Local author Nika Beamon (writer/producer for WABC-TV Eyewitness News in NYC) will host two events to celebrate her new book I DIDN’T WORK THIS HARD JUST TO GET MARRIED (Lawrence Hill books, an imprint of Chicago Review Press, May 2009), foreword by Dr. Bella DePaulo.

For more than 70 percent of black women, the once transitional “single life” is increasingly becoming the status quo, despite traditional expectations. In I DIDN’T WORK THIS HARD JUST TO GET MARRIED, Beamon – a successful and single black woman – examines this trend through 17 deeply personal and revealing interviews with such inspiring, independent African American women as actress Kim Coles, interior designer Sheila Bridges and executive Susan Chapman. From single motherhood, aging without a husband and career pressures, to the high rate of male incarceration and “Baby Mama Syndrome,” I DIDN’T WORK THIS HARD JUST TO GET MARRIED candidly addresses issues unique to the unmarried life while illustrating how, despite social stigmas, singleton can be a fulfilling and challenging state for all women.

Beamon will be hosting two events to celebrate I DIDN’T WORK THIS HARD TO GET MARRIED:

*Thursday, May 7 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Blondie’s Sports Bar (212 W. 79th St., NYC)

*Monday, May 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Hue Man Bookstore (2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd., NYC)

Each event is free and open to the public. A Q&A and book signing will follow.