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It’s Darkest Before Dawn: RIP Chadwick Boseman

It’s Darkest Before Dawn: RIP Chadwick Boseman
  I was scrolling through my phone and decided to go to Facebook. Someone had posted that Chadwick Boseman had died. My heart sank. Then I was hit with a ray of hope when it dawned on me that it was probably fake news. So I clicked over to a better source and then my heart sank again, this time even lower.  It was true, Chadwick Boseman had died of colon cancer at 43. Wow, it was like déjà vu, like when I’d found out Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna had died in the helicopter crash. It was surreal. My mind was immediately flooded with images of Chadwick portraying so many iconic figures on the silver screen: Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall. And the best role of all, T’Challa/Black Panther. How could this beautiful, talented, magnetic man be gone? It just doesn’t seem right. Nothing in 2020 seems right. Kobe’s death, Covid and the financial, mental, and emotional aftermath, the death of African American citizens at the hands of police—Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and most recently, Jacob Blake, it’s bizarro world. What is happening? Wha...
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The New Big C

The New Big C
The first time I heard the word Coronavirus was in early January when WHO announced that there was a new virus that had originated in China. The first cases were located in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province. At the time, Chinese officials believed it was an unusual pneumonia. The first thought that came to mind was SARS, another virus that originated in China. It killed more than 770 people worldwide in 2002-2003. With that in mind, I, like I’m sure many Americans did, went on about my daily activities believing that Coronavirus would have fifteen minutes of fame and then become a distant memory. Unfortunately, I was wrong. As of March 12, the global death toll has surpassed 4,600 with infections exceeding 126,100 cases. It appears as though Coronavirus is hellbent on stretching out its fifteen minutes. This week Hollywood royalty, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, announced that they had tested positive for Coronavirus. Not satisfied with targeting the world of entertainment, the virus has spread to the world of sports. ...
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Burnett hits it out of the Sapien Solar System!!!

Burnett hits it out of the Sapien Solar System!!!
If George Lucas and Ava DuVernay had a baby, T.O. Burnett would be their child. Like Lucas, Burnett creates entirely new worlds that we’ve never seen before and like DuVernay, his work bursts with heart, humanity and empathy. Burnett’s Sapien: Days of Deception, the tour de force sequel to his debut novel, Sapien: Dawn of Oblivion, left me awestruck. After reading the jaw-dropping opening to the book, I knew I was in for a treat, and Burnett didn’t disappoint. Although a novelist, Burnett’s writing is reminiscent of a seasoned screenwriter. He paints vivid, colorful, and vibrant pictures with his words that tell a story that you cannot only see, but smell, taste, hear, and feel. His use of metaphors and similes will give you pause while you wonder to yourself, how did he come up with that? His writing is so crisp, I swear at times while reading the book, I could hear the words crunch. The action-packed and riveting chapters, propelled me forward into the story that centers around planet Neutralia. It’s trying to restore the innocence it once enjoyed—an innoce...
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Not Just Another Love Story

Not Just Another Love Story
B.L. McGrew has created a love story unlike any I’ve ever read or seen on the silver screen. Move over Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca); Whitney and Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard); Romeo & Juliet. McGrew’s Ezmerelda Day and Barnaby Parks, two high school sweethearts, take love to new heights. McGrew’s exquisitely written novel reads like a symphony. She brings the elements of the story together harmoniously with beautiful prose that takes your breath away. In an era of twerking, graphic sex scenes, casual sex, microwave relationships, profane language, THOTs, and side chicks, McGrew’s work is a literary breath of fresh air. Told in the first-person present voice of Ezmerelda, we’re given a birds-eye view of the couple’s unconventional whirlwind romance. Ezmerelda, who at the beginning of the story prefers to be called Mazie, is an eighteen-year-old blind girl and aspiring author. Her sole closest relative is her sister Maya. If that weren’t challenging enough, she’s also a cancer-survivor, who when the story opens, is starting a new high sch...
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FREEDOM PARK SOARS

FREEDOM PARK SOARS


  B.W. McKay’s second novel’s opening had me riveted to the page. Darnell Scott, the protagonist, is running for Congress. If elected, he would become the first black man to represent Utah in the Senate. His opponent—Joe Sudden—a former high school friend, has accused him of the unthinkable. The false accusation has Darnell reeling and second-guessing the part he may have played in this untimely, egregious situation. How did Darnell come so far— only to end up here with everything he’s worked for in the balance? McKay shows us what happened and how Darnell arrived at this point in time with a beautifully woven story that is moving, powerful, realistic, and inspiring. His words dance on the page. Adeptly writing in first person POV, McKay takes us into the mind and heart of Darnell, a young African American man who is coming of age. We get to know Darnell inside and out. We’re able to see the world through his young eyes. We can taste and feel his dreams. McKay has created a three-dimensional character that you will find yourself cheering on, rooting for, and ...
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This psychic mystery is a keeper!

This psychic mystery is a keeper!
  This psychic mystery is a keeper! Reba Rose Parker, the protagonist in Jenna B. Neece’s debut novel, is an irascible but loveable and irresistible character that takes her small town in Oklahoma by storm. Out walking one morning engaging in her profession as a photographer, she stumbles upon a grisly crime scene. Back at home, while editing her photos, she notices a hand in one of the shots. So she decides to return to the scene of the crime, if you will, to further investigate. That one move kicks off a series of startling and life-threatening events that Reba, although a psychic, doesn’t see coming. To her chagrin, the police want to bring her in for questioning. Kicking and screaming all the way, she soon learns that she’s not the only one in town with psychic abilities. It’s obvious that Jenna put a lot into how the paranormal element of the book would play out in the story and with each character. She is brilliant in how she uses the phenomenon to move the story forward as well as help Reba and the police, many of whom also have abilities, navigat...
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