, yearnings, conversations, saying goodbye, moving on, life sessions, new beginnings, reminiscences, dark moments, and more.
These poems are Howard’s expressions of what he observes, feels, understands, and accepts of life and love. They are reminders of years gone by, the people that were, and the sentiments once felt. This potpourri of lines varies from subject to subject and from one theme to the next, but they all speak of the beautiful colors of life. In “My Turn Now,” he says, “With each turn of the page of life, through graduation and having a wife tears of joy burn down my cheeks as you have held my hand.” In “Lessons,” he writes, “Our moments are like the sand on the beach. Crystals of memories within reach that in my time of need have formed the rock to meet my every care.” In “The Final Moment,” he ponders, “Life has its seasons, each season has its moments, and with these moments there are perfect times.” In “A New Beginning,” he shares, “A newness of life, the coming of a fresh start. Maybe a needed difference a need for change.” These and more poignant words are sure to welcome readers as they leaf through the pages of Rewritten Lives.
“At first glance, I thought African American author because I was born in American and that is what the history books will portray me as the legendary African American author. However, my heritage is worth more than the birthplace, and in some manner, the connotation that I am a part of American oversees the strength of African within me. AA dismisses part of me that is rich in intelligence, skill, craft, heritage, and some of my identity was stolen by a name that honestly has nothing to do with me. I am a black woman or black author and proud. The symbolism in the black speaks volumes of because of the strength, gift, and heritage.Black may be more appropriate because it signifies the tone of my skin enriched with melanin.“
Author Orjanette Bryant is a motivational speaker, wellness consultant, life coach, business coach, gifted in the ministry, and a Registered nurse. As a guest speaker on the panel at several Natural hair care events, she educates women about a chemical-free approach to beauty. This consultant shares her knowledge about natural hair care in her first published book, "Nubia's Guide to Going Natural". You will learn the importance of avoiding the harmful chemicals and consider alternatives for your hair care.
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“African-American. It's the closest title to embracing and specifying the two parts of my heritage. My ancestors are from Africa of course, but I'm American as well as Native American. Black is too broad a term, little more than a color to me. It doesn't include the range of skin tone of in African American's. We come in all colors.”
London Starr is a pen name for LaToya Wilson of Griffin, GA who lives there as a mother of three, wife, and brand new author who's pursuing a lifelong dream of writing, sharing her imagination, and giving people a warm place to go in her books when the real world has grown cold.
Book Synopsis: When it comes to unconditional love, Legacy Bennett gets it in spades from her mother despite life and luck often subjecting both women to Russian roulette with five bullets in the cylinder instead of one. Every time the trigger is pulled, it seems they lose something vital… or someone.
At her mother’s request, Legacy makes plans to leave behind everything she’s ever known in inner city Warsaw, Illinois, and unintentionally steps right onto a well-worn path that her mother has already escaped once.
Not getting off in time will lead Legacy straight into the clutches of someone who should love both women before all others. Legacy has no clue that the longer she stays in Warsaw, the better her chances for retracing her mother’s footsteps get.
But what if she has to go where her mother has been to better her chances for survival?
“I'm Black. No ifs, ands or buts about it. I fully understand I'm of African descent but I also understand I am not an African-born person who became an American citizen. I was born and raised in America. I am not a fan of making every non-white person who was born in America a hyphen while the white people are just Americans or Caucasians when we're being politically correct. I am a black woman born and raised in Missouri City, Tx to American born parents who descended from kidnapped Africans. A black American is my preferred identity.”
Tiera Jones is a fictional author who loves to write all kinds of fiction but Urban Fiction is her specialty. She wrote her first published novella, Karma, in 2013, her last year in the United States Air Force. Tiera has been full steam ahead ever since, penning 3 free short stories in Facebook available on her author's page entitled: #loversfriendsandfoes 1-16, #blackandblue 1-8 #codepurple 1-6
Karma Jackson is the youngest of the Jackson sisters. Her life is pretty simple, she works with her sisters and epitomizes the phrase "young, wild and free", but she feels something is missing.
Quincy Brown is on the fast track in his career, after recently promoting to detective. He is constantly in a struggle between going after what he wants or following his best friends lead. Karma and Quincy couldn't be any more different from each while being so similar.
But when their paths cross will it be a story of love or will it be a story of pain? Find out in the first installation of Tiera Jones' series, Karma.
“I identify as African American not black. From my point of view, black is a color to describe a material object(s). Black has no history or anything to be happy about or learn about. But African American is a race, it is a group of people with history and stories and things to be proud of. History to share and most of all reasons to stick together.”
Breanna J. Marshall, known to the writing industry as Author Breanna J, is a 25 year old author, hailing from Rochester, NY. She is hitting the scene with her debut novel, “In The Name of Love,” due to release at the end of January. She started writing at the age of 7, using poetry to express herself in her times of loneliness. The urge for writing novels came when she knew that her love of writing was good enough to share with the world. Her goal in the industry is to take the success she receives and help young girls with low self-esteem. She hopes that her writings show those that have low self-esteem and have the unfortunate circumstance of living in bad environments that things get better. She wanted them to understand that God and faith is the key. Coming soon is her short story, “The Cost of Love,” and another novel titled, “No More Secrets.”
Book Synopsis: Sasha is a successful salon owner in public. She seems like she has it all together to most that are on the outside looking in. In private, though, she is a queen trying to keep her kingdom floating, but when the love from her King, Kendrick A.K.A. Keyz seems to be tainted and causing her more hurt then she ever expected, she starts to question if the years, money, and the risk she had invested in them were even worth it. Her life is changed in ways she never imagined as she makes new friends, faces temptation, betrayal and so much more.
“I prefer to identify as black, because my identity transcends, or goes beyond, being American. When I say I am black, I find that I can relate to more people of color across the diaspora. It also is of no particular importance, to me, to be politically correct in naming myself- which the term “African-American” attempts. Since I am visibly of color or “black,” I do think that even plainly identifying as “American” (when traveling abroad, for instance) does suffice. I would consider “African-American” to be a dangling modifier, in any case.“
I am Taja Maynie, a 21 year old, newly self-published author from Chicago with interest in developing a wider audience. My fictional novel, “Prelude to King” emphasizes motifs of travel and intersectional relationships. The story is written in rotating perspectives, from Nanita, Sigmund, Blaqueran, and an omniscient point of view. The short fiction compacts race dynamics, fluidity in love, and American millennial culture into a 90 page read for a crisp and refreshing peek into young, limitless love. Nani, a professional twenty-something-year-old writer, is met with a monotonous presence that propels her to take a spontaneous trip overseas to fall back into an old lover, and meet some people who serves as mirrors along the way. “Prelude to King” by Taja Maynie is a dedication to the millennial youth, God, and finding your own relation to both, as the first invitation into Black, Nani, and Zig’s life of travel and personal deliverance. I am happy to send more info, such as images, excerpts, and other details. I look forward to a response. I have also attached an image of the 5x8in Trade Book below as well as photos of myself. The cover art for “Prelude to King” is designed to enhance the stark contrast between stereotypical depictions of people of color commonly used in 20th Century American media, and that of which the story attempts to recreate.
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The novel is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and has sold over 100 copies in less than 4 weeks of being publicly available.
“I prefer to be called African American because I like to identify with my African ancestors. “
Tiffany Stallings is the Amazon best selling author of 'Mommy Works Too Much' and 'The Bounce Back Mindset: How to Bounce Back When Life Has Screwed You.'
Tiffany has served as the founding partner of a New Jersey-based educational service firm that provides tutoring, test prep, enrichment programs, and a host of other summer camps and sports activities. She also has a broad range of educational experience working with children and families.
Over the years, Tiffany taught in the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She also became an educator for adult learners. Her skills as a master teacher enabled her to teach an array of subjects.
Tiffany has worked as a lead teacher in Math, providing guidance and support for fellow teachers. In addition, she has served as a vice principal and principal of a public, K-8 charter school.
During Tiffany’s tenure in this position, she personally devised and implemented a variety of professional development workshops for both teachers and paraprofessionals. She also created a “Surviving as a New Teacher Program” to acclimate novice teachers to the rigors of teaching.
Currently, Tiffany serves as the Chief School Administrator of an alternative high school. Her education stems from a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and a Master of Arts Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Saint Peter’s College. Other accolades include membership in the National Association for Elementary School Principals and the Psi Chi National Honor Society.
Tiffany is a mother of three, and enjoys running and cycling. She takes pride in being a firm back of the pack half marathoner, perpetual beginning road cyclist, and aspiring triathlete.
At the moment she is preparing to release her next two books, 'We Want to See the World!' and 'Get Published! How I Became an Amazon Best Selling Author.'
Learn more at www.ohtiffanywrites.com.
Hello, my name is Mariah James & I’m from Rochester, NY.
“I prefer to be identified as black. I feel as if being called an African American is to say that I, myself was born in Africa and has since gained my citizenship as an American. I am American, by definition of the word, but I am black because my bloodline shows not only that my ancestors were originally from Africa, but it also shows that I have ancestors who were born and raised in the Carribeans.”
“I refer to myself as both. I use African American because that’s what’s politically correct. My ancestors are from Africa and they’re apart of me. I may have never been to Africa but that’s where it all started for us. I’m ok with saying that I’m black too, because that’s what I am. Both are ok to me.”
Bre'youn is a 22 year old, born and raised in Shreveport, La. She is the youngest of two sisters. Growing up she became intrigued by urban fiction novels after reading her first Kwan book. Before picking up a book Bre'youn has always had a secret love for writing stories, but she has always loved to read also. She didn't really get serious about writing until she decided to take a semester off from school, and during that break one of her childhood friends encouraged her to submit her manuscript to a publishing company. In October of 2017 Bre'youn signed under Major Key Publishing.
Step into the world of Kameron “Stone” Smith & Zeke “Ghost” Daniels. Kameron is a pediatrician by day and a queen pin by night, whereas Zeke is a full-time king pin. Both run their drug empires in different parts of the country, but faith would have it that they both end up at the same place at the same time. Find out what happens when Kameron and Zeke fall hard for each other without knowing who they are really falling for.
Meet Joy, Kameron’s best friend, and her brother Michael, Kameron’s right hand man. The trio have been friends since they were kids, but when another friend is added to the group, things head south. Demi has been friends with Kameron since they both were in college. Demi and Michael find themselves testing the waters of a potential relationship and Joy isn’t too thrilled about it.
What happens when friendships are diminished, family members become strangers and the love of your life is someone you would have never thought they were?
Catch up on part 1 & 2 before 3 drops soon!