Vol. 8 Issue # 8
Black Literary Players ISSN: 1066-9396
Grace Adams, Editor
PRESIDENT Barack OBAMA and First Lady Michelle Obama endorsed Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders.” by author, Gregory J. Reed, Esq. Obama Talks Back, is also a 2013 44TH Annual NAACP Image Awards Winner for Literature – Youth/Teens. http://www.amberbooks.com. http://wp.me/pnp8J-gK.
A Father’s and A President’s Love… I love you back. I think I love President Barack Obama even more today than when he first ran for and became President of the United States, in 2008. I downloaded the free kindle sample download when it was available from the publisher for attorney Gregory J. Reed’s new book, Obama Talks Back. I was touched when I read the first chapter and teary eyed, I ordered the ebook. I was telling my sister Margaret about the book so she downloaded the sample download while we spoke. We started to read the first chapter together. My sister read aloud, and as I read along we both began to weep, overwhelmed by the President’s love for his daughters, his country, and us. Obama Talks Back is a valuable collection of school students’ letters to their President accompanied by President Obama’s response to each and includes his speeches, public statements, and quotations during his campaign, tenure as President-Elect, and his presidency. It is the most comprehensive collection of letters and responses ever assembled as a book in the history of our nation for a sitting president. This collection of letters featuring the voices of today’s young leaders and their mission to be heard is a rarity revealing they have a concern for peace, healthcare, freedom, education, poverty, religious tolerance, love, materialism, and equality in America.
“Uplifting, Obama Talks Back is a spiritual treasure-chest that everyone should read. You’ll sleep better knowing the man. Kudos for author, Gregory J. Reed, and publisher Amber Books for Obama Talks Back.” Grace Adams, Editor of the annual publication, Black Authors & Published Writers Directory at www.bapwd.com
About the Author
Gregory J. Reed is prominent entertainment attorney active in areas of sports, corporate, entertainment, and taxation laws. He is the first African American lawyer to Chair a Sports and Entertainment Lawyers Section in the United States. He is a producer and represents sports figures, entertainers, firms, and numerous persons from TV to Broadway, including Anita Baker, Wynston Marsalis, The Winans, and First Black Miss USA, Carole Gist and many other artists. He has represented and negotiated contracts for athletes in every U.S. sport except hockey. He was one of the youngest agents in the U.S. as a law student representing ten athletes, and the first African American to receive a Master of Taxation Laws in Michigan. B.S., Michigan State University (Engineering); M.S., Michigan State University (Management Science); J.D., Wayne State University; L.L.M., Wayne State University (Master Of Taxation Law).
Reed’s experiences are diverse as he is the only attorney to represent six (6) world champion boxers: Thomas Hearns, Hilmer Kenty, Leon Spinks, Pipino Cuvas, and Tony Tucker. He was instrumental in negotiating one of the largest contracts in boxing history in excess of 30 million dollars involving Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard. He negotiated the unification of all boxing titles involving Mike Tyson and Tony Tucker. He was the chief lead counsel involving the first historical multi-million dollar lawsuit case, Miss Carole Gist (first black Miss USA 1990) v. Miss Universe, Inc., Pageant, settled (Jan. 1992). He was Legal counsel for Nelson Mandela’s tour committee of Michigan. He represented Civil Rights Legend, Ms. Rosa Parks’ versue rappers OutKast/BMI Records.
Mr. Reed serves as a consultant and an expert witness for various attorneys, promoters, and businesses. He is the founder of the Hip Hop/Entertainment Clinic and cofounder of BESLA, an international sports and entertainment organization. His contract areas include The Statue of Liberty restoration projects; radio announcers; movie contracts; TV project syndication. He served as the chairperson of the Arts, Entertainment, and Sport Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is vice chairperson and intellectual property member of the Michigan State University Foundation, an advisory board member of the Internal Revenue Service, an advisory board member of the BUF of Michigan, a co-founder of the Parks Legacy and Rosa Parks Library Museum, and a founder of the Keeper of the Word Foundation. He is a frequent lecturer and has won many awards for his writing and sports and entertainment contributions. He is a recipient of the John Hensel Award for significant contributions to the arts.
Reed has produced such plays as the Pulitzer Prize winning production, A Soldier’s Play, which was developed into a screenplay by Columbia Pictures as A Soldier’s Story, awarded an Oscar. He has produced and represented the following Broadway plays: “Ain’t Misbehavin”; “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf”; “What The Wine Sellers Buy”; “The Wiz”; “Your Arms Too Short To Box With God”; and Rosa Parks “More Than a Bus Story,” co-authored with Von Washington. Reed also staged the largest tour entertainment tribute in the U.S. in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with Emmy winner Al Eaton in We Are The Dream. He produced a documentary of the Last Poets, originators of Rap music, whom he reunited for a national tour.
In October 1992, Reed purchased the original manuscript on the Autobiography of Malcolm X which included the handwritten notations of both Alex Haley and Malcolm X. He established an exhibition and several media related projects based on the notations. Reed is the founder of the Word Foundation. He is also founder of the Gregory J. Reed Scholarship Foundation that aids students in the field of arts, engineering and law.
His accomplishments have been cited by the Detroit News as one of the top lawyers in the legal profession, and he is listed in “Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who Among Black Americans, Who’s Who Among American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance.” In October 1992, he was inducted into the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association Hall of Fame.
In This Issue…
Sources & Resources
Crossover: An American Bio
You Be The Judge