Monday, February 17, 2020

Featuring UBAWA’S Top 100 Authors


UBAWA's Top 100 Authors is an annual list published at the end of every year to celebrate the many talented authors whose work often goes unnoticed. Congratulations to the following authors below who were nominated and chosen by readers as UBAWA'S Top 100 Authors of 2019.

UBAWA'S Top 100 Authors of 2019 will be published in the 36th issue of the UBAWA Magazine and featured in the next edition of Who's Who in Urban LiteratureIf no one else takes the time out to recognize the hard work that many independent authors put in day-to-day, we will. It's been our mission and commitment since 2010 and we are happy that you and thousands of others can join us in giving these authors their props. ​​

A Jova'n
Alexandria House
Alexis Smith
Andrea Jacobs
Ariel Gavin
Ashantay Keys
Asia Monique'
Ashley Blackwell
Aubree' Pynn
Azayler
Britt Joni
Candice Persail
Carmen Lashay
Cash Alexander
Chanelle McAlister
Chenell Parker
Chey Tibbitts
Chrissyo
Christine Davis
CoCo Amoure
Criss Carr
Crystal Alexis
De'Kari
Demetrius Walker
​Deshon Dreamz
Ebony Turrentine
Fatima Munroe
Jadine Royal
Jahquel Jacobs
Jay Jay (the writer)
JD Barnes
Jelissa Shante'
Jenica Johnson
Jennifer Holliman
Josephine Jenesequa
Kandis Tolliver
Karen Renee
Kasha Diaz
Kee Nicole
​Kelsey Hill
Kendra Sumter
Kisha Reinhardt
KoKo Shawnde
Kyra Brown
Lasandra King
Latoya Evans
LeeSha McCoy
Linette King
Lisa Brown
​Londyn Lenz

Malay Renee'
Margaret Cooper
Marina Chestnut
Meesha Turner
Melissa Lampkins
Monica F Walters
Moshay Jones
Myia White
Nia'b
​Niki Jilvontae
Nikki Brown
Nikki Taylor
N.M. Frye
Patrice Balark
Porschea Jade
Raegan Dennis
Rayshon Farmer
Roneisha Cooper
Sabrina Jenkins
Sha Jones
Sha'Kala Hill
Shanay Nicole
Sephiri J
Shanikqua Hunter
​Shatina Shirelle
Shvonne Latrice
Sidni Boykins
Simone Ferguson
Soulja Choc
Stephanie Partee
Summer Mone't
Tamiya Davis
Tammy Cross
Tamyra Griffin
Tanisha Hope
T'Anne Marie
Tanya Deloatch
Tatiana Sanon
Taylor Kirk
​Terence Pollard
Theresa Ann
Tip Montana
Tisha Andrews
TL Blakely
TN Jones
TraNique
Twyla Turner
Tyanna Coston
Tyeis Washington
​Unique Waterfall

Monday, February 10, 2020

Highlighting Kate Muehlemann-Cataldo Who Captures Images That Connect Us All




Kate Muehlemann-Cataldo is a Brooklyn, NY based artist who works as a Hospice nurse and studies/practices the traditional science of yoga.  The goal of yoga is to come to understand our true Self behind the changeability and temporary nature of our physical and mental experiences.  She makes work to illustrate that something constant remains behind them all - beyond birth, death, and old age, uniting all of us.


Kate's newest body of work (in progress) focuses on patients who are on a Hospice program, and thus is an exploration of the period of time that can be considered End of Life.  She paints large scale oil portraits of mostly her own patients, however, anyone who is facing end of life either themselves or as a caregiver are welcome to contact Kate to discuss being involved in the portrait project at kate.muehlemann@gmail.com.


You can visit Kate's work at www.katemuehlemann.com, or see her work in progress and updates by following her on Instagram @katemuehlemann.  

Monday, February 03, 2020

Things You Should Never Talk About or Do on a First Date by Miss Know It All


Miss Know It All
A first date is an initial meeting between two individuals, whether they have previously known each other or not. An effort is made to ask questions and get to know if they can form a relationship. The goal is to plan a loving connection, finding a romantic or sexual partner for a short time, or seeking a long-term partner or spouse.


Your first date can be a wonderful experience or it can end up being a disastrous event.  So, you want to be on your best behavior and make a good impression. This is not to say there will be a second date, but the last thing you want to do is sabotage your meeting by doing or saying something that will kill your chances of having more dates. If you want to have a date to remember, which will lead to a second, third and fourth date, there are topics you should never discuss and an act you should never do on that first date.

·       Don't ask are you seeing anyone.

·       Why did your last relationship end?


·       Do you still talk to your ex?

·       When it comes to certain topics, avoid discussing politics, and religion. It can get very intense. Reserve that when you have known the person for a longer period.

·       Never talk about how bad your ex was. You will come over as a resentful individual.



·       Leave financial information off the table.

·       If you are a parent, don't bring your children into the conversation.

·       Don't ask personal questions, namely - what is your ethnic background? For People of Color this can be a thoughtless question.


·       Don't discuss your sexual adventures. A lot could be read into this. You could be seen as someone who is just looking for a one night stand or seeking a friend with benefits.

·       Don't tell the person that you are ready to get married and have children. Wait until you have established some sort of relationship before treading into this territory.

·       Don’t text or talk on your smartphone. It’s rude.


·       Never have sex on the first date. With the surge of STDs, HIV, and AIDS, the last thing you want to do is play Russian roulette with your life.



Monday, January 27, 2020

Don’t Miss Attending the Interracial Romance Authors Expo

Image by DarkWorkX from Pixabay

What are you doing on April 23 - April 26, 2020? You can join them at the biggest IR event ever.

There will be 40 featured IR authors and several more making guest appearances. The most ever at one event. Don't miss out.

To book a hotel room, call the hotel directly at 386-255-5494. The booking group is Interracial Romance.

For more information, please visit their site.

Monday, January 20, 2020

How to Recognize When You’re Being Deceived on Your First Date by Vivienne Diane Neal


Image by 1820796 from Pixabay

When a person shows you who he is, believe him the first time; don’t be fooled by his drop-dead gorgeous features, his way with words, and his dress to kill apparel, and the first topic of discussion is money. However, you ignore this sign because it’s love at first sight, and you want to see him again.

On the second date, you are slowly being played by a master manipulator. He invites you to his place for dinner and will make you a memorable meal. The food is most likely frozen dinners, and all he has to do is heat it and serve it. And this where you should you recognize that this relationship is doomed right from the start when he gives you a sob story that he lost his job and will ask if you could lend him money to help pay his rent until he finds another job.

Yet, the biggest shocker is when he asks you to co-sign for a car after knowing him for only one month. You give him the money because you feel sorry for him, have fallen hard for the man and see the two of you living happily ever after. But when you ask for the money back several weeks later, he tells you the monies were gifts. This means you will never see your money unless you take him to court; if you didn’t have him sign a promissory note, most likely you can say goodbye to your money unless you receive a text message saying he borrowed or owes you the money. He will never admit he owes you any money.

Now, this is where the con artist can trip himself up when he refuses to reply to your text messages, demanding he pays you back. Most judges will ask, “If this was a gift, why didn’t you reply to the woman’s message and say, “I don’t know what you’re talking about; the monies were gifts.” This doesn’t mean the borrower is completely off the hook. So make certain you save all messages sent to the borrower as evidence if you decide to take him to civil court. Or better yet, have him sign a promissory note before the cash leaves your hand; it doesn’t have to be formal. You can write it on a piece of toilet paper and make certain you both sign the note. If he refuses to sign the IOUs, you will never see him again.

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Monday, January 13, 2020

On The Road February Book Tour with Authors Tomi Adeyemi and Adalyn Grace


Acclaimed author Tomi Adeyemi, creator of Children of Blood and Bone, has written her second book Children of Virtue and Vengeance, and her partner Adalyn Grace is the author of All The Stars and Teeth.

If you're on the West Coast, come out and see the two authors together and get your books signed!
For full event details and ticket information, please visit the stores’ websites:

February 4th : San Diego, CA
February 5th : Menlo Park, CA
February 6th : Beverly Hills, CA
February 7th : Portland, OR
February 8th : Salt Lake City, UT