MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN by Robyn Travis publishes today (3rd October)

Debut novel by Robyn Travis MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN publishes today and is now available to buy at all good online and physical retailers including here.

Each day this week we will share a performance from the musicians, comedians and poets who helped launch Robyn Travis’ book at a sold out Hackney Empire launch.

Below is the stunning performance by House Gospel Choir who opened the book launch with a specially written song entitled MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN featuring hiphop emcee Daniel Rain.

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN is an eye-opening exploration of different definitions of masculinity in today’s society told from a black male perspective. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges, debates and raises uncomfortable questions while drawing the reader into the world.

Sitting somewhere between Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, this is a unique novel which unfolds through a series of prison letters, taking the reader into the minds of a colourful cast of characters.

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN recently featured in articles in the Guardian and The Bookseller Magazine and with over 900 people attending the Hackney Empire book launch, it has been reported to have been the biggest of the year.

Reaction to OWN IT! and first project DON’T BE ALIEN

From publishing industry editors (Philip Jones, The Bookseller Magazine) to music influencers (Jamal Edwards, SBTV), authors to artists, hear the reaction to the launch of OWN IT! and its multi-media digital release, DON’T BE ALIEN, which spans across a song, a book, a film.

Buy DON’T BE ALIEN: The Song from iTunes, OWN IT! , all good digital retailers

Buy DON’T BE ALIEN: The Book from iBooks, OWN IT!

NB. The full book experience is available on any device with multi-media functionality (Desktop. iOS, Android)

Don’t Be Alien: by Cuba and Ewan Green

Ewan_full_BnWOWN IT! believes that good stories can be told in a multitude of ways and sometimes that means expressing the same story across different mediums. The origins of this story started of as lyrics and composition by Cuba but the lyrics and music soon also evolved into the source of an animation by Ewan Green (pictured left). Don’t Be Alien is about two people who were once in love but are now no longer together. They have become distant strangers. A chance encounter see’s them reflects on the good times the couple once had and the mistakes they have made. Now the only thing that unites them is a shared thought, don’t be alien.

Don’t Be Alien will be available as a music download as well as a charming multi-media book which brings together the lyrics, composition and animation.