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In my career as a writer, I have done many #Black #History #Month speeches. In researching information for these talks I have become fascinated with the vast number of inventions the world uses every day that were invented by #Black men and women. Back when I was in school the only Black inventor we were ever told about was George Washington Carver!
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Happy Black History Month! Although I write fiction I incorporate factual Black History into my books, and throughout this month I will be posting excerpts from my novels that reference Black history. This is the second installment, an excerpt from my classic romance novel ALL FOR LOVE.
“Got to have some music,” I told her. Hoping Angie would like it, too, I put on a CD I loved, the original cast recording from the movie “Cabin in the Sky.”
Angela looked at me in disbelief. Apparently, I had hoped wrong. “I can change it if you’d rather hear something more…contemporary,” I said apologetically.
“Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, and Duke Ellington?” Angela said, sitting down on a blanket. “That stuff is timeless.”
That was my girl. This woman had class and taste.
“I’m just floored,” she was continuing, “because when we’ve talked about music, you never mentioned being into show tunes.”
“Well, when we talked about music, you never told me that you sing, either.” I got her with that one, from the sheepish look on her face. I sat down on the blanket on the other side of the table cloth, across from her.
“I heard you tell Stew that you sing,” I went on. “You can’t sing for him unless you sing for me first.”
“I…I will, Dare. But don’t change the subject,” she said, changing the subject. “How long have you been into show tunes?”
“When I was coming up, my folks wouldn’t allow any music in the house except religious music, classical music, and show tunes. They said other types of music were too ‘worldly.’ I was weaned on this stuff. I can remember my mother singing me to sleep with ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’ from ‘Oklahoma!’ I especially love ‘Cabin in the Sky’ because it was one of the very first all black musicals to appear on Broadway.”
I said a short prayer, and we started eating.
When “Taking a Chance on Love” began, Angela said, “I love this song! Darryl, sing it for me? Please?”
As if I could deny her anything. I started to sing along with the recording. Angie reached over, and turned down the volume, so the music was more in the background. As I sang I reflected how perfect this song was for where we were in our relationship. I now knew that she cared for me, too. That, and having her by my side, gave my voice wings.
When I finished, I gave her a smile, and said, “Guess I should leave Broadway to Brian Stokes Mitchell.”
Angela’s smile warmed my heart. “That was magic. I only wish I’d been recording it. Thank you.”
(Thia article was originally published in 2013. Today, Feb. 4, 2017, is the 104th anniversary of her birth)
Today is Rosa Park’s 100th birthday. I had the honor of meeting her and doing an interview with her when I was in college in the 70s. When she passed away in 2005 my daughter and I jumped in our car and followed her funeral procession—as did hundreds of people in the Detroit area.
Her story is a classic example of how one action by one person can inspire so many others on to great things. Who knows? Perhaps if she had not refused to move to the back of the bus in 1955 Barack Obama would not be the President of the United States in 2013.
Happy Black History Month! Although I write fiction I incorporate factual Black History into my books, and throughout this month I will be posting excerpts from my novels that reference Black history. The first is the following excerpt from my award-winning Christian romance, FOLLOW YOUR HEART:
“Do you think Ty is in danger?”
Tameka was confused, “Danger? I don’t understand what you mean. He’s in jail, but as far as I know he’s not in any danger.”
Palmer chuckled sadly, “You’ve led a sheltered life, haven’t you? Unfortunately, in this country one of the most dangerous places for a black man to be is in jail. I can’t hear the words ‘southern sheriff’ without seeing fire hoses, billy clubs, and police dogs.”
Tameka recalled the terrifying grainy black-and-white films of atrocities that occurred in southern towns before she was born. She remembered her mother’s haunting narratives of being spit on during civil rights marches when she was a child.
“I understand now. But this southern sheriff is a black man and an old family friend. He doesn’t allow the mistreatment of any of his prisoners, black or white. Ty’s in no danger.”
I’m sending a big “THANK YOU” to my readers who sent me birthday greetings last week. I’ve always been proud of sharing my birthdate with two dynamic sisters, Angela Davis and Anita Baker. So proud, in fact, that I gave a shout out to them in my five star ★★★★★ novel FANTASY! Below is the section from FANTASY that contains my homage to them. (If you’ve not read FANTASY as yet—featuring its beautiful full figured heroine–follow the link to Amazon to read the first chapter FREE!) http://www.amzn.com/B00LJLIZE2
“Putting one of the room keys in the pocket of her backless sundress, Sameerah eyed her large, bulky purse. I don’t want to worry about keeping my eye on that thing, and I sure don’t want to walk around with it on my shoulder. Anyway, why would I need it? Guess maybe I do have a use for that safe, after all.
She went to the safe and, after a few tries, managed to set a combination. Since the cruise ship would charge her to open it if she forgot her combination, she used something she knew she wouldn’t forget. Something she proudly shared with Anita Baker, Angela Davis, and what’s-her-name, the romance novelist: January 26th—her birthday. These people aren’t going to get any hundred dollars of my money to open this thing, she nodded resolutely.”
I would certainly appreciate your vote for my new #book, “All For Love: The SuperStar,” in one or more categories of the 2017 Emma Awards, the awards for #Black #romance #writers. This link will take you to the voting website. Thank you!
“EMMA AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN – We’re celebrating talented Black romance book authors and this is your chance to nominate your favorite author with a book published between November 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.”