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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

National Press!! Michelle Monkou recommends Recipe For Desire

I've been in USA Today once. I wrote a letter to the editor back in the 90s. And I held on to the paper until two years ago. (No, I'm not a hoarder!)

I'm in USA Today again and just like 15-year-old Cheris, I'm super excited! Michelle Monkou, author and USA Today Happy Ever After reporter reviewed Recipe For Desire.

Cheris Hodges' Recipe for Desire mixes humor, romance and delicious-sounding foods to stir the romance book appetite. This story of opposites attracting has a healthy dose of clashes, making up, and falling head over heels in love. Bad-girl Marie Charles goes down hard, but you can't count her out. She's a likable character with much passion and spunk and dusts herself off to try again. Meanwhile, Devon Harris is a master in the kitchen as a chef and a master as a romantic hero who must conduct his own soul searching.
Recipe for Desire chronicles two characters' journeys who are immersed in his and her flaws and weaknesses, but emerge as a renewed spirit to fully enjoy loving someone after learning to love themselves. Powerful message.
Book blurb from publishing Kensington Dafina:
A Party Girl's Work Is Never Done . … At 27, Marie Charles is still Charlotte's No. 1 party girl. But when she adds a DWI arrest and a totaled Jaguar to her list of tabloid news-making escapades, her daddy is done bailing her out. Sentenced to 500 hours of community service at My Sister's Keeper, a homeless shelter for women, Marie won't have much time left for partying …
Renowned chef and TV star Devon Harris volunteers at My Sister's Keeper. And he's not happy Marie is joining him. He may be single — and she may be gorgeous — but the last thing he's interested in is a superficial Southern belle. But as Marie outgrows the selfish girl she was, Devon is turned on by the woman she's becoming …
Kudos, Hodges, for uplifting the romance genre with a full-bodied, sexy read.

Michelle Monkou is a best-selling romance author who lives by the motto "live, love, and laugh." Her website is  MichelleMonkou.com.

The First Charlotte Book Fair, come join us!



Here's the press release for this event!! 
Featured book fair writers will include Cheris Hodges, Charlotte-based author of 13 romance novels, offering a workshop on writing and marketing your work.

The FIRST CHARLOTTE BOOK FAIR AND MORE IN HISTORIC WESLEY HEIGHTS
     Promoting literacy is the goal of this new, open-to-the-public fun family event

CHARLOTTE – The first  Charlotte Book Fair kicks off early on Saturday Oct. 6, the brainchild of a group that came together months ago with the goal of promoting literacy in the community in a fun and welcoming environment. The Wadsworth Estate and the streets of the Historic Wesley Heights neighborhood will be transformed into a literacy incubator for Charlotte.

The free, open-the-public fair will be an all-day family-centered event, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at 400 South Summit Avenue.

With the theme “The Joy and Benefits of Reading -- Embrace the Possibilities,” the Charlotte Book Fair will feature presentations, books, authors, storytellers, spoken-word artists, workshops, performances, food vendors, merchants and more.

Artist Tommie Robinson will present a “Literacy through Art” program. Robinson, who has been commissioned for both corporate and public artworks including murals at Time Warner Cable Arena, was awarded the 2011 Harvey B. Gantt Center Legacy Award for his contribution to the Charlotte community through art.

Featured book fair writers will include Cheris Hodges, Charlotte-based author of 13 romance novels, offering a workshop on writing and marketing your work, and Janice Curtis Greene, known as Janice the Griot, a children’s book author and nationally known story teller.

In the Charlotte community, the school system as well as nonprofits and community foundations are coming together to support students in closing the achievement gap and making the most of their educational experience. The decline of literacy is a challenge for the entire community -- not just a problem of the student population. Many cannot remember the last time they enjoyed the adventure and excitement of holding and reading a book, an essential element for fostering imagination, innovation and creativity.

"Reading is the foundation to insight, career, dreams and vision,” said Mack Staton, a professor of English at Johnson C. Smith University and chairman of the program committee for the Charlotte Book Fair.

         

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hot M.A.M.A. Land: The Love Scene vs. The Sex Scene

Hot M.A.M.A. Land: The Love Scene vs. The Sex Scene: Sometimes, you want your lover to make love to you. You want to be caressed, you want to be kissed softly and sweetly and you want your hair...

Friday, September 7, 2012

Social media fails

This week if we haven't learned anything, I hope we've learned that Facebook and Twitter will bring fools to their knees.

Two people have threatened the President's life on Twitter.
Dumb ass Donte Sims from Charlotte, who according to The Charlotte Observer, "apologized for threatening to kill the president both verbally and through a written apology."

Three more tweets over the next 12 minutes include Sims allegedly saying he was going to aim a gun at Obama’s forehead and that he was “plotting President Obama’s murder.”
According to an affadavit, federal investigators spoke with Sims on Wednesday at his southeast Charlotte home, where he acknowledged that was his Twitter account and he had indeed posted those messages.
An agent said Sims “smiled as I read the statements about him. Sims stated that he published the statements because he hated President Obama.”
Then Ohio teen, Alyssa Douglas tweeted last night: “Someone needs to assassinate Obama…like ASAP.”
But unlike Dumb ass Donte Sims, this little white girl is not in jail.; I digress however.

And over on Facebook, the new boyfriend saw a picture of his girlfriend on her ex's page. What did he do?
He reported that the other man had a bomb on a Dallas bound plane

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/09/07/3511704/charlotte-man-charged-with-threatening.html#storylink=cpy

A man angry about a compromising Facebook photo of his girlfriend took revenge against the ex-boyfriend who posted it, making a hoax call to police that set off a terrorism scare and got the former beau taken off an airliner at gunpoint, authorities say.
The new boyfriend, Kenneth W. Smith Jr., was arrested Friday on charges of making a false threat to Philadelphia police, who recalled a Dallas-bound flight and marched the ex-beau, Christopher Shell, off the plane Thursday.
What happened to ordering pizzas and sending them to someone's house? Ordering magazines -- like Playgirl -- for a guy or pouring five pounds of sugar in someone's gas tank (too much?).
Everyone doesn't need a Twitter or Facebook account. These three Rhodes Scholars prove that.

PS: The new boyfriend went to jail too, he had a drug warrant in Texas. Smith might want to watch his back. Sims might not want to drop the soap and Douglas just needs her ass beat.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/09/07/3511704/charlotte-man-charged-with-threatening.html#storylink=cpy

A tale of two threatening tweets. . .DNC

Not all young people support President Barack Obama.

And some of them are dumb enough to take to Twitter with death threats against the Commander in Chief. Now, for those of you who don't know, that's a federal crime. You're going to be convicted --the evidence is there, HELLO--and you will do all of your time. There is no federal parole.

Well, you'll do all of your time if you're a specific race--but I'll get to that in a minute.

A 21-year-old Charlotte man, Donte Jarmar Sims, is in custody after he tweeted about killing the president while the Democratic National Convention was taking place in Charlotte. What a genius.

The threats were done via Sims' Twitter account on Monday morning.
The first tweet was sent out at 10:06 a.m. on Monday when Sims tweeted, "Well Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening !... Gotta get this monkey off my chest while he's in town."
"Ima hit president Obama with that Lee Harvey Oswald swagg," he tweeted just two minutes later.
WBTV took at look at Sims' Twitter account, which is still active, and saw that he sent out five threatening messages within a 14-minute span.
"The Secret Service is gonna be defenseless once I aim the Assault Rifle at Barack's Forehead ... F* the #DNC," he continued.
Sims is being held at a federal detention center and has a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.
Investigators say that Sims was interviewed by Secret Service agents at his home where he admitted that he hated the President.
WBTV has learned that Sims' tweets were discovered by a Secret Service intelligence specialist.
In the last of Sims' tweets about the president, he said that he was "plotting president Obama's murder" and that Obama "wont even make it to the coliseum."
Sims has been arrested in Mecklenburg County at least four different times on charges related to drugs, window tinting violation and other vehicle violations.
Sims is scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday morning.
I can only imagine what's happening to this fool, who according to the Huffington Post said he was high when he tweet the threats, while he's waiting to go to court next week. Federal prisoners really have nothing to lose. And I'm sure the federal jail is NOTHING like the Mecklenburg County Jail.

You'd think this would be the end of idiots on Twitter. BUT NO! A 16 year old from Ohio committed a very similar crime.
 Alyssa Douglas tweeted last night: “Someone needs to assassinate Obama…like ASAP.”
But unlike Dumb ass Donte Sims, this little white girl is not in jail.

The Clinton Massie School District, where Douglas is a high school student, had a meeting with her and her parents.
The Secret Service is also investigating the threat, and the findings will be reported to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Southern District of Ohio.

Same crime, different results. But we're in post racial America. OK. 

Post DNC musings. . .

Labor Day: 

One thing I realized, Democrats whine a lot. When you step on to a crowded Charlotte Area Transit Light Rail train, you can't expect to be comfortable. But one whiny witch complained so loudly and vehemently about my purse touching her precious arm, while my face was nearly pressed into the chest (moobs and all) of a strange man --who thank the LORD smelled good -- that people started shifting to make this heffa comfortable. Glad this witch is gone!
All of NC's HBCUs have been ignored in the DNC talk of higher education. It's not in the program how student from NC A&T got the sit in movement rolling, nothing about NCCU, JCSU, WSSU. . .I'm not feeling that. North Carolina is more than UNC, Duke and NC State. I mean, really, NC State?!
A quick note, the rest of North Carolina is really going to hate Charlotte forever. Hopefully enough to keep Pat McCrory out of the governor's mansion. Outsider my ass.

 Question of the week, though: What the hell was BET doing in Charlotte?
Day One: 
I woke up wondering if people can say with a straight face that Charlotte's favorite Christian, Billy Graham isn't racist. No one has heard from of seen him during the DNC, but Visit Charlotte wants to send folks to his library. Give me a break.
Michelle Obama was awesome. The visiting journalists, not so much. Social media has turned people into assholes. And if you give an asshole an audience and a web site, you get stories about "Charlotte's Crack Hotels" and whatever the hell this trick Cindy Adams wrote in the New York Post. Ma'am, your hotel is in Rock Hill, you're not hitting on shit down here. And the local media actually covered this crap. There was so much more going on. But this is the easy thing. And while these visiting journalists were complaining.
That ain't Corey Booker.
THIS WAS HAPPENING ON THEIR SITES:

Day Two:

I found out today that I won't get to see President Obama's speech live because the DNC moved his speech from Bank of America stadium to Time Warner Cable Arena. I wanted to cry. However, I'm ready for the DNC to be over because the visitors are getting a little out of pocket. Take this witch in the convention center: I walked into the little store in the center, she was already in there. I purchased a Diet Pepsi and I was using my debit card. The cashier--who should've just been happy that I decided to pay $2.50 for a 20-ounce soda--asked if I had cash. Nope. Take the card and shut up. This cow behind me says, "$2.50 on a card?" Actually, witch it was $2.68. I say back, "I don't carry cash. You can get robbed out here. Mind your business." I don't know why she thought I gave a fat baby's ass about her opinion. You want me to carry cash, hand yours over--heffa. I don't understand how the anti-abortion folk made it down to the Convention Center. No one wants to see aborted fetuses before lunch. Those pictures are disturbing, but they don't make me want to tell another woman that she shouldn't have an abortion. It's funny because the men--who will never get pregnant--were holding the most heinous signs. S-O-BS! Also disturbing, the Coalition of African American Pastors. These "men of God" are like Grandpa from the Boondocks, taking credit for the civil rights movement and probably didn't do shit. Amen.

I'm not the best at math, but one pastor said he'd been married for 20 years, has four kids --ages 20, 24,26--there was some premarital sex going on and last I checked, that's a sin too.
Speaking of lunch, my good friend and former editor went to lunch at what used to be one of my favorite restaurants in South End. He asked me if something was crawling on him. I didn't see anything. Then he jumped and a big ass ROACH fell off him. Welcome to Charlotte. Damn.  I tried to talk to some Republicans today, they ignored me. This song is for the GOP:
Last thing, former President Bill Clinton's nose looks like a toy you'd find at The RedDoor.

Last Day of the DNC: 

You know when I was done with the DNC, when the fucker who gets arrested for threatening to murder the president does it on Twitter. 
This 21-year old fool has just written his life off in 140 characters. You're not going to county jail, dumb ass, you're going to federal prison.

Investigators told WBTV that Donte Jarmar Sims, 21, was arrested on Wednesday, charged in a felony criminal complaint accusing him of threatening the president's life.
The threats were done via Sims' Twitter account on Monday morning.
The first tweet was sent out at 10:06 a.m. on Monday when Sims tweeted, "Well Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening !... Gotta get this monkey off my chest while he's in town."
"Ima hit president Obama with that Lee Harvey Oswald swagg," he tweeted just two minutes later.
WBTV took at look at Sims' Twitter account, which is still active, and saw that he sent out five threatening messages within a 14-minute span.
"The Secret Service is gonna be defenseless once I aim the Assault Rifle at Barack's Forehead ... F* the #DNC," he continued.
Sims is being held at a federal detention center and has a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.
Investigators say that Sims was interviewed by Secret Service agents at his home where he admitted that he hated the President.
WBTV has learned that Sims' tweets were discovered by a Secret Service intelligence specialist.
What an ass clown.
Well, that's a wrap. DNC visitors, you don't have to go home, but you got to get the hell out of here. Bye, y'all. 



Thursday, September 6, 2012

Community ticket holders talk about canceled speech . . .DNC

People waited in long lines to get community tickets to see President Barack Obama last month. Today, the day Obama will accept the Democratic Party's nomination for president, those tickets are useless.
Obama's speech was moved from Bank of America Stadium to Time Warner Cable Arena. BofA Stadium holds nearly 70,000 people, TWC holds about 20,000.

Delegates, of course, get prime seating in the arena. Community ticket holders get turned around. But not all holders of these tickets are angry.

Portia Rice
Portia Rice, a Charlotte resident, had one of those tickets but she won't be allowed entry into the arena. However, she did take part in a conference call with the President.

Some of you earned your tickets through the 9-3-1 program -- nine hours of volunteer work over three days for a community credential ticket. You've registered to vote. You've talked to your neighbors. You're doing unbelievable work that's making a difference in this close race. And you've also shown that there's plenty of enthusiasm out there. The issue in this election is not going to be enthusiasm, because I think about you all on buses and in carpools and airplanes traveling here to Charlotte. I know it’s not just to see me, but it’s also to see each other and to share common stories and hopes for this country, which is ultimately what this convention is really about. (Remarks from President Obama)
So, what was Rice's reaction to the call?



           When you found out the president’s speech was being moved, how did you feel?



Rice: I initially was a little disappointed, but then I realized that there must have been a breach in security that caused the change.  I understand that you take a chance with the weather, but I believe the move was because of a much bigger reason.

 

How long did you wait to get your ticket to the Bank of America speech?

I had a short wait of about 3 hours.


What did you take away from the President’s conference call? 

I really believe that President Obama was deeply disappointed that he was not able to speak to the community credential holders that had taken time to stand in line and travelled to be a part of history.  He also seemed very concerned about the safety of everyone in attendance.  I guess it’s better safe than sorry.
 

When you heard he was reaching out to people who couldn’t make the speech, how did that make you feel?

I felt that it was a very kind gesture to reach out to those of us who would not be able to see him speak live.  It shows that he cares and is still in touch with the American people and how small things like this can change a person’s perspective.
 

How long was the call? 
10 minutes flat.

What has your Charlotte DNC experience been like? 

I have enjoyed the DNC experience in Charlotte since the kickoff on Monday the Labor Day parade, then service at Friendship Baptist Church.  I am thankful for the level of security and professionalism of everyone involved in the convention.  You can feel the positive vibes flowing throughout the city and excitement of the upcoming election.  I have been re-charged and even more motivated to make sure that everyone is registered to vote and understands the platforms of both candidates running in the election.