Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- The nominees for the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced December 11th, 2012 during a live press conference from the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids), Neicy Nash (The Soul Man), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Garcelle Beauvais (Flight), Tyler James Williams (Go On) and Zendaya (Shake It Up) announced the categories and nominees.
Amber Books, the award winning imprint of Amber Communications Group, Inc, was announced as a nominee for Best Literary Work - Youth / Teens, for its title Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue with America's Young Leadersby Gregory J. Reed, Esq., and has earned its first NAACP Image Award nomination. The competition will be highly competitive as seen in the following nominees:
Literary Work - Youth/Teens
"Fire in the Streets" - Kekla Magoon (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
"Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue With America's Young Leaders" - Gregory J. Reed, Esq. (Amber Books)
"Pinned" - Sharon G. Flake (Scholastic Press)
"The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess" - Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Williams (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Turner Publishing Company)
"The Mighty Miss Malone" - Christopher Paul Curtis (Wendy Lamb Books (Random House Children's Books)
"On behalf of Amber Books, author Gregory J. Reed, Esq. and the Keeper of the Word Foundation, we are extremely excited and honored to have been nominated and want to thank the NAACP Image Awards Executive Director, Vicangello Bulluck; Literary Coordinator, Annette Thomas and the NAACP Image Awards Sub-Committee Members for nominating Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue with America's Young Leaders," stated Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc. "President Barack Obama achieved a landslide victory in 2008 and 2012. He has touched the lives of young people more so than any previous president. During his presidency, he sought to continue that inspiration by maintaining an engaged relationship with our nation’s youth."
Rose added, "The outstanding and historic collection of students’ letters in the book accompanied with President Obama’s responses, speeches, public statements, and quotations during his campaign, tenure as President-Elect, and his presidency, is the most comprehensive collection of letters and responses ever assembled as a book in the history of our nation for a sitting president. The letters featuring the voices of today’s young leaders and President Barack Obama are priceless, timeless, inspiring and powerful."
NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock stated, "We are proud to celebrate the artists and activists who use their craft to share positive images of our culture, the artistic community is an important ally for social justice, and the NAACP Image awards provides an excellent venue to recognize those who make a difference through art and activism."
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event, which will air live on Friday, February 1, 2013, 8:00pm EST live / PST tape delayed on NBC.
Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue with America's Young Leaderswas compiled and written by Gregory J. Reed, Esq and the Keeper of the Word Foundation. Mr. Reed is the award winning author of sixteen books. Gregory J. Reed, Esq.also has a B.S. in Package Engineering from Michigan State Univerity, an M.S. in Packaging Management from Michigan State University, a Law Degree, Juris Doctor, from Wayne State University and a Graduate Law Degree, LL.M, from Wayne State University.
Tony Rose is the Publisher and CEO of Phoenix, AZ based Amber Communications Group, Inc., the nation’s largest African-American Publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies. ACGI's imprints include: the award winning Amber Books Publishing; Colossus Books - Music Biographies; Amber/Wiley Books - Self Help and Financial Books Co-Published with John Wiley & Sons Inc.; Joyner/Amber Books - Co-Publishing with the Tom Joyner Foundation and Desmoon Books - Fiction.
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Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO
Amber Communications Group, Inc.
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