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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.

BookTrib Remembers Michael Jackson on His 59th Birthday!

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The greatest artist of the MTV generation was the late Michael Jackson. His videos thrilled and titillated in the 1980s and were among the most anticipated television events in history.  While he left us in 2009 and had not appeared at the VMA awards show in some time prior to his death, Michael Jackson still plays an important role as the most prestigious award, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, is named for him. The Video Vanguard Award is presented to music performers based on their ability to not only make us hear music, but to see it as well, the way Michael did with videos for Thriller (below), Remember the Time, and Bad. This year’s Michael Jackson Vanguard VMA…

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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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‘I Want My MTV’: A Literary Guide to the 1984 VMA Awards

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Billboard called 1984 “pop music’s best year ever,” and many agree that it was a magical musical time where not only could we hear music, but we could see it; and MTV was instrumental in making that happen. While there was much to be concerned with on the political front and relations with Iran, crack-cocaine was becoming an epidemic, and there was the scare of AIDS that stirred fear and pandered to our overall ignorance as a nation. Despite these social perils, in 1984 we also saw some firsts that signified promise in a time of overwhelming dystopia. Singer/Actress Vanessa L. Williams became the first African American Miss America and the space shuttle Discovery made its maiden voyage. The year…

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VMA Week: Photographer Afshin Shahidi Gives BookTrib a ‘Private View’ of Icons Prince, Beyonce in an Exclusive Interview

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  One of my favorite pictures of Prince is the cover photo of Afshin Shahidi’s forthcoming book, Prince: A Private View. 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.  Through his…

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

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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, but it had just the opposite effect. As a result of this awkward situation, both artists were catapulted into into super stardom. Kanye proved he was bad-ass and Taylor Swift became the darling of America and a…

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A ‘Ballad’ for Dorothy Parker on What Would Have Been Her 124th Birthday

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I first learned of Dorothy Parker not from reading her work, but from a song. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker was the fourth track on Prince’s 1987 album, Sign O’ The Times.  In the song, Dorothy Parker was not a writer, but a waitress.  Later, as a communications and journalism major in college, I learned about Dorothy Parker’s work while writing a paper on how the media covered the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.  What many people don’t know is that Dorothy Parker had a long history of frank reporting and observations on the injustices marginalized people suffered globally.  Her style was witty and smart, salty, but honest.  She was a wordsmith and never missed an opportunity…

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It’s VMA Week at BookTrib with Awesome Reads, Articles and Giveaways!

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On August 27, 2017, MTV will air its 34th Annual Video Music Awards or what we of the MTV generation affectionately refer to as the “VMAs.”  This year’s show will be hosted by Katy Perry and will feature performances by Miley Cyrus, Fifth Harmony and Kendrick Lamar, who is this year’s most nominated artist for his video, “Humble.” Host Katy Perry and artist/producer The Weeknd are tied for second place behind Lamar, each with five VMA nominations to their credit. This year’s VMAs are just as monumental as ever, marking two firsts in the show’s history. First, MTV has eliminated all gendered categories in favor of combining the best male and best female categories into one Artist of the Year category…

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Join us! Become A BookTrib ‘I Am A Book Lover’ Ambassador!

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BookTrib.com is launching a new campaign to grow our community of readers and writers. The BookTrib ‘I Am A Book Lover’ Ambassadors Program is how you can help share our message and love of books. By becoming an Ambassador, we will be able to offer you exclusive information and opportunities that are not regularly available to the general public. When you join, you could WIN one of several $50 Amazon Gift Cards we will be giving away in August! For our readers Get connected with your favorite authors and other book lovers who want to keep books alive. As a BookTrib ‘I Am A Book Lover’ Ambassador you will get information on new releases, exclusive interviews with the writers you love,…

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13 Books You Absolutely Must Read Before Seeing Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’

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The Summer of ’67 was a unique time in America’s history that some fondly remember as a season full of love, music and flower power. Still, for others in major American cities, that summer was awash in civil unrest, where waves of injustice led to rebellion and social change. A new film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter and Algee Smith re-enacts the 1967 incident at Algiers Motel in Detroit that left three young men dead. This event marked a turning point in the civil rights movement when lost innocence gave way to a revolution now undeterred by fear. The youth of the day had seen the worst and they were ready to fight so in…

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