Baby Rosemary - born to an Italian teen and a married black man in Detroit in 1946 - is adopted from an agency by a black couple in Saginaw, Michigan The adoptive mother's abuse instills in the girl, whom they name Marylin Elnora, ambition to achieve great things on her own. At age 19, Marylin sparks a racial and religious scandal by marrying former Roman Catholic priest Thomas Lee Atkins, who is white and 25 years older. The Triumph of Rosemary's vivid dialogue, raw revelations, and heartwarming messages will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the power of one woman to pioneer a place for herself and her family in a sometimes unwelcoming world that ultimately embraced and celebrated her family's legacy of colorblind love.
Dennis W. Archer, born in Detroit, rose from humble beginnings in the small town of Cassopolis, Michigan, to become a celebrated attorney, a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, a two-term Mayor of Detroit, and the first person of color to serve as President of the 400,000-member American Bar Association. Dennis Archer has blazed a trail of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession while laying a rock-solid foundation to transform Detroit into the comeback city of the millennium. Let the Future Begin shares how he did it, and provides a blueprint for how to emulate his success and commitment to helping others.
Herman Williams was on the verge of living his ultimate dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon to elite athletes — when his life took a shocking detour. The healthy, 31-year-old collapsed during an afternoon basketball game with his fellow medical residents. When the paramedics arrived, their defibrillator did not work! By the grace of God, Herman survived. But this life-changing event killed the dream that he had worked so hard to achieve. Depressed and disabled, Herman refused to give up. So, he reinvented himself. Herman created a deeply fulfilling life and career that helps more people than he ever could have imagined in his original dream. In CLEAR! Living the Life You Didn't Dream Of, Herman sharies his inspiring success formula to help you endure life’s crushing blows, so that you find purpose, and cultivate peace and joy every day.
Steve D. Bullock credits his Four Pillars with nurturing and supporting him -- from the inside out -- throughout his life. The Christian Church, or more specifically, the Missionary Baptist church, in which he grew up and is still active today along with his family provide the first two foundations. His alma mater, Virginia Union University, found him and covered him from the cruelties of the world, then helped to transform his life as the third pillar. The final pillar is the American Red Cross, where he spent nearly 40 years working to improve the human condition, including himself, his family, others within his reach, and the world at large. Steve's memoir lays out his philosophies which offer guidance for maximizing one's potential. Follow his journey as the twenty-second child of a sharecropper in North Carolina through a life that fully exemplified his life's purpose. Steve's stories, lessons, and life achievements will help you discover your potential and power within so you can, as Ralph Waldo Emerson so eloquently said, make miracles happen for yourself and the world.
My American Success Story: Always the First, Never the Last is the autobiography of Roy Roberts, who became the highest ranking African American executive in the history of General Motors Corporation and the global auto industry. Roberts transformed GM plants, merged its Pontiac and GMC divisions, and coined the term "right-sizing" during a critical period of upheaval and transformation for the U.S. auto industry. My American Success Story chronicles Roberts' spectacular corporate career, community involvement (including his 2011-2013 role as emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools) and fulfilling personal life, highlighted by his 40-year marriage to Maureen, his wife. A consistent theme of Roberts' story is his determination to share success by opening doors for others. As he puts it: "It's not a sin to be the first; it's a sin to be the last."
Young Adult Fiction
Book 1 in The Veronica Series. Veronica's mother is black, and her father is white, but she looks entirely white, not biracial. People at school start making a big deal about it, but nobody cared before she got to eighth grade. Why do they think it's their business? Even Veronica's best friend, Katie, who's white, acts weird sometimes, like when a black girl from school comes to the house to get her hair cut by Katie's mom. "I didn't know my mom cut black people's hair," Katie said. This same black girl wanted Veronica to join her friends at lunch when she learned Veronica was black. Veronica wonders why this girl had never spoken to her before. Was it just because she's black that she wanted to be her friend now? And why had she called Katie a white-ass and huffed away when Veronica invited her to sit with them. Even the black girls in cooking class question Veronica's knowledge of greens and chitlins. "Greens is black folk's food," they tell her. Can Veronica find a place in everybody's confusion and chaos?
Book 2 in The Veronica Series. When Veronica tells her boyfriend she’s black, he laughs, pinches her cheek and says, “But, you’re so white. Are you sure you weren't adopted?” Is she too sensitive, like he says? She doesn't know what to say when he repeats some racist things his dad told him. Is he a racist, too? Will he feel differently about her when she tells him the truth, which she has to do sooner than later! When another boy starts paying attention to her, she wonders how he'll fit into her world. When he tells her his mom was disowned for marrying a black man, she is heartbroken. Has she finally found an ally who knows what it’s like to live in two worlds? What happens when the two guys confront each other?
Book 3 in The Veronica Series. "If you want to make friends, don't hang with Rhonda." This warning is like a slap in Veronica's face, because Rhonda was the only visibly black girl in her grade. Veronica hates that people assume she's prejudiced just because she looks white, even though her mother is black. Can she handle being rejected again? Can she get through the day fearing that people will make another racial slur? When school finally ends, Veronica's excited to escape the small town and spend the summer on Cape Cod with her friend Sally. But as soon as they drive off, she learns a terrible secret about Sally's family. Once they arrive at the cottage, things go from weird to worse. How will she survive the summer with this family from hell, with its hired black help in the kitchen? How can she avoid their criticisms and questions about what it's like to be mixed? Can she find peace with anyone on Cape Cod?
Two beautiful sisters spark a scandal of race, sex, politics, and money so big – it could kill them both. Camille is living the glamorous life in New York City – by passing for white. Meanwhile, Karen is proudly serving their interracial family and Detroit community. But their black mother is dying. Camille can save her. But that would expose Camille’s Dark Secret to the rich, racist dynasty that she’s worked so hard to join through marriage. Will Camille let her mother die? Or will Karen force her sister to save their mother’s life? From New York to Capitol Hill, from a Virginia plantation to the ghetto and glamour of Detroit, Karen and Camille battle for what they believe in. Their clash over black and white, love and money, seduction and deception, explodes into a national scandal.Can the two sisters escape alive?
Hollywood glamour, fiery passion, and a murderous stalker all come together around Simone Thompson, a young judge devoted to the welfare of children. She's presiding over the most high-profile case of her career, even as her own life starts to spiral dangerously out of control. Not only is she being stalked by a murderous lunatic, but she is also falling in love with a plaintiff before her court... D. Anthony Whittaker is a world-famous movie sex symbol whose romantic exploits have drawn him into a bitter custody battle. Nothing is more important to him than his two daughters, but holding onto his children may cost him more than just his career. Simone and Whittaker soon find themselves consumed by an irresistible attraction to each other. The potential for scandal-and murder-is incalculable, but how long can they deny the longing they both feel?
An ambitious biracial television reporter takes on a white-supremacist group in this thoughtless thriller set in Detroit. Pale-skinned, blonde reporter Taylor James uses her looks to infiltrate a white-supremacist group and break an important investigative story, but her darker-skinned colleagues resent her success and publicly question her "blackness." Her struggle for respect is compounded by her reluctant engagement to Philip Carter, the greedy, cynical owner of the network that employs her. When her first love comes to work at the same station, Taylor must choose between love and her career. A paradoxical character, Taylor insists that she is not sleeping her way to the top?and does just that, with a shallowness surprising even in a novel that tends to describe minor characters by hairstyle. The threat Taylor faces from the white supremacists is believable enough, but in the end it is impossible to care much about her or about this failed attempt to dramatize the difficulties facing people of mixed race. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Take a look at one of the most controversial topics within the African-American community: the self-hatred caused by intra-racial prejudice and the ongoing obsession with skin tone and hair texture. In other words, the skin/hair thang among black women. It begins with TaRessa Stovall's "My People, My People," in which a successful advertising executive acquires firsthand knowledge of prejudice when her clients insist on using light- rather than dark-skinned models. Next comes Tracy Price-Thompson's award-winning story "Other People's Skin," a tale set in 1970s Louisiana, where a dark-skinned young woman must come to terms with the bigotry of her light-skinned family. "New Birth," by Desiree Cooper reveals the intense roles that money, class, and skin color play in the intra-racial relationship between Catherine, a wealthy, light-skinned lawyer, and Lettie, her dark-skinned house cleaner. Finally, Elizabeth Atkin's "Take It Off" tells the story of a biracial girl who hides her coarse, braided hair from her friends at a mixed-race university in Detroit. Other People's Skin is the most innovative and varied anthology of sisterhood and unity to date. Each novella entertains, challenges, and, most important, offers healing to the reader -- no matter what her race, skin tone, or state of mind.
A powerful collection of novellas by four leading African-American women writers, each tackling the terror of domestic violence. In Other People’s Skin, Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall, along with writers Elizabeth Atkins and Desiree Cooper, took on intra-racial prejudice. The second book in their successful Sister4Sister Empowerment Series once again offers hope and healing, this time from the nightmare of abuse. In Desiree Cooper’s Breakin’ It Down, a highly successful talk show host, haunted by the abandonment and self-loathing she felt as a child, is shocked to find herself inflicting the same abuse she experienced on her seven-year-old daughter. Tracy Price-Thompson’s Brotherly Love goes deep into the disturbing relationship between a beautiful, accomplished teenage girl and the seemingly dutiful brother who raised her after their parents’ death. TaRessa Stovall’s Breakin’ Dishes reveals the turmoil behind the scenes of a picture-perfect marriage as an angry wife beats her cheating husband. And in Elizabeth Atkins’s The Wrong Side of Mr. Right, an outwardly beaming bride-to-be comes to terms with the inner turmoil brought on by her emotionally abusive fiancé. In all four novellas, redemption and hope appear when a pair of blue suede shoes enters each woman’s life, helping her to overcome her challenges and stop the cycle of abuse. A raw, engaging, and enlightening collection from beginning to end, My Blue Suede Shoes is as informative as it is entertaining.
Hunter Knightly, a self described Insurance Investigator and private pilot, was working a higher than normal caseload of death claims this winter in South Florida. An odd coincidence of natural and accidental deaths among the affluent citizens of the ultra exclusive Stepford-like community of Diamond Lagoon, in West Palm Beach, would launch his journey into a new and unimaginable world of greed. He was not prepared for was the collateral investigation into the potentially sinister new world of financial derivatives known as STOLI and IOLI, or STranger Originated Life Insurance and Investor Owned Life Insurance. Originally intended to aid terminally ill AIDS patients in the mid-1980s, this market quietly evolved into a financial world gone crazy as life insurance brokers and lenders push the envelope of creating any new excuse to sell multi-million dollar life insurance policies...A Life insurance policy that requires NO COST. What Hunter stumbles upon will jeopardize his life, as well as that of the new Vice President as she strives to save our Social Security Trust Fund.
Beautiful men. Mind-blowing pleasure. And perfect marriages that last only one year. Husbands, Inc., offers all this and more - for a price. CEO Venus Roman has just unveiled this erotic empire that will revolutionize marriage. She's hosting 200 women who've come to select Husbands and open franchises around the world. But her powerful ex-husband wants to destroy her decadent dynasty. He and a vindictive mob say she's peddling male prostitution by contracting husbands-for-hire. As Venus fights to protect her life mission, she and her clients offer provocative peeks inside this sexy sanctuary that's housed in a waterfront castle. But will she survive the violent crusade threatening to kill her and crush her carnal kingdom? Will the men and women of Husbands, Inc. enjoy 365 days of wedded bliss? And will the global guests succeed at revolutionizing marriage worldwide?
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In this book you will find ten simple principles that will dispel your dread of networking forever and reveal a proven path to success and happiness. Imagine mastering the skills to create an extraordinary marriage, lifelong friendships, or powerful and enriching business relationships. That is what awaits you in Click: the tools to tap into the richest resource on the planet--other people--no matter how hard it's been for you to do so in the past. A new world opens with networking. But George Fraser doesn't stop there. He shows you how to go from networking to connecting--when you experience that heartfelt feeling of trust and exciting burst of energy with someone. And then when you each willingly add special value to each other and achieve more together than either of you could achieve alone, that's when you're clicking.