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Colorism - The Plague of Black America
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The Founding Fathers could have been Great, but chose to be Cowards
Why Black Women are not 'Queens' or 'Divas'

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Interview with author Tracy Kauffman

It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to speak with Ms. Kauffman today.  As she speaks about in the interview, her novels have a unique southern flair that provides a window into a rich segment of American history.  Drawing from actual life experiences and events, she has crafted the novel, Southern Attraction. 

I hope you all enjoy the interview as much as I did and check out Southern Attraction.




Q: Tell me a little about yourself, and how you got interested in writing?   

Colorism - The Plague of Black America

Colorism - The Plague of Black America
 
     




     You've heard it all before, haven't you? 
     "Tar Baby."
     "Nappy headed."
     What about these?
     "Big nose."
     "Big lips."

     And you've heard whites emphasize our color as they are retelling a story about an encounter with a black person, "Well this BLACK woman said to me  .

BLOG HOP AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH ORLANDO SMART-POWELL

 BLOG HOP AUTHOR INTERVIEW       

 Q:         What is the working title of your
              next book? 
 A:         Gods of Egypt, which will be out this
              spring.  Folsom on Fire, a literary
              novel is out now.  

Q:         Where did the idea come from for

The Founding Fathers could have been Great, but chose to be Cowards

The Founding Fathers were Cowards.
It's time for a New Civil Rights Movement for All 
 

 

            Why weren’t the Founding Fathers, whom conservatives love to extol their so-called virtues and wisdom, so great?  Let me use the words of a man far wiser than I to put this into context.
 
            “There is not a nation of savages.  There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.

Why Black Women are not 'Queens' or 'Divas'

Why Black Women are not Black Queens or Divas
 
 
Not a Black Queen or a Diva, you say?
 
No . . . because you are far more than that. 
 
Oh . . . but I have done it now, you might say!  I suppose every Black person is now looking at that picture on the dresser or entertainment stand with the picture of themselves or their female relative with their hand on their hip and their head sassily tilted skyward.  Above or beneath the photo, written or engraved, is the title .

Ignorance is a Self-Esteem Killer - Why I wrote Folsom on Fire

 Ignorance is a Self-Esteem Killer

Why I wroteFolsom on Fire 
 
Why did I write the novelFolsom on Fire?  Well frankly, that is actually an easy question to answer.  As a black gay male, I know what it is to be one of the faces at the “bottom of the well,” to borrow a quote from the late Harvard professor, Derrick Bell.  And for how long have those who are black, women or gay been relegated to the lower level of society's well?  Who shall tell their stories?  Who shall give them a voice?

Press Release - Folsom on Fire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Folsom on Fire – the Breakthrough Novel by Orlando Smart-Powell exposes the roots of Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Bullying in America by Peering Into a Window of its Past.     


 The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified over 1,018 Hate Groups in the United States as of 2011.  Gay marriage, the “War on Women”, racist comments and depictions of President Obama seek to divide the country even further.  Eric Holder, the U.