Indie Soul: Comedian Michael Coylar and author Rodney Sampson


— If you missed Baltimore’s African-American Festival, then you missed a wonderful event. Of course the entertainment is what everyone keeps talking about but there were some educational events taking place as well.

Comedian Michael Coylar is hilarious, but his humor makes you think. One of the things he is proud of is his first book, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House…I Knocked on the Door and a Brother Answered.” Although it is written for kids, it really is written for adults too. The book is about President Obama and all that he has gone through during his presidency.

“I credit my mother for turning me on to Obama, because I had no idea who he was, but once I found out, I have been in his corner ever since,” states Coylar. Written in very understandable language that everyone can follow, it serves as a social awareness lesson and a reminder of what the Obama’s have accomplished. It’s great summer reading for the kids. For more information, email


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Author Rodney Sampson

Author Rodney Sampson, was the hidden jewel of the festival. He discussed his book, “Kingonomics” which is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King. According to Sampson, “It is very important that we understand how economics works when it comes to business. We have to work and network together in order to be successful.” In the book, the self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur provides 12 steps to success and to establish better business practices. Service, self-image, creativity, innovation, openness, and transparency are just some of the topics discussed. This is a must have if you are a business owner or thinking about going into business for yourself. For more on the book and Rodney Sampson: .

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