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my stories reflect my experiences, my views and my beliefs...they are a reflection

of the world I live in. I have lived in Africa but spent most of my life in America.

I see men having numerous relationships and not thinking a thing about it



An African Love Story

One-Act Play Brings Controversy 

To The Art Of Relationships



This is the story of a woman who flips the coin... makes up her own rules and learns to live by the manner in which some men do or most men wish they could. As it is in many cultures, men are allowed more than one wife or the honor of having a mistress based upon his economic or social background. In An African Love Story, we see how role reversal and cultural identities define and redefine who we are, and who we want to be... as a woman takes two husbands and redirects her energy and her life focus to a very surprising conclusion. Often funny, sometimes painful, but very truthful..."An African Love Story" by Roxann Latimer opened to mixed reviews at the Ghana Playhouse in Accra Ghana West Africa. "The actors (Kofi Addie, Juliete Tamakloe and Samuel Denu) portrayed the characters with depth, humour and realism. They had the crowd laughing and at many times angry with the truth of the play's storyline." --Ghana Sun Times

The mixed reviews didn't come from the acting or the quality of the production but from the storyline itself. "Only an American would make light of this most controversial subject. A woman married to two men, acting like a man and with no shame is an affront to the morals and manners of many African cultures." 

--Ghana Life

The playwright, Roxann Latimer, is a native of California and lived in Ghana West Africa, from 1989 to 1991. Married to a Ghanaian (Ebo Dadzie), Roxann says her story makes us look at the effect of sharing in an open relationship. "Polygamy has long been the domain of men from many cultures. But were the reversal viewed, men would realize the effects emotionally and psychologically. as well as socially and politically. The play was written almost as a satire. But like the saying goes, what can make you laugh can make you cry."

Roxann recently published her first novel in the United States, "You Never Know" with PublishAmerica. She works as a television producer for a public access television program. Roxann also is President of the Board of Nation 2 Nation, a United Nations organization.

"As an African American writer, my stories reflect my experiences, my views and my beliefs...they are a reflection of the world I live in. I have lived in Africa but spent most of my life in America. I see men having numerous relationships and not thinking a thing about it...and society accepts and commends what is laughingly called "playas". But let a woman do the same thing and of course double standards come into play, and she is labeled a "ho". The bottom line is that the very reasons men use to marry more than one woman can apply to women as well..."

We'll be able to see how Americans react to the play when "An African Love Story" comes to America. Ace TV will produce the one act thirty minute play for public television.

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Bio- Sketch

Roxann "Kujitua Baraka" Latimer Dadzie  is a writer, artist, poet and entrepreneur. Publisher and Editor in Chief of the award winning multicultural magazine, Women In Motion, Roxann has been writing articles and essays for community newspapers for over ten years. "A group of five multi cultural sisterfriends came together in 1997 to form WIM Magazine and today we are in fact working on the television production, called WIM Talk TV. Just taking the magazine to this format is a new and fascinating learning experience."

In fact Roxann and her partner Martine Martin of Ace of Diamond Productions, (who merged with Women in Motion Media and Publications Group in 1999, to form Ace Wim Television & Entertainment) have several productions in development: Rappin Dynamyte with T & T, Smooth Music Video Show, Gospel Works Video Show as well as Women in Motion (WIM) Talk TV.

Roxann is a native Californian, born and raised in Santa Monica, she lived in Los Angeles for some years working as a social worker before migrating to San Diego, where she lived for ten years. "During the time I lived in San Diego, I traveled to West Africa and Europe and started an import export business. I also taught journalism at San Diego State University for their at risk youth program." She and her mother also started a non profit agency that began by housing homeless and battered women and today provides medical supplies and equipment to needing nations. "Since Martine came on board as Vice President of Friends of Russell Latimer, Inc., we’ve begun the Nation 2 Nation project. We became a United Nations NetAid partner organization and through our television and publishing concerns have been able to garner some public and small business assistance."

Roxann’s writing began at an early age. "I can remember writing and illustrating my own stories when I was five years old. My mother is an avid reader and passed on the joy of reading to me. I read fiction, non fiction, history, mysteries, romance…" Speaking of romance, Roxann will admit to reading romance novels since the age of twelve. "Romance readers share their books with friends and family. My favorite authors are Terry McMillan, Eric Jerome Dickey and E. Lynn Harris…but I cut my teeth on Jerome Robbins, Jackie Collins, Judith Krantz to Danielle Steele. Today I read a little bit of every body. I love James Baldwin, I think he was a master story teller.

Toni Morrison moves me like Zora Neale Hurston. And my favorite poets are Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou. I still read romances and love a great many of today’s contemporary authors." Recently Roxann completed her first full length manuscript. A love story, "You Never Know" tells the story of four women friends as they struggle thru love, life and relationships. A story of healing and redemption and self discovery, "You Never Know" is fun, fresh and exciting. Up next Roxann is working her first mystery novel, set in Louisiana it deals with the taboo subjects of Voodoo and murder amid a spicy love story and a Christian romance novel centering on the trials and tribulations of a minister in love with a preachers daughter. Her recent play An African Love Story is being produced in Ghana West Africa.

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

I’m a big fan of Charles Mann’s previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It’s exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that it’s anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, I’m proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, “globalized” entity.

Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose “southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple.” We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.

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By H. W. Brands

In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar's astonishing rise to become the world's principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar's changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America's economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance. He vividly describes the 1869 Black Friday attempt to corner the gold market, banker J. P. Morgan's bailout of the U.S. treasury, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and President Franklin Roosevelt's handling of the bank panic of 1933. Brands shows how lessons learned (and not learned) in the Great Depression have influenced subsequent U.S. monetary policy, and how the dollar's dominance helped transform economies in countries ranging from Germany and Japan after World War II to Russia and China today. He concludes with a sobering dissection of the 2008 world financial debacle, which exposed the power--and the enormous risks--of the dollar's worldwide reign.  The Economy

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The White Masters of the World

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