Believe Half of What You Hear and All of What You Saw - The Only Photo Spread of the First African American Pavilion at the 2004 Book Expo America, from a 'Berry Black Perspective' in New Issue of Blackberryspeak.Com Urban Magazine

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Latest issue of Urban Magazine provides the only pictorial showcase of the first African American Pavilion at the 2004 Book Expo America. Other issue highlights are the addition of a 'berry blog' for breaking news updates, publisher comments, and reader responses; a LifeStyle Express section with people in the news, quotes, and 'slammin poetry'; and the African American community response to the death of former President Ronald Reagan.

The African American Pavilion at the recent 2004 Book Expo America held in Chicago proved mainstream America has it wrong...African Americans Do Read, Do Write, And...Do The Math - Generate Big Bucks.

Last Thursday, African American writers and publishers gathered for their annual African American conference held the day before the official opening of Book Expo America. Covering 'How to Increase Your Bottom Line' and 'From Classic to Street Life Publishers', speakers such as Greg Perkins, President/CEO, African American Expressions (Sacramento, CA) and publishers/authors Zane and Vickie Stringer proved the African American market is diverse, strong, yet still full of challenges.

"More African American books are being published, especially self-published, while African American bookstores struggle to stay open," says Mariann Aalda, Actress-Author-Humorist-Motivator. Addressing this challenge, the first African American Pavilion brought together seventeen publishers who represent over a hundred African American authors in one area of the Expo

"It was amazing, uplifting, informative, and efficient," says A. Renee' West, Publisher/Editor of Urban Magazine. "This was my third Expo. The Pavilion not only spared attendees from running over entire convention floors searching for our authors, but just the sight of this long aisle of 'us' on both sides of the table visually renewed hopes and passions about the publishing industry. That's why this issue covers the Expo not just in print, but also in pictures. More people need to see it, to believe it. And the Pavilion Co-Founders, Genesis Press, Amber Communications Group, and Black Issues Book Review, deserves praise and thank yous."

In addition to the Expo, the latest issue of Urban Magazine introduces a new layout design that responds to reader requests for more content and graphics, and advertiser demand for more space. "We've also added a Lifestyle Express section, which includes travel, quotes, and people in the news, as well as 'slammin poetry'. We'll also have a few surprises from time to time. For instance this issue features an interview by Atlanta Lady X with the gentle-man poet himself, Michael Webster," adds Ms. West. "AND the site now includes a blog on the home page where we will give breaking news updates, post our thoughts, and let readers give their comments."

To read the magazine, see the special Book Expo photo section, purchase promotional merchandise, or become a part of the grass root marketing force (hit your clubs, organizations, churches, bookstores, etc), go to

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