BEVERLY HILLS-The mood and the atmosphere surrounding the NAACP Image Awards luncheon was one pitched in giddiness and excitement for many first-time nominees. But it doesn’t get old either for some of the more veteran participants. Just the fact of being formally recognized by the longtime civil rights organization for their societal contribution in the form of theater and art, literature, music and social consciousness is still a big deal.
For Sonia Jackson Myles, who picked up an NAACP Image Award nod as a debut author for her book, “The Sister Accord: 51 Ways to Love Your Sister,” being honored by the iconic group is huge.
“I’ve always looked up to the cause and the work that the NAACP has done, and to be honored by them is just really an awesome feeling,” commented Myles at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel, where the 2013 NAACP Image Awards Nominees luncheon was held. “I can’t even articulate it.”
Myles says her book, which discusses the art of sisterhood and loving and embracing one another, cam e to her in a dream. She ran with the idea and self-published her literary work. Myles said she gained invaluable support of her project along the way from people like EnVouge’s Terry Ellis, who attended the luncheon with her friend.
“It’s all about the sister accord and supporting loving relationships among girls and women,” Myles said. “I had wonderful people like my friend. She is part of the book, along with her mother and sisters…and we’re talking about the importance of relationships among sisters in their life, and the difference it can make in your life. I’m really honored to be here and to share this moment with my sister.”
For her part, Ellis said the message to get from the book is the strengthening the bonding that is tied between girls and women.
“What I’m really excited about in regards to being a part of this project is that it’s not necessarily about biological sisters,” Ellis said. “It’s about women, the camaraderie gift that we have with each other, our relationships, how we relate and communicate with one another. And, in this day and time of reality show television, especially among African American women, it’s so important that we re-learn how to communicate with each other and get along.”
A dream for an idea is one thing. But following through on it is quite another challenge. For Myles, the biggest hurdle for her to overcome was letting go of all the uncertainty about putting the book together and getting it out to the masses.
“From the time that I had the dream, fear sets in,” Myles said. “It took me a while to get the nerves and the courage to really put the book out and publish it. Having people like my sister here, and other celebrity women talk about the importance of relationships is really what gave me the fuel to say that this message needs to be out here.”