Angelia Vernon Menchan

Angelia Vernon Menchan is an author, publisher and public speaker who owns two publishing companies, MAMM Productions and Honorable Menchan Media. Mrs. Menchan is also a Budget Officer and former Job Corps Counselor. To date she has published twenty-three books of her own work, both fiction and non-fiction and more than eighty ebook novellas on You can access her bibliography on search words: Angelia Vernon Menchan

Contact information:
Phone numbers: 904 714 2272 904 303 2679

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Queen I Reviews Mrs. Black?

Book Reviewed by Idrissa Uqdah
Angelia Vernon Menchan who also has written under the name, acVernon Menchan has just released an new novel that takes us further into the world of the residents of Center City, Florida. We met the usual suspects of Center City in her debut novel, Black's Trilogy: Black's Obsession. The trilogy also included Book Two: Cinnamon's Universe and Book Three: Brown's Possession . . . A Family's Progression.
What an interesting bunch the residents of Center City have turned out to be. The author has developed a cast of main characters that have layers of complex human traits. Even her secondary characters are memorable.
Malcolm Black the lead male character she introduced in the first book always keeps you guessing. You ponder his determination as he continues to do three things: make millions of dollars, give back to his hometown, and love Cinnamon Dubois Brown, his childhood friend. Not much more matters to Black.
Well in this new book, he hasn't changed a bit. He and Cinnamon have developed a Learning Center for the people of Center City that gives them the tools to develop their lives in a sound academic setting. They are working together every day but have not caved in to their desires for one another.
Meanwhile; Cinnamon has tired of Brown's womanizing ways. After one more affair leads to the husband of the married woman he has bedded trying to blackmail the now famous writer, Cinnamon; she has had enough. The husband even has explicit pictures of Brown and his wife together that he threatens to release to the media if Cinnamon does not give him a certain amount of money.
Although the money is not a problem for Cinnamon; her self-esteem and pride will not allow her to turn her head this time. Cinnamon asks Brown to leave the family home. She decides that a legal separation is the only way for her to heal from his disrespect for their marriage. She needs to decide whether to end the marriage and finally divorce a man who has never been faithful to her.
This is a big step for Cinnamon and it is a difficult decision but she finds that it frees her in so many ways. Always the nurturing wife and mother; Cinnamon finally puts her own needs first.
How both families, including the son and daughter that she has raised with Brown, both families, and the town folk react to her decision is a story full of surprises.
As I read Mrs. Black? all of the familiarity of the characters immediately returned to me. The storyline is part soap opera and part Black family history. I felt like these characters were people that I knew and the setting was some place that I had been. I thought it was quite a remarkable read.
I am partial to books about upper class African American people who haven't forgotten where they come from and who use their resources to empower their community. It's like a breath of fresh air, these politically-correct wealthy Black folk. I'd love to see this story as a series on late-night BET.
Pick up the entire series. I won't let the cat out of the bag on how all of this relates to Malcolm Black but you can be sure he is waiting in the wings for his precious Cinnamon.
What will happen now that she is free? Tune in, same place, same time and you will not be disappointed. Angelia Vernon Menchan is a writer who will consistently keep you waiting for her next release.


About three years ago I was sitting in my garage talking to my sons and one of their friends and the friend made a statement that resonated in it’s truth…his words were…
“Black parents are different than white parents, they allow their growN children to stay with them no matter what, white parents kick us to the curb…”
The child said a mouthful and didn’t even realize what a poignant, true and sad statement that was…
Black mamas we are so guilty of that,
We have such a desire to help our kids out,
And those middle class mamas amongst us,
Really don’t want folks to talk about us,
So we do way too much,
And mama way past the statute of limitations,
Without fully realizing what we are doing,
We are doing them and us,
A grave injustice,
Them because they get to make bad decisions over and over again,
And we pick up the pieces, hide the mess and pay until we are destitute,
What we must learn to do is raise them,
And let them go,
And when they stumble and fall, we will have to allow them to be crushed,
Just a bit,
Because you can’t get wine without crushing some grapes,
And you can’t get responsible adults without them feeling the crushing pain of their choices…
And us, because we are entitled to live our latter years in relative peace and quiet,
Without the drama of our kids lives impacting us,
Does this mean that you can’t be supportive,
No, no, no…
But support does not mean,
Spending your retirement paying their bills so they can sit home all day,
Or bailing ‘em out of the same mess over and over,
If they continue to do the same things, obviously they like it and you have to leave ‘em to it….
And here it is,
We are going to have to treat our sons the way we treat out daughters…
Raise them, not spoil them…
It is not a good look for the future…
Trust me on this one…


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