Oprah & Omar Tyree
Have you been to Omar Tyree’s website lately? Well, I would had no reason to go either, but I read something on another blog that sparked my curiosity. It appears as though Tyree has a new novel coming out this summer. Here’s what he has to say about his upcoming release:
I have a new book coming out from Simon & Schuster in July. But the reality of the black book world is this; it’s getting really crowded on the book shelves with the same girl friendly, thug love books, and I’m sorry, but there’s a lot more going on in the world than that. So my next book, which was originally called The Writer, about a brilliant brother who gets into trouble with street thugs when he tries to put together a true crime story in Harlem, New York, was deemed not sexy enough to create excitement for the book stores.
If the book does not turn on the young and older sisters who love to read . . . well, then don’t expect to sell too many copies without a whole lot of media attention, which I rarely receive anymore. So, out of despair, I came up with the new title The Last Street Novel to say that enough is enough with the street shit. When will we be able to create great stories again? But who cares? I do. But I’ve always cared about the upliftment and intelligence of black folks. Therefore, I’ll continue to create thought-provoking projects until the day that I die.
I guess more people are starting to take notice of the ghetto fiction that’s crowding the shelves. And I know it’s serious when my mother calls me on the phone to talk to me about it. Anyway, I posted Tyree’s comments because I had to chuckle at the line that points out that with this novel he will, “[solidify] himself as the undisputed ‘Godfather of contemporary urban literature.” Uh… I didn’t know we were assigning titles like this in the literature industry. Maybe I’m late. Somebody catch me up.
The funny thing is, some of his covers don’t look too different from the ghetto/hip-hop fiction covers. What do you think? How can you down this type of fiction in one breath, but be in with the same league of writers in another? The other site also notes that he claims to have jump started the “urban” literature industry. I don’t believe this information is accurate, but what do I know?
Ghetto fiction covers:
I actually caught my boyfriend in the B&N book aisle browsing Thong on Fire. We both had a good laugh about it and moved on. I’m not saying that I’m above reading or writing this type of fiction, but…maybe what these authors should consider are new covers and better titles. What should I really expect from a book titled Shay Shay Gets a Boo or Shay Shay Gets ANOTHER Boo (Shay Shay’s Back Ya’ll!).
Ok, those covers forced me off topic. Check out out Omar Tyree’s website and see what authors who care about the “upliftment and intelligence of black folks” are really writing about.
Oprah Winfrey recently found out that her father plans on writing a book. The unfortunate part is that Oprah didn’t know about it. Although the father has offered no public comments in his defense, Oprah has noted that they talk often so his whole plan is a shock to her. And guess what he’s going to title this book? Things Unspoken.
So was it a coincidence that Oprah wasn’t aware? Daddy said, one way or another he’s about to get a check, huh? Whether it be from Oprah or a publishing company-he’s trying to get paid! I guess Oprah should have sent more celebrity clients to his beauty salon. But dang, that’s kind of messed up when your own Daddy has to scheme on you. What could he possibly say that would shock us about Oprah?According to Cinemablend Vernon mentions, “Our daughter was out of hand and unruly child…She stayed out all times of the night and lied regarding her whereabouts, said she made herself known to boys.”Wow! Now that’s the kind of stuff that sounds like a best-seller! Where can I get my copy? (Yes, I was being sarcastic)
Now excuse me while I finish Some People, Some Other Place.