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Monday, March 29, 2010

(Sat. April 3, 2010) Conversations Welcomes Mississippi Author Rita B. Davis

(Saturday, April 3, 2010) Shadow Play Entertainment and Conversations Book Club are pleased to host Mississippi author Rita B. Davis at its meeting on Saturday, April 3, 2010. This will take place at Appetizers Restaurant (3000 HWY 80 E * Pearl, MS) beginning at 6p.m.

If Davis looks familiar, it's because she has been supporting meetings held by Conversations all year, however, during this event she will be talking about the pain of losing a child and how that led her to write the book OVERWHELMED about her experience and his life.

The book will be available for $15.00, however, the event is free and open to the public. Appetizers will be open for meal and drink orders.

For more information about this event, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

(Fri. March 26, 2010) Author Herndon Davis' Visit To MS: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

(Note: Due to a personal emergency, author Herndon Davis had to cut short the Mississippi leg of his events. This means that events scheduled for St. March 27, 2010 are being rescheduled for a later date.)

Shadow Play Entertainment and Conversations Book Club wish to thank those who made author Herndon Davis' visit to Mississippi a success. Though the author is a native of Alabama and has been to Mississippi before, this was his first visit to promote his new book REPACKAGED COMMON SENSE.

Led by Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb and For The People Productions President Stanley Clark, the day began at Peeples Middle School in Jackson, Mississippi. Thanks to the support of teachers like Mrs. Jacqueline Bolden, Herndon shared his personal journey with the students and tried to instill in them the importance of writing and telling their own stories.

"If you don't tell your story, then someone else will," the author told them.





He went on to share points that he hoped they would take away from his book and his visit. "Remember that you are not what other people say you are," Herndon said. "Don't accept the stereotypes that others try to put on you."

After leaving Peeples, Webb took the author by the Medgar Evers Public Library, the place where Clark and him founded Conversations Book Club in November 2006. Davis was able to meet some of the staff of the library that was there when the book club started and even posed with the statue of the library's namesake, civil rights leader Medgar Evers.


From there it was on to Morrison Academic Center where Davis, Webb and Clark were warmly greeted at the door by Mrs. Sterling, the school principal.
An eager group of students and instructors listened to Davis as he shared more of his own experiences in business and his journey to success. "It's hard work," he told them when one student asked what it was like working for yourself, "but it's my passion."




One of the most important points he tried to drive home to the group was the importance of not being led by the past. He rolled up one of his sleeves and showed the group a scar on his arm. "I got this in a fight on a school bus," he told them. "I remember the incident, but it doesn't hurt anymore. That's what we have to do in life. We might remember things that happened, but they don't have to hurt us anymore. We are not victims."

Mr. Davis also shared with the group the importance of planning for the future, especially if college is their goal. "The work begins before you get to high school," he said. "You have to start preparing now, and working with your teachers is a part of that."

ABOUT REPACKAGED COMMON SENSE: Repackaged Common Sense is a 13 chapter, 200 page spiritual guide book for individuals seeking career and business success by utilizing spirituality tools and techniques. The book speaks directly to career minded people-of-faith from all beliefs as it is written through the lens of universal spirituality and metaphysical thinking.

The book's author created the guide based upon his nearly twenty year career in corporate finance, human resources and media/PR as both an employee and now as an independent business owner. He credits his success to embracing new age spiritual concepts which he lovingly coins as "repackaged common sense."


Find out more information about the author and his new book at http://www.repackagedcommonsense.com.

Monday, March 22, 2010

(Sat. March 20, 2010) Author Electa Rome Parks' Visit to MS: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

(Sat. March 20, 2010) Shadow Play Entertainment and Conversations Book Club thanks everyone who played a part of Bestselling author Electa Rome Parks' trip to Mississippi being a success.

The last time the author was in the Magnolia State was for Conversations' Book Lovers Day in 2008. (see below)
At that time she was joined by several authors, however, this year readers got to spend time just with her.

Electa began her day at Books-A-Million in Jackson, MS. There she was able to meet with readers and talk about her sixth book DIARY OF A STALKER.




From there it was on the Pearl Public Library where she was greeted by the Reference Supervisor Jennifer Vess, and once again got a chance to talk about her new book and her overall career as an author.



After a short break, it was on to Appetizers Restaurant where she was able to get a bite to eat and talk about some of the themes in her latest thriller.

For those in Mississippi that might have missed Electa, there are signed copies of her book at Books-A-Million. To find out more about the author and her overall literary journey, visit www.electaromeparks.com.

Monday, March 15, 2010

(March 15, 2010) News From Shadow Play Entertainment

Shadow Play Entertainment is pleased to give you this week's important news stories:


Cyrus Webb, President of Shadow Play Entertainment, is quoted in a new article by The Entreprenette Gazzette discussing the pros and cons of having celebrities endorse your product or services. See here:
http://theentreprenettegazette.com/2010/03/10/do-celebrity-endorsements-hurt-or-help-your-business/

Recently Shadow play Entertainment discovered that it's online edition of its radio program, Conversations LIVE!, was chosen as one of Blogtalkradio.com's top 200 shows of 2009! Thanks to all of our loyal listeners,some tens of thousands across the world, for your support. We are committed to bringing you the very best of the arts, entertainment and current events on the radio, and with your help we will continue to do so.

Resident Chef Bruce Tretter, host of "Quick & Easy Cooking Tips" on Conversations LIVE! Radio, has a new recipe featured by The Beauty Bean's popular website. Take a look at this delicious dish here: http://thebeautybean.com/site/nourish/healthy-recipe-fresh-fruit-salad-with-a-twist/

Shadow Play Entertainment is pleased to welcome two new authors to its growing public relations family: Rita B. Davis (OVERWHELMED) and Andre Johnson (YEARNING FOR CONTROL). Find out more information about each client at www.shadowplayent.com.

(Sat. March 20, 2010)Shadow Play Entertainment is pleased to be hosting bestselling author Electa Rome Parks in events in Jackson and Pearl, Mississippi. See http://tinyurl.com/yb3g76h for details.

(Fri. March 26th & Sat. March 27, 2010) Shadow Play Entertainment is pleased to be hosting author/media personality Herndon Davis in events in Jackson and Pearl, Mississippi. See http://tinyurl.com/yl5juxn for details.

(Sat. April 3, 2010) Shadow Play Entertainment welcomes author Rita B. Davis to discuss her book OVERWHELMED with Conversations Book Club at Appetizers Restaurant (3000 Hwy 80 E * Pearl, MS) from 6-8p.m.

(April 15-17, 2010) Shadow Play Entertainment will be hosting national recording artist/author Jacki-O and authors Mr. Mean Mug and Jermnine Demouchtte in events centered around its Hip Hop and Books Literacy Campaign in Mississippi. Find details here: http://tinyurl.com/yf8y226

For details on any of the above, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com, 601.896.5616 or visit www.shadowplayent.com.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Conversations' Visit With Author Andre Johnson: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

(Sunday, March 14, 2010) Shadow Play Entertainment and Conversations Book Club wish to thank everyone who came out to support author Andre Johnson in his discussion at Appetizers Restaurant in Pearl, MS on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

Though we had been introduced to the Mississippi author some time ago, this was the first time he had spoken to the group about what it has been like for him to live with Bipolar Disorder, the effect it has had on his family and friends, and what he hopes people get from his book YEARNING FOR CONTROL.

Joining the conversation were his beautiful wife and mother who shared their own experiences, even addressing the stigma that some feel when it comes to dealing with the subject of mental illness. One of the points made at the discussion was the importance of having a conversation about the subject and dealing with it directly instead of trying to sweep it under the rug.



Before the night ended, Conversations had the pleasure of being joined by fellow Mississippi author Rita B. Davis. She will be hosted in her own discussion at Appetizers on Sat. April 3, 2010 to discus her book OVERWHELMED.


Look for Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb and author Andre Johnson to hold a special discussion in April 2010 about those affected directly and indirectly with mental illness. In the meantime, to learn more about Andre, visit www.shadowplayent.com and click on the link that takes you to his radio interview with Webb on Conversations LIVE! Radio.

To stay abreast of upcoming author visits and events, visit www.thebestbookclub.info.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

(April 15-17, 2010) Rapper/Author Jacki-O Returns To Mississippi To Promote Reading


Shadow Play Entertainment, Conversations Book Club and their literary supporters* are pleased to announce that Recording artist and Bestselling author Jacki-O will be returning to Mississippi April 15-17, 2010 as the headliner for Hip Hop and Books events held throughout the state.

"It's great to be coming back to Mississippi," says Jacki-O. She was last in the state in 2008 promoting her book GROWN & GANGSTA with Conversations Book Club. "The people showed me so much love, and I'm glad to be meeting my fans again and talking about the importance of reading.



Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Book Club and the founder of Hip Hop and Books, is glad to be working with the artist and author again in the Magnolia State. "Jacki-O and I are not just business associates," says Webb.

"She is a friend, and it has been great to see how people have responded to the message in her first book as well as her journey as an entertainer." Webb was chosen by platinum-selling recording artist C-Murder---the publisher of Jacki-O's first book---to coordinate her first book tour. The two have worked together ever since.

Since her last visit to Mississippi, Jacki-O has been busy on her music, doing shows across the country and working on her autobiography called RELENTLESS. She has also been giving back to the community, becoming an Ambassador for the non-profit group Community Options which works with those with disabilities and becoming the national spokesperson for the Hip Hop and Books Literacy Campaign which encourages reading among the urban community.

During this year's visit, Jacki-O will be visiting schools and libraries talking about her own experiences, the messages she hopes people get from the book GROWN & GANGSTA as well as the importance of reading and using books to better yourself. "I think one of the most important lessons I have learned from C-Murder and Jacki-O is that you can never judge a book by its cover," says Webb. "Both of them have used their celebrity to empower others and show how you don't have to let your circumstances determnine what you can accomplish in life." Joining Jacki-O will be Texas authors Jermnine Demouchette (JAMES DEMOUCHETTE VS. THE STATE OF TEXAS) and Mr. Mean Mug (TATTOO TEARS).



Here is the authors' public schedule for Mississippi:

THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010
* 8:30-10:30a.m., Peeples Middle School (Jackson, MS)
* 11:30-12:30p.m., Morrison Academic Center (Jackson, MS)
* 2-4p.m., Meet and Greet/Signing @ Medgar Evers Library (4215 Medar Evers Blvd *Jackson, MS)
* 6-8p.m., Meet and Greet/Signing @ Appetizers Restaurant (3086 HWY 80 E * Pearl, MS)

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010
* 1-3p.m., Meet and Greet/Signing @ Pearl Public Library 2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS)
* 6-8p.m., Meet and Greet/Signing @ Appetizers Restaurant (3086 HWY 80 E * Pearl, MS)

SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2010
* 12-3p.m., Hip Hop and Books Rally at Smith Park (Downtown Jackson, MS) --- musical performances by independent recording artists, art exhibit by C. A. Webb and others as well as a meet and greet/signing with the authors and a special tribute to recording artist C. Watts aka Playa Connected.
* 8-10p.m., Celebrity Entertainment Complex (3349 Hwy 51 S * Winona, MS)--- Meet & Greet/Signing

* Literary supporters include Jackmove Entertainment, For The People Productions, Real Deal Entertainment, Mugumental Inc., D.I.G.M.E., Hype Magazine, S.T.I.L.L. Magazine, Blacklight Publishing, Vitaminwater of Louisville (KY) courtesy of Herschel Dixon and the Read or Die campaign, HHH Magazine and Hunidracks Energy Drinks.

For interview requests, more information about Jacki-O's visit or any of the events associated with it, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. Details can also be found at www.hiphopandbooks.com.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

(March 26,27, 2010) Mississippi Welcomes author Herndon Davis


Shadow Play Entertainment and Conversations Book Club are pleased to announce that author Herndon Davis, will be in Mississippi March 26th and March 27, 2010 promoting his new book REPACKAGED COMMON SENSE.

Davis is the 7th author that Conversations has worked with in 2010 as part of its "Read Well, Eat Well, Live Well" campaign. "We are glad to have the opportunity to work with Herndon durng his visit to the Magnolia State," says Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Book Clb. "We know those who attend the events we have planned will definitely get something out of them that they can use and pass on to others."

You can catch author Herndon Davis at the following locations during his visit (All events are free and open to the public):

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

* 8:30-10:30a.m., Peeples Middle School (Jackson, MS)

* 11:30-1:30p.m., Morrison Academic Center (Jackson, MS)

* 6-8p.m., (Meet and Greet/Booksigning) Appetizers Restaurant (3086 HWY 80 E * Pearl, MS)

SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010
* 1-3p.m., (Meet & Greet/Signing) Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS)

* 6-8p.m., (Meet & Greet/Signing) Appetizers Restaurant (3086 HWY 80 E * Pearl, MS)

ABOUT REPACKAGED COMMON SENSE: Repackaged Common Sense is a 13 chapter, 200 page spiritual guide book for individuals seeking career and business success by utilizing spirituality tools and techniques. The book speaks directly to career minded people-of-faith from all beliefs as it is written through the lens of universal spirituality and metaphysical thinking.

The book's author created the guide based upon his nearly twenty year career in corporate finance, human resources and media/PR as both an employee and now as an independent business owner. He credits his success to embracing new age spiritual concepts which he lovingly coins as "repackaged common sense."

The book will be available at all events for only $20. For more information about any of the above, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

(Sat. March 13, 2010) Conversations Welcomes Mississippi Author Andre Johnson

(Saturday, March 13, 2010) Shadow Play Entertainment and Conversations Book Club cordially invites you to Appetizers Restaurant (3086 HWY 80 E * Pearl, MS) on Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 6p.m. to meet Andre Johnson, author of YEARNING FOR CONTROL.

You might have seen the Mississippi author at events with authors H. Michael Harvey and Ish Major while they were in the Magnolia State promoting their books. Now Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb welcomes you to hear from Andre directly about what it means to live with Bipolar Disorder, the misconceptions about the illness and why he decided to write his book YEARNING FOR CONTROL.



We hope to see you there! For more information, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. Details can be found about Conversations Book Club @ www.thebestbookclub.info.


Watch Andre Johnson, author of YEARNING FOR CONTROL, talk about dealing with bipolar disorder, and what he hopes readers get from his book.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

(Sat. March 20, 2010) Conversations Welcomes Bestselling author Electa Rome Parks

(Saturday, March 20, 2010) Shadow Play Entertaiment, Conversations Book Club and their literary partners are pleased to announce the return of bestselling author Electa Rome Parks to the great state of Mississippi.

Conversations began working with Parks in 2008 and is excited to have her back in the Magnolia State to Promote her brand new book DIARY OF A STALKER.She is the fifth author the co-ed, multicultural book club has hosted thus far in 2010, with 17 more coming throughout the year as part of its "Read Well, Eat Well, Live Well" campaign.


The public will have several opportunities to meet the author and get copies of their books signed in free events on Saturday, March 20, 2010:

* 11-1p.m., Books-A-Million (4950 I-55 N * Jackson, MS)
* 2-3:30p.m., Meet and Greet @ the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS)
* 6-8p.m., Meet and Greet @ Appetizers (3000 HWY 80 E * Pearl, MS)


For more information, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. JOIN THE ADDICTION: Get hooked on books! www.thebestbookclub.info