Biography of a Buffoon
The Reverend Al Sharpton
By M. Paul Sinclair
There is a pyramid of tyranny at the heart of the village in which many people are oppressed in one form or another, and dissonance pervades. The charlatan finds opportunity wherein the commoditization and commercialization of racial oppression is exploited. Invariably the villagers view these exploiters as advocates and leaders, as they best articulate their pain and suffering, even while exploiting both.
At the end of the Civil War, they were called carpetbaggers and scalawags—Northerners who moved to the South to take advantage of business opportunities in a war-torn-zone and white Southerners who aligned themselves with black freedmen and Northern Republicans to profit politically in a new era. The 21st Century is no different when it comes to opportunists looking to advance their personal agendas using others and unfortunate events as a springboard. Paul Sinclair, an international businessman has singled out one such individual in his new book, BIOGRAPHY OF A BUFFOON: The Reverend Al Sharpton (Original Trade Paperback; 9780999474303; $21.95). In his thoroughly researched and sourced book, Sinclair points out the inconsistencies and outright lies that Sharpton has told and how Sharpton’s rise to fame and fortune has been built on the backs of the same people he says he supports, while their lives remain the same.
Often using Sharpton’s own words from his books and interviews, Sinclair exposes a charlatan. Some of the topics covered in BIOGRAPHY OF A BUFFOON are:
- Sharpton working with Rudolph Giuliani to undermine New York City’s first black mayor, David Dinkins
- His 2004 candidacy for president as a Democrat financed and managed by proud Republican dirty trickster and longtime Donald Trump lieutenant, Roger Stone.
- His outright disdain of Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders as told in his book Go and Tell Pharaoh
- Electoral campaigns that were basically “cash-for-endorsements” hustles, even asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Ruth Messinger in the 1997 mayoral election in New York City.
- Sharpton’s work for a company called Loan Max to sell high-interest predatory loans and other services, targeting African Americans
- Protest marches “for hire” that grew into a lucrative business whereby Sharpton would gather homeless people, paid $50/day, to stage demonstrations
“I don’t think in any way that I’ve achieved greatness, but I have to be honest and admit that greatness is what I seek” – Al Sharpton
BIOGRAPHY OF A BUFFOON is also a cautionary example of what happens when a disfavored group relies on (a) “celebrity” to save it. Sinclair has traveled and lived abroad extensively and has seen first hand how minorities have become disenfranchised and undermined by trusting in a weekly government check and other means of encouraging a community to remain stuck with a lack of proper education and resources. Sharpton is not an inspirational role model for African Americans and his causes do not address real problems. While racial issues in the United States continue to simmer to a boil, people like Sharpton only serve to stir the pot.
About the Author
Paul Sinclair is a native of Kingston, Jamaica, and was raised in New York City. He received his master’s degree in finance from Pace University. In the last twenty-five years, he has lived in the U.S., France, England, Switzerland, and Holland. Paul currently resides in Manhattan.
Biography of a Buffoon
The Reverend Al Sharpton
By M. Paul Sinclair
Media Date: October 15, 2018
Original Trade Paperback/Ebook
Pages: 383 pages
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TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD
By Joseph Davida
It began with an after-school trip to Mike’s Lotto candy store and a particularly sour piece of Double Bubble. When eight-year-old Joseph Davida unwittingly chewed a piece of PCP-laced bubblegum, he was launched into a world of breathing trees, flaming walls, and apocalyptic visions. These visions, as described in his new memoir TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD (Dark Planet Press; ISBN 9780999397503; $10.99; Original Trade Paperback), were the catalyst that launched his quest to find the elusive “Professor” in the jungles of Central America, the pyramids of Egypt, and the temples of Kathmandu.
“And then…I heard a voice. It was the sweetest voice I had ever heard, and it told me that I’d passed my test. And then it explained that while everything I’d seen was real, it was not too late. There was still time for things to turn out okay, but there was just one catch…I had to save the world.”
—From TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD
In the summer of 1994, 18-year-old Joseph found himself at the end of his lease in a rundown apartment in New York City’s Lower East Side. Instead of searching for a new place to live, he spent his last dime on an impulse ticket to Amsterdam.
“The reason I chose Holland, of course, was for the weed.”
—From TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD
Amsterdam was only the first stop on Joseph’s drug-laced quest of spiritual and personal exploration. In his travels he experienced the 90’s EDM scene of Amsterdam; the spiritual gurus of Nepal; a serious case of blistering sunburn in Belize; and the frenetic bustle of Japan. All the while, he sought out his spiritual guide “The Professor” and the answers to life’s big questions in his hopes to unlock the secret to saving the world from its impending demise.
TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD is a tale for the next “Beat Generation” that would make Jack Kerouac proud. Fans of On the Road, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Catcher in the Rye will enjoy this mind-bending travel memoir of reflection and psychedelic adventure.
About the Author
After a near death experience at age fifteen, Joseph Davida left his parents’ home and moved into Manhattan. Too young to get a “real” job, he started up what became one of the biggest weed delivery services in New York to support himself while he pursued his career as a musician and songwriter. For years he worked with some of the best musicians in the world, until a nervous breakdown brought his time in the music industry to an end. During this time, he traveled the world before finally settling in Nashville, where he had two beautiful daughters and started a successful chain of retail stores. He now concentrates on being a good father, and actively plans for the coming revolution…while also working to get his many stories onto the page.
TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD | By Joseph Davida | Published by Dark Planet Press
ISBN: 978-0-9993975-0-3 | Original Trade Paperback | Price: $10.99 | 214 pp.
“Worth a read among the traditional cozies.”
—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review on Seeds of Revenge
“Cunning crimes, charismatic characters, and a cozy (if occasionally murderous) community all set this series, and story, apart—as does the authenticity and assuredness with which the author writes.”
—John Valeri, Criminal Element on Seeds of Revenge
“This third series offering is a complex small-town mystery with well-rounded, fascinating characters.”
—Library Journal on Seeds of Revenge
“Tyson’s first-rate second Greenhouse mystery stars big-city lawyer turned small-town organic farmer Megan Sawyer, a kind, intelligent, and spirited woman with great integrity. In short, she’s the sort of person cozy readers warm to and root for.”
—Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Bitter Harvest
“Tyson gives us an evocative sense of place, a bit of romance, and dimensional characters with interesting backstories. Readers are left looking forward to the next book in the series and hankering for organic mushroom tartlets.”
– Publishers Weekly on A Muddied Murder
ROOTED IN DECEIT
A Greenhouse Mystery Book Four
by Wendy Tyson
Summer has arrived for Was
hington Acres organic farm and its farm-to-table restaurant and grocery, the Washington Acres Cafe and Larder. It’s been quiet for the last few months in the idyllic Bucks County town of Winsome, Pennsylvania after the events of Seeds of Revenge, when a man was murdered by his son. Yet it’s no summer vacation for environmental-lawyer-turned-farmer Megan Sawyer when a high-end yoga retreat opens in the next town over—and the Cafe’s clientele starts making their way over to its shiny new offerings. But when up-and-coming
artist and her ex-best friend Thana Moore is strangled in the back of her car, Megan is once again thrust into solving the latest mystery in Winsome.
In bestselling author Wendy Tyson’s new novel, ROOTED IN DECEIT: A Greenhouse Mystery (Henery Press; September 4th, 2018; ISBN 9781635113846), Megan has no interest in stepping
inside the new retreat. With crates of organic greens to bring to Philadelphia restaurants and a grand opening to prepare for a new wood-fire pizza farm, she doesn’t have the time. But then the detectives on the case discover her father’s high-maintenance Italian wife Sylvia had an
explosive argument with Thana hours earlier, and the murder weapon is a scarf that looks suspiciously like Sylvia’s. Worse, Maria, the wife of Washington Acres Cafe’s superior-yet-grumpy cook, Alvaro, was fired after being suspected of destroying one of Thana’s paintings. Would Maria kill her out of revenge? Despite her attitude, would Sylvia truly be guilty of murder?
Even though Megan’s relationship with her father and her difficult-to-please stepmother are strained, Megan starts sniffing around for clues to prove the innocence of both women. The plot twists when the detectives start poking around Megan’s personal relationship with the newly deceased. She must swallow her pride about her ex-best friend and piece together the years
after their falling out…Only to find that something sinister is afoot in Bucks County.
If Megan doesn’t find the murderer, innocent people may be prisoned and even more could die. In ROOTED IN DECEIT, Megan must dive into her past to find Thana’s killer, even if she doesn’t like what she may find out about herself. If she doesn’t uncover the truth in time, will this idyllic Winsome summer turn into a nightmare?
ABOUT WENDY TYSON
Wendy Tyson is an author, lawyer, and former therapist who writes the bestselling Greenhouse Mystery Series and the Allison Campbell Mystery Series. Her short fiction has appeared in literary journals and in the short story anthology Betrayed: Powerful Stories of Kick-Ass Crime Survivors. Wendy is a contributing editor and columnist for The Big Thrill and The Thrill Begins. She and her husband recently moved their micro-farm from Pennsylvania to the Green Mountains of Vermont. For more information about Wendy, visit her at www.watyson.com.
ABOUT HENERY PRESS
Henery Press an independent publisher in the mystery and suspense genre focused on engaging stories with sharp twists and lively characters. Visit www.henerypress.com to learn more.
ROOTED IN DECEIT | A Greenhouse Mystery Book Four | By Wendy Tyson | Henery Press | Publication Date: September 4th, 2018 | ISBN: 9781635113846 | Original Trade Paperback & E-Book | Price: $15.95 / $4.99 | 270 pages