I went on the MSNBC show “American Voices with Alicia Menendez” to talk about the diversity crisis at the Golden Globes awards show.
Award show ratings have been falling, but they’re still an important part of marketing and promoting a movie. Winning a Golden Globe can boost a movie’s box office by millions of dollars. So when shows like the Golden Globes fail to promote diversity among their member voters, or in the awards they hand out, it hits people in the pocketbook.
Interestingly, one of the award shows that’s on the upswing in terms of ratings is the NAACP Image Awards–a show that’s all about promoting diversity. My novel “Around Harvard Square” won an NAACP Image Award and it really helped raise awareness about the book.
Speaking of books, on “American Voices,” host Alicia Menendez put in a word for my upcoming YA novel “Zero O’Clock,” due out September 7, 2021 and available for preorder now.
You can watch my MSNBC segment below.
My new book “Zero O’Clock“ (Akashic) is coming out September 7, 2021! It’s YA novel about Geth Montego, a Jamaican-American teen living in New Rochelle, N.Y., whose world is turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.
There’s also a lot in the book about the K-pop group BTS–Geth is one of the band’s biggest fans, and that’s saying a lot.
Here’s some of the pre-publication praise that “Zero O’Clock” has gotten so far:
“An insightful, eye-opening, and inventive story. C.J. Farley has penned a novel that sheds an important light on real issues facing young people today.”
–Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give
“Zero O’Clock is a beautiful and timely YA novel that is both heartbreaking and whip smart, a glimpse into the world of virtual friendship, classrooms, and pop stardom.”
–Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, author of The Nine
“Thoughtful, provocative, and pounding with the fast-paced beat of a sharp-witted adolescent mind, Zero O’Clock is the story of a Jamaican-American teen girl at the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Rochelle, New York. C.J. Farley has created an irresistible heroine in Geth Montego. Simmering with justifiable anger at everything from the cancellation of her senior prom to racial injustices and police brutality, Geth manages to overcome grief, anxiety, and confusion to discover a new sense of herself and her ability to create change.”
–Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party
“Zero O’Clock seems to have a direct line into the mindset of a modern teenager. I enjoyed it immensely!”
–Alex Wheatle, author of Cane Warriors