The November Poem Fic Writer's Challenge!

PictureIf I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

The challenge is to write a story, original or fanfiction, framed around your favorite poem.  How it's used is up to you. Whether it's Robert Frost or Nursery Rhymes, or even your own original work---us prose addicts are all about the verse this time.  Any takers?   

--Blackmamba on November 01 2008 03:25 am 2 Comments--

November Character of the Month

Wilhelmina Slater
Ugly Betty


Wilhelmina Slater is a former supermodel, resident Botox loving diva and creative director of MODE magazine. Born Wanda Vivian Slater, she's connived and blackmailed her way to the top of the fashion world, aided in her schemes by her assistant Marc St. James who idolizes her villainous ways and refers to her fondly as "Willie." Wilhelmina's greatest adversary is Daniel Meade, current editor in chief at MODE and the youngest son of the late Bradford Meade-founder of Meade Publishing.

Though Wilhelmina is known for her unrelenting cruelty, she's recently developed a softer side due to the upcoming birth of her second child-a baby fathered by Bradford Meade which is currently being carried by a surrogate. But as always, Wilhelmina has an ulterior motive-using the child's share of the Meade Empire to finally seize control of the company and take the coveted position as editor in chief of MODE magazine.

--Blackmamba on November 01 2008 03:07 am 11 Comments--

The Chamber is on Live Journal!

chamberThe Chamber now has a community page on live journal for original and fan fiction stories spotlighting black women. The goal of this page is an extension of the one we have for the archive, to bring together a collection of stories that put black women front and center.

The Chamber has also started a livejournal blog, which will have general information about the site, as well as black women in today's media. Be sure to add the page as a friend to your Live Journal blog!

--TokenBlackGirl on October 13 2008 04:39 am 11 Comments--

October Reader of the Month


Congratulations Hershey Kisses, our October Chamber Reader of the Month! As our Reader of the Month, Hershey Kisses will receive an official Chamber totebag and five free music downloads from

Join us in thanking Hershey Kisses for her continued enthusiastic support of the Chamber authors and their works. Want to be chosen as the next reader of the month? Review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

--TokenBlackGirl on September 29 2008 12:30 am 10 Comments--

The Chamber Grindhouse Halloween Challenge!


Attention Chamber Authors!

How creepy can you make it?



The challenge is simple--give us your best, creepy, scary story--original or fan fiction to celebrate the month of October.  Anything goes with this one just as long as it goes bump in the night.  Ghost, goblins, vamps or slashers, bring 'em all on for this challenge. Celebrate Halloween at the Chamber.


And happy scaring! 

--TokenBlackGirl on September 28 2008 11:51 pm 1 Comments--

October Character of the Month

Kendra Young

Buffy the Vampire Slayer



Kendra Young

Kendra Young was a vampire slayer that was called after Buffy Summers drowned at the hands of a powerful vampire.


Though her friend Xander Harris managed to revive her, Buffy's death nevertheless activated a second Slayer. Kendra was fully versed in the Slayer Handbook and fighting techniques and after a physical confrontation, Buffy and Kendra soon realized that they were both Slayers. Watcher Rupert Giles informed them that two Slayers existing at the same time was unprecedented, and the two eventually became allies as well as friends.


Kendra returned when her Watcher informed her that the Acathla would open its mouth and suck the world into hell. He gave Kendra a sword to fight the demon, which Kendra then passed on to Buffy. Kendra died in the Sunnydale High School library at the hands of a vampire named Drucilla.

--TokenBlackGirl on September 28 2008 11:33 pm 1 Comments--

September Reader of the Month


Congratulations Lovemboth, our September Chamber Reader of the Month! As our Reader of the Month, Lovemboth will receive an official Chamber totebag and five free music downloads from

Join us in thanking Lovemboth for continued enthusiastic support of the Chamber authors and their works. Want to be chosen as the next reader of the month? Review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

--TokenBlackGirl on September 02 2008 02:09 am 8 Comments--

September Character of the Month

Alexx Woods

CSI: Miami



Alexx Woods is a medical examiner for the Miami-Dade Police Department.


She is married with two children and has a decidedly positive bedside manner, going so far as to sweet talk the corpses she examines, referring to them as “sweetie”, “honey,” or “baby.” Her maternal instincts extend to her coworkers at times and she hosts groups from alcoholic treatment programs, showing them the consequences of drunk driving.


She has a close relationship with Horatio Caine and his team of crime scene investigators.  This has led to friction in the autopsy room from her fellow medical examiners. Alexx left the MDPD when evidence tied a murder to her son. Although her son was cleared of the crime, she could no longer find peace working in the morgue, citing her need to spend more time “taking care of the living.”


--TokenBlackGirl on September 02 2008 01:40 am 1 Comments--

September Chamber Chat Schedule

picPlease see Announcements in the Chamber Forum for details regarding Accessing the Chamber Chat Rooms.  

Author's Chat
September 7th, 9:00 p.m. Eastern
: "You're Going Too Fast!” The Ins and Outs of Pacing a Story

Chamber Authors are invited to join us in the Chamber Forum Chat Room to discuss the ins and outs of pacing your original or fan fiction stories.  Whether you’re looking for tips or advice or just want to share a success story or two, it promises to be an interesting time. 

Only Chamber Authors with stories currently posted on the archive may participate in Chamber Authors Chat. 

Chamber Chat
September 21, 9:00 p.m. Eastern
  Love Across Color Lines:  An Open Discussion about Interracial Romantic Fiction. 

Chamber Authors and Readers are invited to join us in the Chamber Forum Chat Room to discuss Interracial Romantic Fiction.  Topics will range from what you look for in an interracial romance, why you read them or why you don’t, and unique issues for authors when crafting such a tale.  Make sure you join us for what is sure to be a thought provoking conversation. 

Only registered Chamber Members may participate in Chamber Chat.  

--TokenBlackGirl on September 02 2008 01:12 am 1 Comments--

August Character of the Month


Drucilla Barber Winters

The Young and the Restless


druDrucilla Winters has gone from teen runaway to international model to successful businesswoman, becoming a loving wife and mother along the way.


Troubled by preferential treatment of her older sister Olivia, teenaged Dru ran away and lived on the streets. After turning her life around, she soon turned to rising business executive Neil Winters and they fell in love, marrying at the Chancellor mansion.


Dru gave birth to daughter, Lily Winters, and they eventually adopted a son, Devon Hamilton.



--TokenBlackGirl on August 04 2008 06:06 am 2 Comments--

August Reader of the Month


Congratulations Sweet Pea, our August Chamber Reader of the Month! As our Reader of the Month, Sweet Pea will receive five free music downloads from

Join us in thanking Sweet Pea for continued enthusiastic support of the Chamber authors and their works. Want to be chosen as the next reader of the month? Review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

--TokenBlackGirl on July 30 2008 04:50 am 9 Comments--

2008 Primetime Emmys



The Chamber congratulates the 2008 Primetime Emmy nominees.


These six African American women have been rewarded for their exemplary work in the 2007-2008 television season.


Chandra Wilson Grey’s Anatomy

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


Vanessa L. Williams Ugly Betty

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


Diahann Carroll Grey’s Anatomy

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series


Phylicia Rashad A Raisin in the Sun

Best Actress in a Television Movie


Audra McDonald A Raisin in the Sun

Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie


Alfre Woodard Pictures of Hollis Woods

Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie


--TokenBlackGirl on July 19 2008 03:57 am 5 Comments--

Artwork by TokenBlackGirl



The Chamber would like say a special thank you to TokenBlackGirl for all of the beautiful artwork featured on the site. 

The banners featured at the top of The Chamber skins, and many of the banners posted in our authors summaries are the result of her creative vision and hours of hard work.  Please take a moment to visit the Chamber Gallery and check out TokenBlackGirl's User Gallery for some of the amazing banners and pictures she has created for many of our authors.  Also, be sure to pass along your appreciation for helping create such a great haven for readers and writers alike.  

Authors, if you would like TokenBlackGirl to make a banner for your story, you may post a request in the Chamber Forum. Just register with the forum and enter the Author's Haven in order to access the Writer's Exchange section and post your request in the banner request thread.  You'll be glad you did!


--Blackmamba on July 10 2008 06:37 am 10 Comments--

Chamber Character of the Month

Lt. Anastasia "Dee" Dualla



Lieutenant Anastacia “Dee” Dualla is played by Kandyse McClure on the television series, Battlestar Galactica.


Anastasia, known for her tough personality and pragmatism, now serves as a communications officer on board the Galactica.


Dee had been romantically involved with President Roslin’s aide Billy Keikya, but their relationship suddenly ended when Billy was killed during an attack. After her involvement with Billy, her affections were eventually transferred to Lee “Apollo” Adama, son of Commander William Adama, who she later married.


When her husband chooses to defend Dr. Gaius Baltar in his trial, Dualla is incensed, and separates from Adama. Later, when Adama officially leaves Galactica to start his new life as civilian, the two embrace and he tells her that she's "got the house", implying that their breakup is final yet, in the end, amicable.



--TokenBlackGirl on July 02 2008 07:31 am 3 Comments--

July Reader of the Month

Reader of the Month

Congratulations Megumi, our July Chamber Reader of the Month! As our Reader of the Month Megumi will recieve five free music downloads from Itunes or Join us in thanking her for her continued enthusiastic support of the Chamber authors and their works. Want to be chosen as the next reader of the month? Review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

--TokenBlackGirl on June 24 2008 07:05 am 5 Comments--

A Brand New Chamber

chamber iconOn behalf of all of The Chamber administrators thank you for visiting the new site.  We hope you enjoy all of the wonderful fiction the chamber has to offer and feel free to contribute your own works. 

Our goal is to make The Chamber a safe haven for writers and readers to enjoy a multitude of fiction in an easily accessible format featuring African-American heroines in all walks of life.  Please take the time to review our Terms of Service and Submission Rules for adding stories to the Chamber and our Help link which contains answers to frequently asked questions. 

Also, feel free contact an administrator directly with any issues or questions.  We’ll be happy to assist you. 

--BlackMamba on June 23 2008 06:36 pm 3 Comments--

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