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Living In Color by:Tommy Davidson
In 1990, Tommy Davidson burst onto the scene in the Emmy Award-winning show In Living Color, a pioneering sketch comedy show, featuring a multi-racial cast of actors and dancers who spoke to an underrepresented new generation created by Hip Hop Nation. In this revealing memoir, Tommy shares his unique perspective on making it in Hollywood, being an integral part of television history, on fame and family, and on living a life that has never been black and white—just funny and true . . .
Abandoned as an infant on the streets of Greenville, Mississippi, and rescued by a loving white family, Tommy Davidson spent most of his childhood unaware that he was different from his brother and sister. All that changed as he came of age in a society of racial barriers—ones that he was soon to help break. On a fledgling network, Tommy joined the cast of In Living Color, alongside other relative newcomers including Jim Carrey, Rosie Perez, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez—all united by an ingenious throng of Wayans siblings (Keenen, Damon, Kim, Shawn, and Marlon), poised to break new ground.
Now Tommy gives readers the never-before-told behind-the-scenes story of the first show born of the Hip Hop Nation: from its incredible rise, to his own creation of such unforgettable characters as Sweet Tooth Jones and dead-on impressions of Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, M.C. Hammer and Sugar Ray Leonard, and appearing in such classic sketches as “Homie The Clown,” the “Hey Mon, family,” and the unforgettable “Ugly Woman,” through guest-star skirmishes (and black eyes) to backstage tensions and the eventual fall of this pop-culture touchstone. He reveals his own nascent career on the stand-up circuit with Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Louie Anderson and performing with Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor, as well as reflections on working with Spike Lee, Halle Berry, Sam Jackson, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith. And he also shares his very personal story of living with—and being inspired and empowered by—two distinct family histories.
Told with humor and hard-won honesty by a singular voice whose family and friendships help him navigate a life of personal and professional highs and lows, Living in Color is a bracing, illuminating, and remarkable success story.
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Owner of a Broken Heart by:Cheris Hodges
For the three very different Richardson sisters, continuing their family’s renowned bed-and-breakfast legacy is already a formidable job. But unexpected desire will challenge them in ways they never imagined . . .
Sportswriter Nina Richardson had the perfect life away from her family’s famous shadow. But a social media blowup and rejection by her boyfriend brought her back to their peaceful Charleston, South Carolina B&B to figure out what went wrong. So there’s no way she’s going to trust the crazy-hot sparks flying between her and handsome new employee Clinton Jefferson. It’s just reckless, rip-his-clothes-off, one-night-and-forget-it lust—right?
Fresh from working for the Richardsons’ biggest rival, Clinton wants to show his modernization ideas aren’t sabotage or a gimmick. Getting involved with the rebellious Nina means trouble for sure—but he can’t resist showing this stubborn, fiery woman how she should be loved. But false accusations and Nina’s returned ex shake their passion—and fragile trust—to the core. Now between cascading obstacles and conflicting loyalties, can Clinton and Nina untangle what they really want in time?
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All the Things I Should Have Known by:Tiffany L. Warren
They are forty-something, successful, financially set . . . and done with trying to find “perfect” husbands. So why can’t Hahna, Twila, and Kimberly have men strictly for friendship, companionship—and especially mind-blowing sex? Their solution: be sugar mamas to gorgeous young studs who promise the best of having it all. But the ladies soon find that real lust and no strings is way more complicated than they thought . . .
All-business and all about the money, Hahna is drawn to Jovan, an aspiring writer. He’s content with his work and Hahna, but her determination to make him appreciate the finest things in life could easily tear them apart. Cautious Kimberly is swept off her feet by handsome adrenaline-junkie Shawn—but an old flame from her past sparks an even more dangerous passion. And for Twila, a smokin’-hot Instagram model is fulfilling all her scandalous, insatiable dreams . . . until his high-maintenance demands and jealousy throw her life into chaos. Now Hahna, Kimberly, and Twila need to trust their instincts and their hearts to reclaim their joy—and the love they truly deserve.
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Property of the State by:Kiki Swinson
Kiki Swinson’s novels crackle with breakneck triple-twists, no-limits characters, and an unforgettably brutal portrayal of Southern life. Now she shatters all expectations as a young woman serving time must survive a prisoner-abuse conspiracy . . .
Trust no one
She killed her abusive boyfriend in self-defense. Now all she wants is to work her appeals, do her time, and earn her freedom. But when she tells her state-appointed attorney that prison guards are raping female prisoners, his betrayal lands her in a privately-owned Supermax penitentiary—and in lethal danger . . .
Watch your back
From the moment she hits the yard, she and other prisoners are victimized by illegal medical experiments. Injected with lethal diseases and made a test subject for experimental vaccines, she’s clinging to life and determination by the slimmest thread . . .
Survive the night
Now she’s got unexpected help from a guilt-stricken prison staffer—and a risky plan to escape. But her only way out means racking up bodies . . . and putting herself at the mercy of someone she has no reason to trust. And as lethal obstacles pile ever-higher, she soon may not have any future to save.
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The Family Business 5: A Family Business Novel by:Carl Weber and LA Jill Hunt
New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber and La Jill Hunt return with a story of love, betrayal and redemption in the next addition in the wildly popular Family Business series.
LC Duncan, patriarch and leader of the Duncan clan, has just been arrested on federal RICO charges stemming from a child pornography and human trafficking ring he’s been accused of secretly running. LC has done his share of dirt over the years, but kiddie porn and child prostitution are not his style—or so he says. The evidence is overwhelming, and even his beloved wife Chippy is starting to have her doubts.
Determined to clear their father’s name Vegas, Junior, and Rio set out to find out the truth. They will soon find out that sometimes, the truth can be worse than the lie you’ve been told.
Meanwhile, the beautiful Paris Duncan is haunted by recurring nightmares of her true love, Niles Monroe. She blew up his private plane when he became a threat to her family; however, there have been signs that suggest he may still be alive. Could LC’s arrest have something to do with Niles’ reappearance in her life? Or is it her son, Jordan, that Niles is really interested in?
Carl Weber’s Kingpins: Harlem by:C.N. Phillips
Kleigh never wanted Tron to fall in love with her, or vice versa. She isn’t who he thinks she is, but how can she tell him that the kingpin he is gunning for, Kevin “Klax” Turner, is her big brother?
She is the water to his fire and the calm to his storm. Never in his 26 years of life did Tron think he would find his equal, but Kleigh is exactly that. Her beauty speaks to his eyes, while her mind whispers to his soul. He can’t imagine anybody else wearing the crown as queen after he kills the king of Harlem and takes over the throne. When push comes to shove and her secret comes to light, Kleigh is forced to pick a side. That choice is what ignites the fire to a war of savages . . . a fire that can only be put out by blood.
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Blood isn’t always thicker than water, especially in matters concerning love, lust, and passion.
Family ties no longer bind the once close King siblings, Zach and Jay. Their desire for the same woman transforms them from loving brother and sister to bitter arch rivals. Jamaican beauty Jillian Bessette is Jay’s lover, but Zach’s uncontrollable yearning to have her overpowers him, causing him to commit the ultimate act of betrayal against his flesh and blood.
For his sin, Jay orders a hit on her brother, but her plan for revenge backfires, and she is exposed. Her only way to avoid justice is to flee. In exile, Jay’s hatred and resentment for Zach and Jill consumes her every waking moment. Their new life together includes a baby boy, the product of their forbidden affair, and adds more fuel to the growing fire of hatred growing inside Jay.
While she longs for the day of vengeance against them, they bask in the beauty of love and happiness, but precious moments are cut short, overshadowed by the sins of their past. Zach is forced to send Jill and their son away to the one place he believes they’ll be safe from Jay and her threats to settle the score. To the contrary, he unknowingly delivers Jill right into Jay’s hands.
The two former lovers come face to face, and Jill’s nightmare begins. Helpless, Zach must place his faith in the heroics of others in a race against time to rescue Jill from the torturous clutches of a woman who is bitter and vexed!
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Young Gucci: Love at First Swipe by:Niyah Moore
“Love isn’t about how much you say I love you, but how much you can prove it…”
Finding love in the club wasn’t working for Soraya after she dumped her ex for going to jail, so she tries to find love online. Thousands of women have found love with a simple click of the mouse, and she wants to test it out for herself. Just when Soraya thinks that spending hours online looking for a man is a complete waste of time, she finds YoungGucci90’s profile. Looking at his hazel eyes in his pictures, she falls in love instantly.
Though her roommate is convinced that he’s a catfish, Soraya sees him at a concert at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Fast romance blossoms and everything seems to be too good to be true. Though he is the guy from his online profile, he hasn’t been honest about who he really is. Hiding behind a persona he’s created to keep his real identity safe, will he find it’s too late to come clean?
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Loving You Feel So Right by:Shante
Follow the story of Alana Kim– the definition of crazy, sexy, cool. This wild child lives life on her terms and couldn’t care less what the world thinks of her.
Seeking something she never experienced in her home growing up, Alana Kim relishes the affection and attention she receives from the opposite sex.
Men absolutely adore her, but she’s unable to return those feelings, which causes problems to arise with a longtime lover. For years, Alana has been content having sex without commitment, and she has no plans to be tied down by anyone. It’s not until she witnesses the lives of the ones closest to her changing that her past begins to weigh heavily on her heart. Throw into the mix an amazingly handsome man who captures her heart immediately, and suddenly she’s changing her tune, considering love for the very first time.
Jakobi Tate is a damaged soul, carrying a load of hurt and pain on his shoulders, but from the moment he lays eyes on Alana, his life is forever changed. It’s like he’s known her his whole life, and Jakobi is hoping to build something solid with Alana. He soon discovers that there is a ton of baggage that comes along with loving someone like her. Her promiscuous ways, along with her detached personality, may be just enough to push him away for good. Jakobi is fighting his own demons, so he’s left wondering if taking on her issues is worth all the trouble.
They have a connection that is out of this world, but will that be enough for them to hold on to what they’ve found in one another? Read along as unimaginable revelations come to light and a foolish obsession reaches its breaking point in this steamy urban romance.
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Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes by:Jef Aerts
Adin and Dina are best friends. They live in the beautiful countryside surrounded by cherry trees. Their favorite game is to plant cherry pits around their little village – in the cracks in the sidewalk and in the flowerbeds outside the post office. Then one day Adin and his family move away to the city. Will Adin and Dina’s friendship survive the new distance between them?
In this beautifully lyrical book, one story fractures into two when the friends are parted. But their lives continue to be linked as Adin finds a way to feel connected to his friend – throwing paper planes filled with cherry pits from the balcony of his apartment building.
Held together by their love of cherry blossom and paper planes, Adin and Dina’s roads finally lead back to one another.
Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes is a touching story of true friendship, resilience, belief – and a little bit of magic – illuminated with stunning artwork full of seasonal detail, light and hope.
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Old School Love by:Joseph “Rev Run” and Justine Simmons
Run-D.M.C.’s iconic rapper Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons and his wife, Justine, share their secrets to lasting love and the guiding principles that have kept them together for more than twenty years.
This is a book about love.
The kind of love that will keep you warm at night—that will keep you feeling safe and sound.
The kind of love that will get you through some dark times; get you through some hard and yes, some tough times.
The kind of love that will make you laugh, that will make you smile, that will make you nod knowingly.
The kind of love that is nurtured and watered and grows—from a seedling to a flower.
The kind of love that is desperately needed in the world right now, shared and sprinkled everywhere.
Old School Love is a book to help you find the kind of soul-filling love you desire, written by a couple who has built a strong and joyful relationship amid the pressures, pitfalls, and temptations of the entertainment industry. Rev Run and his wife, Justine, have been blessed with a devoted partnership that has inspired others. In this homage to classic courtship, Rev and Justine reveal the secrets to their marriage’s longevity and happiness.
Each chapter of Old School Love offers stories, anecdotes, and memories of Rev and Justine’s marriage, their family, their experiences, their passion, and their deep faith and belief in God. Some will make you laugh, some will make you think, and some will make you cry. Yet all will make you wiser—more beautiful for the wear—and encourage you to be a kinder, more generous, and better human. Their reflections are bookended by a verse or line from scripture, a saying, or a favorite quote and a sampling of personal wisdom.
Over two decades strong, Rev and Justine’s partnership is an inspiration. With Old School Love they are spreading their message of positivity, and creating a legacy for all of us to embrace and share. Powerful and life-changing, this little gem of a book is about magic, and miracles, and yes, the irrefutable power of love.
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Women of Courage Sojourner Truth by:Compiled by Barbour Staff
They’re bold. They’re fearless. They’re adventurous. They have a faith that can move mountains. They’re women of courage.
This series of easy-read biographies celebrates the lives of women who lived lives committed to changing the world for better. What set them apart? The willingness to live courageously for Christ, even in the midst of impossible situations.
In Sojourner Truth, you will meet the tall, powerful former slave and abolitionist whose biblically-based call for equality—for both African Americans and women—secured her a place in American history.
Wherever she appeared, the wise words and electrifying presence of Sojourner Truth brought audiences to their feet. The lengthy shadow cast by her near-six-foot frame and the challenge to injustice issued by her stinging speeches have secured her a place in American history—a place as a woman of courage.
Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina by:Lea Lyon
An inspiring picture book for little ballerinas everywhere!
Ready to Fly is the true story of Sylvia Townsend, an African American girl who falls in love with ballet after seeing Swan Lake on TV.
Although there aren’t many ballet schools that will accept a girl like Sylvia in the 1950s, her local bookmobile provides another possibility. A librarian helps Sylvia find a book about ballet and the determined seven-year-old, with the help of her new books, starts teaching herself the basics of classical ballet.
Soon Sylvia learns how to fly—how to dance—and how to dare to dream.
Lyrical, easy-to-read, and affecting text paired with bright, appealing illustrations make Ready to Fly perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere who are ready to leap and to spread their wings.
Includes a foreword from Sylvia Townsend, a brief history of the bookmobile, an author’s note, and a further reading list.
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War 6: Envy (The Cartel Publications Presents) by:T. Styles
After dealing with multiple deaths, Banks and Jersey are grateful to welcome new life with the birth of their twins Ace and Walid. But when their secret comes out, Mason destroys their plans of happily ever after by giving his old friend an ultimatum. Once a decision is made, his answer has a far more painful result. After the loss of their loved ones, the other Wales and Louisville members do their best to adapt and find their identities. In the process, their reaching and grabbing for attention rub each other the wrong way, resulting in a decision with horrible consequences. War 6: Envy unloads with the drama you’ve come to love from the series. Guaranteed.
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Slow News Day by:Danielle Allen
Slow News Day
A Groundhog Day Hot Holiday Hookup
I dreamt of being a news anchor my whole life. When I was offered the opportunity to sit behind the desk, I was ecstatic. Hours later, instead of reporting real news from a real desk, I was going on assignment to document Groundhog Day.
That’s not even a real holiday!
But when asked about my hottest holiday hookup, my mind flashed to the second day of February. Everything that happened that day was completely unexpected. It might’ve been a slow news day, but I came fast.
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The Woman God Created You to Be by:Kimberla Lawson Roby
ARE YOU THE REAL WOMAN GOD CREATED YOU TO BE?
HAVE YOU WANTED TO BECOME HER–
SPIRITUALLY, PERSONALLY, and PROFESSIONALLY?
Kimberla Lawson Roby admits that for years, she wasn’t being the real woman God created her to be. Yes, she has always loved God and tried her best to honor Him, but what she eventually discovered was that building and maintaining her own personal relationship with God–and making Him her top priority–was the key to finding joy in all areas of her life.
Now, in The Woman God Created You to Be, Kimberla has bravely–and transparently–written about her flaws, fears, and failures, as well as her faith, courage, and successes. From experiencing divorce to marrying her soulmate of twenty-nine years…from hopelessly searching for the perfect job to becoming a New York Times bestselling author…from suffering in silence with anxiety to concentrating on self-care…from struggling with the loss of her mom to finding strength, comfort, peace. and understanding–Kimberla takes you on a journey that will help you do the following:
● Become the Best Spiritual You (Seven Days Per Week)
● Become the Best Personal You (Mentally, Emotionally, and Physically)
● Become the Best Professional You (Without Jeopardizing Your Faith)
Kimberla reminds us that when we trust and depend on God–heart, mind, and soul–He will empower us to do more than we ever thought imaginable. He will help us see that we are more than enough, and that He has already given us everything we need to become the women He created us to be–spiritually, personally, professionally…and beyond.
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Null and Void 2 by:Tresser Henderson
First Lady Amelia Reid’s life is finally back on track. Her marriage with Carson is going strong and her children are doing great. With her husband’s indiscretions out in the open, their family can move forward…or so she thinks. What no one knows is Amelia has a secret of her own, one that could destroy the church she and her husband have fought so hard to keep, and the relationship with her family. Rowan thought the Reid’s would have told Payton about him cheating on her, but they haven’t, which is probably due to the mental breakdown she had after the tragedy with her mother and brother. Now with his wedding fast approaching, he’s not sure if marrying Payton is something he wants, despite her family’s high-powered influence. However, that’s the least of his worries when a woman he’s been seeing turns up dead. Rowan becomes the prime suspect and life as he knows it is on the verge of collapse.
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Me and White Supremacy by:Layla F. Saad
Based off the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy, she never predicted it would spread as widely as it did. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it. Thousands of people participated in the challenge, and over 90,000 people downloaded the Me and White Supremacy Workbook.
The updated and expanded Me and White Supremacy takes the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions, examples, and and further resources.
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