2017 Jersey Shore Urban Book Expo


West Long Branch, NJ – Despite the Nor’easter, the first annual Jersey Shore Urban Book Expo pushed on. Book lovers came far and wide to Monmouth University’s student center to celebrate urban book authors seasoned or just starting their career in publishing. Sponsored by Monmouth University, Long Branch Public Library, and Long Branch Recreation, authors displayed their work, sold copies, and offered signings while engaging with attendees. Hosted by WBLS radio personality Lenny Green, the goal of the expo was to facilitate a dialogue about the need for urban authors and letting your voice be heard through writing.

Many of the authors expressed they have been blessed to leave their 9-5 to pursue writing full-time and even start their own publishing companies.

“Whether you have a few books under your book or just starting out, you are starting a wonderful journey that is going to last a lifetime” Lenny Green said to the authors during a question/answer discussion.

Charlmange Tha God, radio host of 105.1’s Breakfast Club, was also there who enamored fans while promoting the recent release of his book “Black Privilege”. Attendees were able to get an autographed copy of the book.

The organizers of the expo say this is the first of many. They want to be able to continue to dialogue that urban voices matter. For more information, please visit their website.

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Chenelle Renee’ Covin is the Editor-in-Chief/Communications Manager of Unheard Voices Magazine and its subsidiaries. After taking the position as Editor-in-Chief of Unheard Voices, she has helped evolved the magazine into a popular African-American/minority publication on the internet. Through Chenelle’s contributions, Unheard Voices has garnered national and international recognition, and namely so recognized as the who’s who in urban online media. Chenelle has attended Rutgers University and graduated from Monmouth University with honors with a degree in Business Administration. When first asked to get involved with the magazine she was able to master the art of graphic design and web development with out taking any formal classes in a very short time. She currently designed and implemented internship opportunities to be offered in the Long Branch, Asbury Park, and Neptune communities. Her goal is to work with the local NAACP, Long Branch Housing Authority and other agencies to teach and give jobs to those interested in Journalism and Mass Communication in the minority communities.

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