Thursday, August 21, 2014

Straight Chatting from the Library - Zangba Thomson

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Zangba will be awarding a print copy of Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper or a Bong Mines Clothing T-shirt (winner's choice) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. (US ONLY)

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

Teenagers obtain aid for a woman who is near death.

E-Reader or print, and why?

Let me say this—it's extremely difficult to predict the fate of traditional books in light of e-reader technology, and as we venture more into the future—eBooks will definitely make physical books look outdated. But sometimes being outdated isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Listen—I originated from the old school era— and I would rather read a physical book any day over reading a book in an e-reader. Don’t get me wrong—e-readers are cool for this digital era, but I prefer print.

What are you reading right now?

“When Time Began: Book V of The Earth Chronicles” by Zecharia Sitchin & “Malcolm X: Make It Plain” by William Strickland.

Favorite book you've read this year?

Even though I’m halfway through reading it, I would definitely say—When Time Began: Book V of The Earth Chronicles by Zecharia Sitchin, an international acclaimed Russian author and researcher. His investigative work brilliantly proves that we are not alone in our own solar system, and to date, he is one of the few scholars able to read the clay tablets and interpret ancient Sumerian and Akkadian. I recommend for everyone to read Sitchin’s Earth Chronicle Series—the research information gathered will blow your mind.

Favorite place to read?

I love natural surroundings, anywhere peaceful that has trees, plants or flowers in its vicinity, and in my case—that would be my backyard, especially when the sun is at its highest point.

Favorite genre?

My favorite category of books to read varies. One week—I could be reading a book in the genre of Religion & Spirituality, and next week—I could be reading books in the genres of Politics & Social Sciences, History, Street Lit (Urban Fiction), Autobiographies or Biographies, or last but not least—Self Help or Self Improvement. I am a spiritualist—so I read books that my spirit guides me to read.

Do you loan your books?

Yes, and as a matter of fact—today I loaned out, “Transbluesency: The Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones (1961-1995),” to my neighbor, Keke Chea—a 21-year-old College graduate. Keke is a huge fan of Langston Hughes and Tupac Shakur, and he is currently in the process of publishing his first ever poetry book. And after reading some of his heartfelt poems, I figured Transbluesency, which derived from a 1946 Duke Ellington composition, would aid Keke in his development as a poet. You see Baraka wrote with a jazz rhythm, kinda like how Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane played music. So, my intent was for Keke to incorporate that Beat Generation’s style–of-writing, which portrayed human conditions in its purest form.

Keep books or give them away?

It’s funny you ask that because I just had a cool conversation about giving my books away. The answer is yes and no—depending on how valuable the book is. There’s nothing wrong with giving away books and there are many good reasons to give books away. A good reason is—so the person that you’re giving the book to—can grow in knowledge or be inspired, and the act of giving should always be encouraged in our society. I believe each household should have its own private library, and there should definitely be a barter system set up in every neighborhood—where people can exchange, swap or borrow books; and books that have inspired you—should definitely be given away, with the intent that it might inspire others.

But, on the other hand, if there is a rare and hard to find book that you want to give away—and you are constantly reading this book—everyday for guidance—and this book has ancient and spiritual knowledge that will probably take you more than a lifetime to comprehension its entire meaning, for example—the early editions of the Hebrew Bible, and I believe any other ancient and knowledgeable books that the next generation of readers can benefit from—should not be given away— but if they are, then you (the giver) should obtain a replacement copy immediately because a book with valuable information is worth more than silver and gold.

So, with that being said—I want to end this inspiring Q&A session with Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” And I want to thank Librarian Judith and Straight From The Library BlogSpot—for hosting this wonderful event, and also I want to give thanks to Goddess Fish Promotions—for organizing this magnificent “Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour” for Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper. (PEACE) and always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation.


Teenagers spring into dangerous action to obtain financial aid for a woman who has only a month to live. The setting is Queens, N.Y., home to Babita Harris, an Indian immigrant plagued with the deadly black fever disease. With a couple of months to live, Babita only hope of survival is a costly liver transplant. But with no health insurance, the chance of a surgery is slim. What she needs is a quarter of a million dollars in cash. Barnes, her only son, along with his two friends, Demus and Baker, spring into dangerous action to get the money. Although their road is paved with good intentions, the brothers in arms will experience more than they have ever experienced before.

Ego, a creative God, sees the gardeners’ departure as an opportunity to do his dirty work. He wind surfs down below the clouds and lands between two rows of cosmic trees. He walks on dried leaves while reading the names of the cosmic trees as he passes by them. “At last,” he says with a giant smile, after finding what he is looking for, “the Melatonin cosmic tree. The main ingredient I need to permanently destroy their human creation.” Out the corner of his eye, he sees a fountain flowing with miracle water. Unable to resist the temptation, he makes his way over to the fountain, and drinks enough water to satisfy his thirst. “Damn, this is good water,” he says before pulling out a small metallic container from his waistband. He fills the container with miracle water, closes the lid, and inserts the container back inside his waistband. He walks back over to the Melatonin cosmic tree and tries to uproot it, but his efforts are in vain. He closes his eyes to mediate, and a short while later, the color of his aura changes from light gray to dark red. Now, much more powerful than before, he tries again to uproot the cosmic tree and succeeds.

Suddenly, the sky becomes dim and darkness covers the fourth dimensional sun. The moon ascends up to its highest peak, but instead of its normal glow, it shines a black fluorescent ray of light. The ground shakes thunderously, and steam erupts from an underground lake.


Zangba Thomson is the Creative Director at BME LLC, the author of Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper, co-author of Do Right Do Good (a self-help guide book towards vision fulfillment and entrepreneurship), a recording artist, and New York Life Coach Examiner. Zangba balances his career and family time on the scale of hard work and dedication, and his main areas of focus include his real life experiences, metaphysics, and spirituality. Zangba's work reinforces the basic idea that goals are fulfilled when right decisions are made. Please visit his website at
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