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

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


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

NOMINATED FOR 44th NAACP IMAGE AWARD

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…   http://youtu.be/sV8dtp06eZ4  

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 www.RosaParks100.org 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 exhibits@asalh.net Website: www.asalh.net 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 dselbyfing@gmail.com.

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 http://www.amnh.org/calendar/stories-we-tellSee 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: cherry@jamesEcherry.com Website: www.jamesecherry.com

Jamarhl Crawford  Spoken Word Poet/Author/Writer/Orator. Jamarhl Crawford, President, Prophecy Communications, Post Office Box 192135, Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119  E-mail: jamarhl.crawford@verizon.net  Website: www.prophecycommunications.com

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: koladedaniel@praize.com  Website: www.koladedaniel.com

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: rfd4b@virginia.edu Website: www.people.virginia.edu/~rfd4b

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: majormoney@earthlink.net  Website: www.majormoneyentertainment.com

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: jalil@superstarmanagement.com  Website: www.superstarmanagement.com

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: timgreene2009@yahoo.com  Website: www.timgreenefilms.com

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: hballou@wlbt.com Website: www.wlbt.com

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: djackson@week.com  Website: www.week.com

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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! 

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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. http://hfas.org/index2/. 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. http://theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org

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

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.  www.matthewcruise.com

Award Winning song and film Producer, Tim Greene’s 2012 Recap & 2013 Syndication!! http://wp.me/pnp8J-8R

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2013 NAACP Image Awards: The complete nominations list

http://www.latimes.com/
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012
7:07 p.m. PST

NAACP Image Awards: The complete nominations list.

NAACP
Director Robert Zemeckis and Denzel Washington worked together on the new movie “Flight.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
MOTION PICTURE
Motion Picture
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
“Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
“Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
“Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
“Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” (Lionsgate)

Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
Jamie Foxx – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Morgan Freeman – “The Magic of Belle Isle” (Magnolia Pictures)
Suraj Sharma – “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox)
Tyler Perry – “Alex Cross” (Summit Entertainment)

Actress in a Motion Picture
Emayatzy Corinealdi – “Middle of Nowhere” (AAFRM)
Halle Berry – “Cloud Atlas” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Loretta Devine – “In The Hive” (Eone Entertainment)
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Viola Davis – “Won’t Back Down” (20th Century Fox)

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
David Oyelowo – “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)
Don Cheadle – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
Dwight Henry – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Lenny Kravitz – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
Samuel L. Jackson – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amandla Stenberg – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
Gloria Reuben – “Lincoln” (The Walt Disney Studios)
Kerry Washington – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Phylicia Rashad – “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” (Lionsgate)
Taraji P. Henson – “Think Like a Man” (Screen Gems)

Independent Motion Picture
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
“Chico & Rita” (GKIDS)
“Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
“Unconditional” (Harbinger Media Partners)
“Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day” (Codeblack)

International Motion Picture
“Chico & Rita” (GKIDS)
“For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada” (ARC Entertainment)
“Special Forces” (eOne Films)
“The Intouchables” (The Weinstein Company)
“The Raid: Redemption” (Sony Pictures Classics)
DOCUMENTARY
Documentary – (Theatrical or Television)
“Black Wings” (Smithsonian Channel)
“Brooklyn Castle” (Producers Distribution Agency)
“First Position” (IFC Films)
“Marley” (Magnolia Pictures)
“On the Shoulders of Giants – The Story of the Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of” (Showtime)
TELEVISION

Comedy Series
“Glee” (Fox)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“The Game” (BET)
“The Mindy Project” (Fox)
“The Soul Man” (TV Land)

Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “Guys with Kids” (NBC)
Damon Wayans, Jr. – “Happy Endings” (ABC)
Don Cheadle – “House Of Lies” (Showtime)
Donald Faison – “The Exes” (TV Land)
Hosea Chanchez – “The Game” (BET)

Actress in a Comedy Series
Amber Riley – “Glee” (Fox)
Cassi Davis – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
Kellita Smith – “The First Family” (Syndicated)
Tatyana Ali – “Love That Girl” (TV One)
Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari – “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
Craig Robinson – “The Office” (NBC)
Donald Glover – “Community” (NBC)
Lance Gross – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
Tracy Morgan – “30 Rock” (NBC)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Anna Deavere Smith – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Gabourey Sidibe – “The Big C” (Showtime)
Gladys Knight – “The First Family” (Syndicated)
Rashida Jones – “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)
Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“Scandal” (ABC)
“Treme” (HBO)
“True Blood” (HBO)
Actor in a Drama Series
Dulé Hill – “Psych” (USA)
Hill Harper – “CSI: NY” (CBS)
LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
Michael Clarke Duncan – “The Finder” (FOX)
Wendell Pierce – “Treme” (HBO)

Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
Khandi Alexander – “Treme” (HBO)
Regina King – “SouthLAnd” (TNT)
Sandra Oh – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Clarke Peters – “Treme” (HBO)
Dev Patel – “The Newsroom” (HBO)
Omar Epps – “House M.D.” (FOX)
Rockmond Dunbar – “Sons of Anarchy” (FX)
Rocky Carroll – “NCIS” (CBS)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Joy Bryant – “Parenthood” (NBC)
Loretta Devine – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Lucy Lui – “SouthLAnd” (TNT)
Rutina Wesley – “True Blood” (HBO)
Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)
“Hallmark Hall of Fame’s FIRELIGHT” (ABC)
“Raising Izzie” (GMC TV)
“Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
“Sugar Mommas” (GMC TV)
Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Afemo Omilami – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
Cuba Gooding, Jr. – “Hallmark Hall of Fame’s FIRELIGHT” (ABC)
Michael Jai White – “Somebody’s Child” (GMC TV)
Rockmond Dunbar – “Raising Izzie” (GMC TV)
Tory Kittles – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)

Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Alfre Woodard – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
Jill Scott – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
Keke Palmer – “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)
Phylicia Rashad – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
Queen Latifah – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)

Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Aaron D. Spears – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
Erik Valdez – “General Hospital” (ABC)
James Reynolds – “Days of Our Lives” (NBC)
Kristoff St. John – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Rodney Saulsberry – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Angell Conwell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Julia Pace Mitchell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Kristolyn Lloyd – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
Shenell Edmonds – “One Life to Live” (ABC)
Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

News/ Information – (Series or Special)
“Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview with The President” (MTV)
“Judge Mathis” (Syndicated)
“Save My Son with Dr. Steve Perry” (TV One)
“Unsung” (TV One)
“Washington Watch with Roland Martin” (TV One)

Talk Series
“Don’t Sleep!” (BET)
“Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN)
“Oprah’s Next Chapter” (OWN)
“The View” (ABC)
“Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” (FX)

Reality Series
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)
“The X Factor” (FOX)
“Tia & Tamera” (Style)
“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

Variety Series or Special
“Black Girls Rock” (BET)
“Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots 35 Years Later” (OWN)
“Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)
“The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls” (OWN)
“Verses & Flow” (TV One)

Children’s Program
“Degrassi” (TeenNick)
“Kasha and the Zulu King” (BET)
“The Legend of Korra” (Nickelodeon)
“The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012” (Nick@Nite)
“The Weight of the Nation for Kids” (HBO)
Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program – (Series or Special)
China Anne McClain – “A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel)
Keke Palmer – “Winx Club” (Nickelodeon)
Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior block on Disney Channel)
Nick Cannon – “The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012” (Nick@Nite)
Tyler James Williams – “Let It Shine” (Disney Channel)
RECORDING
New Artist
Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
Gary Clark, Jr. (Warner Bros. Records)
Lianne La Havas (Nonesuch Records Inc. / Warner Bros. Records)
Melanie Amaro (Epic Records)
The OMG Girlz (Pretty Hustle / Grand Hustle / Streamline / Interscope)

Male Artist
Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
Lupe Fiasco (Atlantic)
Miguel (ByStorm / RCA)
Trey Songz (Atlantic)
Usher (RCA Records)

Female Artist
Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
Estelle (Atlantic)
Missy Elliott (Atlantic)
Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)

Duo, Group or Collaboration
Chuck D, Johnny Juice, Will.i.am, Herbie Hancock (Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment)
fun. feat. Janelle Monae (Atlantic)
Lupe Fiasco feat. Guy Sebastian (Atlantic)
Mary Mary (Columbia)
Ne-Yo, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, Natasha Bedingfield (Forward Song, LLC)

Jazz Album
“Bone Appetit [Vol. 1 and 2]” – Jeff Bradshaw (Hidden Beach)
“Dreams” – Brian Culbertson (Verve Records)
“Renaissance” – Marcus Miller (Concord Jazz)
“Seeds From The Underground” – Kenny Garrett (Mack Avenue Records)
“The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection” – The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy)
Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Best Days” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)
“Go Get It” – Mary Mary (Columbia)
“God, Love & Romance” – Fred Hammond (Verity Gospel Music Group)
“I Win” – Marvin Sapp (Verity Gospel Music Group)
“Le’Andria Johnson The Experience” – Le’Andria Johnson (Music World Gospel / Music World)

World Music Album
“Ayah Ye! Moving Train” – KG Omulo (KG Omulo)
“Country, God, Or The Girl” – K’NAAN (A&M / Octone Records)
“Diversionary” – Brother B (King Chero Records)
“Wonderful Life” – Estelle (Atlantic)

Music Video
“Adorn” – Miguel (ByStorm / RCA)
“Girl On Fire” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
“This Christmas” – CeeLo Green (Elektra)
“You’re On My Mind” – KEM (Universal Motown)

Song
“Be Mine for Christmas” – KEM (Universal Motown)
“Glorify the King” – KEM (Universal Motown)
“I Look To You” – Whitney Houston and R. Kelly (RCA Records)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
“You’re On My Mind” – KEM (Universal Motown)
Album
“Bad – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” – Michael Jackson (Legacy / Epic)
“Girl On Fire” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
“I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston” – Whitney Houston (RCA Records)
“On the Shoulders of Giants – The Soundtrack” – Chuck D, Will.i.am, Herbie Hancock, Nikki Yannofsky (Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment )
“Perfectly Imperfect” – Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)

LITERATURE

Literary Work – Fiction
“A Wish and a Prayer: A Blessings Novel” – Beverly Jenkins (HarperCollins Publishers (William Morrow Paperbacks))
“Destiny’s Divas” – Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster)
“Silent Cry” – Dywane Birch (Strebor Books)
“The Reverend’s Wife” – Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central’s Wife)
“The Secret She Kept” – ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)

Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“Fraternity” – Diane Brady (Spiegel & Grau (Random House))
“Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation” – Deborah Davis (Atria Books / Simon & Schuster)
“Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman’s Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones” – Connie Rice (Scribner)
“The Courage to Hope” – Shirley Sherrod (Atria Books)
“The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court ” – Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday)

Literary Work – Debut Author
“A Cupboard Full of Coats” – Yvvette Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers (Amistad))
“Antebellum” – R. Kayeen Thomas (Strebor Books)
“Congo: Spirit of Darkness” – Mayi Ngwala (Genet Press)
“Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words” – Darryl L. Lacy (Darryl L. Lacy (iUniverse))
“The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To Love Your Sister” – Sonia Jackson Myles (The Sister Accord, LLC)

Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography
“Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change” – John Lewis (Hyperion)
“Interventions: A Life in War and Peace” – Kofi Annan (The Penguin Press)
“The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” – Tom Reiss (Crown Publishers)
“The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities ” – Will Allen (Gotham Books)
“The One: The Life and Music of James Brown” – RJ Smith (Gotham Books)

Literary Work – Instructional
“12 Ways to Put Money in Your Pocket Every Month Without A Part Time Job; The Skinny Book That Makes Your Wallet Fat” – Jennifer Matthews (Pickett Fennell Publishing Group)
“Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life ” – 50 Cent (Avery (Penguin Group))
“Health First: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide” – Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, Hilary Beard (SmileyBooks)
“It’s Complicated (But It Doesn’t Have to Be): A Modern Guide to Finding and Keeping Love” – Paul Carrick Brunson (Gotham Books)
“The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You” – Jim Smith, Jr. (Career Press)

Literary Work – Poetry
“Hurrah’s Nest” – Arisa White (Virtual Artists Collective)
“Maybe the Saddest Thing” – Marcus Wicker (HarperCollins Publishers (Harper Perennial))
“Speak Water” – Truth Thomas (Cherry Castle Publishing)
“The Ground” – Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
“Thrall” – Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Literary Work – Children
“Fifty Cents and a Dream” – Jabari Asim (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator) (Little,nBrown Books for Young Readers)
“Harlem’s Little Blackbird” – Renee Watson (Author), Christian Robinson (Illustrator) (Random House Books for Young Readers (Random House Children’s Books))
“In the Land of Milk and Honey” – Joyce Carol Thomas (Author), Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) (HarperCollins / Amistad)
“Indigo Blume and the Garden City” – Kwame Alexander (Word of Mouth Books)
“What Color is My World?” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymons Obstfeld (Author), A.G. Ford (Illustrator) (Candlewick Press)

Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Fire in the Streets” – Kekla Magoon (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
“Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders” – Gregory Reed (Amber Books)
“Pinned” – Sharon G. Flake (Scholastic Press)
“The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess” – Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Williams (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Turner Publishing Company)
“The Mighty Miss Malone” – Christopher Paul Curtis (Wendy Lamb Books (Random House Children’s Books))

WRITING

Writing in a Comedy Series
Karin Gist – “House of Lies” – Mini-Mogul (Showtime)
Marc Wilmore – “The Simpsons” – The Spy Who Learned Me (FOX)
Michael Shipley – “Last Man Standing” – High Expectations (ABC)
Prentice Penny – “Happy Endings” – Meet the Parrots (ABC)
Vali Chandrasekaran, Robert Carlock – “30 Rock” – Murphy Brown Lied to Us (NBC)

Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker – “SouthLAnd” – God’s Work (TNT)
Janine Sherman Barrios – “Criminal Minds” – The Pact (CBS)
Shonda Rhimes – “Grey’s Anatomy” – Flight (ABC)
Shonda Rhimes – “Scandal” – Sweet Baby (ABC)
Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – This Magic Moment (ABC)

Writing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Elizabeth Hunter – “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)
John Gatins – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
John Ridley, Aaron McGruder – “Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
Keith Merryman, David A. Newman – “Think Like a Man” (Screen Gems)
Ol Parker – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)


OBAMA TALKS BACK” NOMINATED FOR AN NAACP IMAGE AWARD IN LITERATURE

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“OBAMA TALKS BACK: GLOBAL LESSONS –
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NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD IN LITERATURE
BEST LITERARY WORK – YOUTH / TEENS.
THE 44TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, TWO HOUR SPECIAL
AIRS LIVE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, ON NBC.

NATIONAL – December 11, 2012 – 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.  Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids), Neicy Nash (The Soul Man), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Garcelle Beauvals (Flight), Tyler James Williams (Go On) and Zendaya (Shake It Up) announced the categories and nominees.

Amber Books, the award winning imprint of Amber Communications Group, Inc, was announced as a nominee for Best Literary Work – Youth / Teens, for its title “Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders” by Gregory J. Reed, Esq., and has earned its first NAACP Image Award nomination.  The competition for the NAACP Image Award Best Literary Work – Youth / Teens for 2012 will be highly competitive as seen in the following nominees.

Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Fire in the Streets” – Kekla Magoon (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
“Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders” – Gregory J. Reed, Esq. (Amber Books)
“Pinned” – Sharon G. Flake (Scholastic Press)
“The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess” – Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Williams (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Turner Publishing Company)
“The Mighty Miss Malone” – Christopher Paul Curtis (Wendy Lamb Books (Random House Children’s Books)

“On behalf of Amber Books, Author Gregory J. Reed and the Keeper of the Word Foundation, we are extremely excited and honored to have been nominated.”  stated Tony  Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc, “President Barack Obama achieved a landslide victory in 2008 and 2012.  He has touched the lives of young people more so than any previous president. During his presidency, he sought to continue that inspiration by maintaining an engaged relationship with our nation’s youth.”

“The outstanding and historic collection of students’ letters in “Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s young Leaders”, accompanied with President Obama’s responses, speeches, public statements, and quotations during his campaign, tenure as President-Elect, and his presidency, is the most comprehensive collection of letters and responses ever assembled as a book in the history of our nation for a sitting president.  The collection of letters featuring the voices of today’s young leaders and President Barack Obama are priceless, timeless, inspiring and powerful”.

NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock stated, “We are proud to celebrate the artists and activists who use their craft to share positive images of our culture, the artistic community is an important ally for social justice, and the NAACP Image awards provides an excellent venue to recognize those who make a difference through art and activism.”

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.  Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event, which will air live on Friday, February 1, 2012, 8:00pm EST live / PST tape delayed on NBC.

Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders was compiled and written by Gregory J. Reed, Esq and the Keeper of the Word Foundation.  Mr. Reed is the award winning author of sixteen books.  Gregory J. Reed, Esq.also has a B.S. in Package Engineering from Michigan State Univerity, an M.S. in Packaging Management from Michigan State University, a Law Degree, Juris Doctor, from Wayne State University and a Graduate Law Degree, LL.M, from Wayne State University.

Tony Rose is the Publisher and CEO of Phoenix, AZ based Amber Communications Group, Inc., the nation’s largest African-American Publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies.  ACGI’s imprints include: the award winning Amber Books Publishing;  Colossus Books – Music Biographies;  Amber/Wiley Books – Self Help and Financial Books Co-Published with John Wiley & Sons Inc.;  Joyner/Amber Books – Co-Publishing with the Tom Joyner Foundation and Desmoon Books – Fiction.

Following is the complete list of categories and nominees for the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards. (See Literature)

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NAACP Image Awards: The complete nominations list.

Director Robert Zemeckis and Denzel Washington worked together on the new movie “Flight.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
MOTION PICTURE
Motion Picture
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
“Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
“Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
“Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
“Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” (Lionsgate)

Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
Jamie Foxx – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Morgan Freeman – “The Magic of Belle Isle” (Magnolia Pictures)
Suraj Sharma – “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox)
Tyler Perry – “Alex Cross” (Summit Entertainment)

Actress in a Motion Picture
Emayatzy Corinealdi – “Middle of Nowhere” (AAFRM)
Halle Berry – “Cloud Atlas” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Loretta Devine – “In The Hive” (Eone Entertainment)
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Viola Davis – “Won’t Back Down” (20th Century Fox)

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
David Oyelowo – “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)
Don Cheadle – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
Dwight Henry – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Lenny Kravitz – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
Samuel L. Jackson – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amandla Stenberg – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
Gloria Reuben – “Lincoln” (The Walt Disney Studios)
Kerry Washington – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Phylicia Rashad – “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” (Lionsgate)
Taraji P. Henson – “Think Like a Man” (Screen Gems)

Independent Motion Picture
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
“Chico & Rita” (GKIDS)
“Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
“Unconditional” (Harbinger Media Partners)
“Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day” (Codeblack)

International Motion Picture
“Chico & Rita” (GKIDS)
“For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada” (ARC Entertainment)
“Special Forces” (eOne Films)
“The Intouchables” (The Weinstein Company)
“The Raid: Redemption” (Sony Pictures Classics)

DOCUMENTARY
Documentary – (Theatrical or Television)
“Black Wings” (Smithsonian Channel)
“Brooklyn Castle” (Producers Distribution Agency)
“First Position” (IFC Films)
“Marley” (Magnolia Pictures)
“On the Shoulders of Giants – The Story of the Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of” (Showtime)
TELEVISION

Comedy Series
“Glee” (Fox)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“The Game” (BET)
“The Mindy Project” (Fox)
“The Soul Man” (TV Land)

Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “Guys with Kids” (NBC)
Damon Wayans, Jr. – “Happy Endings” (ABC)
Don Cheadle – “House Of Lies” (Showtime)
Donald Faison – “The Exes” (TV Land)
Hosea Chanchez – “The Game” (BET)

Actress in a Comedy Series
Amber Riley – “Glee” (Fox)
Cassi Davis – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
Kellita Smith – “The First Family” (Syndicated)
Tatyana Ali – “Love That Girl” (TV One)
Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari – “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
Craig Robinson – “The Office” (NBC)
Donald Glover – “Community” (NBC)
Lance Gross – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
Tracy Morgan – “30 Rock” (NBC)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Anna Deavere Smith – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Gabourey Sidibe – “The Big C” (Showtime)
Gladys Knight – “The First Family” (Syndicated)
Rashida Jones – “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)
Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“Scandal” (ABC)
“Treme” (HBO)
“True Blood” (HBO)
Actor in a Drama Series
Dulé Hill – “Psych” (USA)
Hill Harper – “CSI: NY” (CBS)
LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
Michael Clarke Duncan – “The Finder” (FOX)
Wendell Pierce – “Treme” (HBO)

Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
Khandi Alexander – “Treme” (HBO)
Regina King – “SouthLAnd” (TNT)
Sandra Oh – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Clarke Peters – “Treme” (HBO)
Dev Patel – “The Newsroom” (HBO)
Omar Epps – “House M.D.” (FOX)
Rockmond Dunbar – “Sons of Anarchy” (FX)
Rocky Carroll – “NCIS” (CBS)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Joy Bryant – “Parenthood” (NBC)
Loretta Devine – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Lucy Lui – “SouthLAnd” (TNT)
Rutina Wesley – “True Blood” (HBO)
Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)
“Hallmark Hall of Fame’s FIRELIGHT” (ABC)
“Raising Izzie” (GMC TV)
“Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
“Sugar Mommas” (GMC TV)
Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Afemo Omilami – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
Cuba Gooding, Jr. – “Hallmark Hall of Fame’s FIRELIGHT” (ABC)
Michael Jai White – “Somebody’s Child” (GMC TV)
Rockmond Dunbar – “Raising Izzie” (GMC TV)
Tory Kittles – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)

Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Alfre Woodard – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
Jill Scott – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
Keke Palmer – “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)
Phylicia Rashad – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
Queen Latifah – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)

Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Aaron D. Spears – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
Erik Valdez – “General Hospital” (ABC)
James Reynolds – “Days of Our Lives” (NBC)
Kristoff St. John – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Rodney Saulsberry – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Angell Conwell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Julia Pace Mitchell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Kristolyn Lloyd – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
Shenell Edmonds – “One Life to Live” (ABC)
Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

News/ Information – (Series or Special)
“Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview with The President” (MTV)
“Judge Mathis” (Syndicated)
“Save My Son with Dr. Steve Perry” (TV One)
“Unsung” (TV One)
“Washington Watch with Roland Martin” (TV One)

Talk Series
“Don’t Sleep!” (BET)
“Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN)
“Oprah’s Next Chapter” (OWN)
“The View” (ABC)
“Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” (FX)

Reality Series
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)
“The X Factor” (FOX)
“Tia & Tamera” (Style)
“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

Variety Series or Special
“Black Girls Rock” (BET)
“Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots 35 Years Later” (OWN)
“Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)
“The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls” (OWN)
“Verses & Flow” (TV One)

Children’s Program
“Degrassi” (TeenNick)
“Kasha and the Zulu King” (BET)
“The Legend of Korra” (Nickelodeon)
“The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012” (Nick@Nite)
“The Weight of the Nation for Kids” (HBO)
Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program – (Series or Special)
China Anne McClain – “A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel)
Keke Palmer – “Winx Club” (Nickelodeon)
Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior block on Disney Channel)
Nick Cannon – “The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012” (Nick@Nite)
Tyler James Williams – “Let It Shine” (Disney Channel)
RECORDING
New Artist
Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
Gary Clark, Jr. (Warner Bros. Records)
Lianne La Havas (Nonesuch Records Inc. / Warner Bros. Records)
Melanie Amaro (Epic Records)
The OMG Girlz (Pretty Hustle / Grand Hustle / Streamline / Interscope)

Male Artist
Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
Lupe Fiasco (Atlantic)
Miguel (ByStorm / RCA)
Trey Songz (Atlantic)
Usher (RCA Records)

Female Artist
Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
Estelle (Atlantic)
Missy Elliott (Atlantic)
Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)

Duo, Group or Collaboration
Chuck D, Johnny Juice, Will.i.am, Herbie Hancock (Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment)
fun. feat. Janelle Monae (Atlantic)
Lupe Fiasco feat. Guy Sebastian (Atlantic)
Mary Mary (Columbia)
Ne-Yo, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, Natasha Bedingfield (Forward Song, LLC)

Jazz Album
“Bone Appetit [Vol. 1 and 2]” – Jeff Bradshaw (Hidden Beach)
“Dreams” – Brian Culbertson (Verve Records)
“Renaissance” – Marcus Miller (Concord Jazz)
“Seeds From The Underground” – Kenny Garrett (Mack Avenue Records)
“The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection” – The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy)
Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Best Days” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)
“Go Get It” – Mary Mary (Columbia)
“God, Love & Romance” – Fred Hammond (Verity Gospel Music Group)
“I Win” – Marvin Sapp (Verity Gospel Music Group)
“Le’Andria Johnson The Experience” – Le’Andria Johnson (Music World Gospel / Music World)

World Music Album
“Ayah Ye! Moving Train” – KG Omulo (KG Omulo)
“Country, God, Or The Girl” – K’NAAN (A&M / Octone Records)
“Diversionary” – Brother B (King Chero Records)
“Wonderful Life” – Estelle (Atlantic)

Music Video
“Adorn” – Miguel (ByStorm / RCA)
“Girl On Fire” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
“This Christmas” – CeeLo Green (Elektra)
“You’re On My Mind” – KEM (Universal Motown)

Song
“Be Mine for Christmas” – KEM (Universal Motown)
“Glorify the King” – KEM (Universal Motown)
“I Look To You” – Whitney Houston and R. Kelly (RCA Records)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
“You’re On My Mind” – KEM (Universal Motown)
Album
“Bad – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” – Michael Jackson (Legacy / Epic)
“Girl On Fire” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
“I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston” – Whitney Houston (RCA Records)
“On the Shoulders of Giants – The Soundtrack” – Chuck D, Will.i.am, Herbie Hancock, Nikki Yannofsky (Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment )
“Perfectly Imperfect” – Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)

LITERATURE

Literary Work – Fiction
“A Wish and a Prayer: A Blessings Novel” – Beverly Jenkins (HarperCollins Publishers (William Morrow Paperbacks))
“Destiny’s Divas” – Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster)
“Silent Cry” – Dywane Birch (Strebor Books)
“The Reverend’s Wife” – Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central’s Wife)
“The Secret She Kept” – ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)

Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“Fraternity” – Diane Brady (Spiegel & Grau (Random House))
“Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation” – Deborah Davis (Atria Books / Simon & Schuster)
“Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman’s Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones” – Connie Rice (Scribner)
“The Courage to Hope” – Shirley Sherrod (Atria Books)
“The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court ” – Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday)

Literary Work – Debut Author
“A Cupboard Full of Coats” – Yvvette Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers (Amistad))
“Antebellum” – R. Kayeen Thomas (Strebor Books)
“Congo: Spirit of Darkness” – Mayi Ngwala (Genet Press)
“Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words” – Darryl L. Lacy (Darryl L. Lacy (iUniverse))
“The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To Love Your Sister” – Sonia Jackson Myles (The Sister Accord, LLC)

Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography
“Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change” – John Lewis (Hyperion)
“Interventions: A Life in War and Peace” – Kofi Annan (The Penguin Press)
“The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” – Tom Reiss (Crown Publishers)
“The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities ” – Will Allen (Gotham Books)
“The One: The Life and Music of James Brown” – RJ Smith (Gotham Books)

Literary Work – Instructional
“12 Ways to Put Money in Your Pocket Every Month Without A Part Time Job; The Skinny Book That Makes Your Wallet Fat” – Jennifer Matthews (Pickett Fennell Publishing Group)
“Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life ” – 50 Cent (Avery (Penguin Group))
“Health First: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide” – Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, Hilary Beard (SmileyBooks)
“It’s Complicated (But It Doesn’t Have to Be): A Modern Guide to Finding and Keeping Love” – Paul Carrick Brunson (Gotham Books)
“The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You” – Jim Smith, Jr. (Career Press)

Literary Work – Poetry
“Hurrah’s Nest” – Arisa White (Virtual Artists Collective)
“Maybe the Saddest Thing” – Marcus Wicker (HarperCollins Publishers (Harper Perennial))
“Speak Water” – Truth Thomas (Cherry Castle Publishing)
“The Ground” – Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
“Thrall” – Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Literary Work – Children
“Fifty Cents and a Dream” – Jabari Asim (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator) (Little,nBrown Books for Young Readers)
“Harlem’s Little Blackbird” – Renee Watson (Author), Christian Robinson (Illustrator) (Random House Books for Young Readers (Random House Children’s Books))
“In the Land of Milk and Honey” – Joyce Carol Thomas (Author), Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) (HarperCollins / Amistad)
“Indigo Blume and the Garden City” – Kwame Alexander (Word of Mouth Books)
“What Color is My World?” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymons Obstfeld (Author), A.G. Ford (Illustrator) (Candlewick Press)

Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Fire in the Streets” – Kekla Magoon (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
“Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders” – Gregory Reed (Amber Books)
“Pinned” – Sharon G. Flake (Scholastic Press)
“The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess” – Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Williams (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Turner Publishing Company)
“The Mighty Miss Malone” – Christopher Paul Curtis (Wendy Lamb Books (Random House Children’s Books))

WRITING

Writing in a Comedy Series
Karin Gist – “House of Lies” – Mini-Mogul (Showtime)
Marc Wilmore – “The Simpsons” – The Spy Who Learned Me (FOX)
Michael Shipley – “Last Man Standing” – High Expectations (ABC)
Prentice Penny – “Happy Endings” – Meet the Parrots (ABC)
Vali Chandrasekaran, Robert Carlock – “30 Rock” – Murphy Brown Lied to Us (NBC)

Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker – “SouthLAnd” – God’s Work (TNT)
Janine Sherman Barrios – “Criminal Minds” – The Pact (CBS)
Shonda Rhimes – “Grey’s Anatomy” – Flight (ABC)
Shonda Rhimes – “Scandal” – Sweet Baby (ABC)
Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – This Magic Moment (ABC)

Writing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Elizabeth Hunter – “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)
John Gatins – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
John Ridley, Aaron McGruder – “Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
Keith Merryman, David A. Newman – “Think Like a Man” (Screen Gems)
Ol Parker – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)


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National – Amber Communications Group, Inc.’s imprint the award winning Amber Books has published Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders by Gregory Reed, Esq., CEO and Founder of Keeper of the Word Foundation, with a foreword and epilogue by William Alexander Haley, CEO, Alex Haley Foundation.

Obama Talks Back: “provides a rare glimpse into the private letters sent to the President and his accompanied remarks to our young people.” – Carmel Middle School, Charlotte, NC.

President Barack Obama achieved a landslide victory in 2008 and has touched the lives of young people more so than any previous president. During his presidency, he sought to continue that inspiration by maintaining an engaged relationship with the nation’s youth.

THIS OUTSTANDING AND HISTORIC COLLECTION of students’ letters accompanied with President Obama’s responses, speeches, public statements, and quotations during his campaign, tenure as President-Elect, and his presidency 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.

From these letters, we learn that these young citizens are committed to their country and the world. From President Obama we learn to respect the importance of listening to one another, and of perseverance. We learn in desperate times, we must have faith and know that we are empowered to change the circumstances and conditions of our lives and the destiny of America for the better.

The students letters in Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons– A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders reveal they have a concern for peace, healthcare, freedom, education, poverty, religious tolerance, love, materialism, and equality in America. Their letters address our nation’s unattended concerns and issues of immigration, crime, poverty, global climate change, economic, racism, war, religion, same-sex marriage, discrimination, and many more. They recognize that President Obama shares their creativity and concerns, and supports their mission with his words and actions.

This was made evident by Ty’Sheoma Bethea, the young girl from South Carolina who appeared at Obama’s 1st joint session speech to Congress asking her government to use stimulus funds to make repairs to her dilapidated school, and by the several thousand letters received by the Keeper of the Word Foundation.

The personal thoughts of the writers are a rare and private glimpse into the dialogue between our nation’s youth and a sitting president in office. Their letters, including those of the Boston Latin School of Massachusetts are priceless, timeless, inspiring and powerful.

In some of the President’s remarks, he talks of global lessons and universal lessons of change taught to him by his mother and discoveries from prior leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Franklin Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela. He speaks as to how these lessons can transform the lives of our youth by adopting the values of perseverance, confidence, purpose, sacrifice, patience, unity, integrity, courage, dignity, selflessness, and commitment.

Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons– A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders focuses on values, lessons of life, and truths that Gregory Reed has coined as “Global Lessons” from America’s Young Leaders, and are a distinct reminder of why on November 6, 2012 we should vote to re-elect President Barack Obama.

The concept of this book was inspired from the multi-award winning book Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today’s Youth and the Keeper of the Word Foundation’s exhibit entitled, “Dear Mr. Mandela…Dear Mrs. Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons,” presented in South Africa and at Michigan State University. Thousands of young leaders in Obama Talks Back are in search for a better America and the book was conceived to share their and President Obama’s ideas and thoughts with America and their future generations.

It is recommended that every Home, Organization, Library, University, Bookstore and College have this important book for the many upcoming generations of young leaders to read and remember the words of this historic 44th President of the United States of America.

Chapters in Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons– A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders include: “Message to Young People”; “The Letters: What I Want for You and Every Child”; “Obama Talks Back On: Education/Digital Currency, Courage and Hope, War-Crime-Non-Violence & Justice, The Economy, Social Concern-Activism-Family-Parenting”; “Obama Talks to

American Students”; “Spiritual Journal to the White House”; “President Obama’s Most Notable Speeches”.

Obama Talks Back: “is an eye opener and an essential piece of reading for both America’s families and America’s leaders. It connects us to where we are in terms of values and lessons in
the 21st century”. – Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI

Obama Talks Back: “offers us all a sense of hope, understanding, and peace”. – Boston Latin School, Boston, MA

Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders was compiled and written by Gregory J. Reed, Esq and the Keeper of the Word Foundation. Mr. Reed is the award winning author of sixteen books. In 2008, Mr. Reed and his foundation, Keeper of the Word, were designated to be the guest curator with the Michigan State University Museum and the Nelson Mandela Museum in South Africa to present an exhibit in South Africa entitled, “Dear Mr. Mandela…Dear Mrs. Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons,” the first international collaborative exhibit between America and South Africa. Reed was selected as Nelson Mandela’s personal escort for the exhibit premiere.

Mr. Reed has been an active practitioner in the legal profession for twenty plus years. His clients are preeminent in their fields; his professional and civic contributions carry national and international significance.

Obama Talks Back foreword and epilogue are written by William Alexander Haley, Phd, the son of the late Alex Haley, Pulitzer Prize author for “Roots” and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” He is the CEO of the Alex Haley Foundation.

Caitlin Buchanan, an intern of Gregory J. Reed in his Detroit, Michigan office, worked as researcher, editor, and contributor for Obama Talks Back. Ms. Buchanan is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

For interviews contact Mr. Reed at: gjrassoc@aol.com

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