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Bronco Strong: A Memoir of the Last Deployed Personnel Services Battalion - Angela M. Odom (Author


 In her stirring memoir, Bronco Strong, Angela M. Odom, a personnel services battalion commander, recounts daily life as a soldier in an active war zone during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Odom came into command of the 15th Personnel Services Battalion in 2006, and immediately they were deployed to Baghdad via Kuwait. The soldiers under her command had proven themselves before in the same theater of war. But things had changed in their time at home, and now they found themselves walking into a living nightmare.

The soldiers of Task Force Bronco bravely endured, fulfilling their monumentally difficult support tasks throughout a grueling fifteen-month extended deployment. But things didn't always go according to plan. 

UNLOVED: The Love of Benedicte Kindle Edition


 “She loathes him…

He buys flesh and she despises him for it. A man of color, who enslaves his own kind, is someone Yearie Hart can’t abide. Yet, there is something about Benedicte Larieux that she finds intriguing. He is a wealthy businessman, a patriarch of one of the most influential families in all of New Orleans. She is a poor, free woman desperate to secure her family’s freedom. They have nothing in common. Or so she thought, until a chance meeting thrusts her into his privileged and controlled world. Faced with his blatant pursuit of her charms, she is caught in a tug of war between what her soul wants, and what her mind believes. Can she trust this man with her heart?”

“He wants her…

She is a laundress, a hired servant. Benedicte has no time to deal with the servant class. That is someone else’s responsibility. Nor has he ever dallied with the help, it just isn’t done. Yet her deep hazel eyes and the sway of her hips have him tempted to break his own rule. He has no business desiring her. They are from two different worlds. Bedding her would assuage his physical needs, but her feisty attitude and tenacious spirit could ensnare his heart. Will his overwhelming passion and his deep family secret destroy their tenuous bond? Or could his honesty allow her to open her heart to a union with a man who is unloved…”

Robert Manis, Kill Something He Loves: An Erotic Crime Drama

Robert Manis is known throughout the world as the deadliest man alive. He becomes the Director of th

Robert Manis is known throughout the world as the deadliest man alive. He becomes the Director of the NU FBI in 2109 out of duty. The same duty leads him to free those clad in "red and grey" better known as the Forgotten. This action launches two continents into the sex slave revolt and solidifies him as the "Lord Protector." For five years, Director Manis subdues international crime lords, quells a coup from western Governors, secures the distribution of the wonder drug "Nomescula," and all but eradicates the Carnal Cartel from the sex trades of the 22nd Century. 

Ibrahim Unites (Are There No More Dragon Warriors?)

Ibrahim Unites (Are There No More Dragon Warriors?)

 “Open your eyes and believe”: ZION RIVERS, an international man of action and the last ALLUNDAE GRANDMASTER, is a member of an ALIEN race that came to earth over 20,000 years ago. He searches for the remnants of his kind, to halt a growing EVIL in the guise of cult leader LANDEN MUELLER (an Allundae of lesser stock known as the SANGANESE). Mueller has developed a cult following numbering in the tens of thousands and seeks to corrupt mankind by replacing established religions with his own perversion. He is allied with an ancient enemy of the Allundae, the FICAR EGO, from the planet MAKUWE in the CYGNUS star system. SWORN ENEMIES of the Allundae who now seek to colonize earth. Mueller is clever in hiding his crimes and even more devious in assigning dark deeds to underlings. 

Melvina: The Color of Power Paperback


The historical Melvina Massey, was a complex soul.  Our story opens in 1884 with the discovery of a murdered prostitute in Deadwood, South Dakota. U.S. Marshal Seth Bullock arrives at the scene and reviews the evidence splattered over the body. He then decides that it is time to interview the most notorious Madam in the Red River Valley, MELVINA. What made Melvina Massey so mysterious? Was it her racial ambiguity, or the fact that she leverages this at every turn? Why do prosecutors set up fake witnesses to convict her? How does a 63-year-old woman pass for 49, was she really that beautiful? Was she a successful brothel owner or bootlegger, which is true? In 1900, an older seductive woman in her 60s rides a lonely train car. 

Art Collector Publications

From Pads to Pallette by Ernie Barnes (1994-10-03) Hardcover – 1879


 Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) is considered one of the leading African-American painters and is well-known for his unique style of elongation, energy and movement. He was also a former professional football player. 

National Museum of African American History and Culture: A Souvenir Book Paperback


 This souvenir book showcases some of the most influential and important treasures of the National Museum of African American History and Culture's collections. These include a hymn book owned by Harriet Tubman; ankle shackles used to restrain enslaved people on ships during the Middle Passage; a dress that Rosa Parks was making shortly before she was arrested; a vintage, open-cockpit Tuskegee Airmen trainer plane; Muhammad Ali's headgear; an 1835 Bill of Sale enslaving a young girl named Polly; and Chuck Berry's Cadillac. These objects tell us the full story of African American history, of triumphs and tragedies and highs and lows. This book, like the museum it represents, uses artifacts of African American history and culture as a lens into what it means to be an American. 

African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum First Edition


 Written to accompany the exhibition of the same name, this colorful tour of the art of the Harlem Renaissance and beyond features a host of surprises, including Roy DeCarava's photograph "Graduation," work by the sculptor Augusta Savage, and a famous 1966 photograph of Muhammad Ali. 15,000 first printing. 

Through the African American Lens: Double Exposure


 Double Exposure is a major new series based on the remarkable photography collection supporting the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). From daguerreotype portraits taken before the Civil War to twenty-first century digital prints, this series is a striking visual record of key historical events, cultural touchstones, and private and communal moments that helps to illuminate African American life. 

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Era, and Beyond Hardcover – May 22, 2012


 A beautifully illustrated survey of African American art of the twentieth century, including many never-before-seen works by the most important artists of the period. African American Art presents a powerful selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the African American experience of the twentieth century. Embracing many universal themes and also evoking specific aspects of the African American experience such as the African diaspora, jazz, and the power of religion, the artists worked in styles as varied as documentary realism, abstraction, and postmodern assemblage of found objects. Drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s rich collection of African American art 

Obama: The Call of History Hardcover – June 27, 2017


 Nominated for a 2017 NAACP Image Award: Best Biography or Memoir

Peter Baker’s authoritative history of the Obama presidency is the first complete account that will stand the test of time. Baker takes the measure of Obama’s achievements and disappointments in office and brings into focus the real legacy of the man who, as he described himself, “doesn’t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills.”