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50 Cent Talks Business In His New Book The 50th Law

Posted on September 21, 2008 with 4 Comments

Rapper and entrepreneur 50 Cent teams up with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to explain the laws of power of the business world in his new book The 50th Law.

Describing the book as an urban take on Greene’s 48 Laws, 50 Cent says it will “create and capture a visible parallel between street life and coporate America standard and structure.”

In a recent Fortune magazine article Greene compares the rapper to Parisien diplomat Talleyrand and French general Napoleon Bonaparte for his fearlessness and willingness to take risks and says “the book shows how powerfully that works in a business sense.”

50 Cent is definitely no slouch when it comes to business, as he’s already successfully launched his own clothing and sneaker line, and partnered with numerous companies to brand a range of products from condoms, body sprays, and a flavored drink to his own label G-Unit Records with Interscope and a book publishing arm with MTV and Pocket Books.

The 50th Law is set to be released in November.

Annette Gordon-Reed’s New Book on Thomas Jefferson’s Concubine Sally Hemings

Posted on September 20, 2008 with No Comments

In 1997 Annette Gordon-Reed created waves with her book Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy which questioned previous accounts of Jefferson’s affair with his slave Hemings.

It wasn’t that Gordon-Reed went about scandalizing the former President by ousting the fact that he had children with the woman he owned–but by presenting a portrait of his concubine.

In her latest effort, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, the author further explores Sally Hemings, the person. Gordon-Reed follows four generations of Hemingses from their roots in Virginia in the 1700s to Jefferson’s death in 1826.

“I wanted to tell the story of this family in a way not done before” so that readers can “see slave people as individuals,” Gordon-Reed told the New York Times.

What Blindie loves about Gordon-Reed is the fact that she paints a portrait of Sally Hemings that is not exploitive or tabloid-worthy, but an intimate look at her as a person–not a slave or a concubine that had a former president’s illegitimate children.

The New York Review of Books calls The Hemingses of Monticello (on sale Monday) “a brilliant book. It marks the author as one of the most astute, insightful, and forthright historians of this generation.”

In The Shack, God is Black and Female

Posted on August 3, 2008 with No Comments

A small book, independently published by two former pastors, The Shack by William P. Young, has turned into a surprise bestseller–even though the author views God as an African-American woman.

The novel, about a grieving father who meets God in the form of a jolly black woman, made its debut at No. 1 on the New York Times trade paperback fiction bestseller list in June–and has remained there.

Of course, depicting God as black and female has come with its set of friction. The Reverend R. Albert Mohler Jr, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, called The Shack “deeply troubling,” saying it undermined orthodox Christianity.

But it’s the novel’s word-of-mouth power that has propelled it onto the bestsellers list. “Everybody that I know has bought at least 10 copies,” Caleb Nowak, who bought the book in March, said. “There’s definitely something about the book that makes people want to share it.”