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Announcement: QLIUSN Group's First Book Fair

My Meetup group decided to host a low-cost (to authors) book fair since many book fairs, we discovered, overcharge for tables, making it nearly impossible for authors to make a profit.  Please share this information with as many authors are you know and, of course, please come out with family and friends as book lovers. Authors who want to be vendors should email me at Ayapressbooks@aol.com.  Tables start as low as $50. Peace, Marcia…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on July 11, 2013 at 10:26am — No Comments

JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON RALLY IN HEMPSTEAD On Saturday, March 31!

MAYOR WAYNE HALL AND OTHERS WILL SPEAK AT A RALLY TO FIGHT FOR JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN. COME OUT AND BE A PART OF THIS NATIONAL MOVEMENT! RALLY BEGINS AT 1 PM AT BRIERLY PARK (ACROSS FROM THE VILLAGE TOWN HALL ON NICHOLS COURT).…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on March 28, 2012 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

Who Really Killed Trayvon Martin?

I could go on and on about the murder of Trayvon Martin, but I want to watch the Trayvon Martin special that's coming on BET tonight. Yes, I could get my news from a variety of sources, but none of these sources is handling this story with the sensitivity it deserves.  For example, news personality (I can't call the man a journalist anymore since he has fallen very far from that tree) Geraldo Rivera was quoted as advising African-American parents not to allow their teenage sons to wear…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on March 26, 2012 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Last Long Island Performance of Sistas on Fire: Free at Nassau Community College Tuesday, 2/28 at 11:30 am!

PLEASE JOIN ME THIS COMING TUESDAY, 2/28/12 AT 11:30 AM FOR WHAT MAY BE THE LAST LONG ISLAND PERFORMANCE OF SISTAS ON FIRE: A NEWSICAL! IT'S LAST, BUT NOT LEAST: WE ARE CURRENTLY NEGOTIATING FOR A SPACE IN MANHATTAN!  THIS EXCERPT WILL LAST APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR, SO PLEASE BE ON TIME.

--PEACE, MARCIA…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on February 26, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments

Tales to Inspire Contest

I received the following contest announcement, which I'd like to share with you. Please keep in mind that the deadline for submissions is February 29, 2012. Visit the website for additional details. --Peace, Marcia

Write up an Inspiring Tale to enter a contest to inspire others with the power of your words. If you are a Winner, your story will be published in an e-book along with a brief bio, your photo (optional) and a link to your website or…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on January 17, 2012 at 6:40am — 2 Comments

Michelle Duster, the Great-Granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, Lecture at Nassau Community College

Michelle Duster, the Great-Granddaughter of Ida B. Wells,

Lecture at Nassau Community College

In conjunction with the Twenty-Third National African American Read-In, the Black History Month Committee of Nassau Community College is proud to…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on January 8, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Cain, Get a Brain

Cain, Get a Brain!

…so you can stop letting your little head do all the thinking!

Herman Cain’s candidacy is insulting to me for a myriad of reasons. For one thing, I always suspected that his quest for the Republican nomination was some sort of gimmick. Do the Republicans really think that Obama won because he was black? Secondly, we all know Big Business runs America, but suggesting…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on December 2, 2011 at 10:37pm — 1 Comment

GUAAC MEETING TOMORROW SATURDAY, DEC. 3 AT HOFSTRA

A MESSAGE FROM GUAAC:

Hello All

 Best Wishes of Thanksgiving and the Season!   We send a sincere "Thank You!" to you as individuals and leaders who are stepping up with a unified voice to improve the outcomes for Our Uniondale Area. Teamwork so far is showing results and it is inspirational!  There is a Big GUAAC Meeting on…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on December 2, 2011 at 8:03am — No Comments

When Jingle Bells Become Jingle Sales! Resist Holiday Commercialism!

Who isn't sick of holiday commercialism? Christmas decorations go up before Thanksgiving, and who has time to be thankful when you're camping out in front of Walmart (or some other store) on Thanksgiving day! As opposed to jingle bells, we're hearing jingle sales, encouraging us to overspend while simultaneously being blamed for living beyond our means. If you're seeing red instead of sugar…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on November 30, 2011 at 4:39pm — No Comments

EBook Anthology to Support John’s Place Homeless Outreach Needs Stories

 

An eBook short story anthology is being created that will feature the works of volunteer writers on the topic of, “Making a Difference.”  One hundred percent of the royalties from the eBook sales will go to John’s Place Mattituck Homeless…
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Added by Marcia L. McNair on November 21, 2011 at 8:35am — 1 Comment

Prof. Joylette Samuels on Rememory: Memoir and Testimony of Women Human Rights Activists in the Global South

Nassau Community College Professor Joylette Samuels, and Coordinator of the Women's Studies Project at NCC, discusses her dissertation entitled Rememory: Memoir and Testimony of Women Human Rights Activists in the Global South. Professor Samuels arges that women who suffer under patriarchal rule trauma have lifelong effects. She incorporates the work of both Toni Morrison and James Baldwin to…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on November 4, 2011 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Black to the Roots: Reggae's Rise, Downpression, and Reascension Part II: Interview with Dr. Shabazz

Black to the Roots: Reggae's Rise, Downpression, and Reascension Part II: Interview with Dr. Shabazz

 

Tune in for a reprise of one of my most popular episodes: a discussion of the past, present and future of reggae music with author and educator, Dr. R.A. Ptahsen-Shabazz. His book, Black to the Roots: Reggae's Rise, Downpression, and…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on September 28, 2011 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Is College A Big Scam?

It may seem shocking to some of you that I am covering this topic on the next radio show episode, but I am not afraid to go where no professor has gone before! LOL.

 

If you want to know what I think, you'll have to listen to the show. However, I will say this: People are questioning the credentialing process like never before, because their degrees don't seem to be translating into jobs.  Students and parents…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on September 23, 2011 at 9:20am — No Comments

Stop the Execution of Troy Davis

Hi,



Troy Davis could be executed as soon as September 21, 2011 for a crime he did not commit. Davis is on death row in Georgia for the 1991 murder of Police Officer Mark MacPhail. However since his conviction, seven of the nine witnesses who testified against him have recanted and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime.  No one should be executed when there are so many doubts about guilt. It is more important than ever that we continue to let Georgia authorities know that we… Continue

Added by Marcia L. McNair on September 19, 2011 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Why Jamal Can't Read: Children's Literacy Is This Year's Harlem Book Fair on LI Theme



The 2011 Harlem Book Fair on Long Island promises to be more than a…
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Added by Marcia L. McNair on September 10, 2011 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Harlem Book Fair Comes to Long Island!

I am actually glad that I am posting this announcement on SOF later than I did for my Meetup Group. The details changed substantially from what was originally noted on the Museum's calendar. Here's the latest, hot off of the presses, for all my sistas!

Please note that you will also have the opportunity to be a part of a very important project, which seeks to detail family legacies by offering free portraits during the course of the book fair. Eight professional…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on September 7, 2011 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Announcement: Manuscripts and Proposals Wanted for the Harriet Tubman Series

A Letter from the General Editor of the Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora:



In this United Nations recognized International Year for People of African Descent, it is fitting that the Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora, a collaboration between Africa World Press and the Harriet Tubman Institute at York University, announces the publication of several new books…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on September 6, 2011 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Meet Michelle Duster, the Great-Granddaughter of Ida B. Wells

Well, you can imagine how excited I am! Not only is Ida B. Wells one of my sheroes, but Michelle and I have the very same goals as writers! We'll be talking about how to write the wrongs by examining the role of African American female writers past and present.

 

Writer Michelle Duster, who compiled and edited Ida: In Her Own Words and Ida From Abroad,  shares insights about her great-grandmother's legacy as…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on September 1, 2011 at 4:28pm — 2 Comments

Don't Miss Elaine Gross of ERASE Racism



Elaine Gross, president and founder of ERASE Racism, will be my guest next Monday, 8/29, from 6-7pm on BlogTalk. You won't want to miss this one, especially if you want to know what you can be doing now to fight racism in its current and most deadliest form. Today's form of racism is worse…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on August 22, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

SOF Radio Is Back

SOF Radio kicks off an exciting new season of interviews with today’s newsmakers, focusing on the current events which inspired Sistas on Fire: A Newsical.  In the first episode, I'll read selections, provide commentary, and answer your questions about my first novel, E-Males. The characters may not be real, but their issues are!

 

The focus will be on a character you haven't heard much about: the sassy, streetwise Johnesha. Johnesha is a composite of many of my previous…

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Added by Marcia L. McNair on August 18, 2011 at 9:06am — No Comments

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