AAMBC Awards!!!!


So far my life as a blogger has been pretty uneventful. It doesn’t pay well right now so I never get to really GO anywhere. My cousin recently wrote a book, I have yet to read and therefore nothing to review but she’s been traveling to promote it and I was puzzled at how she was finding out all of these events were taking place when I hadn’t even realized they’d existed.  Biting the bullet I swallowed my pride and asked her,

“How are you finding out about all of these things?”

To my surprise she answered with Instagram, and of course it was something so brazenly simple as that. A social media site previously reserved only for my hideous selfies was going to be the vehicle to drive me to my golden ticket. But i’m a writer, and Instagram is for Photos right?

Surprisingly there are tons of apps which allow you to post text in photo format. The app I use for example is Textgram  but there are loads.

God Don't Like UglyI began posting pictures of my writing and of books that I enjoyed my own personal library of novels. There is an entire world of people like me, bookish, fantasy nerds drooling over the next 5 book series. I’ve never been more tickled. So i’m sure this is the part where you ask,

“Hey Noel, didn’t you mention something about an awards ceremony and an Acronym??”


Yes I did….


In following that very simple peace of advice I posted a photo of one of my FAVORITE BOOKS EVER!!!! Its a series actually apparently one I am 2 books shy of completing. The God Don’t Luck Ugly series was one of the very first books I read as an adolescent and the story has stuck with me through adulthood. Without giving too much of the story line away because you definitely SHOULD read it! It follows the trials and struggles of Annette Goode and consequently as a result the life and journey of her best friend Rhoda. The two go through a lot together but always seem to weather the storm. My praises for the book on Instagram of course got me invited to the above mentioned ceremony and what an amazing weekend it will be.Mary Monroe

The African Americans on the Move Book Club was created in February 2008, by Tameka Newhouse; the annual AAMBC Literary Awards was later launched in 2009.  Initially the ceremony was to provide exposure for unknown writers offering acclaim through one of many awards. It has since evolved into a weekend of fellowship for writer’s in each phase of their careers from reading enthusiasts to full fledged Celebrity panels. This year Mary Monroe author of the God Don’t Like Ugly  is being honored which is the primary reason for me going. Omar-Tyree But also in support of fellow philly writer Omar Tyree author of the Flyy Girl series and my own personal favorite the book Diary of a Groupie. It’ll also be pretty amazing to hang out with other writer’s and hopefully I’ll even be able to find a few who write fantasy like I do.

The 2016 AAMBC awards  will be hosted in Atlanta, Ga this year. A great excuse for me to hang out with some family.  If you have yet to buy tickets click here ! They may or may not be sold out

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All That Reunion Coming This April

All That Reunion

It seems the days of reunion shows actually being a reunion of full cast, and a new storyline are over. All That!  will be airing a reunion special on Nickelodeon’s “The Splat” but the show won’t be a happy blend of old faces and new sketches.

The show will be a montage of old footage we’d seen in the 90s. Returning cast; Danny Tamberelli, Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, Josh Severn and Keenan Thompson will have squishy spots on a All That Reunion2couch while discussing all the fun they had when the show first aired.  Sad considering Keenan’s current job is on SNL.

Amanda Bynes was not invited to do the reunion show and reports that she’s too busy focusing on fashion to attend either way.

The series ran from 1994 – 2005 and spawned spin-off shows such as The Amanda Show, Keenan and Kel and The Nick Cannon Show. Reruns of the show can even be found on one of Nick’s many teen targeted channels.

The All That! Reunion Special will be airing on Nickelodeon April 22, 2016

Shemar Moore Leaves Criminal Minds


I watched in awe, partially on the verge of tears as we all said farewell to Agent Derek Morgan of the BAU. He isn’t dead Shemar Moore just left the show.

After 11 seasons of playing the BAU’s hunky chocolate hitter, Shemar Moore bid farewell in the final episode “A Beautiful Disaster”.  The final episode features Derek hunting down the man responsible for shooting his pregnant wife Savannah (special guest star Rochelle Aytes plays Mrs. Morgan).

derek and savannahWeek after week we were prepped for Morgan’s departure, after he was kidnapped and tortured in “Derek” I was just happy he wasn’t killed off. Moore’s final episode aired March 23, 2016, though Morgan is leaving to spend more time with his wife and new son. Moore is leaving the show to puruse new oppurtunities.

The most heartbreaking goodbye, was between him and character Penelope Garcia, who’s friendship has kept us all enamored with the show since it started in 2005. Moore stated in an interview with TV Guide that he’d happily return in some capacity later down the line. Noting his occasional appearances after leaving the soap Young and the Restless.

Did you forget he was on that?

Criminal Minds still comes on CBS Wednesdays @ 9pm. Be sure to also catch the new spin-off Criminal Minds:Beyond Borders which airs just after @ 10pm.

Legends of the Hidden Temple Movie!

Legends of the Hidden Temple

Debuting in 1993, Legends of the Hidden Temple ran for 2 yrs before going off the air. It was later brought back for re-runs on Nickelodeon’s G.A.S. (Games and Sports network).

The action adventure game show revolved around a temple filled with lost treasure; protected by magical menacing Mayan temple guards. Teams of two would complete mental and physical challenges for a chance at tackling the hidden temple and making it out with cash prizes.

The original show; hosted by Kirk Fogg and Dee Bradley Baker as the announcer and voice of Olmec the giant talking head and temple spirit, is making it way back to TV. Legends of the Hidden Temple3Nickelodeon announced around March that they would be airing a “Legends of The Hidden Temple” TV movie starring, Daniel Cudmore, Isabela Moner, Jet Jurgensmeyer. The trio play siblings who break away from a boring temple tour in a jungle. They find themselves faced with real life temple challenges, they have to solve to survive and escape the temple.

Legends of the Hidden Temple is slated to air on Nickelodeon, November 26,2016.

Re-runs of the show occasionally air on Teen Nick’s “The Splat” block which features throwback shows from the 90s.

If you’ll be in the Philadelphia area and would like you Legends fix early be sure to check out the Legends of the Hidden Temple: Adult Game at the Penn Museum

Legends of the Hidden Temple Comes to Philly!


A true 90s kid I spent a lot of my younger days in front of a tv watching Rugrats, Guts and Legends of the Hidden Temple. So of course when I overheard my coworkers talking about an adult version of the show coming to Philly I got really excited. Considered to be a mixture between Jeopardy and Raiders of the Lost Ark Legends of the Hidden Temple was a perfect blend of brains and brawn.

The fact that it’s based on a magical Mayan temple probably piqued the interest of the Penn Museum because April 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., they’ll be hostingLegends of the Hidden Temple - Penn Museum “Legends of the Hidden Temple: Penn Museum Edition.”  Tickets are $20 but are Sold out according to the website.

Staff from the Penn Museum as well as featured guest staff from other local Philadelphia museums will guide guests competing in the memorable teams such as the Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys and Red Jaguars; through physical and mental challenges, all focusing on history of course.

So if you’re free while celebrating the 4/20 holiday and you have a ticket explore your childhood fantasies and check out the Penn Museum.

Be sure to check out Hidden Temple’s TV Movie on Nickelodeon this November

What Does DC Stand For?


Somehow I’ve become the go to person for comic book info. For people who know nothing about comics anyway. So today I was explaining that Batman VS Superman was not also a match up between Captain America and Iron Man.

As I was explaining that the two aren’t related because one is DC Comics and the other is Marvel. I was asked the puzzling question…

What does DC stand for?

I naturally assumed it meant nothing merely a moniker for the company. Until I did a little digging. It turns out that back in 1937 when the comic book company was founded it’s first issue was called “Detective Comics” and therefore initialed DC.

The letters DC appeared as a symbol on the covers of comics produced by National Comics, after a merger between Detective Comics and National Allied Publications. Readers still identified with DC Comics, so the company  adopted the name officially.

Marvel uses “Distinguished Competition” as a parody of the brand. Diamond Comics Distributors has also used the initials DC but as DC is actually copyrighted by DC Comics, Diamond comics officially uses the initials DCD.

So now I can go back on Monday and tell my coworkers that I was wrong; unlike our company DC is not a play on words, nor is it a clever bit of random. It’s actually an homage to the rich history of the brand, when Batman and Superman still pretended to be mild mannered.

He then asked which company had  Justice League, that’d be score one for DC! Boom! #TeamDC #LovesHarley

What did you think DC stood for?



Fiction News – Cursed Child Update!!!

The play’s official synopsis released in October 2015,

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes Harry Potter Cursed Child  - Primaryfrom unexpected places.”

Last month it was announced that both parts of the stage play’s script would be released in print and digital formats as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II. It will receive a first edition, entitled “Special Rehearsal Edition”, corresponding to the preview shows and will be published on July 31, 2016 both Harry and J.K. Rowling’s birthday.

Despite a flood of request from her fans, J.K. Rowling has made it clear she at present is not interested in turning the play into a movie. She has advertised however, that Fantastic Beast set to open in November 2016, will be a trilogy.

The Cursed Child is officially the eighth book in the Harry Potter canon and will be released in two versions: a Special Rehearsal Edition using the script performed in the play’s previews, before being replaced later by a Definitive Collector’s Edition.

This will be the first tale in the Harry Potter series not to be actually written by J.K. Rowling. The two-part play was actually written by Jack Thorne, although it was based on an original idea by Rowling, Thorne and the stage play’s director John Tiffany. Harry Potter Cursed Child  - Primary2

The leads of our original three Hogwarts alum have already been chosen. Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni has been chosen as Hermione alongside, The History Boys’ Jamie Parker as Harry Potter and and Les Miserables actor Paul Thornley as Ron.

The play will receive its world premiere at London’s Palace Theatre on July 31, 2016

Seven child actors will alternate across the leading roles to play the younger counterparts for those adult roles already announced.

The cast is a mix of seasoned and amateur actors.