Urban Legend Media Is The Newest Trend In News, Entertainment & Advertising that prides itself on being a publication that targets anyone that is influenced by urban culture. It’s CEO, Abman Glaster is an author, publisher and advocate. Let’s get to know him a little better.
Sapphire: There’s so much I want to talk to you about but first in three sentences or less, how would you pitch yourself. Tell us who you are?
Abman: I am the face of change. A story of overcoming life’s adversities. An author/publisher/screenplay writer, who likes to create exciting works that far exceed any certain demographic.
Sapphire: I just love your story, I love to see people overcome their struggles to succeed in life. Before we get to your success story, let’s discuss your start. You’ve spent quite a good amount of time in and out of the legal system. What led you to a life of crime and what caused you to change your life?
Abman: It’s the typical story of a minority youth growing up on the streets of America’s inner cities. Growing up in adverse economic conditions lead me to selling drugs. For me, the justice system has been effecting my life since the age of 12, up until my current age of 41. I’ve spent a total of 16 years inside, and I’ve recently completed a 108-month federal prison sentence. During that time, which was my fourth trip to prison, I made a vow to just continuously strive to reach my fullest potential. That was my moment of metamorphosis. My paradigm shift.
Sapphire: How did you start your publishing company?
Abman: While serving this last prison sentence I wrote my first book. Because of already having operated my own small business, a beauty and hair supply store in Jersey City, I just had the mindset that I wanted to control everything with my projects. So, after writing 3 novels in 11 months, I begin to consider all the avenues to get my book in print. Published my first book, ‘Foreign Exchange’ in 2008 while at USP, Terre Haute, and there you have the birth of Urban Legend Presents/Urban Legend Media. A very interesting journey, learning the ropes of the publishing industry.
Sapphire: Who are some of the authors you’ve worked with and how can a writer get published through Urban Legend Media.
Abman: Most notable are Wahida Clark of WCP and Michelle Fletcher of LaFemmeFatale. Whether an author is looking for a traditional, or self-publishing arrangement, they can visit urbanlegendmedia.org, and under get published they’ll be able to start the process.
Sapphire: You seem to have an interest in digital video. Is that something you will be bringing to ULM as it grows? What kind of projects can we expect?
Abman: Absolutely. My literary journey has lead me to add grant writing, and screenplays to my repertoire, and since screenplay writing has come into the fold, I’ve been on a relentless pursuit to bring my unique vision to the world thru visual medium. I think its inherent in fiction writers, the idea of seeing their works being created into film. Currently we are gearing up to begin filming One’s Pleasure: Another’s Pain, a short film that delves into the lives of identical twins, Winter and Summer, and how Summer’s pain always comes at the hands of Winter’s pleasure.
Sapphire: Since being released from prison, you’ve set up GETTING OUT AND STAYING OUT as a way to offer resources to other felons scheduled for release. Can you tell us more about your organization? How can someone help you by volunteering or offering donations and resources? .
Abman: My organization is being established as a 501(c) (3) non-profit, designed to help soon-to-be released prisoners overcome the challenges that await them upon release. Because I have personally experienced how the impact of a criminal record prevents many ex-offenders from obtaining employment, housing, health insurance, and higher education, I understand how difficult it is for the most well-intentioned individual to keep on the right path and STAY OUT of the criminal justice system. Therefore, GETTING OUT AND STAYING OUT is committed to connecting soon-to-be released prisoners to the critical resources they’ need in order to be successful in transitioning back into society.
Sapphire: With all the things that you do, it’s hard to imagine that you dropped out of school in the 7th grade. You went back and gained your GED later, and attended college courses, would you advise a child to drop out and follow your path or stay in school and follow a traditional path? Why?
Abman: I was always a kid that excelled in school, but it was just that I hardly went. There’s a certainty that comes with dropping out of school, and that is the probability of traveling down a vicious path of imprisonment. A cycle that destroys our neighborhoods, corrupts our children, and lays waste to entire communities. So, young boys and girls, please stay in school. In more than 90% of cases, the outcome of your life directly depends on your education.
Sapphire: What advice would you give to aspiring authors who feel like the process of becoming an author is too hard?
Abman: It’s always easier said than done. LOL. But I’d say just hang in there. Try to build schedules for writing time. The only way to get over writer’s block is to write, and don’t force it. Let the creativity lead you.
Sapphire: If not this, then what? If you weren’t in the field of media, what could you see yourself doing for a living? Any hidden talents?
Abman: At one point I was really interested in computers, so something in that field.
Sapphire: Where can people keep up with Urban Legend Media?
Check us out at: www.urbanlegendmedia.org
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My love of reading and writing goes back further than I can remember. There’s nothing I enjoy more than curling up in a corner and getting lost in someone’s story. Now I have the opportunity to actually interview and talk to writers who impress Me and I’m so excited. From city to city, coast to coast I want to shine the spotlight on those who impress me most. I will be bringing you interviews with some of the hottest established and up and coming writer that I run across as I blaze my own path of fame across the net. Let’s get it on!! Time to meet one of the greats………..
I read a book by this talented author, Tia L. Lincoln about a year and a half ago and was so touched by the story I reached out to her to tell her how it had affected me. She actually responded and was so humble and graceful. She told Me however that the story I read, “Junkie: A True Baltimore Story” was her sisters life story and suggested I read ” Child of Baltimore” which represented her life. I did and became even more enraptured with her writing. I then discovered that besides a rough Baltimore upbringing we had another thing in common, a fascination with true crime. I’m so excited to be able to introduce you to or give you a more in depth view of the talented author Tia L. Lincoln.
1. For those who aren’t familiar with you and your work can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am an author/writer who writes and publishes strictly true stories. With my publishing company Real Life Productions, I have 5 books out right now entitled: “Child of Baltimore”, “Junkie-A True
Baltimore Story, “The Lady Who Chained Her Baby To The Bed”, “Maryland’s Most Notorious Murders 1990-2008″, and “Until I Get Caught – The True Story of A Serial Rapist in Baltimore”.
2. You seemed to hit your mark with the true crime niche. What was it that encouraged you to start researching and documenting murders?
I’ve been fascinated by the crime of murder ever since I was a child and I’ve been keeping a mental database on murders for years. Growing up in west Baltimore in the early 80’s, I can remember as a child fantasizing about becoming a homicide detective or even a criminal psychologist. It’s the why aspect of a murder that interests me. What drives a person to kill? When my father was murdered in 1995, the only absolute way I could cope with his brutal murder was to get my thoughts out on paper. Who knew that writing about my life and his murder would turn into a career.
3. I hear You have a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, where do you see yourself career wise in 5 years?
So far I just have an Associates Degree in the Science of Criminal Justice but I’m about 55 credits short of my Bachelors. Career wise in 5 years, I will have obtained my Bachelors, mastered Spanish, released at least 3 more books, released the film version of my 5th book, “Until I Get Caught- The True Story Of A Serial Rapist In Baltimore”, and completed courses in victim assistance training as well as an internship with the Innocence Project in Washington D.C.
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