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Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya, author of Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans (Plume Penguin 1995), now in it's eigth printing, The Color of Our Future (William Morrow, 1999), named one of the best books for teens by the New York Public Library, and Trust: REaching the 100 Million Missing Voters (Soft Skull, 2004) has worked in print for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time, Spin, Vibe, O, Mademoiselle, Essence, and more. Prior to joining NPR's News & Notes, she hosted Your Call, a daily news and cultural call-in show on San Franciso's KALW 91.7. She has bee a correspondent for ABC News, anchored the prime time program Pure Oxygen on teh Oxygen women's channel, and contributed commentaries to CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and BET.

She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University magna cum laude in 1990.
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Farai Chideya: Kiss the Sky

Debut novel about a black Harvard grad and TV personality who fulfills her dream to be a rock star, if not her dream to be happily in love and thin.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. keep it simple; keep it moving

Q. What do you regret most?

A. nothing. I could have made better choices but regret is self-destructive.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. check the playlist at the back of "Kiss the Sky" and take a guess

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. being loved and loving in return

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. how I speak--the intensity, the vocabulary, and sometimes the volume. ;-)

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April 23, 2009

Man, I am workin' hard with Christine (Saunders of the publicity department) to figure out how to get the message across for the book. Releasing books is always hard for me because I am used to being the one getting pitched. As a journalist, I get dozens of books for every single one I can put on the radio or write about. Now I am in that "Survivor: Book Edition" mode and I am trying to keep the word out via Twitter, my social networks, etc. it is kind of nutty! But exciting! And scary!

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