Thursday, August 30, 2012

Speaking Books...

Promoting her new book, Yes We Can! Yes We Did! Jeanine Jones will be a participating author at the
Black Writers and Book Clubs
Literacy Festival
Hosted by Author Shelia Lipsey
September 14-15, 2012
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

LeMoyne-Owen College (HBCU)
807 Walker Ave
Memphis TN 38126
(901) 435-1000

Well-Read Chiefs'
 Students of the Well-Read Chiefs' (student book club) at Craigmont High School are reading Orange is the New Pink, by Nina Black for the month of September. Several members of Ladies Club at Craigmont High have received free books and will be discussing the book on
Tues. September 18, 2012
Well-Read Chiefs' Cafe
All New Book Bar Happy Hour
                                                               Craigmont High Library

Other books of intereset this month for the Well-Read Chiefs' include the Thirst Series, Chrirtopher Pike, Yasmin Peace Series, Stephanie Perry Moore, Inheritance, the Vault of Souls, Christoper Paolini. Blog about the selected book of the month or any of the other titles of interest. 
Inheritance, or, The vault of souls     
Paolini, Christopher.
Inheritance, or, The vault of souls     
Paolini, Christopher. 
Inheritance, or, The vault of souls     
Paolini, Christopher.

Selected bloggers will recieve a free book for blogging.

Well-Read Chiefs (teachers etc.)
The Faculty and Staff of the Well-Read Chiefs (teachers etc.), are reading Black Students. Middle Class Teachers., by Jawanza Kunjufu a discussion on the "racy" title 
Wed. September 19, 2012
Well-Read Chiefs' Cafe
All New Book Bar Happy Hour
                                                               Craigmont High Library

Blog about the selected book of the month.

Speaking Books Book Club
Speaking Books Book Club (Adults Book Club) The Ladies of Speaking Books Book Club, are reading Fifty Shades Grey , by E.L. James a discussion on the "erotic" title 
Sat. September 22, 2012
@ Beniedra's Place (private address)
Pot Luck
email jeaninejones@speaktomebooks for details and food/drink contributions

Blog about the selected book of the month.

Until next time, remember
~Literacy is Life~ Live!
Peace & Blessings J.J.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Coming Home Blog Tour

Coming Home Blog Tour

About the Author

Stacy Hawkins Adams is an award-winning inspirational author, speaker and freelance journalist who has written about women’s relationships with God, each other, and themselves for more than a decade. She has penned seven nationally published women’s fiction novels and one nonfiction book, and is at work on her ninth book.Stacy also operates a group coaching service for aspiring authors called Author In You. For more information about Stacy, her books or her coaching services, visit or




About the Book

If forgiving your ex-husband was easy, everybody would do it.

Brent had cheated on Dayna and coldly said goodbye to her seven long years ago—dashing her hopes of having children or growing old with the love of her life.

Working hard to make herself successful as a hospital executive, Dayna has moved on, finding comfort in a new relationship with a faith-filled colleague, Warren.

But when Brent resurfaces on her doorstep at just the wrong time, Dayna’s heart threatens to come unglued. Why is Brent asking for forgiveness now? And why are he and his new wife, Tamara, interested in reconciliation with Dayna? The unbelievable answers begin to surface as Brent boldly asks Dayna to support him at the most crucial time of his life.

While Tamara’s heart brims with guilt, both women will discover what it means to reach beyond pain and baggage to love unconditionally, while leaving the consequences to God.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

On the Tenth Day of Black History...28 Days of Black History Excerpt

On the tenth day of Black History .....
My Blackness gave to me athleticism
Kobe Lebron Wilma Rudolph

On the Ninth Day of Black History.....28 days of Black History Excerpt

On the Ninth Day of Black History.....
Alicia Keys
Billie Holiday
click photo to learn more about Lady Day

My Blackness gave to me the gift of song via Be-Bop, Hip-Hop, 
The Gospel of Mahalia Jackson crooning over the troubles of the world,
Lift Every Voice and Sing!

Ella scatting, Bassie & Coltrane and all that Jazz
Leontyne Price and Marion Anderson’s Opera-sweet and nice,
Billie Holiday’s Blues lamenting over lynched lives,
Rock and Roll Soul thrives-with the God Father J.B.

Before long the Motown sound came about
Rhythm and Blues gave way to countless tunes

Following the blueprint of Curtis Blow’s aptitude to flow
Big Tif, Mc Lyte, Eric B. & Rakim came to rock the show

The King of  Pop dropped groundbreaking charts and reigned royalty with the sound of immortality
Prince serenaded us with soft and high controversial vocals that made some fuss

The Queen of soul made way for the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Ms. Mary J.
Alicia Keys used her vocal instrument and tools combined with the ivories of the keyboard and the musical master has had masses Falling every since

Neo Soul, old soul with a new twist and strong hold was next to unfold  
Spittin Baduizm, and Jilly from Philly’s poetic libretto’s,  India Arie, Angie Stone, Kindred the Family Soul & on and on the microphone won’t rest with new comer’s Coming From Where I’m From Anthony Hamilton Neo Soul’s son,  Jasmine Sullivan and Ledisi
Music is so much more than a beat

1. What African-American singer/musician inspires you the most? Why?
2. What is your favorite genre of music and why?
3. What is your favorite song?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

28 Days of Black History, On the Eighth Day...

On the Eighth day of Black History… 

My Blackness gave to me
Literary greats with no debate

Vast distinguished works speak
Dancing on the pages of poetry, novels, books and plays

Amiri Biraka pleaded “Who did what to the United States? “
Phenomenal Women who rose and activist who chose to compose literature that reflects a diverse people

Creative intellectual minds who wrote without the coat of sugar or syrupy sweet

Producing great characters such as Walter Lee Younger and Boy Willie & poems of Dreams we hear them speak volumes

Lucille Clifton lifting us

Still Thirsting for Hurston calling out for an S.O.S for Sanchez 
  Walter Dean Myers, Sharon Draper, Christopher Paul Curtis and Mildred D. Taylor’s Road to Memphis. Richard Wright,  Ralph Ellison the writing journey has begun-and I'm on board


1. Who is your favorite African-American Writer? Why?

2. Tell us about your favorite book by an African-American Author. Note the genre.

3. Research the characters, titles mentioned in the poem. Who wrote them and which body of work do they come from?

4. Research the authors mentioned in the poem. Name one title from each of their works.

5. Which modern day writers from the poem write Young Adult realistic fiction?

6. List at least eight African-American writers that are not listed in the poem and their contribution (title).

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

On the Seventh Day of Black History.....

On the Seventh Day of Black History.....
My Blackness gave to me Corn Rows and Afros, ring curls and hot combs all inspired by Madame C.J. Walker and Annie Turnbo Malone
Raged out Afro puffs, twists, and braids and stuff
Up do's  and short cuts and such
My crown gives me much versatility
Waves and curls and swoops and swirls I rock this mane with much attitude and thanks to my ancestors Who paid the dues for Willow whipping her hair and India's I Am Not My Hair but my hair is me
I am Free Straight, Natural naturally nappy, curled coiled hair Happy
Tresses woolly locks I rock on the seventh day of black history and to some my mane remains a Mystery


1. Which note worthy African Americans where noted in the poem?

2. What contributions did they make to American society? 

3. There are several different hair styles worn by African Americans. How many were mentioned in the poem? Now list seven of those styles and at least three more hair styles that are worn by African Americans?

4. Write a paragraph/essay on each one of the ladies explaining their contributions.