Google+

African-American Literature Web Sites Launch “Power List” of Best-Selling Books

African-American Literature Web Sites Launch “Power List” of Best-Selling Books

Three leading African-American literature web sites announced the launch of the Power List, a Power-List-Spring-2013quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans.  The Power List is a joint project of AALBC.com, Cushcity.com and Mosaicbooks.com, three Web sites which have promoted African-American literature for more than a decade.

The founders of these companies believe there is a need for a comprehensive list of best-selling African-American books.  “Currently, the data is dispersed over a wide variety of sources,” said Gwen Richardson, co-founder of Cushcity.com.  “We wanted to compile and analyze the data across the board and present those findings to the public.”

Besides collecting data from online book sellers and random samples on relevant Facebook pages, the Power List has a unique feature:  Its findings include a quarterly survey of 1,200 African-American book clubs.  “African-American book clubs are well-established in urban communities across America,” said Troy Johnson, founder of AALBC.com. “The survey results tell us not only which Black authors are gaining traction among Black readers, but they also let us know which non-Black authors have garnered their attention.”

The Spring 2013 list is divided into separate categories:  Hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, paperback fiction and paperback nonfiction.  Best-selling ebooks and classics will be added in future editions.  The list will be released on the fourth Monday in the month following each calendar quarter.

Notable information about the Spring 2013 list:

  • Urban fiction author duo Ashley & Jaquavis have a total of four books among the top ten paperback fiction best sellers
  • Author Sister Souljah has titles on both the paperback and hardcover fiction lists
  • Best-selling author E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Gray was a top seller among African-American readers
  • Two titles by politically-conservative African Americans were among the best-selling titles in paperback non-fiction books

“Our ultimate mission is three-fold,” said Ron Kavanaugh, founder of Mosaicbooks.com.  “To promote African-American literature; to assess the reading habits of African Americans; and to report those findings to the public.”

The Spring 2013 lists may be viewed at the Power List web site:  www.powerlist.info.  Updates will be included on the Power List Facebook and Twitter pages.  For more information, contact one of the individuals listed above.

And here are the titles for our first list, Spring 2013. The list is also available online: http://aalbc.it/plbooks

Again we request that any publication printing the list attribute the list as shown below.  Attached is a high resolution image for the Spring 2013 list.

Spring 2013 – Paperback – Fiction

#1 – Friends & Foes by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Victoria Christopher Murray

#2 – The Cartel 4 by Ashley & Jaquavis

#3 – The Cartel 3 by Ashley & Jaquavis

#4 – The Cartel 2 by Ashley & Jaquavis

#5 – Animal by K’Wan

#6 – Murderville 2 by Ashley & Jaquavis

#7 – Midnight: A Gangster Love Story  by Sister Souljah

#8 – The Hot Box by Zane

#9 – Fifty Shades of Gray by E. L. James

#10 – Payback Ain’t Enough by Wahida Clark

 

Spring 2013 – Paperback – Non-Fiction

#1 – Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey

#2 – America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great by Ben Carson

#3 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

#4 – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  by Michelle Alexander

#5 – The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration  by Isabel Wilkerson

#6 – Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair!  by Nikki Walton

#7 – The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

#8 – Blacklash: How Obama and the Liberal Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation by Deneen Borelli

#9 – Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine by Bryant Terry

#10 – Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African-American Community by Gil L. Robertson IV

 

Spring 2013 – Hardcover – Fiction

#1 – The Man In 3B by Carl Weber

#2 – The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

#3 – If I Can’t Have You by Mary B. Morrison

#4 – The Perfect Marriage by Kimberla Lawson Roby

#5 – A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story  by Sister Souljah

#6 – The Reverend’s Wife by Kimberla Lawson Roby

#7 – God Don’t Make No Mistakes by Mary Monroe

#8 – An Accidental Affair by Eric Jerome Dickey

#9 – The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat  by Edward Kelsey Moore

#10 – Maintenance Man II: Money, Politics & Sex: Everyone Has A Price  by Michael Baisden

 

Spring 2013 – Hardcover – Non-Fiction

#1 – Manology: Secrets of Your Man’s Mind Revealed by Tyrese Gibson

#2 – Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped  by Cissy Houston

#3 – Mom & Me and Mom by Maya Angelou

#4 – The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires  by Dennis Kimbro

#5 – The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis

#6 – Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home  by Sampson Davis

#7 – It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell

#8 – Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom

#9 – One Day It’ll All Make Sense by Common

#10 – Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes by Ian K. Smith

Power List Best-selling Books

The Power List (http://www.powerlist.info) is compiled quarterly by AALBC.comCushcity.com andMosaicbooks.com.

Entertainment

For movies opening January 13, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening January 13, 2017   BIG BUDGET FILMS The Bye Bye Man (PG-13 for terror, violence, sexuality, bloody images, mature themes, profanity, partial nudity and underage alcohol abuse) Haunted house horror flick about a diabolical, supernatural demon (Doug Jones) unwittingly unleashed by a trio of college students (Douglas … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

In the World of Fiction: The Oldies but Goodies Are Back

  In the World of Fiction: The Oldies but Goodies Are Back by Amy Lignor   Readers, 2017 has arrived. And the one thing that rises above all the other so-called ‘trends’ that publishers and book lovers are looking forward to seeing this year is one, undeniable and exciting fact: Beloved authors will step back into the limelight. Trends are odd. There are those of us who never assumed that the whole utopian word as well as dystopian … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Groundswell for Chazelle!

  Damien Chazelle The “La La Land” Interview with Kam Williams Groundswell for Chazelle! Damien Chazelle wrote and directed the Academy Award-winning Whiplash which landed five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chazelle. The movie won a trio of Oscars in the Film Editing, Sound Mixing and Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) categories. In 2013, his short film of the same name won the Short Film … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Top Five Florida Resorts Catering to Do it Yourself Boaters

  Top Five Florida Resorts Catering to Do it Yourself Boaters By Ted Lund Summertime is adventure time for families that want to boat and fish together, and there is no better way to do that than find a resort that caters to do it yourself boaters and anglers. And no place has options like Florida. But before the family can set sail for adventure, you need to find the right boat. One of the best on the water is the Sea Chaser Hybrid Fish … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

The NFL Looks at David vs. Goliath

  The NFL Looks at David vs. Goliath by Amy Lignor   This has been one of those odd football seasons where the facts given at the beginning by those panels of “experts” that “know” a great deal about America’s favorite game, turned out to be more than a little wrong. What’s the strangest thing that just might happen when it comes to the Super Bowl? Easy to answer. It just might be that for the first time a QB who didn’t actually play for … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Spotlight on Africa

  Spotlight on Africa by Amy Lignor   As the year winds down and comes to a close, it is Africa that is receiving some headlines that call for many changes and improvements to be made in the coming years. It was Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Nairobi, Kenya) that spoke recently about the African Union Commission (AUC) and how the group must provide leadership in the coming years. After all, the nation of Africa is, in truth, the cradle … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

    The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World by Amy Lignor   Oh, yes…there are many, many places to travel in order to ring in that New Year in style. Some people have already stated that they see 2017 becoming one of the ‘best of the best’ years the world has ever seen – from technology to business to education to even “going greener” – heck, green has even been chosen as the top color of 2017. But where should you … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

2017 Will Be Green!

    2017 Will Be Green! by Amy Lignor   This statement is not a “hopeful” imagination talking; it is actually quite true. Very recently the Pantone Color Institute declared that green will most definitely be THE color for 2017. This is a company that calls themselves the “global color authority,” and states that everything from high fashion to trends will be on the green path throughout next year. So…when we look at a “green” … [Read More its Good for You...]