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July 10, 2017


Bernice L. McFadden
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The Book of Harlan



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This Week’s Guest – Monday, May 15, 2017


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May 15, 2017


Dr. Maxine Thompson
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This Week’s Guest – Monday, February 13, 2017


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February 13, 2017


Dr. Rosie Milligan
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Black Writers on Tour



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This Week’s Guest – Monday, April 10, 2017


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April 10, 2017


April 10, 2017


Oneita Jackson
Author of

Letters From Mrs. Grundy
Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome



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This Week’s Guest – Monday, February 13, 2017


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February 27, 2017


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February 27, 2017


February 27, 2017


Dr. Maxine Thompson
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Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, February 13, 2017


Maxine Thompson

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February 13, 2017


February 13, 2017


Dr. Rosie Milligan
Publisher, Author, Founder of

Black Writers on Tour



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Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, December 5, 2016


Maxine Thompson

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December 5, 2016


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December 5, 2016



Natashia Deon
Debut Best-Selling Author of

Grace



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Using Socio-Political Issues as a Back-Drop for your Writing

By Dr. Maxine Thompson

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Originally published in 2007; updated on 11-23-16

As I drove to the seventh annual L.A. Community Day Expo 2007 back on 1-13-07, I heard a radio show discussing the mounting problem of gang violence and its negative effect on the Los Angeles community. It was a sad commentary as to how LA mothers whose children have been murdered are now holding up pictures of their deceased children, begging the gang members not to kill anymore. In addition to Black-on-Black gang violence, this situation has been further exacerbated by a war between the Black and Latino gangs in LA areas.

For those who are unaware of the crisis, the acrimonious relationship between African Americans and Latinos in Los Angeles had been stewing for years. And unfortunately, the Black-versus-Latino race riot at Chino state prison that weekend was not a first. The December 15, 2006 murder of 14-year-old Cheryl Green, an African American, allegedly killed by members of a Latino gang was another racial-hatred crime, which has plagued LA in recent years and the previous decade.

So where am I going with this line of thinking? As African American writers, many of us are not interested in running for politics, but there is something we can do about the racial strife we see. How? By writing about the issues in our non-fiction and in our fiction. As African American writers, we are accountable to our communities to try and heal problems when we see them.

Often when I read some of the new African American literature, there is no mention of racism, discrimination, or racial profiling. I wonder how you can be African American in this country and not experience any or all of the above? Moreover, how can your characters not experience what it is like to be Black in this country? I’m sorry but many times, characters sound as if they are white in black face. And I’m not just talking about if the dialogue uses standard English or urban vernacular.

For example, I try to involve social issues in all of my stories.

In my novella, Capri’s Second Chance, (a love story,) the politics of racism/economics were alive and well even in a small business, when the protagonist, business owner, Caprianna, was shot by her former white male employee.

In my novella, Summer of Salvation, (found in anthology, All in the Family published in April 2007), one of the subplots involve the then on-going Los Angeles Black-Latino gang wars.

In my novella, Katrina Blues, to name a few topical issues, the story illustrates racial profiling, and the disparity of black treatment in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

In my Los Angeles based novel series, LA Blues 1, 2, 3, I address the racial tension between the Black and Latino gangs during the earlier 2006 to about 2010. My first book in the series was published in 2010. The 15-year-old nephew murder victim character’s ironically was named Trayvon. My story question was why is there no outcry when African American young males or men are murdered?

There are other issues that can be reflected in your writing.There are a plethora of topical issues stripped from the news that would layer our stories with realism. Stem Research. The new Trump election. The foster care system. Gang violence. Government corruption. Police brutality. The epidemic of HIV. The mass incarceration problem for Black men.

Even urban fiction often neglects to tie the drug trade in our community with the Iran/Nicaragua Contra Affair scandal and others. It’s depicted as though the drugs originated in the Black community without aid of CIA, planes to bring the drugs into this country or other government assistance to destroy Black people.

The truth is, it takes courage to speak out. A nonfiction book I commend for speaking out, is the late Dr. Frances Cress Wesley’s The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Color.

So writers, don’t just write about our complacent girlfriend/boyfriend concerns or straight-out drama, but include the larger world around us in your writing. Watch how your story will resonate with your readers and endure the test of time. Last, adding these issues will give your written work historical and social commentary and significance that critics love.

Consider the following quote.

“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: ‘This is not just.’ It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say: ‘This is not just.’” – Martin Luther King from his speech “Beyond Vietnam,” on April 4, 1967, at New York City’s Riverside Church.

In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, as writers, let’s follow his lead and find a way to not only entertain our readers, but to educate and transform them as well.




Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, November 14, 2016


Maxine Thompson

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November 14, 2016


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November 14, 2016


November 14, 2016


Rolanda Watts
Emmy and Cable Ace Award-Nominated talk show host, Author of

Destiny Lingers



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January 4, 2010

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Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, November 7, 2016


Maxine Thompson

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November 7, 2016


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November 7, 2016


November 7, 2016


Patricia G. Pope
Author of

The Bishop



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January 4, 2010

Dr. Maxine Thompson

Author of
Hostage of Lies

Voted A Best Book of 2009

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Black Butterfly Press

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