September 14, 2017


By Shonassee Shaver


Staff Writer




The L.A. Watts Times brings “Off The Shelf”, a new column for intriguing political, social and entertaining literary work, and need to know novels, published within the utopia of Black literature.


FOX News Co-host, Eboni K. Williams Embraces Beauty as an Asset in Corporate America


Can a professional woman have both beauty and brains as a positive and powerful asset, while climbing the corporate latter? Author, Eboni K. Williams answers this question in her new book, “Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success”. Williams insists that there is power in a woman’s appearance in the work place. An attorney, co-host of “The FOX News Specialists” as well as a radio personality, she explores the reasoning behind the question: why should a smart, credentialed woman with professional ambition focus on her looks? 



The bottom line queston is: does looks matter?  According Williams, it should matter. Further, she feels women shouldn’t have to play down their appearance to be taken seriously and respected. Her book credits a study done by Newsweek magazine, concluding that attractive women have an edge on getting hired and promoted. In contrast, women can be apprehensive when playing up their beauty in fear that it may divert or minimize their intelligence, skill and credentials in corporate America.  Living in an image-driven society, the book details William’s struggle to coexist as an attorney, while being respected amongst her peers in law, politics and media. Further the book discusses sexual harassment, while shining a light on powerful public figures: CEO Desirée Rogers, Sarah Palin, Marcia Clark’s and others. She encourages women to develop all of their strengths and strive to be their best self, inside and out, without apology. “Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success” releases September 12, at all major retailers. For more information on the book or to purchase, visit


Stephen A. Tillett warns America against the Lies about race in ‘Stop Falling for the Okeydoke’




Author and political activist, Stephen A. Tillett uncovers the perplexing narrative of race in “Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of ‘Race’ Continues to Undermine Our Country.” Tillett urges Blacks and America as a whole to be aware of racial propaganda in his informative book. He believes we are living in a critical time in our nation's history; a time where people of like interests must come together for their common good, lest we all be overrun by the “Corporate States of America”. The ‘lie-the okeydoke’ of race has kept people of common concern separated for far too long. Genetically, we are all 99.9% the same. We must begin to act like it. As Dr. King once said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or (we will) perish together as fools. This book is leading edge thinking and it will have a big impact on America and the world,” states Dr. Willie Jolley, Bestselling author of “A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback” and “Achieving Greatness with An Attitude of Excellence.” Visit for “Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of "Race" Continues to Undermine Our Country.”


Author Leeza Lee Barr Proclaims Love is the Answer in her novel, ‘Love, Peace and Sweet Tea’


Fresh off a book tour, author Leeza Lee Barr continues to gain success with a new novel, “Love, Peace and Sweet Tea; Whatever the problem, love is the answer,” according to Barr. From the civil unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia to an array of Hurricanes: Harvey and Irma, America can use a little love, peace and sweet tea. Her book deals with universal issues, with one’s self and society as a whole. The novel holds a collection of poems and spiritual nourishment to uplift and renew readers who may see themselves as disadvantage in life. “This book is a collection of poetic writings that began its conception in my imagination, when I was a young girl toiling in the cotton fields of Holcomb, Mississippi. My literary works represent the fabric of the woman I dreamed I would one day become,” says Barr. Go to for more information and to purchase her book.





Category: Arts & Culture