Monday, December 29, 2014

Special Edition: "Until's Book of the Week


Hey everyone! Remember me? That’s right, it’s me, Until. I know its been a minute, and I’m sorry I left you hanging but I had to take an abrupt hiatus to deal with life for a second and put the finishing touches on a long awaited dream of mine, and make it back to share it with you.

Now, I’ve been giving you “Until’s Book of the Week” on the radio and in the California Crusaders Newspaper (CCN), for a good two years and I have to say, although I’ve enjoyed sharing them all; however, this one, is near and dear to my heart. Well, what’s so special about this one you ask? 
This time, the “Until’s Book of the Week” is introducing yours truly, me. Black Swan Publishing presents, my very first poetry edition, I Just Want to Write! Hooray! Aren’t you proud of me?
I Just Want to Write is a collection of my poems and essays created to imprint the journey of my love affair with the three P’s; pen, paper and pencil. Which illustrates my dreams, ambitions and desires; with hopes of inspiring, encouraging and uplifting all who will read it. 

 I Just Want to Write, is my soul inscribed for all to bear. If you would like to purchase my book please visit my website at www.untilnomore.net and please keep an eye out for my line of greeting cards come January called Simple Treasures. Until next time, keep reading, especially, my book. *Smile*

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tom Benedict Knight


By Quanda R. Graves 
Tom Benedict Knight is by far the most fun guy I think I’ve ever interviewed. He’s bright, positively upbeat and so alive. If you don’t know who Tom Knight is, it won’t take long. He first busted on the scene in 2011in the movie Kick Ass 2 and then Dracula Untold which is a great movie by the way. Tom also played the role of Dash, the younger brother and fellow escapologist  along side  Oscar winner Adrien Brody in a four-hour miniseries called Houdini, which was aired on Labor Day.

Tom then took everyone by storm when he took the starring role of the movie called God the Father of a true story which is about a reformed Mob Boss, Michael Franzese; Which is safe to say the uncanny look between the two, why wouldn’t he play that role, right? He says that he was blown away when he got the part and Tom tells me that it was such a wonderful experience because he was on set with him everyday. He also expressed at one point while on the set he realized he was in the same studio as Iceman, to be apart of this was just Wow, as well as a little eerie. God the Father came out October 31st and Tom received rave reviews.

Tom is an amazing talent and I also found out something so cool about him. I found that one of the quirky yet crazily amazing things about Tom is that he is a chameleon of being able to do thirty one, yes, you heard me, thirty-one accents in a single take. Don’t believe me, check out his Youtube channel. I had the pleasure of hearing a couple. It’s truly a wowing experience. How can he do that? Right?!

I asked Tom what’s next for him and he simply replied with  “just to keep getting better.” His favorite pass time is spending it with family and working out.  As you can see Tom Benedict Knight has already grabbed our hearts. Would you like to find out more about Tom Benedict Knight? Google him. Follow him on https://twitter.com/tom_b_knight.

***This article has been published in California Crusaders Newspaper in Volume 26-No. 49 in issue December 4th - December 10th of 2014; www.calcrusnews.com.

****This article has been published on the London Flair PR website; http://londonflairprnews.com/2014/12/11/tom-benedict-knights-feature-interview-for-the-california-crusader-newspaper/


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mem Ferda and Plastic


by Quanda R. Graves


Mem Ferda. Reserved but very powerful is always how he strikes me whenever we speak. The last time I spoke with him, he had just finished the following films, such as Devils Double, Pusher and a little after, Ill Manors. Since then, Mem has not missed a beat. Now he is back again to not only wow you but have you probably root for the bad guy as he play’s the role of Tariq in his new movie called PLASTIC, directed Julian Gilbey. 


This movie is based on true events as it tells a thrilling story of a group of students who become involved in credit card fraud in order to supplement their incomes. Things get out of hand when they unknowingly take the money of a big crime boss and then, the ride begins. Tariq, the right hand man is out to get them. Mem, said he really enjoyed playing this character.


Mem has a lot of projects in the works, films such as Breakdown, Dirty Money, Hyena, and My Hero scheduled for 2014 to 2015 releases. Mem is even working on a book however, he explains he’s not nearly finished but he will be.  I asked Mem, “with all of that you have going on is there ever time to play as hard as you work?” He replies with, oddly enough the older you get, the more you want to do and the more selfish you become with your time.

So, I then asked Mem, what is your favorite pass time? He says, going to the movies, theatre, designing websites, playing classical guitar, photography and going to the gym to work out. As you can see Mem is into everything, and he’s not going to slow down at seems like; and what a nice guy.

To see the movie PLASTIC, view now on Netflix and to learn more about Mem Ferda please go to his website at www.memferda.com
This article has been published in California Crusaders Newspaper on September 27, 2014.
http://calcrusnews.com/?utm_source=9-25-2014&utm_campaign=California+Crusader+Newspaper&utm_medium=email 

This article has been published on London Flair PR's website; http://londonflairprnews.com/?s=mem+ferda

Thursday, September 25, 2014

From God for Women Shared by Until...


This is the last book that I came across while I was in Washington D.C. the book is called “Promises From God for Women” and it was compiled by Wilma Le Roux and Lynette Douglas and designed by Christian Art Gifts.

 I have not read this book yet but when I skimmed through it I found some of these subjects; anxiety, blessings, compassion, confidence, contentment, courage, encouragement, faith, family, fatigue, finances, friends, forgiveness, God and much more.
I’m kind of interested see what it’s all about because some of those topics are very important to me and I most definitely need to see what promises God has for me as woman. I don’t know if you guys care about the feel, smell or the look of books like I do but this one has a leather fuchsia cover and feels good to the touch which makes it even more appealing to want to read. Anyway just thought you should know. LOL! 

So, if you have or read this already please contact me to let me know if this book has been a blessing to you, how and why. If you want to know more about this book please visit website, www.christianbook.com

Have a great week and remember to seek Him and you shall find what ever it is you’re looking for.

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The Help Reviewed by Quanda R. Graves (Until)


 Let’s discuss the book that everyone is talking about; The Help written by Kathryn Stockett. The motion picture about the book was just released August 10th of 2011 and already like the book, it has gotten MAJOR buzz. Now, long before I heard of the movie a few of my friends (none of them knowing each other) were reading this book and they were ranting and raving about it. Though I have not read it yet I can’t wait to read it, however I am going to see the film, as well. You know usually the book is more extensive which is why I want both perspectives.

I was reading about the author and found that she was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and her family had a black maid named Demetrie whom she loved very much, which has a lot to do with how and why this book came about. Very interesting. 

For those who’ve read, now reading the book or saw the movie please contact me with your thoughts, I’d love to hear them because though this book has gotten rave reviews it has also sparked a bit of controversy; “A white woman in 2008—and a southern white woman at that writing in the voice of two African American maids?” Hmmm. You never know your comments/thoughts might just be posted on “Until’s Book of the Week Advertising Facebook Page.”

If you would like to know more about the author Kathryn Stockett and her very first novel entitled, The Help, please go to www.kathrynstockett.com.  Remember to contact me at www.calcrusnews.com and also by visiting just in case you don’t know you can check out my new latest podcast on my book review page. Until next time, I’ll be reading and so should you.

Kisses, hugs and ladybugs!

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Sailcloth (Oscar Buzz) By Quanda R. Graves


I had an amazing opportunity to see a short film that was about seventeen minutes long with NO dialogue. All I had was a film that commanded my attention, drawing me in emotionally to feel everything that they persuaded me to feel. The film was written and directed by Elfar Adalstein and produced by his production company Beserk Films; and for this film he teamed up with one of UK’s most legendary actors, John Hurts.

Sailcloth is a story of an elderly widower (John Hurts) who begins a journey to disappear from a nursing home. To me, I really enjoyed Sailcloth and I thought it was beautifully captivating yet sad and freeing. I wasn’t able to interview Mr. Adalstein by phone or in person however I got the chance to forward my questions to him and he in turn sent me back the answers and once you read his answers you will most definitely like see the film, meet him and get to know him. I know I do. Please find my Q/A sheet below:
 
    1. How did you come about this story? Where did it come from?The idea came to me a year after my grandfather died. It spun around the idea of the sheets that kept him down in his nursing-home-bed would become his means of escape.
    
    2. Was John Hurts the first person that came to mind when getting ready to develop this story? Yes. I wrote it with John in mind so it was absolutely fantastic to get him on board. There is no dialogue in the film so facial expression and subtleness were key. And he does such a wonderful job of it.

 3. You have an extensive resume so you’ve been around for a while. Was there any affect on you when you found that your film had been selected as a 2012 academy short film award candidate? Just to the effect that it is nice to have your work appreciated. I don’t spend much time thinking about awards but I like when people share their opinions with me – be they positive or negative.
    
   4. Sailcloth is a Grand Jury Prize winner from the Rhode Island Film Festival. Now that it’s getting Oscar Buzz what’s your feeling on that? It’s up to the Academy and there are many fantastic short films out there. I’m just grateful it has had such a warm reception so far.
  
5.  In all why did you feel you needed to share a story such as this? I guess it’s a farewell vignette of sorts mixed with emotions and memories I needed to release. When I got the initial idea for Sailcloth, I knew I had to make it – and it proved to be cathartic on many levels.
   What do you want others to get from it? Or what do you want to see come from this? I’d like viewers to make their own assumptions. At the heart lies a love story about two spirits rejoining after a time apart, which, for me, makes the film a celebration of courage and love.

And when you see the film there will be no doubt in your mind why Oscar talk is surrounding this film. Would you like to know more about Elfar Adalstein and his film Sailcloth

Please visit www.elfaradalstein.com and to see the trailer please go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npf63U8nhQk. California Crusaders Newspaper and Until TV say, good luck!
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Authors to Remember By Quanda R. Graves (Until)


 Since January of 2011 I have shared with you a great many authors and  every now and then I like to reiterate their names so you won’t forget but will remember to look them up to find out more information about them,   purchase their books, contact them for speeches and so on. Let’s begin.

 Celebrities: Janet Jackson, Shirley Strawberry, Shaun Robinson, G. Garvin, Dr. Farrah Gray, Tyrese Gibson, Sheldon Reynolds and Marilyn Holloway.


      Poetry: Donald Hall, Sonia Sanchez and Charles Chatmon.

      Financial/Education: Shay Olivarria, Areva Martin, David Hazard, Linda A. Fischer, Kathy Fitzgerald, Jon Acuff, Charles Dickens and Bank Street Reader Group.

  Entertainment with Messages: Chandra Adams and Michael McGrew.

And there you have it with more to come of course. I would like to take the time to thank you for reading my book review column, it means a lot to me. Your dedication is greatly appreciated because you don’t have to and I need you to know that I am grateful to have you all as my readers. Until next time, pick up a book and travel the world.

Don’t forget to check out Until TV for your latest and greatest interviews of authors, actresses and much more at www.youtube.com/untilnomore. Enjoy!

Fondly,
Until


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21 Reasons... Shared by Until...


When I was young I remember always being told to mind my business and do good. Treat others the way I want to be treated. Everyone knows that saying, right? Well, let me be the first to tell you that when you say sentiments like that to a child, you must expound on what you say because children are impressionable and depending on the child they can take those things most of the time, very literal; their innocent. But that will happen until they become old enough to differentiate what should be taken as such or have leeway. 

I was that child. I, for the most part walked a straight line, so when something bad happened to me or someone did me wrong. I would most definitely be appalled, flabbergasted and dare I say it? ANGRY. I would drive my mother crazy with asking her the question, WHY? And that is when she found she had to expound on what was said to me. She would say sometimes, bad things happen to good people, but that doesn’t mean you are to stop being good. So, needless to say when I was in D.C. at the Giant Grocery Store and ran across this book entitled: 21 Reasons Bad Things Happen to Good People by Dave Earley; you know I had to stop in my tracks, back up and analyze, investigate to see what it had to say, right? Right.

A lot it did. It asked a question; have you ever asked God, “Why is this happening to me?” Perhaps God is expanding your perspective of Him… or preparing you for greater blessings or calling you to increased prayer. So maybe you’ll find some answers like I hope to of the hardships of life in this collection of twenty-one biblical reasons for human trials. 

However I’m not reading this book until I have true down time so I can really get the feel and just of it. If you want to know more about this book and author please go to www.daveearley.net and if you want to discuss this book or any book with me, for that matter, please feel free to now contact me at my new email address ccnuntil@pacbell.net

Until next time, be good. (Smile)

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Woman’s Day shared by Until


I was in Albertson’s Grocery Store with my mother the other day and as I was browsing the store I found that they had something very unusual to me (especially for Albertson’s) since they are some kind of high on their prices. LOL! But I digress, anyway, I stumbled upon an eighty percent (80%) off box full of books and boy did I have a fill day in there. LWM! There were an array of books of all subjects and categories; children’s books, cookbooks, autobiographies, self-help, picture books, travel books and much more.

However what caught my eye was this book called Woman’s Day (Weekend is for family meals.) the eat well cookbook of meals in a hurry. Woo, that was a mouth full! But guess what? It was only five dollars ($5.00), yep, that’s right five smackeroo's. LOL! The recipes in there were quite simple and they had pictures to ensure your mouth to water. They had anywhere from Jambalaya, Mediterranean Shrimp and Bulgar, Bacon Wrapped-Pork Tenderloin, Italian Orzo and Beef Stuffed Peppers and Cioppino (And I don’t even know what that is, but it sounds good, right?).

So, if you’re into cooking, trying new recipes or just want a healthy meal that doesn’t take too much of your time because you don’t want to eat out. Then, this book might be for you. For more information on this book please visit www.womansday.com. Oh yeah before I forget, to find out about authors book signings, events, articles and interesting news please go to www.calcrusnews.com

Until next time… I wish you happiness and full bellies.

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas By Until


“Twas the night before Christmas" when all thro’ the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Do you remember that? Wow! 

I do. I remember I couldn’t wait for Christmas! Talk about the excitement. I internalized my anticipation for Christmas and I would almost blow my mind with everything leading up to it.

Starting off with the buying of the tree, decorating it and the whole house and getting ready for the infamous TV movies such as the classics; How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas and last but not least, Frosty the Snowman. Oh my, and there are plenty more, but for me it always solidified Christmas, truly made it official when you heard “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Something about that resonated with world and especially me! Goodness, talk about old memories, I love this time of year. Okay, so let me share a tidbit of information with you “Twas the Night Before Christmas” is the first line in a poem called “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”

The poem was published in 1823. Then, many book versions of the poem followed. So, if you care about this classic and would like to share the excitement and the wonderful story with our today’s youth, pick up your copy today at www.amazon.com. Show them what the classics were like, so they can appreciate the value. Enjoy as I always do.

Happy Holidays!
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Home Remedies by Until...

How many of you were ever desperate enough to use  “Home Remedies” when there were no other options available to you at a certain time? Well, I have and I have to admit there are a few “Home Remedies” that I have used that has worked very well in my favor. 

 Such as eating raisins to suppress a cough for a couple of hours, or the open part of a cut potato rubbed on a scar to remove it, as well as drinking from the opposite side of the cup to relieve me of the hiccups and also drinking a carbonated water to smooth away gas. Lol! Hey we all have it! (Smile)

This all brings me to a book called “Home Remedies” by Prevention Magazine. My mother has had this book since I was fifteen years old. Wow! I’ve found good remedies from this book. If you’re interested in purchasing this book to discover the world of home remedies please visit www.barnesandnoble.com May you find great health in the “Home Remedies” book as I have. Meanwhile don’t forget to find out more about your literary columnist (me) on my website at www.unitlnomore.net. Until next week!

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Controlling PMS by Quanda R. Graves (Until)

When I was a little girl around the age of twelve that is when I began my “monthly” or shall I say “my ladies days” and it was not fun for me at all. My symptoms were heavy bloating, very bad stomach cramps, any ache you could think of, loss of appetite, a draining feeling, unbelievable fatigue, and I would just become purely exhausted. I couldn’t believe that I had to go through all of this when “aunt flow” came to visit. Not to mention I would become very mean with crazy uncontrollable mood swings.

I would have to stay in bed for three days curled up in a fetus position, drink tea and take my Midol with in hopes it would rescue me and most of the time that did the trick, for awhile. But for those who don’t know, all of that stems from the ever most lovely PMS.  What a horrible way to feel. And it takes so much energy from you. I know you want a better way of living in regard to this right?

Ladies you need to know you don’t have to have those symptoms if you take a moment to read upon the things to better assist you through that time. For instance, it’s all about what you eat and how you eat before it comes, if you’re exercising or taking any vitamins.  Which brings me to the book called Controlling PMS (natural remedies for better living) by David Hazard. See, I’ve always believed that pills/drugs are not always the way to go, besides they come with side affects, try something natural for a change.

These are few things he touches on; Cleansing your mind, empowering your spirit, the PMS diet, nature’s apothecary, finding balance and so on. Listen, I’m all for you to be happy. The book  has a hundred and eight pages, very easy to read and you’ll be done in no time. Take a moment for yourself, you deserve it. I knew I did.

 Love Until.

For more books please go to www.calcrusnews.com and the CCN blog www.cnnbooks.blogspot.com.  Don’t forget to check out the Sunset & Gumbo show every Friday at 8:45pm to catch “Until’s Book of the Week”.

Kisses, hugs and ladybugs.
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I See You in the Ocean Shared by Until…


When I was at the LABBX earlier this year a lady approached me  and asked me how she could become apart of my youth program for next year as a story reader for the kids. After we were done talking she donated a book to me for my youth area, entitled; “I See You in the Ocean” written by Jodie Shepherd, illustrated by Barbara Spurll and published by Reader’s Digest Children’s Books

It’s a great book for kids because they get a peek at what life is like under the ocean; they get to dive in an under water adventure. At least that’s what the book says! LOL!

It’s for the ages of three to six years old. If you want to know more about this book please go to the following website www.childrensillustrations.com. I know what you’re thinking, what a short book review this week. I just thought I’d give you a break. Thank me now because after next week I’m going back to lengthy one’s. (Smile) Meanwhile I’ll leave you with this: Enjoy your children now because the time goes so fast. 

Until next time, continue you reading your favorite newspaper… California Crusaders Newspaper that is.

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Little Drummer Boy By Until…

Since it is December I think for the next couple of weeks I’m going to go into my archives and share with you some of the classics just for the love of holidays! You know? So, starting this week I think I should share with you my first and among many of my favorites, and that is, you guessed it! Little Drummer Boy

I get so excited when I hear that name. LOL! When I was younger I was in that play (so I could be just a little bias as it pertains to one of my many lovely childhood memories).  Anyway, enough about me, let’s get back to the book.

Did you know it was originally titled Carol of the Drum and it’s first publishing happened around the year of 1955 by K.K. Davis. Can you believe that the “Little Drummer Boy” has about two hundred and twenty versions (220) in about six or seven languages in all kinds of music genres? I find that to be amazing, that a book can evolve in so many ways and touch so many people. Wow! A little poor boy that did not have a gift for baby Jesus but instead played his drum. I always did enjoy that story and was happy to be apart of it in some way.

If you haven’t but would like to introduce your young children to a classic this is one to share. Find your way to www.amazon.com for purchase. You won’t be sorry. Smile. Ok, all of my beautiful readers it’s about time for me to go. I want to say “Happy Holidays to you and your family and we will meet with our reading glasses and cup of coffee next week. 

Until then, be good and read.

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Is Marriage for White People? By Until…


I just happen to have some down time for a second the other day and the TV was on. I wasn’t really watching it but I decided to grab the remote and flip through a few channels and ended up stopping to watch the “Anderson Cooper” talk show. Now, I’m not really for daytime TV but they were speaking on some topics that are always interesting. Those topics had to do with marriage with the undertones of interracial dating, racism, and even touched on if one should stay within their own race to build bigger and stronger families.

And they had an author there by the name of Richard Banks entitled “Is Marriage for White People?” The book touches on African American women, doing a disservice to themselves by not dating outside of their race. They are limiting their pool.

They touched on how there are seventy percent (70%) of African American women that are not married and that is including the poor and uneducated women. But there was a man on the show who is known as a matchmaker who explained that when we’re doing statistics we have to be really careful with how we look at them and when we give them out. Because in correction he said there were sixteen point two million (16.2) Caucasian women who are not married as well. It was really an arousing conversation. 

I truly learned a lot. If you want to check out the show I was watching please got to www.andersoncooper.com for the date November 4, 2011; and to check out Richard Banks and his book “Is Marriage for White People?” please visit http://ismarriageforwhitepeople.standford.edu

But I want to leave you with this; Love is love and you can’t help whom you fall in love with. Now, when you start looking for love in color than love is not what you’re looking for. Let life happen and maybe you will find just what you want in a person, not there skin.

Until next time! I’ll be finding more books.

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The Puppy Diaries By Until


Do you know how to soldier on? Well, if you don’t then you need to take lessons from Mrs. Jill Abramson, a bestselling and award-winning author as well as the executive editor of the New York Times

 In May of 2007 she was seriously injured in a truck-pedestrian accident. The way she explains it, is that her right foot was dragged down to the gutter by the truck and the rear wheel of the truck ran over her Femur which is the largest bone in our bodies. She further explained that the doctor expressed a few inches higher she’d be no more. And on top of that the trucker who hit her wanted to keep going.

However, the people on the street (strangers) some, ran after and caught the trucker to make him stop. (I love our Americans). She was taken to Bellevue Hospital (the best trauma unit) and was out of commission for nine weeks. But, this is not the only brush with life’s mishaps as she encountered a few more accidents from that time on and lays it out for you in her new book called “the Puppy Diaries."

This book is chronicling her adorable golden retriever named Scout and his first year. Part memoir and part manual and I hear very entertaining. She talks about her outcome of everything. Want to learn how to soldier on? Do you have a dog that just lights up your life? As you see that those two topics meet. Then maybe this book if for you. 

To find out more about Mrs. Jill Abramson and her book “the Puppy Diaries” then please visit www.tworoadbooks.comAs I end this, be thankful for life now, because you just never know.

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My Book By Quanda R. Graves (until)


 Ever since I was young I have always had something to say and any platform that has ever been provided to me, I made sure that whatever I said was worth something. I’ve always felt it was my job. When you learn that you have the power of influence or persuasion I think it should be in your best interest to use it in the best way possible. You never know when it may find it’s way back to you.

Now with that said, my book review column is really for me to share what I find important to me and what I think others can relate to. I once had someone say to me; "You never share any gossip, violence or sex novels and that’s what I am looking for." And trust me, I understand, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for in my book review column then maybe it’s not for you.

My book review is an extension of me and though I care about what my audience is looking for you need to know that means my audience is something very different, like me. Now days we are fluttered with many things that are of no good for us and if I can help it, you will not be getting that from me.

I hope that you can understand that I choose to share with you informative, inspirational, imaginative, somewhat entertaining with a message kinds of books and much more. I love substance and I hope you do too! So I will end with, may you try to enjoy my book reviews because others surely indulge in.

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