Published: 01/08/2009
ISBN: 9781848762152
Format: Paperback

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Michael started drama classes aged seven. He was soon encouraged to join an agency by his drama teacher. He then joined another drama group at nine years of age, and within a year, landed a part in t... read more

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Black Shoes
by Michael Obiora

Meet successful London property developer Daniel Martins, He has everything a man could want: his own booming business, the luxury pad, the expensive sports car... all at the tender age of 25. But should he appreciate this more because he is black?

Daniel doesn't think so, as far as he is concerned, his hard work warrants his position. Gone are the days where by default, black men are seen as gun toting, drug selling, urban music making individuals. Times have changed: the colour of ones' skin is trivial. It's the twenty-first century - racism is a thing of the past... isn't it?

It's only policemen and shop assistants who constantly remind Daniel of the stereotypes assigned to his race. Surely this shouldn't be enough to send him on a mission to prove everybody wrong? After all, it could cost him his relationship with his best friend, who happens to be white. It could cost him his career and make him become the very stereotype that he longs to refute. Despite all this, Daniel is hell-bent on challenging every prejudice, he is also desperate for his late father's approval. but how dangerous does his obsession with all this become?

In the meantime Safra, Daniel’s beautiful long-term girlfriend wants more commitment but an obstacle in the form of another woman - who also happens to be white - may lie in the way.

Through explorations of love, friendships, paranoia and ignorance, Black Shoes, is about a professional man's quest to find his way through the maze of negative stereotypes, and his own personal battle with his identity.

Daniel's life is far from a nightmare but he has a dream...

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Michael will be appearing on Something For The Weekend, on Sunday 28th June, to talk about Black Shoes, as well as the new series of Hotel Babylon and his London 10K run, on behalf of the charity, Coeliac UK. BBC2, 10.30am.

Michael will be appearing as a guest panelist on The Wright Stuff, on Friday 3rd June. He’ll take viewers through the days news and topics and he’ll be talking about Black Shoes.Channel 5, 9.15am

Michael will be a guest on Trevor Nelson's BBC 1Xtra breakfast radio show. They will be talking all things Babylon and Black Shoes. You can catch his live interview from 9am, Tuesday August 18th, on DAB digital radio, TV and online. Sky channel 0137, Freeview 701, Freesat 701, Virgin 907.

Michael will be a guest on BBC Breakfast on Saturday 29th August from 9.50am, BBC1. The conversations about Black Shoes will continue!

Michael will be a guest, live in the studio at Colourful Radio he'll be chin-wagging about Black Shoes. You can catch the interview on Saturday 5th September, from 11am, on DAB Digital Radio, online and Sky Channel 0194.

Watch Michael on Celebrity Weakest Link. See how he got on when he came face to face with Anne Robinson!Saturday 12th, BBC1 7.10pm.

Michael will be signing copies of Black Shoes at Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX on Saturday October 3rd 2009, 5pm.

At 1pm on Saturday October 24th Michael will be signing copies of BLACK SHOES at BORDERS
in CARDIFF 14 The Hayes, South Glamorgan, CF10 1AH.

Michael returns to The Wright Stuff to talk about the reaction to Black Shoes!
Tuesday 27th October, Channel 5, 9.15am

On Saturday November 14th, Michael will be signing copies of his book at Borders Brent Cross from 1pm Unit A, Brent Cross South Shopping Park, Tilling Road, London NW2 1LJ

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