Strategic Media Books Releases “Tarnished Heels” an Investigation into the University of North Carolina’s Tarheel Scandal
Chapel Hill, NC – The world of sports has been a long time bastion for standards of American integrity, ethics and fair play. So much so that sport scandals, more than any other, have the jarring propensity to rock society to its core. Athletes, coaches, managers and agents are held to a higher bar and when that code is violated, it seems like the collective momentarily halts and takes note. From the Penn State college football nightmare to the recent Donald Sterling escapade with the Clippers, disgraces involving athletes make an indelible imprint on the psyche of our culture.
Author Rob J. Anderson, a North Carolina freelance writer and statistician, understands this well. With his new release, “Tarnished Heels: How unethical actions and deliberate deceit at the University of North Carolina ended ‘The Carolina Way’” from Strategic Media Books, he unfolds an explosive investigation of the athletics program at the University of North Carolina and the drama that shook not only the campus but the entire nation. Anderson diligently chronicles the numerous transgressions, events, and discoveries that redefined what had reverently been known in North Carolina as “The Carolina Way.” An impressive nonfiction work, the book boldly takes to task all parties involved and questions the authenticity of what had been for the university a sterling reputation, both athletically and academically.
With shocking detail, “Tarnished Heels” scrutinizes the players, coaches, faculty and university leaders who all played roles in the outrage, and in many cases appear complicit. What Rob Anderson uncovers is no less than staggering! From the football coaches who were also deemed to be working with NFL agents; to players who received cash payments, travel expenses and impermissible academic help, “Tarnished Heels” leaves no stone unturned.
Anderson’s detailed findings reveal a string of discrepancies including sports agents who were hired to teach classes at the university; a parent of a basketball All-American hired as a university employee; numerous fraudulent classes where countless basketball and football players were supposedly enrolled; dozens of grades forged and changed without permission and basketball players receiving impermissible benefits from a convicted felon, who was also directly connected to UNC alumni.
“Tarnished Heels” does not leave the NCAA blameless in the Tarheel scandal either. The author raises doubts about the effectiveness of the NCAA to properly and fairly handle the multiple issues. Ambiguity has always been evident in the penalties the NCAA hands down to different college programs, but for UNC at Chapel Hill it appears that, in some cases, major athletic/academic infractions at the university were ignored entirely. As Anderson closely examined and dissected events and scrutinized historic public documents, he found strong evidence that the issues of fraud and benefits may have started far in the past and actually spanned the years of multiple basketball National Championships at the school.
Anderson’s conclusion about the overall atrocity is disturbing but sobering. Still not willing to truly examine the depth of the issues that have negatively affected its campus, academics and revenue sports teams, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill remains in moral limbo, even though what was once proudly known as “The Carolina Way” is forever tarnished.
With some of the NCAA’s toughest critics currently being invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, including Mary C. Willingham, a former reading specialist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who stepped down amid the long-running scandal, Rob Anderson’s “Tarnished Heels” is required reading for anyone interested in the welfare of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the state of big time college athletics, and the quality of higher education throughout the United States.
“Tarnished Heels: How unethical actions and deliberate deceit at the University of North Carolina ended ‘The Carolina Way’” is more than just a literary reveal; it is a reflection of a moral institution whose ideology is tarnished indeed, but also a statement about society at large.
For more information and to secure your copy of “Tarnished Heels” go to www.strategicmediabooks.com or Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Tarnished-Heels-Unethical-Deliberate-University/dp/193952122X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399676224&sr=8-1&keywords=tarnished+heels .
Note to media: Rob J. Anderson is available for interviews. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Pioneer Prison Consultant, John “Doc” Fuller, Pens “The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison”
New York, NY – While NetFlix’s runaway television hit, “Orange is the New Black” vividly details the escapades of a first time offender thrown amidst the toxic environment of the prison system, John “Doc” Fuller, a prisoner consultant, motivational speaker and the CEO and president of Prison Coach Speaking & Consulting LLC, is a real life expert with first hand knowledge of such situations. In fact, he has played a key role in developing the modern face of the prison consulting industry, providing a variety of unique services for the first-time inmates, preparing celebrities, professional athletes, veterans, politicians and high profile white collar criminals as they get ready to do their time behind bars.
With his new book release, “The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison,” Fuller provides a concise, no-nonsense guide detailing the top, most important “unwritten rules” that are typically and detrimentally taken for granted by most. Though less than 100 pages, the book is an essential must read, as without this information, one might find themselves, not only behind bars, but in a life or death situation with little recourse once there!
“The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison,” is not just for first time and non-violent, white collar offenders however. It is an essential tool for anyone considering a life of crime as well as a deterrent for individuals, young and old, who might be contemplating any kind of illegal activity. As Fuller is prone to state, “It is important to know the consequences of your actions. If you are caught, and more than likely you will be,” he forewarns, “you should be clear about what is in store for you on the other side.”
With over 11 years of experience behind bars, Fuller brings first hand knowledge about which he speaks. He spent a year and a half behind bars in the state penitentiary and ten years on federal lockdown. Now a reformed businessman and one of the most requested prison consultants in his industry, he travels the nation consulting soon-to-be convicts by assisting with organizing their personal affairs before their final surrender and adjusting them to their new life by comprehending the rules, written an unwritten that will impact them psychologically.
When he is not consulting, he is engaging audiences with his transformational messages of upliftment, conducting anti-bullying workshops in schools and encouraging students to stay out of trouble’s course. “The prison experience can be overwhelming and daunting, from attending admissions and orientation once inside, to being strip searched and witnessing prison violence. A long-term incarcerated individual is typically designated to a prison far away from their family and home. With limited freedom and access, even issues like being required to budget 300 minutes per month on the inmate telephone system are stressful details to be gravely considered.” notes Fuller.
“By writing ‘The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison,’ he adds, “it was my intention to address some life saving techniques necessary for survival while being locked up. Not everyone can afford a private consultant, so this book is for them. Numerous sectors in our culture tend to glamorize the lifestyle, but let me be clear, there is absolutely zero about prison culture to glorify.”
“The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison,” provides an insightful view into the prison system while also achieving its goal of ‘scaring straight’ any misgivings one may have about time served behind bars. With “The Ten Prison Commandents,” John “Doc” Fuller makes it clear, one’s life mission needs to be about long term results and not long term sentences.
John “Doc” Fuller is available for private consultations and speaking engagements. His book, “The Ten Prison Commandments – The Ten Rules You Must Know Before You Enter a County Jail, State or Federal Prison,” is available on Amazon.com and online bookstores. For more information, go to www.PrisonCoachSpeaking.com. View the book trailer at http://youtu.be/GiASTy5YOeQ . Check out John “Doc Fuller here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGxSkSUKMeU&feature=youtu.be .
Burbank, CA – Burbank’s own self-confessed housewife by day and stripper by night author, A. A. Jones was recently acknowledged as a 2013 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the “Relationships” category for her memoir, “Tilt Diary of a Virgin Stripper.” The award ceremony was held in Miami, FL.
A corporate fitness instructor and dog behaviorist, A.A. Jones enthralled readers with the literary reveal detailing her moonlighting nightlife escapades. More than just a day-to-day account of a housewife thrown into the underground world of exotic dance, sex and drama, “Tilt Diary” emerged as an intimate, soul-bearing memoir of a woman making her way in a man’s world and owning her power. As demonstrated by Readers’ Favorite, “Tilt” fueled the imaginations of readers around the world and also empowered and liberated its audience.
“As a new author, I am honored to be acknowledged by Readers’ Favorite,” says Jones. “It is an incredible accomplishment and has fueled my determination to deliver the sequel to ‘Tilt.’ I’m also planning to eventually take the ‘Tilt’ to the big screen.”
Founded by Debra Gaynor, Readers’ Favorite is the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. Over the years Readers’ Favorite has earned the respect of such industry giants as Random House, Penguin, and Harper Collins.
Tilt with Jones at http://tiltdiary.wordpress.com/.
Tha Eastsidaz’ Big Trey Deee, Lench Mob’s J-Dee and Urban Lit Griot Anthony Barrow Go 3 The Hard Way with “Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales” Book Release
Los Angeles – Tracey “Big Tray Deee” Davis, part of the Snoop Dogg’s legendary west coast rap group, Tha Eastsidaz, has not let a jail bid stop his flow. Neither has the founding member of Ice Cube’s Lench Mob’s, J-Dee who is also serving time. The former west coast rap legends have teamed with incarcerated urban lit griot Anthony Barrow to write “Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales,” the debut release from Tray Deee’s and Barrow’s joint venture, Ave Money Publishing. With a vision to shed light on the streets that they know and have experienced first-hand, the duo has also published Gregory Garrett’s “Not on my Block” via their imprint.
“Los Angeles Tymes: Urban Tales” is the second effort from Tray Deee and Barrow. Their first book, “Streetz Gon’ Cry,” from LeNoir Publications, was a fictional account of the King Crips and the Vernon Boys, who have an on-and-off rivalry. Writing from behind the walls of a state penitentiary, the street soldiers, alongside J-Dee, spin three tall tales of urban grit in “Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales” mixing sex, drugs and game like a Molotov cocktail, primed to set the reader’s imagination on fire.
With the additional release of author Gregory Garrett’s fourth book, “Not on my Block,” the team is working to position their publishing effort as a real force in the urban lit genre. “Not on my Block,” brings the pain as Garrett takes the reader inside the criminal minds of The Bottom Boyz, a group of hustla’s whose grind puts the ‘gr’ in grimy. Garrett gained his lit stripes with his prior books “Don’t Mix the Bitter with the Sweet,” “Playin’ for Keeps,” and “Pain Freak.”
Explains Tray Deee, “We are all the products of and respected factors in the inner city community, not just spectators aiming to exploit and profit from someone else’s hardships. We are not only in a position to deliver accurate depictions of street life, but we can also deter others from taking the destructive paths we have taken, as well as offer a home and access with our publishing company to potential writers who share our vision.”
In addition to forming and co-owning Ave Money Publishing, Tray Deee is not letting the music go. Soon to drop this year is “Long Beach State of Mind.” He is also due to be released from prison early next year.
For more information and to purchase books, go to http://www.avemoney-publishing.com/.
Author and Black Mafia Widow Thelma Wright Chronicled on Biography Channel’s Hit Gangster Series “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil.”
Philadelphia – When former Black Mafia widow Thelma Wright released her book, “With Eyes From Both Sides – Living My Live In and Out of the Game,” co-penned with C. Alease, she divulged the tumultuous ups and downs of her life as a real life ‘mob wife.’ Now readers and television viewers alike will have the opportunity to see Wright tell her story on Tuesday night, June 25 at 10:00 p.m. EST, when the episode “Philly’s Gangster Queen: Thelma Wright” airs on the Biography Channel hit series, “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil.”
Thelma Wright was legendary as reputedly the most dangerously powerful Black woman in Philadelpha. As the wife of Jackie Wright, a top heroin dealer in the city, she was intricately connected with the Black Mafia, a gang that operated Philly’s drug trade throughout 1970 and into the 1980′s. Once widowed, and left as the young mother of a toddler son, she discreetly took over his business, running a bi-coastal drug empire, unbeknownst to family and friends around her.
Recognized by her distinguished, sparkling green eyes, Wright ruled the streets with incredible savvy and disarming charm. Yet, very few knew the real sadness and confusion in her heavy heart. While “With Eyes From Both Sides – Living My Life In and Out of the Game,” reveals Wright’s more intimate memories and angst as a women torn between two worlds, “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil” is a documentary styled presentation connecting the details of her criminal enterprise. During the show, Wright, alongside family, friends and law enforcement experts lend credence to her rule over a criminal enterprise normally dominated by men.
Wright’s street reign was notorious. She grossed top dollars and lavishly lived the high life. Championship fights via private jets, European shopping sprees, customized Mercedes Benz cars, cruises to the Bahamas and even speed boating in Miami were mere footnotes in a lifestyle many envied. But everything that glitters is not gold and Wright is open and honest when revealing the dark side.
Wright’s background sets her apart from the typical tales of abuse and abandonment. In fact, she is quick to acknowledge that it was the strength of good parenting and strong family ties that laid her solid foundation and saw her through her darkest days. The product of a middle working class Black family, she attended Catholic school, was a star athlete as a child and was well provided for. It was romance and love that entangled her with one of the Black underworld’s most notorious gangs.
Today she is far removed from her former lifestyle and dedicated to keeping young women off the path she trekked. Her memoir is a source of motivation and encouragement and she spends her time touring and speaking before women’s groups, non-profit organizations and at book signings. Wright has presented as the keynote speaker at the Riverside Correctional Facility, a female prison in Philadelphia, lectured for criminal justice classes at various Penn State College campuses, encouraged audiences at The FFAWN Mary J. Blige Center in Yonkers, New York, as well as made motivational appearances at several schools and communities throughout her city.
“Most are not fortunate enough to survive the wicked lure of the streets, but fast money and fast living is not a comparable trade off for jail or being murdered. I am blessed beyond measure to have survived both and live to tell about it. My passion and fury now is to keep our young people, particularly women, away from the insanity, turmoil and desperation that awaits them when they take that route. Education not incarceration is the key. I can’t say it enough times, and it might sound like a cliché but crime does not pay, only living a righteous life does.”
For more information on “With Eyes From Both Sides – Living My Life In and Out of the Game,” go to http://www.ThelmaBWright.com.
To see a promo for the Biography Channel’s “Philly’s Gangster Queen: Thelma Wright” on “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil” go to http://www.biography.com/tv/gangsters-americas-most-evil/videos/phillys-gangster-queen-thelma-wright-preview-30970435510 .
Former Playboy TV Producer Turned Incarcerated Author Ken Francis Drops “My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg – Poppin’ Bottles with Models Touring Around the World”
Hollywood, CA – Before there was Snoop Lion there was Snoop Dogg aka the Doggfather, one of hip hop’s most iconic figures. And though the rap legend has rebranded and refocused his image, it is no secret that he made his original mark by getting “buckwild.” In fact, the rapper is quoted in a recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine (May 23, 2013) reminiscing about his former ‘pimp’ days and an actual prostitution ring he ran during his Playboy tour in 2003. Former Playboy TV producer Ken Francis rolled exclusively with Snoop Dogg during that time and others, capturing and recording some of the artist’s most notorious moments in hip hop history via his trusty camera lens.
Now he reveals the details and drama, along with the mad fun, insanity and angst of those long gone days in his new book, “My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg – Poppin’ Bottles with Models Touring Around the World” Edited by Maxim Magazine editor, Joel Randell, “My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg” is a tell all tale that encapsulates life on the road with one of hip hop’s most celebrated characters. The smoke, the women, the music and the celebrities all come together in this vivid recount of what used to make the newly named lion roar!
With “My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg,” Francis recalls those times and more, reliving first hand his experiences within the music industry and his life as Snoop Dogg’s personal biographer. With never before published anecdotes about Russell Crowe, Anna Nicole Smith, Ray J and Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCapricio, Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, a young Carmelo Anthony and Bishop Don Juan to name just a few, Francis takes the reader on the road, in the green room, down the red carpet, behind the rope to VIP and around the world with insights and revelations about life with Snoop.
More than just another celebrity spill all however, “My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg” uncovers the mind and spirit of Francis as a man on his own path of evolution and redemption. Beyond the hype, he discovers that a continual diet of sex, drugs and ego is not all that it appears.
“I tell myself I’m going to quit working with Snoop and sever the proverbial umbilical cord to him and this celebrity lifestyle I’ve become accustomed to. The money, the fame, the women… well maybe not all the women, but seriously most of it needs to be left behind. Kicked to the curb. Stopped cold turkey like a bad habit. I can do it, and I will right after tonight…,” Francis begins in his opening chapter as he chronicles his journey down the hip hop rabbit hole.
Francis’ own personal hip hop adventure is also urban legend status. Written while behind the walls of a federal penitentiary in Fort Worth, TX, Francis once ruled Hollywood’s hip hop scene with his camera. An original underground video veteran, Francis’ early productions included the “Buckwild Beach Week,” “Buckwild in Brazil,” and “Buckwild 2001″ DVD productions that were the first to showcase the beauty of women of color back when the “Girl’s Gone Wild” series was ignoring them.
It was also Francis who introduced hip hop programming to Playboy TV with his original series “Buckwild.” The shows highlighted uncensored videos and interviews from the likes of OutKast, Snoop Dog, Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Jo and the Eastside Boys, the Ying Yang Twins, Loon and Treach from Naughty by Nature. Real hip hop heads still own the Playboy TV DVD classic “Snoop Dogg’s Buckwild Bus Tour” which Snoop referenced in his Rolling Stone interview. Francis directed and produced the project.
A 15-year entertainment industry veteran who worked his way up from an ambitious intern at Polygram Records to owning and operating the hip-hop industry’s most sought-after video vixen modeling agency, Dimepiece USA, Francis furnished countless models for the music videos of superstar artists like Usher, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Nelly and many others.The operation of Dimepiece USA saw his eventual demise however when he was convicted for the agency’s involvement in an international drug smuggling ring.
“My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg – Touring the World, Poppin’ Bottles with Models” is a must read for anyone wanting to know not only what’s real in hop hop, but also yearning for truth. Ken Francis has seen it all and done it all. And now with nothing but time on his hands, he serves it up straight, no chaser.
“My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg – Poppin’ Bottles with Models Touring Around the World” is available as an eBook on Amazon.com and wherever eBooks are sold. The print edition will be available June 20, 2013 at http://www.LeNoirPublications.com.
New York City – On July 2, 1973, Frank Matthews, history’s first African American drug kingpin, jumped bail in New York City with $15 to $20 million – the equivalent of $80 million to $90 million in today’s money. It is believed he took his beautiful mistress, Cheryl Brown with him. Though Matthews is undisputedly the longest missing fugitive in DEA history, another figure from the ’70′s, Assata Shakur, was just recently placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list. A 66-year old Black woman, Shakur’s reward is set for two million dollars. The reward for 69-year old Frank Matthews, the target of one of the largest manhunts in U.S. law enforcement history, is a mere $20,000. He remains at large and his disappearance is a complete mystery. He has never made any “Most Wanted” list.
Many believe Shakur was erroneously convicted for the murder of a state trooper. But there is no mistaking the fact that the narcotics Matthews helped funnel into Black communities across America continues to leave a trail of devastation, betrayal, death and despair. In each case it has been forty years. And so goes the continued urban legend of Frank Matthews, perhaps the most authentic American Gangster of them all.
Award-winning crime author Ron Chepesiuk goes into depth to investigate the unsolved disappearance of Matthews with his new book, “Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin” from Strategic Media Books. With an undercover reporting style that leaves no stone unturned, Chepesiuk’s determined crack at unraveling one of the crime world’s biggest unsolved mysteries makes for a fascinating and intriguing read.
Matthews’ literally dominated the heroin market in the ’70′s. A country boy from North Carolina, Matthew operated out of New York with a drug empire that spanned 21 states with overseas contacts for heroin and cocaine. A boss of bosses, the DEA ranks him as one of the Top Ten drug traffickers in United States history. A young man in his twenties at the time, Matthews was one of the first major independents who challenged the La Cosa Nostra for supremacy in the criminal underworld. The streets deemed him, “Black Caesar” as he was the first black man bold, astute and confident enough to control an interstate organization of its size, independent of the Mob that ruled all.
Chepesiuk follows the trail left cold, retracing Matthew’s criminal path with the nose of a bloodhound. His interviews with DEA agents, Federal Marshals, aging ex-drug kingpins, friends, families and associates are perhaps the most in-depth gathering of details about this nefariously historic figure ever compiled. The book explores a host of nagging questions. How was Matthews able to operate for several years without being detected? What was his relationship with La Cosa Nostra? Why did the CIA get involved in the Matthews investigation? What happened to Cheryl Brown? Why has the mystery of his disappearance been so difficult to solve? And while the questions are explored and answered, “Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin” colorfully captures the vivid imagery, drama and intrigue of the era, entangling the reader in a real life thriller.
“Ron Chepesiuk is to true crime books what Nas is to the hip-hop world,” offers Seth Ferranti author of “Gorilla Convict: The Prison Writings of Seth Ferranti,” who provides the gripping foreword for the book. “He writes like a lyrical poet examining issues in popular culture in both a historical and scholastic context.”
A two-time Fulbright Scholar, film producer and author of several true crime books, including “Drug Lords,” “Sergeant Smack” and “Queenpins,” Ron Chepesiuk (www.ronchepesiuk.com) is also a consultant to the History Channel’s “Gangland” documentary series and the executive producer and co-host of popular radio show “Crime Beat” (http://www.artistfirst.com/crimebeat.htm). An authoritative crime historian, Chepesiuk is a native of Thunder Bay, Canada currently based in South Carolina. He brings a wealth of insight and observation to the account of the missing Frank Matthews. He has also written a screenplay based on the Frank Matthews story.
Dead or alive, we may never know the ultimate truth about Matthews, but thanks to Chepesiuk, every speculation in between is resolved in “Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin.” The FBI may be targeting Assata Shakur, but Frank Matthews is the true gangster Most Wanted!
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Chepesiuk will be conducting a two-month blog tour this coming July and August via Partners in Crime Tours (http://www.partnersincrimetours.net/).
San Diego – For two years now, Imperial Hustle Entertainment CEO, Defiance, has remained true to his moniker. His online and print publication, The Resource Magazine, has consistently gone to the edge of hip hop, tackling socially and politically relevant issues right along side topical hip hop fare, like music, celebrity interviews and independent artist profiles. Hailing out of San Diego while repping Los Angeles’ Inland Empire area, The Resource Magazine pushes the envelope with a controversial range of topics.
In a continuing effort to move beyond established parameters, the magazine publisher is announcing the launch of yet another trailblazing magazine. HHS Magazine makes its debut on March 10, 2013. With Trinidadian beauty Cavel voluptuously gracing the cover, it might seem the new rag is typical eye candy content. But Defiance, loyal to his brand, will present knowledge about the inner workings of the model industry based on key fundamentals for aspiring models.
With The Resource Magazine, Defiance has tackled topics ranging from health issues associated with laboratory vaccinations in children and the prison industrial system’s multi-billion dollar organization to the contamination of food by genetic modification. Alongside these topics are interviews with Nappy Roots, Freeway Rick Ross, 40 Glocc of Gunit, Skullgang (of Dipset), Horseshoe Gang (from Crooked I), Kalenna of Diddy Dirty Money (of Bad Boy), Aone from Maybach Music Group, DJ King Assassin, Dj Far, Kokane, and The Outlawz.
A radio host, online author and musician, Defiance originally created The Resource Magazine based on his point of view as an emcee. Offering the raw alternative news that he had been gamed with his whole life, The Resource provides urban intelligence for the independent culture. OG Cuicide, a suicide awareness advocate from Compton, graces the current seventh volume and anniversary issue of The Resource Magazine. He is also the founder and designer of One West clothing and owner of the video company CG Films.
“Ultimately, our vision is for HHS to extend our outreach even further and explore beauty from a wider perspective and more informative dimensions. With the enchanting Cavel gracing our premier cover, we are giving a nod to women of color, a trend that hip hop seems to be moving away from,” offers Defiance. Cavel, a native of Trinidad, is one of urban entertainment’s hottest models.
Blazing the path as an urban handbook of sorts, The Resource Magazine continues to enlighten with information to arm oneself mentally, while getting educated globally. Get a hold of both the new issues now at www.imperialhustle.com.
Former High Ranking Member of the Gangster Disciples, Harold Noonie G Ward, Pledges 5000 Copies of his New Book and DVD to Youth Organizations for Holiday Giveaway
Harold “Noonie G” Ward
Releases New Book and Re – Releases DVD
“Gangster with a Heart of Gold: The Noonie G. Story”
Narrated by Kanye West and Common
Chicago – As street gang violence in Chicago rages out of control, law keepers and politicians continue to toil with solutions. A generational saga, not many can relate to the back-story causes that rest at the root of this very tragic dilemma. With history dating as far back to the influence of the original gangster Al Capone, a recent NPR story aptly noted that many of Chicagoland gangs are “older enterprises than Microsoft and Yahoo.”
Harold “Noonie G” Ward is one man who can intimately relate with the violence at both the cause and effects levels. “Noonie G,” as he is popularly known, is a former high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples, a Chicago area gang reported to be one of the largest criminal organizations in the United States. Once considered a prominent force of terror on the city’s South Side, Ward has been on a mission to change the effects of causes he understands and relates to on a very personal level.
The devastating rise in violent gun deaths has prompted Ward to announce the re-release of his DVD alongside the new release of his book, both titled, “Gangster with a Heart of Gold: The Noonie G. Story.” Motivated by a strong sense of responsibility and desire to inspire positive change, Ward has pledged to donate 5000 copies of the books and DVD’s during the holiday season to organizations around the country committed to curbing street violence and uplifting inner city youth. “Gangster with a Heart of Gold: The Noonie G. Story” is narrated by Chicago natives Grammy Award winner Kanye West and celebrated hip hop artist and actor Common. Both artists provide the book’s foreword as well.
From convict to conqueror, pistol to pen, Ward serves as a legitimate role model and real life urban legend for today’s misguided youth. A self made entrepreneur, politician, community activist and leader, Ward is a native of Chicago’s Altgeld Gardens, one of the toughest housing projects in America. The DVD chronicles his street life, criminal enterprises and rise to a life of rightful endeavors with Atlgeld Gardens serving as the backdrop.
A vivid and heart wrenching testimony to the laws of survival and success, “Gangster with a Heart of Gold: The Noonie G. Story” was produced by Block 8 Productions and directed by Coodie and Chike who are best known for their music video work with hip hop artists Kanye West, Pit Bull, Lil’ Jon and Mos Def. Award-winning journalist Adam Matthews helped shape the film’s narrative and wrote Common’s script.
While the film captures and portrays the essence of gang life in Chicago, Ward’s life growing up, family ties, imprisonment, his rise in the Gangster Disciples and his transition out and beyond, the book is a more personal narrative from Ward offering straight from the streets life advice and motivation.
Ward’s personal story is an encouraging tale. The former gang leader has completely transformed his life and dedicated his path toward making a way for others to follow. Political prisoner and founder of the Gangster Disciples, Larry Hoover, hand picked Noonie Ward to implement a new direction of change and betterment for the community at large, with “Growth and Development” becoming the new battle cry.
“Street violence is not going to go away overnight,” Ward acknowledges. “It is difficult to understand what these young people are dealing with if you haven’t been there and lived that life. I’m not proud of my past, but it is what it is and because of it, I now have a unique platform to engage the possibility of change. It crushes my heart to know that it’s a war zone out here. Every time a child is killed, a part of me dies with them. I’m a soldier out here now trying to make a change. If my personal story can help someone then I know God is using me and I’m a better man more for it. I’m giving away my books and DVD’s to help get the word out on the streets that there is a better way and we have got to end the violence.”
Ward is serious about pulling others up with him. Utilizing the hip hop community as his vehicle, he has garnered a list of noteworthy accomplishments to his credit over the years. He actively engages the efforts and support of several hip hop luminaries. Cee-Lo, from NBC-TV “The Voice” made a personal appearance at Ward’s Chicago book signing recently and has committed to assisting with the holiday book giveaway. He partnered with recording artist Trey Songz to create the Songz for Peace Foundation, joined with rapper/actor T.I. to speak to youth in schools and hosted a toy drive for Chicago children with hip hop artist Wakka Flaka.
Ward’s early accomplishments include working with President Barack Obama as an activist in Altgeld Gardens, and organizing Chicago’s first National Gang Summit for Peace attended by Russell Simmons, NFL legend Jim Brown and Minister Louis Farrakhan.
As a true product of the street life, Ward possesses the unique ability to connect with youth on a genuine level. With contracts granted to him by Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, he regularly visits local high schools speaking to the students and conducting workshops about violence and various life issues. Determined to implement change, he has ran for the political offices of City Alderman, State Representative and Cook County Commissioner in Chicago.
Organizations requesting books or DVD copies of “Gangster with a Heart of Gold: The Noonie G. Story” for the holidays can send an email request to email@example.com.
Harold “Noonie G” Ward can be reached via twitter at https://twitter.com/therealnoonieg (@TheRealNoonieG) or via his Facebook fan page, “The Real ‘Noonie G’” at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Real-Noonie-G/218589698275155?ref=hl . “Gangster with a Heart of Gold: The Noonie G Story” both the DVD and book are available on Amazon.com.
Check out the film’s trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsHw51S2mRs .
From Stage to Page, Writer Timothy Allen Smith Commemorates 9/11 and Holds Us “CAPTIVE” with New Book Release
Los Angeles – What happens when a single, transformational event alters the course of history, when foreign policy is driven by fear? Looking back eleven years later, is what happened more important than how we reacted to it? If the right lessons weren’t learned, are we in danger of repeating history?
Award-winning playwright turned author, Timothy Allen Smith answers these questions and more in “CAPTIVE,” a riveting new novel from Twenty / 20 Books, based on his acclaimed stage play of the same name. In “CAPTIVE,” Smith masterfully parallels the events of 9/11 and ultimately, challenges the reader to see how fear can be the most dangerous terrorist and our minds the most restrictive prison of all.
“CAPTIVE” is the story of nine strangers, taken hostage and held in a room together. By unfolding a sequence of events that intersects the lives of these individuals, from various ethnic backgrounds, Smith expertly creates his own little societal melting pot. By locking them in a room together with no way to escape, Smith leaves them with only one thing in common…fear.
“CAPTIVE” debuted as a touring stage play in 2003, playing to packed houses across the country. Audiences became enthralled by Smith’s vision of an alternative to the deafening beat of war drums dominating public discussion after 9/11. The overwhelming response compelled Smith to create a vehicle that would allow him to expand on the themes of cultural sensitivity and diversity in a post 9/11 world.
The idea for a trilogy was born, with “CAPTIVE” as the first of three novels, following the hostages from the night of their ordeal, on through the rest of their lives as they cope with the aftermath. Definitely a thinking man’s book, Smith offers the reader a hopeful vision of a future where endless wars and senseless bloodshed are not the only alternatives.
In light of recent, real life events, i.e. the Colorado theater shooting and Sikh Temple massacres; “CAPTIVE” could not be more relevant and, as such, has been nominated by Villanova University and the University of Wisconsin for their “One-Book” and “Big Read” programs respectively.
In “CAPTIVE,” what begins as an innocent night at the theater quickly turns into the unthinkable. Smith pulls no punches in taking the reader into the room and allowing him to be a fly on the wall as the hostages react, not only to the situation, but more importantly, to each other. Racial tension, homophobia, and even age come into play as heated discussions and accusations soar and hit like bullets. The characters represent all walks of life including the young and affluent conservatives, Mark and Amber O’Conner; ultra liberal academics, Lisa Woodward and Walter Curtis; born and raised inner city kids, Toshia and Dexter Swindell; the Spanish speaking, Eleodora and Lena Gonzalez; and Robert Cohen, a former marine with a few secrets of his own.
A seasoned playwright, Smith made his first ‘book mark’ as the co-author of Melvin Childs’ “Never Would Have Made It – The Rise of Tyler Perry, the Most Powerful Entertainer in Black America (and What it Really Took to Get Him There).” A native of Philadelphia, Smith’s bloodline offers him a mixed perspective on the world. As the nephew of Eugene Carl “Bo” Baynes, the recently deceased founder of the Black Mafia in Philadelphia, his background is tempered with views that run the gamut of observation. With a penchant for propelling thought and discussion, he includes in “CAPTIVE” a list of “Book-Group Discussion Questions” designed to elevate the reading experience.
“At its core, ‘CAPTIVE’ is about the questions we didn’t ask after 9/11,” reveals Smith. “This isn’t about any crazy conspiracy theory but let’s be honest, at the time there simply was no appetite for the discussion of an alternative response to the march to war. Now here we are 11 years later, and nothing has changed. We’re still being driven by fear and, even worse, we’re still at war. The question today is, have all the bullets and bombs really made us any safer? I believe fear is a bigger threat to our freedom than Al Queda ever was, and my vision for this trilogy is to make people less afraid. Simple as that.”
Smith plans to continue the storyline with his next work, “A Line in The Sand,” which will follow the lives of the survivors as they adjust to life after their ordeal. Ultimately, Smith hopes to reveal that when we are no longer prisoners to our fears, we can become captive to a true vision of freedom and make positive choices that benefit society as a whole.
A.A. Jones is many things to many people. Her roles include wife, neighbor, friend, dog trainer, yoga instructor, Pilates coach, pole dance teacher, and unbeknownst to most, stripper. At 37 – Jones is not your stereotypical college student – moonlighting on the side to make ends meet. She is a real life housewife, desperate, trying to save a marriage from financial doom and in the end, trying to save herself. Her story is everywoman as she struggles to come to terms with her life and in the process finds self-empowerment and moves closer toward inner peace.
Jones’ “Tilt Diary of a Virgin Stripper” is more than a day-to-day account of a woman thrown into the underground world of stripping, sex and drama. It is the intimate, soul- bearing memoir of a woman making her way in a man’s world and owning her power. Revealing, titillating and yes erotic, “Diary” is not merely a confessional. It is the story of a phoenix rising. In the vein of bestsellers “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Wild,” “Tilt Diary of a Virgin Stripper” taps deep into the secret sanctum of femininity, revealing a latent hunger determined to be fed.
In “Tilt Diary of a Virgin Stripper” we find Allison Jones as your seemingly typical, happily married suburban housewife. A native of Croatia, she originally came to the States to pursue acting. Having supplanted her career for her husband’s quest for happiness, she finds his American Dream is imploding. Taking on job after job to do all she can to help, it is just not enough. After much research, she finds the answer to their financial woes.
It sounds simple enough. She will moonlight as a stripper to help make ends meet. As a yoga instructor and pole dance teacher she has the body and the skills to succeed and most importantly, she has her husband’s blessing.
Jones’ journey takes her to Tilt, a fully nude gentlemen club. Per her European upbringing, the nudity is not a real challenge, and since her dance skills are phenomenal, Jones imagines this new adventure will be a no-brainer. However her entrance into the world of club life uncovers more than just her bare skin.
Jones brings the reader up close and personal as she goes down the rabbit hole into the maze of the underworld. In the process, not only is a new personality unleashed inside her, but the veil is removed off a marital relationship she tried hard to believe was idyllic. Jones’ sexuality is ferociously ignited and she is forced to come to terms with a powerful predator that had remained dormant, lulled to sleep in a lackluster marriage. The new found magnetism she commands over men in the club is also an energy that she now has to battle within.
Jones’ diary details her reconciliation of the two halves of her life; her role as Allison, the righteous housewife; and Jones, the siren stripper and seductress. Stripping off layers, exposing skin, Allison Jones realizes she had buried more than just her dream of acting. Life as an exotic pole dancer bares the truth about her marriage, her inner most desires, and who she really is, which is much more than just the perfect housewife.
Women around the world are tapping into their true strength and sexual power. In dance studios across the nation, pole dance and pole fitness is replacing the typical treadmill exercise routine. As also evidenced by the runaway success of the E.L. James’ erotic fiction paperback, “Fifty Shades of Grey” and Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild,” more and more women are exploring and unleashing their inhibitions. There is a movement rising and “Tilt Diary of a Virgin Stripper” is propelling the occasion. A.A. Jones has generously provided a road map of her sexual revolution and it is a transformation that is sure to liberate many.
New York – She’s baaaack! Author Madison Taylor, the mastermind behind the skillfully laced trilogy “Scattered Lies I, II, and III” has returned! And she has not missed a beat with her pen. This time dishing a dose of danger so delectable, her readers are destined to drool in longing desperation as they weave their way toward the plot’s end. Her fourth book release in less than five years, Taylor’s latest fiction fantasy is “WWW.com.” No longer publishing under her own independent company, Influential Writers Publishing, Taylor is celebrating her growing success under the banner of 5 Star Publications with her latest novel!
Taylor has firmly established herself in the world of urban lit fare with a keen knack for entwining people, plots, and unlikely ploys together. With her “Scattered Lies” trilogy, she deftly grew her fan base, book by book, entangling readers in an escalating whirlwind of passion, suspense, and drama.
With “WWW.com” however, Madison turns up the intensity with a storyline that literally pushes the reader out of this world into the expansive space of virtual reality. In “WWW.com” Taylor unapologetically whisks the mind to the outer limits as she rampages the senses with scenarios that fuel and unleash the imagination.
In the novel, Ramon Ramirez and Daniel Munger are the most feared men in America. Spearheading Shark Enterprise, better known as The Secret Society, they expertly engage the Internet as their playground for deception. The one rule of their secret community is that there are no rules! A “click” can get you whatever you want, from sex to money, and even murder.
But in “WWW.com,” with the W’s standing for World Wide Web, you will be introduced to Chance, Seven, Justice and Patience; four unlikely heroines whose paths cross in a lethal synergy to bring these men down! These ladies prove that the entry into cyberspace can be even more dangerous when you don’t know who is behind the “click.”
Bronx, NY native, Madison Taylor once again expertly converges her knowledge of the streets with her Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Her writing style deliciously seduces with precise attention to detail, inventive plots, unexpected twists, and toe curling dilemmas.
“‘WWW.com’ is one of my most wicked works,” shares the author. “I believe my readers will have a special appreciation for these women as they courageously take matters into their own hands for the greater good. I find that aspect of the tale particularly liberating. In addition, by tackling the realm of cyber space, I’ve expanded my dimensions for suspense, terror, and even retribution. We know about the mean streets out here, but what about the deadly paths in the cyber world? ‘WWW.com’ takes you way out there. It is then up to the reader to find their way back home,” reveals Taylor.
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