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March 20, 2008

Its That Time Again! NAACP Author Pavilion Submissions!

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PUBLISHERS INVITED TO NOMINATE AUTHORS AND POETS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2008 AUTHOR PAVILION

Washington, D.C., March 19th, 2008- The 2008 Author Pavilion, sponsored by the NAACP, will be held at the NAACP 99th National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 12th through 15th, 2008. In the past 4 years approximately 7,000 patrons attended the National Conventions, which take place during the 3rd week in July.

WHAT: The NAACP invites publishers to nominate authors and poets to participate in the 2008 Author’s Pavilion. Preferred candidates are popular, nationally known authors who have won book awards or are best sellers at the national level. Publishers or Authors are expected to support the travel, hotel and miscellaneous expenses of accepted nominees to make their travel arrangements.

WHEN: At the 39th Annual Commerce and Industry Show July 12 through 15th during the NAACP 99th National Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Meet and greets, Presentation Panels, book signings and live In the Café with Mocha Show tapings are the heart of the NAACP Author Pavilion experience, which is designed to bring readers together with their favorite writers and poets

Author interviews and Author Pavilion Highlights will be seen and heard throughout the convention and on the NAACP Website www.naacp.org/events/convention/99th after the convention. For additional information, please visit www.naacpauthorpavilion.com

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its more than half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitors of equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

PBE specializes in creating literary events in a variety of non-traditional venues and seeks out exciting new locales for readers and authors to connect. PBE is the sister company to The Oracle Group which produces the literary talk show “In the Café with Mocha”

CONTACTS: Nominations should be sent by May 1st 2008 to Mocha Ochoa. Her email is mocha@professionalbookevents.com and her telephone number is 301-461-6925.

October 4, 2007

Etan Thomas Is So Much More Than An Athlete

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When I get bad news, I often ask myself “is there a greater good?” and “what is the higher purpose of what is happening”. I have to have something to hold on to, or some kind of hope that I will come out of the situation ok. Well today, my client and friend Etan Thomas, Center for the Washington Wizards, Author, Spoken Word Artist and Activist is dealing with some pretty devastating news. He is dealing with a heart issue that is potentially career threatening.

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure to meet Mr. Thomas knows that they are in the presence of greatness. I have to admit, I have never watched a Washington Wizards game, I was one of those who kind of lost track and fell by the wayside during the strike, was that in ’99? Anyways, a whole bunch of new players came in, people got traded here and there and I was lost. But lately Mr. Thomas has inspired me, not for what he does on the court, but rather his impact off of the court.

This summer I interviewed the incredibly down to earth Etan at the NAACP Author Pavilion. He stopped through to sign his book “More Than An Athlete” before he spoke as the Keynote Speaker at the Youth Luncheon (mind you, he left the Convention and took a flight on a mission to Kenya). He is Senator Obama’s NBA Representative and despite his celebrity status is not afraid to speak out against the War in Iraq or the Republican Party that engaged us in the war in the first place.

When I got the news of Etan’s health status, I immediately had a feeling of peace, knowing that everything was going to be all right. You see, God forbid he never plays professionally again, but with every fiber of my being I believe that God has a greater purpose for Etan. The NBA is just the platform for his voice to be heard. This brother is serious. He has something to say and has the power to engage and influence with his words. Yes, you listen at first because he is an “NBA Basketball Star”, but after hearing what he has to say, you truly realize that he is “More Than An Athlete”.

Etan my brother, keep you head up, we are praying for you and are with you. There is a greater good for your life, please believe that.

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