Saturday, March 06, 2010

ABOUT URBAN REVIEWS - Mission Statement and Personal Bios


Urban Reviews is the premier online resource for open and honest opinions on some of today's latest and greatest releases in African-American Fiction.  Our goal is to provide an insight for visitors to decide whether or not they should consider getting any of the featured releases.

Urban Reviews provides elaborate reviews of recent works, exclusive interviews with today’s Black fiction writers, new release information, diferent networks (Facebook Group, Twitter, etc) to discuss books, relevant topics, and give feedback on our reviews or the website itself. The Facebook Group is also meant to encourage everyone to take part and share information with each other and submit their own opinions on books that they have evaluated themselves. You can also learn about industry news, get press releases, be eligible for contests, get daily book previews delivered to your inbox, and much more in the Facebook Group.

We here at Urban Reviews feel that the website can be one of the best vehicles for getting informed on what’s hot and what’s not in the African American fiction world.


Charles Hubbert (1978 - 2013)
Co-Founder / Co-Webmaster (July 2005 to February 2013)
This website is dedicated to my late husband and Co-Founder/Co-Webmaster Charles Hubbert.
Charles was a driving force behind Urban Reviews since it's inception. He always wanted it flourish and to become a trusted review source for the African American literary industry. Charles may be gone but will always be remembered as one half of the soul of Urban Reviews.

Radiah Hubbert
Co-Founder / Head of the Book Review Team (July 2005 to present)

Hello, my name is Radiah Hubbert a native of Milwaukee, WI . I graduated from Rust College where I majored in Mass Communications/Broadcast Journalism. I was an on-air personality at 93.3 WJZI-FM for 3 years & was also a member of NABJ. I am a current member of Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals, and Relay For Life of Milwaukee. I have been reading African-American fiction for about 20 years. I'm a member of Cultural Circle Book Club, A Brand New Day Book Club & read about 6-8 books monthly.

I love to read and am excited that I can share my opinion on my own website. I will feature a variety of authors every month including interviews. Urban Reviews also holds two annual book events, the Great Midwest Book Fest and the Fall Fiction Fest.

Jackie H.
Associate Book Reviewer (March 2007 to present)

Jackie is an avid reader born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. She is a member of a book club and very active in family and church activities.

Her favorite authors include: Carl Weber, Maya Angelou, Zane, Eric Jerome Dickey, and Jacqueline Thomas. Her favorite books include Defining Moments by Jacquelin Thomas, The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, and everything by Carl Weber.

Associate Book Reviewer  (November 2007 to present)

Welcome to Tazzye's world. Tazzyt2bossye is my pen name on the web. I find joy and escapism from the daily trials and tribulations in fiction. I have always enjoyed reading, listening to music, and consider myself a positive force to be reckoned with.

I remember being a teenager and sneaking away from the family to read my mother's Harlequin Romances. When I became an adult, I read HR, and one day...WOW...Terri McMillan jumpstarted an epidemic. Sure, there were other authors, but I'm talking "keepin' it real" reading. Years later, I was awed again with another fantabolous WOW when Nikki Turner strutted in with A Hustlers Wife. I was like a fiend trying to get that book. So basically, I was initiated into Urban Lit by Nikki Turner's A Hustler's Wife and Shannon Holmes' B-More Careful and I've been hooked every since.

My all-time favorite authors are Tu-Shonda Whitaker, Danielle Santiago, Deja King, Jihad, Beverly Jenkins, Victoria Christopher Murray, Leila Jefferson, etc. As you can see, the list is endless, but those are ones that I'm gonna cop no matter what! Music-wise, Gerald Levert and Mary J. Blige are the ultimate for me, but there's a youngster on the come-up on the rap music scene that has an original style and vibe that I'm absolutely loving. Kudos to Smurf G of G Entertainment.

Just another day in the life of a book addict deemed's just Tazzye's world!

Tenecia Langston
Associate Book Reviewer (June 2008 to present)

My name is Tenecia Langston. I live in Corinth (Dallas), TX with my husband of 9 years and my two children. I have been a teacher for the past 9 years. I enjoy cooking and reading. I have been reading romance novels since 1994. Some of my favorite authors are Brenda Jackson, Rochelle Alers, Adrienne Byrd, Francine Craft, Melanie Schuster, and Kim Louise...just to name a few.

Kristin M.
Associate Book Reviewer (June 2008 to present)

Hi all! My name is Kristin. I am a mother of one son. I graduated from Alverno College with a double major in Business Management and Computer Studies. I currently work in the Insurance Field as an Liability Adjuster. I have been avid reader since I was small. I have a vast book collection. My favorite authors are Carl Weber, Shannon Holmes, Chunichi, and Noire (I can go on and on!). I also enjoy new and up-and-coming authors as well. I enjoy mostly non-fiction.

In my spare time, I am also an avid a music fan. I love all kinds but especially Neo-Soul, R & B, and Rap. I love shoes and purses ~LOL~ I enjoy movies, traveling, concerts, comedy shows, bowling, darts, etc. But I definitely love a good book that can hold my attention with realistic story lines.

Leona Romich
Associate Book Reviewer (November 2009 to present)

My name is Leona, I am in my early 30's. Reside in Ohio. I have three wonderful children. I am an avid reader and love to read and have a book with me everywhere I go.

I have been reading since an early age. The first adult book I read was when I was 9yrs. old, it was FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC by V.C. Andrews. My favorite authors are Bernice McFadden you can't go wrong with any of her novels. My favorite street-lit author is Al-Saadiq Banks. I typically read at least 10 or more books a month. I have recently started reading Brenda Hampton's, NAUGHTY series, and I am loving the series. I enjoy reading non-fiction books by authors such as: Iyanla Vanzant and T.D. Jakes.


We hope you enjoy the website!

Let us know if there is anything you want us to review or give your two cents in our Facebook Group.

Thanks Again and Happy Browsing!

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