One of my favorite Young Adult books in 2012 returned with a sequel that did not disappoint. Rain and her band of super-teens (that’s my tagline, not the authors) are still enslaved in the UZA. The new breed of freedoms fighters are committed to ending the tyranny of President Nicks “Tricky Nicky”, but realize that in order to overthrow her reign of terror, they will need to devise a plan and ally themselves with other rebels. Rain begins to have unsettling dreams, where she hears the voice of another young female who she does not recognize. This sends her into a panic over the idea that someone has discovered her and the resistance and is making a way to destroy them. Rain becomes more dedicated than ever to the cause and seeks to find answers to the many questions in her head. What I always like about sequels (if done right) is that it gives you the chance to gain more insight to the characters. Sarah Elle Emm does this fantastically; with smooth pacing and dialogue that digs just deep enough to each of the side and main character’s personalities. The story isn’t saturated with the kids wielding powers like super heroes, but mostly delves into them thinking and problem solving. Rain, the main agonist of the tale, even goes through a rough spot with her boyfriend Jabari, which keeps her character grounded to the reader beyond her super powers. The feel of the dystopic future is layered well, with details that pull you in to the setting. To top it all off, the cliff hanger ending makes your mouth water for the next installment. I give Opalescent 5/5.
Braxton A. Cosby, the nephew of the legendary Bill Cosby, is following in his uncle’s foot steps. This author, actor, and entrepreneur, received a lot of his inspiration from the amazing accomplishments of his famous uncle. A physical therapist by background, Braxton received his doctorate from the University of Miami. With the goal of impacting the entertainment world with his own brand of Cosby creativity, Braxton created Cosby Media Productions: a new entertainment media company that produces family-friendly content that will, “Entertain the mind and Inspire the Soul.”
One of the first projects from Braxton is his new adventure novel The Windgate: Book 1 of The School of Ministry series. It has already made headlines: WINNER OF THE READERS’ FAVORITE 2013, GOLD MEDAL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT, WINNER OF LITERARY CLASSICS INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS, GOLD AWARD FOR FAITH BASED YOUNG ADULT
The Windgate has also received the Seal of Approval from Mr. Cosby himself. “A memorable, unpredictable journey of hope, identity and courage,” says Cosby. “The Cosby gift of storytelling lives on in this page turning adventure.” Not resting on the recent success of The Windgate, Braxton has already started making plans for his next book release in mid April 2014, another Young Adult novel, with plans for a movie adaptation already in the works. 2014 will be a big year for Braxton. He has accepted upcoming roles in the TV Series “A Rock and A Hard Place” and the Film “The Snare“, both starring Stephen Baldwin. With these projects, Braxton shares his talent as an actor, however he also has projects he is doing behind the camera. In his role as Executive Producer, Braxton is currently developing multiple Intellectual Properties in all areas of entertainment: a children’s animation series, a talk radio program, a reality tv series, several music projects, and other books. Already voted as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans by JEZEBEL Magazine, the next generation Cosby is raising the bar. Braxton is poised to make his own personal mark in the entertainment industry.
For more information about Braxton A Cosby, contact Leon Cosby III at (404) 860-2117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.BraxtonCosby.com
Exciting news everyone!
I’ve just signed on in association with FathHead Films to play a role in the “Currently In Development” sitcom for television Rock and A Hard Place.
Press Release Excerpt:
Adding to the already star studded cast including famed actor Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects, Bio-Dome, Celebrity Apprentice), and four-time Grammy Award winner John Schlitt (lead singer, Petra, formerly of Head East), Rock And A Hard Place TV announced Sunday via Facebook that they have added Braxton Cosby, of Cosby Media Productions, to the cast as the Worship Leader for Solid Rock Church, the church headed by Pastor Darren Keaton (Stephen Baldwin) in the series.
In this quirky sitcom recently widowed Pastor Darren Keaton (Stephen Baldwin) is struggling to raise his young biracial daughter (Berkeley Clayborne) alongside his adversarial live-in African-American Mother-In-Law when he inherits Hard Knocks Bar and Grill from a close friend and parishioner. Will his already dwindling congregation at Solid Rock Church support him in honoring his dear friends final request: that he take over as owner and operator of Hard Knocks?
The series is most often described as faith friendly, and it is, but the team is quick to point out that the best way to describe the content would have to be as wholesome, and family friendly. It is with this in mind that the Production Team has turned to Kickstarter, a crowd-funding site, to fund the startup of this series. With stars like Stephen Baldwin, John Schlitt, and Braxton Cosby attached the natural course of action would be to turn to a network to fund the pilot episode; but the Producers fear attaching so quickly to a network will impede their ability to shape the content and keep the message intact.
As mentioned above, this project still needs funding help to make it a reality. Please go the following link: KICKSTARTERRAAHPTV and read up more on this great project. If you like what you see, please consider pledging any amount to help out.
Ok, so I saw Catching Fire for the second time last night. I needed to take my daughter to see it and I figured it’d be a good time for me to really “digest” the movie with an unbiased ‘I read the book’ perspective. When I first saw the movie opening day, I had some pretty hefty expectations. I mean, new director, bigger budget, added cast and the most amazing arena upgrades should have been an easy slam dunk for Hollywood to nail. But alas, to my dismay, the screenplay took quite a few turns that I just couldn’t ignore. Some omissions were cool – like some of the plot-line stuff with characters from the Hobb – and even switching around how Gale got whipped in the Square. I also didn’t like the interaction between Katnis, Joanna, and Fennick. They were way to chummy for me and it took away from the suspense of the scenes.
Omissions aside, my real complaints came in the form of director to actor execution of lines that remained intact. Fennick didn’t nail the ‘Secrets’ line when he met Katnis by the horses, Beatty and Wiress didn’t finish each other’s sentences with the same synchronicity as the book and one on one time between Katnis and Petta was not as intimate and engaging as the book; although they did kind of pull things together at the end and made you think Katnis was ‘catching fire’ for Petta vs Gale. Catching Fire was such an amazing book from a writing standpoint. Collins came up with a killer story with action, romance, and the thick aura of desperateness and despair engulfing each page. Her genius really shined when you appreciate how she crafted the way in which the characters were pulled back into the ‘Games’ after surviving the first one. I just wanted her story to shine in the same way. Some plot-line changes irked me as well, but I still thought that Catching Fire as a whole was a pretty good film that matched the hype train.
With having a first screening under my belt, I was able to look at the film with fresh eyes, already knowing what to expect. Thankfully, the second experience was even better. I was able to get past the unexecuted lines and appreciate the creative prowess of Lawrence as a director and even the brilliance of Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast. The action sequences in the arena are the main highlight of the film for me, and even though I wish there was more time to be spent trudging through the wedges of the “clock arena’, for the most part, the important parts were kept in tact. And even though I have not read the last one yet, I’m excited for the third installment; even though I know that Hollywood is splitting it up into two films for more money. Tisk, tisk. But really, pay Collins. I ain’t mad on bit, because she threw down an ingenious story that deserves every penny.
You need to shovel out a few yourself if you have not seen the movie or read the book. You will not be disappointed. I give the book a 5/5 and the movie a fiery 4/5.
HAPPY TURKEY DAY
Workouts can be brutal on the human body. That’s because there is a process in place that needs to run it’s course if you are to gets the results you want. Muscle tissue must be stretched, stressed, and in most cases, torn – at the micro level – in order for new muscle tissue to be build and strengthened in order to prepare for the next bout of impending exercise. Only the strong will survive is an adage that is more than applicable when it comes to strength and fitness training.
Every wall constructed, is only as good as the components of what it is built with and built on. Bricks, straw, mudd, or steel. The choice is up to you. Will it stand the test of time, weather and stress? Did you use sand, clay, or concrete as a base? The same can be said for working out. You have to use the right materials to build and reconstruct torn muscle after heavy bouts of exercise and lifting and in order to get the desired results, you need to start with the right foundation: goals, timelines, proper regimen and meal plan.
Other than amino acids (basic building blocks of muscle) and protein (another source of amino acids - after it is broken down by the body) there is another group of key chemicals that will aid your recovery. They’re called digestive enzymes. With all the stress that the body goes through with exercise, work, and the price of just being alive, it needs a little boost for the energy systems that aid in the breakdown and elimination of food and wastes. Here’s a little more information on digestive enzymes to whet your appetite.
Digestive enzymes are enzymes that break down polymeric macromolecules – such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, etc. – into their smaller building blocks, in order to facilitate their absorption by the body. Digestive enzymes are found in the digestive tracts of animals, as well as inside cells.
Digestive enzymes are diverse and are found in the saliva secreted by the salivary glands, in the stomach secreted by cells lining the stomach, in the pancreatic juice secreted by pancreatic exocrine cells, and in the intestinal (small and large) secretions, or as part of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
The next day following exercise is a critical period, because if you have taken the proper steps in the recovery process – diet, rest, digestion – you will feel, look, and operate better. You need to stretch those muscle groups you worked out from the day before. All the necessary elements contribute to achieving maximal results. For my workout regimen, I fuel up with a shake that has a blend of both protein and digestive enzymes. It gives me everything I need to bounce back from those grueling workouts and stay in the game. I trust my body to it, and you can too.
Check out my new article for the Huffington Post. If you care about you and your family’s health, this is a must read!
Seven Ways to Keep Fit Through the Holidays, Family Style! – Huffington Post Article
We have worked very hard and we are happy to say with all hands on deck, as we run this last leg, we will successfully complete filming of the movie THE SNARE, starring Stephen Baldwin , Phil Tan and myself, Braxton A Cosby. With your cooperation, we are raising the rest of the money over the next 30 days so we can finance the completion of THE SNARE movie and have it in the cinemas in 2014. We are pleading to every person associated with THE SNARE movie to please approach all your family members, friends and associates by email (and phone) and also your face book and twitter contacts. They can access KICKSTARTER by clicking HERE.
Support for the project starts from $5.00, so that EVERYONE can participate and receive rewards. Each person can donate as little or as much as they want, the higher the donation the higher the rewards. You can also access the KICKSTARTER page by clicking on the images below to view all the rewards. Please join us on this amazing journey.
I’m often somewhat perplexed by the rage that my body goes through when it comes to it’s craving for sugar. I mean, it’s usually around the 3pm “witching hour” of my daily job grind that I start to feel it coming on.
Strong, that is.
I’ve pretty my wrapped up my day at work and I’m getting ready to head out within the next hour or so to the weight room. My body can sense it. It desires to have a little fuel injection of some sort to get ready for the energy explosion that will no doubt ensue once I hit the gym.
Unfortunately, nothing provides a quick jolt of energy to the system faster than sugar. On the flip side, it comes with a cost: the negative effect of crashing and unwanted calories. Sweeteners have side effects, and along with that, the only thing that seems to satisfy sugar cravings after you’ve started to eat something sweet, is only more and more sugar. The initial dump of sugar into the blood stream sends your body into a reflexive arc that tries to create a homeostatic environment of balance. Not too much, not too little. The human body is a complex machine that is very efficient. But, I’ve learned over time, that the body does struggle in the balancing department when it comes to two things: sugar and salt. No matter how much you try, once your body develops the taste for it, you will continues to go through turmoil until you pretty much deprive yourself and beat your mind and body into submission.
On the sugar side of things, its best to use natural and refined sugars as much as possible because they have two benefits. For one: they release into the blood stream a lot slowly that packaged sugars. Things like honey and Stevia (common name for extracts from the plant Stevia rebaudiana; a purified component form of the plant — called rebaudioside A (rebiana) — “generally recognized as safe” by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provide gradual sugar releases, allowing you to get the energy you need at a low risk of crashing and craving more. Also, these guys do a great job of cutting your appetite and making you feel full faster because of the length of time the sugar stays in your blood stream, telling your joy center of the brain (hypothalamus) that it can shut off for a while and focus on other things than eating.
My pre and post workout regimen starts and ends with supplements I can trust. Wrapping a piece of meat like chicken or turkey, in wheat bread, with a shot of honey gives me a jolt of energy when I arrive and my protein shake within the next 30 minutes of working out afterwards, gives me the amino acid building blocks I need to rebuild muscles. I use protein shakes that to offer Stevia and a hybrid blends of different proteins. That way, I know my body is getting only what it needs following workouts and I feel energized at night when I go to sleep, and wake up feeling replenished the next day for another bout.
So remember, it’s best to pick the right sugar the next time you have a craving. Otherwise, you’ll just be setting yourself up for failure on the balancing homeostatic cycle of blood sugar fluxing that can destroy any healthy goals you have.
Hey everyone. The School of Ministry: The Windgate is Readers Favorite and Literary Classics Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult this year and to celebrate, we want everyone to grab a copy. For a limited time, the Kindle version of the book is half price, only $3. Tap the picture and go the link now! Enjoy.
I am so grateful and blessed to have received some recent news. For one, The School of Ministry: The Windgate is getting rave reviews by bloggers and has picked up two awards this year: Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Award for Young Adult – General and Literary Classics Gold Medal for Faith Based Young Adult, along with Literary Classics coveted Seal of Approval.
Also, on a personal note, I have officially been selected as one of Jezebel Magazine’s 2013 Most Beautiful Atlantians. The issue will be available in stores the first week of November. This honor reflects not just looks, but also the body of work of individuals doing tremendous works in their respective fields of professional practice. God is definitely on patrol and doing what He deems best for me and my inspired works. Thank you Father.