Friday, February 20, 2009

Highlighted Author: Eric Jerome Dickey

Eric Jerome Dickey

One of my favorite authors is Eric Jerome Dickey. Eric Jerome Dickey is a New York Times best-selling African American author best known for his novels about contemporary life within the black community. He is also known for writing several crime novels involving ex cons and assassins.

It was 1997 when i brought his book Friends and Lovers. As soon as i got through the first chapter i was hooked. I loved the way he manipulated and utilized certain words. The book used very descriptive vocabulary and made you feel like you were a character in the book. I couldn't put the book down. I automatically became a fan of his work. The next two books I brought were Milk in my Coffee and Cheaters. Cheaters became an automatic success for him. I remember everyone talking about it and how they could relate to it. Dickey practically put out a book every year since those first couple of books. I wonder how he did it? How did he find the time? If anyone catches up with him tell him that i would like to sit down with him to find out his recipe for success.

Dickey has also ventured out into comedy and the movie world. Eric Jerome Dickey is one of the best authors of his time. If you have read any of his books please feel free to comment on the ones that you really liked. Have a great weekend!!!! His bibliography is below!!!!


Dying for Revenge (November 2008)
Pleasure (April 2008)
Waking With Enemies (August 2007)
Sleeping With Strangers (April 2007)
Chasing Destiny (May 2006)
Voices from the Other Side: Dark Dreams II (April 2006) - contributing writer
Genevieve (May 2005)
Drive Me Crazy (July 2004)
Naughty or Nice (October 2003)
The Other Woman (May, 2003)
Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing (2002) - contributing writer
Thieves' Paradise (2002)
Black Silk (2002)
Griots Beneath the Baobab: Tales from Los Angeles (2002) - contributing writer
Between Lovers (2001)
Mothers and Sons(2001) - contributing writer
Got To Be Real (2000) - contributing writer
Liars Game (2000)
Cheaters (1999)
Milk In My Coffee (1998)
Friends & Lovers (1997)
Sister, Sister (1996)
Cappuccino (Movie)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Highlighted Author: Faith Evans

Keep the Faith…A Memoir
Book Review

So, I saw Notorious a couple weeks ago. For those who do not know it is the movie mapping out the life story of Christopher Wallace aka the Notorious Biggie Smalls. I felt like the movie could have added things that the media or average people that were not close to Big didn’t know. The movie showed us everything that we already knew. I felt like the producer which was mainly Mama Wallace should have also added in key players such as Jay-z and Tiffany Lane aka Charli Baltimore. Being that they showcased Faith Evans, Lil Kim and Biggie’s love affair they should have added in Charli Baltimore who was his girlfriend at the time of his death.

But, before I saw the movie I read Faith Evans book which is Keep the Faith: A Memoir. I never really knew about her life before and after Biggie but the book gives it all and more. To some Faith is a very talented and soulful artist who fell in love with one of the best rappers that hip hop has ever seen. To others she may be a gold-digger who jumped on an opportunity to wed the biggest east coast rapper ever and caused a deadly feud between two of the biggest rappers in our history.

From reading the book, I believe that she was just a young artist on the rise that fell in love with a witty, intelligent, street-smart artist. Biggie was definitely not a Brad Pitt of the rap game but to everyone that got to know him he had a great comical personality that could win over practically anyone. To me the book not only talks about her relationship with Big but it talks about her story, the story everyone does not know about. Being that she is from the state that I was born and raised in at some point I began to feel like I was in her shoes. I related to her and the way she grew up. The book starts off by introducing the readers to her family, neighborhood and church beginnings. The book highlights her ups, her downs and her rise to the top. I believe the book does a great job at painting a picture for its readers.

Faith is a mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter and last but not least the first lady of hip hop. She will never forget Big and the rest of the world won't either but her life is and was so much more then just her relationship with him. If you read the book I hope you enjoyed it and if you don't have a copy yet you should go get one!! It's a great read and if you have any interest in hip hop you would enjoy it.
I would like to know some of your thoughts about the book and or the movie?

Friday, February 6, 2009

No Average Thinking!!!

Success + Average dosen't make sense!!!!

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Leadership is the challenge to be something more than Average

Jim Rohn (American speaker and Author. He is famous for motivational audio programs for Business and Life.)

What makes you different from the next man or woman? What makes you stand out? Why do you think that the poor and middle class out number the rich and upper class? Why do you think that at a company there is 1 manager to 15 or more employees? Why do you think that we have one President of the United States?

The answer is that so many of us are so caught up with our daily routines that we forget about achieving success. I think we forget about our dreams and aspirations. Anyone who has a little education, self worth and a little pride wants to succeed but everyone doesn’t know how to succeed. That’s why the successful are outnumbered. Now being successful to one person may not mean being successful to another person. Actually, everyone looks at success differently. But, to me being successful means to first love and know you. Once you love yourself you will know your self worth and then you will also know what you bring to the table. You will know what makes you different and what seperates you from the rest. Once you know that you are different from everybody else you can achieve success by always trying new and different things to get new and different outcomes. I believe that a person can not reach success by being average.

Average is doing the ordinary. Average consists of doing things that we are used to doing or comfortable with doing. Let me just tell you folks doing average things will get you average results. Let’s try to think outside of the box and do things that we are not comfortable with. Let’s do things that will separate us from the rest. God bless and have a great weekend!!! See ya next week and try not to be average!!! I think President Barack Obama has showed us that it is ok to think outside of the box and to do things that we are not comfortable with. Let's think outside the box!!! Love you all!!!