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Black Literary Players NEWSLETTER Vol. 8 Issue # 8 August, 2013

 Vol. 8 Issue # 8
Black Literary Players ISSN: 1066-9396  
August, 2013

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.

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

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.

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PUBLISHERS! AUTHORS! SELF-PUBLISHERS! African American Pavilion at BookExpo America (BEA) Showcase Your Title(s) with Amber Books The 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Literature At Amber Communications Group, Inc’s


Showcase Your Title(s) With Amber Books

The 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Literature

At Amber Communications Group, Inc’s

African American Pavilion at BookExpo America (BEA)

Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City

May 30 – June 1, 2013




Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc.

2013 44TH Annual NAACP Image Awards Winner for Literature – Youth/Teens
Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders
by Gregory J. Reed, Esq. (Amber Books)


 Tony and Yvonne Rose, Publishers, Amber Communications Group, Inc.

2013 44TH Annual NAACP Image Awards Winner for Literature – Youth/Teens
Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders
by Gregory J. Reed, Esq. (Amber Books)


BookExpo America is the largest book INDUSTRY TRADE SHOW in the nation. For ten years Amber Communications Group, Inc.’s Book Display Showcase has maintained a significant presence at BEA, the Nation’s largest Book Fair.  BEA, has 20,000+ Industry Professionals in attendance, including: Distributors, Wholesalers, Bookstores, Librarians, Internationa lLicensees, Major Publishers, Agents & Media Personnel. Can’t Attend? Don’t Miss Out!!!

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Your titles may generate interest from an unlimited number of Publishing Industry Professionals who are specifically interested in titles written by, for, and about African Americans.

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 Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO


Amber Communications Group, Inc.,


2013 44TH Annual NAACP Image Awards Winner for Literature – Youth/Teens


Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons –

 A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders 

by Gregory J. Reed, Esq. (Amber Books)
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3rd Annual Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, June 19-21, 2013

Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice
San José State University
June 19-21, 2013

In California, students of color comprise over 70% of the public school population, but teachers of color make up less than 30% of the teaching force. With barriers such as limited resources, testing pressures and culturally-disconnected mandated curriculum, teachers of color with a commitment to racial justice face many challenges in realizing their vision, and can feel isolated in their work.

June 19-21, 2013, San José State University is hosting the third annual Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, a three-day conference to support the development, success and retention of teachers of color struggling to achieve racial justice in schools. It is intended as a community building, professional development space for teachers of color to explore the racial climate of their schools, receive training to navigate these realities, and strategize how to create racially transformative classrooms and schools. We are also accepting applications from school administrators of color and teacher educators of color who are interested in building alongside teachers.

We are looking for practitioners and researchers to facilitate workshops that support the vision of the Institute that will provide professional development through a critical race lens, offering concrete tools that teachers can use in their classrooms. We are interested in workshops that address a variety of topics including school-wide change, curricular innovations, pedagogical training, and supporting the needs of teachers, students and/or communities of color. For those selected to present, registration costs to all three days of the Institute will be waived.

Please send the following information to with the subject heading “Workshop Proposal” by Monday, Feb 18, 2013:

· Presenter(s) name(s):
· Race/ethnicity:
· School site/organization:
· Phone number:
· Email address:
· Presenter(s) bios (1 sentence each):
· Who is the target audience of this workshop?
· What are the goals and objectives of this workshop?
· How does this workshop address racial justice?
· How would this workshop serve the needs of teachers of color?
· What tools will teachers acquire from the workshop?
· Please attach a workshop agenda, including details of timeline and activities proposed (Workshops should be planned for 90 minutes in length).

56th Annual Michigan Reading Association Conference

56th Annual Michigan Reading Association Conference.

56th Annual Michigan Reading Association Conference

56th Annual Michigan Reading Association Conference
Public · By Mom’s Choice Awards
March 9, 2012 at 12:00am until March 11, 2012 at 6:00pm

Comprising of over 3 thousand members, the Michigan Reading Association is one of the largest and most stable of its kind in the Midwest. With a return to Grand Rapids, where the annual conference regularly receives over 2,700 in attendance, MRA is a great venue for marketing your k-12 materials. As a population concerned with literacy, and often times comprised of teachers with ever tightening budgets, the opportunity to see books before purchasing them is a huge draw for MRA attendees, making the Combined Book Exhibit a popular destination on the show floor.

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Deadline = 2/27
Reservation, Catalog Information,
Display Copies and Ad Artwork Due
February 6, 2012 at 8:15am

DEC 2012 Black Literary Players

DEC 2012 Black Literary Players.

JAN 2013 Black Literary Players

Vol. 8 Issue # 1
Black Literary Players ISSN: 1066-9396  
January, 2013

Grace Adams, Editor

Obama Talks Back:
Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders


An award winning author of 16 books, Gregory J. Reed’s new book Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders has been nominated for the 2013 NAACP Image award. The nominees for the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced December 11th, 2012, during a live press conference from the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. more:

THE 44TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, 2 hour Special airs live Friday, February 1, 2013 on NBC. more…

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) will convene its 87th Annual Black History Month Luncheon at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC. Prior to the luncheon, from 10:00a.m. to 12:15p.m. ASALH will host a Featured Authors’ event. Contact Karen Mary, Publications and Exhibits Coordinator to exhibit at Website: more…

The Texas Library Association Annual Conference is April 24-27, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. Attendance is usually around 6,000 to 7,000 public, school and academic librarians. Email Exhibits Coordinator Cindy Boyle at

 In This Issue…

 Sources & Resources
 Free Listing
 Crossover: An American Bio
 You Be The Judge
 Reader’s Feedback
 Subscribe/Unsubscribe Information
 Sources & Resources


Lindamichelle Baron Drawing on 20 years of hands-on literacy instruction, Dr. Lindamichellebaron creates fun, educationally sound, literacy-based books. As an author and poet, Dr. Lindamichellebaron’s books include: The Sun Is On (listed as a recommended book for New York State middle schools), Rhythm & Dues, For the Love of Life and Anthony Ant and Grady Grasshopper. The innovative Poetry & Ideas Book Series, and her expanding educational enrichment program, “Driving the Dream: Literacy and the Arts,” has been implemented in educational systems across the country. Currently Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Department of York College (CUNY) in New Yory. Dr. Lindamichellebaron, Post Office Box 74, Garden City, New York 11530 Phone: (516) 489-0120 Fax: (516) 292-9120 E-mail: Website:

A’Lelia Bundles Author and journalist A’Lelia writes biographies about the amazing women in her family: entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker and Harlem Renaissance icon A’Lelia Walker. She is author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker (Lisa Drew Books/Scribner). After a 30-year career as an executive and Emmy award winning producer with ABC News and NBC News, she now serves as president of the Madam Walker/A’Lelia Walker Family Archives. A’Lelia Bundles, 4109 Garrison Street NW, Washington, DC 20016 Phone: (202) 363-4191 E-mail: Website:

Omar Tyree New York Times best-selling author, a 2001 NAACP Image Award recipient for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, and a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award winner for Body of Work in Urban Fiction, has been cited in 2009 by the City Council of Philadelphia for his work in Urban Literacy, and has published 19 books with 2 million copies sold worldwide that has generated more than $30 million. With a degree in Print Journalism from Howard University in 1991, Tyree has been recognized as one of the most renown contemporary writers in the African-American community. He is also an informed and passionate speaker on various community-related and intellectual topics. Now entering the world of business seminars, urban children’s books, feature films and songwriting, Tyree is a tireless creator and visionary of few limitations. Omar Tyree, Post Office Box 562296, Charlotte, North Carolina 28256 E-mail:  Website:

Book Clubs

Rawsistaz Review Founded in September 2000 by Tee C. Royal with a focus on reading and writing (RAW). RAWSISTAZ, Post Office Box 1362, Duluth, Georgia 30096 Phone: (775) 363-8683 Fax: (775) 416-4540 E-mail: Website:

Sistah Circle Book Club, Inc. (The) Founded,1999. Group of avid African American women readers which seeks to promote reading among African American women and their families. The Sistah Circle Book Club, Post Office Box 49022, Denver, Colorado 80249 E-mail: Website:

Sistahs Book Club Founded in April, 1999 by cofounder and president Suzetta M. Perkins and Pamela Smith. Sistahs Book Club, Post Office Box 64424, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28306 E-mail: Website:

SistahFriend Book Club Book club for all women who share a love and respect for African-American Literature. SistahFriend Book Club, PMB #351, 4611 Hardscrabble Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29229 E-mail: Website:

Radio Talk Shows
Insight Hosted by Harold T. Fisher. Howard University radio. Adult Contemporary. WHUR-FM 96.3, Howard University, 529 Bryant Street North West, Washington, DC 20059 Phone: (202) 806-3500 E-mail: Website:

The Santita Jackson Show Airs Monday – Friday 9am – Noon. Santita brings her worldly perspective on current events and contemporary issues from behind-the-scenes to behind-the-mic. Santita Jackson, WVON, 1690AM, 1000 East 87th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60619 Phone: (773) 247-6200 E-mail: Website:

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Crossover: An American Bio
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CROSSOVER: An American Bio
Chronicles One Man’s Account of the Culturally Rich 
Epoch of the ’60s and 70s in New York City.
In CROSSOVER world renowned Composer and Conductor Carman Moore recounts his crossover in life from small-town Ohio youth to friendships and meetings, including photographs with such world figures as John Lennon, W. H. Auden, Louis Armstrong and Robert Redford…A great read; short and intriguing! Photo-Illustrated!

Crossover: An American Bio
Paperback: 114 pages Photo Illustrated
Publisher: Grace Publishing Company (June 9, 2011)
Language: English
Editor: Grace Adams
Cover Design: Jeff Chen
ISBN-10: 1877807796
ISBN-13: 978-1877807794


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Date: 12/29/2012






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