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Aisha K. Staggers
Aisha K. Staggers has been writing since middle school. She had her first major publication in her local newspaper's entertainment section while a sophomore in high school, a publication in another state paper followed. Aisha has been contributing to various paper, magazines and textbooks for over 15 years. In addition to her time as an instructor of social sciences in higher education, Aisha has served as a director of education and policy research centers, and on the staff of legislative commissions. Aisha previously served on the Executive Board of the CT Young Democrats Women's Caucus and has remained active in politics and public policy. She is an alumni of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and Fisk University in Nashville, TN where she earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees, respectively, and completed the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program in 2008. Currently, Aisha is Senior Editor for BookTrib, a division of the literary public relations firm, Meryl Moss Media. In addition to her own work, Aisha will be writing the liner notes for an upcoming Prince tribute album and contributing a chapter to a 2018 scholarly work on Prince and the Minneapolis Sound.

BookTrib Best of 2017: 15 Books Fit for a Prince: Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Prince’s Iconic First VMA Performance

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‘Earlier, I had been talking stuff in a violent room’—- okay, it wasn’t a ‘violent room,’ more like a violet one. Purple. THE color that belongs to only one artist and no one will own it the way he has for more than 35 years. In this purple space, I was contemplating and discussing what the VMAs mean to me this year, 16 months after Prince’s passing. Like many, I still roam these musical streets in a constant state of WTH!?, but I am coping by listening to what he left us, watching his films and videos and fervently reading things I hadn’t read since I was 12, new books, hard to find out-of-print books and even a few advance…

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Best of BookTrib 2017: 2009 VMA Run-in with Kanye West Did Not Damage Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation,’ Says Fan Fav Biography

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! The most unforgettable and bizarre year in VMA history was 2009. Michael Jackson was dead, Lady Gaga was gross, Brittany Spear’s made a comeback and Hip-Hop ruled. However, the one thing that is forever etched in the annals of VMA history was the moment Kanye West jumped on stage and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Video of the Year. Swift seemed genuinely shocked, as were most people in the audience and at home.  This single incident could have ended of both careers,…

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The Freedom to Love is Paramount in Ariana Mansour’s ‘He Never Deserved Me’

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For most American women, we cannot conceive of marrying a man we don’t love, much less marrying a man our parents and community chooses for us. Not to say that this doesn’t happen in some regions and/or faiths, or that it wasn’t a more common phenomenon in another time and place, but since the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and the mainstreaming of modern feminism, American women have been fighting for respect; not just respect of our persons, but of our needs, desires, passions and our choices. We won’t always make the right choices as life is overwrought with bad mistakes that began with the purest of intentions. But, we should be allowed to make those mistakes in a…

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10 Tips for Saving Big in 2018 from Author-Expert Al Gobo

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Earlier this year, BookTrib interviewed Altair M. Gobo, certified financial planning professional and partner at U.S. Financial Services, LLC about his book, Getting to the Green: Golf, Financial Planning and Life, Not Necessarily in That Order. What stood out most from that interview was how easy it is to plan for the future. Most of the time, we think about saving and financial investments as being intimidating and costly; but Gobo reminds us that it is all in perception. With the impending new year, everyone wants to know how to make a fresh financial start and save more in 2018 than in years past. I learned how I can maximize my savings while sitting down for a quick chat with Gobo.…

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They’re Baaaack!: 5 Books for Fans of TV’s Favorite Fake Psychic

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Hey, Psych-O’s, they’re baaaack! Yes, the whole gang (almost) is back tomorrow night on USA in their first made-for-television movie, Psych the Movie. Since going off the air three years ago, there has been talk that Shawn, Gus, Woody, Lassie, Juliet, Chief Vick and Henry would return for a series of one-off TV movies, possibly even a feature film, but until now, it was just talk – until now.  The 2-hour film will have a holiday theme and will still feature all of the quips and pop culture references that made the show famous. Psych premiered on USA Network in 2006 and was the highest basic U.S. cable premiere that year.  The show, a detective procedural comedy about fake psychic detective…

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A Life in Books: Author Kathleen Hill Talks About the Power of Words and Writing Her New Book

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Before I spoke with Kathleen Hill for the first time, I had been talking with a friend about aging and watching the adults in our lives, some who’ve passed away, struggle with memory in their later years. We were both saying how we wished they had written down some of the stories of their lives, memories of events that would have given us and our children a bit more insight into family histories and reveal how certain events in the lives of those who are connected to our pasts ultimately impact who we are in the present. So we both committed to writing our own memoirs. I became keenly aware, early in the process, that everything I wrote was linked…

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Wednesday Wisdom Amazing Tips for Writers from the Most Prolific of All Time

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People always ask me what my writing “process” is. If they knew, they wouldn’t believe me, most times it involves just sitting alone and listening to my own thoughts. Rrely does it ever involve me sitting in front of a blank screen on my computer; if I’m typing, it is already written, I am just transcribing the pages in my head. About 90 percent of what I write has been written in my dreams and that is because I spend about 90 percent of my time thinking about writing. My inspiration comes from a variety of sources, most are just random occurrences and rather than keeping my thoughts and opinions about these to myself, I share them with you. Writing…

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2018 Grammys: Carrie Fisher, Bernie Sanders and Bruce Springsteen Contend for Best Spoken Word Album

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Nominees for the 2018 Grammys were announced today and people are still talking about how this is quite possibly the most diverse list of nominees with women and people of color dominating the top categories.  Leading those nominations in all the music categories is no surprise to many: Jay-Z for his 2017 release 4:44, with eight.  While many of us tune in to the Grammys for the performances and to see if our favorites will walk away with the trophy, there are other categories that we don’t often see televised, but garner awards as well. Of interest to us is the category where books are mentioned! Audiobooks! The official category title since 1998 is “Best Spoken Word Album,” but the…

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A Royal Wedding in 2018: Prince Harry and Actress Meghan Markle Engaged!

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The British royals will have another reason to celebrate in 2018! In addition to the new baby Prince William and his wife, Kate, will be expecting in April, Prince Harry will be tying the knot with his girlfriend, American actress Meghan Markle. The engagement was announced today as Harry and Meghan stood for their first official press photos as an engaged couple.  The pair were engaged earlier this month.  While both were tight-lipped about the details of Harry’s proposal, both admitted that is was “romantic.”  Harry also said that he knew Markle was “the one” from the first time he met her.  The engagement ring also made an appearance and is said to contain a diamond from Botswana— a place…

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BookTrib’s First Writing Contest: Could You Be Our Next Contributor?

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Do you love reading BookTrib? Would you love writing for BookTrib even more? Here’s your chance! We are launching our first official writing contest where emerging writers and those who thought about writing will have the opportunity to compete for a position as a BookTrib Contributor for 2018! The contest will open on December 1, 2017 and entries can be submitted on our website through the end of January. The Top Five entries will be published on our website, and the authors will be interviewed individually for a live-video chat with member of our staff about their entries and writing experience. The Grand Prize is a 12-month stint as a Booktrib Contributor.  There will be TWO Grand Prize winners.  The…

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Trending Today: Weeks After Signing Book Deal, Colin Kaepernick Lands GQ Cover

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Since being frozen out of the NFL this season for staging silent protests during the singing of the National Anthem, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refuses to go gently into that good night. Though it seems his professional football career has stalled, Kaepernick is still making power moves away from the gridiron. Last month, it was announced that he signed a $1 million book deal with Random House imprint, One World. Neither Kaepernick nor One World have commented on what the book will cover, but many speculate the events of the last two years, including how a veteran advised him to take a knee— as opposed to sitting during the anthem— to honor oppressed people killed by the gross systemic…

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Jenifer Lewis: The ‘Mother of Black Hollywood’ Gets Down and Dirty in New Memoir

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If Jenifer Lewis can’t make you laugh, then you just don’t have a sense of humor. Lewis’ career spans nearly four decades and she has played mother to almost every major African-American character in television and film, earning her the moniker, “The Mother of Black Hollywood.” In an NPR interview, Lewis discussed that title with pride. “I played Tupac’s mama, Tina Turner’s mama, Whitney Houston’s mama, and the list goes on and on.” Her credits are very diverse and include: The Preacher’s Wife, What’s Love Got to Do With It and Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Poetic Justice, Sister Act, Beaches, Jackie’s Back, The Temptations, A Different World, Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man, Too and most recently, Black-ish.  I always said…

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Famed Gossip Columnist Liz Smith Dies at Age 94

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Known as the “Queen of New York Tabloids”  and “The Grand Dame of Dish,” gossip columnist and write Liz Smith made a career reporting on the lives and lifestyles of the rich and famous. Smith began her career in the 1950’s working for Mike Wallace before writing the Cholly Knickerbocker column for Hearst Magazines. By the 1980’s, she had become the most powerful and celebrated tabloid writer living a life much like the people she dished on. Smith grew up listening to Walter Winchell radio broadcasts and longed for “the glamour and the excitement of New York”  for herself, she once said. In the late 40’s, she moved to NYC with only $50 dollars and no contacts in the publishing world…

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A ‘Promise’ Fulfilled: How Joe Biden Found Purpose After Tragedy

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I have been looking forward to a number of new releases this month, including Jenifer Lewis’ The Mother of Black Hollywood (released Nov. 14) and Duane Tudahl’s Prince and the Purple Rain Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984 (released Nov. 15).  As I set up my list of reads for the Thanksgiving holiday, the first of these on my list is the new book by Joe Biden (whom I affectionately call “Uncle Joe”), Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. Nearly a year after completing two terms in service to the country as Vice President for Barack Obama, Joe Biden is speaking about the last few years of his term in office marked by the pain of losing…

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Walt Gragg, Author of ‘The Red Line’ and BookTrib Contributor Announced Winner at 2017 Best Book Awards

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We would like to congratulate author and BookTrib contributor Walt Gragg on his win at the 2017 Best Book Awards. Gragg took home the prize in the Fiction: Thriller/Adventure category for his book, The Red Line. The Red Line is a military Thriller where on the verge of World War III, a resurgent Russian Empire launches a deadly armored attack on Germany. With a powerful cast of characters and an engaging story line drawn from Gragg’s own experiences in Vietnam, The Red Line has been winning over readers and Hollywood.  Gragg shared with BookTrib, recently, that the book has been optioned for a miniseries.   You can read Walt’s work on BookTrib on his contributor’s page.   CONGRATULATIONS, WALT!!!  …

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*Trending on Twitter*: Happy Birthday Dorothy Dandridge!

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Trending on Twitter today for #ThursdayThoughts is a montage of birthday wishes and Hollywood memories in honor of the late actress Dorothy Dandridge.  Dandridge came through Hollywood during a time when roles for black actresses were limited to only supporting characters who were in servitude positions and often portrayed in full stereotypical fashion.  But Dandridge was different than her contemporaries because she refused to accept this was all that she could be in Hollywood.  Many consider her the “black Marilyn Monroe,” but she was so much more. Born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dorothy Jean Dandridge began her career as part of a singing duo with her sister, The Dandridge Sisters, performing at the Cotton Club, the famous…

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