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Filmmaker Booker T. Mattison authors “Unsigned Hype”

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Delivers Story that Brings the Urban Young-Adult Experience to Life

Will Tory realize his dreams of fame and fortune?

Your browser may not support display of this image.  Told from the perspective of ambitious, aspiring hip-hop DJ and producer Tory Tyson, Unsigned Hype takes readers onto the streets of New York and gives them a glimpse into the realities of life on the block. Author Booker T. Mattison knows this world well, having been mesmerized the first time he heard the beats and rhymes of rap in 1979. Since then, he’s embraced this world of hip-hop, as a filmmaker and writing and directing music videos that have aired on BET, MTV Europe and TBN.

Tory Tyson may only be in high school, but he knows what he wants out of life—a successful music career. And he’s not going to learn about that at school. So when school lets out next month he’s not going back. He’s finally ready to stop spinning records at parties and start laying down his own beats—and the Unsigned Hype music contest is the perfect place to launch his career. But will he be able to handle the fame and fortune he seeks?

The story of Tory Tyson is an inspiring one that pulls back the curtain on the urban young-adult experience, with its fresh voice and true-to-life rendering of the hip-hop world. Capturing the delight of teen and older adult readers alike, Booker T. Mattison delivers an insightful and inspiring story that trumpets hope and is staged to become an anthem for this often misunderstood generation. (ISBN: 978-0-8007-3380-3; $9.99; June 2009)

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Booker T. Mattison is a writer and filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s “The Gilded Six Bits,” which aired on Showtime. His films have been screened at the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, the Directors Guild of America, and Harvard University. He has also written and directed music videos for the Grammy-nominated group the Cross Movement, Grammy nominated artist Flame and J.R.. His music videos have aired on BET, MTV Europe, the Gospel Music Channel, and TBN. Mattison lives in New York with his wife and four children. This is his first novel.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.

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