S.E.A.L.: Sex, Entertainment & Lies by:Londell ‘Nikko London’ Smith
This tell-all takes an uncensored look into the life of Londell Nikko London Smith as he shares salacious tales of his journey in the entertainment business. As a singersongwriter and record producer, this Brooklyn raised entertainer has collaborated with music sensations such as Timbaland, Tamia, Gerald Levert and LL Cool J; yet many still view him as nothing more than an opportunist who used a sex tape to achieve success. After a few seasons of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta everyone thinks they know him, but that couldn t be further from the truth. He s now ready to reveal the Nikko the world never knew and have them singing a different tune. Sure to clear up the rumors that he s a penniless reality television star searching for a come-up and fifteen minutes of fame, S.E.A.L. shines a light on a man that s misunderstood and highly underrated.”
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Before Empire: Raising Bryshere “Yazz the Greatest” Gray by:Andria Mayberry
This exclusive look into the life of celebrity mother, Andria Mayberry gives the world a glimpse into raising one of Hollywood’s hottest up and coming stars. Going back to her days as a young, single mother, Andria takes us on a journey through the dangerous streets of Philadelphia raising Bryshere “Yazz The Greatest” Gray and her daughter, Brianna. What could have easily been just another statistical story turns into a moment of triumph. This single parent discusses raising a child with ADHD, having to escape an abusive relationship and dealing with the ups and downs of raising a fatherless son in a cold world.
Today, Bryshere is a star on Fox’s number one drama series, Empire. His mother still maintains her full-time job in the medical field, giving the patients the same love and care she has given her children. As a driven parent, she opens up about her dark nights of pain, depression and anxiety. Andria shares how she dealt with giving her daughter the attention she deserved, while focusing on her son’s ADHD and career. With insight into the world of being a celebrity mother, this book is sure to encourage others raising a child with a disorder.
Written with bestselling author Mya Kay of The Clover Chronicles, Before Empire: Raising Bryshere “Yazz The Greatest” Gray is an inspirational true story of a single mother not allowing anything to deter her from pulling the inner star out of her child.
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42 Faith by:Ed Henry
Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and the hidden hand of God that changed history.
Journalist and baseball lover Ed Henry reveals for the first time the backstory of faith that guided Jackie Robinson into not only the baseball record books but the annals of civil rights advancement as well. Through recently discovered sermons, interviews with Robinson’s family and friends, and even an unpublished book by the player himself, Henry details a side of Jackie’s humanity that few have taken the time to see.
Branch Rickey, the famed owner who risked it all by signing Jackie to his first contract, is also shown as a complex individual who wanted nothing more than to make his God-fearing mother proud of him. Few know the level at which Rickey struggled with his decision, only moving forward after a private meeting with a minister he’d just met. It turns out Rickey was not as certain about signing Robinson as historians have always assumed.
With many baseball stories to enthrall even the most ardent enthusiast, 42 Faith also digs deep into why Jackie was the man he was and what both drove him and challenged him after his retirement. From his early years before baseball, to his time with Rickey and the Dodgers, to his failing health in his final years, we see a man of faith that few have recognized.
This book will add a whole new dimension to Robinson’s already awe-inspiring legacy. Yes, Jackie and Branch are both still heroes long after their deaths. Now, we learn more fully than ever before, there was an assist from God too.
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South of Pico by:Kellie Jones
In South of Pico Kellie Jones explores how the artists in Los Angeles’s black communities during the 1960s and 70s created a vibrant, productive, and engaged activist arts scene in the face of structural racism. Emphasizing the importance of African American migration, as well as L.A.’s housing and employment politics, Jones shows how the work of black Angeleno artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi spoke to the dislocation of migration, L.A.’s urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility. Jones characterizes their works as modern migration narratives that look to the past to consider real and imagined futures. She also attends to these artists’ relationships with gallery and museum culture and the establishment of black-owned arts spaces. With South of Pico, Jones expands the understanding of the histories of black arts and creativity in Los Angeles and beyond.
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Back to Your Love by:Kianna Alexander
First in a mainstream contemporary romance series featuring successful, tight-knit former fraternity brothers from Kianna Alexander.
What would you give for a second chance?
Xavier Whitted has a lot on his plate. As a hardworking businessman, mentor to troubled teens, and aspiring politician in his Southern hometown, the daily demands never let up. A weekend at the beach for his best friend’s wedding is exactly what he needs. What he doesn’t need is to run into the woman who broke his heart ten years ago.
Imani Grant is more beautiful, confident and intelligent than ever, and their connection is still sizzling. But Imani harbors a secret that could destroy both their blossoming careers. She knows she has to keep her distance, but Xavier is determined to win back her heart―consequences be damned.
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Cleveland Cavaliers A-Z by:Roger Gorden
A must-have book for any Cavs fan, Cleveland Cavaliers A- Z is compiled alphabetically for easy accessibility. The book offers a complete history of the franchise and includes hundreds of different items of interest.
After the Cavaliers were founded as an expansion team in 1970, the team and its fans endured a league-worst 15-67 record in the inaugural season under head coach Bill Fitch. That gave the Cavs the first pick in the 1971 NBA Draft, which they used on Notre Dame’s Austin Carr, who joined a Cavaliers team that already had expansion draftee Bobby “Bingo” Smith. An influx of talent that included Jim Cleamons, Jim Chones, and Dick Snyder eventually led to the team’s first-ever playoff appearance in 1975-76–including the “Miracle of Richfield” against the Washington Bullets.
Since then Cavs fans have witnessed the first and second comings of LeBron James and two trips to the NBA Finals. Through savvy draft picks and trades, the Cavs are one of the most consistently successful franchises in the league.
Cleveland Cavaliers A- Z brings you the history of the Cavs and will delight those with a penchant for sports trivia with its array of facts and heightened attention to detail. From Gary Alexander to Tyler Zeller, this book has all the information Cavs fans would ever want to know about their team.
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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by:Lesley Nneka Arimah
A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home.
In “Who Will Greet You at Home,” a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In “Wild,” a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In “The Future Looks Good,” three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in “Light,” a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to “fix the equation of a person” – with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.
Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her.
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The GateKeepers by:Chris Whipple
The first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions—and inactions—have defined the course of our country
What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States—as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and a relative handful of others. The chiefs of staff, often referred to as “the gatekeepers,” wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS’s agenda, and—most crucially—enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks.
Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker’s expert managing of the White House, the press, and Capitol Hill paved the way for the Reagan Revolution—and, conversely, how Watergate, the Iraq War, and even the bungled Obamacare rollout might have been prevented by a more effective chief.
Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington.
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Boss by:Tracy Brown
Empire meets Scandal meets Romeo and Juliet with an edgy twist in Boss, a new standalone novel from bestselling author Tracy Brown.
Crystal Scott has the world at her fingertips. At the height of her career at a wildly popular magazine and on the rise in an enviable social circle, she’s beginning to think that maybe she can have it all. But her entire life, body, and soul is threatened when Troy Mitchell, the man who stole her heart and shattered her world a decade ago, returns. Crystal has never felt the insatiable passion she felt for Troy since…and she’s never forgotten the harsh sting at betrayal when he left her and her family devastated in his wake.
Troy has never gotten over his love for Crystal, and he will stop at nothing for a second chance to possess her heart. Crystal can’t help but fall for the handsome, powerful, enigmatic man she used to love all over again. But the families of both lovers will not stand for their love, and a raging inferno of bitterness and revenge threatens to consume them both as tensions ignite. With deadly twists and turns, Crystal and Troy must choose each other and give in to love, or they will not escape the ties that bind them…
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