Journalist and motivational speaker, Betty Winston Baye, is author of “Blackbird” (August Press) and “The Africans” (Banbury/Dell). She’s been published in Louisville, Essence and other magazines and has been featured in several books, including “Children of the Dream: The Psychology of Black Success” (Audrey Edwards and Dr. Craig Polite); “Work Sister Work: How Black Women Can Get Ahead in Today’s Business Environment” (Cydney Shields & Leslie Shields); and “Kentucky Women: Two Centuries of Indomitable Spirit and Vision” (Eugenia K. Potter). She contributed to the anthology “Thinking Black: Some of America’s Best Black Columnists Speak Their Mind” (DeWayne Wickham, editor).

Betty is researcher/interviewer for the University of Kentucky’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame Oral History Project and co-chair of the University of Louisville’s Black Family Conference. She was an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College and Bellarmine University

She’s a former reporter, editorial writer and columnist for The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) and previously a reporter for The Daily Argus (Mount Vernon, NY).

She holds a master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and bachelor’s from Hunter College, City University of New York. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1990-91. In 2013, Betty was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists’ Hall of Fame, and in 2016, HBCU Simmons College of Kentucky awarded Betty an honorary doctorate of humanities.

Betty is a past vice president and regional director of the National Association of Black Journalists. She founded the Zora Neale Hurston Readers’ Circle in 1999. Other memberships include the Black Alumni Network of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; the Louisville Chapter of Chums Inc.; and St. Stephen Baptist Church.

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David Rivera and I were young teens when we met in East Harlem/El Barrio in 1960. We went our separate ways after high school and were out of sight and touch for almost half a century. We were in our 60s when we reconnected in 2010 at a neighborhood reunion. We fell quickly, madly and deeply in love. From the beginning music was a connective tissue of our relationship. When David and I were coming of age in New York City, and especially in East Harlem, doo wop, R&B and latin (some call it salsa) music spilled out of apartment windows, dance halls, record shops, restaurant jukeboxes, project hallways and street corners. David and I did not get to spend 20, 10 or even five full years together, but we squeezed so much joy and countless sweet memories out of the time that we had. David was my lover, my comrade, my homie and my friend. My God, how I loved that man;


A collection of original essays and 40 newspaper columns about family, womanhood and the Diaspora.
Soar with Baye and read essays on religion and spirituality. In the chapter “Sage,” Baye deconstructs the mythology of goodness in Black America. The chapter “Journeys” feature dispatches from Cuba and Ghana.

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The Africans

Julie Lee, daughter of a slave and a slave owner’s son, falls in love with Jack Bratcher, a free Black fighting for the North, and is determined to obtain her freedom

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