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Doris Spears: News

TRAIN COMING - October 18, 2016

New concept CD is coming soon, called "WHOROLOGY", the perfect fusion of Straight ahead Jazz and Blues, Spoken Word, Folk and Pop. Spoken word tune is called "Train Coming". Go to You Tube, enter my name and the song title "Train Coming"  to  preview it. The themes covered in the tunes are Love, Sex, Misogyny, Hate, Redemption and Spirituality and is a mix of covers and original music by the Duchess herself. Look for it January 2017. This will be the first CD by the Whore4WAR band.

WhoreforWAR™ - October 26, 2013

Whore For War™  (Women Against Rape) is the Band. The New album is titled "Whorology"  Check this website for periodic updates. Blessings.

A Voice Long Gone-Critique - January 19, 2012

Spears, Doris
A VOICE LONG
GONE
A Novel Allegory
Xlibris (225 pp.)
$29.99 Hardcover
$19.99 Paperback
$9.99 e-book
August 30, 2011
ISBN: 978-1465348340
                                                       Kirkus Review

          Spears’ novel speaks to the most distressing concerns of contemporary African-American life.
          The book is an exploration of the personal, economic and familial trials of Tequila Victorious, a multiple
rape survivor from an acrimonious home; her children, Alizay and R&B; and their father, Lightnin. When the
novel opens, Tequila is an aspiring singer leveraging sexual favors for a break, and the stars in her eyes match
Lightnin’s, a lothario with vague ambitions. After a shooting and an arson attack force them from their home in
Promise, a predominately prosperous neighborhood in a Chicago-analogue town in the Midwest, Tequila relocates
her family to Bling City, something like New York, where most of the story takes place. In Bling City, Tequila’s
arc diverges from Lightnin’s; she works several jobs, supports the endeavors of her children and sings on the side,
while her partner—later husband—seems hardwired for drinking, cheating and, occasionally, domestic abuse.
Discord increases with Lightnin’s jealousy over their son R&B’s budding entertainment career, and industrious,
scholastic Alizay faces challenges of her own. Allegory and unfiltered realism blur in Spears’ story, which
attempts to illuminate the contemporary African-American social and political condition while providing
psychological diagnoses of individuals and families struggling with subsistence-level earnings. The book is
written in an Ebonicslike slang and narrated by an aunt of Tequila’s who is conspicuously absent from the plot. The dialect breathes life into the
characters but also blocks the narrative; the action of the book is turbulent and it’s difficult to interpret the minutiae of a character’s psychology as
written, especially when characterization is entwined with a broader social argument. Spears’ book is graphic, unsparing and unapologetic, and
strongest when it drops the allegory and gets personal, particularly in the case of Tequila when, in rare moments when the prose is analytically
unencumbered, her earnest reflection is moving and poetic. But even Tequila, though a sympathetic character, holds views that are at best
culturally insensitive, and at worst ethnocentric and damaging.
          A niche book for readers with thick skin.
          
 
        
Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744
indie@kirkusreviews.com

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