http://www.thecharlottepost.com Wl)t Ciiarlotte $ost THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2006 D Section AITonya Washington "'•ly £.?“'•* ‘ ’ 1 *■ ■'ifti* fs 1 ' - ' t ■ '*r> ' . ® ‘ Pi' P hi . ’t’lhi-/ ’ € :■ Wfp h ’ .r t'lK - hJiy In The h ut f Novds like AITonya Washing,ton's “In The Midst of Passion” and Ann Christopher’s “Trouble” are making black- oriented romances part of a grovynng publishing industry. Passion’s in fashion Black-oriented romance builds growing publishing niche By Cheiis F. Hodges c/Tens.hodges'o lhechiofioffeposr.com The AMcan American romance industry is booming. Harlequin, which has long been the standard in romance fiction, launched it’s African American line, Kimani Press in June. The pub lishing giant purchased BET Books in November. ‘This acquisitions supports a key strategic initiative for Har lequin of offering greater breadth in publidiing niches that can create future growth Washington for the overall Harlequin fran chise,” said Donna Hayes, Harlequin’s publisher and CEO. Romance novels account for 54.5 percent of aH paperbacks sold, accord ing to the Romance Writers of Ameri ca’s web ate. In the early 1990s, the boom in African America romances took off when 'Iferry McMillian’s “Waiting lb Ejdiale” exploded in 1992. Then the Arabesque line was laimched in 1994 by Kensington Pub lications. A year later, Genesis Press, one of the few Afiican American-owned romance pub lishers, was launched. Fast-forward 10 years and Afiican American romance is the fastest growing market of fiction. “One great thing about the market today is that there are a few major publishers, including Kensington and Harleqifin, both of whom I am fortunate to write for, that have imprints with books by and about Afiican American Women,” said romance author Ann Christopher. “There are more opportunities for todaj^s black romance author.” Christopher’s first novel, “Tfro\ible,” was released by Kensington this month. “Trouble” is the story of defense attorney Mike Baldwin, who falls for his brother’s date, Dara Williams-a law student who ends up interning at his firm. They try to deny their attrac tion to each other, but nature takes its course with a lot of twists and turns too. Christopher has a book scheduled for released by Harlequin in February as well. Al’Ibnya Washington, who lives in Charlotte, started her writing career because she didn’t see any books in the market she could identify with. Wadiington’s fir^ novd, “Remem- Please see AFRICAN/2D ‘Quilts and Prints of Gee’s Bend’ blankets the senses \ Winfred Cross By Sandy Seawrighl FOR THE CHARLOTTE POST "The Quilts and Prints of Gee's Bend" Jerald Melberg Gallery 625 South Sharon Amity Road Often when we approach REVIEW art in gaUeiy or a museum it feels like we are to stand back and be cau tious, be reverent. Not so at “The Quilts and Prints of Gee’s Bend” at Jer ald Melberg Gallery. This ecdfibit feels like the viewer is being comforted and we expe rience the spirit of hxunan PHOTOS/JERALD MELBERG GALLERY “American House Top” connection. Gee’s Bend in a small, rural community is southwest Alabama. 'These quilting skills have been passed down throu^ several generations. At Melberg, the quilts and etchir^s have been created by Mary Lee Randolph and her daughter-in-law Louisana Randolph. These quilts have • been praised for their beauty, bold geometry and sophisti cated use of color. 'The quilts have a subtlety that makes them very approachable. “Bars Varia tion” by Amelia Bennett cre ated in a variety of tighter blue hues of wide strips of doth reminds me of a mini- m a 1 i s m have such a sophisticat ed use of color that we wonder about their i n f 1 u - ences: is it only older Gee’s Bend quil- ters? Or is it Afiican textiles? Or nature? Or aU of the above? In Annie Mae Young’s quilt ‘Blocks” creat ed in 2003, 72 inches by 88 inches, she uses a mini mum amount of the color marigold, which serves sort of as pimc- tuation marks. “Housetop Center Medal lion” from the 1970s, is 91 indies by 79 inch es features white surface Please see GEE’S/2D Auditions for ‘A Chorus Line’ at Theatre Charlotte SPECIAL TO THE POST Theatre Charlotte will host open auditions for its season opener, the musical “A Chorus line.” The Tbny- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is directed and choreographed by Eddie Mabry. Roles are available for 10 men, nine women, and 10 extras 16 to 40 years old. Auditions are at 7 p.m., July 23-24 at 'Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. All hopefuls should have a Broadway-style song pre pared. A jazz combination will be taught, so come dressed to dance. Eeadir^ will be done at callbacks. If you have a picture and resume, bring them, but are not necessary. 'Hie play runs September 14-17, 21-24, 28-October 1. John Stafford is the musdal director for the production. In “A Chorus Line,” 16 hope ful dancers compete for ei^t spots in a new Broadway Court: Removing film sex, profanity, violates eopyrights THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Sanitizing movies on DVD or VHS tape violates federal cop5rri.^t laws, and several companies that scrub films must turn over their invento ry to Hollywood studios, an appeals judge ruled. Editing movies to delete objectionable language, sex and violence is an “illegiti mate business” that hurts Hollywood studios and direc tors who own the movie ri^ts, said U.S District Judge Richard P. Matsch in a decision released last week in Denver. “Their Istudios and direc- PHOTOSn'HE STOCK MARKET tors) objective ... is to stop the infiii^ement because of its irreparable injury to the cre ative artistic expression in the copyrighted . movies,” the judge wrote. “There is a public into^st in providing such pro tection.” Matsch ordered the compa nies named in the suit, includ ing CleanFlicks, Play It Clean Video and CleanFilms, to stop “producing, manufacturing, creating” and renting edited movies. 'The businesses also must turn ov^ their invento ry to the movie studios within five days of the ruling. “We’re disappointed,” Clean- Fhcks chief executive Ray Lines said. “This is a typical case of David vs. Goliath, but in this case, Hollywood rewrote the ending. We’re going to continue to fight.” CleanFlicks produces and distributes sanitized copies of Hollywood films on DVD by bumir^ edited versions of movies onto blank discs. 'The scrubbed films are sold over the Internet and to video stores. As many as 90 video stores nationwide—about half of them in Utah—purchase movies from CleanFlicks, Lines said. It is imclear how the ruling may effect those stores. The controversy began in 1998 when the owners of Arie hits stride with Motown India. Arie Testimony: Vol. I, Life & Relationships IndiaArie and others, producers Motown/Universal Records India. Arie must have strug gled to get this record to see dayli^t. It doesn’t soimd fike anything on the radio (thank you, Jesus) and she’s on Motown. “Nuff said. But I’m ^ad the sister is persistent. 'This is what we should be hearing on radio. 'Though not a great singer, Arie is one of those rare tal ents that sings music that fits her voice so well that it’s as stylish as it is affective. She also is a writer who can con vey hurt, betrayal, anger and unbridled love without ham mering you into submission. She’s straightforward and simple, yet doesn’t go for the obvious. She will make you think as you listen She will also make you appreciate this work very much. “The Heart Of The Matter” is a brilliant perfor mance, not just vocally, but lyrically 'This is really a bit tersweet song without being vengeful. 'There is hurt and pain, but she’s taking her lumps and moving on while growing in the process. For those who couldn’t get enough of ‘Wdeo” fixim her first release, “There’s Hope” is its musical twin. Lyrically it’s more about beir^ upbeat than defiant. “I Am Not My Hair” is certainly defiant. Arie and Akon team up for one of the best political state ments in a whQe. Not very radio-fiiendly because folks want to hear music that makes a booty shake rather than stir the conscience. There are a few times when Arie may have reached too far. “Summer” teams her with Rascal Flatts and \^ct;or Wooten. Wooten’s a funky bass player and Rascal Flatts is one of the hottest country groups on the planet. It’s a great collaboration, but I wonder if any of their true fans wili be acceptii^. That aside, Arie has hit her stride at the right time. She’s gone fixim a girlish curiosity to a profound woman. It suits her well. musical. During the audition, the dancers bare their souls, endure physical and emotion al injuries, and deal with rejection. Sunrise Family \^deo began deleting scenes fixrm “Titanic” that showed a naked Kate Windet. 'The scrubbing caused an uproar in Hollywood, result ing in several lawsuits and countersuits. Directors can feel vindicat ed by the ruling, said Mchael Apted, president of the Direc tor’s Guild of America. “Audiences can now be assured that the films they buy or rent are the visicai of the filmmakers who made them and not the' arbitrary choices of a third-party edi tor,” he said.