J.L. Sapphire’s interview with LaShaunda Hoffman from SORMAG Blog

J.L. Sapphire was recently interviewed by SORMAG’s Blog. Find out what she had to say about her latest novel, the challenges of being an author, and more…

SORMAG: What inspired your book? 

J.L.S.: I like to read and try my hand at writing different genres. With all the racism and injustices that happens to Black people daily- such as unlawful arrests and/or killings while unarmed- I wondered what it must be like for couples who are of a different race to discuss issues such as these at home if/when they have different opinions about the situations and how hard it must be to be an interracial couple in a society that’s still very racist, even in 2016.

SORMAG: What would you like readers to take away from your book?

J.L.S.: To learn to agree to disagree when it comes to race. It’s certainly understandable for us to be mad and protest and speak out when another Black life is taken, but to realize that not everyone who’s white is out to get us. There are good and bad people in all races.

SORMAG: Which character did you have the most fun writing about?

J.L.S.: Naomi. Going into detail about her dating history, which led her to getting down with the swirl. Since I’ve also had a quite interesting dating history myself, it was easy to relate to her at times.

Click to read the rest of this interview….

 

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AAMBC Awards Event: Books & Cocktails with Victoria Christopher Murray & ReShonda Tate Billingsley

I haven’t had the opportunity to attend any literary events since I began my literary journey two years ago, but I really want to attend this one, especially since I’m part of the Brown Girls Books Family. Click the link below for more information about the event.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/books-and-cocktailsvictoria-christopher-murray-reshonda-tate-billingsley-tickets-20522021920

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The Ex Chronicles Facebook Event

PCJ Consultant Group is hosting The Ex Chronicles Facebook event on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 9:45 AM – 9 PM EST

Details about the event:

Whether it’s the love of family, friends, or that special someone who takes your breath away, LOVE is always difficult to define and accept. But what happens when it all goes wrong? Do you break up, then make up? Or do you just walk away?

Join me as I introduce you to twenty talented Brown Girls Writers as they introduce you to The Ex-Chronicles – stories about relationships that falter…among spouses, lovers, family, and friends.

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The Ex Chronicles Anthology is #3 on AALBC’s Best Sellers List

I feel so honored to find out that The Ex Chronicles Anthology is #3 on AALBC’s Best Sellers List. My short story ‘The Ex factor’ along with 19 other short stories make up the anthology, which is all about exes- bf/gf, spouses, bosses/co-workers,even family members. The Ex Chronicles will be released on Tuesday, March 8th.

Click the link below and follow The Ex Chronicles Authors on Facebook for information about book signings, virtual meet & greets, and other events.

https://www.facebook.com/The-Ex-Chronicles-1300858153298770/?ref=bookmarks

 

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Black History Repeating Itself

I’m sure you’ve all read about how about 30 Black students were kicked out of a Trump Rally at the college they attended. But the image of a young Black woman being pushed and shoved by a bunch of fat, greasy, redneck, cowardly ass white men has really irked  my soul. To see her being shoved repeatedly by the old wrinkled up vet made my blood boil. He’s the same vet who wants respect for his years of service in the military though, right? He seemed to be the most angry one of all of them, as a matter of fact. He obviously had a flashback to how he treated Black folks back during the 50’s and 60’s. All I can say is, that young lady had much more restraint than I would have had, because his old ass would have gotten shoved back had that been me. And if I’d had my pepper spray and taser, things would have been worse. And the sad part is, had she tried to defend herself and pushed some of their asses back, she would have been seriously hurt, if not killed. I’m guessing the Stand Your Ground defense (the same one that allowed Zimmerman’s psychotic ass to walk free after murdering an unarmed 17 year old boy) doesn’t apply to this woman, or any of the other students who said they were kicked, punched, and spit on at this same rally. 

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The picture on the left shows a Black student trying to enter Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957; the picture on the left is from a few days ago, at a Trump rally in 2016.

Black people, y’all better wake up. Y’all out here engaging in silly social media beefs, participating in and posting ignorant fight videos, trash talking your own race of people, and all the while, a proud racist is successfully running a presidential campaign, without even having any type of plans on how to fix the economy or benefit the nation. His entire campaign focuses on “Making America Great Again” which translates to: making Black folks inferior to white people again. Snatching away every Civil Right and privilege that so many of our ancestors fought and died for us to have. And even worse, there are millions of white people who think and feel the same way he does, and they are going to do any and everything they can to put him in office so they can make that happen. White people who look you in the face and smile at you everyday. White people who are teaching our children in schools, giving us check-ups at doctor’s and dentists’ offices, sitting beside us in restaurants. Yesterday, I went to an auto lot to sell my old car, and as soon as I walked through the door, the first thing I saw hanging on the wall was a Trump sign with his slogan: Make America Great Again. The lady behind the counter was helping a customer ahead of me and proudly voicing her support of Trump and his way of thinking, while Faux News was playing on the flat screen tv on the wall. All of that was bad enough, but then I see a Black man also behind the counter, an employee there. I wondered how he could do it…work around people who support a presidential candidate who says things like, “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS RACISM ANYMORE. WE’VE HAD A BLACK PRESIDENT SO IT’S NOT A QUESTION ANYMORE. ARE THEY SAYING BLACK LIVES SHOULD MATTER MORE THAN WHITE LIVES OR ASIAN LIVES? IF BLACK LIVES MATTER, THEN GO BACK TO AFRICA? WE’LL SEE HOW MUCH THEY MATTER THERE.”

That man hates anyone who’s not white and rich. He doesn’t even give a damn about the idiots who are out here supporting him at his campaign rallies, like the punks who violated the young woman’s rights in the photo above by putting their hands on her. I personally don’t even see how so many Black celebs like NeNe Leakes can smile all up in his face on The Apprentice, knowing he’s calling them nigger’s in his head. All money ain’t good money, and there’s no way I could be in this man’s presence, for any amount of money, knowing how he feels about me and my people. While y’all are out here b.s.ing, you need to be making it your business to let your voices be heard and vote so that this so-called man doesn’t become the next Commander In Chief. I know people are joking, talking about moving to Canada or wherever if he does become President, but you and I know that’s just talk. If he wins, we’ll have to stay here and watch history repeat itself more than it already is. VOTE!!!! 

Press Release for The Ex Chronicles

Below is the press release flyer for The Ex Chronicles Anthology. I’m so excited and can’t wait for you all to read it. I’ve read some of the stories, and there is something for everybody to enjoy.

J.L. Sapphire, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, is one of 20 authors chosen to contribute to Brown Girls Books latest release, The Ex Chronicles. Ms. Sapphire’s story was chosen out of a pool of 300 submissions.

The book is due to be released on 03/08/16.

Please see the attached release and share it with your readers.

If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,
Norma Warren
Publicity Director
252-917-1585
http://www.browngirlsbooks.com

 

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Proud Mommy: My daughter is a bookworm too

Fewer things make me happier in life than my two children. Tkenya2hey’re as different as night and day (my son is 17, my daughter is 11) but they each inherited some of my qualities. My son got his kind of shy, quiet, not big on talking demeanor from me, while my daughter’s clumsiness, goofiness, laugh-out-loud at any and everything, and love of books qualities are definitely inherited from me.That she is an avid reader makes a big old kool-aid smile spread across my face.

My love of reading started when I was in middle school, when I encountered my first Sweet Valley Twins book, and she’s followed in my footsteps. She always has her nose in a book. She even requests books for Christmas. When she brings home those book orders from school, she is giddy with excitement as she flips through the brochure, trying to decide which one’s she wants. She saves all of her money (and spends all of mine) but when she does decided to go into her secret stash, it’s usually to buy a book. I think I’ve raised her right.

Walmart’s African-American Book section really irks me

Even though I’ve owned a Kindle for a while and haven’t bought

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This is the entire AA section at my local Walmart. This section is split in half from top to bottom with books by white authors.

very many paperback books since I read on it, I still can’t resist walking over to the book section every time I’m in Wal-mart…which is every other day. A part of me is hoping to one day see one of my own books on the shelf, but maybe one day. In the mean time, I still enjoy perusing the books and titles of my fellow authors. For the last few months though, I’ve noticed something unnerving about the book section in the Wal-mart here in Nashville, Ar- the already small African-American section just keeps getting smaller. A few months ago, I noticed that half the section was filled with country-western type books by white authors. I thought maybe people had bought almost all of the books by Black authors and the employees might have just placed those books there for a while, until more AA books came in. However, I just left from there, and it’s the same way. The AA section has dwindled to three or four rows and the country-western genre books have taken over the remainder of the section.

Now, I’m an indie author, and I have a long way to go before my books are on the book shelves anywhere, but I am an avid reader, and I know there are way too many books written by very talented AA authors that could fill the very small section that we’re allowed in Walmart. Although I’m not surprised , it’s a shame our books are segregated anyway; but what pisses me off is that section isn’t even filled to capacity with “our” books. Out of that entire long wall of books, we’ve been given a fourth of it, and we’re being shut out of our own spot. I don’t know how it is in all Walmart’s, but here in Nashville, they seem to think that Black people don’t read. Either that, or they just don’t care. It’s to the point that I’m really ready to go to management and ask them why “our” section has to be shared with white authors and their books. I actually don’t mind the fact that AA books are sectioned off, because it saves me the time of trying to weed through all the other books while trying to find ours. But dammit, the selection could and should be a whole lot better. Pretty soon, our little square section will be gone, altogether.Walmart, I’m calling you out to do better. Black people read, too. Can we get some books that are for us, by us on those shelves? Please & thank you kindly.

Vote- because Donald Trump becoming POTUS is not an option

It’s #SuperTuesday Voting day in Arkansas and vote even though I have worked the last six days straight, had to be at work at 5:30 this morning and worked late, I made it my business to go cast my vote as soon as I got off. Rosa Parks got arrested so that I could vote. Dr. King was assassinated so that I could vote. Countless other Civil Rights activists and leaders were lynched, harassed, tortured, jailed, and killed so that Black people could have the right to vote. That should be motivation for my people to take a few minutes out of your day and go let your voice be heard. However, if that’s not motivation enough, Donald Trump could very well be our next President if you don’t exercise your right and privilege to vote. Just let that marinate for a few minutes. That man oozes racism. He doesn’t even try to hide his disdain for people of color. If he wins this election, he would single-handedly ship all of our black asses back to Africa on the first thing smoking. And I, for one, would have my bags packed and be the first in line to hop on the boat that brought my ancestors over here and gladly leave if he becomes President.

What really pisses me off about him, aside from his obvious dislike for my people, is the fact that this election is just a game to him. He’s not even really taking this serious. Becoming the next President to Trump is like dangling a shiny new toy in front of a kid. They want it because it’s something exciting and new; but after a few days, they lose interest in it, and turn their attention to something else. He’s just getting up there making a mockery of something that affects an entire nation of people. What is he going to do when- God forbid he wins- he has to communicate with leaders from other countries…crack lame jokes and make insults about them, just because he doesn’t agree with them? He’s way too damn old to be so childish, and anybody that is seriously rooting for this man-child to win has to be just as ignorant and simple-minded as he is. I’m not on the Bernie train, nor am I exactly thrilled about Hillary as a candidate, even though I definitely think she’s woman enough to handle the job; but I would rather see either one of them in office over Trump. People say history repeats itself, and these Republicants (slave masters)  would love to put us back on the plantation, working our asses off while they crack whips across our backs if we dare get out of line, and their wives would love to make us darkies cook their meals, clean their homes, and be mammies to their babies, just like they did our ancestors in slavery days. Even Stacey Dash, would be shipped back to the Motherland right along with the rest of us, no matter how much she foolishly advocates for Trump and associates. At least she can be comforted by the fact that she would probably be a house slave, her and Raven-Symone, even though she claims  she’s not to be African-American *insert side-eye followed by an eye-roll* Are y’all trying to go back to that? Nope, I ain’t either so GET UP AND VOTE!!!