After a long time in the making, my very first book is finally done! All that is needed now is the necessary funding to fully bring it into existence! "The Book of Obsidian: A Manual for the 21st Century Gentleman" is truly groundbreaking, in that it's written by one of the founders of the Black Manosphere - yours truly - and will say things and address topics that no other book in the "Black Love" genre has or will! Here's a description of the book, from the cover above:
"Over the past decade, there have been many things said and written about the state of "Black Love" - some good and in most cases, mostly bad. No one had the balls to say what so badly needs to be said...until now. After more than a decade of the most intense, boots on the ground study of relationships and the science of human mating, Mumia Obsidian Ali - one of the founding fathers of the Black Manosphere and longtime podcaster, talk radio host, blogger and writer - finally weighs in and gives his take. The Book Of Obsidian is an unflinchingly honest look at the state of dating and mating in 21st century Black America - and it ain't pretty. Definitely not for the faint of heart or the politically correct that's so prone to being "triggered" these days, Ali's book is a hands-on manual that gives today's Black man the tools to navigate the minefield that is "Black Love" today. Read the book if you dare - and transform your life!"
Sounds pretty good, huh? And that's just for starters - "The Book of Obsidian" is made up of a combination of my previous columns in my position as resident dating coach for the Negromanosphere website, as well as my weekly members-only dating column from my newsletter. The book also includes additional never seen before chapters that will address topics that have NEVER been discussed by ANYONE out there on the "Black Love" scene!
Not content to merely put out a half-assed book that is all too often par for the course in Black American literary circles - especially in these days of self-publishing - I've gone to great lengths to ensure that this is a quality read in every way! I've spent months researching and talking to industry pros to be sure that what I wanted to do would be done right. This is a REAL book - complete with an index, bibliography, introduction, glossary, you name it - and it FEELS like a real book, too. Weighing in at more than 300 pages, this thing can double as an improvised self-defense weapon or a doorstop, LOL!
But seriously, the "Black Love" genre - and especially a book written by and for Black men - NEEDS a serious book out there that specifically addresses their dating and mating needs and goals in this particular moment in time. The book is ripped right from the headlines with its topical nature and is replete with sources and citations, too - none of that "homespun wisdom" stuff that so many other "Black Love" books seem to be chock full off. My opinions and commentary are rooted in the most up to the minute, cutting edge information, data and research, all bearing on the science(!) of human mating. It will be a volume that will go down in history as a true one of a kind and a trailblazer for future writers to come!
In addition to the funding I need to get the book done, I will also need funding to take the book on tour. At its heart, "The Book of Obsidian" is about having a REAL conversation (shoutout to Hill Harper!) about the all-important dating and mating issues that beset present day Black America. The Black Manosphere has forced Black women to come to the table to talk - and "The Book of Obsidian" will keep them around. To that end, I've setup a two-part touring schedule that will include the following biggest Black cities:
1st Leg of Tour, May-Aug 2020:
2. New York City
5. New Orleans (Essence Music Festival)
6. Atlanta (again!)
7. The DMV (Washington, DC, Maryland & Virginia)
2nd Leg of Tour, Sep-Nov 2020:
2. New York City
5. Houston/Dallas/Austin (again!)
As you can see in the simple pie chart graph above, this fundraising budget is divided up into three distinct parts: the book itself, which would include costs like copy and line editing, getting books printed, promotional materials, setting up a website, getting the resources to get the audiobook done and more; while the last two parts of the budget have to do with the book tour and all of the expenses that would entail, such as airfare and travel, hotel accomodations, booth space and so on. This is a big ask, but as I said, I want to do this right and doing things right does cost! The book will be available in ALL formats - print, ebook/Kindle AND audiobook, something that is very rare for first time self-published authors! On top of that, "The Book of Obsidian" will be available worldwide, from the streets to Amazon and Barnes & Noble and beyond!
This aims to be a topnotch effort and with your help, history will be made! All contributions are greatly appreciated but those who contribute at levels of $200 USD and above get special thanks from me in the form of their name appearing in a special "thank you" section of the book, as well as their receiving an autographed copy of the book (please be sure to contact me at [email protected] with a screenshot of your $200 USD-plus contribution and we'll go from there)! We only need less than 600 stout-hearted people to make this happen in just under 120 days! "The Book of Obsidian" is here - now let's do this!
Thank you all for your support!
Mumia Obsidian Ali
"The VOICE Of The Everyday Brotha"