DISILGOLDAWARDS.COM| THE NO.1 SOURCE FOR PROMOTING LITERARY CELEBRITIES| INTERVIEWS, BOOKS & NEWS
Welcome to the Disilgold Literary Network Alliance Featuring Your Favorite AllStars in Literature, Music, Film, Business, Fashion and More Curated by Best Selling & 100X Award Winning Poet, Author and Publisher, H. Covington. Membership is Currently Closed. Please Check Back.
YOUNITY GUILD AWARDS DEBUT PRESSROOM 2004 Visit www.DisilgoldSOUL.com Disilgold events, promotions, news, books and publishing company
VISIT HEATHER COVINGTON'S ONLINE DISILGOLD MEDIA KIT
Thank you to the NYPD Community Affairs Department for attending and securing our celebrity attended event. Your presence and security was appreciated.
Attention Disilgold Community
The PressRoom is dedicated to reporting on YOUnity Guild Award Gala Events. Photos will be added momentarily and highlights of our past award shows.
The 2nd YOUnity Guild Awards
March 26, 2005
Awards Model Contest Entertainment
For Immediate Release:
Disilgold Soul Literary Review debuted in 2003 as the premiere annual award publication of the Bronx representing the Top 1000 DLNA Award Members of the Disilgold Literary Network Association better known as the YOUntiy Reviewers Guild of America. Since then, DLNA membership has skyrocket beyond 75,000 registered members with savvy online networking by Heather Covington, dubbed as C& B Book Distribution Nubian Queen of Promotion and winner of the Memphis Writer’s Conference and Southern Film Festivals Best Online Network.
Disilgold Soul Literary Review hosted the 1st YOUnity Reviewers Guild of America Annual Awards Gala bringing out the best of the best in all arenas such as Max Rodriguez (Founder of Harlem Book Fair; the Largest Book Fair of its Kind in New York), Tony Rose(CEO of Amber Books; the Largest African American Publisher of Self-help Books, Career Guides and Celebrity Bios), Bruce George (Co-founder of Def Poetry Jam which earned a Peabody Award), Lawrence Wayne ( Founder of Memphis Writers Conference; Largest African American Conference of its kind), Troy Johnson (Founder of Owner of African American Literature Book Club; Most Renown Book club of its Kind) Yvette Thompson (Top Event Planner in New York), Heather Elitou and Aailm Elitou (Top Philadelphian Based Publishing Company on the Rise), Marc Medley (Celebrated host of the Reading Circle on 88.7fm), Rich Simmons (Renown Producer), Donna Peterson (Former Ms. New York), Kendra Oke (Celebrated Radio Host on 93.5fm)Angela Darling (Founder of A Live Your Breast Foundation), Emma C. Brisbane (CEO and owner of Nationally Recognized Emma C. Brisbane Youth Center) and Michael Baisden (Nationally Syndicated & Number Radio Host of (98.7KissFM ) and Essence best Selling Author.
Not only did Michael Baisden shout out Disilgold Soul to his millions of listeners, but gave a mini seminar on publishing at the event to the delight of authors who attended. Among our celebrated guests was Random House representatives of BUM RUSH THE PAGE edited by Tony Medina, Def Poetry Jam Poets Karen Gibson Roc and Kayo, DJ Quills, songstress Tanay debuting the Disilgold Soul Anthem, a live performance by Darshell DuBose Smith, author of Darshell’s Quality Music Lessons who got signed on the spot by Tony Rose, best selling author, Kashamba Williams, guest appearances by Darcel P. Williams (Author of Soaring on Clipped Wings) and Reverend David Johnson who issued a proclamation to Edith E. Holmes, author of Pressions: Memoirs of a Southern Cat. Special guests and hosts included Valerie McGhee (Author), Read In Color Book Club founder, Angela Pickett Henderson, co-producer and Strebor Book author William Frederick Cooper, Imani, Inc. founder, Gina Philip, editors Carla Dean and Denise Campbell, also an author and poet and Glenn Thornton of Slaag Productions.
Book donations were sent by renown authors, Francis Ray, Margie Gosa Shivers, Delores Thornton, Donna Hill, Kevin Wayne Johnson and NAACP Image Award Recipient; Karen E. Quinones Miller. Music donations were provided courtesy of Omar Tyree (Cold Blooded), James Lisbon (AMAG, Inc. Music Soundtrack) and more. The event made headline news in Bronx’s own number one paper, the Bronx Times, Cape Verdean Newspaper, QBR: Black Book Review Newswire on the syndicated www.QBR.com, and Tony Rose’s Media. The YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards was one of the most successful award shows to debut for the record celebrating DLNA members of Excellence.
Sponsorship was provided by Pamela Yvette Exum Enterprises (www.alayecalendar.com), and CEO/ Founder of Spirit of Sisterhood Tour, and Alaye Calender, and Kim Perkins (CEO of Urban Legends Wear) in stores now.
This year the 2nd YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards Annual Gala is on tour. First stop, the posh, upscale, exclusive and celebrated Surf Club Ball Room on March 26, 2005. The theme: Celebrating The Greatest Ones. The YOUnity Guild Infusionary ™ Awards of Excellence will honor 20 DYNAMIC GUESTS, who will also take part in judging the Model of the Year for the Yvette & Yvette 1st Fashion Show Extravaganza after the Awards Reception. The event begins promptly from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.
Tickets are required for entry. The event is the first of its kind ever to infuse the fashion industry with the literary industry. Our goal is to create an event of annual celebration, awards, praise, recognition, networking, and entertainment along with historical documentation as Disilgold Soul dually forges ahead as an online magazine publication, and printed catalog to promote YOUnity Guild Award wining authors and businesses.
Our special 2005 guests are:
Barry "The Maestro" Mason (Radio Host of 98.7 Kiss FM), Big Bronze (Debut Recording Artist from Hot Lava Inc., Denise Caceras (Latina Educator of the Year), Denise Campbell (CEO of Universal Write), Haaji (Urban Thriller Fiction Novelist on te Rise from Neshee Publication),Heather Covington (President of YOUnity Reviewers Guild of America and Chief Editor of Disilgold Soul), Kim Perkins (Founder and CEO of Legends Urban Wear ( As seen at the Magic Show),Omar Tyree (Producer of Move the Crowd, CEO of Hot Lava Entertainment, and Franchise Owner of Flyy Girl, Inc.), Robert Viera CORRECTION:( Owner and Founder of A1 Film Labs, Slam Jam and Holistic Wellness Docu-Drama),Sylvia Allen (Founder of Kiddy Tech Academy),Tanay (Songwriter and Recording Artist),Tanya R. Bates (Renown National Poet), Tony Rose (Founder and CEO of Amber Books, Wiley Books, Colossus Books and Ambrosia Books), Joe James (Producer, Actor, Director of Author Ashe Docu-Drama, and SOUL BABY) on Another World), Joel Kramer (Producer and actor)www.kramerproductions.com ,
OMAR TYREE'S EXCLUSIVE DEBUT OF FLYY GIRL, INC. SOUNDTRACK
Featuring Hot Lava Signed Entertainer
as heard on cut with Carl Thomas
Coming Soon to Disilgold. com
and will open and close show!
Don't miss it!
More about Special Guests coming Soon to Disilgold.com post show, with contact information, photos at event, and ongoing press releases on their Disilgoldmatic New Year 2005, Disilgold Style! Tickets are mailed to all VIP guests compliments of Disilgold.For all other tickets, contact number on flyer to RSVP to attend. Special coverage will be provided for all other guests as well.
"Thanks Michael Baisden for The YOUnity Guild Awards & Disilgold Soul Magazine Shoutout the day after the award show and Disilgold Soul Magazine launch party on July 25th.
"This article is dedicated to Dr. Maya Angelou, award winning recipient of The Phillis Wheatley Awards, and Disilgold Soul Magazine's Dr. Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence accepted in her honor by Ms. Emma C. Brisbane, "The Dr. Maya Angelou Female Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Mr. Michael Baisden, "The Dr. Maya Angelou Male Lifetime Achievement Award recipient."
Although Dr. Maya Angelou had to immediately return to the obligations of a city-to-city book tour for her new highly anticipated memoir, her presence was felt throughout the entire week from the day she helped to officiate the James Baldwin Stamp, a monumental landmark to the moment I turned down my stereosystem in my car blasting jazz by high school teacher and Grammy Award nominated Dennis Bell to meditate and reflect on my exchange of words with Dr. Maya Angelou. If I had not had this moment of reflection, I would not have heard some kind men in a van traveling on a ramp veering in another direction shouting to the top of their lungs, "Wrong way, wrong way" as I traveled down a one way highway in Manhattan somewhere.
I was determined to see to it that Lawrence Wayne got to Manhattan, and was not a night time driver, nor ever commuted to downtown Manhattan by car without assistance. I was never a good listener, or could follow directions, but on July 23rd, 2004, I truly listened to the words, "Wrong way, wrong way" thanks to my quiet moment of mediation on Dr. Maya Angelou.
I saw the oncoming traffic coming at me at 60 miles an hour and proceeded to reverse my formerly recalled vehicle that I had refused to return to the dealer in fast motion. The cars continued onward not realizing at all that I was driving backwards at 60 miles an hour with the traffic flow. I did say a prayer, and counted my blessings for a few seconds. This was truly it for me, but I was happy that I had met Dr. Maya Angelou.
A stillness in the air, and monotone silence seemed to cover my ears from listening to any feelings of self doubt of possibly losing my life for the third time just this year. What was the symbolism in all of this, I thought? The words, "Maya, Maya, Maya" rang in my ears. My hands did not touch the wheels at all. My steering wheels seemed to turn my car into the direction of safety, and somehow I was on the same ramp as those kind men who shouted to the top of their lungs, and down the "Right Way." That's how the fairytale begins, and yes, Dr. Maya Angelou saved my life. They say you have only 9 lives. Ha! I have 15 and counting. Now on to the YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards."
Part 1: Preparations For The YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards: Let The Fairytale Begin! Roll out the red carpet, make way for the Radisson sponsored limousines thanks to the outstanding Nicky Mayers hotel and travel arrangements, scrumptious Spanish cuisine courtesy of Eunio from the Bronx Latin American Restaurant, some of the most distinguished and honorable people on the planet, and even the spirit of those who could not make it like Tee C. Royal, Cynthia Highsmith Hooks, C& B Book Distribution, Phil Andrews, James Lisbon, Delores Thornton, Margie Gosa Shivers, and Hope C. Clarke who all gathered for one night only as the grand finale event of The Harlem Book Fair founded by Max Rodriguez, the most revered and outstanding book fair ever in celebration of African American literature and literacy. It was imperative that The 1st YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards honor the literary world and The Harlem Book Fair, the event that fueled Disilgold Soul Magazine's fire. Are you ready to catch the glorious wave? This article is a saga. Get some tea, cheese and crackers. The event was normally scheduled for Black History Month, but as soon as the planning of The Harlem Book Fair began early 2004, many YOUnity Guild Members around the nation who were unable to tread the cold and snowed out winter month of February, insisted and promised that they would be in town for the annual Harlem Book Fair, and like a fairytale, the dream of bringing literary artists together among the great titans of the literary industry such as Max Rodriguez, Tony Rose, Layding Kaliba, Bruce George, Michael Baisden, Baba Evans Moore, William Fredrick Cooper and Lawrence Wayne, would prove that YOUnity is alive and well among today's Black American community.
The history of The 1st YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards Annual Gala began at 7:00pm and miraculously resigned at 11:00pm on time, synonymously symbolic of the excellent timing of The Author's On Stage Tour at The Harlem Book Fair the day before. William Fredrick Cooper, co-host of YOUnity Guild Awards and Author's On Stage Tour made it clear that both events would start on time and end on time. The "fine fellow in yellow" has officially added producer to his list of expertise. Paralleled strength and dedication by all involved at The 1st YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards to represent and honor the Harlem Book Fair's professionalism each and every year showed the influence of The Harlem Book Fair to turn ordinary people into exceptional human beings when given the opportunity to shine. In fact, a new star in the solar system was created at The Emma C. Brisbane Youth Center under a balmy star-filled night that held back Mother Nature's tears mistaken for her wrath. Perhaps, it was Ngoma's libation ceremony at The Harlem Book Fair that blessed The YOUnity Reviewers Guild as well, and whose significance only became apparent when I nervously interrupted the program which keeled over into the 12:00 o'clock afternoon hour and challenged the producer's goal to start on time. Over 30 authors' shining glory was dependent on getting on stage, and any lapse of time could set the stage festivities off course. However, what occurred was a true blessing. Apologies and forgiveness saved the day as Ngoma and I embraced, and this moment initiated the magic that had begun. Ngoma's drums beat in my ear. Let the sounds of libation ring! "Maya, Maya, Maya, Maya" rang in my ears again during the night before The YOUnity Guild Awards as expressed with love by the renowned Sonia Sanchez who serenaded Dr. Maya Angelou upon receiving an award at the Phillis Wheatley Awards on July 23rd, an event that inspired the creation of The YOUnity Guild Awards. I had just filmed, orated and documented the beginning pre-award show "Chat & Chew" celebration in the Schomburg Hall, interviewed guests like Rosa Guy, Ishmael Reed, Anita from Literary Cafe.org, Edith Holmes, Reverend David Johnson, Malaika Odero, J.L. Woodson, and Monica Harris, and upon walking into the Schomburg auditorium. This is where I would officially meet Dr. Maya Angelou for the first time. Kabari Jordan, the website designer for the new QBR.com that helped to bring out people to The Harlem Book Fair ten fold this year channeling Max Rodriguez's thoughts and desire to provide as much information as possible, patiently awaited the follow - up report for Harlem Book Fair Week. It was countdown time to include all of the festivities, and including The YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards where the Harlem Advisory Board would be celebrated for their hard work and dedication. No moment would be missed, and so the fairy tale continues...
Part 2: July 25th, 2004 has arrived!
The elite security team headed by Bill Clayton with outdoor assistance by Alex Lopez's Underground Protection Services, and full presence by the NYPD opened the doors to the 1st YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards Annual Gala featured at The Emma C. Brisbane Youth Center, sponsored mostly in part by Disilgold Soul Magazine, Alaye Calendar, AMAG.Inc., and Legends 4 Life T-Shirts, turned out to be an "explosive night" as in the words of Darshell Du Bose Smith, a Neshee Publication author of Darshell's Quality Music Guide, a "wonderful event," as expressed by the dynamic and gifted co-host, William Fredrick Cooper and author of 6 Days In January, "a huge event" as expressed by Neshee Publication's Aalim & Heather Elitou and, "enjoyable" as expressed by Michael Baisden who had his radio show the next day, but despite the late start of the award presentations, came outside to the surprise of the guests and shared his experiences as a former self-published author. No one could believe that Troy Johnson of the famous AALBC, and Max Rodriguez were standing among the crowd and walking around freely to meet and greet guests. Many authors shared their actual conversations with these two great forces in the literary industry. The founder admits, "I was literally star struck myself and lost for words. These people are heroes to me, and when guests got up on their feet with ovation, it showed that they are heroes to a lot of people who attended as well." Darcel P. Williams mentioned, "I feel honored to be among these people," and could not believe it when Mr. Max Rodriguez said, "These people? You're one of these people too!" There were many more documented conversations that conjured emotional tears from guests and literary artists after the event and soon after "The Great Ones" had left. It was a powerful evening. The guests cried an ocean of happy tears, and did not realize they were the true treasures of Disilgold's ocean. It was also very difficult to express that everyone present was a VIP guest and still needed to get on line to restore an organized entry. However, I found a way to encourage order by giving out Alaye Calenders and programs which occupied readers with much interest! Alaye Calenders saved the day thanks to Pamela Yvette Exum of www.spiritofsisterhood.com. More words of praise filtered in honor of The YOUnity Reviewers Guild. Candice Smith, a music industry accountant mentioned, "It was a great turn out!" Tony Rose shared words of praise to his massive e-mail base, "As we leave for the DNC in Boston, on the final leg of our three month 15 city Publishers Book Tour, which included the Harlem Book Fair, and the Disilgold Soul Magazine Awards Event, we feel truly blessed to know that the future of African American Publishing, is passing into the hands of a wonderfully gifted Poet, Author, Publisher and Writer, a school teacher, a lover of books and children." The press captured many powerhouse VIP's in motion as each one interacted with guests. The dialogue captured was dynamic and relevant to history as a testament that with "YOUnity" there is strength. A Love Your Breast Foundation's Angela Darling, and daughter, Donna Peterson, former Miss New York, Cliche Darling, Georgina Vazquez, Norma Boyd and many other supporters symbolized the 2004 theme of the event, "Uplifting & protecting our youth, family, literary community and entrepreneurs." The Bronx Times came out and took a group picture. Gina Philip, William Fredrick Cooper and DJ Quills were able to join us as forces that made this event happen and rum smoothly. Authors such as Pat G'orge Walker (Sister Betty, God is Calling You) who had a standing room crowd at The Harlem Book Fair Author's On Stage Tour just a day before, Stephanie Wills (Phases of Life), Baba Evans Moore (The Pastor's Letter), Deborah Gossett Rivers (The Working Mind of A Working Woman), Yolantha Pace (Wing Plucked Butterfly), William Fredrick Cooper (6 Days In January) Bruce George ( The Bandana Republic), Michael Baisden (God's Gift To Women), Max Rodriguez (Sacred Fire), Humphrey Iroku (First Sons of Africa), Kashamba Williams (Blinded), Darcel P. Williams (Soaring on Clipped Wings), Cliche Darling (Voices of My Sister), Harold Antoine Anderson (Secrets In My Closet), Sho Love da Poetic (Over standing the Stresses of Time), Layding Kaliba Poetry Collection), Denise Campbell, (Ebony Passion), Valerie CJ McKee, ( Insight), Lawrence Wayne (Teaching Africa Children How To Read) and Edith P. Holmes ( ˜Pressions of A Southern Cat) who was issued a Proclamation by Reverend David Johnson in person from Congressman's Charles B. Rangall's office and the next day honored a foundation for youth in honor of Heather Covington. Many authors who could not make it were announced as well. Angelique Pickett Henderson from the glorious Read In Color Book Club came out to represent authors, and was very warmly received. She stressed the importance of literary artists coming together to support one another.
Part 3: From Distinguished Black Africana Men of Excellence To Legendary Kings of Excellence
All distinguished and renowned signing guests as expected, arrived to the surprise of literary artists and fans awaiting the opportunity to envision the true " best of the best" in almost every arena on one night only. What struck so many guests was the extreme humbleness, quiet strength, and poise of Black African American & Latino role models, Max Rodriguez, Michael Baisden, Tony Rose, Layding Kaliba, Bruce George, Marc Medley, Glenn Thornton, Harold Antoine, Alex Lopez, Troy Johnson, Reverend David Johnson, Bill Clayton, DJ Quills, Baba Evans, Sho Love da Poetic and Lawrence Wayne causing an intimate crowd to assemble around these dignified men who represented the best- of- the best in their domains of specialty. Yes, it was the year of the man, but they all gave words of wisdom to the YOUnity Guild ladies and men on the rise. The highlights were historical and sort of magical. Lawrence Wayne; founder of The Memphis Writer's Conference, The Memphis Southern Film Festival, and Author of How to Teach African Children How To Read, celebrated Disilgold's induction of Lawrence Wayne Day with memorabilia with the theme of every adult hugging at least one child on July 25th every year. Bruce George (www.BruceGeorgeMedia.com); co-founder of Def Poetry Jam and producer of The Bandana Republic: An Anthology, signed copies of the critically award winning Bum Rush The Page. He also, brought out the beautiful spoken word artist, Kayo; (www.kayospeaks.com) "The Shining Black Knight of Poetry" whose voice penetrates the crowd, and Karen Gibson Roc; a " The Dynamic Poetical Angel with Rock -Soul." (www.KarenGibsonroc.com). A poetry lover mentioned, " Is that Kayo, the man with the riveting voice on stage at the Phillis Wheatley Awards?" Max Rodriguez; Founder of The Harlem Book Fair,(Most Famous Book Fair Word wide Celebrating African Americans), The Phillis Wheatley Awards & Publisher of QBR: The Black Book Review, signed copies of the magazine revered as the standard of the literary industry and featuring an admirable and colorful new logo by Synthia Saint James.( www. qbr.com). Many guests could not believe Max Rodriguez, the man responsible for bringing out over 300 renown guests just two days before at The Phillis Wheatley Awards such as Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (actress), Dr. Maya Angelou (poetry laureate), Carol Jenkins (author of Carol Jenkins and celebrated anchor woman), Quincey Troupe (2003 Pet Laureate of California), Lynne Whitfield ( film and stage actress), Kayo ( Def Jam Poet), Autumn Asante ( child poetical prodigy), Sonia Sanchez (poet and writer), Maryse Conde (world renown author and educator), Terrie Williams ( author of Plentiful Harvest), Omar Tyree ( The Urban Griot and NAACP Image Award Recipient), and Chinua Achebe, Africa's most acclaimed writers. These autographed copies of the Harlem Book Fair Edition of QBR: The Black Book Review are treasures for those who were randomly selected by the YOUnity Guild founder to receive the magazine that gave life to Disilgold Soul, an end year award and review publication. Tony Rose; publisher of Amber Books and "The Nations Largest African American Publishing Company of Career Guides, Self Help Books & Celebrity Bios, " signed an array of Amber book titles such as The African-American Writer's Guide to Successful Self- Publishing by Takesha Powell).(www.amberbooks.com) Layding Kaliba; editor of the renown African Voices Magazine (a resource that features the best literary artists of our time) signed copies of his poetry books as well and wore one of those famous arm baring African pull over tops that dignify the Black man who has defeated all obstacles with integrity, strength and pride which the amazing Layding represents very well. (www.Africanvoices.com) . The serious Layding is caught smiling on a filmed documentary of the YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards.
Part 4: Michael Baisden Made A Lot of Literary Artists Very Happy!
Michael Baisden; radio host of the number one rated show on Kiss FM, author of Maintenance Man, Never Satisfied, Men Cry In The Dark, and God's Gift To Women, and producer of: Love Lust & Lies, signed copies of his DVD and shared his insight with the audience on the process of getting published, the obstacles and triumphs of getting one's book published, and the honest assessment and truth of what it takes to succeed from the perspective of a top respected author who rose up to superstardom status in a short time. Michael, a classy gentleman who rumors report if he decides only may be headed t the big screen, honed in on the value of having a business mind, and encouraging new literary artists to really know what they are getting into before selecting a publisher and stating that many are bogus and out to take literary artists money. His words of wisdom were appreciated, and what guests liked so much was his down- to- earth appeal. A beautiful and instantaneous moment occurred when Neshee Publication's Heather & Aalim Elitou were asked to come up to the podium to face one of the most controversial and outspoken literary artists and radio hosts ever in history. It was revealed that finally, a small press company was making a difference and defying the obstacles of the publishing industry to the surprise of Michael Baisden. Michael affectionately still pressed on with assertiveness and mentioned that to a degree, new publishers cannot survive without effective publicity and marketing promotion. Heather Elitou interjected with humbleness that, "We have Heather Covington of Disilgold, The Harlem Book Fair and our authors." Michael, the "African American King of Talk Radio" was silent for a moment as he starred at Neshee Publication almost like giving this beloved publishing company the initiative and challenge to take on the publishing industry and prove that the generalizations about the publishing industry do not apply to Neshee Publication. It was a beautiful and courageous moment for the tear-filled Heather Elitou and powerful, and most humble motivational speaker Aalim Elitou, to stand up to the man who exemplifies what it takes to succeed as an author and excels in everything he does. It was a touching moment, and brought instantaneous tears among many guests. Michael finally walked away just like a king after giving praise to his fine staff whom he had no idea were behind the scenes helping to make The 1st YOUnity Guild Awards as success such as Pamela Yvette Exum, and Gina Philip who also, received awards. Those who caught this moment on tape have a rare treasure. Yes, if you think the well admired Bill Cosby has been challenging folks, than you can expect Michael Baisden to challenge authors as well as a very successful former self published author who has paved the way to inspire new authors to take on the challenge to rising to the top if they dare. The magic continued beyond belief when Darhsell Du Bose Smith, a Neshee Publication author was signed to Tony Rose's Amber Books. It's official; Heather & Aalim Elitou, "The Prince & Princess of The Publishing Industry" are officially born and in recognized by "The Great Ones!"
Part 5: "Turn it Down! Turn It Down!" YOUnity Guild Members Heard The Shout outs all across New York!"
Speaking of great ones, the media was present at full force, Deejay's Kendra Oke, Tony White, Cleve Blake of 93.5fm provided video coverage for their tv. show and brought out Major Keys, a Reggae artist on the rise. Rose from Bronx Times took a group picture outside with the Love Your Breast Foundation's president, Angela Darling, members of The Love Your Breast Foundation, Monica Berry; coordinator of The Emma C. Brisbane Youth Center, William Fredrick Cooper; co-host of The YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards Annual Guild Awards and Gina Philip; Michael Baisden's manager. Producer Rich Simmons, VIP Magazine's Lawrence Wayne, Alex Lopez; Underground Protection Services, Rick Covington ;Covington Sound Systems & Home Entertainment Designs, Harold Antoine Anderson; author of Secrets In My Closet and founder of Antoine and Marc Medley; The Reading Circle video taped the entire program. Marc Medley was showered with praise for his African inspired outfit and cummerbund. Djema Imports, a Harlem based fashion store sponsored many of the guests outfits. Former Alpha Kappa Alpha Basileus signified the YOUnity Guild producers strong support by her sorority leaders which initiated the founder who had been walking around for a full 30 minutes to stop procrastinating and officially begin the event with a growing line of supporters outside of The Fingertips of Success Program For Education of Youth, a concept derived in 2001 where literary artists and entrepreneurs come together to offer proceeds of each book or items sold for a charitable event. A major highlight of the event was when recording artist Tanay, debuted The Disilgold Soul Anthem toward the end, and a performance by Major Keys. Plenty of magazines, Alaye Calendars, QBR: The Black Book Review and Legends 4 Life T-shirts were given away to random guests. Heather Covington vows to feature a worthwhile event to further support The Fingertips of Success Program on the 25th of every month rain or shine. Next, she produces a Poetry Bash Pageant for Youth during the day, and "The Black Brothers, There's No Other" celebration party on August 25th 2004. A beautiful moment was seeing all of the guests mingling outside before "The Great Ones" took off into the night. The dress code was elegant dress, but many guests surprisingly wore yellow in representation of the official launch of Disilgold Soul Magazine which will continue to feature highlights of The Harlem Book Fair, literary artists, top businesses that support and sponsor literary events, 5 star reviews and interviews, and the scoop on the literary world. Dr. Maya Angelou is the driving force that fused the classic literary world with the modern day literary world, and despite all obstacles, because life is not perfect, people were happy, loyal to the commitment of The Harlem Book Fair to service the literary world and promote literacy, and proud to come together to give thanks. It was realized that the significance of Harlem Book Fair Week, and this year's YOUnity Guild Awards was much bigger than its creators and its attendees. Black Africana America came together in peace as witnessed by C-Span through discussion, dialogue and celebration, and if you missed this one, just wait until next year! This is Heather " The Heat" Covington wishing you an enjoyable summer vacation, and please look out for more highlights all year long on The Dish of Harlem Book Fair USA coming soon to a town near you. We've got the 411 on many magic moments. You never know. "Fairytales can come true...they can happen to you," and if you want to know what Dr. Maya Angelou said to me, I will let you know right now. Okay, are you ready? She said, "Child, take my hand!" I looked into her eyes, cried on her shoulder, helped her up tot he stage on Phillis Wheatley Awards, kissed her soft dewy cheek, looked into her warm tear-filled eyes, and she said, " It's alright!" Dr. Maya Angelou said, " It's alright!"
YOUnity Guild Decade Spotlight!
Cynthia Highsmith Hooks- Top Event Reviewer
Cov Sounds- Event & Technical Advisor
Gail Young- Motivational & Spritual Advisor
Delores Thornton: Author of Any Body Seen Junebug?
Dawn Rodriguez- Beauty , Health & Fashion Tips For Writing Souls
Dale Benjamin Drakeford-Wiring Coach & Mentor
Dorcella Williams- Public Relations
Lena Wiliams- Top Book Reviewer
Tony Rose: Amberbooks.com
Denise Campbell: Black Print Publishing Editor
Hope C. Clarke
Tee C. Royal: Founder of R.A.W.Sistaz.com
Pat G'Ogre Walker
Marge Gosa Shivers
Leslie Banks: Author of Soul Food, Awakenings, Minion
Electa Rome Parks: Author of The Ties That Bind
Darcel P. Wiliams
Denise Turney: President of Chistell.com
Donna Hill: Author of over 20 books.
JMRC: President: Linda Johnson Washington
Lois Center Shabazz
Gary A. Johnson: Founder of Black Men In America
Disilgold.com, abridged for "Diamonds, Silver and Gold," is the No.1 African-American Literary & Media Infused Awards Network Online and Home of Disilgold SOUL Literary Review Magazine's Annual YOUnity Reviewers Guild of America Awards hosted by The Literary Legends Ball Online every New Year's Eve at 12 midnight.
The Disilgold SOUL Magazine Awards were designed to scout, honor, award, recognize and celebrate members of excellence in over 250 Multi-Industry award categories, and considered a strong indicator of success.
Heather Covington Publicity P.O. BOX 652 Baychester Station Bronx, NY 10469
"At Disilgold Books Never Go Out of Style, Authors are the New Celebrity and Literature the New Entertainment! Let the Infusion Begin!"