Monday, August 31, 2009

2nd Annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

The second annual Philadelphia Asian Amerian Film Festival October 9-11.
Here's the full schedule of films:

Opening Night Film – Children of Invention Tze Chun
Centerpiece Presentation – Formosa Betrayed Will Tiao
Closing Night Film – Story of Wine Cheol-ha Lee

Karma Calling Sarba Das
Second Moon Masahiro Sugano
Why Am I Doing This? Tom Huang

Operation Babylift Tammy Nguyen Lee
A Song For Ourselves Tadashi Nakamura
Sounds of New Hope Eric Tandoc
A Village Called Versailles S. Leo Chiang
Whatever It Takes Christopher Wong

Blood Colony Jacob Holcomb
Boba and Melon Gum Alice Park
Cotabato City Karen Lin
Evolution Kenji Lui
Fine Threads Adele Pham
Fortune Cooking Jason Karman
Half Kenneth Ken Ochiai
The Humberville Poetr Slam Emily Chang
I Don’t Sleep I Dream J.P. Chan
Imprint Tim Hsieh
In Search of Colors Will Kim
Interpretation Lin Oeding
Let Old Ghosts Rest Gregory Cooke
The Letter Kris Mendoza
Lui Lui in America Vera Wing Lui
Manoj Hari Kondabolu
Memory Block Hari Alluri
Motoo Bao Nguyen
Mr. Cupcakes Angela Chen
Pho Dac Biet Christina Tran
Plan B Kaidy Kuna
Seen Unseen Sara Suleman
Subconscious Jason Chen
Survivors Soham Mehta
Tatang Jean "Nico" Paolo
The Veiled Commodity Vinh Dickson
Wake Up Dawen Wang

For the full schedule and ticketing, check back soon at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival website here.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Shooting star

Shooting star
Fredrick McKissack, Jr.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2009.
273 p. ; 22 cm.
Here's the blurb:
He wants to be the real

Jomo Rodgers finished his first year on varsity hearing "if onlys," as in, if only he were bigger.

His talent on the field is easy to spot, and local papers and college recruiters are taking notice. But with his best friend on speed dial for recruiters at big-time college programs, and treated like a king at football-crazy Cranmer Academy, Jomo decides he wants to be more than merely good, he wants to be the real

Taking his coach's lecture about commitment to heart, Jomo plunges into a new workout regimen that will make him stronger and faster. But is that enough? A little juice -- as in steroids -- might be the difference between being good and being great. It's an easy choice...that is about to make his life a whole lot harder.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Moses and the monster and Miss Anne

Moses and the monster and Miss Anne
Carole Marks
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2009.
x, 206 p.

Here's a bit of the blurb:
This engaging history presents the extraordinary lives of Patty Cannon, Anna Ella Carroll, and Harriet Tubman, three "dangerous" women who grew up in early-nineteenth-century Maryland and were vigorously enmeshed in the social and political maelstrom of antebellum America. The "monstrous" Patty Cannon was a reputed thief, murderer, and leader of a ruthless gang who kidnapped free blacks and sold them back into slavery, whereas Miss Anna Ella Carroll, a relatively genteel unmarried slaveholder, foisted herself into state and national politics by exerting influence on legislators and conspiring with Governor Thomas Holliday Hicks to keep Maryland in the Union when many state legislators clamored to join the Confederacy. And, of course, Harriet Tubman--slave rescuer, abolitionist, and later women's suffragist--was both hailed as "the Moses of her people" and hunted as an outlaw with a price on her head worth at least ten thousand dollars.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Financial aid for African Americans

Financial aid for African Americans
By Gail A. Schlachter and R. David Weber.
El Dorado Hills, Calif. : Reference Service Press,
Hardcover: 497 pages
Publisher: Reference Service Press (March 31, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 158841177X
ISBN-13: 978-1588411778
Here's the blurb:
Selected as Reference Books Bulletin's "Editor's Choice!"

If you are a Black or African American looking for financial aid, this is the directory for you. Described here are more than 1,250 scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants, awards, and internships--representing billions of dollars--open specifically to Black/African Americans. This money can be used to support a whole range of activities, including:

creative activities
future projects
professional development
work experience

A list of: scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants, awards, and internships open primarily or exclusively to African Americans."
Editors: 1997/99-<2009/11> Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Weber.

Sins of the Father Blog Tour

Sins of the Father
by Angela Benson
368 pages / Paperback
Avon/Harper Collins

Here's the blurb:
God asked the biblical Abraham to sacrifice his son. But Abraham Martin's only god is money. Successful media mogul Abraham Martin has great wealth, an elegant wife, Saralyn, and a rebellious son, Isaac. He also has a secret: a second family that no one knows about. Now, after thirty years—driven by the urging of his long dormant conscience—Abraham is determined to do the right thing by finally bringing his illegitimate children into the light…and into the family fold. But beautiful, manipulative Saralyn will never accept the proof of her husband’s indiscretions. Isaac the heir, shaken by his father’s revelations, will fight mercilessly when his world is threatened, and may lose everything that matters as a result.

Here's the tour info:

All The Buzz Reviews
Rhonda McKnight

AAMBC Online Radio (8 pm EST / 7 pm CST)

DAY 2 | Tuesday, August 25
APOOO Books Here's a review on APOOO
Tia McCollors
The Sharvette Mitchell Show (6 pm EST)

DAY 3 | Wednesday, August 26
Written Voices Blog
Vanessa Richardson
Inspiration Station (6:30 pm EST)
WordThirst Literary Online Radio Show (8 pm EST)

DAY 4 | Thursday, August 27
Christian Fiction Blog
The Pleasing Spoon

DAY 5 | Friday, August 28
Joey's Reviews
The Rapturous Reader

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Samson & Delilah

Samson & Delilah , a feature film from Alice Springs, Australia, won the Camera d’Or First Film prize at Cannes Film Festival. The film, which premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in February 2009, was directed by Alice Springs resident Warwick Thornton. It's a love story set among aborigines, the indigenous people of Africa. Check it out.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

China Safari: On the trail of Beijing's Expansion in Africa

China Safari: On the trail of Beijing's Expansion in Africa
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Nation Books (June 29, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1568584261
ISBN-13: 978-1568584263

Here's the blurb:
China has now taken Great Britains place as Africas third largest business partner. Where others only see chaos, the Chinese see opportunities. With no colonial past and no political preconditions, China is bringing investment and needed infrastructure to a continent that has been largely ignored by Western companies or nations.
Traveling from Beijing to Khartoum, Algiers to Brazzaville, the authors tell the story of Chinas economic ventures in Africa. What they find is tantamount to a geopolitical earthquake: The possibility that China will help Africa direct its own fate and finally bring light to the so-called “dark continent,” making it a force to be reckoned with internationally.

Just got this to review and will post my review at when I'm finished.

Here's an audio on public radio

Here's an interview with democracy now

About the authors:
Serge Michel, 40, was till recently West Africa Correspondent for the French newspaper Le Monde. Michel has worked as a journalist in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans and is now based in Geneva. He won the Albert Londres Prize, France's most prestigious journalistic award, for his work in Iran and is the founder of the Bondy Blog, a citizen journalism project in the suburbs of Paris. Michel has written for Aperture, Fortune, Foreign Policy, The Independent and The Sunday Times.

Michel Beuret, 39, has been writing on China and Africa for 15 years. He first went to China in 1993 and has written extensively on migration and people trafficking in both in China and Europe. After the French riots of November 2005, he set up the Bondy Blog together with Serge Michel, which quickly became one of France’s most influential blogs. At present Beuret is Foreign Editor of the prominent Swiss magazine L’Hebdo.

Paolo Woods, 39, is an award-winning photographer dedicated to long-term projects that blend documentary photography with investigative journalism. His work is regularly published in Time, Newsweek, Le Monde, Geo and many other international publications. He has published three books with Serge Michel and is currently working on a new project on Iran.

Here's a review at Washington Post

Here's a youtube video on one of China's successes in Africa.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Changing by Lily Hoang

Paperback: 139 pages
Publisher: Fairy Tale Review Press (December 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979995426
ISBN-13: 978-0979995422

This is the blurb:
At once a fairy tale, a fortune, and a translation told through the I Ching, Vietnamese-American author Lily Hoang’s CHANGING is a ghostly and miniature novel. Both mysterious and lucid at once, the book follows Little Girl down a century-old path into her family’s story. Changing is Little Girl’s fate, and in CHANGING she finds an unsettling, beautiful home. Like a topsy-turvy horoscope writer, Hoang weaves a modern novella into the classical form of the I Ching. In glassine sentences, fragmented and new, Jack and Jill fall down the hill over and over again in intricate and ancient patterns. Here is a wonder story for 21st century America. Here is a calligraphic patchwork of sadness.

“This is an impossible thing, a dream object”–Joyelle McSweeney, author of FLET.

About the author:
Lily Hoang's first book, PARABOLA, won the Chiasmus Press Un-Doing the Novel Contest. She is also the author of the novel CHANGING (Fairy Tale Review Press) and the forthcoming novel THE EVOLUTIONARY REVOLUTION (Les Figues Press, 2009-10). She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English & Women's Studies at Saint Mary's College in Indiana.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Murder on the Down Low Blog Tour

Paperback: 386 pages
Publisher: Goldman House Publishing (September 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981562701
ISBN-13: 978-0981562704
Here's the blurb:
A high-profile lawsuit erupts into chaos, revealing its place in a larger spree of violence in this scandalous tale of lust, lies, and vengeance. A brazen gunman is targeting prominent African American men on the streets of Los Angeles, and police are completely baffled. At the same time, savvy big-firm attorney Vernetta Henderson and her outrageous sidekick, Special, lead the charge for revenge against a man whose deceit caused his fianceé's death. For Special, hauling the man into court and suing him for wrongful death just isn’t good enough. While she exacts her own brand of justice, a shocking revelation connects the contentious lawsuit and the puzzling murders.

About the Author
Pamela Samuels Young is a legal columnist for Global Woman magazine and the author of Every Reasonable Doubt and In Firm Pursuit. She lives in Los Angeles.

Here is the schedule for the Murder on the Down Low Blog Tour with Pamela Samuels Young (August 17-21)
Online Radio Schedule
August 17 - Black Authors Network (8-10 pm EST)

Blog Tour Schedule
DAY 1 | Monday, Aug 17
All The Buzz Reviews
AAMBC Book Tours
Jenny Reed

DAY 2 | Tuesday, Aug 18
Simply Said Reading Accessories
Sheila DeChantal

DAY 3 | Wednesday, Aug 19
Black Pearl Magazine

DAY 4 | Thursday, Aug 20
RAWSistaz Literary Group
Joey Reviews

DAY 5 | Friday, Aug 21
Vanessa Richardson
Faygo's Report
Britni Vigil

UPCOMING BLOG TOURS (Aug 24- Sept 4) (Sept. 7-11)

Friday, August 14, 2009

King of India -- documentary

King of India
Here's the synopsis

A striking visual poem on a family from the "Nat" community, which traditionally works as street and carnival performers. The Nats are descendants of the ancient royal warrior community of Kshatriyas, but today they belong to no caste and are considered untouchables. After following this colourful family for six years, director Arvind Sinha achieved a position as an invisible but respectful observer. The result is a very powerful cinema vérité-style saga about an eight-member household that is both uninhibited and friendly, regardless of whether they're performing on the streets or arguing at home. We see the family as they fall into serious debt. Meanwhile, the daughters are married off one by one and the oldest son brings his young bride home to the overcrowded tent. This profound life story, lyrically captured on film with a strong eye for detail, not only depicts the emotional crises within the family, but also the complexities of Indian society.

Here it is on youtube

Here's a review

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice

Children of the Waters
Carleen Brice
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine (June 23, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345499077
ISBN-13: 978-0345499073

No real blurb found on this but some good reviews:

"compelling and difficult to put down." - Booklist Online

"Children of the Waters is the latest engaging offering by Carleen Brice, who writes with aplomb about love, mixed race and the importance of family in this late-June release." AOL Black Voices Book Shelf

"I was exhausted and singing the blues the hour I began Carleen Brice's new novel, Children of the Waters. Five hours later, I'd finished this fresh, free-rein novel about mothers' secrets and children's sorrows and was shouting 'Hurray!'" - Jacquelyn Mitchard author, The Deep End of the Ocean

Here's an excerpt

Carleen is also the author of:

Orange Mint and Honey
Read the first two chapters!

Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife

Lead Me Home: An African American's Guide Through the Grief Journey

Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Heritage Mass Choir

The Korean Heritage Mass Choir is a gospel group in Korean that takes its style from African-American gospel.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Last Woman Standing by Tia McCollors

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Lift Every Voice (August 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802498639
ISBN-13: 978-0802498632

Here's the blurb:
After being married to their careers instead of each other for ten years, "Ace" and Lynette Bowers ended their marriage. Four years later however, it seems as though their love never ended - to both of their surprise and denial. Sheila Rushmore is Ace's current girlfriend and a woman who is used to getting what she wants - except Ace's commitment to marriage. When Sheila realizes Lynette may be the cause, she launches a plan to play the hand of God, instead of allowing God to bring the love they all desire in His way.

About the Author
After ten years as a public relations professional, Tia McCollors has emerged as an inspirational speaker and author of faith-based novels. She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and son. She encourages readers to visit her online at

Here it is on amazon

Here are other blogs involved in the tour
All The Buzz Reviews

Urban Christian Fiction Today

Angela Benson

AAMBC Online Radio (9 pm EST / 8 pm CST)

DAY 2 - August 4


Brooks Young

LaTara Ham-Ying

DAY 3 - August 5

Black Pearl Magazine


Joey Reviews

Angie Arndt

DAY 4 - August 6

RAWSistaz Literary Group

Carole McDonnell

Vera A. Pereskokova

Chocolate Pages Show (6 pm EST)

WordThirst Literary Online Radio Show (8 pm EST)

DAY 5 - August 7

CeeCee McNeil

Patricia Woodside

Britni Vigil

Tongue By Kyung-Ran Jo

By Kyung-Ran Jo
Translated from Korean by Chi-Young Kim
Paperback, 224 pages
Bloomsbury USA
List Price: $14

Here's the NPR blurb:
Chef Ji-won's life turns sour after she catches her boyfriend with one of her cooking students. Tongue, the English debut of best-selling South Korean author Kyung-ran Jo, is filled with food and restaurant trivia, but it's really about moving on from disappointment.

Here's a review and excerpt up at NPR

And here's another review at complete review

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