The 10th Annual African American Literary Awards Show to Take Place Sunday, October 26th in Harlem

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Awards Hosted By TV Personality & Award-Winning Producer Patrick L. Riley

The 10th Annual African American Literary Awards is set to take place on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at MIST Harlem 46 W. 116th Street. The event is the first and only awards show to recognize, honor, celebrate and promote the achievements and contributions of African-American authors, writers, publishers, artists and related entertainment industries together with their fans. This year marks the Awards’ 10th Anniversary, making this legendary awards ceremony the most anticipated literary event of the year.

The awards will be hosted by TV Personality & Award-Winning Producer Patrick Riley. He will be joined by an impressive list of presenters, including: Wendy Williams, Walter Mosley, Terrie Williams, Hi Five, (singing group), Freddie Jackson, Shawn Bullard, Khalil Kain, Stanley Bennett Clay, Robert Christopher Riley, Tiffany Denee Jones, Bevy Smith and Michaela Angela Davis.

The program will include recognition of two honorees, Dr. Maya Angelou and James Earl Hardy. Also in attendance and presenting will be several offspring of great literary and entertainment giants, including Gina Belafonte (Harry Belafonte), Raoul Roach (Max Roach), Suzanne Bramford (Diahann Carroll), Trevor Baldwin (James Baldwin), Richard Pryor Jr. (Richard Pryor), Rhonda Ross (Diana Ross and Berry Gordy) and Tren'ness Woods-Black (Sylvia Woods).

The evening will begin with a Pre-Show VIP Red Carpet Cocktail reception featuring songbird Lady Leah, followed by The Awards show that will include musical guests and Harlem sensation Farrah Burns, and special tributes to our honorees James Earl Hardy and the late Dr. Maya Angelou. Part of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF). Tickets are available for purchase at

About AALAS and Founder Yvette Hayward:
Yvette Hayward is the president of Flowers & Hayward Publicity & Mgmt., a public relations company that has been a powerful resource in the literary and entertainment field for over seven (7+) years. She has represented well-known authors such as, Essence best-selling authors, Lolita Files, Victoria Christopher Murray, Carol Mackey, New York Times best-selling authors, Eric Jerome Dickey & Wendy Williams.

The company’s primary mission is to bring recognition to African-American authors throughout the country. With an established client base of best-selling authors, the company is able to carry out its mission through developing client specific tailored programs such as book signings, radio, television, print and promotional tours.

The African American Literary Award show is the brainchild of Ms. Hayward. She came up with the idea in 1996 and was finally able to bring it to fruition in September 2004.

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