An Evening with Miko Branch

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

901 G St NW

Washington, DC 20001

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Join us for an unforgettable evening with Natural Hair Care Pioneer, Miko Branch of Miss Jessie’s Hair Care as we discuss her new title, Miss Jessie’s, Creating a Sucessful Business From Scratch-Naturally; By Miko Branch with Titi Branch.

Miss Jessie’s is a memoir and business guide rich with inspirational life lessons and unique business advice from Miko Branch, the Chief Executive Officer of the dynamic Miss Jessie’s — the company that revolutionized the hair care industry.

When Miko  and her sister, Titi, were children, their grandmother, Miss Jessie, taught them independence and showed them the value of being “do it yourself” women, all while whipping up homemade hair concoctions at her kitchen table. As co-founders of Miss Jessie’s, Miko reveals how she and Titi applied those lessons to create a successful business from scratch.

A family memoir with a wealth of practical business advice and handy hair tips, told in Miko’s funny and relatable voice, Miss Jessie’s is her remarkable story — from her childhood learning independence as a latchkey kid in Jamaica, Queens, to building a highly regarded company with her sister in their shared home salon in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Miko reflects on her hard-won insights working for her autocratic, iron-fisted father, and how the self-sufficiency she learned in childhood helped her blossom as a single mother with bills to pay, a child to raise, and a dream to pursue. She speaks honestly of her mistakes and successes, and of her role as an industry leader, negotiating multi-million dollar deals while at the same time restoring the self-esteem of natural and curly haired women.

Charming and enlightening, chock full of entertaining stories and invaluable instruction that can be applied to any business, and illustrated with 16 pages of photos, Miss Jessie’s confirms that with effort the American Dream is possible.

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God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

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In her eleventh novel, God Help The Child, the Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved and Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison, explores the harsher side of motherly love. This taut and frank novel focuses on Sweetness, a light-skinned woman who treats her daughter coldly, justifying it as tough love to prepare her for the pain of a world acutely aware of her color. Sweetness has her own lessons to learn and Morrison shows how she eventually understands that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

 

 

 

Appearances

April 30, 2015| 7:00 PM| Politics & Prose|5015 Connecticut Ave. NW D.C.

Bernice McFadden in Conversation with Terry McMillan

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About the Book

The first section of McFadden’s unconventional love story belongs to Campbell. Despite being born to a brokenhearted mother and a faithless father, Campbell still believes in the power of love . . . if she can ever find it. Living in the same neighborhood, but unknown to Campbell until a chance meeting brings them together, is Donovan, the “little man” of a shattered home—a family torn apart by anger and bitterness.

In the face of daunting obstacles, Donovan dreams of someday marrying, raising a family, and playing in the NBA. But deep inside, Campbell and Donovan live with the histories that have shaped their lives. What they discover—together and apart—forms the basis of this compelling, sensual, and surprising novel.

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

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2015 Newbery Medal Winner
2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner

“With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013).

   Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

Winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal
A 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

Appearances

May 16, 2015| 1:00 PM| 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033

The Ultimate Betrayal by Kimberla Lawson Roby

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Friend to the blog and one of our fav authors is back with another fantastic novel!

It’s been four years since twenty-eight-year old Alicia Black, daughter of Reverend Curtis Black, divorced her second husband, the most womanizing and corrupt man she has ever known. Since then, Alicia has been dating her first husband, Phillip Sullivan, a wonderfully kind and true man of God whom she’d hurt terribly by cheating on him. Alicia has worked hard to prove herself worthy of his trust once more, and when he asks her to marry him again, she couldn’t be happier.

But Levi Cunningham, the drug dealer Alicia had an extramarital affair with, has just been released from prison, and he has completely turned his life around for the better. Still head-over-heels in love with Alicia, he will do whatever is necessary to win her back. Remarrying Phillip is the one thing Alicia has wanted for years, but she can’t get Levi out of her mind.

Alicia and Phillip aren’t the only ones in the middle of a crisis. Their best friends, husband and wife Brad and Melanie Richardson, are struggling to keep their marriage together. Workaholic Brad is never home and has begun losing thousands on bad investments. Or so he says. Melanie, who is certain there’s more to the story, is determined to get at the truth. At the same time, her frustration and stress cause her to eat a lot less, and she behaves in an extreme fashion. Alicia worries that she could be suffering from anorexia, but Melanie steadfastly denies it. Their friendship begins to suffer, and it isn’t long before they’re talking to each other like enemies.

Fresh betrayal leads to consequences no one saw coming, and Alicia’s relationship with Phillip might not be the only thing that needs saving. But is it already too late?

Appearance

SALISBURY, NC

Friday, March 27, 2015
11:30 AM
Keynote Speaker & Book Signing
Women In History Brunch
Sponsored by Livingstone College
School of Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts
530 Jake Alexander Blvd
Salisbury, NC 28144
Open To The Public

LOS ANGELES, CA

Saturday, May 23, 2015
11:00 AM
Keynote Speaker
Booksigning To Follow
Sponsored by Women Who Care Ministry
@ Crenshaw Christian Center
Los Angeles, CA
Location of Event and Ticket Information To Come

BALTIMORE, MD

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Time To Be Announced
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

RALEIGH, NC

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Triangle Town Center
5959 Triangle Town Road
Raleigh, NC 27616

COLUMBIA, SC

Thursday, June 11, 2015
6:30 PM
Books-A-Million
Village At Sandhill
164 Forum Drive
Columbia, SC 29229

ROCKFORD, IL

Friday, June 12, 2015
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Cherryvale Mall
7200 Harrison Avenue
Rockford, IL 61112

HOUSTON, TX

Monday, June 15, 2015
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Vanderbilt Square
3003 W Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX 77025

ATLANTA, GA

Thursday, June 18, 2015
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Edgewood Retail District
1217 Caroline Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

*UPDATED* RUBY by Cynthia Bond

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Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city—the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village—all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby Bell finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom’s Juke, to Celia Jennings’s kitchen where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man’s dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love.

Appearances

April 1, 2015| 7:00 PM| 189 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036

April 4, 2015| 2:00 PM |8889 Gateway Blvd. West El Paso, TX 79925

April 7, 2015| 7:00 PM |3003 W Holcombe Blvd Houston, TX 77025

April 8, 2015| 7:00 PM| 770 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225

April 19, 2015| 2:00 PM| L.A. Times Festival of Books Panel

April 23, 2015| 7:00 PM| 126 N Larchmont Blvd, L.A., CA 90004

Twintuition by Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley

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From actresses Tia and Tamera comes the story of tween twins Cassie and Caitlyn and their discovery that they have the ability to see things before they occur!

When their mother’s new job forces them to move from bustling San Antonio to middle-of-nowhere Aura, Texas, Caitlyn tries to stay positive, focusing on meeting new people and having new adventures. Cassie, on the other hand, is convinced that it’s only a matter of time until they’ll be sick of Aura and ready to move back to the big city.

But being the new kids isn’t their only challenge. The girls start experiencing strange visions, and they must work together to change the future before it can happen.

Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley gained initial fame on the ’90s sitcom Sister, Sister. Tia now holds the role of star and producer on Nickelodeon’s hit series Instant Mom, and Tamera is one of the hosts and producers on the hit talk show The Real, currently airing on FOX and BET. Together they’ve created a magical story about twin sisters with a powerful gift.

 

From actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry comes the story of tween twins Cassie and Caitlyn and their discovery that they have the ability to see things before they occur!

When their mother’s new job forces them to move from bustling San Antonio to middle-of-nowhere Aura, Texas, Caitlyn tries to stay positive, focusing on meeting new people and having new adventures. Cassie, on the other hand, is convinced that it’s only a matter of time until they’ll be sick of Aura and ready to move back to the big city.

But being the new kids isn’t their only challenge. The girls start experiencing strange visions, and they must work together to change the future before it can happen.

Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley gained initial fame on the ’90s sitcom Sister, Sister. Tia now holds the role of star and producer on Nickelodeon’s hit series Instant Mom, and Tamera is one of the hosts and producers on the hit talk show The Real, currently airing on FOX and BET. Together they’ve created a magical story about twin sisters with a powerful gift.

 

Appearances

April 1, 2015| 7:00 PM| 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036