Gloria J. Lathen, also known as Dr. Gloria Walker (her title very well deserved) encourages readers to see the rewards associated with her book, Your Purpose is Greater Than Your Pain (link). To find out why, let her explain it in detail for you:
This Book of Poems is a vent for my life Trials; I thank God for Allowing me to speak from my heart. The purpose of this book is to encourage others to PUSH PASS THEIR PAIN & PROCEED with the PROCESS to PRAY, PLAN, PREPARE & PURSUE the calling in which God has gifted you. Gloria uses her poetry to motivate, stimulate, and cultivate people to move beyond the ordinary and go for the extra-ordinary Until Next Time………. Remember everyone has a story it’s up to you if you want to share it. – Gloria J. Lathen
If you’re looking for an uplifting, inspirational book to get you through this difficult holiday season, make sure Ms. Lathen’s book is on your shelves this year. Available now in our online bookstore.
The super talented Until No More worked as the Children’s Corner director for the L.A. Black Book Expo before expanding her interest hosting multiple online radio programs, writing for a local newspaper (Cal Crus News) interviewing celebrities and other interesting people. She is also an accomplished author with her latest, I Just Want to Write. Don’t take our word for it, let Ms. Until describe for you what you will find once you open the pages of her masterpiece:
“I Just Want to Write!-is a collection of poems and essays created to imprint the journey of my love affair with the three P’s; pen, paper, and pencil. Which illustrates my dreams, ambitions and desires; with hopes of inspiring, encouraging and uplifting all who will read it. This is my soul inscribed for all to bear.” ~Until
I Just Want to Write is available in our online bookstore right now! Spend your holiday season with a good book to read.
As an independent online bookstore, it’s our goal to promote books by new authors. Carrie Macon has come out with two gems exclusively for us: Counterfeit Love and Bullying: From the Playground to the Pulpit. We’ll let the talented Ms. Macon take it from here: (links in the titles in bold)
This is not your typical romance/love story. This story is about different people with different lives, yet, they all have one thing in common. Their commonality is that they now know that God’s love is an unconditional love for those who will seek Him. Everyone has a story to tell and I, like them are learning more about the love of God through my prayer group. And I have to say that I have grown tremendously being in this group of beautiful, God-fearing prayer warriors. Learning your truth, knowing your worth and trusting in God. We all have got to get back to our first love, and that is God.
I’m no stranger to bullying. I went through it as a young child, and with my most recent experience through my employment. Over the years I have seen children, beautiful little souls take their lives because they were told they couldn’t or shouldn’t be who they were. A very good friend lost her life, she was married to her bully. It’s too much, and enough is enough. We need to come together as a people, as a nation to stomp out bullying for good. Let’s start here and now……
If you’re looking for two good reads for the holidays, be sure to support Carrie and buy copies of Counterfeit Love and Bullying: From The Playground to The Pulpit in our bookstore now!
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This is coverage from San Francisco radio station KPOO at the third annual African American Spoken Word Festival in February 2008 inside the San Francisco Public Library. The festival featured a relationship forum with moderators Charles L. Chatmon and Patrick Womack. Panelists are authors Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd (Conversations of Africa) and Pearl Jr (Black Women Need Love Too).
In this podcast, Chatmon’s Books owner Charles L. Chatmon makes an appeal for Black men to step up and consider retaking the lead when it comes to organizing projects or organizations in the community.
Distractions. Misinformation. Spending long hours on social media and the internet. Is this the dypostian future Ray Bradbury warned us about in his classic novel, Fahrenheit 451? Author and owner of Chatmon’s Books, Charles L. Chatmon attempts to explain what all this means as well as the deeper meaning of Bradbury’s novel holds for all of us. A must listen.
I want to show you the truest example of what ‘woke” is. Yes, this word has been used as a definition of someone obtaining the highest consciousness in our society, a slang term used by the black community and appropriated by the larger society (what else is new?) The following scene is from the movie Charly based on a short story by Daniel Keyes’s “Flowers for Algernon”. Link here for background to the plot of the story, but in the movie, Charlie Gordon has just finished a procedure to increase his intelligence. Paraded by the doctors who operated on him, it’s only fitting Charlie addresses the crowd with his newfound intelligence and his thoughts on the world he is now consciously living in:
‘Things as they are. And what they are becoming.’
I wager an intellect understands things are they are in our society today. Through no fault of his or her own, they have seen partisan politics, poverty, and other social ills affect us all. They know their voices will be stifled by the carnival barkers, the many voices of dissention and rancor among us, often for profit or relevancy. In today’s ongoing stream of the internet, fringe voices that at one time were too small or narrow to alter the minds of the masses are now enhanced, bolstered to promote their various conspiracies and agendas. What Charlie warned us what will come to pass, has happened. There is no ‘1984‘ philosophy at work, but a Brave New World society where anything goes – and often for the worst. The intellect also understands the patterns of mistakes we make in Mankind contributes to our downfall. When irrationality and persuasive emotion persist without reason, the chaos we’re experiencing this year alone is a testament to what Mr. Gordon tried to tell us, but we didn’t want to believe.
Charlie Gordon for his part was spared in the end. We may think his fate was unfortunate, but in his case he had entered Plato’s cave, found the light too bright to see and returned back to the state where he once belonged. If you reader, know about Plato’s The Allegory of The Cave, you will recognize Charlie’s ascent and descent after viewing the bright light of reason and intellect. A light that was too bright for him. Truthfully, this is written because in this election year, we are witnessing incidents in our body politic that were one time unthinkable, now winked at or shrugged without a thought. We see individuals we would call associate, neighbor or friend lusting for cultural vengeance no matter what the cost. We see division and hatred on a level that hasn’t been seen in decades. Yes, if Charlie Gordon were alive today to see this, I can see him not only mourning for Algernon, the mouse used for the experiment to increase his intellect, but he may also shed a tear for our generation, and those fortunate enough to follow.
Charles issues a warning to the social media public. He offers words of caution to #cancelsocialmedia between now and November 3rd. As he explains in the video, there will be tons of (dis) information all battling for the most precious real estate we own. Take a listen if you like.