"Black, White & Brown On The Blue Line" is an invitation to join a collection of strangers on an emotionally adventurous trip, from Long Beach, California to Downtown Los Angeles, California -- and back.
Snake Doctor is a modern, African-American Faustian epic. The story is of a man who made a supernatural deal with a wizard in the Equatorial Rain Forest of Northern Ghana. The deal that was made guaranteed this man that he would receive the money he needed to make the break out film he yearned to make. The proper sacrifices were made, the money poured in and the filmmaker became an international success. But all does not remain sweetness n light....
Let Chester take you on a journey through Spain in his search to find himself-and write about it. He hooks up with "El Encanto", a star-crossed matador. Then back to the States, where he meets and marries the love of his life. A honeymoon in West Africa leaves them yearning for a place they've never known, but feel is their home . . .
Monday evening comn' down-the dreariest day of the week anywhere, but especially in the ghettos (yea, y'all, they still there) where people have taken their hangovers and other symptoms of a fast weekend to their individual plantations around town (if they're lucky enough to have one) return to their shacks for four/five more days of clock punching and locksteppin' before the Eagle flies. Then was then and now is now. What's the difference?
5) Hollow Daze
Hollow Daze is the fictional account of an imaginary publishing house and the shenanigans that occur between the publishers and the writers whose books have been published by this publishing house. The novel is written in a semi-documentary style, with excerpts from the works that each of the writers have had published, all of it covered by the dark umbrella called Urban Fiction, meaning that the writers are African-Americans or Euro-Americans trying...
Kwanzaa for Conrad & The Survival Tango offers a gritty, sometimes funny picture of a brilliant man who manages to swim out of schizophrenia into a normal creative life as a writer.
Palm Wine Junction has several stories reflecting the Pan-African Occult genre. I invite the perceptive reader to determine which stories come from that genre. I would also suggest that the prospective reader should not be led into thinking that the children, beautifully detailed by artist Suchin Lin, on the cover of Palm Wine Junction represent the unusual stories in Palm Wine Junction. The children were chosen, symbolically, to represent ideal readers...
The Matador Negro Azucar (Black Matador, Sugar), is the story of a young African-American man, born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, who is obsessed by the idea of becoming a matador. Chester Simmons is opposed by his parents. Bullfighting!? Get serious about yourself, Chester! Dondisha Phillips, the kindergarten teacher who loves him, Chester, you could get hurt messin around with those bulls. Chester trips to Mexico City. He spends time in...
Portrait of Simone is the poignant story of a young soldier stationed in the Deep South, in the recent past, and his romance with a woman nearly twice his age. Simone is mysterious, alluring, charming, complex. The author brings us the story of true love, love that grows deeper with the passage of time, and pays tribute to the woman known as Simone.
10) Lost Angeles
In the post–Watts Rebellion 1970s, Chester L. Simmons takes up the study of martial arts-Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do. Author Odie Hawkins, using his special blend of wry humor, incisiveness, and sensitivity, takes alter ego Simmons through that experience, as well as a series of misadventures writing movie and television scripts for Hollyweird studios.
11) Brazilian Nights
Valonga Price takes a three-year sabbatical from the grime of owning her own company to try to discover her true self. Armed with questions that have been whirling around in her head, she travels to places like Brazil, San Salvador, Bahia, Nigeria, Cuba, and Japan.
12) Chicago Hustle
There was no sharper con man on the streets of Chicago than Elijah Brookes. Women were his preferred prey-but no mark and no bankroll was safe when Elijah was on the prowl. Cool, beautiful Toni warned him, "Elijah, brothers be playin' games so hard sometimes they don't know when to stop. You know what I'm sayin'?" Elijah Brookes had to learn the ultimate lesson the hard way. So many games to be played, so little time.
Midnight offers us a sensitive view inside the soul of a young African American gangster who is influenced by an older man, a convict, to look into his African side. "You may not be what they've told you that you are, over here. When you check out where we came from."
An enchanting intro to a collection of unforgettable characters. Bobo, Burks, Leo (sometimes, when into imaginative self-hatred, alias Tony De Medrow), Billy Woods, Herb Cross, Bruce, Mooney, Johnny Fox, Bernard Kelly, and a few others who lived in the same neighborhood and hung out on the same corners. Some of the less informed thought we were a "gang" because we spent a lot of time together, but that was the result of them being unable to penetrate...
Henrik Malan was the South African secret agent who devised the plan to have the Black American ghettos destroy themselves by supplying them with a cheap but highly addictive drug known on the streets as "Ghetto Blaster."
The deeply personal story of Odie Hawkins's journey, from "the poorest of the poor" childhood in Chicago to Hollywood screenwriter-and the people who deeply mattered. A tough, touching autobiography.
17) Black Chicago
Chicago, the center of America's heartland, from its founding in the late 1700s by Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a French-educated black man, to the modern day Gypsies who live on Maxwell Street. It's a city steeped in Black History. This is the story of a city where a unique African American history has grown, a center for the emergence of jazz, blues, dance, art, and the DuSable Museum of African American History.
18) Amazing Grace
An enchanting intro to a collection of unforgettable characters-Elizabeth, "Queen of the Projects"; the girl "Billie" who sings like Lady Day; young Randolph who, to his family's embarrassment, grows a second head for a while; Dean Dale Jackson, talented writer, sculptor, auto mechanic, and dedicated to the underbelly of a bottle; the Vernon family upwardly mobile but required by a will to grow cotton in their suburban backyard; and Marlene and James,...
19) Secret Music
Odie Hawkins utilizes the same thrust, power, and creativity that made Ghetto Sketches his first bestseller. He has moved the focus from Chicago to Los Angeles; and once again, he has populated his stories with unforgettable characters-the telephone freak, the tenants of Mrs. Solomon's apartment building, and a few surrealistic types. The Secret Music we all hear is echoed within these stories . . .
Chester L. Simmons, nicknamed "The Great Lawd Buddha" by his hip constituents because of his almond shaped eyes and his generous tummy, is one of those delightfully free spirits that life gives the world now and then. With his storytelling he sometimes fuses reality and creativity into a seamless possibility; or seamless possibilities. He has been known to bend the truth, if the truth was not creating the right kind of life-vibe for him.