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‘The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl’ Gets Turned Into A Book

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Anyone wondering where they can get their next hit of “Awkward Black Girl” can find it at the bookstore! You’ll still have to wait a minute, though.

From time to time, Issa Rae will post something on her YouTube channel or her Facebook page, and she will undoubtedly be bombarded with questions about when “ABG” is coming back. Well, unfortunately Issa hasn’t announced when (or even if) the show will return to the Web, but she has released a book about being an ABG titled “The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl”! We can’t blame her for building on a powerful brand.

Issa didn’t say much about what would be in the book, so it could be anything from a personal memoir of what life has been like since she launched the show or maybe eve fiction about what’s going on in J’s life. You’ll have to wait until next year…

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Michaela DePrince Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

“Dance like nobody is watching.”  Everybody is watching the 19 year old Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer Michaela DePrince.  From orphanage to triumph, this young lady’s journey is one to note.  In her memoir, Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, Michaela DePrince shares her story that is inspirational and admirable.  #videosweadore

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The Mini Envelope 4.0 : And The Winner Is…..

We want to thank the amazing writers who entered into The Mini Envelope 4.0.  26 Entries, the most we have received for this envelope thus far and we hope to keep up the momentum for October’s Mini Envelope 5.0 (Halloween Theme) Please enjoy both the winner and runner up entries below.  Remember to pass the word along, we would love to read your writings!

Scenario 4.0: A person has to make a decision between two conflicting scenarios.  The main character contemplates both choices and ends with making a shocking decision. Continue reading

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Viola Davis: ‘I Grew Up Hungry And Ashamed’

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Viola Davis told a crowd of Hollywood luminaries that her drive to end childhood hunger is fueled by memories of growing up in “abject poverty,” stealing and crawling through maggot-filled garbage bins to get food.

“I sacrificed a childhood for food,” she said, “and grew up in immense shame.”

Davis shared the personal story Friday as she accepted accolades at the Variety Power of Women luncheon, where Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez were also recognized for humanitarian efforts.

Davis said her work with the Hunger Is campaign to raise awareness about hunger in the United States has been “the joy of my life.” She thanked her colleagues and supporters for the chance to “stand up in front of so many people, at the age of 49, and share my testimony and begin the process of healing.”

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Dracula : Already Told

By Cairo Amani

I love vampires.

From the incarnations of Anne Rice’s Lestat to Shori, Octavia Butler’s seemingly eleven-year old browned-skinned bad ass; from Nalo Hopkinson’s Soucouyant to Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot and of course, I love Dracula. Like any fan, I can get picky about my vampire lore. (I’m not a fan of Twilight’s rendition). I knew Dracula Untold would not be a remake of Bram Stroker’s famous novel but still, I figured there would be nods to a well known, legendary story so I bought a ticket to catch it on the debut.

But as I settled in my seat, the lights dimmed and the narration came on I got ready for a story I hadn’t heard, a story that might change the way I view one of my favorite fantasy villains. The story is of a Transylvanian prince taken by the Turks and trained to be a ferocious warrior. The prince returns to Transylvania after a gruesome war, to repent for his sins and to rule his kingdom.

Transylvania is a historical region in Romania. Romania is in Eastern Europe, near places like Turkey and Hungary.  Our main character, Vlad the Impaler, is tan skinned with dark hair and eyes.

But he has a British accent.

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