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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.

In This Issue…

Sources & Resources
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Crossover: An American Bio
You Be The Judge
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FEB2013: Black Literary Players Newsletter

 Vol. 8   Issue # 2

 Black Literary Players

ISSN: 1066-9396           

February, 2013

Obama Talks Back

Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders


THE 44TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, 2 hour Special airs live Friday, February 1, 2013 8/7 p.m. Central on NBC. more…

AMBER Books author 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. Reed is author of fourteen books including Tax Planning and Contract Negotiating Techniques for Creative Persons, Professional Athletes and Entertainers (1979), This Business of Boxing and and Its Secrets (1981), This Business of Entertainment and Its Secrets (1985); Negotiations Behind Closed Doors (1992), Economic Empowerment Through The Church (Zondervan, 1994, American Book Award Winner), Quiet Strength, with Mrs. Rosa Parks (Zondervan, 1995), and Dear Mrs. Parks (Lee & Low, 1996, NAACP Image Award Winner) to name a few. more…  

Ordained! See rare never before seen by the public photograph of  young Barack Obama, “Choosen, Anointed, and Destined” for the Presidency. Buy from my shop t-shirts, mugs & gifts.

Detroit… Black History Celebration of Civil Rights Legend Mrs. Rosa Parks Birth, Saturday, February 2, 2012 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. Donation $75 per person. For more information please visit more…

Washington DC… 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

Washington DC  Congress of Writers Conference includes Agent’s Pitch Session, Estimated Attendance of 200 – Non-fiction and Fictions Attractions on June 8, 2013, at Johns Hopkins University, Bernstein Office Building, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036.  Contact Will to reserve your place via e-mail at

New York City … Join The American Museum of Natural History in NYC on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013  as it honors Black History Month with a tribute to storytellers and griots who give rich voice to the African-American experience! The program  features Jerry, along with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of multi-platinum hip-hop group Run-DMC and others, and will run from noon to 6 pm at Readers Feedback below.

 In This Issue…

 Sources & Resources

Authors / Poets

James E. Cherry   A nationally and internationally published poet and fiction writer whose work has been featured in Callaloo, African American Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Other Half, Sable, Crossroads, Bum Rush the Page (Crown), Beyond the Frontier (Black Classic Press), Roll Call (Third World Press) and others. Contact Mr. James E. Cherry, Post Office Box 614,  Jackson Tennessee 38302  Phone: (731) 422-2524  E-mail: Website:

Jamarhl Crawford  Spoken Word Poet/Author/Writer/Orator. Jamarhl Crawford, President, Prophecy Communications, Post Office Box 192135, Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119  E-mail:  Website:

Kolade Daniel  Songwriter, Scriptwriter Poet, and author of Christian poetry, Daniel is also an artist on TMG Label (Oklahoma). His 10 tract debut album”Rock of Ages” was released in May 2011, bringing a refined reggae feel into it with other tracks such as “Your Sun Will Shine,  and My Heaven. Daniel Kolade, 17 Igun Street, Itire Surulere, Lagos 23401 Nigeria  Phone: 23 480 66506 72  E-mail:  Website:

Rita Frances Dove  African-American writer and teacher Rita Frances Dove was poet laureate of the United States in 1993-95. Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1987. Fulbright, Guggenheim Fellowships, 2 National Endowment For The Arts Grants. She is Professor of English at the University of Virginia Contact Ms. Rita Frances Dove, University of Virginia, Post Office Box 400121, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904  Phone:  (434) 924-6618   Fax: (434) 924-1478  E-mail: Website:

Management Companies

Major Money Entertainment  Music/entertainment company founded by Terry McGill, CEO. Artist management; marketing and promotional strategies. All artist and actor negotiations; negotiate distribution agreements. Current projects include: Pimpsta, Tony Terry, Khia, Don Vito, Atlanta Based Producer/ Business Partner Production and remix credits include: Lil’ Jon, Paster Troy, Lil’ Scrappy, Blu Cantrell, Mya, Sole`, OutKast, and Ghetto Mafia. Joint venture with Dallas based Koast to Koast. Contact Major Money Entertainment, 908 Audelia Road, Suite 200, #229, Richardson, Texas 75081  Phone: (214) 282-8933  Fax: (516) 908-3743 E-mail:  Website:

SuperStar Management  Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim is President/CEO of Superstar Management world renowned for unprecedented services for Muhammed Ali, Brian Taylor, U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts, Warner Bros., Deion Sanders, Delvin Williams, Giant Records, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, M.C. Hammer, Capitol Records, Lyman Bostock, Evander Holyfield, Spencer Haywood, Cliff Robinson, Abbey Lincoln, EMI Records. Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim, Superstar Management, 7633 Sunkist Drive, Oakland California 94605  E-mail:  (510) 638-0808   Fax: (510) 638-8889  E-mail:  Website:

Tim Greene Films Film, song and music producer, management and production company; entertainment acts and rappers, etc. Producer, Tim Greene. Contact Mr. Tim Greene Films, Post Office Box 20554, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19138  Phone:  (213) 399-0600   E-mail:  Website:

TV News Reporters

Howard Ballou  In addition to his anchoring at WLBT, he is currently a general assignment reporter and has served as producer and executive producer for the station. Mr. Ballou has been in the broadcast journalism profession for more than 20 years. He has won several awards of excellence in his field, including United Press International’s “Best Documentary” category for a report he did on Tennessee Drunk Driving Legislation. He is former Regional Director for the Society of Professional Journalists. Howard Ballous, WLBT-TV3, Post Box 1712, Jackson, Mississippi 39215  Phone:  (601) 948-3333   E-mail: Website:

Denise Jackson   A native of Peoria, Denise attended Richwoods High and went on to Bradley University, graduating in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Denise has been with WEEK since 1999, and is currently a reporter, as well as News 25 Weekend co-anchor. Previously, Denise was a news anchor for WWNY-TV, Watertown, New York. Denise serves on the board of directors of the Tri-County Urban League and the YMCA Invest in Youth Campaign 2000, and is active in her church. Ms. Denise Jackson, WEEK-TV, 2907 Springfield Road, East Peoria, Illinois 61611  Phone:  (309) 698-2525   Fax: (309) 698-2070  E-mail:  Website:

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Crossover: An American Bio

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
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Cover Design: Jeff Chen
ISBN-10: 1877807796
ISBN-13: 978-1877807794


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 Reader’s Feedback

CeLebrating Black History Month…
Syndicated Cartoonist Jerry Craft will be with Hue-Man Bookstore at The Harlem Fine Arts Show 2013. HFAS is the premiere showcase for modern and contemporary African Diasporic art, featuring more than 100 visual artists. The show will take place on Friday, Feb 8, 2013 from 9-3 at Riverside Church in Harlem. Jerry will also be in Philly for The 21st Annual African American Children’s Book Fair, Saturday, Feb 9, 2013, along with dozens of other authors and illustrators.

Check out the new release from Just Us Books, The President Looks Like Me & Other Poems by Tony Medina, at

Matthew Cruise is sporting a new website and cover for his newly revised book Bloodbath in Jasper County, Mississippi. He is researching and writing a film script based on the book, and also planning a trip on February 26, 2013 to where it all begin, Kenya.

Award Winning song and film Producer, Tim Greene’s 2012 Recap & 2013 Syndication!!

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