"Read My Lips" is the new initiative began in November 2006 to encourage reading and writing among those both young and old. We want to help feed a passion for the written and spoken word to help individuals continue to mold the future. Want to know how you can be featured? Contact us at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Watch The Write Stuff Episode 3 Right Here...

Host Cyrus Webb welcomes you back to The Write Stuff with practical tips from NYT Bestselling author Stuart Woods as well as author/activist Nesta Aharoni. You will also get practical marketing and writing tips from author Jeff Rivera as well as radio show host/marketing guru Earl Hall. Finally, you will hear from International Recording artist Donnie Klang of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records family. He shares how the power of words is making his second album the best...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

SAT. OCT. 24, 2009: Watch The Second Episode of The Write Stuff here!

This week's episode of The Write Stuff is brought to you from the office of Shadow Play Entertainment where host Cyrus Webb also broadcasts his radio show Conversations LIVE!. He shares part of his discussions with bestselling authors Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes while also discussing with author Gary Myers the importance of encouraging people of different interests to use it in encouraging reading. In the profile segment we let you hear from CBS National Correspondent Byron Pitts as he talks about his new book STEP OUT ON NOTHING. Want to know what nationally known recording star will be on the show to end the month of October? You have to catch the entire show for that!

PART ONE: Bestselling authors Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes talk success

PART TWO: Bestselling author Wahida Clark talks about her amazing career

PART THREE: Cyrus Webb talks about the book club designed for sports lovers and introduces books designed with them in mind. He also begins his conversation with author Gary Myers about the events that inspired the book THE CATCH

PART FOUR: The continuation of Webb's discussion with author Gary Myers

PART FIVE: Our literary profile features CBS National Correspondent Byron Pitts

PART SIX: Find out what is coming up next for The Write Stuff and how you can become more involved in our literacy campaign.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fri. Oct. 23, 2009: Rapper/Author Jacki-O Promotes Reading In Miami

The female Miami rapper Jacki-O hit the world stage being known for her outspokenness, lyrics and style, but in 2008 she shocked many by doing something unexpected: hitting the rode promoting her debut novel GROWN AND GANGSTA.

The book was an instant success, both with fans of the rapper's music and book lovers who were being introduced to her for the first time. Now almost one year later, Jacki-O is bringing the message of her book to her homecity of Miami in order put a spotlight on the importance of reading.

On Friday, October 23, 2009, she will host a booksiging/meet and greet at the Martini Bar (5701 Sunset Dr. Ste. 124a * Sunset Place) in Miami beginning at 6p.m.

"The book is an urban version of the show Friends," says Cyrus Webb,34. He is the lead publicist of the author/recording artist and his organization, Shadow Play Entertainment, is co-sponsoring the event. Webb took the lead on Jacki-O's tour in 2008 and has worked with the publishing company since 2007. His book club, Conversations, has also highlighted the book in the past. "GROWN AND GANGSTA chronicles the journey of six friends as they deal with their past, try to live through the challenges of the present and search for the hope offered by the future."

Admission to the event is free,however, the book is $15.00. Joining Jacki-O at the event will be up-and-coming author Mr. Mean Mug, whose book TATTOO TEARS will also be available for only $10 and Mississippi rapper C. Watts aka Playa Connected (both seen below).

Jacki-O, Mr. Mean Mug and C. Watts are hoping that their involvement in this literary event will show that you can be cool and still educated. They are all joining with Webb in participating in National Day of Reading on Sat. Nov. 21, 2009, again showcasing the importance of reading.

To find out more about the upcoming literary event in Miami or to schedule interviews, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or Herschel Dixon at 502.291.4201.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Watch The Debut Episode of The Write Stuff Right Here!

In the debut episode of The Write Stuff, host Cyrus Webb makes a trip to his literary partner Wal-Mart to talk about the importance of reading and introduce this week's guests. Bestselling authors John Saul, Erica Spindler and Emanuel Rosen talk about their incredible journey to literary success. Webb also talks about how watching Oprah inspired author Stacey Kannenberg to begin her publishing career. Author Jeff Rivera talks about the importance of an Author Platform, and finally Webb tells authors why they want to get to know author/book reviewer Joey Pinkney.  (Note: Due to the high traffic in the Wal-Mart store we were unable to use the boom mic so there is background noise.)

Music for this episode was provided by Dj Down South (The Write Stuff theme song, "I Will Still Shine" and "Get Your Read On"), Tray Chaney ("Watch, Learn and Listen), K. D. Brosia ("Love A Woman Right") and Herschel Dixon (wrote "Get Your Read On").

Creator/Executive Producer/Host Cyrus Webb wishes to thank our literary sponsors and supporters for a successful launch. We also thank Asst. Producers Stanley Clark, Herschel Dixon, Mark Eller and Jeff Rivera.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Write Stuff Prepares For Online Debut Sat. Oct. 17, 2009


It has been one busy year for Mississippi native Cyrus Webb. The 34 year old has been hosting 10 live radio shows a week, moderating 8 monthly chapters of the book club he created in 2006, taking care of the clients of his publicity department, writing book reviews and still finding time to work on his own novel. However, with all that he has on his plate in 2009, nothing has been the focus of his attention like The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign.

"The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign has already made a big difference when it comes to talking about the importance of reading," says Webb. He along with many of his literary supporters spent the summer holding events across the country explaining how reading is a privilege that we have to take seriously. A major part of the campaign is the creation of America's first literary reality show, The Write Stuff, that will debut online at www.thewritestufftv.com on Sat. Oct. 17, 2009.

Part conversation and part competition, The Write Stuff gives advice and encouragement from those who have made it in the literary world and showcases how others can do the same. Below you will find additional information about the project:

The online edition of The Write Stuff debuts Sat. Oct. 17, 2009,

Cyrus Webb introduces you to The Write Stuff,

The Write Stuff Creator Cyrus Webb answers questions about The Write Stuff, http://www.youtube.com/thewritestufftv#p/a/u/1/Xbu1vndKX-Q

To keep posted on the events taking place with The Write Stuff, visit www.thewritestufftv.com and the official blog at http://thewritestufftvofficialblog.blogspot.com. Cyrus Webb can be contacted at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.


Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Literary Community Unites To Promote A National Day of Reading In Each State


The Literary Community Unites To Promote A National Day of Reading In Each State

Contact: Cyrus A. Webb, Founder of The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign

cawebb4@juno.com / 601.896.5616

Earlier this year, ABC News reported that over 30 million Americans ages 16 and up were unable to read or write well. This proves what many have said for some time: Illiteracy is an epidemic that is spreading daily, claiming victims of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.

Shadow Play Entertainment, Conversations Book Club, The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign and their literary partners are excited to announce a historic event geared towards sharing the gift of reading and books across the United States under a show of united support in each state. On Saturday, November 21, 2009 between the hours of 10-6p.m., The Write Stuff founder and host Cyrus A. Webb is working with others in scheduling Reading Parties (see http://tinyurl.com/readingparties ) throughout the country geared towards 1) speaking in one voice in support of encouraging reading, 2) supporting local authors and their books and 3) providing a positive outlet that is sometimes overlooked with all the chaos going on in the world around us.

Each Reading Party will be designed for that particular area by that particular area. Webb and his supporters will only act as a means to promote the event and help strategize where their is a need for assistance. During the time frame selected by each Reading Party, there will be booksignings, book discussions or whatever seems appropriate to that host. The events are part of the Art, Books & Beats movement (www.artbooksandbeats.com) which combines the power of visual/literary art, books and music. Those participating will be listed online at www.thewritestufftv.com identified by their state along with what type of event they are hosting as well as the time of their event. All Reading Parties are free to the public.

If you are in a position to do so, The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign is asking that you bring a new or used book to the event you attend. Book donations will benefit CityKids Foundation, Common Ground Foundation, Everybody Wins, Reading Tree, Adele's Literacy Library and NEA's "Read Across America".

Have questions about this National Day of Reading? Are you an author, book lover, book club or entertainer that would like to coordinate an event in connection with our historic literary event? Contact Cyrus A. Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.