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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Review of "Family Business 2" by Carl Weber

Well, Carl Weber aka “The King of Drama,” has done it again. This time he is joined by author Treasure Hernandez to ramp up the action in the sequel to Family Business.  The drama unfolds and the stakes rise as the Duncan Family is forced to choose sides about bringing H.E.A.T.  (a new synthetic drug dubbed the “new crack” which is designed by Orlando Duncan) to the streets. 

Although there’s promise of wealth, the Duncans know that they won’t be safe once the cartels get a whiff of H.E.A.T. hitting the streets.  In the midst of it all, there are loads of drama with tangled love triangles, etc.  Can’t wait to read part 3 of this novel!

Here are a few of my favorite lines:

“I call it H.E.A.T., Pop.” Orlando held one in his hand. “It’s the new crack. No, actually, it’s better than crack. It’s extremely potent synthetic pheromones and endorphins laced with morphine, and it’s gonna make us wealthy beyond your wildest dreams.”

LC glanced around the room. “Any objections before I close the meeting?”

A lone voice dissenting voice came from the most unlikely source. “Yes, I have an objection. I have a big objection.”

Saturday, May 30, 2015

"The Prince George's Book Festival"

On Saturday, May 23, 2015, I exhibited at the very first Prince George's Book Festival, the brain child of Sharon Lucas, President of the Reading Divas Book Club. This event took place at the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD. And if you've ever been to one of Sharon's events (e.g. The Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend, etc.) you'll know she goes all out.

When I arrived and checked in, I was greeted by a wonderful group of folks who assisted me with locating my table and even carrying some of my stuff. Before I even got to my table, I saw so many familiar faces of my author friends from New Jersey and from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia ("DMV") area. Right away, I knew that the day would simply be fabulous. This included being an audience member of various panels and even being on one myself ("Keeping Women's Fiction and Romance Alive").

There was so much energy in the place: meeting new authors and avid book book lovers, swaying to the sounds the DJ was playing (yep, there were times when I forgot where I was - lol).

Overall, it was a great day. Check out some photos from the even!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"Columbia Art Center - Art Reception"

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, I attended the faculty-student art reception at Columbia Art Center in Columbia, MD. This was a potluck reception and everyone was invited to bring something: side dish, wine, dips, soda, dessert, etc. I decided to bring some dessert because there's never a shortage of wine at this art studio - lol.

Oil painting allows me to express myself by creating variations upon several different pictures. It also helps with my creative writing by looking at situations in multiple different ways. Anyway, it was great to see some of my fellow artists friends, faculty and art lovers. I even met a cool mixed-media artist - Eileen Williams (we're standing in front of her mask art work). I had a great time hanging with my art instructor Trudy Babchak (in front of "Splash N Gogh") and fellow artist Trish (her doggie painting is next to "Stormy Weather").

I had 5 art pieces in this show: "Three Shades of Brown" - which is my favorite, "Splash N Gogh" - I had a fantastic time painting this (thanks, Van Gogh), so much so my shirt was full of paint, and "Stormy Weather" - I think that says it all.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

"Gaithersburg Book Festival"

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, I exhibited at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, MD. This was the first time in the three years that I have been exhibiting at this festival that it was seasonably warm...and I welcomed that.

Anyway, when I arrived I was surprised that my table mate was Melanie Hatter, a fellow author, whom I met a few years back at another book festival. We had a great time laughing, chatting, and sharing marketing strategies. It's amazing how quickly the time went by when you are having fun.

It was also a joy to meet avid readers who stopped by to learn more about my novel, Gotta Let It Go and pick up chapter 1 of the sequel, Gotta Get It Back. In addition, I met and networked with some cool folks (a chef, co-directors of the College Park Community Library, etc.).

Overall, it was a great day and I can't wait to attend in 2016!

Friday, May 15, 2015


Last weekend, I took my mom to see the new Bob Marley musical at Center Stage in Baltimore, MD. We were very excited to see this musical premiere written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

When  we arrived we were pleasantly surprised that the lobby was decked out in all things celebrating Bob Marley and the political climate in the 1970s: dirt on the floor, reggae DJ, dancers, graffiti, political posters (Jamaica Labour Party vs. People's National Party), Red Stripe beer being sold at the bar, a shack to chill in, etc. Transforming the lobby like they did for One Night In Miami, is something that I think works well for Center Stage because it really adds a  great dimension to the play experience.

The mood was set and all we needed to do was enjoy the show. And boy did we enjoy the show. The music was nostalgic, the story line was just right. The actors were energetic. But I couldn't wait to see newcomer Mitchell Brunings perform Bob's songs...it was as if you were listening to Bob himself...Mitchell was that good! I was impressed (check him as he performs Redemption Song below). The rest of the cast members danced in the aisles and the actors who played Michael Manley (PNP leader) and Edward Seaga (JLP leader) were imposing as they stood on opposite sides in the mezzanine until they appeared on stage. Saycon Sengbloh who played Rita Marley and Shayne Powell who played Malakai, Bob's close friend were great. Mom and I had the pleasure of meeting them after the show in the lobby area. They were very cool!

Overall, I thought that this premiere was simply FANTASTIC. We danced along to the music and at the end, folks were invited up on stage to have a big love fest. Some critics may say that the script was a little light in showcasing Bob's life. But his music told the story of his life and the political climate at the time. We knew he was a flawed man (hardly faithful to his wife, girlfriends and children all over the place) but one can't deny that he paved the way musically and placed Jamaica on the map. Even 34 years after his death, his music is still timely.

So, if you're in the area and looking to enjoy the music of Jamaica's iconic singer, then this musical is a must see! I hope that it makes its way to other cities for other theater goers to enjoy! One LOVE!

After surviving an assassination attempt in 1976, Marley left Jamaica for London, where he spent nearly two years in self-imposed exile. Chronicling the events surrounding this earth-shaking moment, Marley tells the story of a man transformed into one of the 20th Century's most important cultural figures. Set in the soundscape of an era, this new musical weaves together the life and music of a man who, to heal himself, first healed his homeland.

The Cast
Kena Anae - Carly Barrett, musician
Mitchell Brunings - Bob Marley
Luke Forbes - Tek Life, enforcer for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)
Don Guillory - Don Taylor, Bob's manager
John Patrick Hayden - Chris Blackwell, record producer
Khetanya Jari Henderson - Diane Jobson, Bob's lawyer
David Heron - Tony Welsh, enforcer for the People's National Party (PNP)
Jonaathan Hooks - Family Man, musician
Crystal Joy - Judy Mowatt, I-Three singer
Mykal Kilgore - Stevie Wonder, musical superstar
Michael Luwoye - Peter Tosh, on of the Wailers
John-Andrew Morrison - Claudie Massop, enforcer for the JLP
Ano Okera - Don Letts, music producer
Howard W. Overshown - Michael Manley, Prime Minister, leader of the PNP
Shayne Powell - Malakai, Bob's close friend
Michael Rogers - Rasta Elder
Saycon Sengloh - Rita Marley, Bob's wife and I-Three singer
Jaime Lincoln Smith - Neville Garrick, Bob's art director
Damian Thompson - Bunny Wailer, one of the Wailers
Michaela Waters - Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World
Susan Kelechi Watson - Marcia Griffiths, I-Three singer