Friday, September 23, 2022

Learn How This Adventurous Entrepreneur Challenges Us To Reach New HEIGHTS

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World Traveler Shonda Scott
Creates Infectious
12 New Things Life Journey Campaign

"Join the Life-Changing Challenge and Do Something New and Different Each Month for a Year!"

Shonda 12 New Things over coming fear of heights Ziplining in Puerto Vallarta.

Shonda 12 New Things finding peace in Reboot float.

World traveler Shonda Scott creates the infectious 12 New Things Journey Challenge that has resonated with many.

What started as a goal of 5, spring-boarded into thousands deciding to join the challenge with her to make an on-going lifestyle change. 

When we asked Shonda about the 12 New Things™️  Challenge, she says, "As part of my birthday celebrations in 2019, I created the 12 New Things™️ campaign, to do something new and different each month for a year, forcing me out of my comfort zone and embracing change in a fun, positive way. 12 New Things™️ has now become a lifestyle of evolution and renewal for me and others."

Challenging yourself is one of the most important aspects of self-growth. Without challenge and change, there can be no progress or improvement.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Black Mom & Daughter, Children’s Book on the Beauty of Growing Food

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BLACK MOM & DAUGHTER DUO WRITE A CHILDREN’S BOOK FOCUSING ON THE BEAUTY OF GROWING FOOD

Stacey Woodson, a registered dietitian, food activist, and HBCU graduate from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has partnered with her 10-year-old daughter, Paige, to write and release Grow. Eat. Repeat. A Love Letter to Black-Eyed Peas, a beautiful children’s book that centers on the beauty of Black culture by displaying the intimate relationship between generations of family, Black history and their garden. An educational and inspiring read that is sure to evoke appreciation for growing your own food.

The new book aims to illustrate the beauty and value of growing your own food – especially black-eyed peas. Written to nourish the mind, body and soul by exploring nutrition, science, family, and Black history while artfully highlighting the special bond between daughters, their mothers and their gardens.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Be Inspired By This RISING Royal Family Of Gospel's New Release - Why We Sing!

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 Gospel's Favorite Family
Dennis Turner & TNF
Set to Release New Album,
'Why We Sing'
Oct. 1
"The Dynamic Gospel Group Delivers
A ' Country Soul" Sound All Their Own."

Gospel 's favorite family, Dennis Turner and The Turtle Nation Family is set to release their 'highly anticipated' new album, 'Why We Sing,' October 1, 2022

The album will be available on all digital streaming platforms.

Led by the release of the first album, Faith (2017), followed by their powerful singles released in 2018, entitled "Children of God," and "Father's House," Dennis Turner and TNF, with its infectious 'Country Soul' sound continues to create songs that are life-changing.

In 2020, the release of the dynamic singing family's sophomore album entitled "I Press...Now," garnered the attention of music lovers everywhere.

Photo: Dennis Turner, founder of Dennis Turner & The Turtle Nation Family.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Checkout How Target Expands Black Doll Deal With 8-Year Old Girl

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TARGET EXPANDS DEAL WITH BEST-SELLING BLACK DOLL COMPANY FOUNDED BY AN 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND HER MOM

Since launching on Target.com last year, Orijin Bees will expand their partnership by now offering a selection of their best-selling dolls in Target stores across 40 US states, showcasing not only the variety of beautiful skin tones we have in our Black and Brown skin but also the array of curly hair patterns and textures.

Bestsellers from the Baby Bee Doll Collection including Positively Puff and Sugar Puff will be available in Target stores in 40 states across the nation.

Learn About These Two New Books About Black Fatherhood

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AUTHOR SHARES VALUABLE BLACK FATHERHOOD ADVICE IN HIS TWO NEWEST BOOKS

Author Calvin T. Mann is pleased to announce the release of his books, Things a Father Should Say and 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Fatherhood. Both books, which are currently available on Amazon, highlight the ideals and significance of fatherhood.

The 60-page book titled 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Fatherhood is a helpful tool for first-time and seasoned parents, men, husbands, fathers, and women. The book provides details, viewpoints, and insights that reframe the importance, appeal, and function of fatherhood. Mann created a spiritually enlightening and intellectually stimulating guide to fatherhood using his 37 years of experience, research, and life lessons.

The 94-page book Things a Father Should Say, on the other hand, is based on Calvin’s experiment in which he posed the query to a few of the men who follow him on social media. What would you say is the best advice you can give a young man? He believes that several males were open and honest about their experiences. While some people spoke out of pain, others deliberated over their remarks. These men spoke in a variety of ways—some in a single sentence, others in paragraphs—revealing the typically male perspective of simplification. The replies of these men formed the bulk of the book’s foundation.

Friday, August 26, 2022

See How This Dynamic Trio Of Women Makes Their Burgeoning Business A Family Affair - Athleisure

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Discover The Dynamic Mother-Daughter Trio Behind the Successful Jolie Noire Athleisure Wear Brand:

Meet Kimberly and Keyondra Lockett and Their Mother Ronda Gray


In 2018, Kimberly and Keyondra Lockett and their mother, Ronda Gray decided to invest in themselves and start a family business. Due to their love of fashion, they chose to start Jolie Noire, an elevated women’s athleisure wear brand.   

Jolie Noire stands for Pretty Black in French.  Sisters Kimberly, (a celebrity stylist) and Keyondra, (an award-winning gospel artist) Lockett searched high and low to find cute and comfortable gear that displayed black women as the art they are.

They saw a need for clothing with faces that look like theirs, so they created graphics tees that really represent them. After sharing their business model with their mother, Ronda Gray, a cardiovascular intensive care nurse, she decided to join her daughters as a business partner behind the scenes and the rest is history. It’s been a family affair ever since.

We spoke to Kimberly, Keyondra and Ronda about their growing empire...

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Checkout How Dr. Cameka Smith Helps Raise $1.5M in Funding for Black Woman-Owned Businesses

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DR. CAMEKA SMITH MAKES HISTORY, RAISES $1.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR BLACK WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Dr. Cameka Smith, CEO and Founder of The BOSS Network, an online community of professional and entrepreneurial women who support each other through digital content, programs, and event-based networking, continues to support the success of Black women entrepreneurs as it celebrates its 14th anniversary.

In addition, she has partnered with Sage, the global market leader for technology that provides small and medium businesses with the visibility, flexibility, and efficiency to manage finances, operations, and people, for the launch of the Sage “Invest in Progress” Grant Program, a $1.5 million dollar commitment to Black woman-owned businesses for over three years.

As Black business ownership continues to grow in the U.S., Black women entrepreneurs are experiencing an increasing rise despite a challenging economic forecast.

Smith launched the organization to promote and encourage the small business spirit and career development of women of color. Under Smith’s leadership, The BOSS Network (which stands for “Bringing Out Successful Sisters”) has become one of the fastest-growing women’s communities.

Learn How This Young Black Lawyers Organization Is Mobilizing To Defeat Black Voter Suppression.

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Abdul Dosunmu, Founder of Young Black Lawyers’ Organizing Coalition, is Mobilizing One of Black America’s Largest Efforts to Resist Voter Suppression for the Midterm Elections

Over 300 Lawyers and Law Students will lead the Massive Seven-State "Black Ballots, Black Futures 2022"
Voter Protection Organizing Campaign
Abdul Dosunmu, the founder, and chief strategist of the Young Black Lawyers' Organizing Coalition

As Black voters prepare to cast their ballots in the critical 2022 midterm elections amid sweeping new voter suppression laws across the country, the Young Black Lawyers' Organizing Coalition (YBLOC) today launched its "Black Ballots, Black Futures 2022" voter protection organizing campaign.

Over 300 young Black lawyers and law students will span across Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas to host voter protection education sessions in partnership with the community institutions Black Voters know and trust.

The seven-state push will be among the largest Black-led voter education efforts to train Black voters to identify and resist voter suppression tactics to ensure that their ballots are counted.

These sessions aim to equip an estimated 60,000 Black voters with the information they need to protect their vote and help amplify this message in their communities.

"YBLOC is mobilizing one of the most ambitious voter protection organizing campaigns in history because inclusive democracy hangs in the balance in November," said Abdul Dosunmu, YBLOC's founder and chief strategist. "Our intention is to proactively ready Black voters to do what we have always done: fight the barriers of voter suppression and insist on our right to be heard."

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Acclaimed Gospel Star Keyondra Lockett Pays Homage To Living Legend Anita Baker

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Billboard Gospel Artist Keyondra Lockett
Shows Love to Anita Baker
in Her New "You Your Love" 
Live Session Performance Video!

Gospel singer and songwriter Keyondra Lockett shows love in her new You Your Love (Live Session) performance to Anita Baker with a special music run snippet of "Caught up in the Rapture" from the iconic singer's song at the end of her live music video.

The Billboard award-winning gospel singer said, "Anita Baker is a phenomenal artist, songwriter, arranger, and producer.  She is also a woman of faith and one of my favorite artists." 

On August 19th to the surprise of her fans, Keyondra dropped her second single, You Your Love, ahead of her highly anticipated album, "Cornerstone." Click the video below and listen to the You Your Love Live Session Video by Keyondra Lockett


Returning from the success of Made A Way Remix from Bella Dawn Music and MNRK Music - Nashville indie distribution division, Indie Blu Digital Distribution, Billboard award-winning gospel artist and songwriter releases yet another gem, You Your Love, now available across all digital outlets.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Largest Black-Owned Law Firm in California Led by Father-Daughter Duo Recognized

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LARGEST BLACK-OWNED LAW FIRM IN CALIFORNIA LED BY FATHER-DAUGHTER DUO RECOGNIZED BY AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF TRIAL LAWYERS

Led by attorney Zulu Ali and his daughter, attorney Whitney Ali, the Law Offices of Zulu Ali & Associates, LLP, the largest Black-owned law firm in California’s Inland Empire, has been named Best Law Firm by The American Institute of Trial Lawyers.

The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only professional organization composed of premier law firms and trial attorneys from each state. These law firms and attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications. Each law firm must meet stringent qualifications. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process that includes peer nominations and third-party research. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

Inspired by the legacy of civil rights attorneys Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and Avon Williams, Jr., the Law Offices of Zulu Ali & Associates, LLP was founded in 2007 by Attorney Zulu Ali with a focus on representing persons accused of crimes, immigrants, and persons seeking civil justice in state and federal courts.

Founder and Principal Attorney, Zulu Ali, is a former police officer and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He earned a juris doctorate in law (J.D.) from Trinity International University; a masters in Administration of Justice (M.S.) and business (M.B.A.) from the University of Phoenix; a degree with a focus on African studies from Regents College through a consortium with Tennessee State University; and is a doctoral scholar researching pan-African business and trade at California Southern University.

82-Year And 77-Year Old Black Female Swimmers Makes History

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82 AND 77-YEAR OLD BLACK FEMALE SWIMMERS MAKE HISTORY AFTER COMPETING IN NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES

Ann Smith (age 82) and Madeline Murphy Rabb (age 77) are two African American swimmers who competed in the 2022 National Senior Games and were the only Black women to compete in their age group.

A documentary short called Team Dream from award-winning filmmaker Luchina Fisher follows their story and will debut at Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in August (and then on BET in the fall) thanks to Procter & Gamble’s initiative Widen the Screen and Queen Collective.

Despite being omitted from the history books, Africans and African Americans have a long history of swimming. Team Dream sheds light on the lack of access to pools for Blacks during segregation that resulted in fewer Blacks learning how to swim.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Gospel Music Royalty Keyondra Lockett To Give Special Tribute To Iconic Entertainer Jody Watley

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 Billboard Chart Topping
Gospel Singer/Songwriter
Keyondra Lockett to Perform a Musical Tribute
Honoring Iconic Superstar Jody Watley at
Women Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in
Washington, D.C. 
Award-winning gospel singer/songwriter Keyondra Lockett

2022 Women Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee, iconic singer/songwriter Jody Watley.

Music royalty gospel singer Keyondra Lockett is confirmed to perform a special musical tribute honoring iconic superstar/singer/songwriter Jody Watley, a Grammy winning pioneer in music, video, fashion and style at the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame (WSHOF) Induction Gala on August 27th in Washington, D.C.

"I am excited to have been selected to perform a special tribute to the one and only Ms. Jody Watley. She is beautiful, classy, and a legend known all around the world," says Lockett. "This will be one of those incredible and memorable moments for me to cherish a lifetime."

WSHOF honors women whose body of work represents the best of the heritage and legacy of modern American music and pay homage to noteworthy female songwriters. This year's 2022 inductee class include: Jody Watley, Loretta Lynn, Gloria Estefan, Siedah Garrett, Indigo Girls, Doe, Junko Yagami, Rose Marie McCoy and Marilyn Bergman (Posthumously).

"I'm thrilled to be included as an honoree with my other esteemed songwriter peers at the event," says Watley. "I would also like to thank Janice McLean DeLoatch and the WSHOF committee members for selecting me to be inducted into the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame. It is truly an honor."

The stellar event will take place at George Washington University, 2121 I Street NW, Washington, DC and celebrate some of music’s finest songwriters and composers in a magnificent moment to mark their careers and their classics. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, visit womensongwritershalloffame.org

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Chicago’s First Ever Black-Owned Portable LaserTag Company

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FATHER AND SON LAUNCH CHICAGO’S FIRST EVER BLACK-OWNED PORTABLE LASERTAG COMPANY


Meet Jermaine Young and his son, Terriquee, the founders of MKETag, the first Black-owned renowned portable laser tag event production company based in Chicago, IL. The company has been approved by The Chicago Park District to launch the LaserTag in the Park AfterDark series across local community parks in June 2022.

MKETag is thrilled to announce the company’s expansion into Chicago this summer with the launch of the LaserTag in the Park AfterDark series coming this June. The series’ first pop-up event will be held at Humboldt Park and will continue into Millennium Park, Grant (Ulysses) Park, Lincoln Park, and Garfield Park throughout the summer. These public events are approved by The Chicago Park District and will include our 1,500 square-foot enclosed laser tag arena equipped with LED lights, neon fog, air-conditioning, a vortex of wind tunnels, and a 360-degree sound system that the community is sure to enjoy all summer long.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

See How Top African Artists Thrill Fans as Laurie Fonhoue Wins African Most Beautiful USA Pageant 2022

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Fameye, Akwaboah, Others Thrill Fans as Cameroon’s Laurie Fonhoue Wins African Most Beautiful USA 2022 Crown

The Second edition of the much anticipated African Most Beautiful USA pageant www.ambusa.org sponsored by the Abofem Area Foundation, Inc. www.abofremareafoundation.org came off July 23rd in New York City, USA.

The event happened on the plush Cornucopia Majesty Yacht with beautiful display of rich African culture among contestants and exciting performances from top Artistes.

Musicians Fameye, Akwaboah, Taylor Jaye, Jay Hover and more took center stage to thrill audience with back to back hit songs with DJ RBNice on the turntables throughout the night as the contestants battled it out for the ultimate crown.

This year’s edition of African Most Beautiful USA pageant saw contestants from several African countries including Ghana, Kenya, Gambia, Cameroon, Nigeria, among others competing for the ultimate crown, car and cash.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Learn About The History Of The 2.5 Billion Dollar Black Hair Industry

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The Family Journal, USA and Overseas African American Cosmetology of Barbers, Hairdressers, Beauticians and Hairstylists Hall of Fame First-Ballot Inductees 2022

Since 1863 and Anthony Overton (1865-1946), Black entrepreneur hygienic success, the African American black hair industry has blossomed into a 2.5 billion dollars-plus business of loyal customers, accessories, various hair care services, products, and many more hall of famers. By HBCU ECSU Author Dr. Charles L. Singleton

Rodrick Samuels, Red Road, South Carolina and Wife Lauren Moser’s success is historically connected to cosmetology legends dating back to his early upbringing in his hometown of Summerville, South Carolina.

Detroit, Michigan via Summerville, South Carolina

Rodrick Samuels (2022) is a leading industry educator, barber and activist. Read his story to learn more about how he overcame hurdles to build his career. His wife, Lauren Moser’s enthusiasm and incomparable abilities are responsible for her successful rise as one of the most well recognized curly hair care specialists and freelance educators.” --- A writer’s comment

Rodrick Samuels, Director of Education at Hair Lab Detroit Barber School, Detroit, MI

Meet leading educator, Rodrick Samuels (probeauty.org)   

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Checkout How Porter + Craig Film and Media Distribution Is Changing The Game In The Entertainment Industry

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Veteran Hollywood Executives
Jeff Porter and Keith L. Craig Join Forces
to Form Powerhouse
Porter + Craig Film and Media Distribution
Left to Right: Jeff Porter and Keith L. Craig, founders of Porter + Craig Film and Media

Hollywood’s newest and most exciting domestic and international film distribution agency, Porter + Craig Film and Media (pcfilmandmedia) is going full throttle, third quarter, in 2022; forming out of the merger of two energetic industry veterans, Sgt. Major, KEITH L. CRAIG (Ret.) and JEFF PORTER, who have made a monumental impact on both indie and studio film releasing over the past decade.
 
The agile, multi-industry Leader, and Executive, KEITH L. CRAIG is a
32-year veteran of the US Army who retired as a highly decorated Sergeant Major (Ret.), former Professional Athlete, is also and International Best Selling Author and Award Winning Entertainment Executive. 

Hailing from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures as the former Manager of Central Division theatrical sales and distribution, CRAIG contributed to the development and distribution strategies of the multi-billion ($3B) dollar portfolio which encapsulates the STAR WARS and AVENGERS franchises, the iconic Black Panther film, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards—winning three, and the Oscar-winning movie, COCO.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Does Addressing The Racial Wealth Gap Demand A HIGHER Consciousness Of Woke Financial Literacy?

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Why In A World Of Systemic Racism Financial Literacy Requires A HIGHGER Woke Level Of Consciousness To Be Truly Empowering

By Kamau Austin, Publisher Scoop Publications

In June, 2022 a compelling meme circulated on Facebook alluding to the 400-year head start whites have over Blacks in the US economic system.  It was ironic in that it was being shared in a Black group on a social media platform with a leaning towards conservative "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" types.  You know the types - they regurgitate the usual ole tropes about Blacks.

This Meme On Social Media ignited negative tropes about Black people. 

For instance the following are some stereotypical tropes perpetuated by Black conservatives or financial coaches about the lack of Black financial success:
  • Blacks can't achieve financial literacy because we're trying to achieve acceptance with consumerism.
  • Blacks don't achieve wealth because we don't understand investments and buy real estate.
  • Blacks aren't knowledgeable or disciplined in terms of credit. 
These tropes, while having some truthful claims about some Blacks, puts the onus of the present inequality in wealth concentration between whites and Blacks squarely on clueless or undisciplined African Americans.  These stereotypes side step the fact Blacks, in the past and presently, are fighting systemic economic racism, marginalized business ownership, and industry isolation.

It should be obvious individuals can't beat systems by themselves so financial literacy should evolve beyond just having insights on getting a mortgage, Debt to Income (DTI) ratios, and investing in stocks and bonds.  Financial literacy for Blacks should also extend to new technical tools, political, social, and economic advocacy to gain more economic empowerment and collective wealth creation.  Let's review a small synopsis of systemic racism in the past and in more present times that contributes to the lack of Black wealth.  Let's touch on some solutions beyond the typical ones floated to develop more Black wealth... 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Black-Owned, All-Natural Wave Pomade With Organic Ingredients

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BLACK ENTREPRENEUR TAKES HAIR CARE INDUSTRY BY STORM, LAUNCHES ALL-NATURAL WAVE POMADE WITH ORGANIC INGREDIENTS


Meet Umar Clark, the founder and CEO of Sheesh 360, an all-natural wave pomade brand that everyone in the hair wave community is talking about. His 100% organic product is made from beeswax, jojoba oil, shea butter, water, coconut oil, and argan oil.

Fastest Growing Black-Owned Community of Mental Health Professionals

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FOUNDERS LAUNCH FASTEST GROWING BLACK-OWNED COMMUNITY OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS




 Clinicians of Color is a community of mental health professionals whose mission is to connect BIPOC mental health communities to services. Clinicians of Color was founded by Lisa Savage, LCSW, and Kim L. Knight five years ago. These two mental health professionals met on Facebook and immediately clicked. They realized that Black and Brown therapists were doing amazing things but often overlooked. So, Lisa and Kim decided to create a platform to elevate Black and Brown therapists and provide them with support, training, and a welcoming community.

Since its inception, Clinicians of Color has increased to a community of 20k members. They believe strongly in the power of community and engage in ongoing activities to cultivate the community.

After the killing of George Floyd, it became amply evident that the Black communities needed mental health services but accessing them was challenging. Many in these communities were unaware of the resources and sought to connect with therapists who represented their race and understood their cultural nuances. Clinicians of Color heard the call and decided to create a mental health directory to help connect communities to therapists who look like them. Their objective was to make it easier for Black and Brown people to find a therapist. The directory has therapists representing almost every state with various specialties. To learn more about the directory, visit CliniciansofColor.org

Book, Black Man Stopped British From Invading U.S. Capitol

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BOOK SERIES REVEALS HOW A BLACK MAN FOUGHT TO STOP THE BRITISH FROM BURNING THE U.S. CAPITOL IN 1814


 North Carolina-based writer Gary V. Brill is very pleased to announce the release of the second volume of his critically acclaimed historical fiction series JOURNEY: The Story of an American Family.

This chapter in the struggle begins in 1814 as James Woodman, a freeborn young Black man, fights in the District Militia to repel the invading British who aim to burn the Capitol. Even though he personally risked all to save our Founding Documents, he knew the promises they made were not always kept to people who looked like him.

After the British defeat, he decides it’s time to start a family, so he buys the freedom of Abigail from her “master”, Francis Scott Key, a neighbor who also served in the District Militia. He and Abigail, with the help of Luke, a young runaway James had secretly moved to the farm his father bought after his service in the Revolution, begin to build a home and a life together.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Althea Gibson Autobiography “I Always Wanted to Be Somebody” Re-Released

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ALTHEA GIBSON AUTOBIOGRAPHY “I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE SOMEBODY” RE-RELEASED

I Always Wanted To Be Somebody, the autobiography of tennis legend Althea Gibson, has been re-released by New Chapter Press.

Originally published in 1960, the book had fallen out of circulation and was only available for exorbitant prices by book resellers. However, New Chapter Press, a leading publisher of tennis books, worked with the Althea Gibson family, estate, and the newly formed Althea Gibson Community Tennis Association to republish the book and make it available for the masses at a reasonable $19.95 price ($9.95 via Amazon Kindle).

A portion of sales for the book will benefit the Althea Gibson Community Tennis Association.

I Always Wanted To Be Somebody is the intimate and candid story of a girl who grew up in the asphalt environs of Harlem, skipping school, drinking hard liquor, stealing, and fist-fighting, but went on to break the color barrier in tennis and achieve the pinnacle of the sport by winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships and becoming an inspiration for many future champions.