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BOOK REVIEW “In Between These Sheets”

by Kya Publishing Canada writer Stacey M. Robinson

Cleveland author Jameel Davis is not normal. I mean this in the most respectful, and endearing, and celebratory of ways. After reading his book “In Between These Sheets” (that I drove all the way to Cleveland, Ohio to pick up hot off the presses in the summer of 2019), it only reinforced my positive opinion of this brother. He is not normal…he’s definitely outstanding.

The thoughts, the wisdom, the insight, the honesty, the maturity, the social awareness…none of this is standard. The sheer volume that he is able to produce as a writer: also not normal. In the pages of this book, Jameel Davis touched on topics, themes, personal anecdotes, and a range of subjects that make him not only a significant contributor to the ongoing cultural dialogue surrounding these topics, but also a damn good writer.

I know Jameel personally, so it’s hard to not be impressed by this 30-year-old African-American young man. He’s educated. He’s kind. He’s insightful. He’s helpful. He’s an all around stand up fellow that is easy to get along with, and a great creative and professional partner-in-literature. That being said, after finishing this particular book, my perspective of him was confirmed. In addition to the other great characteristics, I really reflected on just how powerful Jameel is as a writer, a speaker, and an influencer overall.

I was initially introduced to this book by the seductive digital marketing campaign that Jameel executed in the months leading up to the book’s release. Only seeing a selection of photos, excerpts, and of course the title, I was truly expecting this book to be something…well, considerably adult in nature. While Jameel isn’t recognized (yet) as a fiction writer, I suspected the content might be poetry-based or even narrative in nature.

The well-coordinated campaign climaxed with an exquisite book release party in downtown Cleveland in August, where friends, family, and supporters gathered in their pajamas for an afternoon soiree to release the book cover and officially launch the project into the literary atmosphere (aka Amazon).

A thoughtful brother by nature, Jameel ensured that not only did he provide the adequate amount of build up to the release of his book, but also that he contextualized it in a way that you could wonder and predict what he had to say…but still wouldn’t really know until you read it.

I was pleasantly surprised. Even having a general idea about the thought behind the concept, I still wasn’t prepared for the depth and significance of the text of “In Between These Sheets.”

Again, it was a well-coordinated, well-orchestrated, and well-thought out process prior to getting to the actual pages of the book. And while we believe the book to primarily focus on activities “between the sheets”…it was a little bit more complicated than that. It definitely got hot and steamy…but the journey to get to that point was much like life. There were lessons, and introductions. Thoughts, and warnings. There were overviews, and musings, and over 300 pages of writing…before getting to the physical activities.

Yet, still keeping the focus on self-love, respect, and progression, the book never lost its dignity. Even when the chapter title is “Sip & Paint” (oh yeah…he went there), there is still an element of elegance to the encounters. The set up and build up was so well-planned that by the time to you get to the actual salaciousness…you have already learned that it’s not salacious at all. In fact, it’s quite beautiful.

That being said, the journey to get to the pleasure took a few pivots along the way. There was definitely no topic left un-turned in this project. Jameel covers a lot of social and cultural ground, approaching issues like family, confidence, single parenthood, dating, financial literacy, messages to black men in particular, and messages to black women.

He speaks as a friend, a peer, a lover, and a family member. He speaks as an educated professional, and in the language of an inner-city neighbour, mixed with a college professor. He approaches topics that are uncomfortable, but with wisdom, bringing comfort to the understanding in which it is rooted.

Some of my favourite passages:

“Sisters, uplift our black brothers. Speak life into them and encourage them to achieve something greater than their eyes can see.”

“Brothers, respect, love, support, protect and care for our children and sisters. Help provide protection in your homes and communities. Be leaders in your home and in the community.”

“No other women can carry our tradition and legacy like our own women.”

“Settling just for that exterior attraction will get you hurt quick. Dig deeper. Don’t date liabilities, date assets. Invest in you.”

“I don’t follow the norm. It is impossible for me to lead that way.”

“I crave to be fed your love and restorative energy.”

“Never let the one who enslaved you, teach you about anything.”

“We are more than just a color. We are the spirits and vibrations, the language and rules, the numbers, religion, science, inventions and tools.”

From family to finance, self-empowerment, and community building, Jameel took the pages of his book “In Between These Sheets” to make sure he equipped his readers and his community-at-large about life. About love, and money, and friendship, and family, and all of the elements that we are faced with when building our own characters, and inevitably connecting with one another on an intimate level.

Who would I recommend this book to? Really, anyone! Any adult can read this book and find a gem about life that will positively influence them. I was truly moved by a few of the passages and took away a few insights that I had never really contemplated before. This book is a wise man’s manifesto, and a chronicling of all of the important information that he has to pass on to his community.

You can sense his urgency, and his authentic passion for communicating messages of empowerment. Again, even without knowing Jameel personally, I would be able to recognize that this book is created specifically for the benefit of personal strength and community sustainability. Without getting too deep into financial literacy or other logistics, it provides the right amount of expertise for the reader to take these tools, explore them further, and thrive.

If I had to pick a specific demographic to read and appreciate this book, I think it would be women. Women of all ages, but particularly younger early career-aged women who haven’t yet learned all of life’s lessons that come with experience and trial-and-error. Young women looking for love. Young women who may be discouraged or mentally exhausted. I would recommend it to young women, because there is something beautifully empowering about having an enlightened man speak this level of kindness to his audience…with nothing to gain but the satisfaction of knowing he helped.

It’s evident. When you read this book, you will feel how much Jameel cares. He cared enough to write almost 400 pages of soulful prose and poetry. He cared enough to dedicate this to the folks that perhaps need it the most, and those who require a bit of a boost and guidebook.

Women can benefit particularly from listening to the voice of a man that’s been there…he’s been in the relationships, and in the conflicts…he’s existed in society as a black man, and he’s been raised by black women. Without being condescending or misogynistic, this male perspective is honest and refreshing, and truthfully…very helpful.

I commend Jameel for this piece of work. I am excited for him, because as I read it I kept thinking to myself…if this is what he’s coming up with NOW…then by the time he hits 35, or 40, or 50…he will be an unstoppable and influential force. He already possesses the character and expertise to lead and teach (and has a busy motivational speaking calendar), and I think that this is truly just the beginning of Jameel’s capabilities not only as a writer but also a leader.

Well done. Well constructed. This book moved me, and it will surely move you as well. In the words of Mr. Davis, “Who you attract is a result of the energy you choose to emit.” For what it’s worth, I’m glad I’ve come across both this book…and it’s author.

Written by Stacey Marie Robinson for Kya Publishing’s “Urban Toronto Tales” blog.

http://staceymarierobinson.blogspot.com/2020/03/book-review-in-between-these-sheets-by.html

New Book, “AGAINST ALL ODDS” Written by Mercedes Baynes, Set to Release May 2, 2020

What would you do if you felt your best wasn’t good enough, that everywhere you looked or went, someone or something was there standing in your way, blocking your path? Would you give up, allowing the world to defeat you or would you stand and fight, granting your faith, willpower, strength and courage to lead you to triumph?

Join Mercedes Baynes, author of “Against All Odds” at Kevantes Restaurant & Lounge from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. for the celebration of her new book.

Help support this new writer as she embark on her journey to help many people, especially young women to rise from their pitfalls.

#AgainstAllOdds #MercedesBaynes

50 YEARS OF BLACK HISTORY with Wickliffe High School (2/24/2020)



On Monday February 24, 2020, I created the space for 400 students and staff at Wickliffe High School to “Tap In” to the legacy of Black History Month (50th Anniversary Celebration), the pioneers of Black History Month, the Great Jameel Davis and the many people who have and are currently contributing to our cultural advancement. Thank You Wickliffe High School for opening your doors for me.

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First and foremost, we give thanks to our creator for another day of life, despite where we are in our lives, the struggles and successes we have experienced, we are here again and together. The gift of life is the greatest gift of all and nothing else truly matters except the love you receive from those who matter most.

My name is Jameel Davis and I am a self-motivated black man. My purpose is to be the change in society by striving for success and helping as many people as I can along the way. I offer a mind filled with the intelligence I need to make it to the top. I offer a heart filled with love that is ready to explode, I offer strength and effort that allows me to take on any challenge and I don’t give up easily. One who gives up easily, is considered lazy and weak, therefore I work hard at every task. Working hard allows me to turn hard obstacles into easy ones and hard work builds my character and self confidence. I look up to myself because I’m superior than many, at the same level as most and not too far from the ones at the top. Who am I? I am Jameel. Who is Jameel? a man of my word, a leader, filled with pride, courage, love, intelligence, humor, respect, confidence. And most of all, I am a black man with a plan. My plan is to act as a magnet and attract all that I need, in order to succeed and to be a change for myself and society. I am a man, a black man, I am Jameel.

Next, I would like to give thanks to Mr. Balduff for inviting me to Wickliffe High School to speak to you all today in honor of black history month.


This month of February, marks the 50th anniversary of Black History Month, and I would like to thank Wickliffe High School for celebrating the accomplishments and legacy of many people of color, who have come before us, and those who are currently paving the way for generations to come.


50 Years ago, in 1970 — four Pioneers thought of, recorded and celebrated the first Black History Month. Those pioneers were students Carl Gregory and Dwayne White, and school Administrators, Dr. Edward Crosby and Dr. Milton Wilson Jr., All men of color and all apart of Kent State University. My alma mater.


Some may argue, Carter G. Woodson is the man behind black history month, and I will argue that he is the man behind “Black History Week,” better known as “Negro Week.” Woodson’s annual celebration of negro week caught the attention of Kent State Students, Carl Gregory and Dewayne White. Carl and Dewayne indicated at the time, the achievements of people of color should be celebrated longer than a week and should be celebrated the entire month of February. So they got to work and worked collectively with Dr. Crosby who created Kent State University’s Black Studies Program, now known as the Department of Pan-African Studies, and Dr. Wilson jr., who was the first Dean of Human Relations, to establish and record the first Black History Month.

It is with great honor and respect that I express my gratitude to Carter G. Woodson, Carl Gregory, Dewayne White, Dr. Edward Crosby, Dr. Milon Wilson jr. and Kent State University for developing the idea of highlighting the achievements of people of color, and for their role in establishing Black History Month. If it wasn’t for those pioneers and my alma mater Kent State University, we would not be celebrating 50 years of Black History Month today.

Let’s give a round of applause for 50 Years of Black History Month, the pioneers who made it all possible, and the many people who have contributed and currently contribute toward the legacy of people of color, as well as many who have and are making the world a better place to live.


This 50th year of Black History Month is very dear to me because, on Saturday February 15, 2020, Kent State University held their 50 Years of Black History Celebration in the very same building where it all started in 1970. I found out about the event via Facebook and was fortunate enough to attend as a regular guest; forgetting all about being a Kent State alumni.

When I arrived at Cartwright Hall, I sat next to a current student of Kent State and member of the Black United Students (BUS) organization, who I had met on a recent visit to Kent. Black United Students is the first organization of it’s kind in the country. Started in 1968, BUS developed into an organization recognized for its advocacy of social justice for people of color, and African-American students in particular. Today, their philosophy is to serve and unify all black students at Kent State University by addressing their needs.

While engaged in a small chat, I heard my 7 year old son shout, “Daddy look, you are on the screen.” So, I turned and looked and I saw a photograph of me on the screen, with a short bio, one of my quotes, along with the title, “African-American Alumni Making History.” I then noticed everyone looking over in my direction smiling and I could not help but to smile in return. I quickly pulled out my phone and snapped a picture of the screen before the slide show changed.


After capturing the photo, I thought to myself:

How do they know about me?

Why wasn’t I formally invited to attend the event?

or why wasn’t I notified about being included in the presentation?

Who is the person behind this presentation?

I thought deeper and said to myself, “many people of color have graduated from Kent State University since 1970, why was I included in the 50th Anniversary Celebration presentation of Black History along with Josh Cribbs, Steve Harvey, Don King, Arsenio Hall, Wayne Dawson, and several other Kent State Alumni who have made their mark in the world?” I am somebody, but why me out of all of the African-American Alumni who have obtained their degree from Kent State since 1970. Why the 50th Anniversary Celebration?

As the ceremony continued, I remembered. Back on January 16, 2020, I received an email from Kent State University Alumni association informing me that I have been nominated for the 2020 Distinguished Citizen Award, which had caught me by total surprise.

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Moments later, I was asked to stand to be recognized as an honoree.

The school that helped four men of color establish black history month in 1970, a cultural celebration that is celebrated annually worldwide, the school in which I obtained my Bachelors of Arts Degree from in 2013, had featured me in their 50th Anniversary Celebration that honored and awarded the four pioneers of Black History Month. For me, that is a pretty amazing accomplishment, given the cards I was dealt early in life. 

However, because I have dedicated my life towards promoting kindness, love, understanding and hope to whomever I come in contact with, and because I do everything with love and respect, such moments of excellence naturally unfolds. Violating the human rights of others and having a negative attitude toward others will not foster success.


I could not highlight my black history month experience or speak on Black History without first paying homage to the gentlemen and institution who thought of and implemented the idea of honoring the achievements of people of Color. And because of them, I am very grateful for being a man of color today, who is recognized and honored for my investment in my community and beyond. It is a proud black man moment for me, especially being invited here today, with my son, to share my knowledge and story with you all. Thank you for this moment in history.


Although black history month is known for highlighting people of color who have made major contributions to society, I don’t want to take away from your contributions big or small, towards the advancement of people of color, because you all are just as important to Black History as we are.

You do not need to make a popular media outlet’s headline in order to make a difference. You do not need to have a million followers, likes and comments on social media in order to make a difference. You do not need world validation in order to make a difference. You do not need to be a millionaire or billionaire in order to make a difference. All you need is you. Do things because it’s true for you to do and with love, not because you have been influenced by others to do it.

It’s important that we document our history, because if we do not document our history, then our legacy dies. I am not speaking only to black people, but to people in general. How do we keep our legacy alive, by documenting our stories through images and writing. If photographers, videographers, journalists and media outlets aren’t reaching out to cover your story, it’s important that you take your own pictures and videos, and write your own articles and books, so that you can share it with those who will come after you and those who will be inspired by your leadership. 

Black history is more than just people from the past, it’s more than just people who make popular headlines, it’s more than just people who are the first to do something. Black history is you, it’s me, it’s everything that we do. Us breathing alone is Black History and I am thankful that we all are joined here today celebrating Black History Month.

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I know Carter G. Woodson is the father of Negro Week, and Carl, Dewayne, Dr. Edward and Dr. Milton are the fathers of Black History Month, but I believe the awards, achievements, and the sacrifices people of color have made and currently make for the betterment of our culture and society should be celebrated three-hundred and sixty five days a year. And I believe those who are catering to the destruction of our culture and race should not be recognized, celebrated or highlighted in any fashion. Because negativity is the cause of disease, destruction and disaster. Positivity and Love creates a better living environment for all.

Before I go, I would like to leave you all with a poem I’ve written titled, “We Are More Than Just A Color.” And this poem will tell you why people of color are of value, why we should be honored and respected, and why our contributions to society should be celebrated 365 days a year.

We Are More Than Just A Color

We are the stars, the earth, the sun and the moon, We are perfectly aligned with pyramids, creating birthday signs and seasons, like Cancers kicking off the summer in June.

We Are More Than Just A Color

We are the diamonds and gold, your oils and fruits, We are the coco to your chocolate bar, and rubber to your boots.

We Are More Than Just A Color

We are the spirits and vibrations, the language and rules,The numbers, religion, science, inventions and tools.

We Are More Than Just A Color

We are the hunters and fishermen, the blueprints and machines,we are the homes and their keys, the jackets and jeans. We are electricity, we are the phones, we are the cars in the street, we are the firewood and coal that provide the buildings we’ve built with heat.

We Are More Than Just A Color

We are the music, the films, the arts and sports,mother liberty is really an African woman, you know the statue in New York?

The French gave it to America as a gift because they wanted our enslavement to end, America changed her features, kept us on plantations feeding cotton to gin.

We Are More Than Just A Color

We are the stocks and bonds, we are Wall Street, We are the victories of War, with no honorable mentions on history sheets.

In 1921, our rich town was burned to concrete, because after we won WWI, many white Americans had no money or no place to sleep. As a result they turned into wolves and we turned into sheep.

We Are More Than Just A Color

We are not negros, pickaninnies, monkeys, nor apes, we are the original royal family, that society took centuries to reshape.

We Are More Than Just A Color

Most of the world don’t want you to know how great you really are, that’s why they hide it away, feed us illusions and have torn our families apart.

We are more than just people on the back of the bus, almost everything you see and do, you can believe it originated from us.

We Are More Than Just A Color

We are 365 days a year, We are the most intelligent beings alive, Lets celebrate that with cheer.

Thank you, Jameel Davis


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BOOK CON 2020: Meet us There with our very own Authors, Jameel Davis and Jaheir Davis.

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center will be hosting the Mother of All Book Festivals BOOK CON, in the publishing and cultural capital of the world, New York City from May 28 – May 21 2020.


 

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BookCon is a weekend for book lovers to unite over their love of books, meet their favorite authors, attend amazing panels and meet some of their favorite celebrities. Over 20k fans, Celebrities, Big name Publishers & Authors, Big Media Outlets, and more attend BookCon each year.

Elevatedwaves Publishing have been invited to bring along with us, our very own international author and speaker Jameel Davis and his son Jaheir Davis to BookCon 2020. Elevatedwaves Publishing, Authors Jameel Davis and Jaheir Davis will be exhibiting How Success Became My Focus, Cultivating Minds To Own Thyself , Oh Yeah!! Let’s Write, and New Book, In Between These Sheets, on Saturday May 30 from 10AM-6PM and on Sunday May 31 from 10AM-5PM at Booth: BC8.

Stop by our booth to meet Jameel , Jaheir, and our representatives. Come learn about their books, buy their books at a discounted price, pose for photos and more.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT BOOKCON!

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Jameel is currently seeking Contributions toward their trip to New York and would greatly appreciate if you could send a donation of any kind. This is something Jameel have always wanted to take part in since becoming an author nearly four years ago. His opportunity to attend BookCon has finally come and your donation of any kind would help. For kind donations, please make check or money order out to ElevatedWaves Publishing and mail to 13601 Woodward Blvd. Garfield Heights, OH 44125. Thank you for your contribution.

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available. If you are interested in having your brand in front of over 20,000 people at the largest book festival in the world, please complete the form below. Jameel is currently seeking Apparel Brands who would be interested in him sporting their brand (T-shirt, hat, jacket, etc.). Jameel will be wearing each brand (shirt, hat, jacket, etc. ) for an hour as we speak with media outlets, journalists, big name publishers, authors, celebrities, YouTube influencers, new readers and more. By having two of the most attractive book covers and books on the market, plus his energy and exceptional branding and marketing skills, our work and your brand will be visible to thousands of BookCon attendees.