Friday 5: Best Books by Entertainers

Famed singer, record producer, song writer, leading actress, mother of Blue Ivy and overall Earth God, Beyonce Knowles added award winning journalist to her resume after receiving an award from the New York Association of Black Journalists. I always thought she was overrated and overexposed but apparently there is not anything she cannot master. The award was for an essay she wrote in Essence Magazine entitled “Eat, Play, Love” where she discusses her “break” from show business. She highlights moments in her solo career, focusing mostly on her travels while touring. After working so hard for so long, she makes the bold decision to go on hiatus for a whopping nine months to allow herself time to relax and seek inspiration.

As a music aficionado, I do understand that entertainers often have to endure struggles and setbacks in a business where competition can be defeating and success if often short lived. I would love to learn about more musicians’ stories, especially when told through their own lens.When researching autobiographies written by singers, I discovered only a few, especially from African-American artists. Here are some written accounts from artists I would actually be interested in:

1. Miles: The Autobiography, Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe

2. The Confessions of Rick James: Memoirs of a Super Freak

3. E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX

4. Secrets of a Sparrow, Diana Ross

5. Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B.B. King

People with reason were outraged by the NYABJ’s decision, arguing that this reflects badly on the profession, especially in an age when the credibility and standards of journalists are eroded by those with special interests. I tend to agree, but perhaps I’m a tad bit biased. What do you think?