Exclusive: RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey Talks ‘Carry-On Baggage’, Bar One’s Foreclosure & Why You Must “Do Your Research” Before Starting A Business
As a one of the stars of Bravo’s hit reality show “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, Cynthia Bailey is no stranger to the spotlight. She became one of the most sought after African-American supermodels, gracing runways and editorial spreads worldwide. With her caliber of beauty and poise, many would be surprised to know that she’s a small-town country girl from Alabama. Cynthia’s escape from the backwoods to the bright lights is a testament to her tenacity and desire to use her talents to help other women entering the industry.
From New York to Atlanta, Cynthia is now a household name that manages to jungle her role as wife, mother, television star, and businesswoman. When she’s not taping for RHOA, she oversees the daily operations of The Bailey School of Fashion. In addition, she continues her entrepreneurial efforts with the opening of Industry Studios along with hubby, Peter Thomas.
Speaking of the two, Cynthia and Peter also penned their first book. ‘Carry-On Baggage: Our Non-StopFlight’, is a relationship book that reveals the “real” about their union. Most viewers of the show have seen them hit a few rocky spots. Whether it was Cynthia’s family not approving their marriage to their ongoing financial disagreements, the couple has spared none. They’ve also had to rebuke several allegations made in the media regarding a pregnancy and the pending foreclosure of their Atlanta-based tapas lounge, Bar One.
Throughout it all, Cynthia has been a soldier. At a point in her life where she’s not afraid to speak her mind, she remains a class act while throwing “shade” with style and subtlety. Her overall presence is impeccable. Thus, she was selected as the first celebrity to have her own signature doll in conjunction with the The One World Doll Project (www.cynthiabaileydoll.com).
Recently, she hosted a fashion and beauty show at Walmart on the southwest side of Atlanta. At the event, I had the pleasure to meet Cynthia and find out about her new book, her business ventures, and what was really going on with the Bar One’s existence.
On Peter and Cynthia’s new book…
The book ‘Carry On Baggage’ Peter and I wrote it. It is about our life and our relationship. How we got together. How I moved from New York City to Atlanta. How we ended up on the show ["Real Housewives of Atlanta"]. It is not an advice book. It’s more of us just telling our story. We got married on the show, a lot of people knew of our whole relationship from the show. You guys (the viewers) been through the ups and downs with us…the highs and lows. And, I feel like you guys only really get to small parts of our life. The book was a great opportunity to give you guys the full story – the back story of who we make it work.
On their new facility across the street from Bar One…
Industry Studios, which houses Derek Blanks Photography, The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, and also Peter Thomas Entertainment. So we just located to a bigger space and it’s huge and beautiful. I think you may have saw it on the first show (episode of Season 6) with the all-white party. That’s Industry Studios. I’m still doing my pageants. I’m still doing the model search. We have the book out. Peter has Peter’s Brew Coffee. Bar One is still doing very well. We are also opening up a Bar One in Charlotte, NC. So, you know we’re working.
On being an African-American woman in business, what type of advice would you give to young girls that want to get into modeling, fashion, or entertainment? What are some key things they should know?
I think one of the key I should tell anyone that is trying to get into the entertainment business, is DO YOUR RESEARCH. Make sure you have some kind of knowledge to even…by the time you get to someone like me, I need to feel like you are serious about it. Really make sure this is what you really want to do. No one wants to waste a lot of their time talking to someone who is on the fence. So, decide what you want to do, then do your research. And then connect with the right people that can help you get you to where you’re trying to go. But, have it together before you get to me because we don’t have to fool with you. [Laughs]
On the rumors surrounding the foreclosure of Bar One…
Oh, we are definitely having some issues with Bar One. It has nothing to do directly with Peter and I. Peter pays the rent for Bar One every month. But the landlord was not paying the bank. So there’s some issues going on. We pray that’s all going to be worked out in time. So just pray for us. We’re working it out. But again, we were doing what we was supposed to be doing. Life happens…
You can catch Cynthia Bailey, on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Season 6, every Sunday night at 8PM EST on Bravo TV!
Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade penned his first book and now it’s being developed into a television show.
The show will be called “Three The Hard Way” and will be a comedy inspired by Wade’s best-selling book. The show is written by Ben Watkins (“Burn Notice”) and is based on the NBA superstar after he gets full custody of his kids. His wide range of close friends tag along, but soon realizes that they are assisting Wade in parenting duties.
Watkins and Wade are executive producing the show along with Mike Tollin of Mandalay Sports Media and Justin Lin, Danielle Woodrow, and Troy Craig Poon through Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment.
This will be the first project out of Wade’s ZZ Productions company.
Novel readers worldwide can now rejoice knowing that the New York Times Best Seller “Addicted” has been made into a full length movie.
The popular erotic novel will hit theaters in March 2014. Cast members will include Boris Kodjoe, Sharon Leal, Tasha Smith, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tyson Beckford and William Levy. The film is being pushed by Lionsgate and produced by Paul Hall and Charisse Nesbit (exec. producer). Veteran Bille Woodruff is directing.
In case you haven’t read the book, the story centers around an African-American business woman who loves sex but soon finds out that what she loves is making her life turn upside down…for the worse.
For Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction…to sex. Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment — and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her “fatal attraction” — as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman’s mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage… and her life.
Sounds quite interesting…
(Los Angeles, California – September 18, 2013) - In an ideal world, young girls of color would be showered with infinite messages of self-love and self-acceptance reflective of their inherent and immeasurable worth. They would be inundated with a plethora of affirming role models urging them to reach for the stars just within their grasp. Yet in 2012, there remains a dearth of these aforementioned messages and role models essential to the well-being and self esteem of young girls of color in the United States. In one fell swoop Betty K. Bynum – an accomplished journalist, screenwriter, and actress (ER, Law & Order, Death At A Funeral), brazenly steps in to fill the void with her multifaceted The ’I’m A Girl’ Collection. Promulgating positive images and mantras to young girls of color ages 2-9, the collection finds its genesis in a series of 12 children’s books authored by Bynum and illustrated by prolific English illustrator/animator, Claire Armstrong Parod (Space Jams, Curious George) – beginning with the inaugural title I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl!
Filled with radiant colors, captivating characters, and age-appropriate affirmations woven into unique story lines, The I’m A Girl book series has received praise from the likes of esteemed Hollywood elite Debbie Allen, Chris Rock, Loretta Devine, Hill Harper, John Singleton, Antwone Fisher and legendary Academy-award winning actress Ruby Dee. The series itself was inspired by a confluence of events – including the introduction of President Barack Obama’s daughters Sasha and Malia into American public life. After a visit to a local bookstore’s children’s section, Bynum was further inspired to push forward with her undertaking.
“When I looked at the section of books for children of color, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Our girls have a beautiful abundance of colors, but they don’t get celebrated as they should. The I’m A Girl Collection really does fill the void for girls of color that have not been included in the big picture,” says Bynum.
The I’m A Girl book series represents an ethnic inclusiveness amongst young girls of color in many ways unparalleled in any other children’s series. I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! seeks to engender a positive self-image amongst young black girls – a sentiment largely absent in the children’s book market. I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! follows the main character Mia on her wondrous journey from waking up dismayed at seeing her disheveled hair to her marvel of an epiphany of self acceptance and self love.
Bynum has secured an exclusive deal with retail monolith Target. Subsequent titles in the series include I’m A Lovely Little Latina! (2013) Hooray! I’m A Girl In The USA! (2014) and I’m An Awesome Asian Girl! (2015)
Bynum has also expanded The I’m A Girl Collection to include a line of dolls celebrating an array of hues and hair textures which will arrive in stores in time for Christmas season 2013. Esteemed doll manufacturer Madame Alexander has signed on to exclusively fabricate the series of 18” vinyl dolls designed by illustrator Lawrence Christmas (Jim Henson, Nickelodeon).
“I carry the love of our girls and our women in my heart so deeply. There is no book on the market that celebrates little black girls in the way they should be celebrated and honored. The bottom line is that it serves our girls in a way that they’ve long been ignored.”
Source: Helio PR
Many of us have always wondered about the life of Grace Jones. The model/actress/singer has been a very intriguing fixture in entertainment for over three decades. Having danced the night away with the hippest celebrities at Studio 54 to co-starring in ‘Boomerang’ with Eddie Murphy and Eartha Kitt, Grace Jones has always seem to steal the spotlight.
Her strong African features and beautiful androgynous presence helped catapult her into becoming one of the first Black supermodels. She’s always stood out from the crowd. But, her style and attitude solidified who being Grace Jones was all about.
Well, now we all may have the opportunity to really know what her life was life in a new book.
The model, actress, singer and Studio 54 legend has an agreement with Gallery Books for a book scheduled to come out next fall. Gallery, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Wednesday that the book is currently untitled.
In a statement released by Gallery, Jones noted that her song “Art Groupie” began with the line, “I’ll never write my memoirs.” What made her give in? If she didn’t do it, someone else would. (AP)
Very interesting…sounds like a definite must read.
via press release…
The Rich Dad Company, founded by personal finance expert Robert Kiyosaki, today announced Rich Dad Interactive, a digital-focused brand that will provide the always-online generation with new ways to learn financial literacy. Most well-known for Rich Dad Poor Dad, the top-selling personal finance book of all time, Rich Dad will bring the time-tested lessons that have helped millions find financial freedom to new audiences via apps, games and interactive learning tools. Rich Dad Interactive’s first product, Clutch, a new take on the e-book format with a focus on visual and interactive elements, is planned for release on the Apple App Store in September 2013.
Millions of Americans and people around the world, especially young people who face intense financial challenges today, haven’t been taught how to take control of their financial future,” said Robert Kiyosaki. “Through Rich Dad Interactive, we’ll provide powerful, fun, new ways to gain financial literacy.”
“We’ve successfully spread the Rich Dad message through books and lectures around the world,” said Shane Caniglia, entrepreneur, President of Rich Dad and head of Rich Dad Interactive. “Studies show that as many as 80% of all online Americans aged 18 to 34 now have smartphones. Online-enabled devices have provided a great platform through which we can reach large audiences and distribute Rich Dad’s lessons in highly effective, interactive forms that are proven to increase retention.”
To learn more about Rich Dad Interactive and view the “Open Your Eyes” trailer, please visit: www.richdad.com/interactive.
Most colleges and universities’ fall term starts in August and the thought of how much it costs to send a child to school scares parents. On top of tuition, room and board, food, etc, the number of books needed for classroom studies can burn a hole in a wallet too. This is why one company has created a unique way for students to save money on books.
Neebo, Inc. (the “Company”; NEEB*), the beneficial owner of Nebraska Book Company, Inc. and an industry leader in solutions for the college store marketplace, today announced the launch of a new program called BookSmart, a money-saving option for students of participating schools to have their required course material costs included in their tuition and fees.
“Through the cost and time savings of this program, Neebo’s BookSmart program will help students get their required course materials in time for the first day of class, greatly enhancing their overall educational experience,” said Sean O’Brien, area vice president of Neebo, Inc.’s College Stores segment.
With schools’ participation in the BookSmart program, students will receive on average 50 percent off the national textbook average price, as the program enables students to receive the lowest prices for textbooks at a local level. The cost per student is calculated based on the total rental cost of textbooks for all students and is divided by the total number of credit hours being taken that year.
According to the 2012 NACS Foundation publication, Student Watch, students spent approximately $655 each on required course materials last year, and research shows that students are increasingly concerned with finding the lowest prices for their textbooks. As a result, students spend time and effort shopping for the best deals. With BookSmart, the hassle of trying to find the best prices at a convenient location is no longer an issue because the lowest price is offered locally—guaranteed. In addition, students can conveniently pick up and return all textbook rentals at their local participating bookstore, eliminating excess shipping costs and shipping delays.
BookSmart not only benefits students, but it also provides a number of advantages to schools that have an on-campus bookstore. The program:
• Allows faculty members the flexibility to choose their academic course material
• Ensures the student receives all required books before the first day of class
• Provides an early opportunity for local bookstores to build relationships with students
• Can be used as a recruiting tool for prospective students
For more information about Neebo, Inc.’s BookSmart program, visit http://www.neeboleasing.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, we already know that Michael Jordan loves the ladies and has had many sexual encounters throughout his life. Unfortunately, several encounters were during his marriage to ex-wife Juanita. But besides his fondness of Caucasian women, apparently he like to play sex games too.
A former MTV video jockey, Lisa Kennedy, is slated to release a book about her life. In the book, there is a chapter dedicated to her strange meeting with the legendary basketball player. Kennedy says while out at dinner with MJ and Russell Simmons, back in 1995, she was asked if she wanted to play a game of dice. MJ is a known gambler. So, the suggestion of a game of Craps isn’t that awkward. But, MJ told her that the consolation prize will be – if he won, she would come back to his hotel room for the night.
Kennedy was shocked when he said that and quickly suggested that he give her tickets to the New York Knicks game. Instead, MJ offered New York Nets tickets since he was “happily” married. *side eye*
In the hilarious chapter, she said she was afraid to have sex with MJ because she thought he was well-endowed. Also, Kennedy states she was a virgin at the time and did not want MJ to take her virginity.
Who knew Michael Jordan like playing dice for sex? Ole freaky a$$ MJ was a slick back in the day. No wonder he was wilding out while married. SMH…
Who knew that it’s been 75 years since the world’s most famous cartoon character came to life.
Superman first appeared in the Action Comics #1 book in 1938. Ever since, the iconic character has won fans over from all across the universe. Superman has been made into action figures, games, movies, and numerous other merchandise products. To honor his 75th anniversary, Warner Bros and DC Entertainment will collaborate on a years worth of celebratory events. To first kick off the celebration, the companies revealed a new 75th anniversary commemorative logo (see above).
“Superman is undeniably the greatest Super Hero in the world and likely the most influential comic book character of all time,” according to Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment. “In addition to being an enduring presence in pop culture for the last 75 years, he continues to be a commanding global icon. DC Entertainment and all of Warner Bros. look forward to celebrating this important, year-long anniversary for Superman.”
As part of the year round festivities, movie enthusiasts will be able to view “Man of Steel” on June 14 in theaters. Also, Superman fans can be look out for these upcoming events:
•“Injustice: Gods Among Us,” a new fighting game franchise that allows players to experience the power, gadgetry and unparalleled strength of some of the most popular DC Comics Super Heroes and Super-Villains such as Superman and Lex Luthor, was released on April 16 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
•“Superman: Unbound,” an all-new DC Universe Animated Original Movie that pits Superman against Brainiac—a devastating force of flesh and machine with Earth squarely in his sights—was released on May 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
•“Man of Steel” and Superman products are available for fans of all ages, including toys, costumes, apparel, party goods and publishing from Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
•“Superman Unchained,” the much anticipated new comic book series that centers on a mystery that is frustrating the hero in both the Superman and Clark Kent aspects of his identity ultimately revealing a brand-new villain, debuts on June 12 from DC Entertainment.
•“Infinite Crisis,” an all-new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that delivers a heart-pounding competitive player vs. player battle experience set in the legendary DC Multiverse, a world in which familiar DC Comics characters such as Superman have been reimagined in startling ways, debuts in fall of 2013 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
•“DC Nation” Superman Shorts, a series of all-new Superman-themed animated shorts produced by Warner Bros. Animation and airing on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block throughout the year.
• DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” giving campaign launches its second crowdfunding initiative in June focused on Superman and featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and limited edition merchandise to engage, excite and empower legions of fans. Get something good. Do something great.
To stay up-to-date on all things Superman and the celebration activities, please visit www.Superman75.com.
Are you an inspiring writer or author who have unpublished works? If this is you, Amazon Publishing has a new cool way for you to earn money and publish your writings “at the same d*mn time”.
Amazon Publishing announced today that is has created a new online platform called ‘Kindle Worlds’. Kindle Worlds will allow writers to publish original fiction-based stories then earn a percentage of royalties from sales. Once the stories are written, each authors’ content will then be sold via the Kindle Store. For stories with at least 10,000 words, will be paid 35% of net revenue. In addition, Amazon will soon pilot an experimental program for stories between 5,000 to 10,000 words. However, writers will receive a digital royalty payment of only 20%.
In comparison to standard publishing royalties, Amazon & Kindle World will base revenue off of sale price and not off wholesale price (as set off industry standards). Writers can expect to receive payments on a monthly basis too.
Kindle Worlds will kick off in June. It will first premiere works from 50 commissioned works from authors like best-selling author Barbara Freethy, John Everson, and Colleen Thompson. During the same time, Kindle Worlds will open its self-service submission platform where any author can submit their work. To learn more about this awesome opportunity, visit Kindle Worlds at www.amazon.com/kindleworlds.
The new program is part of the “textbook buyback” initiative which is a collaborative effort between Chegg and American Express Serve®. American Express provides students with the Serve® prepaid card after textbooks are sold inside the Chegg website. The prepaid card does not have any hidden fees. Students do not have to pass a credit check to get one. Instead, the only qualification is that students set up an account on Chegg. Though the process below may seems a bit much, AMEX and Chegg assures that selling books and earning money is rather simple. Check it out…
1) Student visits the Chegg website, requests and agrees to a quote for the books they would like to sell, and prints a shipping label to send their books to Chegg.
2) Student will then be directed to sign up for Serve from American Express within the Chegg website, and a Serve prepaid Card will be directly shipped to them. Buyback funds will be sent from Chegg within 24-hours of processing the book.
3) Student receives their Serve Card in the mail and activates it. They can use the newly available funds to transfer money between friends with Serve accounts, make an ATM withdrawal or to safely and securely shop virtually anywhere American Express® Cards are accepted.
“Going to college requires many transitions for students; one of the most important is developing good financial habits. We are thrilled to partner with Serve and help students manage their money using a trusted digital account,” said Elizabeth Harz, vice president of business development for Chegg. “Saving students time, money and helping them get smarter is what Chegg is all about. Teaming with Serve helps us deliver on this charter and provides American Express an authentic connection to this important and influential audience of 18 to 24 year olds.”
Starting now through August 30, 2013, students can open a new Serve Account and make purchases and receive a $10 credit. For more information, go to www.chegg.com.
Chegg, the student hub, is transforming the way millions of students learn by connecting them to the people and tools needed to succeed in college through homework help, course selection, eTextbook and textbook options as well as school and scholarship connections. Students nationwide use Chegg 365 days a year to make learning easier, more accessible and more productive. As a part of the company’s philanthropic efforts, Chegg is dedicated to its Chegg For Good program, which empowers students to be a catalyst for change on their campus, in their communities and around the world. From starting as a textbook rental company to evolving into the student hub, Chegg is enhancing education for millions of students by saving them time, saving them money and helping them get smarter.
Hey parents! After sifting through the worldwide web for youth-related content, here are two cost savvy treats that’ll be great for your kids.
First off, “National Free Comic Book Day” will be celebrated on May 4th. At participating comic book stores across the globe, 4.6 million comic books will be given away free to customers. In case you are wondering if only certain series of books will be free, don’t worry because ALL of your favorite books are included (i.e. Star Wars, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Walking Dead, and Superman). The free books will appeal to a broad audience who’s known to appreciate horror, sci-fi, action-packed, or kid-friendly content. So, YES, this means that the adults will have an opportunity to catch the savings too.
In addition, comic shops will offer other great deals and exclusive items. Don’t be surprised if you see a few super-heroes onsite. If you would like to see the full list of free titles, go to www.freecomicbookday.com. While on the site, check the Locator to see which stores in your area will be participating.
For the kids who’d prefer to see their favorite super-hero or cartoon character on film, you’re in luck! This summer, Regal Entertainment Group (Regal Cinemas) launch their “Summer Movie Express 2013″ festival. The festival will run for nine weeks offering movie-goers the chance to watch G and PG rated movies. Movies will be show on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10AM. Admission will only cost $1 dollar with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.
Over 300 Regal Cinemas locations will be participating and the movies selected are guaranteed to be a hit with the kids. The Three Stooges, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Rio, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Yogi Bear, Happy Feet Two and many other films are on the list of scheduled movies.
To find the complete list and show dates, go to www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express .
It’s 2013. We are living in a day and age where information, on just about anything, is readily available. Whether it’s through the internet or at your local library, advice on a wide ray of subjects can be found if one just take the time out to look. This is especially true for parents who aren’t necessarily equipped with enough knowledge to pass down to their kids. One area that often stomps the parents when asked a question is money.
Personal finance, investing, wealth management, etc are all topics that parents should start teaching their kids early on. But unfortunately there are many parents that suffer from personal money issues. So, this automatically deters them from being a great role model and/or teacher. However, the necessary information and resources that can help young adults manage their financial lives are out there.
To help parents instill some financial accountability into their kids, STACKS Magazine found several great Books To Help Young Adults Manage Their Financial Life. Here’s the list:
1. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey
2. Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan: Keeping Your Money Safe & Sound
3. Financial Planning for Your First Job by Matthew Brandeburg
4. Investment Visionaries: A Roadmap to Wealth from the World’s Greatest Money Managers by Peter J. Tanous
5. Get A Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner
6. Your So Money: Live Rich, Even When Your Not by Farnoosh Torabi
7. Street Wise: A Guide for Teen Investors by Janet Bamford
Parents, most of these books can be purchased online on Amazon. The earlier your child start developing some financial responsibility, the less financial headaches they’ll experience in the future.
Good Deed: Ne-Yo’s Fiance Monyetta Shaw Instills Life Lessons In New Childrens Book ‘The Adventures of Maddie’
Monyetta Shaw, the fiancé of singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, recently released her first childrens book. The Adventures of Maddie is a book inspired by her daughter Maddie and the lessons she’s learned as a mother of two.
The book, published under her Evan Grace Publishing imprint, is one of several endeavours Ms. Shaw is embarking upon through the formation of her new company, The Evan Grace Group. Although the book is centered around an African-American child, The Adventures of Maddie is catered to all races. This is quite unique in that you don’t hear of many African-American based books for young kids. In addition, the contents in the book centers around values, life lessons, morals, and Maddie’s own daily adventures as a young 6 year old. This is also great and a valuable stepping stone to help mothers positively assist in the development of their kids.
The book is the first of a series that will follow Maddie as she embarks on life as a little girl growing up. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, The Adventures of Maddie can be purchased on Amazon for $11.95 (paperback).
After leaving his post last year as one of the host of BET’s 106 and Park, Terrence J moved on up to the “E” side snagging a spot as a host on ‘E News.’ With those two gigs, the title of television host is secure on his resume.
But now he’s about to add the title of author to his repertoire. Terrence J recently announced that he has a book on the way. The book entitled The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom will revolve around how the life lessons his mother taught him impacted his life.
About this new venture and what inspired him, Terrence J said,
“During the process of playing the “Mama’s boy” in Think Like a Man, I took an in-depth look at my own mother and her extraordinary journey of raising me while a still teenager herself. I know that many of the successful moments in my life, personally and professionally, have been in part because of the lessons that she taught me, and I am proud to share her words of wisdom to inspire others.”
The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom by Terrence J will be published by HarperCollins Publishers and is scheduled for a September 2013 release.
You may recognize him by his big afro and afro pick or as the drummer for The Roots and lead band director on Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show. Whichever the case, he’s adding one more title to his name…author.
‘Mo Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove” is Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s first book. The book is a memoir that will detail his life and share thoughts on black music and pop culture. Depsite spending most of his time on music, teaching at NYU, and running a catering business, he’s found time to pen down this book.
According to the NY Daily News, it is a memoir that…
“…as you might expect from the pop culture-obsessed drummer, is full of riffs on different subjects. Thompson promises to hold forth on “some of the lates, the greats, the fakes and the true originals of the music world,” according to the press release, which we spotted through The Hollywood Reporter. But he’ll also hold forth on black history and the state of musical criticism, blending his tales of working with Jay-Z and Elvis Costello with meditations on their place in pop history.”
Via Grand Central Publishing, the book will be released on June 18th.
Sounds very interesting…definitely one to read.
Garfield Hylton is a fellow blogger and twitter character that I have grown to admire. Maybe it was the raw style that he comes with on a consistent basis. Or, maybe it was the curmudgeon-turned-comedian approach to life he unexpectedly leads. Whatever the case, when he said he had written a book I was immediately thrilled. I was thrilled by the fact that I would get to read and review the piece of work that he put together. So, when I downloaded my copy of The Soundtrack To My Life, I was hoping for something as hilarious and profound as his blogs.
After reading his book, I realized that the discussed topics were no laughing matter. This was probably the most serious, and open, I have ever seen him.
The format of the book is pretty simple to understand. Each chapter, which details a certain aspect of his life, accompanies a song that reflects precisely what is being talked about. For example, his chapter “Friends- How Many Of Us Have Them?” is linked with MF Doom’s “Deep Fried Frienz” instinctively. The same is done with the chapters “Girl Problems” (Big Sean’s “Sellin’ Dreams”) and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” (Kanye West’s “Blame Game”). As song lyrics are interwoven into the chapter’s dialogue, a reader can almost “hear” how the entire chapter is playing out.
Garfield wants the reader to have a visceral, and musical, experience through his writing. This is one of the things that make this book work.
The other thing that makes this tome work is Garfield’s sheer, uncut honesty. He shares a lot of information about himself and his daily struggles. The reader gets to see how his father’s absence has contributed to his lack of judgment with interpersonal relationships. Garfield also shares his beliefs on the collegiate educational system (it is all a money making sham) and why he chose writing and put his desire to be a lawyer on the backburner.
The only major complaint that anyone can give is the fact that the book is very, very short. Only clocking in at around 50 pages, this is rarely what one considers the classic length of an autobiography. Yet, what he doesn’t have in length, he doubles with sheer passion and in-your-face details of trials, tribulations, and eventual triumph. In the regular publishing world, the length will be an issue. For the sake of readership, though, it truly works out in his favor.
Concrete and concise, The Soundtrack To My Life is a book that is so pure and uncut that the emotions bleed over from the pages. Garfield Hylton does the most difficult thing ever: he exposes himself. When one exposes themselves, they run the risk of being hurt. As short as the composition is, the length of existing ambiance is way more long-lasting than the words can show. Hylton’s soundtrack is just a reminder that art imitates the life we artistically seek.
Actor Boris Kodjoe has snagged a leading role in the upcoming film ‘Addicted’. By way of Lionsgate, the film will be based on best-selling author Zane’s book of the same name. The storyline revolves around a successful African-American businesswoman who has to endure the ups and downs of her sex addiction.
Here’s the synopsis…
For Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, and three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction to sex. Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets, to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment – and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her ‘fatal attraction’ – as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman’s mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage and her life.
Sharon Leal and William Levy have been added to the cast as well. No word yet on who’ll be starring as Zoe. As for a release date, there’s no word on that yet either considering production was supposed to begin this summer but didn’t. But we’ll keep you posted as details emerge.
Even though he introduced himself to the world as a rapper, I think it’s becoming more and more evident that 50 Cent is less of that these days and more like an entrepreneur. A few weeks ago we told you about his upcoming venture to release his fitness book, Formula 50: A 6-Week Total Body Transformation Plan. While the book is not scheduled for release until December, 50 is already setting the promo trail ablaze recently release a promo video for the book. Check it out below and let us know in the comments if you’ll be getting your workout on with the G-Unit boss.
via press release:
New York, NY October 9, 2012 – Marketing Maven Teneshia Warner, founder of award-winning agency Egami Consulting Group (Egami), has written Profit With Purpose: A Marketer’s Guide to Deliver Purpose-Driven Campaigns to Multicultural Audiences. With forewords by global philanthropist, Hip-hop pioneer and entrepreneur Russell Simmons, the book is a practical guide to engaging the multicultural audience in a purpose-driven way.
Profit With Purpose, is the first book to be published on multicultural Purpose-Driven Marketing and highlights the award-winning client work that Egami and MSLGroup have collaborated on over the years. The overarching theme is that people, products and services have a meaning, and that meaning is their purpose. When that purpose is aligned to meet the needs and/or serves others, great things can happen as lives are enriched and innovation occurs. Purpose-Driven Marketing highlights that the consumer can benefit in conjunction with a profitable bottom-line. This exciting new approach to multicultural marketing requires brands to shift from the ‘selling business’ and into the ‘business of serving’.
To purchase a copy of the book for $28, go to Paramount Publishing Inc’s website.
Thanks for sharing Janice Torres/Egami Consulting Group, Inc!
Rapper, actor, and entrepreneur Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson is embarking on yet another business venture. This time in the form of a fitness book, the Queens native is about to help you transform your body. Partnering with publishing house Penguin Group USA, 50 is set to release Formula 50: A 6-Week Total Body Transformation Plan.
According to a press release on why he went this route, 50 said, “I had a strong desire to write this book because it is very important to me to help people make positive changes and take charge of their overall health. FORMULA 50 is a radical six week mind-body transformation plan geared to help readers develop mental toughness to achieve optimum results while offering a nutrition component.”
Formula 50 will hit store shelves December 2012. Will you copping the book and working it out the Formula 50 way???
Back in August, I mentioned that former No Limit Records emcee Mia X would soon release a cookbook/memoir. [READ: Who Knew?? Rapper Mia X Set To Release Cookbook/Memoir] Well, she’s finally released an excerpt of her book Things My Grandma Told Me, Things My Grandma Showed Me exclusively to AllHipHop.com. Although there’s been no official date of release, Mia X has graciously given her fans a preview into her life and some of her Mamaw-inspired dishes. Get your read on below…
I was feeling down and depressed because I found out that my boyfriend had gotten someone else pregnant. I knew that if I left him, I would have to move back with my mama, and even though I had the best mommy, once you move out and live on your own you establish a comfort zone unlike no other. I called mamaw to see what she was doing.
She was saying that she had a pot of red beans on the stove and was about to make cabbage also. I knew she was cooking for a small army because of the heavy traffic of folks who visited her house everyday. So I asked her if she could use some company and help. She made me smile when she said, “You know mamaw always welcomes your company, Mity.”
After we hung up, I got dressed and headed to mamaw’s.
On the way I thought about everything that was going on in my life. I loved my boyfriend, we had a daughter, he loved and treated my son as his own, I wanted to be with him, but I was so mad, shamed, and hurt. I just wanted him to settle down with me and do right! All his b*tches and making all these babies. When will he stop was the only thought in my head.
Knock knock I said, turning the knob to mamaws always unlocked door. “Come on baby. I’m in my room.” Hey lady. I hugged her neck and kissed her satin smooth mahogany skin. I was trying to avoid eye contact because I had been crying all night.
“What’s goin on witcha lil gal”? I didnt have a poker face, so mamaw knew something was bothering me. On top of the fact that she could damn near see through all of us be it good or bad. I exhaled but before I could say anything she told me. “Go was dem outside spirits off you hands so we can sit down and make conte” (discuss things/gossip).
Mamaw had a house rule. Once you crossed her door seal you had to wash you hands. She said you should never bring the random germs from the outside spirits to linger in someones house. As far as her kitchen went, even if you already washed your hands, before you touched anything you had to wash them again.
“Stir the beans and pour the water off the pickle tips(pickled pork briskette) and fill the pot up again they need to boil twice,” Mamaw was saying as she was making her way to the kitchen. I was placing the pickle tips and fresh water back on the stove for the second boil when she said.
“What the n*gga did dat got you looking like you gotta be David Dukes chamber maid?” He made a baby on me mamaw! I burst into tears. My heart felt like it was about to explode.
But wait, there’s more! Read the full excerpt here.
Has your love-life changed since reading ’50 Shades of Grey’? Or have you left those fantasies to the characters in the book?
The ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ book series, by E.L. James, is undeniably one of the top-selling novels of 2011-2012. To date, the trilogy (including Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Free) has sold a combined 40 million copies worldwide. The phenomenon has become a top marketing strategy amongst companies who seek new angles to sell their products. Well, James is ready to capitalize on the popularity of the novels.
According to the Associated Press, James will partner with EMI Music on “Fifity Shades of Grey: The Classical Album”. The album is set to be released in September 2012. Also, female fans will soon get the opportunity to sex it up in the bedroom with Fifty Shades garters and stockings. Underwear, pajamas, and robes will also be available.
You know, I follow Mama Mia on Twitter (@TheRealMiaX) and I do see her tweet pics of food often. But honestly, I never put two and two together that she loves cooking. So much, in fact, that she’s releasing a new cookbook and memoir soon.
Things My Grandma Told Me, Things My Grandma Showed Me will be a collection of her favorite recipes (many of which she learned from her beloved grandmother). In addition, the book will serve as a memoir into Mia X’s life and her time as first lady of No Limit Records. The cookbook/memoir will be accompanied by a CD and DVD. All of her fans will appreciate hearing the fearless emcee again. As for the DVD, she’s currently shopping around a reality show In The Kitchen with Mama Mia. The show will reflect on music, life, and food.
Mia X was always one of my favorite female rappers. I’m excited for her and these new endeavours. You go Mia!
Clifford “T.I.” Harris is back on the scene and is clearly showing us all that he wasn’t just sitting still for a year twindling his thumbs. After his September release from an Arkansas prison, the KANG has been working non-stop to reestablish his spot in music and rekindle those precious moments with his family. Beyond the music, though, T.I. is currently shooting scenes for his 10-episode reality show series. The show is schedule to air on VH1 on December 5. Along with the show, he’s etched his name in the literary world as an author with his new book entitled Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets. The book is co-written by T.I. and David Ritz (a novelist who’s co-written life stories of Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and Grandmaster Flash). According to HarperCollinsPublishers, the synopsis is …
After the death of his mother, Charlotte, Paul “Power” Clay allows himself to be guided by Slim, a local businessman. Slim always has the best of everything, and Power is sure that if he learns Slim’s ways, he’ll make something of himself–and perhaps be worthy of Tanya “Beauty” Long. From Chicago to Miami to New York, through drugs, women, and violence, Power makes the difficult transition from boy to man and, in doing so, begins to question if those who have taught him–including Slim–truly have his best interests at heart.
Beauty has always known that the only person she can rely on is herself. After her mother died when she was eleven years old, she was adopted by close family friend Charlotte Clay. But with Charlotte’s death, Beauty knows she’s no longer safe and protected–especially as Power gets sucked into a new kind of life. As soon as she can, she turns her back on Atlanta–and the growing love she feels for Power–for a chance to make it in the Big Apple. With a successful fashion career on the horizon, Beauty takes New York by storm with her wit, business savvy, and breathtaking good looks. But she’s never forgotten those she left behind. And when it becomes clear that Power needs her, Beauty will risk everything to save the man she loves.
If you are a T.I. fan or just love to read, the book is currently in stores. So go cop one!
In addition to the book, the reality show, and most definitely the music, the company in which he helped build will soon experience some restructuring. T.I. told Billboard in a recent interview…
“[We're going to] reshape and remold this company from the bottom up, from an executive standpoint and an artist standpoint,” he said of the label he co-founded with Jason Geter and that has been operating under the Warner umbrella, with distribution through Atlantic, since 2003. “It’s a unanimous decision,” he said. “The way we’ve done it, we’ve been considerably successful, but in order to do better, we’re going to have to do things differently.”
And there you have it! Grand Hustle has been in existence since 2003. It is definitely time to assign new positions and develop new strategies. It’s good to see T.I. and his team trying to put themselves in a place to be able to “stomp with the big dogs”.
In the mean time, check out T.I.’s new track “I’m Flexin” produced by Mississippi rapper, Big K.R.I.T.
DOES T.I. STILL GOT WHAT IT TAKES??
The ever so popular, Clark Howard, has released a New York Best Seller, “Living Large In Lean Times: 250+ Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter, and Save Money”. The guide contains useful tips that should help those who are having a hard time managing their finances and saving money. On his website, it mentions that the book will show you how to:
*Locate missing and unclaimed money in your name
*Lower your student loan payment
*Find legitimate work-at-home opportunities
*Get unlimited texting and emailing for less than $10 a month
*Know the kind of personal info NOT to post on social networking sites
*Determine the best mortgage rate
…and much, much more!!
To order your copy, check out Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Indiebound, or iTunes.
From Def Jam Records to Phat Farm clothing, hip-hop mogul and activist Russell Simmons is now lending his advice in his new book Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All. In this book, which is also a great follow-up to his first novel and New York Best Seller Do You, he explains that it is imperative to have a certain consciousness or faith while running a business.
“…so I’ve had all these experiences where I bought businesses and had to buy out the partners because they didnt believe in the long term vision and wanted to see short term results. But in all cases, I stuck with my goal and the brands became worthwhile. The investment made good sense. But it took a little longer. And I think people need faith in small businesses. I think if you have a great idea, it’s still a great idea…just because it hits a road block doesnt mean it’s time to quit.”
Check out the video:
If you haven’t purchased Russell’s new book, Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All, you can find it at your local bookstores or online.
You can follow Russell Simmons on Twitter @UncleRush.
Many of us (women and men) deal with or have dealt with the trials of having low self-esteem once in our lives. But just imagine having to deal with it while being a childhood star. Well, Janet Jackson’s new book invites readers on a journey into the icon’s life as she dealt with this issue.
Here’s an excerpt:
In 1977, at age ten, I was cast on the TV sitcom “Good Times.” My character was Penny, an abused child in desperate need of love. I really didn’t want to do the show. I didn’t want to be away from my family. And being on television only added to my negative feelings about my body.
Before production began, I was told two things: I was fat and needed to slim down, and because I was beginning to develop, I needed to bind my breasts. In both cases the message was devastating — my body was wrong. The message was also clear — to be successful, I had to change the way I looked.
I didn’t even know what it meant to “bind my breasts.” At first I was frightened. Were they talking about some kind of operation? For a girl so young, this was confusing. Naturally, I kept the confusion to myself.
“It means we need to tie down your breasts so you appear flat-chested,” the wardrobe woman explained.
So, each day of shooting, I went through the ordeal of having wide strips of gauze tied across my chest to hide the natural shape of my breasts. It was uncomfortable and humiliating.
I never discussed this with anyone. Never said a word to my parents, sisters, or brothers. I kept it all hidden inside. I didn’t know what to do with my feelings of fear and embarrassment. So I hid them. I was ashamed of them. After all, I was an actress, and my job was to please others — writers, directors, and producers — and to entertain the audience. There was no room for personal confusion.
To read the rest of the excerpt, check out MSN.
Janet Jackson’s book, “True You”, is in stores now.
Although, radio and tv are plagued with artists of various genres coming together to make hit songs. Those visual acts of racial progression are just a cover up. Music lovers please be aware that there are people out there that will continue to dislike hip hop and the lifestyles it displays. Case in point: Actress Ashley Judd. She recently felt the wrath of hip-hop fans around the world who were outraged at several comments she had to say about this music genre.
The backlash began after an excerpt from her book depicted the actress lobbing harsh words at the rap and hip-hop genres as well as artists Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy. While speaking about an AIDS awareness program she works with, Judd writes, “Along with other performers, YouthAIDS was supported by rap and hip-hop artists like Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy to spread the message…um, who? Those names were a red flag.”
Judd continued, “As far as I’m concerned, most rap and hip-hop music – with its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as ‘ho’s’ – is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny.”
She concludes, “I believe that the social construction of gender – the cultural beliefs and practices that divide the sexes and institutionalize and normalize the unequal treatment of girls and women, privilege the interests of boys and men, and, most nefariously, incessantly sexualize girls and women – is the root cause of poverty and suffering around the world.”
And of course, after the backlash, Judd wanted to retract her statements…
“The outcry regarding my remarks, 2 paragraphs of my 400+ page book, regarding hip hop and rap, has been as astounding as it is out of context…I have looked closely at the feedback I have received about those two paragraphs, and absolutely see your points, and I fully capitulate to your rightness, and again humbly offer my heartfelt amends for not having been able to see the fault in my writing, and not having anticipated it would be painful for so many. Crucial words are missing that could have made a giant difference,” she says in a post on GlobalGrind.com.
Judd asserts that those paragraphs should read: “Some hip hop, and some rap, is abusive. Some of it is part of the contemporary soundtrack [of] misogyny (which, of course, is multi-sonic). Some of it promotes the rape culture so pervasive in our world…I should have been clear…that I include hip-hop and rap as part of a much larger problem. It is beyond unfortunate that I am talking about some, for example, of Snoop Dogs’ lyrics, an assumption has been spread I was talking about every single artist in both genres.”
She explains that if someone were to make generalizations about the music genres she grew up with, she too would feel slighted.
It’s crazy that she’s retracting statements AFTER the original words have published. SMH.
To read the rest of the article, go HERE.
Do you think Judd has a point?
Antonia “Toya” Carter is making her own mark on entertainment…and now in the publication world. The former wife of multi-platinum rapper Lil Wayne, mother of Reginae Carter, and reality show tv star, Toya Carter has now released her first book ‘Priceless Insipirations’.
According to HarpersCollins:
On her hit television show ′Tiny and Toya′, Antonia ′Toya′ Carter seems to be living the good life: she has a beautiful home, good friends, and is pursuing her dreams in fashion design. But hers has been a life of peaks and valleys. Abandoned by her parents as a child, she was passed from family member to family member as her mother sank deeper into her drug addiction. Feeling unloved and unwelcomed, Toya fell into the arms of a 15-year-old rising musical star-Dwayne Michael Carter, known these days as the rapper ′Lil Wayne′– and ended up pregnant at the tender age of 14.
In Letters to My Younger Self, Toya takes the reader through the pain of being a teenage mother struggling to raise a child while still a child herself-without the benefit of the guidance of her own mother. Using the words she recorded in the journals she kept as a teen-and the wisdom she has gained in the years since-Toya bares her own struggles, using them to offer young women real and heartfelt understanding and advice about sex, relationships, motherhood and growing up.
Sounds like this is a good read. We are going to have to check it out!
In related news, make sure to watch Toya’s new show “Toya: A Family Affair“. The reality show will peep into the life of Toya and her family. The show premiers on BET, Tuesday, April 19 at 10pm EST.