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March 20, 2013 Philly Support Philly
I was in the studio with Rell from Roadi Band and Casttroy Ammo doing another amazing video. Check out his interview which includes music and a freestyle at the end.
Hello readers! I've been a bit under the weather lately and I even lost my voice. If you guys could hear me talk, it's terrible. Well... actually you are about to hear me talk LOL! I pre-scheduled a radio interview with Ronny Press on thefnradio.com. With the stress surrounding my grandmother's death along with a cold that I was falling prey too, it was just too much strain on my voice. But I was not going to back out of that interview. Tina Turner got on stage and did one of her best performances early in her career with a hoarse voice and sang the hell out of Fool in Love. So if she could do it, I definitely was not going to wimp out. I actually pretty good though I am a little upset with the sound quality on my mic. I swear I was right up on it. And speaking loudly. But for some reason, I was recorded very low. Nevertheless, I wanted to share my first radio interview with you all. I was unable to edit it so the entire radio segment is on this recording, including the second interview with an up and coming singer also from Philly as well as some hot music that was played. I hope you enjoy! Peace!Click here to listen!Read More
Hello everyone. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog. Recently, I have been doing a strand of interviews with various artists around Philly and my latest was with a lyrical mad man by the name of Mel Love. I personally think he has serious flow game and he demonstrated his freestyle and lyrical ability at the end of our interview which you will be able to check out on here as well as on my YouTube Channel. Mel spoke candidly on how he began rapping as well as who he would like to collaborate with if given the opportunity and gave his personal views on hip-hop and the state of the popular music genre right now. Mel Love has worked with Meek Mill previously and appeared on quite a few mix tapes. You can get "The Silencer" on Datpiff.com I personally rated it 5 stars and can't wait to see what else this amazing artist will be bringing to the table in the near future. Follow Mel Love on twitter @mel_love215 as well as on Instagram @mellove215. Do NOT sleep on this artist!Read More
- I recently did a literary consultation call with the fabulous Dawn Michelle Hardy from Dream Relations PR and Literary Consultation company and it was indeed insightful and very informative. For those who are not familiar with who Dawn Michelle Hardy is, she is the former Publicist for Teri Woods, also an author from Philly who is known for her page turning novels, the Dutch Series, True to The Game and many more. Check out the awesome site Here. I urge any author who is looking for some direction in guidance with their journey in being a self-published author to seek out her services. Her consultation calls are on point! Prior to doing the consultation call with Ms. Hardy, I was telling a friend of mine that I was seriously thinking about changing the cover to A Thug's Redemption. When it was first done for me, I was so excited. But after a while, the excitement wore off. It seemed as though something was missing from the cover. It didn't grab me. And if it didn't grab me, it possibly wasn't grabbing others either. Don't get me wrong, I think the young lady who designed the cover for me did a remarkable job. But let's be honest; people DO judge a book by its cover. Ms. Hardy agreed with me and suggested that I give A Thug's Redemption a cover make-over. Add some color to it and make it POP because Urban Fiction novels are all about grabbing a reader with a catching title for the book as well as a spicy and decorative cover. Check out the new cover for A Thug's Redemption below I am truly looking forward to the next series of books that are printed with this cover attached. For those who have A Thug's Redemption with the original cover, hold onto it because it is sure to be a collectors item very soon. Thanks for checking out my blog! Peace!Read More
February 25, 2013 Philly Support Philly
Recently I've been networking with a Facebook friend of mine and I've had the privilege of sitting down with a really cool rapper from Philadelphia by the name of Staxx who has a very interesting style, is extremely lyrical and very in tune with what is going in today's society and how Hip-Hop has been allowed to perpetuate some of the behavior with this generation. We spoke in an interview about his projects that he has been working on, one in particular that I have taken an interest in, P.A.I.N (Poor Americans In Need) that speaks of the every day struggles in this country. Though Staxx believes everyone in the country who is not in the upper class suffers in their own way, he also believes African Americans seem to suffer the most for various reasons such as lack of resources and adequate education. The project was inspired by Staxx's own personal experience with pain and the struggles he's been able to overcome by letting it all out through his tracks. Check out the interview to learn more about Staxx.Read More
The flavorful blog, Hottest Urban Fiction Reviews by Ericka Strafford was kind enough to publish a review for my novel A Thug's Redemption. To read her review in its entirety, Click Here It's always an honor to have someone share their views and enthusiasm about my work as well as help spread the word about this awesome story. Ericka was also kind enough to do an interview with me as well. Read her Author Spotlight on Yani by Clicking Here. Insightful and probing. Her style is indeed refreshing. Thanks so much for the opportunity, Ericka! Peace!Read More
Hello readers! Recently, I had a book signing at Horizon Books in The Gallery Market East in Center City Philadelphia and I must say it was a FREAKING SUCCESS! I actually almost sold out of all of the copies that I brought with me. I will say though I normally have a flamboyant and live personality, I am not used to approaching strangers even to thell them I am a new author from Philly with a hot new novel. But after a few tips from the young lady who works at the store, I slowly but surely opened up and began approaching people as they passed by and the sales began rolling in. I even had a few of my friends from middle school, Jessica Isom, who is a RN at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Shawn Pendleton, (who I used to have a MAJOR crush on in high-school (shhhhh) stop by to show support. I must say, I was extremely amazed with how the book signing turned out and cannot wait for the next one. Here are a few pictures below of some of the people who purchased A Thug's Redemption and showed that Philly can indeed support Philly. I seriously cannot wait to do another book signing in the Gallery or anywhere else. Thanks so much for your support! Peace!
Goodreads have picked the winners of my book giveaway for A Thug's Redemption. I first want to thank everyone who was interested enough in my book to join in and I wish I could have made more available. Congratulations to...(drum roll)Shaina Gallaway, Mike J Gardner, Heather Polk, Michelle Lewis Carpenter, and Todd Burns! The books will be sent out before the end of this week. I hope you enjoy reading my novel as much as I enjoyed writing it! I look forward to your reviews.
As I mentioned before, I have finished the sequel to A Thug's Redemption and I am getting a lot of positive feedback from it. I've been told that the sequel is indeed better than the first which is what I ultimately was trying to achieve. I wasn't going to release it until possibly late July, early August, but my readers are insisting that I release it sooner. I still want to make sure that A Thug's Redemption reaches a broad audience not just in Philly, New Jersey or Delaware, but all over the country. But I have picked a release date which will be June 10th 2013! Right now I am working on the book cover and making some edits. As soon as I have decided on a cover, I will broadcast it so my readers can let me know what they think.
Again, I want to thank all those who continue to support my work as well as the people who entered the book reads giveaway and stop by daily to read my blog as well as the excerpts from my books. I will be posting a new preview from a new novel I am working on currently entitled "Ebony Femme Fatale". This book is definitely going to rock. Thanks for stopping by! Peace!Read More
One of things I wanted to do is create a book trailer for A Thug's Redemption. I can see it so clearly in my mind's eye because as I was writing this book when I was a teenager, I always envisioned it as a movie. Being able to see my book as a film has helped me visualize the trailer. Some of the book trailers I have seen were impressive and others were...not so impressive to say the least. I think it is important that an author puts themselves in their audience's shoes and try to see their work from the audience's point of view. What would the book trailer have to include that would grab a readers attention? What should the book trailer show that would be so compelling, readers run out and snatch the book from shelves as quickly as possible?
The last couple of days, I have been in contact with one of the entities from my favorite dynamic duo, Mr. & Mrs Q of Q-Touch Photography, Tyisha Quattlebaum. I went over the idea that I have for my book trailer and it was so awesome being able to have her see my idea as I explained it to her while hearing her excitement match my own. Afterwards, I wrote out the details as to how I wanted the book trailer to play as well as the character descriptions and script. Now here comes the fun part!
I am now auditioning for parts to be played in the book trailer for A Thug's Redemption. These will be small parts and will be NON PAID however, anyone who is chosen for a part will be able to add this to their resume in the event they are pursuing an acting career. I am also working on turning A Thug's Redemption into a mini series on YouTube and those who have been chosen for the book trailer will be considered to reprise their role in the webisodes.
So how do you audition? Simply download this A Thug's Redemption Auditions file which gives the information behind auditioning for the book trailer as well as the character descriptions along with the lines you will need to recite. The auditions need to be recorded in a short video no more than three minutes long with you introducing yourself and stating the role you are auditioning for. Email your video clip to email@example.com and include your name and daytime phone number so if you are chosen for the part you are auditioning for, I can contact you.
This is going to be a fun project and I can't wait to get started. Also, if there are any people who want their music included in this book trailer, submit the songs of your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading! Peace!!Read More
I was going through a box that had some old photos from high-school and I came across my old poetry book. WOW! The memories! I was so heavy into poetry back then. I remember one of my old classmates from middle school said to me: "I wouldn't be surprised if you turned out to be a rapper". Nah! I don't think I could ever get into hip-hop/rap. It's too loaded with garbage now. However, there was a poem which I wrote when I was 14 that grabbed my attention as I was flipping through the pages and reminiscing. I was so great with word play back then. I underestimated my talent because to me, it wasn't that big of a deal. My attitude was; so what I could free style. So what I could put words together and make it sound "dope". To me, it was just something I could do. To me, it was a gift and a curse all at the same time because people started to expect it from me. I didn't truly understand what kind of gift I had until I performed a poem that I wrote in 10th grade called "Why Tyrone Can't Read". Being up on that stage and hearing my friends as well as people who had never seen me before a day in their life, cheer for me and then being the only one to get a standing ovation let me know that I had talent and I could go much further than the notebook I carried around with my poetry. But here is one "for the books" so to speak. I hope you enjoy
A Time to See
Have you ever took the time to understand the reality of society?
The individuality of a woman's personality,
A strong man trying to control his sexuality,
Black people coming up in the world of technology?
But instead my people are blind
And don't take the time to recognize
The strength in the minds of both you and I
It's a time to see...
Us walking in the shadows of hell's hottest fires,
Searching in ourselves to find that true desire.
Putting our lives on the line so that we can inspire,
That decreasing generation on a real live wire.
Do the right thing so your purpose in life doesn't expire.
Let the truth be in YOU instead of YOU being the LIAR.
It's about time to see...
That cause and effect in your life is your own,
Step up to the plate, take charge of your throne.
If you see a homeless man, it won't hurt to throw him a bone.
Instead of abortion, keep your babies, bring them home.
Nobody in this world or in life should be alone.
But if you can't respect your mother, then you need to be on your own.
So open your eyes and SEE!
I think of all of the poems I wrote in high school before I suffered a ten year writers block, the one above is my favorite. I have not written a poem in so long but hopefully one day, when I am just sitting down without the daily hustle and bustle, chasing after my children (lol) breaking up fights between them, cooking and cleaning, I will be able to pick up where I left off. I wrote that when I was 14. Imagine what I could do now... Thanks for reading folks. PEACE!!!Read More