Tuesday, May 31, 2011

W. Eric Croomes presents: No Glory Without a Story!

W. Eric Croomes Presents


Hello my friend! I am excited to announce the publication of the critically-acclaimed book, No Story Without a Story, How to Move Forward in Victory after the Hurt, Guilt and Mistakes of Your Past, to be released June 10, 2011 (M&M Consulting)! This is a book that is edited by Dr. Mia Y. Merritt and compiled by twenty authors whose sole mission is to help readers move through some of life's toughest challenges we as authors have been through!
No Glory Without a Story is an anthology of writers who intimately share how we overcame some very difficult times in our personal lives - broken relationships, parenting issues, financial challenges, depression, infidelity to name a few - how our testimony was shaped and how that testimony can help empower you!
In my chapter - Their Eyes Were Watching Daddy - I write about fatherhood: my story, my lessons and my advice to men who are seeking to remain relevant in the lives of their offspring. As the father of two sons born during two very different periods of my life, I am seeking to be the best father I can be and I want fathers who are struggling with their role to know they have a kindred soul!
No Glory Without A Story is the culmination of a dream of our editor, Dr. Mia Y. Merritt, who desired to compile a literary medium of authors who would directly share their own life stories toward the purpose of empowering those who are going through tough times. I have posted her information below to let you discover more about this incredible woman of God who is changing the world!
I am inviting you to join me on June 18, 2011 from 2pm to 4pm at the Dock Bookstore in Fort Worth, Texas, as I begin a substantive conversation regarding the general issues in No Glory Without a Story and the specific challenges of being black and male in America in relation to fatherhood, relationships and the economy. More information to follow!
No Glory Without a Story! Real stories. Real struggles. Real victories!

Empowered reading!
W. Eric Croomes, contributing author

W. Eric Croomes is an author, motivational speaker and editor of TheVillageReport.Net, a monthly blog-mag dedicated to the educational, economic, social and spiritual empowerment of the African American community. He is host of The Village Report with W. Eric Croomes, a weekly issues and answers talk-show that airs on BlogTalkRadio.com.
Eric is a graduate of Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, and is founder and executive director of Their Eyes Were Watching Daddy, a non-profit support group for unmarried and divorced fathers.
In 2002, Eric self-published Dance in the Dark, Poetic Reflections on Love and Culture, a collection of his original poems and essays.
Brotha2Brotha, Becoming Healthy Men from the Inside Out, a spiritual primer for black men is Eric's second self-published book and was released in September, 2006.
Learn more about editor and publisher Dr. Mia Y. Merritt at:
www.miamerritt.com
Contact information for W. Eric Croomes:
W. Eric Croomes
Cell: 214.493.2875
wericcroomes@yahoo.com
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Positive Thought for the Week

"Change is the engine of the empowered life; if you are not willing to tap into the wellspring of your existence, to accept change, you will never move beyond your present shores."

-Author unknown

Did You Know?

Between the 1970's and 1999 the rate of suicide among black males climbed from 7.9 per 100,000 in 1970 to 10.9in 1997, compared to a modest increase in the rate for all blacks during the same period. Furthermore, since the 1970's, the rate of increase in suicides among black males in their twenties has been alarmingly steady. Source: Lay My Burden Down, Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis among African Americans, Dr. Alvin Pouissant and Amy Alexander

Don't Believe the Hype!

Hype: Teenage pregnancy is a runaway problem in the African American community.

Fact: African Americans ages 15 to 19 experienced the steepest decline in birth rates—42 percent—from 118 per 1,000 women in 1991 to 68 in 2002. Among African Americans ages 15 to 17, birth rates dropped by 52 percent between 1991 and 2002.
Source: Advocates for Youth

The Literati: A Crisis in the Mental Health of Black America

Suicide has always been a hush-hush topic in the African-American community; nothing silences a conversation more suddenly than talk of someone who has taken their own life, whether a family member or friend. With the publication of Lay My Burden Down, Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans in 2000, the veil of secrecy and inherited shame was lifted and the subject was put out in the public arena. Its authors, Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint and Amy Alexander, offer a convincing, cogent and relentlessly grievous account as to the myriad reasons so many African-Americans suffer from depression and other mental health issues and how those reasons lay the groundwork for the ultimate act of self-aggression: suicide. In particular, and certainly disturbing, is the suicidal trend of black males in America, which tripled between the 1980’s and the end of the twentieth-century, according to the authors. The common element of this trend is the loss of hope, a virtue that historically underpinned the ability of blacks to overcome the legacy of discrimination, segregation and unequal justice. Says Poussaint and Alexander: “…the realities of modern life have begun to undermine the historic adoptions, the coping strategies that are part of the African-American culture.” Lay My Burden Down requires the immediate and consistent attention from anybody who senses the urgency of self-destructive behaviors in a family member or friend and is a must-read for policy chieftains, church leaders and grass-roots organizations.

An Interview with Rev. James David Manning

This interview was conducted by W. Eric Croomes on Friday, October 31, 2008 regarding Manning's comments on Senator Barack Obama.

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W. Eric Croomes is a writer and playwright based in Irving, Texas and a native of Phoenix, Arizona. Eric is a graduate of Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, earning a Bachelor of Arts in religion and sociology and is founder and executive director of Millennium Men of Color, a non-profit black male advocacy group. In 2002, Eric self-published Dance in the Dark, Poetic Reflections on Love and Culture, a collection of his original poems and essays on love and relationship in the African-American tradition. Three to Eight, a play examining the hours when most teens become pregnant and most juvenile crime is committed, was Eric’s first theatrical release and debuted at the 2004 Black N Blues one act play festival at the African-American museum in Dallas. Brotha2Brotha, Becoming Healthy Men from the Inside Out, a spiritual primer for men of color, was released in September, 2006. Eric’s next book, Thoughts in Black and Male, is slated for release in spring 2008. COMING SOON: THEVILLAGEREPORT.NET Visit Eric at www.wericcroomes.com

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January 19, 2008 issue of Golfweek Magazine

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