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George Christy Talks About Billy Schofield, Bankrupt And Dead, Brad Krevoy and more!

Billy Schofield, a Michigander, has written a novel, Bankrupt and Dead, based on an historic story about a beauty shop operator in Motor City, who designed hairstyles for the Supremes and other notables, until the hoods crashed in and all hell broke loose. A tale that weeps to be filmed. A gym rat who exercises three hours a day, Billy is the personal assistant to the prolific Hollywood producer, Brad Krevoy.

Posted Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 5:08 pm

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How often does a book come across our desk that cries … actually, begs … for filming.

As happened last week when Billy Schofield gifted us with a copy of his novel based on a true story, Bankrupt And Dead: The Wilma Bailey Story.

A farmer’s daughter, whose Mom was half-black and half-Caucasian and father Cherokee Indian, downplays her love of music and the saxophone for the profession of cosmetology, which becomes a passion. Creating hairstyles for the large community of the stylish black women of Motor City.

Yes, she designed hairstyles and wigs for Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, who comprised the original Supremes trio. And then Wilma went on to create her hairstyling magic for Cindy Birdsong and others appointed as replacements for the trio.

Initially, after Wilma Bailey relocated to Michigan from her native Iowa, she landed a job at J.L. Hudson on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, the leading department store in the Northwest, where she realized that she was better off building a business of her own for black ladies who loved her elegant stylings.

Once the hoods colluded with Miss Bailey’s beauty salon, all hell broke loose.

Her world changed drastically. The time? 1960’s. With impressive accuracy, Bankrupt And Dead details the fears and challenges of a young entrepreneur, who believed “racism came from fear, and acceptance came from hope.”

Billy is W.R. Schofield, and his partner Frederick Norment’s the son of Wilma Bailey, who supplied the backstory. Together they have researched an opus of a time and place that deserves space on our library bookshelves for more to read.

Shocking that a publisher passed on buying the manuscript, prompting Billy, who believed in it with heart and soul, to allocate funds for the publication.

Self-published as it is, Bankrupt And Dead will arouse casting queries out and about as to who may play Wilma Bailey. Angela Bassett, Regina King, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Tracee Ellis Ross.

Our 25-year-old Billy’s writings augur an excellent writing career.

Months ago, we met Billy as the personal assistant to our best friend, the prolific producer Brad Krevoy, and have been bowled over with Billy’s work ethic. Pursuing long hours as he strives to make Brad’s producing life a smooth reign. Currently, Brad is filming in Romania, Vancouver, and Toronto, with a week’s sojourn in China to spend with his family. Wife Susie and daughters Olivia, Sophia and Alexandra, who will tell us more about their adventure when they return next week.

Since the book has been published, copies are selling out. For further information about Bankrupt And Dead, email: wrschofield10

The question surfaces about Columbia University’s decision on what the trustees will do with the ersatz Pulitzer Prizes awarded to The New York Times and The Washington Post after publishing disgraceful falsehoods about President Trump’s collusion with Russia, and were rewarded with these embarrassing honors.

Hello Beer Drinkers.

We are in receipt of good news surrounding beer, which we’ve enjoyed at summer picnics.

Studies reveal that beer drinking in moderation is likely to be beneficial to one’s health.

• Beer apparently is more nutritious than other alcoholic drinks. While there’s an abundance of antioxidants in wine, beer has just as many. These antioxidants are a good thing.

• Beer is higher than wine in protein and vitamin B. Contains iron, calcium, phosphates and fiber.

• Beer may help protect the heart. Studies project that moderate beer drinking makes one 30-35 percent less likely than those who don’t drink it to suffer from heart attacks, strokes or heart disease. (New England Journal of Medicine.)

• Beer helps prevent kidney stones, keeps kidneys healthy. Beer contains a lot of hops, and pale ales are rich in kidney health-promoting phytochemicals. (Clinical Journal of Society of Nephrology.)

• Beer helps reduce the LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Increasing the intake of soluble fiber has health benefits, including the promotion of better blood-sugar and blood-cholesterol levels. Since alcohol interferes with the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals, it can also lessen the body’s ability to burn stored fat. (American Heart Association: Circulation.)

• Beer strengthens bones due to its high silicon content. Dietary silicon is a soluble form of orthosilicic acid that is important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue. Also lowers the risk of osteoporosis (National Institutes of Health.)

• Beer may help improve memory, since hops contain a secret ingredient that improves cognitive function. Xanthohumol is a flavonoid that slows down the degradation process of memory, the chemical may help protect brain cells from oxidative damage associated with dementia. (Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.)

• Moderate drinking is 1 drink a day for women, and 2 drinks a day for men. The benefits of drinking alcohol have been curtailed by physicians out of concern that consumers may consider any such message a license for overindulgence.

• Heavy drinking contributes to cirrhosis of the liver, fetal alcohol syndrome, hypertension, malnutrition, and pancreatitis.

Meanwhile, bottoms up!

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