There’s Girl Talk, There’s guy Talk, NOW There’s “REAL TALK”

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Atlanta-based authors offer documentary-style relationship insight with new book

Atlanta-based authors release a documentary style book on relationships with candid conversations with black men.

For centuries we’ve been told men and women speak different languages. While language itself may be a far-fetched concept, its clear men and women interpret relationships differently. Instead of the typical gender-bending discussion, its time for ‘REAL TALK’! On Saturday, May 21st, authors Dr. Lisa Anne Matthews and Dee Derrick will host a book release party to celebrate “REAL TALK: Candid Conversations with Black Men about Black women, “ at the Aurum Lounge, located at 915 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA.

Composed as a sort of literary documentary, “REAL TALK “captures the voice of 8 black men, giving them the freedom and platform to use their voice without boundaries. Matthews and Derrick believe the book will offer women a vantage point when approaching future relationships by allowing them to enter into the male psyche to get a realistic idea of how men process women and relationships.

Dr. Lisa Ann Matthews and Dee Derrick , met years ago on the job and soon realized they both had aspirations of writing a books on relationships. It wasn’t long before the friends realized their strengths would provide the perfect compliment for teaming up on a joint venture. Matthews provided corporate experience in qualitative research, while Derricks had an extensive psychology and social sciences background. Combined Matthews and Derricks strengths offer a fresh spin on the dated self-help relationship manuals decorating bookshelves across the country.

Matthews and Derrick chronicled numerous conversations with eight African American men from varying economical, social and educational backgrounds. The men were encouraged to express their feelings on several subjects as: Black women and their perceptions of dating, marriage, sex, relationships, religion, culture, and everything in between.

“What Black women fail to realize is that we were raised in the same fatherless homes that they were, so it just ends up producing two confused people in relationships. The fact of the matter is that neither of us truly understands the roles that the other should play in marriage.” – Carlton

After several mind boggling conversations, Matthews and Derrick decided upon REAL TALK: Candid Conversations with Black Men about Black Women”, the first of a series of non-fiction books that will highlight a wide range of controversial topics, issues, and experiences.

“Our purpose for writing this book was to ultimately hear the voices of our Black men. Their experiences are intriguing, captivating, real, noteworthy, and complex. When we took the time to sit down and speak to our eight participants they were amazed by this simple gesture and often commented on how no one ever took made the initiative to get to know them. We lent our ears to these men and sentimentally offer their words to you. We pray this book serves as a gift and is purposeful in your journey to understanding the Black man and his journey,” Matthews and Derrick.

Derrick and Matthews are convinced “Real Talk” will be a revelation for women wanting a sneak peek into the psychology of men and can begin a healing process in the divide between women and men especially in relation to African American relationships. The two decided there was no better demographic to start with than Atlanta, GA a city ridiculed for being one of the hardest places for African American couples to connect. Readers of all ages are encouraged to join Matthews and Derrick on Saturday, May 21st at the Aurum Lounge located at 915 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA.

For more information on ‘REAL TALK’: Candid conversations with Black Men about Black Women or to interview Dr. Lisa Ann Matthews or Dee Derrick, please contact dee(at)realtalklive(dot)com or LA(at)realtalklive(dot)com.


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