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By Hermene Hartman
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About

In 2012 many books will be published on President Obama as he comes up for reelection.  Hermene Hartman, Bob Starks, and Derrick Baker have a unique perspective on the man.  They were there from the beginning.  And Barack is their friend.  Now the trio are using Kickstarter to fund the creation of The Barack Book and need your involvement to help cement President Obama's legacy.

THE BOOK

As the long-time publisher of N’DIGO, a weekly targeted at Chicago’s black middle class, Hartman was the first to cover the young, black Chicagoan rising in the political ranks.  First he was her friend, then he became an Illinois senator, and then the President Obama we all know today.  Hartman and colleagues Starks and Baker recognized the political potential of Mr. Obama early on and since 2003 have covered him from a unique black Chicago perspective. 

These columns had heretofore predominantly been read by a black Chicagoan audience, but with Kickstarter funding of The Barack Book they will finally be available worldwide and in physical form.  

With such provocative titles as “Should Obama Run for President?” (December 2007), “Barack and the Black Experience” (June 2007), “Senator Clinton and Obama Race to Define Race” (January 2008), “Does Being Half-Black Make Obama a Brother?” (February 2008), and “The Audacity of Barack” (February 2008), The Barack Book is a fascinating look back at a now-legendary historical figure “before he was.” 

If you have supported Obama from the beginning, now is your chance to remain involved in spreading the man’s worldwide significance via The Barack Book.

HOW WILL YOUR FUNDING HELP?

This hardbound book will cost $15,000 to create.  That cost includes:

*editing and preparation

*creating master scans of some never-before-seen N'DIGO exclusive photographs of Obama that will go along with the corresponding columns

*overall content and design development

*laying out the book

*revisions

*printing of the 5000 book first edition

*packaging and shipping of the books to YOU, The Barack Book's investors

AND...with any funding we get above and beyond $15,000, we will be able to pay for sales, marketing, and advertising for the book, helping spread its message.

We have already established our "dream team" of designers and production professionals who are eager to assist with all stages of this book project.  We are determined to make this happen. 

Please join us in helping this historically important project see the light of day.

ABOUT US

Hermene Hartman --  One of the most significant and influential black women in American publishing, she is the publisher of N’DIGO,a popular Black voice in Chicago.  She is also a daily commentator on WVAZ radio (“Views of the Heart”) and NBC Chicago TV and writes frequently for The Huffington Post. She is a poet (“Love Moods”), guest speaker, lecturer, political pundit, and a former professor of sociology at City Colleges of Chicago.  Her columns are written from a political/social commentary perspective.

Bob Starks -- N'DIGO’s political editor, his columns on Obama mainly focus on the political bent.  Bob brings considerable depth to the book as he is a college professor teaching political science and has worked in many local campaigns. He is highly sought for his political insights in academic, media and political quarters.  

Derrick Baker -- N'DIGO’S urban editor is witty, critical and provides an interesting take, writing on political /social commentary.  Derrick is a PR professional, senior editor, and speech writer. 

NOTE:  To see what these Obama columns looked like when they originally ran in N'DIGO, please visit this project's UPDATE section.

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