Award-winning journalist and talk show host Tavis Smiley will be discussing and signing his latest book, My Journey with Maya Angelou at this year’s South Florida Book Festival July 17-18 at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC).
The self proclaimed “Pied Piper of R&B” is penning a memoir, which will detail his musical career, the death of his mother and the child pornography case he faced. R. Kelly has collaborated and written songs for well-known musical artists such as Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige and Celine Dion.
“I’m writing this book as Robert, not R. Kelly,” said the 42-year-old singer. “I’m tired of being misunderstood. I will show you the tears, fears, and sweat. I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama. I want to tell it like it is.”
The book will be published in 2011 by SmileyBooks, a publishing company founded by host Tavis Smiley.
“We are thrilled to be the conduit through which R. Kelly will tell his own story,” Smiley said. “He has earned the right to tell his story his own way.”
I might have to check this out. Would you read his book?
The man who first let African American women know about the “down low” brother died Thursday at age 54 while on a book tour in Los Angeles. E. Lynn Harris first jumped onto the literary scene in 1994 with his debut fiction novel, “Invisible Life.”
Born in 1955, Harris was raised in Little Rock, Ark. A journalism honors graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he was the school’s first black yearbook editor, the first black male Razorbacks cheerleader and president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, reports the Associated Press.
Released in January, the author’s latest book, “Basketball Jones,” is about the gay lover of a NBA star.