Exposing Politics – Oscar Sanders Book Review

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Blurb:

Poetry is the creative assessment of personal, political, societal observations, and lessons.
The spoken word is the dramatic theatrical audio facsimile of those same observations and lessons using metaphors, impersonations, facial expressions, and inflections.
Exposing Politics: A Collection of Poetry is a cache of mostly political spoken word poetry, some prose, a few remarks, and personal quotes-people familiar my solo pop-up performances or my plays have seen and heard in: Exposing Politics: A Play of Acts and Diplomacy: The Act of Listening Before You Speak. Dubbed the Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney of spoken word, Oscar Sanders’ heartbeat bellows though this book!
Exposing Politics points fingers at the systems and processes that manifest and harvest inequality and discrimination in America and globally using spoken word as the catalyst! Exposing describes through the modality of spoken word poetry, a litany of real life examples of bigotry and racism unleashed upon people of color. Meditate. Contemplate. Laugh. Cry. Enjoy! In the end, it’s entertainment! Oh, and education.

 

 

Queenie’s Review

This is a collection of raw and uncut spoken words. This was so deep I had to put the book down to let my mind resonate with the author’s words. This is a powerful piece of literature that needs to be read. The poems were insightful, educational, and brutally honest. I applaud the author for writing such a knowledgeable piece of poetry at this time, with the way our country is right now. The author breaks down his political views, unrest, and unjust in a book meant for us. Some of the poems have current events that are happening right now that brings tears to my eyes. Hats off to the author Oscar Sanders. I give this collection of political poetry five stars.

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New Releases for July 7, 2020

 

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Freedom, We Sing  by  Amyra Leon

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As powerful as it is beautiful, Freedom, We Sing is a lyrical picture book designed to inspire and give hope to readers around the world. Molly Mendoza’s immersive, lush illustrations invite kids to ponder singer/songwriter Amyra León’s poem about what it means to be free. It’s the perfect book for parents who want a way to gently start the conversation with their kids about finding hope in these very tense times we are living in.

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About the Author

Amyra Leon is musician, performer, and poet from New York City. She has collaborated and performed for the BBC, Roundhouse, Amnesty International, and many more. An alumna of the Nuyorican Slam Team, Amy fuses music and poetry through powerfully transparent performances focusing on social inequalities and celebrating love, blackness, and what it means to be a woman.

 

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I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison

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Summer is over, and this little girl has got the school spirit! She hears the school spirit in the bus driving up the street–VROOM, VROOM!–and in the bell sounding in the halls–RING-A-DING! She sings the school spirit in class with her friends–ABC, 123!

The school spirit helps us all strive and grow. What will you learn today?

Connie Schofield-Morrison

About the Author

Connie SchofieldMorrison is a mother, author, and entrepreneur. She spent most of her childhood reading and writing poetry, songs, and fairy tales. At the age of 19, Connie married her high school sweetheart Frank D. Morrison, a professional dancer.

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Catch That Chicken! by Atinuke

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Lami is the best chicken catcher in the whole village. Her sister may be speedy at spelling, her friend fast at braiding hair, and her brother brave with bulls, but when it comes to chickens, nobody is faster or braver than Lami. That is, until the day when Lami chases a little too fast, up the baobab tree, and reaches a little too far . . . ow! How can she catch chickens with an ankle that’s puffed up like an angry lizard? Could it be, as Nana Nadia says, that quick thinking is more important than quick running? Award-winning author Atinuke celebrates Nigerian village life in a story vibrantly illustrated by Angela Brooksbank with a universal message at its heart.

Atinuke

About the Author

Atinuke is a Nigerian-born author who started her career as an oral storyteller. She is the author of B Is for Baby and Baby Goes to Market, which was named a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book and an Africana Best Book. Her other books include a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor winner, an International Reading Association Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Cybils Award winner. She lives in Wales.

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Cinderella Is Dead  by Kalynn Bayron

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It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than a parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her stepsisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

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About the Author

Kalynn Bayron is a debut author and classically trained vocalist. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she’s not writing you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, attending the theater, watching scary movies, and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with her family.

 

Book Spotlight: Poverty to Prosperity – Nick Anderson

 

Which five words best describe From Poverty to Prosperity?

Love, Change, Growth, Faith, and Peace!

 

Can you share one highlight from the book?

A true leader knows how to relinquish his control to those whom he serves, as this is where true leadership bonds are formed.  Neither power nor control will sustain over time as these are merely weak bonds build upon a feeling of superiority.  Those who understand the importance of being an enabler to the talents of the people they serve will allow them to be a vital part of the team’s success.  If you want to truly be a leader, empower and enable the people around you.  Inclusion is where the best and brightest lights get their shine.  Be willing to dim your light just a little and see how much of a difference it will make in others.

 

What is the purpose of this book?

I wrote this book to help share life’s journey of Love, Growth, and Change with others who have struggled with overcoming the pitfalls that life throws at us.  No matter where you are on your journey, you can elevate yourself from your present environment and experience life at its’ fullest.  My writings will help educate the reader on how to overcome their barriers while at the same time educating them of other 

 

 Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread? 

One common theme you will find in my works is around breaking Generational Curses.  “Some of the biggest challenges in life stem from the struggle to break generational curses.” 

 

 

Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest? 

The part that was the most fun to write about was the places that I have traveled to in the past and the great people I met along the way.  The most difficult part to write about was the memories of seeing my younger brother’s lifeless body laid on a gurney and the pain my loved ones and I were experiencing in that moment.

 

 

Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?  

I had to learn to use an outhouse when I was very young due to use not having running water.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

My writings not only help you with examining your past, but they also provide insight into what is happening right now in the world along with insight on the future to come.

Author Deidre M. Bastain Questionnaire

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Tell us about yourself.

My name is Deidre M.  Bastian and I was born on the island of Nassau, New Providence in the Bahamas and I am a mother of two with a 6-year-old granddaughter.  Subsequently, I am an alumna of Prince William Baptist High and Nova Southeastern University with a career path in Graphic Design and Brand Marketing.  

Subsequently as a means to give back; I am a dedicated primary school volunteer reader, notwithstanding a devoted columnist to the Bahamas Tribune newspaper company for over (12) years imparting knowledge to the wider community. Moreover in late 2019, not only did I publish my first book “Unplug- Take Back Your Power” but I recently completed a life coach certification joining a diverse list of mentors as a counselor.  All the same, I still find relaxation in gardening, light weight lifting, and spending time with my family.  

On a personal note, I am a strong conduit for success and growth and as a believer, I also hold a genuine concern towards serving humanity. I am a member of the New Light Ministry and my mandate for peace in accordance with my spiritual value is always a priority. Typically I am reserved in my beliefs but very analytical and forthright especially towards injustice.

Tell us about your book.

The name of my book is called Unplug “take back your power” and its potent chapters are not only stimulating but mind changing as it challenges readers to a take on a new way of thinking.  I have not only used psychological theories, spiritual wisdom, or real-life examples but concepts of common sense; motivating readers towards a deeper introspection to overcoming adversities.

Actually, I didn’t just spring up one day and began writing; this book is prophetic in its nature. It was prophesied by a well-known Prophet known as Prophet DeMarco Grant, who declared that I would write “this book” and it would become a “best seller”.  The rest was history.

What is your genre/style of writing?

My genre is motivation with an objective to influence, empower, and encourage.  This is my call.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?

I believe just as there is no “perfect time” or “perfect energy” for exercise at a gym, the same view may hold true for writers.  When writing it is challenging to select “perfect moments’ ‘ as there is none…. especially if we are balancing a family or an overwhelming lifestyle.  Admittedly some days I didn’t feel motivated and just wanted to sleep, but I fought against distractions and writer’s block and made it happen.  Thankfully due to my conditioning through writing articles each month, I understood the power of making it happen.

Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?

I believe at its basic level the overall benefit or an end result to writing is sharing and by and large, that’s what writers do. I accept it as true that writers are connectors and have the potential to unite or bond with larger crowds through books than they normally do in real life.

In the same manner, since obviously, writers require isolation to flow, this perspective may somehow re-form opinions of classifying them as not having a loner tendency” and but rather a “writer’s necessity”.

Do you think writers have a normal life like others?

Taking nothing away from this concept, it is my humble opinion that writers are indeed exceptional people. My perspective may be based on their ability to construct words that transform the lives of others. How does this contribute to a greater good? They offer messages of hope with opportunities t0 learn and grow. Contrary to popular belief, I think finding a common ground where we can all respect each other’s journey is a great model to start from. By the same token, their ability to identify a story in simple conversations, find meaning in small things, or move readers from tears to laughter sounds pretty much like a noble human being in my view.

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What would you say is the hardest aspect of writing?

Actually, the hardest aspect of writing was “starting”.  At this point, I realized that in spite of what’s happening around me, I had to get into my headspace and begin to work.  It is wise to look to this big world and recognize that it speaks to us in so many ways, giving us something to write about every single day.  By accepting this viewpoint, it was clear to me that if I hung around too long in a dugout I would never hit a homeroom, thus I brushed off and made it happen.

What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?

I love the feeling of waking up to an air of creativity that’s flowing … it’s cool, not only when I am writing but designing as well. It is definitely a feeling of accomplishment when my ducks are all lined up in a row. At this juncture, I can finally exhale and move my ideas along smoothly.

Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?

Previously I was really bad but with consistency, I gracefully improved at a comfortable pace of articulation and transitioning ideas to the next thought. I now have an appreciation for simple but effective words and I am still a work in progress.

Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it?

My book was published by a publishing company in Nassau Bahamas called One Rib Publication. They did an exceptional job at editing and I am overly pleased by their professionalism.

What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?

Besides being well written, it should always deliver on the promise or the expectations of which it was promoted. Transparency is a must.

What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?

Principally a book will always be adjudicated by its cover, there’s no other way.  When a book is sitting on a shelf, the only component shoppers have to base their split-second judgment on is the cover or the title.  Both elements should not work in isolation as together they are powerful motivators to hitting the “buy” button. By extension, human beings are regarded as visual creatures and it is unlikely that their eyes will be attracted to a book if the (cover) is failing.  Equally, it is a great achievement to publish a book but having a failing cover it may never leave the shelf despite hyped marketing.

How do you feel about reviews?

Writers are always uneasy about feedback; especially backlash and criticisms but on the contrary, I regard reviews as an opportunity to get some critical feedback and grow. Surely some readers may disagree politely, while others may be uncouth but one rule of thumb is to never defend or explain.  Standing on this principle, it’s wise to know that when in pursuit of anything innovative or groundbreaking, prepare to be misunderstood, “You’re now in the game.”  However, appreciate the reviews, focus on your inner genius and move on…you’ll do just fine. I promise!

Do you read any of your own work?

I sometimes find myself scanning through a few pages every now and then especially when searching for reference or motivation.

Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?

Writing is a versatile communication; it’s not always what is said but how it is being said.  I am not completely certain if my style is much different from others in my genre, but my aim is mere to unrest a larger truth as we all possess diverse expectations and beliefs. It is my hope that this book does not unveil a blessing, but conveys a voice that readers not only want to hear but also delivers a message that was begging to be written.

What is your motivation for writing?

Many people are broken and many are filled with very bad stories however if the use of my small voice via this platform can uncover and dispense healing, then I would’ve fulfilled a need.  Truly a liberating force can be so powerful especially when we use our gifts to serve others, as only then can self-discovery begin.  So yes, this is who I am and we all deserve a chance to pursue our full measure of purpose through service.

How much of yourself did you put into your book?

Here is one unifying factor; when you’ve found joy and inner peace your sole desire is to spread seeds with hopes of becoming a beacon of light to others. This sprinkle of my personal belief and conviction is not uncommon as I know readers will only respect me through the lenses of my own truth. Notably, as we move through life, pieces of us tend to chip off while other pieces are discovered through some degree of reality. In fact, along this journey, I was conscious of my ability to not only heal a wound but carefully so as not to re-open one.

What books have influenced your life the most?

There are so many powerful books on the market and I’m always on the lookout for kindred souls; in particular, I appreciate the books of an author that shared the same Bahamian soil as me, The Late Dr. Myles Munroe.  He was not only a great author but an amazing teacher. His books have not only moved me but have influenced my way of thinking on a deeper level.

If you were to rate your best work, how would you rate it?

Being an avid reader and now Author my opinion may be pitched, but I accept this school of thought “as true”….. “If I place a small value on myself, rest assured the world will not raise my price”. It seems natural that an author’s rating edifies their struggles and labor so I would not consent to an Author’s status to deny my entitlement to an opinion of my own work. Like many I too consider my book to be a great read and certainly, I will embrace any opportunity to rate it honestly.

What is the biggest take away from your book?

The biggest takeaway is a simple plea of introspection. We all host our personal realities but sometimes we are searching for the right message but in the wrong people or places.  Master the skill of digging deeper through honesty:  Am I guarding my peace against toxic people?, “Am I the weapon formed against myself that’s preventing me from prospering?,   Am I being held captive by my own cage of unforgiveness?, Am I still shrinking myself  and imprisoned by others negative opinions?”;  and overall, are you spiritually and mentally ok? Each of these questions is significant and if you are on the fence then there’s work to be done…Get yourself a copy to “Unplug and take back your power”

 Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?

My first bit of advice to my younger self would be to “take the pressure off yourself”; it is not critical to have your entire life figured out in neither your 20’s nor 30’s. Set passionate goals but make progress slowly. There is a natural order to life and the answer you need will arrive not a minute sooner and not a minute later.

What advice would you give an aspiring writer?

“Write the book that “you” desperately would like to read and believe entirely in the story “you” want to tell.  No one else sees the world quite the same as you. Use small words in a creative manner and surely your writing will get better with practice. Never allow parked cars to discourage you and never spend time comparing your life to others, your vision need only make sense to you. Find your magic!

Where can we buy or see your books?

UNPLUG Take back your power can be found on Facebook, Amazon;  Logos BookStore, and One Rib Publications in Nassau Bahamas.

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Book of the Day:  All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color – Jina Ortiz

Book of the Day:  All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color – Jina Ortiz

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All about Skin features twenty-seven stories by women writers of color whose short fiction has earned them a range of honors, including John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Flannery O’Connor Award, and inclusion in the Best American Short Stories and O. Henry anthologies. The prose in this multicultural anthology addresses such themes as racial prejudice, media portrayal of beauty, and family relationships and spans genres from the comic and the surreal to startling realism. It demonstrates the power and range of some of the most exciting women writing short fiction today.
The stories are by American writers Aracelis González Asendorf, Jacqueline Bishop, Glendaliz Camacho, Learkana Chong, Jennine Capó Crucet, Ramola D., Patricia Engel, Amina Gautier, Manjula Menon, ZZ Packer, Princess Joy L. Perry, Toni Margarita Plummer, Emily Raboteau, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Metta Sáma, Joshunda Sanders, Renee Simms, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Hope Wabuke, and Ashley Young; Nigerian writers Unoma Azuah and Chinelo Okparanta; and Chinese writer Xu Xi.

 
About the Author
Jina Ortiz is a writer and poet whose works have appeared in many publications, including the Afro-Hispanic Review, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, and New Millennium Writings. She lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she is an adjunct professor of English at Quinsigamond Community College. Rochelle Spencer is a writer who has contributed to many publications, including Callaloo, African American Review, Poets & Writers, Publishers Weekly, and Mosaic. She is completing a doctorate focusing on Afrofuturism and is on the Board of Directors for the Hurston-Wright Foundation.

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