Award-Winning Writers Cynthia Horner & Darryl James release new book!

Book Review: Award-Winning Writers Cynthia Horner & Darryl James release new book “Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud”

January 11, 2014 | Patricia ‘Blu’ Freeman.


Two industry veteran award winning writers,Cynthia Horner and Darryl James, teamed up and penned the new book titled, “Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud”, that features the ‘who’s who’ of the entertainment industry.Chante Moore, Queen Latifah, Fantasia,Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Preachers of L.A’s Myesha Chaney and Love & Hip Hop Hollywood’s Masika Kalysha are among thosefeatured in this book that is making waves across the country. They give a voice to womenwhom ordinarily are not able to freely speak their minds regarding life issues. That voice is delivered in the form of “Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud from Horner and James. This book review will, for a moment, take you on a journey into moments of the lives of some of the most favorite entertainers in the industry. This book also shows how powerful to be able to ‘speak’ and empowering it is to be able to have a ‘voice’.


In “Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud”, Black female celebrities talk about finding and/or maintaining love while living a public life. Editor-In-Chief and Publisher Cynthia Horner teams with Author and Publisher Darryl James to ask the difficult questions of Black Women who face certain challenges while pursuing their love lives under the microscope of the public eye.


Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud is an anthology of modern relationship discussions, examining the relationship perspectives of famous Black Women, including Queen Latifah, Fantasia, Keysia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Myesha Chaney (Preachers of LA), Masika Kalysha (Love & Hip Hop) and more.



Excerpts from “Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud’:


Chante Moore states, “As my true self was stifled in my last marriage with KennyLatimore. I knew it was time for me to take a good look at what was really happening. It was time to figure out the why’s, and face the true facts of what was happening. What I realized was the common denominator with my choices was me”

Fantasia Barrino shares, “At one point I wanted to make everybody else happy. I had to get to a place where I had to learn how to love Fantasia. And if I don’t love myself, then I can’t be in a relationship”.


On the ‘Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud’ website, according to James, “We always hear about the really crazy side of relationships when it comes to Black female celebrities. I wanted to talk to some of them and get their real perspective on love and relationships.”


“I think that this is an important project because so many Black female celebrities are marginalized,” said Horner. “They need to have a voice to speak to the young women who only see them in their job as celebrities.”


That voice is delivered in the form of Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud from Horner and James, two entertainment industry veteran writers.


Who leads? Who makes more money? How do Black Men view Black female celebrities? What are the challenges Black female celebrities face in love? What about children?These are the issues Black female celebrities face–issues that are reflected by the average Black Woman.


Through his writing and his work as a relationship coach, Darryl James, who founded Rap Sheet in 1992, has given balance to the relationship discussion landscape and has been researching and writing about Black Love for more than ten years. Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud is an extension of that work.


Cynthia Horner has been a strong presence in entertainment media since the 1980s. As a Black woman, she has a desire to present perspectives from Black female celebrities that have yet to be seen. Those perspectives will be showcased in her alliance with Darryl James.


According to the ‘Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud’ official website, “Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud” is available in both eBook and paperback formats, and

About Darryl James


Director, writer and producer Darryl James, is an award-winning author (“LA Riots…Revolution”), publisher of Rap Sheet Magazine, lecturer, syndicated columnist and the publisher of Tenacious Books, a boutique-publishing house for self-publishing authors. James has lectured for the National Council of Negro Women, the National Urban League, The Black American Law Students Association (BALSA) and the NAACP, in addition to radio stations, colleges and universities across the nation. As a relationship coach, James has provided relationship insight for Ebony Magazine, the NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Council of Negro Women.


About Cynthia Horner


Cynthia Horner is a writer, magazine editor, and entertainment industry entrepreneur. Cynthia is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Hip Hop Weekly magazine, a glossy celebrity bi-weekly  award-winning  newsstand entertainment magazine which is published  every two weeks. Over the years, as a celebrity journalist she has interviewed virtually every African-American  entertainer, including such luminaries as Michael Jackson, The Jacksons,  Janet Jackson, Prince, Aaliyah,  Beyoncé , Queen Latifah, and thousands of others. Horner frequently makes appearances on talk shows, including the E Channel, Reelz  Channel , BET, and MTV, and is the co-author of several books, including the New York Times best seller, The Magic Of Michael Jackson. She is recipient of the Journalist of the Year Award from the International Association of African-American Music, and has received countless awards and citations for her contributions to the music industry.


Cynthia Horner  is  the  CEO of her own entertainment company, Cynthia Horner’s Independent Production Services (Cinnamon CHIPS), which is a media relations company under which she spearheads public relations, photography and publishing projects. Horner continues to provide expertise in the young adult entertainment field through  Word Up! and Right On! Magazines. Miss Horner has contributed pieces to the National Enquirer, The Star, The Amsterdam News and various other media outlets. Visit her on the web at



Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud” is a great read and very ‘timely’. As Cynthia Horner states, “I think that this is an important project because so many Black female celebrities are marginalized,” she continues, “They need to have a voice to speak to the young women who only see them in their job as celebrities.” This book does just that, give a much needed voice.


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Book Review: Award-Winning Writers Cynthia Horner & Darryl James release new book “Real Divas: Living & Loving Out Loud”

January 11, 2014 | Patricia ‘Blu’ Freeman



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