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Aisha K. Staggers has 73 articles published.

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.

Picturing Hope: White House Photographer Pete Souza’s ‘Intimate Portrait’ of President Obama

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“They called him analytical and cerebral. But the lasting impression of Barack Obama’s presidency is deeply human and emotional. This is his legacy.” ~ Scott Snowman, January 18, 2017 in The Prompt White House photographers are not just taking pictures; they are documenting history and preserving a legacy.  Whatever your political views, there is one thing that will not change about the Barack Obama presidency: he was the nation’s first African American elected to the highest office in the land.  This was a hard-won feat that many, particularly those who grew up during the era of Jim Crow, never believed would see accomplished in their lifetime. But it did and everything else that followed was equally historic. Now, a year…

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When Words Are Not Enough: Finding Rainbows in the Midst of Tragedy

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It is very disheartening to turn on the news or log onto social media to find that there is yet another tragedy in the world. It seems like when we just enter the healing phase from the last one, there isn’t even time to catch one’s breath before a new one surfaces and we begin the cycle again. After each of these, I turn to literature and some of my favorite books to put things into perspective.  Perspective is not acceptance— I will never be able to accept incidents like what happened yesterday in Sutherland Springs, TX.  Like Marvin Gaye says in one of my favorite songs, “Makes me wanna holler, throw up both my hands.” When I feel this…

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#ThursdayThoughts: Facing Day Two of NaNoWriMo

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This will be my second time taking the National Novel Writing Month challenge, also known as NaNoWriMo.  The first time I did it in 2009, it really was a tool to help me cope with the loss of a friend to cancer that September.  I didn’t finish because the story I was writing forced me to go back and examine parts of our youth that were painful reminders of her absence by November 18, 2009, the day that would have been her 36th birthday, it really was too much an emotional ride for me to take. So I put the story away. In the years since, the story has continued to linger in the recesses of my mind— sometimes I…

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“Man on a Mission”: Bill Nye the Science Guy Documentary Debuts in NYC

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Bill Nye is ‘the science teacher you wish you had,” according to a new documentary on his life and work.  The film, Bill Nye: Science Guy, features the star of the 90’s kid’s TV show of the same name, his personal life, beliefs and how he viewed by his peers. A description of the film describes Nye as “a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world.”  Nye has been very vocal in recent years about climate change and the impact it will have on future generations. Now the CEO The Planetary Society, an organization Carl Sagan, Nye has been a staunch advocate for  “science, research, and discovery.”  Science Guy gives audiences  an intimate…

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#NationalCandyCornDay: Yup, It’s a Thing!

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#NationalCandyCornDay is trending on Twitter and I do not understand why. I am a picky eater with many food allergies and culinary idiosyncrasies. Among my allergies are: nuts, fuzzy fruits and veggies, shellfish, and certain legumes. Since I like living, I stay away from these. Even smelling a peach makes me wheeze and my throat starts to close; as for the rest, they’re foods I don’t like anyway. Do you know how happy I was to learn that I am allergic to okra – a vegetable I detest? And there are others I just have personal issues with for no other reason than I’m petty that way. I freak out after spilling milk on my hands. I don’t care much…

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‘Deadpool’ Meets ‘Harry Potter’ in Upcoming Fantasy Noir, ‘Dead Jack’

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The Tobias Literary Agency, Dreamstreet Entertainment and Lonetree Entertainment in partnership with James Aquilone have a great announcement for James Aquilone’s fans: they have optioned the film and television rights for Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device. The upcoming “horror-fantasy noir” has been pitched as Deadpool meets Harry Potter, where “a drug-addicted zombie detective and his shapeshifting sidekick battle supernatural creatures in an effort to save the world and score fairy dust.” The Dead Jack paperback, published under Curiosity Quills Press, will see release in early 2018. The novel NY Times Bestseller and 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Mayberry calls “wicked fun” is poised to be a runaway hit full of humor and adventure. Dead Jack co-producer Tony Eldridge of Lonetree Entertinment…

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#Thursday Thoughts: 39 Inspirational JFK Quotes, One for Each Year He Lived

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Today, the National Archives will release the final documents that outline details of the the John F. Kennedy assassination. In 1963, the 35th President of the United States was gunned down while his motorcade traveled through a Dallas neighbor hood on November 22.  In the years since, many conspiracy theories as to how the assassination happened and who was involved have been the focus of Kennedy’s legacy.  As interesting as these are, the life Kennedy lived is far for fascinating and inspiring.  Today’s #ThursdayThoughts are 39 inspirational JFK quotes about life, leadership, education and poetry— one for each year of his life. Hopefully, they will inspire you as much as Kennedy inspired an entire nation and the world. Change is…

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Remembering Rock & Roll Legend Fats Domino

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One of the architects of Rock & Roll has died. Fats Domino was instrumental in helping to shape Rock & Roll during its infancy is best known for songs like “Ain’t That a Shame,” and “Blueberry Hill.”  To honor the legend and his music, here are some documentaries, books and other ways to celebrate the life of a pioneer who inspired everyone from Elvis Presley to The Beatles to Stevie Wonder. The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock N’ Roll, Joe Lauro (Director) This documentary tells how Fats Domino came up through the New Orleans music scene at a time when black artists suffered great setbacks and degradation in the segregated south. The first documentary of its…

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#WednesdayWisdom for Writers from Some of the Most Prolific Writers 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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#BestSisterEver: 20 Reasons Why Sisters are the Best Thing Since the Internet

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The Bush twins’ new book, Sisters First, was released today.  That got me to thinking: I have two sisters; my mother has two sisters; and my grandmother has a sister. We are a family of sisters an it’s really the best thing I could think to be— a sister! Today’s #TuesdayThoughts are about sisters. Sisters are your first friends, your most honest critics and when you can’t find the right thing in your closet to wear, always seem to have just what you need. Here’s 20 reasons why sisters are the best thing since the internet: You can fight with them one day; the next you’re back to being the best of friends. They are the only people who know…

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‘A Private View’: Afshin Shahidi’s New Book Gives a Rare Glimpse into Prince’s Private Life

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One of my favorite pictures of Prince is the cover photo of Afshin Shahidi’s book, Prince: A Private View, which was released today. One of the reasons I am so enamored of this picture is due to the striking contrast of black and white in Prince’s clothing against the simplistic set— what appears to be a plain hallway. What is even more endearing to me as a 30+ year fan is that Prince, who was of a smaller stature, even in the most ordinary of spaces was ginormous. He was a larger than life figure in life and in his passing his absence has left a chasm that no artist now or in the future will be able to fill.…

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‘Getting to the Green’: Talking Money and Finances with Author and Financial Planner Altair Gobo

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Altair Gobo has a unique way of looking at money, financial planning and wealth: He sees similarities between money management and the game of golf. Taking his experience as an avid golfer for 20 years and his 35 years as a CFP, Altair put this analogy and experience together in his new book, Getting to the Green: Golf, Financial Planning, and Life, Not Necessarily in That Order.   BookTrib recently had a sit down with Gobo to talk about his book and to ask one very critical question: ‘Is it ever too late to plan for the future?’ BookTrib: You’ve taken a really unique approach to explaining financial planning; you liken it to the game of golf. How did you come…

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Breaking News: Emmy-Nominated Actress Kathryn Hahn to Release Picture Book, ‘My Wish for You’

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Entertainment Weekly just revealed that Emmy-nominated actress Kathryn Hahn is releasing a new book, My Wish for You.  The news of the book, which is illustrated by Brigette Barrager, is so new that only EW has a picture of the cover. Published by Scholastic, EW says, “The book is fashioned as an honest, heartfelt reminder to girls at every age and every stage of the beauty and strength that resides inside each of them. It’s a poignant, encouraging reminder to mothers, daughters, and friends of the importance of simply being yourself.”   Inspired by her own child, Hahn wanted to produce something that built on the bold displays of womanhood and femininity that can be found in her acting work. Hahn is known…

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#MondayMotivation: 10 Inspiring Quotes from Oprah to Start Your Week

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Last week, Oprah opened up about her new book, Hollywood happenings and fighting against sexual harassment to find one’s voice.  Her words were so inspiring, we thought it would be a good idea to start our week off right with 10 inspirational quotes from the lady herself. Oprah’s words of wisdom are just the right #MondayMotivation to help you “live your best life.” On Books: “Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age 3, and there discovered was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” “Some women have a weakness for shoes… I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books.” On Reaching Higher: “Don’t put a…

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The Weekly Round Up: Madonna’s ‘Sex’ Turns 25, #BlackBiblio at Yale Trends on Twitter and Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian Pens Memoir

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Our new weekend column on The Weekly Round Up covers all the news in the publishing world! Each Saturday and Sunday, stay abreast of what’s new, your favorite writers, literary events, openings and book signings.  Today Sex with Madonna and musical mayhem rule!  Madonna’s ‘Sex’ Turns 25 Twenty-five years ago, Madonna shocked the world, again, with one of the most “daring” periods of her careers, according to HuffPost writer Matthew Jacobs.  The books Sex and it’s vinyl companion Erotica hit the market on October 22 and 21, respectively, in 1992. Topping The New York Times Bestsellers list, the book sold a phenomenal 150,000 copies its first day.  While it was devoured by fans, critics and the moral compass of our nation—…

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*NEW*: The Weekly Round Up with Stories about Oprah, Sam Shepard and Studio 54

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We have a new weekend column on BookTrib! The Weekly Round Up will cover all the news in the publishing world! Each Saturday and Sunday, look for us to keep you abreast of what you need to know about your favorite writers, literary events, openings and book signings. This week, we kick off our new column with news about Oprah’s latest book, a new Studio 54 picture book and the startling statistics about WHO is really getting published (it may surprise you and it may not). We hope you will come back each week and catch up on all news. ‘O, That’s Good’: Oprah Winfrey Dishes with ABC on her New Book and the Scandal That’s Rocking Hollywood Not only…

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