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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) – Tony Rose, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Presents The African American Pavilion at Bookexpo America with Special Guest Speakers And Performers In The African American Pavilion Staging Area.

Starring Denise Nicholas; Magic Johnson; Hill Harper, CSI: NY; Pras Michel, International Music Superstar, Founding Member of The Fugees, George C. Fraser, Terrie Williams, Max Rodriguez, Zane, Mary B. Morrison, Mary Monroe, Omar Tyree, Gwynne Forster, Victoria Christopher Murray, Synthia SAINT JAMES, Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes, Donna Hill, Irene Smalls

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION AT BOOKEXPO AMERICA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEES:

Lerone Bennett Jr. and Tavis Smiley With Cheryl D. Woodruff, Judith Curr, Dawn Davis, Wade Hudson, Melody Guy, Marcella Smith, C. Sunny Martin, Curt Matthews, Cevin Bryerman, Dr. Philip S. Hart, Tonya Evans-Walls, Pam Perry, Troy Johnson, Ron Kavanaugh, Dante Lee, Kevin Wayne Johnson, Michelle Gipson, Darrell Miller, Steve Rosato, Marc Lacy, Naija, Abiola Abrams, Freedom Speaks Diaspora, Dr. Kenneth Edelin, Ken Hudson, Omar Bradley, Nakisha Crawford, Beverly Black Johnson, Sherri Glover, Robin Ayele, Joy Marie, and West Coast Biz.

HOST: Heather Covington, Renee Flagler, Therez Fleetwood

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION EXHIBITORS

The list of exhibitors expands each year and is growing rapidly. The 2004, 2005, 2006 2007 and 2008 exhibitors include: African American Books On Tour; Africa World Press/Red Sea Press; African American Literature Book Club (AALBC.com); Afrikan World Book Distributors; Alight! New York Grit Books; Amber Communications Group Inc.; Amiaya Entertainment; AmmPublishing; Annie Busby; Aphesis Publishing; Arc Type Press; Around the Way Books; Asta Publications; Aya Press; Aspicomm Media; Avo Publishing; Austin Publishing/Kaden Publishing; Baker Publishing Group; Barry Nix; The Beckham Publications Group Inc.; Big Door Presentations and Publications; Big Time Studios; BIS Publications; Biz-E-Bee Publications; Blacast Entertainment/ Urbanbooksonline.com; Black Americans In Publishing; Black At Work.com; BlackBoard Entertainment Media Group; Black Issues Book Review; BlackListed, LLC.; Black Print Publishing; Brand Nu Words; Brooklyn Christian Center; BroSis Publishing; Brown Erotic Publishing; C&B Books Distribution; Chocolate Angel Publishing; Chocolate Pages; Creative Wisdom Books; Christian Nations Center; Connie Leon; Color Bridge, LLC; Cultured Expressions; Delores Quinerly Press; Destiny Publishing; Disilgold Soul Publishing; Diversity City Media, Inc.; Emida International Publishing; Every Generation Media, LTD; firebrandpublishing; First Black Autos-The Story of Charles C.R. Patterson; FYOS; Genesis Press; GhettoHeat; Green Olive Tree Publishing; GS Publishing Group; Gumbo For The Soul Publications; Harobed House: Hilton Publishing; Imperious Publishing; In and Out the Dugout; In the Note of C; Irene Smalls; It’s Time For Bed; Jewels Publishing; Just Like Me Books; Just Sisters Publications; Just Us Books, Inc.; Kaden Publishing; Kandour Publishing; Ken Hudson & Associates; Kidding Around Entertainment; K Harris Publishing, Inc.; Kija Entertainment; Kingdom Kids Clubs; Kinship Press; Kymber Jae Publishing; Late Bloomer; Lefall and Company; Le’Femme Fatale Productions; Lift Every Voice/Moody Publishers; Lighted Mansions; Literally Speaking Press; Literamed Publications; Mad Parent Publishing; M&E Abrams Publications; Maria Falconer; Mahogany Star Publishing; Melodrama Publishing; Mind Candy; MomoWilly, Inc.; Mirror-Gibbs Publishing; Mosaicbooks.com; Ms. Gail’s Books; Nay-jay Publishing; Nefrawerks Diversified; Nega Fulo Books; Nile Publishing; Nunes Productions; Outskirts Press; Papa Lemon; Papyrus Publishing; Pathway Publishing; Paul L. Woodring; Parker Publishing; People Skills International; Pond View Press; Power Play Media; Prodigal Son Ministries; Publishing Associates; Q-Boro Books; QBR The Black Book Review/Harlem Book Fair; Quick Qwest publications; Relentless Content, LLC; RJ Publications; Renaissance Media Sales & Distribution; River Maverick Publishing; Ruby Burke; S.E.L.F. Publishing; Shawn Ryan; Sheryl Walker Press; Silver Maple Publications; Strebor Books International; Sun Cycle Publishing; Tate Publishing; The Cartel Publications; The Elevator Group; The Healing Tree; The Pilgram Press; Third World Press; Triple Crown Publications; Urban Ministries; Urban Touch Entertainment; White Men Can’t Hump; Wisdom Books, Inc.; Who’s Who Publishing; W. James Richardson; Walk Worthy Press; and Writing for the Lord Ministries; Written Magazine. More Exhibitors TBA.

FOOD – FUN – MUSIC – PRIZES – GIVEAWAYS – HUGE BOOK DISCOUNTS THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION FIFTH YEAR GRAND OPENING

ALL EXHIBITORS, EVENTS, SEMINARS, AND TIMES WILL BE IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION EXHIBITORS JOURNAL. PLEASE PICK ONE UP AT BOOTH # 4256. THANK YOU,

Tony Rose, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America.

EXHIBITS OPEN 9:00am-5:00pm ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION STAGING AREA. (unless noted)

OPENING DAY FIFTH YEAR STAR STUDDED GALA CELEBRATION FRIDAY, MAY 30TH, 9:00AM – 10:00AM

The African American Pavilion and BookExpo America will present on opening day, A Fifth Year star studded gala celebration, Friday, May 30th at 9:00am, beginning with a ribbon cutting, unveiling the art of Synthia SAINT JAMES throughout the pavilion and celebrity speakers, featuring Hill Harper, an NAACP Image Award, for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author and Emmy Award Winner, National Bestselling Author of Letters To A Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny an accomplished film, television and stage actor, starring in the hit CBS drama series, CSI: NY, reading from his new book Letters To A Young Sister, and Omar Tyree, New York Times Best-Selling Author, NAACP Image Award recipient for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, the 2006 Harlem Book Fair/Phyllis Wheatly Award winner for “Body of Work in Literature”, the author of 18 books, selling over 2 million copies worldwide, including Flyy Girl and A Do Right Man. Omar will be reading from his new children’s book 12 Brown Boys on Just Us Books. All three special guests wiill be honored during the program. Aisle #4145

PRAS MICHEL, MEET AND GREET FRIDAY, MAY 30TH, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

10:00 – Pras Michel, Founding Member of The Fugees will be Showing His Award Winning Film Documentary “Skid Row”In The African American Pavilion Staging Area 11:30 – Pras Michel will Meet and Greet and Be Awarded The 2008 African American Pavilion at Bookexpo America, Octavia E. Butler “Humanitarian” Award Host: Lynette Mcmillion, Director, The Tushe Group

THE HARLEM BOOK FAIR AT BOOKEXPO AMERICA FRIDAY, MAY 30TH, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America will celebrate the Tenth Year Anniversary of The Harlem Book Fair.

Sponsors: Sheridan Books, Inc., Amber Books, The Harlem Book Fair

Host: Heather Covington, CEO, Disilgold.com National Best-Selling Author of, Literary Divas: The Top 100+ African American Women In Literature, NAACP Image Awards Nominee for Outstanding Literature (Biographies)

1:05 – Keynote Speaker, Max Rodriguez, Founder, The Harlem Book Fair 1:15 – Max Rodriguez will be presented, The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, Sonia Sanchez “Legends” Award 1:20 – Gwynne Forster – An award winning author of over 30 novels, reading from her new title, Getting Some of Her Own 1:30 – Michelle Gipson – Publisher, Founder, Written Magazine 1:45 – Troy Johnson – Founder – AALBC.com 2:00 – Omar Bradley – Former Mayor of Compton, author, The King of Compton 2:15 – Featuring Mary Monroe, Essence and New York Times National Best-Selling author of God Don’t Play, God Don’t Like Ugly, God Still Don’t Like Ugly, Red Light Wives, In Sheep’s Clothing, and Deliver Me From Evil, reading from her new novel, She Had It Coming

Meet and Greet the Authors and Speakers at our Booksigning Tables.

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION – WELCOMING RECEPTION FRIDAY, MAY 30TH, 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Sponsors: Sheridan Books, Inc. and Amber Books

3:00 – Welcoming Remarks: Pavilion Co-Founders – Tony Rose, Executive Director, The African American Pavilion – Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc., and Adrienne Ingrum, Adrienne Ingrum, LLC, with Yvonne Rose, Director, The African American Pavilion 3:01 Host: Heather Covington, CEO, Disilgold.com National Best-Selling Author of, Literary Divas: The Top 100+ African American Women In Literature, NAACP Image Awards Nominee for Outstanding Literature (Biographies) and Tekila Nika: The Forbidden Bronx Video Diary Tales with Therez Fleetwood, National Best-Selling Author of The Afro-Centric Bride 3:02 – Benediction by: Kevin Wayne Johnson, Founder/Publisher, Author, Writing For the Lord Ministries 3:03 – Synthia SAINT JAMES, Internationally renowned Artist and Author 3:04 – BEA Remarks: Steve Rosato, Director of Industry Development, BookExpo America 3:05 – Opening Remarks: Denise Nicholas, an Award Winning Actress and Writer. Ms. Nicholas has appeared in numerous films and television shows including, Room 222 (for which she earned Two Golden Globe Nominations) and In the Heat of the Night. She has received Two Emmy Awards for the PBS special, Voices of Our People: In Celebration of African American Poetry as well as Four NAACP Image Awards for her embodiment of work. Ms. Nicholas is also the National Best-Selling Author of Freshwater Road 3:18 – Ms. Denise Nicholas will be presented The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, Maya Angelou “Legends” Award 3:20 – Keynote Speaker, Terrie Williams, National Best-Selling Author, Founder and Youth Advocate, The Stay Strong Foundation and President, The Terrie Williams Agency, author of BLACK PAIN: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting 3:40 – Melody Guy, Senior Editor, Ballantine Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group and Publishing Director for One World, Ballantine’s multicultural imprint 3:45 – Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes, Founding Artistic Director, The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University (ASU), and National Best-Selling Author, Douglass’ Woman 3:50 – Donna Hill, National Best-Selling Author, Wicked Ways, Rhythms, An Ordinary Woman, author of On the Line; 4:00 – Curt Matthews, CEO, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) 4:05 – Cevin Bryerman, Associate Publisher, Publishers Weekly 4:10 – Pam Perry, Chief Visionary, Ministry Marketing Solutions, Inc., The nation’s foremost experts in the African American Christian Public Relations market, and President of Chocolate Pages 4:15 – Dr. Philip S. Hart, National Best-Selling Author, Up In the Air: The Story of Bessie Coleman and author of African Americans and The Future of New Orleans: Rebirth, Renewal & Rebuilding an American Dilemma; 4:20 – Dante Lee, CEO, Diversity City Media/BlackNews.com, Best-Selling Author of, 2007-2009 African American Scholarship Guide For Students and Parents; 4:25 – Kevin Wayne Johnson, Publisher, Writing for the Lord Ministries, author of the Give God the Glory! series of books; 4:30 – Ken Hudson, author of A Tree Stump In the Valley of Redwoods: Achieving Success In Sports and in life;

SATURDAY MAY 31, EXHIBITS OPEN 9:00AM – 5:00PM

MAGIC JOHNSON, MEET AND GREET SATURDAY MAY 31ST, 10:00AM – 11:00AM

10:00 – Magic Johnson, Meet and Greet 10:15 – Magic Johnson will receive The 2008 African American Pavilion At Bookexpo America, “Reginald F. Lewis Vanguard Business Leader” Award Host – Lynette McMillion, Director, The Tushe Group

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION EXHIBITORS FORUM (MEET THE EXHIBITORS) SATURDAY, MAY 31ST, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Sponsored by: Publishers Weekly and www.AmberBooks.com

MUSIC, FOOD, REFRESHMENTS, BOOKSIGNINGS, POETRY AND AUTHOR READINGS

Meet and Greet the Authors and Speakers at our Booksigning Tables.

1:00 – Hosted by Renee Flagler, ASPICOMM Media, author of Mountain High, Valley Low, and Miss-Guided; 1:05 – MC’d by Therez Fleetwood, author of The Afro-Centric Bride; 1:07 – Featuring Victoria Christopher Murray, Essence National Best-Selling Author of, Joy, Temptation, A Sin and A Shame, Grown Folks Business, and The Ex-Files reading from her Grand, Fabulous, Hip and Holy new teen book The Divine Divas; 1:20 – Naija, author of Spanish Fly; 1;25 Mark Lacy, poet and author of Rock & Fire; 1:30 Abiola Abrams, author of Dare, with readings and performances by the publishers, self-publishers and authors of the African American Pavilion; Meet and Greet the Authors and Speakers at our Booksigning Tables

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION RECEPTION & AWARDS PROGRAM SATURDAY MAY 31ST, 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Sponsored by: Sheridan Books, Inc.; Scholastic Inc.; Oxford University Press; Amber Communications Group, Inc.

The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America will celebrate the achievements of these African American publishing professionals with:

The “Haki Madhubuti” Independent African American Publisher of the Year; Self Publisher of the Year; Christian Book Publisher of the Year; Bookstore of the Year; Distributor of the Year and Book of the Year.

Nine industry professionals will be honored with The Third Annual Glenn Thompson “Lifetime Achievement” Award; Toni Trent Parker “Author of the Year” Award; The Ntozake Shange “Legendary Writer of the Decade” Award; The James Haskins “Pioneer” Award; The Audre Lorde “Gamba Adisa-Distinctive Voice Writer and Publisher” Award; The BEA “Trailblazer” Award; The Children’s Book Author Award; The Chester B. Himes “Street Lit” Award;

3:00 – Welcoming Remarks: Pavilion Co-Founders – Tony Rose, Executive Director, The African American Pavilion – Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc.,, and Adrienne Ingrum, Adrienne Ingrum, LLC., with Yvonne Rose, Director, The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America 3:01 – Host: Heather Covington, CEO, Disilgold.com National Best-Selling Author of, Literary Divas: The Top 100+ African American Women In Literature, NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literature (Biographies) and Tekila Nika: The Forbidden Bronx Video Diary Tales with Therez Fleetwood, National Best-Selling Author of The Afro-Centric Bride; 3:02 – Michelle Gipson, Publisher, Founder, Written Magazine; 3:04 – Darrell Miller, Miller and Pliakas, LLP, client list includes Angela Bassett, Courtney Vance, Outkast and Ludacris; 3:06 – Tonya Evans-Walls, Publisher, Legal Write Publications, author, Literary Law Guide For Authors; 3:08 – Dr. Kenneth Edelin, Publisher, Pond View Press, author of Broken Justice: A True Story of Race, Sex and Revenge In A Boston Courtroom; 3:10 – Beverly Black Johnson, Publisher, Gumbo For The Soul Publications; 3:12 – Wade Hudson, President/CEO, Just Us Books, The nations largest African American Children’s Book Publisher; 3:17 – Keynote Speaker, George C. Fraser, National Best-Selling Author, Founder of FraserNet and the PowerNetworking Conference, author of CLICK: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships; 3:40 – ZANE, Publisher, Strebor Books International, LLC/Simon & Schuster, National Best-Selling Author of several New York Times and EssenceBest-Selling titles including: Addicted, The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth, The Heat Seekers, Nervous, The Sisters of APF, Shame On It All, The Sex Chronicles 2 and Skyscrapers; 3:50 – Mary B. Morrison, New York Times and Essence National Best-Selling Author of Sweeter Than Honey, He’s Just a Friend, Some Bodies Gotta Be On Top, Never Again Once More, She Ain’t the One, When Somebody Loves You, and author as Honey B., of Sexcapades; 4:05 – Cheryl D. Woodruff, President and Associate Publisher of SmileyBooks, the publishing co-venture between Tavis Smiley and Hay House, Founder and Former Associate Publisher of One World, Random House’s multi-cultural imprint where Ms. Woodruff published such authors as Bebe Moore Campbell, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., and Connie Briscoe, upcoming authors being published this fall on SmileyBooks will be Iyanla Vanzant, Dr. Cornell West and Tavis Smiley; 4:10 – Judith Curr, Executive Vice President, Publisher and Founder of Atria Books a division of Simon and Schuster, Ms. Curr to date has published over 105 New York Times Best-Sellers, incuding THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne, the number one overall bestselling book in the United States; 4:15 – Dawn Davis, Vice President, Editorial Director, Armisted Press/Harper Collins and Pulitzer Prize Winning Editor, The Known World; 4:20 – The 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America Glenn Thompson “Lifetime Achievement ” Award is being presented to two of America’s greatest literary and media giants; 4:21 – Lerone Bennett Jr., Author of the great and eternal National Best-Selling Book, Before The Mayflower: A History of Black America. His numerous titles include: What Manner of Man: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., The Shaping of Black America, and Pioneers In Protest, Black Power U.S.A.. As one of America’s greatest historians and a prolific writer, he served on the staff of Ebony Magazine for over 50 years and is the former Executive Editor now Executive Editor Emeritus of Ebony Magazine”. Mr. Bennett has received numerous honors and awards including the prestigious Literature Award of the Academy of Arts and Letters. He is an Alumnus of Morehouse College; 4:27 – Tavis Smiley, the author of eleven books, including: The National Best-Seller What I know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America and editor of The New York Times #1 Best-Seller The Covenant with Black America. Mr. Smiley has been an outstanding advocate for change in America through his Tavis Smiley Presents, bringing people together through symposiums, seminars, forums and town hall meetings, The Tavis Smiley Talk Show, The Tavis Smiley Group, and The Tavis Smiley Foundation, which encourages, enlightens and empowers black youth. He has received numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees and is an Alumnus of Indiana University; 4:30 – THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION AWARD PRESENTATIONS

SUNDAY, JUNE 1ST, EXHIBITS OPEN AT 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Seminars In the African American Pavilion Meeting Room #502B will be given by:

Marcella A. Smith, Director, Small Press and Vender Relations Barnes & Noble; Dante Lee, CEO, Diversity City Media, Inc. / BlackNews.com; Adrienne Ingrum, CEO, Adrienne Ingrum, LLC; Troy Johnson, Founder, AALBC.COM; Ron Kavanaugh, Founder, MosaicBooks.COM, Dr Ida Greene, President, People Skills International; Pam Perry, Chief Visionary, Ministry Marketing Solutions Inc.; C. Sunny Martin, CEO, Whos Who Publishing; Kevin Wayne Johnson, Publisher, Writing for the Lord Ministries; Irene Smalls, Children’s Book Author; Nakisha Crawford, CEO, Author, Pathway Publishing; Sheridan Books, Inc., Book Manufacturing.

Dates and times for the seminars will be included in the African American Pavilion Exhibitors Journal. Please pick one up at booth #4256.

The African American Pavilion was founded in 2004 by Tony Rose, Executive Director of The African American Pavilion and Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc.; Adrienne Ingrum, President, Adrienne Ingrum, LLC. and Niani Colom, Associate Publisher, Genesis Press.

The 2008 AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION IS SPONSORED BY: Amber Communications Group, Inc.; Adrienne Ingrum, LLC; QBR The Black Book Review; Written Magazine; Disilgold.com; AALBC.com; Mosaic Books.com and Book Expo America.

The 2008 AAP/BEA Associate Committee is: Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc. – AAP/BEA Executive Director and Co-Founder; Yvonne Rose, Associate Publisher, Amber Communications Group, Inc.- AAP/BEA Director; Heather Covington, CEO, Disilgold.com – AAP/BEA National Director, On-Line Publicity, Marketing and Promotions; Lynette McMillon, President, The Tushe Group – AAP/BEA National Director, Publicity, Marketing and Sponsorships; Cheryl Crosby, President, CDC Consultants – AAP/BEA Associate Director of Sponsorships (National); Pam Perry, CEO, Ministry Marketing Solutions and Chocolate Pages – AAP/BEA National Director, Christian/Gospel Exhibitor Relations; Carol Rogers and Brenda Piper, CEO & COO, C&B Books Distribution – AAP/BEA National Directors, Exhibitor Relations; Philip Herbert, Marketing Assistant, Amber Communications Group, Inc. – AAP/BEA Exhibitor Relations; Maxine Thompson, President, The Dr. Maxine Show and Butterfly Press – AAP/BEA Exhibitor Relations; Troy Johnson, Founder/Webmaster, AALBC.COM – AAP/BEA Exhibitor Relations; and Lynette Velasco, President, Black Americans In Publishing – AAP/BEA Exhibitor Relations.