Q&A WITH TONY ROSE, AUTHOR OF
"THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN AMERICAN GHETTO BOY"
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN AMERICAN GHETTO BOY
FROM THE PROJECTS TO NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER
BY TONY ROSE
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Tony Rose Interview Questions
Let’s start off with your younger self. What are a few of your “positive” memories you have growing up?
I do not have any positive memories of growing up in the Whittier Street Housing Projects, in Roxbury (Boston) Mass. I began working when I was six years old to feed my family, my father when he was out of jail was a notorious pimp, gangster and murderer, who proudly worked for the New England Mafia and my mother was a child abuser.
As I've stated in my book, America The Black Point of View: An Investigation and Study of The White People of America and Western Europe & The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy - The 1950's and 1960's - From the Projects to NAACP Image Award Winner, Volume One (AmberBooks),ISBN#978-1-937269-50-0 / ISBN#978-1-937269-50-0 - www.theblackpointofview.com, I wrote about what it was like for a child and young teenager to grow up in the real ghetto, the projects, and come from a dysfunctional and violent family where contrary to what poor Black people are always depicted as; there was no God, no church on Sunday, no marching with Martin Luther King, Jr., and no singing in the church choir.
"So on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve, we would all be together, sitting at the table, the adults at the big table, the kids at the little kids’ table, and make believe that Grandma aka “The Creature”, had not put cousin Phillip’s head through a wall and that Doctor Trays had not been called and that my cousin had not suffered a severe trauma from that, and that, some people had said, something had happened to him and made him a little slow mentally because of that; That Grandma aka “The Creature” had not severely beaten and destroyed her son turning him into an insane maniac, serial rapist, and attempted murderer, who had tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head, blinding himself for life and had served eleven years in Bridgewater State Hospital Prison, blind; That my cousin Roberta wasn't sitting there with a silver plate in her head because her mother had attempted to kill her; That I wasn't sitting there being mentally and physically abused and destroyed by my mother aka “The Monster”; That my sister wasn't sitting there being mentally abused and sexually confused by her mother; That my cousin Cornell wasn't being mentally and physically abused and destroyed by his mother; That my Aunt no matter how beautiful, funny, loud and opinionated she was, wasn't a raging alcoholic; That the nice man sitting there from 1962 through 1977, smiling and high out of his mind, wasn't a murderer who had served twelve years in Bridgewater State Prison Hospital; That my mother’s career as a classical pianist had not been destroyed and now she was on welfare living in the projects and abusing her children; That my Aunt’s singing and college career (she had been going to the Boston Conservatory for Music when the crime spree occurred) had been destroyed and now she was on welfare living in the projects and abusing her children.
The man who didn't know what was going on in his own house, aka Papa; the child abuser aka “The Creature” aka Grandma; the child abuser aka “The Monster” aka mother; the alcoholic aka auntie; the child abuser aka the attempted murderer aka Auntie; the serial rapist, aka the attempted murderer, aka robber, aka home invader aka armed robber aka Uncle; the murderer aka Step-Father; the abused Children aka the Parents; the abused Grandchildren aka the Cousins; all products and children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, great-great-great grandchildren of that slave from Sierra Leone. Products of that sexually, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually beaten, raped and destroyed American Black Slave Woman from West Africa.
And if I tell you that this was just another normal Black ghetto family, would you believe it? Well believe it. We were just another normal ghetto family and I was just another American Ghetto Boy, a product of American Black Slavery."
I wrote America the Black Point of View to show how White racism and White supremacy affected the lives of the people I lived and grew up with. Also as a study of the White People of America and Western Europe and their genetic ability to hate people who are different than them, and I also had wondered if there had ever been a study based on the White People of America.
Tell me more about growing up in Roxbury, Massachusetts. What are some of the strongest memories you have from the Whittier Street Housing Projects?
The Rapes, Killings, deep un-abridged relentless Poverty, Hunger and Abuse are my strongest memories from living in the Whittier Street Housing Projects. As I stated in my books America the Black Point of View and The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy(Amber Books) ISBN # 978-1-937269-52-4 - www.theghettoboy.com .
"I was born on the Planet Earth, a place of great water and oceans, where all life on Earth had come from. I am an air breather, who can no longer breathe underwater or anywhere outside of this planet, in this Solar System, except in this planet’s atmosphere, with something called gravity, on a land mass, a continent called North America, in a place called the United States of America, at Boston City Hospital, in a town called, Roxbury, the colored part of Boston, Massachusetts, the ghetto; where violence, liquor stores, crime, heroin, welfare, pimps, gangsters, hustlers, serial killers, drug addicts, rapists, murderers prevailed and lived alongside college educated, bourgeois, middle class lawyers, doctors, school teachers, and good black working people and families.
It looked a lot like a small village, but it was a ghetto full of Black people some doing real good, most doing real bad. Just like in the days of slavery, living in the slave quarters was set up the same as living in the ghetto. Some slaves did real good, but most slaves did and lived real bad. Those that did real good usually had some dealings with the White man, usually the plantation owner and worked in the main or big house, tending to household duties or the owner’s children or tended to the white man’s other property like his horses and specialized in carpentry and other building, farming or plantation skills and were usually the plantation owner’s children of slaves or in-bred lighter skinned slaves.
The ones who did real bad were the slaves that were worked to death, the do or die slave, the menial worker slave, the cotton, tobacco, and farm field hand slave and they were the majority. They were the workers and they made the plantation owner wealthy. They were usually darker skinned slaves and were treated badly by everyone, slave owner and the so called house slaves alike.
But all the slaves had one thing in common, they all had to live in slave row, they all had to live together, in a ghetto of sorts and so they formed a hierarchy of those who did well and those who did not do well, with the lighter skinned slaves lording it over the darker skinned slaves and the darker skinned slaves hating the lighter skinned slaves. In other words, the plantation owner treated the lighter skinned slaves with some leniency and kindness and the darker skinned slaves as mules and so the lighter skinned slaves treated the darker skinned slaves the same as the owner and his family did, and kept the darker skinned slaves in line by telling the owner of any uprisings, or discontent, or any bad talk a field slave might have or feel towards his or her enslavement.
It was a perfect situation for the owner because a slave could not trust another slave with his or her life, none of them had any power, but the lighter skinned slave had power over the darker skinned slave and neither trusted the other. It followed the Willie Lynch letter to the tee and inside that slave ghetto, the white man wasn't the only one doing the raping. There was in-breeding, incest, the strong preying on the weak and the weak finding ways to survive. There were gay slaves, pedophile slaves, crazy slaves, evil slaves and jealous slaves; anytime you have a lot of people thrown together in an uncompromising situation all the vices available are going to happen. The whole plantation, Southern and American way of life was corrupted. The system of slavery was so evil, that everyone Black and White was tainted by the excess of sexual and immoral behavior.
Unlike the films that I mentioned in America the Black Point of View:The Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe,The Birth of A Nation, which portrayed Black Americans as sexual deviants and corrupted individuals and Gone With The Wind which portrayed slaves as always thinking about and worried about white people’s happiness. The truth is somewhere in between, white people had corrupted black people with their own White sense of corruption and deviancy, and black people who had no sense of hope or power, used whatever means they could to survive.
It’s really simple, the strong preyed on the weak, the same as White America preys on its weak, uneducated and poor people. We are all children of those slaves, we are all, Black and White, children of those slaves. We are all part of America’s horrors, its wars, its poverty, its perversions, its corruption, its hypocrites, its politicians, its slaves. We are all children of the slaves that America made in its image. Its weak, uneducated, poor, corrupted and vile children.
Well, the ghettos of America are pretty much run and made that way, with the even poorer and more destitute and undesirable colored people being thrown together in places that were even below the ghetto levels of poverty, they are called the projects, and most of the families and people are poor and on welfare. So now you have tens of millions of Black people across the United States living on top of one another in high rise or low rise buildings, all poor, Black, destitute, on welfare, with no jobs, no hope, no self-respect, living in death and violence, and no love for one another, living together all lumped up in a ghetto and housing project."
I had the opportunity to listen to your interview on the Joe Madison Show. You were quoted saying “the white man is the greatest mass murderer, serial killer, and rapist ever on the face of this earth”. Can you elaborate on your statement?
In my new book An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe-(AmberBooks)ISBN#13-978-1937269487-ISBN#10-1937269485 www.theinvestigationofwhitepeople.com, I write that:
"Every person and country of color in the entire world hates the name, "The White Man". Every person and country of color hates "The White Man". Whenever "The White Man" has gone into countries of color, he has brought death, disease, rape, murder, massacres, prostitution, lies, stealing, enslavement, extinction, land theft, terrorism, his white Jesus religion, and much, much worse.
“The White Man” is a ridiculous, ignorant, dangerous and murderous person who doesn't know that everyone in the world laughs at his need for greed, world conquest and power. While all the time, dragging around the world his white, blonde, blue eyed Jesus. Praying to a white Jesus and a white God, when everyone knows that Jesus was a first century Hebrew from Judea, a Middle Easterner Levantine, who was a man of “brown complexion and lank, wooly hair", and that God who is everywhere and everything has no color. Yet “The White Man” will fight, kill and die for this ignorant, laughable belief and pray to a God and Jesus he thinks is in his white image.
Africans in Africa and African Americans in the United States of America especially hate the name, "The White Man", and especially hate "The White Man" and "The White Man" knows why. That's why "The White Man" of America and Western Europe lives in fear, hate and distrust of African Americans and people of color throughout the world.
For hundreds of years, Black people have lived with so much terror, terrorism and racism from “The White Man” in the United States of America, thatthe World Trade Center, 9/11, although horrific, was nothing in comparison to the terror that has been imposedby “The White Man” on our African forefathers and African Americans throughout the history of America.
The countries and people of color in the Middle East, Asia, South East Asia, Africa, India, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, the Native People of North and South America, the Aborigines of Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, the Eskimos or Inuit people, the Hawaiian Islands, all hate the name "The White Man" and all hate "The White Man" who came to their countries with their wars, death, disease, racism and prejudice, lies, terrorism, religion, guns and weapons and pillaged, raped, enslaved, murdered, belittled their culture and stole their land.
I've been told that a lot of younger "White Men" don't know, don't understand what all the commotion is about in America with Black Lives Matter and around the world. Their history books in high school tell them that "The White Man" is privileged and powerful and has only brought good and heroic values to the world, and that the world that should love them, is just jealous of them.
They don't seem to understand why Black Lives Matter in America and what that is about. Well don't worry! This book will tell you why and what your father, your grandfather, your great-grandfather, your great-great grandfather, your great-great-great grandfather, and so on did to Native Americans, Africans and African Americans in Africa, the United States of America, Western Europe and people of color throughout the world.
This book will tell you why “The White Man” should cleanse himself and remove the stigma, stain horror and disgrace of his name “The White Man” forever, into perpetuity, by beginning the process of calling himself what he is, a “European American Man”. But, he won't because what “The White Man” name represents to him is power and white privilege over the Black and colored masses of the world.
As I was watching "The White Man" of America cry over the two thousand nine hundred and seventy-seven people killed at the World Trade Center, the one hundred and thirty people killed in Paris and the fourteen people killed in San Bernardino. I was wondering if "The White Man" had cried over the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of African and African Americans he terrorized, enslaved, brutally killed, raped, murdered, pillaged, stole from, segregated, red-lined, ghettoized, performed institutional racism and intergenerational poverty on for over five hundred years, emotionally and physically destroyed a whole culture. I wondered did "The White Man" cry for the destroyed families and the mass selling of tens of millions of brutally whipped, beaten and raped Black Slaves in America.
I wondered did "The White Man" cry when he watched his government of the United States of America through acts of Congress parcel out and give millions and millions and millions of acres of land, free and superior education, agriculture and subsidies in the north, south, West and the Midwest to its white peasants and immigrants from Europe. Underwriting "The White Man" of America, with bank loans and an economic floor plan that lasts to this day, while giving nothing, absolutely nothing to its poor Black masses, except ghettos, projects and prison. Did you cry then?"
I know this may be a far off question, but how do you think America will look if Donald Trump (today’s elitist) is actually voted in as the next President of the United States?
In my new book An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe (Amber Books) ISBN # 13 - 978-1937269487 - ISBN # 10 - 1937269485 - www.theinvestigationofwhitepeople.com, I write that:
"Donald Trump, currently running for President of the United States of America, is the epitome of "The White Man's", white privilege and power in America. He is a throwback to every "White Man" who terrorized, demoralized, massacred, enslaved, raped, abused, and destroyed every Native American and African American in Africa and America.
He is what every "White Man" in America wants to be again. They, "The White Man", want America back so that they are free to keep all the colored people in their place. Free to be cruel harbingers of racism and prejudice. Free to take away every right, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans have lived, fought and died for in the tens of millions to get. Free to make America "The White Man's" domicile and round up, keep in our place, deport, destroy, keep jobless, poor, and begging to our so-called white masters and free to be politically incorrect.
These ignorant white people actually believe that Donald Trump cares about them and will make America white for “The White Man” again and when Donald J. Trump becomes the President of the White People of the United States of America, he damn well will do all that for “The White Man” and much, much, more.
Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan is a call to all racists and White Supremacist that he will take America back to the good old days of White oppression and terrorism. He the great Donald Trump will ‘Make America Great Again’ for “The White Man”.
Donald Trump is a wealthy, stupid, racist, greedy, evil, vicious, fat, ignorant, white bully, who has little regard for anybody, much less African Americans, and if elected will prey upon the weakest and poorest of men. He is a man born to great privilege and wealth, who is selling himself as a man of the white people of America. He is ready to be their leader, much as Hitler was ready to lead the white people of Germany.
He is saying what "The White Man" in America secretly wishes and wants, much like Hitler did in Germany, which is to dominate and control the world with his White Supremacist views and subjugate all the people of color in it.
"The White Man" has been responsible since they crawled out of Greece and Rome for wars that have brought suffering and death to countless trillions of people on earth. But, there was no greater mass murderer and serial killer than Adolph Hitler, who much like Donald Trump is preying on the lower middle class of America, preyed upon the lower middle class Aryan white people of Germany; telling them to take their country back, to make Germany great again, and led them to the slaughter and destruction of hundreds of millions of people all over the world, including themselves.
And now right here in America, Hitler has been reborn in the form of a wealthy white privileged, German immigrant scion, "White Man", named Donald Trump and the white media can't get enough of him, thinking he is just some harmless asshole.
If elected President of the United States of America he will bring more death, destruction, poverty, abuse and terrorism to untold millions of Black people and people of color in this country and around the world. This is secretly, under the covers, in the night, what "The White Man" of America really wants. He will keep his promise to “The White Man” and along with America’s white police force, keep the Black ghettos and projects of America under siege and terrorized."
In the wake of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Freddy Gray, what advice would you give to young men and women of color, regardless of socioeconomic status in 2016.
As I stated in my book, The Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe,www.theinvestigationofwhitepeople.com.
WHITE AMERICA DEMONIZES AFRICAN AMERICANS AS ANIMALS JUST SO THEY CAN PRACTICE RACISM, SEGREGATION, DISCRIMINATION, INEQUALITY, POLICE INJUSTICE, POLITICAL INJUSTICE AND ECONOMIC INJUSTICE AGAINST BLACK AMERICANS.
"Most poor African American children who live in or come from the real projects and ghettos of America, like Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, St. Louis, Boston and hundreds of other American cities need psychiatric help for PTSD, depression, and mental illness. I believe there is no difference between the children living in the housing projects or ghettos of America than soldiers going off to war in World War One, World War Two, Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan.
Most poor people living in ghettos and housing projects live in a shell-shocked world where violence is an everyday occurrence, where death is common, where the most horrific aspects of sex and violence are synonymous with everyday living. When a White child commits atrocities in America it must be because he fell through the cracks and didn't get the mental help he so deserved. When a Black child commits horrific crimes and murder, it’s because he’s black and by birth is a brutal animal and gets life and forever in jail, where his or her abuse and life continues to be one long night in hell.
The White man taught us everything we know. How to disrespect ourselves, our women, our culture and our communities. How to kill each other, how to disrespect each other, how to hate each other, how to be jealous of each other, how to not support one another, how to be afraid of one another.
After 350 years of having to live with white people, we have become just like them in the way that they treated us, so do we treat one another. And that’s why our Black ghettos, our communities are so full of hate. We sell each other drugs and death in the housing projects and in the ghetto. We are living the way the white man has made us in his image. Full of hate and loathing for one another, killing each other slowly with drugs, painfully with humiliation, and fast with guns and violence.
Every African American who was born, raised or has lived more than five years in the real projects or real urban or rural ghettos of America suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Every African American who lived through segregation in the south suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Every African American who lived through segregation in the north suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Every African American who marched for their civil rights in the south and north suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Every slave in the south or north suffered from Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Every African American slave who was freed and walked to freedom in the south suffered from Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder. Every African American who lived through segregation in the south suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Every former slave who lived through reconstruction in the south suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Every African American, slave or otherwise who has lived or lives in White America to this very day, this very minute, this very second suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and needs professional help. And that would include me.
Hundreds and hundreds of millions of African Slaves and African Americans have lived for the last three hundred and sixty-five years in America, being terrorized, living in trauma, humiliated and hated by White Americans and suffered and still suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has like intergenerational poverty, been passed down from generation to generation, it is a serious cultural and mental flaw and needs to be addressed by America.
If anyone needs proof of this, then you need look no further than our urban cities and prisons where millions of African Americans destroy one another every day in many horrendous and violent ways. Tens of thousands of inner city Black People in every major American City are self-medicating themselves with heroin, crack, cocaine, marijuana and alcohol. The drugs are provided by the……and take your pick… the Government, the CIA, the Mafia, the Columbian Cartel, the Mexican Cartel, the White man, the drug man, the boogieman and the corner man. All of these entities are trying to destroy you and the community, all because you are poor, angry, helpless, homeless, jobless, no real money, no hope, no nothing. You got just enough to pay for your drugs and stay poor, black, hungry and angry, with nothing.
The thing is, at this point, is everyone who works or is trying to help people in the ghetto is suffering from PTSD and that would include the cops, the firemen, the paramedics, the community hospital health workers, the welfare system, and the city government. Everyone in or close to the ghetto has now become mentally and emotionally disabled.
But as the old laws against education for black people stated, “The White system needs a slave work force, and Black people are it”. The prison system needs a criminal work force, and you're it. When you don't have an education or skill everyone profits except you. When you're in court everyone is making money, except you. When you're in prison, everyone is making money, except you. When you don't have an education or skill, everyone is making money, except you. The only thing you can do is work a slave job for minimum wages and be poor for the rest of your life or you can make money the street way and go to jail and or die violently.
Those are your choices when you are born and raised and live more than seventeen years in the housing projects or ghetto. When you don't have some type of job skill or education at something that somebody wants, those are your choices and remember rapping is not a job. Becoming a musician, playing piano or guitar can be a job and you can make money with those skills.
But rapping is not a job, and won't make you any money unless you can find a manager, an attorney, a publicist, an agent, a record company, a distributor and sell two million cd’s and everybody in the world, promoters, agents, managers, record company makes real money off of you, and maybe some of that money will trickle down to you. On your next million seller you might make a lot of money unless you owe your manager, agent, record company even more money and then you will still make nothing.
So unless you are very lucky, your best bet is to get a scholarship, get an education or go into the military from high school while you're still working out life, unless you've already fucked up and didn't graduate or got locked up for doing something stupid, and now you have a felony and can't do shit. Those are your choices when you come from the real ghetto, from the real projects.
My advice is to simply stop doing stupid shit. Learn what’s real, don't terrorize and disrespect your own community, your own brothers and sisters by selling them drugs and committing crimes against your own community, and don't forget, if you do crack or heroin or drugs like that, you will never get out. A drug addict can't live no more than five miles from his or her drug dealer and once again the white man will have you, since he’s the one providing your drug dealer with the drugs so that you can be addicted. He’s the one putting the crack pipe, zig zag papers and alcohol in the community so you can do some crime, commit a felony and get sent to prison where you can be a slave of the state for 3-5, 5-10, 10-20 or 20-life and then you will never get out, even if you're out you will live in poverty and be a slave hustling in the ghetto for the rest of your life, until you die violently or slowly.
Go to school, and no matter what, get some type of education or skill. If you are not going on to college, community college or have no academic or athletic scholarship to a University and you are seventeen or eighteen years old, you can still go into the United States Air Force, Navy, or Marines, and get out of the ghetto. Stop living off of your mother or grandmother and grow up while you get paid in the military. But get the fuck up out of the projects, the ghetto, they are death traps. Join the military, learn a job skill, meet a lot of girls, travel around the world and get paid while you are figuring it all out.
So, because I come from the real projects, the real ghetto, I can tell you this. Don't let the White system define you, don't let the ghetto define you, don't let the projects define you. Don't let them lock you in and have you thinking that the streets are your life, that, that corner defines you and you are locked in to poverty for the rest of your life. You can get out, you can escape, don't let those White people laws of red-lining and segregation define you. Segregation and red-lining still exists, but don't let it define you. Fight, be the hard bad-motherfucker you think you are, break out, before they trap you with a felony and then you can't go anywhere.
As I write about in my book, The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy, I was eighteen years old on the verge of stepping up to my first felony, gun in hand, and a voice whispered to me that I had been graduated from high school by a man who said I just had to swim four laps at the Boys Club, and that I didn't have to be at my mother’s house anymore, that I didn't have to be in a gang anymore, that I didn't have to do crime anymore, that I could leave now. Then, God took my hand and rode with me on the bus down to the United States Air Force recruiting office and I began my journey out.
Remember this, the odds are that you are average, nothing special yet, because you have not defined yourself. The odds are that you don't have any money, no academic or athletic scholarship, can't get into college because you don't have the grades. You can't really rap or sing that good, no job, no real father, no real mother, no real education, no real social skills. You get high too much, you drink too much alcohol, you have no real girlfriends, just some sex, you're going nowhere and you're sixteen, seventeen, eighteen or nineteen. The solution isn't the drug game, that’s the White man’s trap. The solution is to get out.
The solution isn't crime, that’s the White man’s trap so he can send you to prison to be his slave. The solution isn't being sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one and terrorizing your community with your presence, that’s the White man’s trap to define you and keep you in poverty. The solution is to use the White man and his system and go to Community College and get an education and get some skills that can take you to the next level or go into the Military and have the United States of America pay for your education or job skill, and educate yourself with a skill that somebody will want and pay for.
What happens in the poor black communities of America where I am from is a form of genocide, suicide if you will. Where because of the daily, hourly, struggle to survive, to eat, to pay rent, to pay bills, to raise children in poverty, in fear, no jobs, and the degradation of being black and poor in America causes one to embrace the horrors of heroin, crack cocaine, weed and alcohol, which all live side by side with you in the form of liqueur stores and your community drug dealers who prey upon you day and night, and have the power to corrupt and destroy whole neighborhoods with prostitution, rape, petty and violent crimes.
They get their heroin, crack cocaine, weed and alcohol from the White man. The needles to shoot heroin come from the White man, the pipe used to smoke crack comes from the White man, the alcohol comes from the White man’s liquor store, the papers and apparatus used to smoke weed come from the White man’s stores. None of these items, the needles, the pipe, the papers, the alcohol, nor the liquor stores are owned by Black people or manufactured in the poor urban Black communities.
In fact, no one seems to know where the crack pipe is manufactured or how it miraculously appears in every Black community in America. Every major Black community in every poor Black city, town and village in America is surrounded by and under siege by liquor stores and drug dealers. They turn our children into alcoholics and drug and crack addicts, every day, across the country, from Boston to Los Angeles, by the thousands, every day."
Congratulations on your NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. What was going through your mind once you'd learned you won?
It was a moment of great pride and honor that I and my company (Amber Books) had won an NAACP Image Award for having published Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons-A Dialogue with America's Young Leaders by Gregory J. Reed, Esq. (Amber Books) ISBN # 978-1-937269-38-8 www.amberbooks.com, a book of enormous historic importance based on letters African American students and children wrote to President Barack Obama and his replies. I thanked God for the moment, for the Award, and for the strength, courage and wisdom, to always attempt to do my best in furthering the reality and education of African American people.
I read in Chapter 4 of your book “America: The Black Point of View” your admiration for the entire Obama family. The amount of bravery it took to run for President has been unmatched. Do you think we will ever see a President of his caliber during our lifetime?
No, President Barack Obama and The First Lady of the United States of America are very unique people who were born to be who they are. They are and were the first and you will never see them again. But, there is another out there.
Yes, she or he is out there right now. He or She is 25-35 years old and might be involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. She or he is very political and has a degree or degrees and is serving in the United States Congress or has served in the State Legislation or Senate. We will see another African American President in our lifetime.
As the CEO of Amber Communications Group, you are privy to an amazing amount of self-help books and music biographies. What have been some of your favorites? And what are some topics you'd like to see more of?
All of them. We have published some great books, that seem to resound with people from across the world and are always looking for manuscripts and books that can enhance and enlighten our African American journey in America. Some of the titles we have proudly published or written are:
An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe; The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy; America the Black Point of View - An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe & The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy - The 1950's and 1960's - From the Projects to NAACP Image Award Winner, Volume One; Yoga Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African American Community-If You Can Breathe, You Can Do Yoga and Find Inner and Outer Peace-The Ultimate Yoga Book for Beginners and the Young at Heart; Lady Gaga: Born to Be Free; Beyonce'-Before the Legend: The Rise of Beyonce' and Destiny's Child, The Early Years; Kanye West-Before the Legend: The Rise of Kanye West and the Chicago Rap & R&B Scene, The Early Years; Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue with America's Young Leaders; The African American Criminal Justice Guide-Staying Alive and Out of Jail; The African American Scholarship Guide-Thousands of Scholarships and Grants for African American Students; The African American Employment Guide-Finding and keeping a Job; Ageless Beauty: The Ultimate Skincare and Makeup Book for Women and Teens of Color; The Revised Second Edition-Is Modeling For You? The Handbook and Guide for the Young Aspiring African American Model; Tom Joyner Presents: How To Prepare For College; African Americans and the Future of New Orleans; Beautiful Black Hair - Real Solutions To Real Problems; The African American Family’s Guide to Tracing Our Roots; The Afro-Centric Bride - A Style Guide; African American History In The United States of America, An Anthology-From Africa To President Barack Obama, Volume One; Born Beautiful: The African American Teenagers Complete Beauty Guide; The African American Guide to Real Estate Investing; Lil Wayne: An Unauthorized Biography; Jay Z and The Roc-A-Fella Records Dynasty; How To Get Rich When You Ain't Got Nothing: The African American Guide To Obtaining and Building Wealth; Pay Yourself First: The African American Guide to Financial Success and Security; Aaliyah – An R & B Princess in Words & Pictures; Destiny’s Child: The Complete Story; God Made Dirt: The Life and Times of Ol' Dirty Bastard; Memoirs of a Superfreak – The Confessions of Rick James; and Before the Legend: The Rise of New Kids On The Block and....A Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years; Eminem and the Detroit Rap Scene: White Kid in a Black Music World; Amy Winehouse: Too Young To Die...Too Old To Live and Nicki Minaj: The Woman Who Stole the World.
Please share with us, what is a “day in the life of Tony Rose” look like?
Thoughtful, prayerful, spiritual, physical and emotional. I live and sleep in a constant state of thought!
What other projects do you have in the works?
Many, and hopefully they are all somewhat worthwhile. Since we live in a digital, global world. I'm constantly thinking about how to make things work and sell better and faster to an international market.
Tony Rose, was born in Roxbury, (Boston) Massachusetts and raised in the Whittier Street Housing Projects. He is an NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature, the Publisher and CEO of Amber Communications Group, Inc., the nation’s largest African American Publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies and the 2013 44th Annual NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature (Youth/Teens) for the title, Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue for America’s Young Leaders (Amber Books) by Gregory J. Reed, Esq.
Rose is the editor of numerous books and the co-writer of the national bestseller, Is Modeling For You? The Handbook and Guide For The Young Aspiring Black Model, written with Yvonne Rose, and has penned the critically acclaimed, international best-seller, Before the Legend: The Rise of New Kids On The Block and A Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years.
He has written, compiled, edited and published, the award winning, international best-seller, African American History In The United States of America—An Anthology—From Africa To President Barack Obama, Volume One, a Top Ten Best African American Book and has recently written the critically acclaimed, international best-seller, non-fiction book of the year and a Top Ten Best Black Book of 2015, America the Black Point of View—An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe & The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy—The 1950’s and 1960’s—From the Projects to NAACP Image Award Winner, Volume One.
And has recently re-vised into a separate book An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe and also re-vised into a separate bookThe Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy.
Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO
Amber Communications Group, Inc.,
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