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Blacks Showcase at Book Expo 2016 In Chicago

Blacks Showcase at Book Expo 2016 In Chicago by Kai EL’Zabar BookExpo America (BEA) 2016 is hosted in Chicago this week Wednesday May 11 through  Friday May 13 at McCormick Place. It  is the …

One of the gems at the Book Expo is the AALBC–African American Literature Book Club) represented by its founder Troy Johnson.  Started in 1997, today the AALBC.com is a widely recognized source of author profiles, book and film reviews, book recommendations, event information, discussion forums, writer resources, interviews, articles, videos, and more.  AALBC targets primarily a middle-aged African-American female demographic. It previously sold books through the Amazon.com affiliate program, and then started to operate its own warehousing and distribution program. It is the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited, web site dedicated to books by or about people of African descent. For more information about . . http://aalbc.com/aboutus.htm

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African American News Media: Fact Sheet

Pew Research center reports Black-owned Newspapers are now mostly community weeklies and circulation holds steady among those that are audited.

Magazine circulation is down for the 4 big publications Ebony, Jet, Essence, Black Enterprise.

Digital news and community platforms catering to African-American readers is up on computers but African-Americans spend less time on mobile devices.  As for Broadcast television in 2015 there were 12 black-owned television stations; 7 of which are owned by political commentator Armstrong Williams. The first and only public broadcasting station, WHUT, licensed to and operated by Historically Black College and University is currently up for sale.

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Decades Before Oprah, Della Reese was the First Black Woman to Host a Talk Show

The program was historic. But why are the archives lost?

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Entrepreneur Launches First-Ever Interactive Digital Book Platform for Black Children – Atlanta Black Star

Donna Beasley is making history. For the first time in the publishing world, a digital-first book library has been launched to serve Black and Latino children. Her KaZoom Kids iStory Books released the first set in a series of eBooks by and for minorities on July 16. The authors range from ages 10 to 75 and Beasley, a […]

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Help Desk | Story-Telling 101

“…the dash between the years” ~ Linda Ellis

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Imagine, it’s the eleventh hour and you feel the end is near.  You pause and ask yourself,  “What have I done with my life?  Have I really lived?

What does my “dash” reveal? ”

OK, so it may be a bit morbid.   But what if someone had to tell your life’s  story; how would it read?

In their book, “How to Tell A Story: The Secret of Writing Captivating Tales”, renown  writer instructor Gary Provost (1944-1995) and literary agent Peter Rubie give us some insight on the structure of life’s journey.

Rubie and Provost say that 90% of stories you’ve ever read, told or heard follow a plotting formula that reads like this:

The Plot

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“Once upon a time, something happened to a woman, and she decided that she would pursue a goal. So she devised a plan of action, and even though there were forces trying to stop her, she moved forward because there was a lot at stake,  And just as things seemed as bad as they could get, she learned an important lesson and when offered the prize she sought so strenuously, she had to decide whether or not to take it, and in making the decision(s), she satisfied a need that had been created by something in her past.

~Gary Provost, How to Tell a Story

As you survey your life, you’ll probably find some points on your dash that read just like this plot.  But the real gem of this outline helps you stay the course  in both your fiction writing and through the difficult times in life.

THE WRAP:  A Plot:

A Protagonist has (Who)

to overcome a challenge(What)

to achieve a goal (Why)

 

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