“SWIRLING” Goes to Oak-Town, Making the MeetUp Group Rounds…

Attention Bay Area BB&W Crew Guys and Gals! Here’s the deets on an event Janice and I are having. Don’t judge me–it’s in press release form because I’m too dang tired to do it another way.
Authors of the popular romantic how-to on “dating out” join MeetUp’s Sisters and White Misters for Day Two of their Bay Area social events and discussions celebrating ‘the swirl’

Pop culture blogger, CHRISTELYN D. KARAZIN, and journalist, JANICE RHOSHALLE LITTLEJOHN, authors of “SWIRLING: How to Date, Mate and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed” are special guests for MeetUp event.
SISTERS WITH WHITE MISTERS hosts “Swirling” event highlighting a lively discussion on navigating mixed race, culture and faith relationships, moderated by award-winning journalist and blogger JENEE DARDEN. A book signing and mixer follows. Men, especially looking to mix and mingle, should be here! Price is $15.00, includes a copy “Swirling.”

Advanced RSVP required at http://sisters-whitemisters.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, October 14, 2012; 4 p.m.. – 6:30 p.m. PST Kincaid’s Restaurant in Jack London Square | 1 Franklin Street, Oakland CA

About SWIRLING
Written as a dating wake-up call for African American women, “Swirling” has quickly attracted general audience readers both male and female. It is the first handbook on navigating the exciting, tricky, and potentially disastrous terrain of interracial, intercultural and interfaith relationships, with testimonials and expert tips on how to make the bumpy ride a bit smoother.

“Swirling,” now in film development with State Street Pictures, debunks social, cultural and sexual myths on “dating out” and serves as a practical guide for coping with disapproving friends and family, and offers advice from mixed couples who are happily “swirling.” Released in May 2012 by Atria Paperback/ Simon & Schuster, “Swirling” debuted at #53 among books on SEX and #65 among books on HAPPINESS on Amazon’s Top 100 Books listing.

About the Authors
Christelyn D. Karazin is founder of the popular blog beyondblackwhite.com. She has also written health, lifestyle, business and education writer for “Woman’s Day,” “Better Homes & Gardens” and Reuters News Service, to name a few. Prior to writing, she was a public relations professional who specialized in consumer and legal public relations, and represented such clients as Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jay Gordon.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Karazin is an active member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and lives in Southern California. The mother of four children–three of them biracial–Christelyn has been married to her husband, Michael, for ten years.

Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn is a career journalist who writes about media and culture; women and African American issues. She is a longstanding contributor to “Multichannel News” and “emmy ®” magazines, and was a columnist for the Associated Press and BlackVoices.com. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the “Los Angeles Times,” “USA Today” and “Essence.” She is director and producer of the documentary, “…but can she play?: Blowin’ the Roof Off Women Horn Players in Jazz,” now in production.

She is a member of Women Action & Media in Los Angeles, and former board member of the Television Critics Association and the Journalism and Women Symposium where she continues to be an active member. Her work has been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists for reporting excellence on the African American condition. She earned her Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California, and has a degree in Communications from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she resides.
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Sisters with White Misters (San Francisco – Bay Area chapter) is a MeetUp.com group designed to attract diverse, high quality men and women with an open and like mind for networking, intelligent discussions, good laughs and more.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist and host of CocoaFly.com — a website and podcast offering a new flavor in news for women. The Oakland, Calif. native has reported for National Public Radio, “Time” magazine, Marketplace news radio show, Huffington Post and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” magazine.

In 2005, she contributed reporting on the London transit bombings for “Time” magazine’s Europe edition. Ms. Darden is the 2012 recipient of the New America Media Award for Outstanding Community Reporting-Radio. Jeneé holds a BA from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California.

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