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The book that has become recommended reading in Baltimore City School Districts, Humdadao, has now become a stage play and is touring all over the DMV area.
Humdadao, both the book and the play were written by Baltimore’s very own Donnie Manuel.He has been performing practically since birth. At a very early age, he would sing for the neighborhood kids. At the age of nine, he sang before his classmates over the schools P.A. system for the entire school to hear. Donnie Manuel also starred in his elementary school’s play, “Robin Hood”, in which he played the lead of “Robin”.
When Donnie Manuel was in elementary school his passion begin when he won the schools essay contest and from there on he has been writing ever since. Donnie Manuel is not only a talented writer but a amazing vocalist. Donnie has written a number of jingles, including one for the Baltimore Orioles called “Oriole Ball” that was performed live on television and played at Camden Yards. He was the semi-finalist for the prestigious “Billie Holiday” Vocal Contest held at Center Stage in Baltimore-MD. Donnie Manuel has performed at a number of venues throughout Baltimore City.
Donnie Manuel was a Sports-Writer for the Afro-American Newspaper (Baltimore-MD.), where he was mentored by the great Sam Lacey. Donnie Manuel produced “the Small and Minority Business Magazine” for the Baltimore Times Newspapers. This started his creative writing juices to flow. Writing short stories and scripts has been a passion of his for some time…thus the saga….Humdadao.
Humdadaois about the cruel hard streets of Baltimore’s worst inner city housing projects to a luxuriant penthouse condo in New York City. A tale of one man’s struggle trying to survive in a world where mere survival is the least of one’s problems. You will get the chance to view the real world through the eyes of one taught from an early age that few things come easy or free and those that are… most often demand the greatest sacrifice. You’ll laugh and you will cry as different characters and personalities interweave their way through his life and come to the fore. The same streets that he left behind and made him the incredible person that he was now threatened to take it all back…and more! But through it all one thing remains constant…LOVE. Love of a husband for his wife. Love of a father for his daughter. True love! It truly is the greatest bond of all.
Please visit http://www.humdadao.com for more information about purchasing tickets( if you are in the DMV area or planning a trp to DC, Maryland, or Virgina or for the book Humdadao.
Indie Soul Book Review: Before It’s Too Late- Shelia Overton,MD with Treacy Colbert
So you have seen the title of the book, Before It’s Too Late and you see that a Doctor is the author, Dr. Sheila Overton and you are wondering, what is this about? Here is your answer: What Parents Need to Know About Teen Pregnancy and STD Prevention. NOW, plenty of you are rolling your eyes and saying to yourself, ‘Well kids should not be having sex’ or ‘God said that no one should be having sex until they are married!’ There is nothing wrong with either of those statements. The truth of the matter is, realistically, Pre-Teens and Teens are having sex. There are many teens who come from homes where the parents just do not discuss sex. Even if you come from a religious background that does not mean that you can’t talk to your children or family members about sex. Think back to when you were young and be honest with yourself, how old were you when you or people you knew, were having sexual intercourse? Do you remember the feelings, desires, and emotions you were going through? How about that person in middle school or high school who had a child? It is no different today than it was for us growing up. The one thing that sets this generation of teens and the generations from the past: INTENSE PEER PRESSURE—NOT just from the people they associate with, but from the entertainment presented by the media.
Let’s take a look at some sample lyrics of songs that kids are listening to:
Kelly Rowland ft Lil Wayne – “Motivation”:
“Oh lover, don’t you dare slow down
Go longer, you can last more rounds
Push harder, your almost there now
So go lover, make my mother proud
And when were done, I don’t wanna feel my legs
And when were done, I just wanna feel youre hands all over my body”
Lil Wayne- “Lollipop”:
I make her feel right when it’s wrong like lying
Man, she ain’t never had a love like mine
And man I ain’t never seen an ass like hers
And that pussy in my mouth had me loss for words
Told her back it up like erp erp
And I made that ass jump like jerk, jerk
And that’s when she lick me like a lollipop (oh yeah I like that)
Nicki Minaj- “Drop It Down Low”:
Something in you makes me wanna drop it down low
I don’t know bout you but I am losing control
As long as you teach me everything you know
I say we give these motherf-ckers a show
This is just a sample, to give you an idea what is being fed to these teens today. Not to mention shows like “Basketball Wives”, countless UNCENSORED videos on YouTube and so forth. Yes, members of the media SHOULD be more responsible BUT at the end of the day, Parents/Family, Mentors, it is on US, to talk them about sex. Just a few years ago parents, teachers, and police officers, were in shock when teenagers were using Jelly Bracelets, (see: www.urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_jelly_bracelets.htm ),to identify the kind of sexual acts that they would participate doing. Not to mention the Internet is used to lure teens to meeting and having sex. So whether you are religious or not; even if you THINK you know it all when it comes to SEX and what is happening in your child’s life, the book Before It’s Too Late, is to be used as an information guide or reference guide with what you as a parent, is or should be, already talking to your children about.
So what is the book about? Dr. Overton offers a fresh perspective and medical expertise in this thoughtful, comprehensive guide. With medically accurate facts, interactive tools, positive tips, and specific advice, Before It’s Too Late teaches parents about:
- Trends in teen sexual behavior
- Teen pregnancy – individual and societal impact, prevention strategies
- STDs among teens – how to stop the epidemic
- Teens and abstinence – key issues
- Birth control and teens – best methods
- Communicating with kids about sex – being approachable
Before It’s Too Late lowers parents’ anxiety and strengthens their confidence in their ability to teach their kids about sex, teen pregnancy and STD prevention, and to guide them toward healthy, responsible, and values-based decision making.
So who are Dr. Shelia Overton and Treacy Colbert? Dr. Shelia Overton is board certified OB/GYN in practice for over 24 years and is a passionate advocate for teen pregnancy and STD prevention. Through seminars and her practice, she has helped hundreds of parents and teens transform the way they think and talk about sex, teen pregnancy and STD prevention. Her message has also reached health care professionals, educators, and students, radio audiences in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as TV viewers in Honolulu. Dr. Shelia Overton received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Creighton University in 1979, her medical degree from UCLA in 1983, and completed her OB/GYN training at George Washington University Hospital in 1987. Dr. Shelia Overton is in private practice in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Treacy Colbert has written about health care for more than two decades. Co-author of The Power of Perimenopause, Treacy Colbert has also contributed chapters to several books, and has written for multiple consumer and technical publications including Health, Los Angeles Times, and Clinical Advisor, as well as health websites. Treacy Colbert is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Colbert served as Vice President of California Health Decisions where she oversaw quality improvement initiatives.
For more on the book, Before It’s Too Late, please visit www.droverton.org.
Tyeisha Downer is an author, poet, and songwriter born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Phinesse Demps got a chance to interview her about what made her start writing, her book Diamonds in The Rough, and future endeavors. Diamondz in the Rough: Life’s no Fairytale is the first novel from newcomer author, Tyeisha Downer. Set in Baltimore, the tale follows seven young ladies as they try to find their way through adolescence with no parental guidance. The girls of this tale find themselves relying on each other to make it through the trials of love, life, and the true meaning of friendship. Readers will connect with the characters as they find a bit of themselves in each of them. With a bit of the rough life coupled with some sensuous and steamy encounters along the way, Diamondz is sure to intrigue and stimulate the readers mind and senses. Diamondz in the Rough is the first in a three-part series of fantasy based fairytales for the young adult readers.
PD: So what inspired you to become an author?
TD: It was just in my spirit to write a book. I had a lot of friends tell me Ty you’re a great writer you should write a book. So I decided to pursue it.
PD: Are any of the characters in your book based on real life people you know?
TD: No the characters are actually all fictional, but you may find a little of yourself in there. I wanted the story to be as real as possible. It might be too raw for some, but at the end of the day, those that read the book will come to understand that these stories do exist.
PD: Since all the main characters happen to be female, do you have a particular favorite?
TD: I like them all because you find yourself in a little bit of all of them. They all bring something different to the table. They each have their own story to tell and I think that these characters will connect with readers who can relate to the character or they may know someone just like them
PD: So will there be a sequel to Diamondz In the Rough?
TD: Yes there’s supposed to be a part two coming out sometime in May of next year. It’s a three-part series.
PD: What are some other projects you’re working on?
TD: I have another book called “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover”. It’s about Ambiance, who is one of the characters from the “Diamondz in a Rough”. My plan is to have a book about each of the characters from the book, so you can get to know them personally.
PD: So I know you write poetry, could a poetry book be in the future?
TD: I actually am planning to release a poetry book hopefully by December of 2012 in time for the holidays. It will be collaboration with my father; he is a poet as well. The poetry I write contains a message for everyone.
PD: You are self published. What advice would give to someone trying to self publish their own book?
TD: You can’t lose your vision. You have to stay focused. Understand the business of books, publicity, and you have to be willing to put in the work to get your name out there. Selling books takes time. This is not something where you think you will make money overnight!
PD: Where can people purchase your book?
If you are ever on Facebook, you will notice there are plenty of people who call themselves writers or authors. Today’s new group of authors, while they are to be commended for stepping out to write and to publish a book, it seems their thought is more on making money, then on actually writing something of quality. New kid on the block, Thomas N. Pointer, Jr. understands this point very well. “First and foremost, I love to read. I am an avid reader. I may read four to five books a week. I love history, biographies, and mystery-suspense novels. There is a process for me. It has to be well written, well edited and it has to make sense,” Pointer said.
Pointer’s desire is to write the type of books that people will want to read. This is the reason he chose the mystery/suspense genre. It’s that love of reading a well-written novel that has driven him to write about the character, Benjamin Bishop, the first in a series featuring the private investigator.
Reading books and keeping a journal prepared Pointer to write his first novel. Writers like Chester Himes, (Rage in Harlem) played an important role in shaping Pointer’s writing style. Some of his other favorites include Robert B. Parker, Walter Mosley and Randall Robinson.
When Dark Secrets Get Darker tells the story of private investigator Benjamin Bishop in Baltimore, Maryland. Bishop is about the money— no job is too big or too small. When Bishop takes a job to find out who murdered a prominent businessman, this is where the story gets interesting. There are a series of events that makes Bishop consider what is REALLY right or wrong. As you read the book, you are prompted to think about what TRUTH and justice really are?
As the book states, the battle between good and evil is a subject that we can all relate to.
When Dark Secrets Get Darker is a page-turner for sure. It will keep you guessing and it will also make you think about things that you may not have thought about before.
To learn more about Thomas N. Pointer, Jr. or to read the first six chapters of his novel, visit: http://www.WhenDarkSecretsGetDarker.com.
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