Truth   Beyond   Illusion    uncovers   rarely   seen   photographs   of   African   American   women   from   the 1860 s   to   the   1950 s,   revealing   their   beauty,   grace,   and   style.   This   book   is   a   collector’s   item which   confronts   the   Hollywood   images   of   Prissy,   Beulah,   and   Aunt   Jemima,   disclosing   a   reality where   African   American   women   of   the   late   19 th   century   and   the   early   20 th   century   are   poised, sophisticated,   and   glamorous.   Glenda   R.Taylor,   a   brilliant   cultural   historian   and   prolific   writer and   Mary   J.   Taylor,   a   retired   college   administrator,   use   few   words   and   many   images   to   unveil truth beyond illusion.
Blind   Light    is   an   extraordinary   volume   of   poetry   which   interprets   and   transcribes   metaphysical reality.   What   happens   when   one   loses   her   vision,   her   eyesight   in   the   midst   of   a   successful   and challenging   career?   What   does   the   mind   experience?   How   does   the   mind   translate   reality?   Is survival   possible?   Does   one   gain   access   to   the   sixth   sense?   Blind   Light    answers   all   of   these questions   and   more.   It   gives   insight   into   that   world   beyond   the   physical.   It   is   an   amazing   flight into territories rarely explored by the written word.
The   Secrets   of   Success:   The   Black   Man’s   Perspective    is   a   twentieth   century   classic   which explores    the    hearts,    souls,    and    minds    of    African-American    men.    In    this    rich    and    diverse collection   of   quotations   and   essays,   Paul   Robeson,   Muhammad   Ali,   Sean   Combs,   Malcom   X, Bishop   T.   D.   Jakes,   Chris   Rock,   Michael   Jackson,   General   Colin   Powell,   Reverend   Al   Sharpton, Laurence Fishburne , and many others reveal the secrets of success. The   Secrets   of   Success    is   a   motivational   masterpiece   that   uses   the   power   of   the   word   and   art to   inspire   and   uplift.   It   includes   special   essays   by   publisher   Ed   Lewis   and   the   late   Secretary   of     Commerce, Ron Brown.
The   Secrets   of   Success:   Quotations   by   African   American   Achievers    is   a   diverse   collection   of quotations   by   Muhammad   Ali,   Berry   Gordy,   Oprah   Winfrey,   Michael   Jackson,   Reverend   Jessie Jackson,   Dennis   Rodman,   LL   Cool   J,   Sinbad,   Colin   Powell,   and   Susan   Taylor.   This   motivational book tells how they ripped off the chains which bound them and beat the odds.
November   4,2008,    when   Senator   Barack   Obama   was   elected   President   of   the   United   States   of America,   Black   America   cried.   That   historic   moment   not   only   brought   tears   to   the   eyes   of Americans   of   African   descent,   but   people   all   over   the   world   cheered,   cried,   and   celebrated. Everyone   was   shocked   when   they   found   out   that   the   first   African   American   was   elected   to   the highest   and   most   respected   office   in   the   land.   This   historic   moment   became   a   powerful   symbol of   Americans   and   the   world's   long   standing   (but   momentarily   weakened   belief)   that   in   America one   can   beat   the   odds   and   achieve   the   impossible.   It   reestablished   America's   image   as   the   land of opportunity where anyone, regardless of race, could achieve the American dream. Click here for excerpt from Black America Cried
Michael   Joseph   Jackson   was   indisputably   a   creative   genius,   an   American   master   who   spent   over four   decades   producing   a   massive   amount   of   innovative   work   which   not   just   entertained   and amazed    his    international    audience,    but    played    a    role    in    elevating    public    consciousness. Broadcast   journalists   and   media   outlets   engage   in   heralding   the   bravura   of   Jackson’s   artistry while   ridiculing   his   seemingly   idiosyncratic   nature.   Twice   embroiled   in   scandal   by   those   who sought   profit   from   his   naiveté,   he   was   exonerated   by   the   American   justice   system.   However,   the growing   tabloid   nature   of   the   media   continues   to   place   more   light   on   his   lifestyle   rather   than take   a   critical   and   analytical   look   at   what   one   can   learn   from   his   artistic   ability   and   the   impact that   he   has   had   on   what   is   now   four   generations.   When   Jackson   took   control   of   his   career   and his   artistry,   he   consciously   used   his   talent,   his   voice   to   make   political   and   social   statements. Cultural   historian   and   scholar   Glenda   R.   Taylor   challenges   academics   to   look   beyond   the   illusory walls   of   mass   media   and   critically   analyze   the   artistic   works   of   Michael   Joseph   Jackson.   Jackson is    acknowledged    as    an    icon    whose    creativity    and    groundbreaking    artistry    appeal    to    an international   audience,   and   Taylor   believes   that   time   has   come   for   scholars   to   start   a   discourse beyond   that   of   peer-reviewed   journal   articles.   The   artistry   and   creative   process   of   Jackson,   and American   master,   are   worthy   of   extensive   academic   research.   Taylor   declares,   I   write   this   book because in the words of Michael Jackson, I Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’  .
The   Jalimusos   Drum    is   a   ground   breaking   work   in   which   eminent   scholar   and   historian, Glenda   R.   Taylor   argues   that   African   American   female   entertainers   use   autobiographies   to   act as   cultural   historian/griottes   and   record   American   history.   She   keeps   the   reader   captivated   as the   autobiographies   of   luminaries   such   as   Aretha   Franklin,   Diana   Ross,   Diahann   Carroll,   Cissy Houston,   Etta   James,   Ruth   Brown,   and   Whoopi   Goldberg   are   explored.   This   seminal   work shows   how   many   celebrities   including   Lena   Horne,   Marion   Anderson,   Nina   Simone,   Eartha   Kitt, and   Josephine   Baker   played   a   significant   role   in   the   Civil   and   Human   Rights   Movements.   Their unique   and   diverse   perspectives   are   engaging   and   The   Jalimuso’s   Drum    is   an   educational,   yet, entertaining journey through early twentieth century America.
My   eyes   were   set   on   fire.   I   was   in   in   a   state   of   disbelief.   Gone.   Just   like   that.   I   was   looking   at   the world   through   a   cloud.   I   was   being   initiated   into   the   society   of   the   walking   dead.   My   optical nerves   were   inflamed   and   …from   that   that   reality   The   Sojourner   Truth   Method   was   born.   I   had spent   most   of   my   career   writing.   But,   I   never   thought   of   my   self   as   a   writer.   As   a   nonprofit executive,   I   wrote   proposals,   procedures   manuals,   strategic   plans,   operational   manuals,   and everything    that    was    necessary    for    the    successful    development    and    management    of    a nonprofit   organization.   When   the   lights   went   out   and   my   eyesight   was   consumed   by   a   fog which   keeps   the   mind   in   a   constant   state   of   acute   awareness,   I   was   tossed   into   a   foreign realm;   it   was   a   realm   in   which   one   is   conscious   of   her   existence   in   two   worlds:   the   world   of the   physical   and   the   world   of   the   metaphysical.   The   intangible   begins   speaking   in   tongues   that I was forced to interpret in order to survive….. The   purpose   of   The   Sojourner   Truth   Method   is   to   give   writers   a   tool   which   can   be   used   to replicate   the   inner   monologue   of   the   psyche   and   paint   a   portrait   of   the   invisible   dimensions   of the   human   experience.   The   human   experience   is   multifaceted.   It   includes   the   dream   state,   the spirit   world   and/   or   the   world   of   the   invisible;   these   “worlds”   are   too   often   ignored   or   denied….. This   This   world   of   the   invisible,   the   incorporeal,   the   intangible   is   the   world   of   energy,   that   place where   quantum   physicists   investigate   source.   It   is   through   The   Sojourner   Truth   Method   that an   artist   can   give   a   reader   access   to   realms   that   exist   whether   one   accepts   or   denies   this reality…..                                                                            Click here for excerpt from Waves of Consciousness
Glenda   R.   Taylor’s   finely   crafted   volume   of   poetry   aptly   portrays   the   world   of   Jackson,   the   ultimate
showbiz   grandmaster.      As   Taylor,   the   objective   historian,   steps   aside,   Taylor,   the   poet,   enters   a   bevy
of   Jackson’s   emotions   and   dramatizes   the   life   and   loves   of   Jackson,   mirroring   a   life   that   was
glittering   as   it   was   poignant.   Her   use   of   Joseph   Jackson’s   voice   in   the   powerful,   “I   Didn’t   Want   An
Emmett   Till,”   brilliantly   opens   the   door   to   an   alternative   perspective   of   the   mindset   of   Michael’s
father,   a   “Negro”   man,   born   in   a   society   laden   with   Jim   Crow   Consciousness.   It   artfully   challenges
the   current   public   narrative   which   paints   Joseph   Jackson   as   a   cruel   and   abusive   father.   Taylor’s
keen   sensibility   gives   voice   to   the   intangible,   uprooting   normative   modes   of   thought   while   offering
new seeds of perception.
Michael   Jackson   was   a   variegated   individual   whose   public   image,   many   times   contrived,   was   a mirage   interpreted   through   a   prism   based   upon   normative   behavior   modalities   and   that   of celebrities   with   a   public   profile.   After   mining   through   the   memoirs,   the   public   records,   and   the scholarship   and   exiting   the   cave   of   the   normative,   one   comes   to   understand   the   cultivated   mind of   this   man   who   was   first   and   foremost   a   well-educated   socially   conscious   artist.   Should   the intellectually   elite   repeatedly   mock   Jackson’s   face,   sarcastically   suggesting   he   looked   like   a deformed   alien,   an   inhuman   being   or   an   animal,   knowing   the   once   beautiful   boy   turned   man had   to   face   a   painful   mirror   with   colorless,   spotted   skin   and   a   bald   head;   all   may   be   fair   game   in a    discourse    on    a    megastar;    yet    is    there        not    educative    value    in    understanding    the consciousness,   creative   process,   and   artistry   of   this   seemingly   conflicted   man   who   was   able   to use   his   talents   to,   as   in   an   Horatio   Alger   story,   rise   from   the   dungeons   of   economic   despair   to unimaginable   heights,   using   his   music   and   dance   performances   to   destroy   the   boundaries which   segregate   while   skillfully   communicating   messages   which   challenge   complacency   with oppressive   hegemonic   power   structures?   It   is   my   preference   to   research   and   delineate   his creative process, a process for which there is no formal disquisition. Click here for excerpt from Corridors of Genius
Corridors Of Genius
Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
Michael “Little Joe” Jackson
Waves Of Consciousness
Black America Cried
The Jalimusos Drum
Truth Beyond Illusion
Blind Light
The Secrets of Success
The Secrets of Success