Blacknews.com posted August 6, 2015
Nationwide — America The Black Point of View: An Investigation and Study of The White People of America and Western Europe and The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy – The 1950’s and 1960’s – From the Projects to NAACP Image Award Winner, Volume One (Amber Books) by Tony Rose has won the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Leimert Park Book Fair “Jessie Redmon Fauset” Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award. The winners in each category were announced on Friday, July 31, 2015 at the Los Angeles Leimert Park Book Fair Luncheon Awards Ceremony and presented on the main stage by “Jesse Redmon Fauset” Book Awards, Director, Annette Thomas, at the Book Fair on Saturday, August 1, 2015.
The L.A. Leimert Park Book Fair founded by Executive Director, Cynthia Exum, has hosted some of the national’s top authors and artists including Pulitzer Prize winning writer Isabel Wilkerson; California Laureate Al Young; Award Winning Poet, Nikki Govanni; Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence magazine, Susan L. Taylor; Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.; Emmy-nominated music director Rickey Minor of “American Idol” and former band leader of the “Tonight Show;” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon; prominent literary figure Ishmael Reed; New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey; Advertising Hall of Famer Tom Burrell; award winning chef Govind Armstrong; playwright/author Donald Welch; screenwriter Rob Edwards (“Princess and the Frog”); art enthusiasts and philanthropists Dr. Bernard W. and Shirley Kinsey; award-winning poet Ruth Forman, spoken word tour-de-force-Talaam Acey and actress/children’s author Kim Wayans just to name a few.
In addition, each year LPVBF distributes more than 1,500 free books to fair attendees, including over 300 books to local foster care children. The Leimert Park Village Book Fair, based in South Central Los Angeles, is the main annual literary event for the Black community on the West Coast. A number of authors and screenwriters attend every year to expose the community to their latest work, and thousands of book lovers come to see what all of these writers are writing about.
THE 9TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES LEIMERT PARK BOOK FAIR 2015
2ND ANNUAL “JESSE REDMON FAUSET” BOOK AWARD
Fiction – (tie)
*Bad Blood – Mary Monroe (Dafina/Kensington)
*Delicious Foods – James Hannaham (Little, Brown and Company)
The Honey Spot – L. Divine (Ebb & Flow)
Rumor Has It – Cheris Hodges (Dafina/Kensington)
God Help the Child – Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf)
Disgruntled – Asali Solomon (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Non-Fiction – (tie)
*Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year – Tavis Smiley, David Ritz (Little, Brown and Company)
*America: The Black Point of View – Tony Rose (Amber Communications Group, Inc.)
No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant – Thandisizwe Chimurenga (IPP)
My Journey with Maya – Tavis Smiley, David Ritz (Little, Brown and Company)
Non-Fiction – Auto-Biography, Biography & Memoir
*Rising Up From the Blood – Sarah Washington O’Neal Rush (Solid Rock Publishing)
African-American Warrant Officers – Farrell J. Chiles (BookLocker.com Inc.)
Michelle Obama: A Life The Light of the World: A Memoir I Am Charlie Wilson
To see the full list of winners, visit www.leimertparkbookfair.com
America the Black Point of View is essentially a children’s story – A story of tens of millions of African American children locked away, in the segregated, red lined ghettos and housing projects of America. Living in a bad and horrific environment, in bad conditions, with bad parents, in bad schools, where death rides hard and is known by everybody.
In this investigation and study of the White people of Western Europe and America, Tony Rose takes you on a four million year autobiographical and historic journey of great beauty and even greater horror.
The screams and howls of centuries of terror, violence and brutality transcend time as you, the reader, are taken on a tremendously honest, never before written, seen, heard or read in American literature, epic journey from Africa to Western Europe to the Americas in this compelling, violent, and true story of two turbulent and distinct African American families of unbridled good and evil, both born and raised in the brutality and horror of American slavery, segregation and Jim Crow.
The journey takes you all the way to the terrifying, vicious and savagely honest, invisible black ghetto world of a child, and then teenager, growing up in the housing projects of the 1950’s and 1960’s, where the schools of hard knocks and real fucked up shit are taught, lived, and died in, side by side.
I come from a place that is so invisible that you can hardly see me.
Yet, I am despised, hated and feared more than anyone or anything.
I am invisible, I live in the real ghetto, the projects. I am poor and
hungry, I live in the underbelly of America and I am poor and have
nothing. I am a black man, I am a black woman, I am a black
child, and I am invisible, until someone kills me. — Tony Rose
About the Author:
Tony Rose, was born in Roxbury, (Boston) Massachusetts and raised in the Whittier Street Housing Projects. He is an NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature, the Publisher and CEO of Amber Communications Group, Inc., the nation’s largest African American Publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies and the 2013 44th Annual NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature (Youth/Teens) for the title, Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue for America’s Young Leaders (Amber Books) by Gregory J. Reed, Esq.
He is the editor of numerous books and the co-writer of the national bestseller, Is Modeling For You? The Handbook and Guide For The Young Aspiring Black Model, written with Yvonne Rose, and has penned the critically acclaimed, international best-seller, Before the Legend: The Rise of New Kids On The Block and A Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years.He has written, compiled, edited and published, the award winning, international best-seller, African American History In The United States of America — An Anthology — From Africa To President Barack Obama, Volume One, a Top Ten Best African American Book and has recently written the critically acclaimed, America the Black Point of View – An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe & The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy—The 1950’s and 1960’s—From the Projects to NAACP Image Award Winner, Volume One.
Rose comments on why he wrote America the Black Point of View:
“I found out early on that this was not going to be an easy book to write. I wanted to write an autobiography about my early childhood and teen years and the horrific murderers, pimps, gangsters, drug dealers, drug addicts, rapists, child abusers and thieves, that I grew up with, lived with, called family, and write about in The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy. I soon realized that I could not write about me as an African American child and teen living in America, without writing about White America, what it was like when I was a child, how it shaped the people around me and what it is like to now live in America, which for tens of millions of African American children is horrific, terrifying, and not so very different than it was for me as a child.”
He continues, “I also wanted to write about what it was like for a child and young teenager to grow up in the real ghetto, the projects, and come from a dysfunctional and violent family where contrary to what poor Black people are always depicted as; there was no God, no church on Sunday, no marching with Martin Luther King, Jr., and no singing in the church choir.”
Where to Purchase the Book:
America the Black Point of View – Amazon.com – Paperback
America the Black Point of View – Barnes&Noble.com – Paperback
America the Black Point of View – Amazon.com – eBook (Kindle)
America the Black Point of View – Barnes&Noble.com – eBook (Nook)