Content Writing: Style Your Stuff

By Loki Ong 

Content Writing Success: 3 Crucial Ways To Style Your Stuff

When you set out to write engaging content it's not enough to open up your word processor and talk about the first thing that pops into your head. In order for your content to be good enough to help your business grow, you need to style your stuff in a certain way for the best possible results. When we talk about how to style your articles there are a few things to take into consideration, but most of your success can be attributed to only a few things. We'll take a look at them in more detail now, and going forwards you should be able to focus on them whenever you're trying to write engaging articles.

The Content Needs To Convince You

It's one thing to edit the content before you share it with the world, but it's another thing altogether to convince yourself it's perfect before you hit publish. Do you realize even though you might publish hundreds of articles, the majority of your visitors and income is only going to be due to a few of them? That means you need to style your stuff to make sure it's convincing well before it's ready to be shared with your readers, otherwise it won't be a hit and it won't have any kind of impact on your bottom line.

In other words, you'll have most likely wasted your time. Too many people put the onus on their customers, so when they publish something they cross their fingers hoping it will be good enough to convince them. It's easy to write an article with a greater chance of achieving the results you're looking for, so this problem can be rectified with a little effort on your part. You just need to read through everything you write and hold off on sharing it until you're sure it's great.

Insert Personality Into Your Content

No doubt you've been lead to believe you fit into two different categories. You're supposedly in the business to business space if you cater to the needs of other companies, or you're in the business to consumer space if you deal with the general public. There is only one thing wrong with that way of thinking, which you might recognize if you've been paying attention over the last few years. Every single customer wants to deal with a real person now, so we're all in the people to people space whether we like it or not.

The only way you can win in the people to people space is to style your stuff with more of your personality injected into your content. You might not think anyone will care about you on a personal level, but there are customers out there for everyone. You can't expect to win them all anyway no matter how amazing you are, but as soon as you start injecting your personality into articles you'll gain more traction than anyone refusing to do so. There are tricks you can use, but above all else you should be yourself.

Focus On The Needs Of Customers

As soon as you start trying to write content, it's far too easy to write about what you'd like to read. Although that approach might work a small percentage of the time, in reality the entrepreneurs who have the most success only focus on the needs of their customers. Do you think you could style your stuff towards a particular type of customer even if you only started out trying to target people exactly like you? Unfortunately once you start building an audience you have no idea who will start finding their way to your website.

The easiest thing to do is work hard to build an avatar of your customers after you attract a certain amount of people to your site. You can start to carry out detailed market research, which might even include surveying visitors and talking to them personally to find out everything about them. The way you do it doesn't make much difference, because the real results will start appearing as soon as you learn to focus on their needs whenever you write content instead of focusing on your own needs.

The Key To Content Creation Success

If you want your business to reach the level you dream of, you must style your stuff in the ways we've talked about today. To produce content of any other kind is taking a gamble, and even though it might pay off you want to do things in the easiest way possible. It will also help you see results a lot quicker, so don't go away and churn out content without using the techniques we've covered. If you start to incorporate them into your articles right now, they'll end up ingrained in your mind and including them all the time will become second nature to you.

A Guide to Book Publishers

By Erick Howard 

Finding the right book publishing companies to submit your book to can be difficult. Having an agent makes it easier, but if you are going it alone, you are going to want to know how to identify the right book publishers for you. The real question is not, "Who's offering the most money?" but "Who will be the best publishing partner for me?". Here is a quick overview of how to pick your book publishing companies and book publishing rights:

1. Write your book.  This may sound obvious, but many people start looking for book publishers long before they actually have a book written. Before you start reaching out to book publishing companies, you need to have your book finished (or as close to finished as it can be without the guidance of an editor).

2. Make sure you know who your audience is. Who have you written your book for? And don't say "everyone." No book is for everyone. Is it for teenagers? For adults? For children? There will be a specific demographic that your book is most appropriate for. When you approach publishers, you need to know what that audience is.

3. Research the publishers. Once your book is done and you know who it is for, you can start looking into publishers. Knowing who your book is for will help you make sure that you are reaching out only to publishers that are actually interested in the types of books that you are writing. You don't want to waste your time (or stamina) on publishers that will reject you simply because they don't publish the type of book you've written.

4. Get your manuscript ready. During the research process, be sure to note how certain publishers want your manuscript formatted. Many will want standard manuscript format, which is double spaced, Courier New, 12 pt. font. Others will have their own specific formats that they want to see. Make sure you know exactly what they are looking for before you turn anything in.

5. Don't give up and be aware of your book publishing rights. You may get accepted right away. You probably won't be. Every big author had to be rejected dozens of times before a publisher wanted to take a chance on them. Don't give up, no matter how many rejections you get, and make sure to study up on book publishing rights, so when you are accepted, you take the best possible deal.

PubMatch is a complete rights system: title/rights management, international networking, and rights buying/ selling with a large database of agents as well as traditional publishers in other countries.

Writing SEO Content in 2016: 4 Things Every Freelancer Should Know to Land Clients

By Yuwanda Black 

Since I started writing search engine-optimized (SEO) content in 2007, the rules have definitely changed. It's one of the things that make this form of technical writing exciting - and frustrating - at the same time.

To land clients, stay on the right side of Google and get rewarded in search results in 2016, following are four things you should know as a freelance SEO copywriter.

I. Become a Master Story Teller: Writing online content used to be all about keywords and keyword density. You would do your research; put keywords in the appropriate places, eg, title, subheadings, body of article; then distribute it and bam - land on the first few pages of Google (if you did this often enough).

I know. I used to dominate the first few pages of Google for quite a few keywords pertinent to niches of products and services I promoted.

Nowadays, it's not so simple. Google's Panda update in February 2011 basically did away with this method of achieving high rank. Nowadays, it's all about quality content, and what content marketers want are "master story tellers."

They want content that can engage their customers and make them take the next step in the sales cycle -- whether it's making a purchase directly, or downloading a free report (thereby capturing an email address so they can market to prospects later).

As a freelance SEO writer, if you can become a skilled story teller, your income will only be limited by your marketing ability.

How to Write Articles That Tell a Good Story

FYI, the Outbrain article, How to Write Good, SEO-Friendly Articles, gives some great tips on how to do this, staying:

(a) Use concrete, relatable examples in your copy;

(b) Find your voice -- and use it: for example, if you're funny, don't be afraid to let that shine through in the copy; and

(c) Know your audience. You have to know who you're writing for to make the copy relatable.

II. Get Results: With the advent of content marketing, quality is arguably the main ranking factor in Google, especially since its Penguin and Panda updates in 2011 and 2012.

What does this have to do with results? Since it's harder to reach the top of search results just by cranking out some articles with keywords in the right places, clients are using other metrics to measure results.

While search engine rank is still important, when you write a piece for a client, they look at actionable metrics like how many clicks did it get, how often was it share on social media, how many visitors did it drive to their blog, etc.

This all goes back to becoming a master story teller -- and knowing how to distribute content effectively, which brings me to my next point.

III. Know Social Media: Social media is an integral part of SEO content writing these days. The two go hand in hand. Why? Because you can write the greatest piece of content since Hemingway's, The Old Man and the Sea, but if nobody reads it (ie, knows it exists), then it don't mean a thang!

This is why distribution is important.

Knowing the demographics and user behavior of the major social media outlets will help you effectively distribute content you write for clients. And an added bonus is, this can add an extra income stream for you (social media account management), which is a pretty easy upsell to clients who already use you.

IV. Learn How to Write Effective Headlines: This is important because it's the first part of your content that web surfers see. If the headline doesn't lure a reader in, no matter how great the rest of your content is, it's not going to get read - or distributed, or create sales, or generate leads for clients.

And consider this...

On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.~David Ogilvy

In case you don't know, David Ogilvy was an advertising executive who was widely hailed as "The Father of Advertising". He founded Ogilvy & Mather, one of the largest marketing companies in the world today.

See why learning to write headlines is critically important as a SEO writer?


Writing is a skill that many take for granted - until they need it. This is why good SEO writers can make a ton of money - if they take to heart the advice outlined here. Because of the growth of content marketing, companies need what you can provide, and they're willing to pay a pretty penny to the ones who can provide results.

About the Author: Yuwanda Black has been a freelancer since 1993. She heads New Media Words, an online writing company, and is the webmaster of Inkwell Editorial, a leading portal for information on how to start or grow a successful freelance writing business. Log on and get the free eBook, "Living the Freelance Life! How I Live Internationally and Have Earned a Living Completely Online Since 2007," when you subscribe.

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Literary Club Planning Connection  

So it’s February, Black History Month and you are thinking about starting an African American book club.  Well you can keep with the tradition of African-American book clubs that dates back to the 1820s, or you can move awau frp, the highly-structured reading societies, its your choice as a group.

Lets begin here:

How to Start an African American Book Club

African American literature has a strong present influenced by a strong past. Starting an African American book club is a good way to support African American authors while exploring issues faced by the African American community as a whole.

1.       Determining the Basics

Figure out where to meet. The meeting place you choose will determine the tone and size of your group. If you plan on keeping it in your home, or among the homes of your members, you should try to keep it a more intimate group consisting of no more than eight people. If you decide to use public space, like a library or a restaurant with a meeting room, you can open membership up to 12 or more members.

Set a meeting time.
The meeting time may need to be altered depending on what is most convenient for your members, but having a meeting time pre-determined can give prospective members an idea of whether or not they can fit the club into their schedules. Meeting at night will open up club membership to working parents. Weekends are generally out, though, since most people prefer to have weekends to themselves. If you do choose a weekend day, opt for Sunday over Saturday.

Determine how often to gather. Giving your members a month to read a book makes it easier for busy members to finish the reading, but if you do not mind meeting to talk about the book as you read it, you could try meeting every week or every other week. Just realize that busier members may not be able to make a weekly meeting.

Make sure to meet at roughly the same time each week or month. For instance, if you only meet once a month, you could hold your meetings on the second Thursday of every month. If you meet twice a month, you could choose the first and third Tuesday of every month. This consistency makes it easier for members to plan around the meeting.

Set a few ground rules to get running. You do not need anything too elaborate or strict. You should consider setting rules about how many meetings members can miss or how often members can show up to meetings without doing the reading first. Exceptions can always be made, of course, but having ground rules will help your members treat the club seriously.

Be prepared to lead.
As the founder of the book club, it will likely fall to you to moderate discussions. Make sure that the members stay on track and that conversation does not stray too far from topic. Also be prepared to ask insightful questions to spur discussion.

2.  Finding Members

Determine how exclusive membership should be. As an African American book club, you have the option of limiting membership to African Americans or opening it to anyone who is interested in studying African American literature. Limiting membership may make everyone feel more comfortable and open about their remarks, but opening membership can ultimately provide a greater number of different perspectives.

Ask yourself if you want to limit membership on gender. Having a mixed-sex book club can lead to more interesting discussions, but limiting the membership by male or female can make your members feel more comfortable and may make it easier to choose books that appeal to the entire group.

Even if you do not put a limit on the gender, book clubs tend to be predominantly composed of females, so you may find yourself being part of an all-female book club without intending to be.

Figure out how many members you want. A group that is too small will not be very lively, but a group that is too large may make it impossible for everyone who wants to speak to get a chance to do so. Typically, book clubs have between 5 and 15 members. Smaller groups have a more personal feeling to them, but larger groups invite a greater diversity in opinion.

Alert your family, friends, and acquaintances.
Even if no one you know wants to join your book club, someone may know someone who would. The more people you talk to about your book club, the greater your odds of spreading the word around your community are.

Advertise your new book club. Ask your library, church, or local community center if you can post a flyer on their bulletin board. You can also post an ad on a free online classifieds for your city or community. In your advertisements, specify that you are starting an African American book club and provide an email address or phone number for interested parties to contact you at.

3.  Choosing Books

Narrow down your field of interest. African American literature is a broad category. Determine if you are want to cover fiction books, non-fiction books, or both. For fiction books, ask yourself if there are certain genres you want to cover or if any genre is fine. Similarly, for non-fiction books, ask yourself if there are specific categories or topics that you want to include on your book list.

Set the tone. If you want to start an African American book club that promotes books written by African Americans, you can have a light-hearted tone and compile a list of contemporary novels. On the other hand, if you want to use the club to take a serious look at issues affecting African Americans of both the past and present, the books you choose should be more literary, inspiration, or serious in tone.

If opting for a book club that focuses on African American issues, you may also want to consider whether or not your club should only read books written by African Americans. Authors of other races have also written books dealing with African American issues, and these can be especially useful if you are interested in gauging perspectives of the past.

Search African American book lists online.
You can go to online African American book clubs and search their selection, or you can look at blogs, message boards, social network communities, online book lists, and other websites aimed at appealing to an African American demographic.

Contact online African American book clubs for suggestions.
There are several notable online African American book clubs. You might be able to contact the person running one of these clubs and ask him or her for book recommendations. If you explain that you are setting up an African American book club in your community, the online club might be more accommodating and helpful.

Do not forget to enjoy the book club meetings and have fun yourself.

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Internet Publishing Industry Revenue Reached $110 Billion in 2014, Credit Card Issuance Revenue Retracted, Census Bureau Reports

Service Annual Survey Provides Comprehensive Statistics on Service Industries in U.S. Economy

Revenue for Internet publishing and broadcasting and Web search portal (NAICS 519130) employer firms increased 13.1 percent to $109.6 billion between 2013 and 2014. These information sector firms are primarily engaged in publishing and/or broadcasting content on the Internet exclusively or in operating websites that use a search engine to generate and maintain extensive databases of Internet addresses and content in an easily searchable format. Revenue among wireless telecommunications carriers (NAICS 517210) – another industry in the information sector – grew 8.0 percent between 2013 and 2014 to $251.8 billion.

All in all, information sector (NAICS 51) revenue increased 5.3 percent to $1.4 trillion for employer and non-employer firms. This sector is primarily comprised of publishing industries, including software and Internet publishing, motion picture and sound recording, broadcasting and telecommunications. 

These revenue data come from the Service Annual Survey, which provides the most comprehensive national statistics available each year on service industry activity in the United States. Dating from 1982 as an annual survey and last expanded in 2009, the survey collects data on revenues, expenses, and other measures from firms in most service industries. Together, these industries account for approximately 55 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product and had aggregate revenue of $13.4 trillion in 2014 for employer and non-employer firms.

Other industries with revenue growth for employer firms between 2013 and 2014 include:

·       Revenues in pipeline transportation of crude oil (NAICS 4861) increased 17.2 percent to $9.2 billion, marking the fifth straight year of 9.0 percent or greater revenue growth.

·       Professional employer organizations’ (NAICS 561330) revenues went up 22.8 percent to $135.4 billion. Firms in this industry provide human resources and human resource management services to client businesses.

·       Hazardous waste treatment and disposal (NAICS 562211) experienced a 23.2 percent surge in revenues (to $8.0 billion).

On the other hand, credit card issuing employer firms (NAICS 522210) saw their revenue decline 4.2 percent from 2013 to 2014, to $83.6 billion, following a 6.7 percent increase in 2013.

There are a few service industries excluded from the survey: accommodations and food services (NAICS 72) (currently captured in the annual retail trade report), universities (NAICS 611310) and other selected industries such as rail transportation (NAICS 482).

Other highlights from the service sectors on changes between 2013 and 2014:

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

·       Revenue for this sector (NAICS 56) increased 9.2 percent to $812.4 billion in 2014 for employer and non-employer firms. This marks an increase from the revenue growth rates seen in the prior three years.

·       Temporary help services (NAICS 561320) employer revenue was up 8.1 percent to $136.1 billion in 2014, exhibiting the fifth straight year of revenue growth.

·       Landscaping services (NAICS 561730) employer revenue rose 14.3 percent to $63.6 billion in 2014.

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

·       Revenue in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector (NAICS 71) rose 5.1 percent to $254.5 billion for employer and non-employer firms.

·       Sports teams and clubs (NAICS 711211) employer revenue increased 9.0 percent to $26.3 billion in 2014 following an increase of 6.4 percent in 2013.

·       Promoters of performing arts, sports and similar events (NAICS 7113) employer revenue rose 12.2 percent to $22.3 billion in 2014 after increasing 7.8 percent in 2013.

Educational Services (For Selected Industries)

·       Educational services (NAICS 6114, 6115, 6116, and 6117) revenue for employer and nonemployer firms increased 6.1 percent to $66.3 billion in 2014. These industries include business schools and computer and management training, technical and trade schools, and educational support services. They exclude elementary and secondary schools, junior colleges, and colleges, universities and professional schools, each of which is out-of-scope for this survey.

Finance and Insurance

·       Revenue earned by financial services and insurance providers (NAICS 52) increased 5.3 percent to $4.0 trillion in 2014 for employer and non-employer firms. This is up from the 2.8 percent growth rate during the previous year.

·       Commercial banking (NAICS 522110) employer revenue was $384.0 billion in 2014, showing no significant change from 2013.

·       Direct life, health and medical insurance carriers (NAICS 52411) employer revenue climbed 8.4 percent to $1.3 trillion in 2014, after increasing 3.8 percent in 2013.

Health Care and Social Assistance

·       Health care and social assistance sector (NAICS 62) revenue increased 4.7 percent to $2.3 trillion in 2014 for employer and non-employer firms.

·       After rising 1.8 percent from 2012 to 2013, ambulatory health care services (NACIS 621) employer revenue climbed 4.3 percent to $864.7 billion in 2014. This subsector includes health care practitioners not typically providing inpatient services, such as offices of physicians, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists and mental health practitioners.

·       Employer firm revenue for hospitals (NAICS 622) rose 5.2 percent to $953.0 billion in 2014, compared with a 3.4 percent rise in 2013.


·       Newspaper publishers (NAICS 511110) saw employer revenue decline 1.4 percent to $28.1 billion in 2014.

·       The television broadcasting industry (NAICS 515120), which includes local stations and television networks, experienced a 12.5 percent rise in employer revenue to $50.4 billion in 2014.

Other Services (Except Public Administration)

·       The other services sector (NAICS 81) saw revenue increase 7.1 percent to $577.2 billion in 2014 for employer and non-employer firms. This sector includes repair and maintenance services; personal and laundry services; and religious, grant making, civic, professional and similar organizations.

·       Pet care services (NACIS 812910) employer revenue rose 13.5 percent to $4.2 billion in 2014, following a 10.0 percent increase in 2013.

·       Grant making and giving services (NAICS 81321) employer revenue rose 12.0 percent to $115.6 billion in 2014, showing the fifth consecutive increase in this industry.

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

·       Revenue for this sector (NAICS 54) increased 4.9 percent to $1.7 trillion in 2014, following 1.7 percent growth in 2013 for employer and non-employer firms.

·       Architectural services (NAICS 541310) employer revenue was up 11.3 percent to $31.9 billion in 2014.

·       Interior design services (NAICS 541410) employer revenue climbed 16.6 percent to $9.5 billion.

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

·       Revenue for this sector (NAICS 53) rose 7.1 percent to $815.4 billion in 2014 for employer and non-employer firms.

·       Offices of real estate agents and brokers (NAICS 531210) employer revenue climbed 10.7 percent to $84.8 billion in 2014.

·       Employer revenue for real estate property managers (NAICS 3131) was up 9.6 percent to $55.6 billion in 2014.

·       Employer revenue for offices of real estate appraisers (NAICS 531320) fell 5.2 percent to $5.4 billion in 2014.

Transportation and Warehousing

·       Revenue earned by this sector (NAICS 48-49), which excludes rail transportation providers (NAICS 482) and the Postal Service (NAICS 491), rose 6.8 percent to $937.2 billion in 2014 for employer and non-employer firms.

·       Scheduled passenger air transportation industry (NAICS 481111) employer revenue increased 5.3 percent to $174.3 billion in 2014.

·       Long-distance general freight truckload trucking (NAICS 484121) employer revenue rose 7.3 percent to $101.2 billion in 2014.


·       Revenue earned by utilities (NAICS 22), including providers of electrical power, natural gas, steam supply, water supply and sewage removal, grew 7.8 percent to $606.4 billion in 2014 for employer and non-employer firms. This measure excludes government-owned utilities.

Service sector statistics from the Quarterly Services Survey through third quarter 2015 are also available. The fourth quarter 2015 statistics will be available March 10. The Service Annual Survey collects operating revenue, sources of revenue, expenses, exports, inventory, e-commerce and other selected industry-specific data from a sample of approximately 72,000 service businesses with paid employees. The survey is supplemented by administrative records data or imputed values to account for non-employer and certain other businesses. The Quarterly Services Survey is a principal economic indicator series that produces, for selected service industries, quarterly estimates of operating revenue, percentage of revenue by class of customer and expenses from approximately 19,500 service businesses with paid employees.

"America the Black Point of View" was named the number 4 book in the nation on the "Ten Best Black Books of 2015" list.

# 4 - America The Black Point of View: An Investigation and Study of The White People of America and Western Europe & The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy - The 1950's and 1960's - From the Projects to NAACP Image Award Winner, Volume One (Amber Books) by Tony Rose -


1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

2. Black Male Frames: African-Americans in a Century of Hollywood Cinema, 1903-2003 by Roland Leander Williams, Jr.

3. The Face That Changed It All: A Memoir by Beverly Johnson

4. America The Black Point of View by Tony Rose

5. After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye by Jan Gaye

6. Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace by Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon

7. Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas

8. The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America by April Ryan

9. Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York's Bravest by Ginger Adams Otis

10. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

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Honorable Mention

Florence "Flo" Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical by Sherie M. Randolph

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March By Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment by Michael Javen Fortner

Negroland: A Memoir: by Margo Jefferson

The African Burial Ground in New York City: Memory, Spirituality and Space by Andrea E. Frohne

Infinite Words: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Publishing by Zane

Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle by Robin Wilson

Son of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena by L. Douglas Wilder

White Allies in the Struggle for Racial Justice by Dick Boyd

The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice by Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Felon-Attorney by TheArthur Duncan II, Esquire

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege

Corruption Officer: From Jail Guard to Perpetrator inside Rikers Island by Gary L. Heyward

The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power by Leah Wright Riguer

Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles by Bert Ashe

Restaurant Winners: Plain Talk for Bootstrappers Navigating the Foodservice Industry by Mark Radford

It All Begins with 'I': The "New Rules" of Thinking and the Simple Secrets to Living a Rich, Joyous and Fulfilled Life by Stuart K. Robinson

Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding Edited by Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters Foreword by Russell Simmons

Child, Please: How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself before I Wrecked Myself by Ylonda Gault Caviness

A Bold Perspective: Courage & Empowerment to Take on Life's Adversities by Tina Marie and Rashon D. Fuller

Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press by James McGrath Morris

Talking Back: Voices of Color Edited by Nellie Wong Red Letter Press

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Rock the Boat: How to Use Conflict to Heal and Deepen Your Relationship by Resmaa Menakem, MSW

Sunny 101: The 10 Commandments of a Boss Chick by Sunshine Smith-Williams

The Street God: I Won without Telling by Christian Hayward

Welcome to Death Row: The Uncensored History of the Rise & Fall of Death Row Records by S. Leigh Savidge

Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire by Shane White

The Leader's Journey by Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide by Joy-Ann Reid

The Antidote by Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson