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The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful Smiles by Zack Zaibak

The Hidden TruthTitle: The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful Smiles
Author: Zack Zaibak
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 152
Genre: Medical/Dentristry
Format: Ebook

 

We are often judged by how we look, and the first thing people notice is a smile. In The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful Smiles, author Dr. Zack Zaibak tells how modern cosmetic dentistry can transform ordinary smiles into stunning gorgeous ones.

Dr. Zaibak, honored by the Consumers Research Council of America for the last five years as one of America’s top dentists, discusses important issues relating to dental health and improving your teeth, your smile, and your self-esteem. Dr. Zaibak has been featured on national and local media outlets including ABC, WGN Superstation, Fox and Univision, and has served as an expert commentator for the Chicago Sun-Times. He is also a provider of cosmetic dental care to winners of beauty pageants.

People with bright, beautiful, and healthy looking smiles are seen as more attractive, competent, and happier. In fact, a dazzling, radiant smile can make all the difference in romance – as well as career success. In only two visits, you can gain a sparkling white, perfectly shaped, celebrity smile as modern innovations make your dental visit a satisfying, comfortable, and even enjoyable experience.

Dr. Zack Zaibak’s all-inclusive book unveils the hidden truth about today’s state of the art choices in cosmetic dentistry for creating smile makeovers and gorgeous Hollywood Smiles, including Lumineers porcelain veneers, Invisalign metal-free braces, teeth whitening, bonding, implants, crowns, bridges, Snap-On Smiles and gum lifts.

The health of your teeth and mouth affect the well-being of your entire body. The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful Smiles reveals the secrets to enhancing your teeth to produce an exquisite, engaging smile that will positively transform your self-image and your life.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Zack Zaibak, MS, DDS, is a licensed general dentist in the state of Illinois and one of the top practitioners of advanced cosmetic dentistry in that state. Honored by the Consumer Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Dentists, Zaibak has the latest advanced training and certification in Lumineers, Invisalign, and laser surgery.

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Going Home, Gambling on a Dream, The Look of Love and Bachelorette for Sale Book Feature

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Going Home FINAL_shineTitle: Going Home

Author: Stacy Finz

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Kindle 

The small mountain town of Nugget, California, has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over—and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love…

Maddy Breyer needs to prove she can make her own life after betrayal blew up her previous happily-ever-after. Staying totally focused on renovating a decrepit mansion into a bed-and-breakfast might help her—and this recession-hit town—finally turn things around. But the mysterious new sheriff is the kind of lawbreaking temptation that’s an even bigger challenge to resist…

Detective Rhys Shepard is only back in Nugget long enough to care for his ailing father. He’s got a big-city promotion far away from this place that never accepted him. He does not need a sudden crime wave to solve. Or one leggy case of heartbreak stirring up all kinds of trouble and challenging his rules. Which might explain why he’s suddenly finding it hard to leave…
PRE-ORDER INFORMATION

Going Home is available for pre-order 



at  Amazon, B&N,  Kobo and Google Play

Stacy Finz

Stacy Finz is an award-winning journalist. After more than seventeen years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns for the San Francisco Chronicle, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writingfiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.
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GamblingOnADream_shineTitle: Gambling on a Dream

Author: Sara Walter Ellwood

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Kindle



With Everything At Stake….

It’s been years since Sheriff Dawn Madison said goodbye to Texas Ranger Wyatt McPherson. She’s closed the door on the heartache of her past. But when the sleepy town of Colton, Texas, is rocked by a series of shocking murders, Dawn has no choice but to trust the man who broke her heart if she wants to protect the ones she loves…
All Bets Are Off

Four years have passed. But Wyatt hasn’t forgotten the bold, Native American beauty who stole his heart . . . and broke it. Losing her and the life they had hoped to share left him an empty shell of himself. But if he wants to stop the deranged killer terrorizing the innocent kids of Colton, he’ll have to let Dawn back into his life. It’s a risk he’s willing to take, even if heartache is all he takes home…

 

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Gambling on a Dream is available for pre-order at  Amazon,  B&N,  Kobo and Google Play

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Although Sara Walter Ellwood has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her contemporary westerns. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia. Sara Walter Ellwood is a multi-published and international Amazon bestselling author of the anthology set Cowboy Up. She also publishes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name Cera duBois.

She also writes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name of Cera duBois.

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Look of Love _hires jpg_shineTitle: The Look of Love

Author: Crystal B. Bright

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Kindle
You can’t fight love…

There’s only one thing MMA fighter Gunnar Wells is more devoted to than his career, and that’s his mother, “Queen” Elizabeth. An elegant African American woman who adopted Gunnar and his two white brothers, Elizabeth was there when they needed her, and they’ll do anything for her. For Gunnar, that means running her hair salon when she suddenly falls ill. And if that’s not awkward enough for the champion fighter, he’ll have to work alongside Eboni Danielson, the other love of his life. The one he left behind to pursue his dream. The one he’s never forgotten…

Between the salon and her volunteer work, Eboni keeps busy to keep her mind off the man who broke her heart. So when Gunnar shows up again, she does her best to stay cool—on the outside. But the more she watches Gunnar step up and help out, the less she can deny her feelings. Soon Gunnar is doing everything he can to convince Eboni to give him a fighting chance. Can she trust him again—even when old secrets and new dangers come between them once more?
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I started writing very young. My first story was a young adult romance called ‘Trudy’. I wish I could find it so I can see how far I’ve come from then to now. Hopefully it’s a grand leap!

After only one year at ODU I dropped out to ‘live life’. Little did I know, life is expensive and it doesn’t suffer fools lightly. So after working 3 jobs at one time just to make ends meet, I decided to go back to school.

With any school, you have to meet with an advisor before registering for classes. So my advisor asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I proudly answered that I wanted to be a novelist. She smiled, nodded and said, “That’s nice. Now what will you do for money?”

Ouch! So I hopped from journalism to professional writing to literature but my heart always brought me back to creative writing. I figured if I’m going to spend my money for my education then I should enjoy it. So I stuck to creative writing and was pleased to find a non-residency Master’s program for Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. It’s the first in the country and invaluable. I learned so much and made great contacts.

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Title:
 Bachelorette for Sale

Author: Gail Chianese

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Kindle

“This book will make your heart smile.” —Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

This sparkling debut dives right in to everything funny, flirty, and fiery about modern dating with the tale of a sexy singles auction that comes with the prize of a lifetime…

As far as Cherry Ryan is concerned, the bright lights of Hollywood are nothing but glare after her heart is broken on a reality show for millions to see. Instead she’s throwing herself into fundraising for the local community center that was a priceless lifeline to her as a kid. But when a volunteer for the singles auction bails at the last minute, Cherry finds herself on the block—and sold to Jason Valentine, a handsome contractor with a gorgeous body—and a really bad attitude about her days in the limelight…

Cherry soon finds that Jason’s more than eye candy, and not entirely sweet—especially his quest to win the bid for the center’s renovation. Mixing business with pleasure doesn’t seem like such a good idea—until Jason has a chance to reveal the big heart beneath his surly exterior. Cherry’s falling for him hard, but trust isn’t easy when you’ve been burned. To conquer her fears will take a giant leap of faith—straight into the spotlight again…

“A charming, warm-hearted story.” —Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

“Gail Chianese is a spunky, spirited, and sassy new voice in contemporary romance with a series destined for the keeper shelf!” —Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times bestselling author

“The West Side Romance series is like the perfect pick-me-up latte—hot and steamy, with a layer of frothy fun on the top!” –Jessica Andersen, New York Times bestselling author
PRE-ORDER INFORMATION

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I Currently Live in Beautiful Connecticut, but originally hail from sunny California. I am the mom of three amazing kids, the wife of a 25+ year Naval officer and the rescuer of three fur babies. In my spare time, I like to ghost hunt with my hubby, geocache with my family and lock myself away with a great book. I am a proud member of Connecticut Romance Writers of America.

I love to connect with my readers on my social media accounts and website!
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Guest Post from H.O. Tanager, author of Autograph Penis

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Autograph PenisTitle: Autograph Penis

Author: H.O. Tanager

Publisher: H.O. Tanager

Pages: 282

Genre: Nonfiction

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Performance artist H. O. Tanager holds high hopes for her cross-country trip to Boston: to see great art, to eat delicious food… and to incite mayhem. But once the journey actually begins, it’s all she can do to hold on for the ride.

Surrounded by brilliant, intimidating, and sometimes delicious-smelling colleagues, Tanager’s precarious hold on her ambition and desire threatens to unravel in the face of laryngitis, an angry God, and the unexpected death of a friend. Will her team’s independent spirit and wit buoy Tanager though the pitfalls, heartache – and yes, mayhem – as hundreds of artists strive to be the best that ever was, the best that’s ever been?

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Autograph Penis is available at Amazon.

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Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

 

 


Hello dear #readers! The time we have #anticipated for #months is upon @us – it is #BookBlogTour time for Autograph Penis, the #sweetest story ever #told about performance #poetry! For two-plus months #kind #bloggers will be featuring the words of @moi upon their virtual #pages. #soblessed #soreal #pumpupyourbook



Now as you have #intuited by now, those who #know @moi, I participate in performances and #promotions for one reason: to gain #compliments. #vanity #selfesteem #fragile #butwhynot #soblessed I recently checked in on #Goodreads and found some new #reviews, ranging from 1 to 5 stars! #controversy



Now that’s #range.

Now that’s #range.

One kind #reviewer of the four-star #variety said quite #lovely things:



How #kind! #soblessed

How #kind! #soblessed

Now, in the #cruel #world of performance poetry, if I got one very high and one very low score as I did #here at @Goodreads, we would #say, “@You must have really #affected people!” And indeed, I must #have! I was curious as to what my one-star reviewer might #enjoy in #books, and it is light #romances about dating one’s best friend’s #brother. So good #luck to @her and may she enjoy her #choices. #notmykindofgirl #soblessed



Meanwhile, completely #different people have #reviewed on @Amazon. It is my #understanding that @Amazon owns @Goodreads, but their reviews do not cross-populate. We can only #speculate that it is to create a #false dichotomy between “real #readers” on @Goodreads and “fake not-#readers who merely #consume books” on @Amazon. Because @Goodreads is a “community” and @Amazon is a “marketplace.” I’ve noticed my #reviews are better on @Amazon…



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…possibly because my @Goodreads reviews are largely from people who got the #book for #free as part of my #giveaway in December, while the @Amazon reviews seem to be from people who heard of the #book through the poetry slam #grapevine. Neither #source seems free of #bias! #confusing #ego #salesmanship #fatigue #mystery But we will #continue to #learn what can #happen when one publishes a #book, like the good #learners we hopefully #are. #realauthor #soblessed



Ah, my #dears, I do wonder why we write #books at all, when there are so very #many of #them! But more now than #ever in the history of #personkind, we #can publish books, and so we #shall publish books, and perhaps the #whys will become obvious in #retrospect. #wisdom #somuchwisdom #soblessed



And for the #wisest and #best gift we’ve received this #week, let us gaze upon @DesireeDallagiacomo! For those of you not #addicted to attending #National-level poetry events, @Desiree can not stay #off Finals stages – why, they #reach out and scoop her #onto them even if she’s not #competing! @Desiree must be on all Finals stages! And instead of #crying about the #kidnapping of her personal #time, she rises to the occasion again and #again, bringing #new #works all the time! She is a @soldier of @poetryGodness! #soblessed

 


H.O. Tanager
H. O. Tanager is an author, adventurer, and provocateur who divides her time amongst her passions: family, satirical performance pieces, and convincingly wearing slacks. She’s achieved so many things, she finds achievements boring. What she does like is surprise, and people who work hard, juxtaposition, and repurposing forms for her own amusement.
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The Drive In by Douglas Gardham Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Title: The Drive In

Author: Douglas Gardham

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 130

Genre: Short Stories

Format: Kindle/Paperback

Have you ever been intrigued by what mysteries lie behind the doors and windows of the places you pass by on your drive into work everyday? The Drive In takes you on Tom Johnson‘s commute. Unlike Tom, you’ll get to peek behind some of those closed doors. Remember going to the “Drive-In” theatre? Each story reveals what goes on like watching the “dusk ‘til dawn” features through your car’s windshield. Meet the people at the places Tom only passes by each day. Then discover how his drive in ends like no other.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Douglas Gardham is the author of the STARbook-awarded novel The Actor. He lives near Toronto, Canada with his wife, dog and cat. He loves books, music and movies. This is his second published novel.

Douglas is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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The Rabbit Culture by Tito Capaldo Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

 

Title: The Rabbit Culture

Author: Tito Capaldo

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 200

Genre: Family/Relationship

Format: Kindle/Paperback

Direct and vivid in its telling of the details of the adoption of a 7-year old boy from Romania after the collapse of Communism, the novel manages ultimately to deliver much more. Despite this story, I have been very lucky in my life … I had two wonderful parents, who, in their simplicity they taught me to love and respect Nature and its Laws. I have had satisfactory work experience both economically and professionally, first as a military pilot in the Italian Air Force, and now as a Fire fighting Pilot for the Civil Defence . I am not rich, but I can not complain .. I have everything I need. If you have the adventure to stumble upon this book and buy it, you can be sure that every cent will be used for the survival of the protagonist, my adoptive son ,when I’m gone.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Antonio Capaldo was born at Campo di Giove (AQ) on 14thJuly 1948. Authentic mountaineer, he spent his adolescence in close contact with nature in a mainly agricultural and pastoral farming environment at the foot of the Majella massif. After high school he passed the admission course and joined the Air Force Academy, then he obtained the license as military pilot at USAF Air Force School in the US. He served as an Air Force Pilot on C-130 aircraft at Pisa Air Base for 19 years. He had the opportunity to travel around the world and carry out several humanitarian missions. Then he was transferred to Latina Flight School where he worked as an instructor and flight examiner where he held the position of Group commander. After a 2-year service for the Major Staf (Italian Air Force) he went on leave.

Tito is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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Secret History by Martin Roberts Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Title: Secret History

Author: Martin Roberts

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 300

Genre: History

Format: Kindle/Paperback

This book is a fascinating account of a number of criminal cases in the United States and in the United Kingdom, some of which resulted in wrong convictions. The book is part narrative, part analysis. The analysis, in particular the demolition of the reputation of Whittaker Chambers,ex-spy and idol of many Americans (he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom) will arouse debate and rethinking of the real lessons of the cases. The British cases will shock the complacency of many British people. Both parts are relevant to the current debate on how to deal with Islamic terrorists, whose fanaticism recalls that of the IRA and supporters of Communism. The book includes an analysis of Communism and the way in which its supporters manipulate fact for their own ends.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Martin Roberts is a British subject living in Belgium. He began to study contested verdicts in criminal cases when he started to study for a law degree, and this book is the result. He trained as an archivist and worked in that field for 26 years. This has given him a lot of patience and a bit of scepticism about what records tell us. He has sought to make his book user-friendly by quoting online sources and allowing the reader to find his way through the facts and arguments to reach his own conclusions.

Martin is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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Tug-of-War by Judith Somborac Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Tug-Of-War

Author: Judith Somborac

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 148

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: Kindle/Paperback

In 1942, in the midst of World War II, three factions struggle for power and control over Serbia: the Royalists, the Partisans, and the Nazis. For those living there, life was put on hold indefinitely while they coped daily with the terrorization of war—an especially disheartening situation for the country’s young people.

Fifteen-year-old Miriana, an only child, lives in a small, two-bedroom house in Bela Palanka, Serbia, with her parents, who farm and run a saw and gristmill. Their tiny home now accommodates her mother’s sister and nephew, who have been forced to evacuate from German-occupied Belgrade. Miriana’s aunt is frequently called upon by the Germans to translate for them—a task made more stressful by the fact that the family is also hiding a Partisan soldier in the cellar of the house. Being caught means certain death. Meanwhile, Miriana’s best friend, Stefan, supports his widowed mother and aging grandparents on a nearby farm; he resents having to abandon his aspirations for an education and his passion for the violin to run the farm.

Their existence is fraught with the angst of evening curfews, blackout curtains at night, unforeseen air raids, and conflict with the Nazis, but family, friends, and small pleasures propel them through a war that threatens their happiness and their lives on a daily basis.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Judith Somborac is an occasional teacher and a ski instructor who works in both capacities with children and teenagers. Judith has a BA in English and French from the University of Guelph. She currently lives in Collingwood, Ontario.

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Destiny’s Tapestry I Walk This Path by Betty June Gilliland Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Destiny’s Tapestry

Author: Betty June Gilliland

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 346

Genre: Biography

Format: Kindle/Paperback/Hardcover

On a stormy night, as a hurricane raced up the Gulf Coast and created havoc in its path, Betty Gilliland was born on a corn shuck mattress in a barn at the foot of Sand Mountain. As soon as the midwife wrapped her in a blanket and gently laid her in a cow manger, Gilliland began a journey through life that would eventually test her spirit, courage, and, most of all, her power to forgive. Gilliland begins by chronicling her growing up years during a challenging time in America’s history. Her father was drafted into the war and then abandoned his family, leaving Gilliland and her mother to eke out a life for themselves in their tiny cabin, surviving on a diet of wild greens, nuts, and roots. As she weaves through the threads of her life’s tapestry, Gilliland recalls the challenges she confronted during her difficult coming-of-age journey as she suffered through hardships, physical abuse, emotional abandonment, and her own self-destructive behavior. Yet through it all, she never lost the faith. What’s more, she used that faith to begin building a new life and to discover her roots. Destiny’s Tapestry shares one woman’s poignant memories of moving from the darkness of abuse into the light of healing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Betty June Gilliland is the mother of three sons, two daughters, and grandmother to many grandchildren. She and her miniature pinscher currently reside with her eldest daughter on Sand Mountain in Alabama, where she enjoys friends, winter nights, firelight, and good books

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Affirmative Action and Ending Race-Based College Admissions by R.L. Byrd, author of Black Coffee

Title: Black Coffee

Author: R.L. Byrd

Publisher: R.L. Byrd Publishing

Pages: 304 

There are ALWAYS two sides to every story. In R.L. Byrd’s debut novel, Looking for Sweet Love, the Love Forum Divas told their side. 

Now it’s the Brothers’ turn. . . . The Love Forum is back and the relationship dilemmas continue within the infamous Dallas, Texas, urban radio station, K103.5. DK “Love” Niles, the popular Disc Jockey from the DK and Melissa Morning Show, takes over the reins of hosting the new Love Forum called The Brothers Speak, and man, are the Brothas talking.

DK, in his pursuit to finding good love himself, discusses relationships from a black man’s point of view and enlist the help of the husbands, boyfriends and lovers of the Love Forum Divas. Known as the Brotherhood; DK, Quentin, Miguel, Michael, Donnell, Pastor Levine, Dr. Houston and Brass aim to set the record straight and talk about dating black women, marriage, infidelity, personal struggles, what distinguishes a throw-back from a keeper, and answers the question the radio listeners really want to know: What really went down in their relationships? 

Along the way, the Brothers break the silence on some of the most pressing social issues challenging today’s black males: Disproportionate homicide rates, unintentional injuries, suicide, HIV/AIDS, and disparities in employment and graduation rates.If you thought the Love Forum Divas were dealing with issues, you may be surprised at what the brothers have to say about those relationship woes. In the end–when all is said and done–one Diva will be asking, “Am I drinking the right cup of Black Coffee?

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Black Coffee  is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

 

Affirmative Action and Ending
Raced-Based College Admissions
Prompting
leaders to accept the brutal facts about our environment.
What are the
Conservative Principles that based the decision to end race-based college
admissions in Florida’s colleges and universities?
This is the question I had after reading Robert Samuels’,
Washington Post article, “After
Bush order, Florida universities cope with shrinking black enrollment
.”
As the article states, the former Governor’s executive order
(similar, in part, to California’s
Proposition 209
and Washington’s
Initiative 200
) would 1) uphold conservative principles; 2) end race-based
admissions; and 3)help minorities as a result. Let’s review these three:
1: The Conservative
Principle Concerning Affirmative Action
It’s been noted that most Conservatives oppose Affirmative
Action
policies. They believe
giving special treatment to members of a certain group (race, sex, ethnic,
etc.) is not needed in regards to education, employment, contracting, and other
areas.
2: Ending race-based college/university
admissions; or a plethora of reasons not to
Race is, and has always been, an integral part of our being.
“The fabric of our lives” as the saying goes. A fabric interwoven into the red,
white and blue that majestically flies over the landscape of this land; from
the Atlantic, to the Great Lakes, to the Gulf of Mexico, to the Pacific and
beyond. To reject and deny its existence denies the suffering, struggles and
battles that so many have endured (and continue to endure), like:
Dred Scott’s
fight to become a free man in Scott v.
Sandford
; a case where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that because Scott was
of African descent, people of African descent (whether free or slaves) could
not be, nor were intended to be, citizens under the U.S. Constitution and held
no legal rights—a ruling later discarded by the thirteenth amendment (abolition
of slavery) and fourteenth amendment (birthright citizenship for all).
W.E.B Dubois (a founding
member of the NAACP) and Booker T.
Washington
(founder of the Tuskegee Institute) championing for full civil rights when Southerners would
only guarantee “basic” educational and economic opportunities (and protesting
discrimination within the same “basic” educational and economic opportunities the
Southerners guaranteed); as well as protesting, and championing the end to lynchings
and the Jim
Crow Laws
of the South.
Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley,
Carole Robertson, and  Carol Denise
McNair of the Birmingham
Church Bombing
; Emmett
Till
and George
Stinney
, two of many children who died for
senseless reasons
; and the thousands of others who lost their lives
simply based on the color of their skin.
The thousands of men, women and
children (Virginia
Durr
, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hosea
Williams, Fannie Lou Hamer, John Lewis, Malcolm X and a host of others too
lengthy to name for this article) who contributed to the Civil Rights era of
the 1950’s and 60’s to end discrimination and racial segregation; all of which
lead to the Civil Rights act, Voting Rights Act, Fair Housing Bill and other cures
to the disparities faced by blacks.
Understanding where African Americans have come from, the
struggles and tumultuous journeys to get to where we are today, and how much
further is needed to go is pivotal for any “true leader” involved in public
policy making. Additionally, understanding the Conservative Principle, and its
impact, is equally important. And, yes, I would concur with Conservative
thinkers that everyone should stand on their own merits when it comes to
education, employment, contracting and the like; but that’s only if the playing
fields are level. But as a senior, business executive reminded me, “The playing
fields are never level [especially for women and racial minorities].” Can one
truly think that 50 years of progressive movement, since the 1960’s Civil
Rights Act, can erase 200-plus years of denied freedoms and unfair treatment? Until
one walks in another man’s (or woman’s) shoes, I can totally understand the Conservative’s
basis of not being able to comprehend or understand the brevity of such an
argument—if one chooses to try to understand it in the first place.
Conservative Leaders (well, all leaders for this matter) should
embrace the Stockdale
Paradox
: Confronting the brutal facts about the current reality of one’s
environment. Had Governor Bush confronted
the brutal facts
about the current
reality of his environment
—the existence of racism, sexism, bias-based
injustices, and the disparities within the educational system —he may have had
a different outlook (or vision) concerning his decision to end race-based
college admissions by executive order; but I applaud his optimism.
3: The end of
race-based admissions would help minorities
 
As with California’s Proposition 209 and Washington’s
Initiative 200, both of which saw URM (underrepresented
minorities
) enrollment plummet at their flagship universities, Florida is now
(as the article suggests) dealing with the same impact at its flagship
universities—declining black enrollment. Now in a conundrum, the universities
are trying to figure out how to increase URM enrollments; but how do you do
this when you continue to guarantee spots to the top 20 percent of high school
graduates from a warped and biased educational system? How does this “pool of
graduates” help your cause, better yet, Florida minorities; especially when the
state has such a poor minority graduation record? Mr. Samuel’s article (and
data) appears to indicate that it has done exactly the opposite; negating and dismissing
the state’s brutal fact about its current
reality
as noted in the Tampa Bay 2011 article, “Florida
ranks at bottom for graduation rate of black men
”.
Perhaps the executive order would have been better served by
not restricting opportunities for those where the playing fields are not level, but by establishing ways to
improve and retain Florida’s graduation rates where the playing fields could be level.
The basis of the Conservative Principle and the relevancy of
Affirmative Action today, have fueled many a great debates. However, one must
be cognizant of the fact that Affirmative Action policies and practices were
put in place for a reason; a reason accepted by individuals who understood the brutal facts about their environment.

 

Author, R.L. Byrd

R.L. Byrd was born in the coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia, in a time where America and the South was growing and evolving. His early upbringing there, would shape his world not only as a person, but as a writer.

His passion for writing was delayed by a similar passion for Architecture which he pursued by obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1992.

After many years of carrying stories, characters and images in his mind, R. L. found them revisiting him on a more frequent basis as the years rolled by; and beginning in 2007, it wasn’t a day that went by that the pull to write didn’t lure him back to the pen and paper. Looking for Sweet Love (2010) was his debut novel, followed by the sequelBlack Coffee (2012, reissued in 2014).

He is currently working on his third novel, The Art of Scandal (a story inspired by true events), scheduled to be released soon.
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After Ozz by Bart Baker Book Feature!


Title: After Ozz

Author: Bart Baker

Publisher: CreateSpace

Pages: 254

Genre: Young Adult

Format: Kindle/Paperback

With her uncle, the President of the United States, presumed dead and her beloved younger brother, Ozz, missing, Dot Gale is whisked into an odyssey in a different, very strange dimension. With the aid of three friends she makes on this arduous adventure, Scared Crow, Heartless and half man/half beast, Lars, Dot must battle the diabolically deadly Empress West if she is ever to return home with Ozz. Can Dot survive the evil machinations of the Empress and return home to rescue the United States before her wicked Aunt Emily succeeds with her sinister plan to take over the country?

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Bart and his family, Pastor Joe Elvis and their two sons Isaiah and Emmanuel, moved to St. Louis, Bart’s hometown. For nearly 30 year, Mr. Baker resided in Los Angeles, where he worked as a writer/producer in the entertainment industry.

He has had two feature films produced LIVE WIRE for New Line Pictures, and SUPERCROSS for Fox, as well as eleven films for television, including CHILDREN OF THE BRIDE, which spawned two sequels, BABY OF THE BRIDE and MOTHER OF THE BRIDE on CBS, as well as the Christmas perennial, A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS for Lifetime.

Mr. Baker has worked on film and TV projects for Warner Brothers, Tristar, New Line, Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, Lifetime, USA Network, Syfy Network, Fox Television, The Family Channel, as well as working on staff on the FX Network series, DIRT starring Courteney Cox.

Presently, Mr. Baker has two projects in development, HONEYMOON WITH HARRY a feature film based on Bart’s debut novel of the same name at New Line with Bradley Cooper attached to star. Mr. Baker has also completed his second novel, IMMEDIATE FAMILY.

Mr. Baker also has eight produced theatrical plays under his belt.

An avid fitness buff and political junkie, Bart enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends, and enjoys teaching film/television writing classes at Webster University.

Writing is his passion and he feels blessed that he’s been able to make a living doing what he loves and for all the interesting people and events that he’s been exposed to through his work.

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