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Ask Angelo a New Book from Music Industry Insider, Angelo Ellerbee

Music industry insider and celebrity PR guru, Angelo Ellerbee, pens a new book, Ask Angelo

Angelo Ellerbee, a music industry and celebrity publicist extraordinaire, sat down with What's The 411TV hosts Kizzy Cox and Onika McLean to talk about his new book, Ask Angelo.

Ellerbee, a 46-year entertainment industry veteran, has worked with a bevy of A-list and well-known entertainers and celebrities from Michael Jackson to Whitney Houston to Alicia Keys to Mary J. Blige to Dionne Warwick to DMX to James Mtume, and more.

In the book, Ask Angelo, Ellerbee weaves humorously crafted advice to both industry climbers and veterans alike. Through Q&A and intimate war stories (with peeks at some of his most colorful clients and adventures), he delivers an honest glimpse inside the entertainment industry... then and now.

A music industry insider, Angelo Ellerbee earned the moniker The Henry Higgins of Hip Hop while navigating the tough rap genre throughout the 80s-90s and beyond. Taking a page out of Berry Gordy's playbook, Ellerbee has helped many artists and non-entertainment industry professionals resurrect their careers and reinvent their images.

We recommend this book, Ask Angelo, to anyone seeking to start a business and for anyone in or thinking about embarking on a career in the entertainment industry.

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Book Launch for Cynthia Bailey Thomas and Peter Thomas’ New Book

VIDEO: CARRY-ON BAGGAGE: OUR NON-STOP FLIGHT depicts the life of Real Housewives of Atlanta reality TV stars Cynthia Bailey Thomas and Peter Thomas

What's The 411TV correspondents Bianca Peart and Cristina Twitty both attended the book launch for the Real Housewives of Atlanta reality stars, Cynthia Bailey Thomas and Peter Thomas.

The couple wrote a relationship memoir, CARRY-ON BAGGAGE: OUR NON-STOP FLIGHT.

Cynthia, who came up with the title, explained that because of their schedules, it took a little longer to write the book than they originally thought it would.

The title, CARRY-ON BAGGAGE: OUR NON-STOP FLIGHT, is symbolic of how the reality TV stars met. Since they met later in life, they each had separate lives and everything that comes with it. They had their own stuff, their own baggage, their own houses, cars, and kids and they had to figure out how they were going to combine everything.

How did they enjoy writing a book together?

"We enjoyed it because we didn't have to sit down and do it at the same time," said Peter. "She did her part, I did my part..."

"The best part of it was actually when we swapped and she read my part and I read her part [and] to see that we came to the same destination, we just took completely different routes to get there" Peter added.

Part 2: Why Did Cynthia Bailey Thomas and Peter Thomas Write CARRY-ON BAGGAGE

What's The 411TV correspondent Cristina Twitty starts this segment of her interview with Cynthia Bailey Thomas and Peter Thomas asking if the book, CARRY-ON BAGGAGE: OUR NON-STOP FLIGHT, was written because people were getting the wrong perception of them because of how they are portrayed on the reality TV show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta?

"I definitely think that our relationship is very misunderstood because of how we are portrayed on the show sometimes," Cynthia said.

"On the show you will always only get snippets of our life, you will never get the full story and the book was just an amazing way to tell our story and give you guys the backstory, how we even met in the first place, how we even ended up on the show," Cynthia continued.

Once viewers and fans read the book, CARRY-ON BAGGAGE: OUR NON-STOP FLIGHT, will they get a better sense of Cynthia and Peter are as individuals and as a couple?

"Yes.., we were in charge of editing and so, therefore they are getting a true sense of who Peter and Cynthia is," Peter stated. "That was the purpose from day one to express what we could and what we weren't in control of expressing on television."

"We kept it really honest, we were 100 percent real. I felt like when I went back and read some of this stuff, I said I think we kept this a little too honest and too real," Cynthia added.

How long Have Cynthia Bailey Thomas and Peter Thomas Known Each Other?

"We've known each other going on six years now and we've been married for a little over three years," Peter replied.

So what's the secret to a successful marriage?

"Oh, this is easy for me," Cynthia asserted. "The secret to a successful marriage is marrying someone that you have a lot of things in common with that actually get along with that you like. If you guys are not compatible, if you don't like the same or even want the same things in a life or marriage, it ain't gonna work, that's the first thing. Sometimes people marry for the wrong reasons. First and foremost, you have to want the same things that your partner wants or, it just really, in my opinion, has no shot of working."

How did Peter Thomas and Cynthia Bailey Thomas meet in the first place?

Peter was taken by Cynthia when he first saw her at a car dealership. Cynthia, who was from New York City, was in Atlanta to execute a lease on a Range Rover. Since Cynthia was in town for only 48 hours, he felt like he had to go into overdrive, as he only had 48 hours to close the deal.

Obviously, Peter closed the deal.

However, how did Cynthia feel about Peter? Watch the video for the answer.

Do Cynthia and Peter have any upcoming projects?

"Oh, we're loaded, fully loaded," said Peter.

"I have a doll that just came out, the Cynthia Bailey Doll, you go on to cynthiabaileydoll.com. She's beautiful. She has an afro, really just representing and empowering young girls. My school, the Bailey Agency School of Fashion is doing amazing, I've got so many things, I'm getting my health together...," Cynthia added in practically one breath.

"Well I'm opening a new bar in Charlotte in around six weeks, Charlotte, North Carolina," Peter continued. "I'm going to spread that brand all over the East coast then I'm going to DC after that and then here New York, my city. I've got Peter's Brewed coffee coming out in four weeks, we're doing our thing; we're working hard to make sure we're never broke again."

Watch the video and pay close attention to the body language, and let us know despite everything they are saying, does this looks like a marriage that will go the distance.

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Environmental Scientist Dr. Devra Davis Talks Smart Cellphone Usage

VIDEO: Dr. Devra Davis Discusses her new book, DISCONNECT: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family

What's The 411TV was in the mix at Sprig restaurant on the upper East Side of Manhattan, dining with a backdrop of jazz while and listening to Dr. Devra Davis, Environmental Scientist, National Book Award finalist, and author of DISCONNECT: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family.

In this original video, Dr. Davis discussed the critical need for smart cellphone usage particularly for children, pregnant women, and teens. Also, featured are Regina Mead, CEO, MeadProb4; and George Meyers, Senior Vice President, Cassidy Associates. They talked about the importance of Dr. Davis' work.

Over dinner, Dr. Davis gave us insight into what she believes killed Steve Jobs, the current trends in electromagnetic media and her life's work.

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Glynda Linton Releases Debut Novel

GlyndaLinton headshot scaled 275x344Shoes on the Wrong Foot, is the first published work from Glynda Linton, a native of Florida currently living and working in Plantation, Florida as the National Secretary-Treasurer of a major union.

After a failed marriage and experiencing what she later discovered to be domestic abuse, Glynda moved on. Now divorced and the mother of three sons, Corey (deceased), Darryl and Christopher, Glynda buried those memories and moved from tragedy to triumph.

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