“Bruh” saves the world
“Bruh” saves the world
Misty Copeland is now a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater:
“Even as her promotion was celebrated by her many fans, it raised all-too-familiar questions about why African-American dancers, particularly women, remain so underrepresented at top ballet companies in the 21st century, despite the work of pioneering black dancers who broke racial barriers in the past. And it showed how media and communications have changed in dance, with Ms. Copeland deftly using modern tools — an online ad she made for Under Armour has been viewed more than 8 million times — to spread her fame far beyond traditional dance circles, drawing new audiences to ballet.”
It took individuals both within and outside of ballet to publicly support Misty Copeland for this to happen, imho.
And let me also add: IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME. For more ballet trailblazers of color, please see this post: http://wikkidsexycool.com/2015/02/11/dance-trailblazers/
So, as I ready HUI for release, an ebook that features a fictional African American ballerina going for the Holy Grail like Miss Copeland, please take note that at this moment, Misty is the one and only. That’s right. For whatever reason, Miss Copeland is the only black woman in the role of principal dancer in a major US ballet company.
Outside of Meredith’s office a number of dance students lingered in the hallway, waiting for their classes to begin. Some used the walls to support their weight as they stretched. Others utilized the comfort of the crowded floor. Making her way among the maze of human parts, Imani was almost mowed down by a younger group of students bursting out of one of the classrooms. Their excited chatter and giggles reminded her of the tiny dance academy she’d once attended. It was encouraging to see the diversity of the group and their excitement at seeing her.
“That’s Imani,” she heard one little girl whisper to the others as if Imani was on the cusp of greatness. “She’s so beautiful! I wanted to come here after I saw her perform at my grammar school,” the same little girl said, apparently not realizing how far her voice carried.
Little Big Men:
I’m jumping back into the NA genre with a duology about a small town and the jocks at the center of a suspense filled love story.
Honoring the Past:
Original Photo of a black woman during the Victorian period:
Listening to: Sade’s Kiss of Life and Mariah Carey’s Sweet Fantasy. I loved the movie BELLE
So I used the film as inspiration for a Gothic erotic romance that spans several time periods. Excerpts from Ivy League and the dark fantasy Long Ago and Far Away will be up shortly.
I really enjoy creating ebook covers by pairing interracial couples together. I’ve got a number of new excerpts to put up, but here are a few new things I’m working on. I’m still deciding whether to make certain books serials (release a few chapters at a time on Amazon) or complete novels.
My sincere apologies for the week long silence. HUI should be out any day now for those readers wondering when Le Jong Hui and Imani Fairchild’s tale will be told.
HUI – an interracial romance set in the world of ballet
I’ve written a couple of books that feature teen witches (Damalia from RAZHER, Malia Toussaint from Boys ‘n Love and Magic). So once another story came to be, I figured it would be the perfect vehicle to introduce a trio of sexy, adult African American witches who reside in the present time period.
Like Imani, a ballet dancer who waited for her chance to shine in the novel HUI, I’ve got a number of other novels in both the adult genre and new adult genre that I’m currently editing in order to release.
One of my earliest novels dealt with females – specifically a fictional group of gritty women on a navy vessel with interconnecting story lines. I’m going to put up an excerpt shortly. Right now I’m focused on getting HUI ready for release.
The Player is currently on sale at Amazon.com. It’s also part of KU/Kindle Unlimited.
At Last, The Player and TAKEN are interconnecting stories that occur in the same timeline. The next erotic romance is about Sanai.
TAKEN is Sanai’s story, and readers get to see Harlow, Kyle, Torii, and Ethan work to get not only Sanai back on her feet, but ex-football player and Kyle’s brother, Scott McClure. I’ll have the first chapter up shortly.
Blurb: Sanai’s been almost fanatical in her pursuit of the man who got away. But all that stopped when she found out her competition was none other than her own sister. Overwhelmed by hurt, Sanai begins a downward spiral, forcing an unexpected suitor to step in. But is she ready to forgive and forget? Or will her need for revenge destroy any chance at happiness?
This is a short novella that will be released in April. Also, HUI will be out any day now.
My Wednesdays will never be the same now that EMPIRE is on hiatus until the fall. I’m so happy for Taraji P. Henson, as well as the other stars of the show.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I need to get back to a few of my older novels in order to take them forward with their sequels. JUKEBOX II is also on that list:
I’m going to include JUKEBOX One in the MARCH MADNESS deals that kick off this week:
Hold on, because Hui and The Player are coming.
I didn’t meet my own deadline of this weekend, but the books will be out in the coming days (this week).
I’ve decided to put The Player in play during MARCH MADNESS, as well as a few other novels. The novels will be .99 cents and also be available via Kindle Unlimited. Only HUI will be priced at $2.99.
I’d like to once again thank everyone who purchased AT LAST. Torii Theas is also in The Player, but I made sure to focus on the main couple, Kyle and Harlow.
Since I’m so close to releasing these two books, I’m not putting up anymore excerpts from these two novels, however an edited excerpt from
RUSH: The Book of Aaliyah is now up:
I’m busy working to get HUI and The Player released this weekend, as I try to figure out which novels will be part of MARCH MADNESS
I’ve decided that after HUI is released, I’ll complete the next round of edits on books that need to go on sale.
I haven’t forgotten about my book sequels. The excerpt for RUSH 2 will be up this weekend:
Ebooks related to this series :
Click the image for an excerpt
So these are the last excerpts before the ebook THE PLAYER is released, and I thought I’d start with the scene where Harlow puts on her old costume from Carnival. I decided to do a quick edit in order to keep it clean enough to put on this site (I’d rather not use an 18 and over rating):
“Do you still have your outfit?”
“It’s around here somewhere. I don’t know why I kept it. There was a time I really could’ve used the money if I’d sold it. I guess it brings back memories, because winning that contest was one of the high points of my life.”
“I wish I could’ve seen you back then.” He was sprawled on her bed with one of his long legs cocked up while the other was diagonal, his heel along the mattress edge. The way his legs were divided gave her a clear view of what lay heavy and thick between his thighs . . .
After what seemed like an eternity of getting hollered at because he kept trying to peek, she told him to open his eyes.
And what he saw, it was . . . it was beyond words. She was beyond words.
There were green feathers, diamonds – at least he thought they were diamonds – they could’ve been that other stuff women wear to make outfits like that sparkle. Whatever the hell they were, the little buggers really popped in just the right places. Her headdress was adorned with feathers and silvery, shiny little beads also. Fuck. Why couldn’t he recall what those things were? All he knew was what stood before him, dressed like the women in the comic books he liked to read as a kid, her body curvy and soft and spilling out of a very skimpy superhero outfit like it was painted on. God, she was beautiful. So gorgeous, that his dick reacted in a salute.
“Would you like to see how I danced?” Harlow’s voice was practically a purr.
Kyle licked his lips in anticipation. “Oh yes, I’d like that very much.”
Here are the other covers (I’m still planning on using them for promos):
This post is in development, but when I get the chance tonight I’ll post a riveting excerpt. There are two new couples who are introduced in this book. One couple’s story has already been released (Torii and Ethan from At Last) The other couple is Adam and Eva. Adam is a Veterinarian, and Eva is a veteran of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s all I’ll say for now.
AT LAST is out today on Amazon.com
At Last excerpt:
It was a simple enough request. He wanted to know A) Had she ever done it that way before, and B) Whether it was a good place to start so that she knew what their love life would consist of.
“I’m guessing that’s a ‘no’ by your response,” he said, which was fine, cos he liked the idea of introducing her to it.
Just to show him that she was down for anything, she asked, “So what do I have to do? Sit on your lap? Which way do you want me, facing you or from the back?”
Imani Fairchild is a fictitious character, however in light of this being black history month I wanted to list a few of the real life minority trailblazers in the field of ballet. Most people know the name Alvin Ailey and Arthur Mitchell, but how many know the names of the ballerinas of black and Native American and also hispanic heritage that graced stages of the world during the 30s,40s,50s and 60s?
Katherine Dunham – dancer, choreographer and anthropologist. Dunham started her own ballet company in the 1930s.
Katherine Dunham also appeared in several films: Carnaval of Rythms (1939), including Star Spangled Rhythm (1942), Stormy Weather (1943), Casbah (1948), Botta e Risposta 1950 Italy – Musica en la Noche 1955 Mexico – Liebes Sender (1954) Germany – Mambo, (1954), Italy – Karaibishe Rythmen (1960) Vienna. She also choreographed, without appearing: Pardon my Sarong, 1942, USA- Green Mansion, 1958, USA – The Bible, 1964 (by John Houston, shot in Rome). In 1962 Katherine Dunham and her company appeared in Bamboche, the three-act revue that first introduced to America the dancers of Morocco, who appeared with the consent of King Hassan II.
Dunham choreographed Aida in 1963 at the Met, and continued to secure her place in artistic history by becoming the first African American to choreograph for the Metropolitan Opera.
Link to photo: http://vintageblackglamour.tumblr.com/page/29
Janet Collins, the first African American dancer to join the Metropolitan Opera Company (1950):
Wilkinson, born in 1935, became the first African American woman ever hired as a permanent member of a major ballet company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo of New York City. She was promoted to soloist during her second season with the troupe, and remained with the company for six years. – See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/wilkinson-anne-raven-1935#sthash.PDpTI543.dpuf
Wilkinson’s acceptance came with one condition; she had to pretend she was white in order to perform in the segregated South. Two years into her career, at an Atlanta hotel, Wilkinson decided she wouldn’t outright deny her race when asked if she was colored by the hotel owner. Following that incident her dancing was limited within the company and after several years of enduring the cruelty she left the company. Wilkinson eventually went to Holland, where she danced as a soloist with the Dutch National Ballet.
For more on Maria Tallchief, click this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Tallchief
She’s worked all her young life for this moment.
Photo credits TBA
This is a test GIF for one of the main male characters from FURIES and also NIGHTSTALKERS:
Another test GIF for a NIGHTSTALKERS crew member:
This post is still being developed
She owns three beauty supply stores around the city. He works from home, as a graphic artist. When forty something Torii Theas moves upstairs from thirty year old Ethan Forché, sparks fly. But that’s just the half of it . . .
“I-I didn’t get the part.” Gemma sounded as if being passed over just didn’t happen to her.
Welcome to my world, Imani wanted to say. Instead she tossed an arm over Gemma’s shoulder, squeezing her in solidarity as they walked down the hall. “Don’t hate on Ming-ju, though. She’s cool. And she’s a really good dancer.”
“Imani, Ming-ju didn’t get the part either-”
“She didn’t?” The despair on Gemma’s face made Imani wonder if she’d ever looked that down and out. “I’ll tell you what, we’ll take turns listing all the reasons they made the wrong choice-”
Her words were cut short by the pounding of heavy foot falls that were loud enough to startle them both. A thundering herd of something was coming fast and frantic. Imani glanced over her shoulder only to be quickly engulfed in a crowd of well-wishers. They were screaming at her, saying her name. Her. Name. She was in the center of a whirling carousel of faces, many from the corps and a few soloists who were shouting, some of them with tears streaming down their faces and others with smiles wider than the Grand Canyon.
“I’m so happy for you-”
“This is freakin’ historic . . .”
Even though my upcoming ebook is called HUI, it’s as much Imani’s tale as the man she loves, Le Jong Hui.
And HUI is more than a love story between two people. It’s also about their shared love of an artform called ballet.
I’d meant to put this promo up earlier:
Sometimes I get so caught up in the real world that I don’t get back to my fictional worlds as often as I’d like.
So as I ready the ebook HUI for release, I’m mindful of the books I’ve been editing at a slow and steady pace.
Some of these books are in the genre of science fiction:
A reanimated man – OFFWORLD, which was recently included in a Speculative fiction post on a site titled blackgirlnerds.
A reluctant female hero in an empire ruled by women:
A child given the power of creation: