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Family Affair

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Family Affair What it Means to be African American Today is a collection of firstperson narratives from an wide crosssection of Black Americans. Edited by noted journalist Gil L. Robertson IV, the book is followup to his 2006 bestselling anthology, ldquo;Not in My Family AIDS in the African American Communityrdquo; and provides a revealing and introspective look at the contemporary issues that have shaped the African American community. Family Affair provides a unique platform for the African... (continue reading)

HIV Frontlines: An Interview with journalist Gil Robertson

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Today's Frontlines U.S. interview is with Gil Robertson IV. Gil's brother, Jeffrey, tested HIV positive in 1982 and their family, defying the norms of the time, immediately surrounded Jeffrey with love and support. Inspired by his family's experience, Gil began gathering stories from dozens of African Americans about how HIV had altered their lives. The result is Not in My Family AIDS in the AfricanAmerican Community. In this oneofakind anthology, leaders such as the Reverend Al Sharpton and... (continue reading)

Family Affair: Deconstructing the African American Identity

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Dear Members of Black Planet I would like to invite you to contribute an essay to my upcoming book project, Family Affair Deconstructing the African American Identity, which will be released in January '09 from Agate. The book will delve into the psyche of AfricanAmericans what has shaped our community's development, and just what do we feel, think or observe about ourselves. This anthology will provide a rare opportunity for AfricanAmericans to set the record straight in terms that we define... (continue reading)

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Gil L. Robertson IV


Gil L. Robertson IV is one of America’s foremost authorities on African American pop culture. As a journalist, author, lecturer and media consultant, he is responsible for literary works and intellectual properties that create dialogues for social change and personal growth.


Family Affair: What it Means to be African American Today is a collection of first-person narratives from an wide cross-section of Black Americans. Edited by noted journalist Gil L. Robertson IV, the book is follow-up to his 2006 bestselling anthology, “Not in My Family: AIDS in the African American Community” and provides a revealing and introspective look at the contemporary issues that have shaped the African American community. Family Affair provides a unique platform for the African American community to explore and share it diverse perspective, while offering thoughtful solutions to overcome the many issues giving the Black community. It is a provocative tapestry of ideologies, beliefs, and generational themes that defines the Black community. As the world experiences a sea of change with the election and inauguration of its first Black president, the essays presented in Family Affair powerfully underscore this poignant moment. Its authors provide rich messages that will inspire and empower every American.



Robertson is the editor of the NAACP Image Award nominated book, Not in My Family: AIDS in the African American Community. The bestselling book features essays from a wide cross section of African Americans on the HIV/AIDS crisis. He is also the author of Writing as a Tool of Empowerment, a resource book for media professionals. Additionally, he is a frequent contributor to The African American Almanac (Gale Press) and also contributed to the anthology Souls of My Brothers (Plume).

On television, Robertson has shared his expertise on topical issues for numerous shows that includes: CNN, BET, E Entertainment, National Public Radio and the Tavis Smiley Show. He is also a popular national lecturer who’s speaks on issues that impact professional growth strategies and personal development.

Robertson is a co-founder of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the largest body of the nation’s leading African American film critics. He is the founder of the Robertson Treatment’s Media Workshop, an annual journalism initiative presented at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta, GA and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, NY.

Robertson earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Cal State Los Angeles. He is the founder and editor of the nationally syndicated Arts & Lifestyle column, the Robertson Treatment. Now in its 12th year, the column appears in 30 newspapers across the country boasting a readership in excess of 2 million. He is a professional member of the National Press Club, The National Association of Black Journalists, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Science, The National Academy of Television Arts and Science and The Motion Picture Academy.

Gil Robertson is available for university, community and corporate speaking engagements.

Downloadable Book Cover and Media Files Available for Members of Press

As a featured expert, Robertson has appeared on National Public Radio, CNN, the Tavis Smiley Show, BET, TV-One and E Entertainment. He is also a growing fixture on the lecture circuit with appearances at Howard University, the University of Alabama, the University of Southern California (USC) and the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) to his credit. Robertson is a member of the National Press Club, The National Association of Black Journalists, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Science, The National Academy of Television Arts and Science, The Motion Picture Academy and The Association of African American Publicists.

His latest book is Family Affair: What it Means to be African American Today (Agate Bolden) will be released in March 2009.

For more information on Robertson, visit www.robertsontreatment.com

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