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Twenty years ago this week, my first book, "The Sistahs' Rules: Secrets for Meeting, Getting and Keeping a Good Black Man" was published. I got the deal based off a story I wrote for the New York Daily News, a piece about how that book "The Rules" would never work for black women because black men would never go for the manipulative games those women were advocating. The day the story ran, my editor put it in the cover of the features section, with a colleague posed up in a superman suit on a mock book cover, titled, "Rules For the Sisters: Can Black Women Find True Love?"--a graphic that made it seem like it was already a book. An editor at William Morrow, Doris Cooper, saw the vision and made the call: by 3 pm that day, I had an agent, a book deal and a month to knock out a book about how to get a man.
Like I knew. 🙄
With the blessing of my then-editor Pete Hamill, a renowned author who understood the pull for this journalist to explore a new kind of writing--I took off from my job as a political-turned-entertainment reporter and wrote my book, which went on to become a bestseller on several lists. That advance also paid for my wedding, which occurred just a few weeks prior to the publishing date to great fanfare, with People and the New York Times at our ceremony, and Newsweek and Time on our European honeymoon. Folks knew how to celebrate a book back then. 😏

I hadn't envisioned writing a book that day--didn't have any grand dreams of being an author. But God saw something different for me. Something I couldn't have seen for myself. Twenty years later, with 27 books (including six NY Times bestsellers), and my own imprint, @denenemillnerbooks, under my belt, I'm just grateful, y'all. Grateful that something so much bigger than me saw something so much bigger for me. God willing and the creek don't rise, I got 27 mo in me.
Watch. Me. Work. #SoAmbitious

UNIA remembers in power the blessed earthday of Kwame Nkrumah ❤️💛💚 "Long before many of us were even conscious of our own degradation, Marcus Garvey fought for African national and racial equality. I think that of all the literature I studied, the book that did more than any other to fire my enthusiasm was 'The Philosophy and opinions of Marcus Garvey' - Kwame Nkrumah, First President of Ghana.

#teachings #life #blackpower #africa #blackbooks #greatness #kwamenkrumah #ghana #africa #rasta #unite #onelove #marcusgarvey #haileselassieI - #regrann - #regrann

some blessed things happened yesterday, family.
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1. my best friend, brother and now author Craig Hines (@craig.dg.hines) debuted his first (soon-to-be best-selling) book during the Authors Showcase at this year's Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference - truly a surreal sight to bear witness to, as a general participant for the past few years!

2. while there, i also had the unique privilege of meeting and speaking with Ms. Fredrika Newton (@fredrikanewton), the widow of Black Panther Party co-founder and lead revolutionary Huey Percy Newton - a piece of our history that still lives on through her... ____________________________________
#HappyFriday | #CBC2017 #CBCFALC17 #CBCWeek17 #BlackBusiness #BlackWriters #BlackAuthors #BlackBooks #BlackExcellence #Legacy #Purpose #Wisdom #FollowMyPsAndQs

@bmorebookfest setup. Day 1. Come meet me and @rawn_price all weekend 11 am - 7 pm.
#TEAMP × #BaltimoreBookFestival

Swipe over to see inside the books! Your kids will really enjoy the Jaden Toussaint series.
Rohan (and Kaya and John and I) love Jaden Toussaint!!
These stories are awesome for any gender. The writing is smart, fresh and Rohan calls him "the cool kid." I love how confident and proud Jaden is and how affirming the adults are in the stories.
Roey begs John to read it every single night.
It is good for his age (5) and even for older kids to read on their own.
When the books arrived, Rohans first words were, "hey, he looks like me!!" And my heart was happy. #representationmatters #jadentoussaint
Thank you @hereweeread #blackbooks #bookworm #raisingareader #raisingreaders #bookish #booklover #childrensbooks #unschooling #homeschool

"Sometimes we must fall forward to keep moving. Remain motionless—remain unyielding—and you are as good as dead.
Death follows indecision, like a twisted shadow. Fall forward. Keep moving. Even if you must pick yourself up first."
-- @reneeahdieh, Flame in the Mist 💛
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TOMORROW IS FRIDAY AND I'M SO EXCITED!!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼
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It's fair season where I live so I'll be gaining about 20 lbs in the next 2 weeks 😂 I'm spending this whole weekend at a fair and then next week is my hometowns fair! My body is ready 😂😍
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QOTD: what's your favorite fair food?? Mine are probably gyros, fresh cut fries with vinegar, and fried ice cream sandwiches 😍😍😍😍

MOST RECENT

➖LAST CHANCE TO GET. 2 SUBWAY BLACKBOOKS. FOR $20‼️ 🎯JUST DROPPED A STACK OF $20 BOOKS From the Vault- lots of out of print gems at $20- FACTS. 🔛
The ProFreshionalism BOOK SALE is now running. We’re making moves and need to make space for BIG THINGS. We’re clearing out our VAULT of RARE, OUT OF PRINT & sought after books at discount prices-
Only 1 of each book is available so don’t sleep. Check our site & INSTAGRAM daily!

#profreshionalism #booksale #books #rarebooks #graffiti #graff #graffitiart #blackbooks # graffbooks #graffitihistory #subwayart #subwaygraffiti #books #outofprint #graffitiworld #graffitiigers

A little Friday book Humor. Truth is sometimes those great books are made into bad movies and then kids only know the movies. To me that's the true horror. Lol make sure your kids read the classics people.

над сыном мэнни шутят за то что он гей. мэнни получает извинительный пирог. он не очень рад. #skins #manny #blackbooks #pie #laptop #blanket #series #gay

Watched the #British comical sitcom #blackbooks. I absolutely loved it.
Gonna post its awesome protagonists within the next couple of days. Here is Fran, for example.
#art #drawing #black #books #comedy #illustration #artist #chibi #cute #dylanmoran #supportme #followme #english #irish #comedian #artwork #design #cigarette #lady #greek #greekartist #greekart #sketch #portrait

Another round of tags. Tagged or not feel free to do them or not 😊

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Tagged by @doodles.at.home #gettoknowme
__🌼First Fandom: first bookish fandom? I don't know.... Twilight?
__ 🌼Favorite Male Character: Jest (Heartless 😢💔) and Ethan (Tell Me Three Things - he likes batman 😍)
__ 🌼Favorite Female Character: Ladislav Draculesti
__ 🌼Hardcover or Softcover: both
__ 🌼Favorite Time to Read: anytime
__ 🌼Current Read: Now I Rise / Fairest of All
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Also tagged by @doodles.at.home #yabookstag
__⭐Favorite Book: as mentioned before Alice in Wonderland + retellings (DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE 😣)
__ ⭐Disappointing Book: Arena One (Slaverunners or Slavehunters idk it was bad)
__ ⭐A Character You Didn't Like: Miles (Ray of Light - I just don't like him with Nora that's all, team Xander ♡)
__ ⭐Character You Loved: Olly (Everything Everything- HOW CAN YOU NOT 😍😍) / Jest (Heartless 😢💔)
__ ⭐YA or Adult Books: YA and some Adult
__ ⭐Favorite Genre: YA fantasy/contemporary/fiction , Fairytale Retellings (does this count?) ____________________________________________

#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #katharinemcgee #thethousandthfloor #blackbooks #booktags #booktag #bookish #bookishtag

Alright...I'm kind of a lame because I JUST found out about this book. And I only did because I found out that @hbo and @georgerrmartin are helping to bring it to the TV screen. But regardless...this book sounds EPIC and much love to #nnediokorafor for creating it! This is about to be STUPID good! #whofearsdeath #scifi #bookstagram #igreads #afrofuturism #blackscifi #blackfiction #blackfantasy #creatingworlds #onyesonwu #sciencefiction #bookreaders #fantasynovels #selwynseyfuhinds #blackwomenwriters #binti #blackgirlmagic✨ #blackgirlsrock #blackbooks #blackwomenauthors

Ummmm...sunlight. #tasty

A trip thru SELTIK's piece book,,,, "Bastard" and "Selt",,, #seltik #seltikuti #uticrew #818graffiti #graffitioutlines #graffitisketches #blackbooks #piecebooks #blackbookin

A trip thru SELTIK's piece book,,,, "Seltik" and "Drake"',,, #seltik #seltikuti #uticrew #818graffiti #graffitioutlines #graffitisketches #blackbooks #piecebooks #blackbookin

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