Beautiful Poem For Black Mothers And Daughters By Poet Oya

A few years ago I made the acquaintance of a wonderful black woman poet named Oya.  With her permission, I am re-posting this beautiful poem.  Click here to go to Oya’s Facebook page.

12039354_529823913865116_6694816767652268482_nDaughter you are beautiful
Your skin is a wonderful reflection of our ancestors
Daughter I promise to teach you to love the dark richness that others may make you question
Daughter you will learn as a child your history
The beauty and the ugly truths so you can know how strong and diverse a group of people you come from
Daughter if you should ever come home crying because someone called you names or defame you because of your darkness I promise to instill even more strength and power in you
So you can stand proud and stoic and be able to say my black skin is beautiful and walk around with a smile wearing your invisible crown
Daughter I will teach you as a Queen to always uplift other Kings And Queens because you are your sister and brothers keeper
We will pray together
Honor our ancestors
Walk in majesty until our dying day Daughter

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Black History In My Novels – Part II “All For Love: The SuperStar”

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 novel that was a finalist for the 2017 Emma Award for Best Contemporary Romance,  All For Love: The SuperStar.

(The first excerpt was from my award-winning Christian romance, FOLLOW YOUR HEART.  CLICK HERE to go to that post)

“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 tablecloth, 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.”

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Happy Birthday Angela Davis, Anita Baker–and Me!

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

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“Putting one of the room keys in the pocket of her backless sun-dress, 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.

FANTASY classic paperback cover

FANTASY classic paperback cover

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.”

 

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My Novel “All For Love” Through The Years

My first book “All For Love” has had three covers.

ALL FOR LOVE 1996 Cover

 

The first one is the original 1996 paperback cover. 

 

 

 

ALL FOR LOVE 2013 eBook COVER

Next is the 2013 eBook update cover.

 

 

 

 

 

The third is the present cover, used for both paperback and eBook editions, inaugurated in 2016, for the 20th anniversary and to coordinate with its 2016 “syncquel,” “All For Love: The SuperStar.”

By the way, “SuperStar” was a finalist for the 2017 Emma award for Best Contemporary Romance and “All For Love” was a finalist for Best Ethnic Romance in its year of original release!

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Hollywood’s Invisible Love Interest: The Overweight Black Woman

I highly recommend this article: Hollywood’s Invisible Love Interest: The Overweight, Black Woman | Jezabel Online.

To quote a paragraph from the article:

overwirghtAnd, if viewing habits are any indication, and silence is consent, we’re perfectly happy with our overweight sisters in the role of sidekicks, asexual nurturers, or desperately trying to find a man because that’s what we’ve been sold as “real.” We sit in darkened movie theaters and forget that 82 percent of black women are overweight or obese. We forget that they are our sisters, mothers, friends … they are us. We forget that we see their love stories play out every day in our homes, neighborhoods and cities.”

I totally agree with this article.  I’m addressing this problem with full-size heroines in my romance novels “Fantasy”(size 16)

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and “All The Way Home” (size 18).

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Also, although she is not plus-sized, Angela, the heroine in my novels “All For Love” and its “syncquel, ” “All For Love: The SuperStar,”  is referred to as “generous-sized” and “a big girl all over.”  The hero, Darryl says, “Current fashionistas be damned; I like my women with a little meat on them.”

Before someone writes in with a comment of, “How dare you applaud overweight women!”  I am not praising any women for being overweight.  But I am acknowledging them.  There’s a big difference.  And to imply that a woman is “unlovable” because she is plus size is just ridiculous, hurtful, untrue, and unfair.What are your thoughts on this subject?  I welcome your comments.

Hollywood’s Invisible Love Interest: The Overweight, Black Woman | Jezabel Online

http://jezebel.com/5954147/hollywoods-invisible-love-interest-the-overweight-black-woman

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Author Of The Day: Raynetta Manees!

I’m so happy to be today’s “Author Of The Day” on the “See You On The Net” website. Here’s the link to the page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SYOTNWorkshop/

 

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I’m Living “Part II” Of My Life–And Loving It!

Truer words were never spoken. I flat-lined twice in April during my heart attack. Flat-lining means my heart stopped beating. After God brought me back to life the truth of these words was burned into my brain.

When I was dying I didn’t think about my writing, or my books, or my bills, or posting stuff online. I thought about all the people I loved that I would never have a chance to talk with again, of all the things I loved to do, like singing, that I hadn’t done in a while and would never do again. Of all the places I loved to visit and would never see again. Of all the things I had put off until “someday,” and now would never have the chance to do.

For those of you who know me, I’m sure you’ve noticed that my online comments have been cut WAY back from where they used to be, that’s because now I’m using that time to connect with all the people, places, and things I thought I had lost forever.

So in a way, I guess I did “die” that frightful day in April.  At least the me who had her priorities mixed up did.  Raynetta Part II looks at the world differently now.

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Book MY ALZHEIMER’S DIARY is FREE this weekend

Kindle version my Book MY ALZHEIMER’S DIARY is FREE all day Sat -Sunday, Nov 11&12!  Don’t Miss Out!  http://amzn.to/1IVNwiO

This is the book’s trailer video

 

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Black Friday Author Of The Day: Raynetta Manees

Mark your calendar–I will be the “Author Of The Day” on Nov. 24, “Black Friday,” on the See You On The Net website. I’ll post a reminder closer to the date.

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Podcast Interview Tomorrow, Oct 16: Author Raynetta Manees

This is an invitation to my radio Podcast interview that will be tomorrow Oct 16th at 1 o’clock.  PODCAST ADDRESS: https://worshipradiodetroit.com/glamour-shoppe-talk/
MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:
amazon.com/author/raynettamanees
Hope you can join us!

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