The creativity of author, designer and publisher Ben Arogundade
THIS SITE SHOWCASES my work as an award-winning writer and creative. My journey began with architecture, which I studied for seven years in London. Since then I have worked as a journalist, graphic designer, editorial director, advertising copywriter, apps designer, fashion model, voiceover actor, and most recently as an author and book publisher. My start-up publishing imprint, White Labels Books, creates print-on-demand, direct-to-consumer fiction and non-fiction, using more sustainable production methods. Learn more about me and White Labels Books here.
BOOKS: NEW RELEASE
My Terrifying, Shocking, Humiliating, Amazing Adventures In Online Dating, by Ben Arogundade
Author Ben Arogundade recounts his journey as an online dater, during which time he was stood up, verbally abused, propositioned for sex and asked to be a father to an unborn child. Along the way he offers singles the secrets and best practices they need to know to boost the quality of their matches, and presents the latest strategies, research-based guidelines and innovations to take their online profiles to new levels of excellence. Get it now at Amazon, £9.99/$12.99.
MORE BOOKS ABOUT SEX & RELATIONSHIPS
The Sexual Language Of Strangers (novel)
Four men are paid to seduce and abandon...but then one of them breaks the rules.
“A clever, dark drama,” says ‘Esquire’.
Eccentric millionaire Dennison Carr invents a bizarre game in which he pays a group of handpicked men to seduce women he selects at random from the streets, bars and clubs of London. The chosen women all appear to share the same desire for the thrill of no-strings sex with a stranger. One of the male seducers, a down-and-out graphic designer named Erskine, is recovering from a recent trauma that has made him averse to relationships. Things begin to unravel when he begins to develop feelings for one of the women he is paid to seduce — a commitment-phobic jazz singer called Natascha. As they both battle against their aversion to intimacy, and their expanding feelings for one another, neither is prepared for the shocking conclusion Dennison has planned.
The novel, which boasts 18 SEX SCENES, became a cult hit when first released, and was championed by Hollywood actor and ‘Matrix’ star Laurence Fishburne, who recorded an audio segment which has never been released. Get the book now at Amazon, £8.99/$11.99, or read a sample.
RECENT BOOK RELEASES: US POLITICS
Fake Views? The Donald Trump Book Of Covers
THE ILLUSTRATED STORY OF PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump’s rise from real estate mogul to the White House, told through a unique collection of 240 of his front covers, from 1979 to the present. Witness Trump depicted as the anti-Christ, Adolf Hitler, The Joker, a Ku Klux Klansman, a terrorist, a psychopath, a narcissist and a sexual predator, to name but a few.
WINNER: GENERAL NON-FICTION: Indie Book Awards 2019.
FINALIST: BEST COVER DESIGN: Indie Book Awards 2019.
Get it now at Amazon.
Obama: 101 Best Covers
“Dramatic and startling.” The Guardian
DURING HIS TWO TERMS IN OFFICE President Barack Obama amassed more newspaper and magazine front covers than any other in history. This book presents the best 101 examples from across the globe in a special commemorative edition celebrating the startling event that was the election of the first African American president.
Eight years in the making, the book’s selection of covers depict Obama in a kaleidoscope of guises, including feminist, communist, fashion model, Jew, Muslim terrorist, Messiah, Superman, George Washington, President Roosevelt, Julius Caesar and Hindu deity Lord Shiva. The accompanying text discusses the design, typography, photography and political context of each cover, bringing to life this unique portrait of one of the world’s most famous men. Get it now at Amazon. Available in FOUR different covers.
£34.99/$44.99 or less.
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BOOKS: FASHION & BEAUTY
Black Beauty: A History & A Celebration
The struggle for acceptance in a world of white values
“Beautiful,” says Vogue
This book chronicles the turbulent journey of black beauty within Western culture, from antiquity to the present. It analyses the aesthetics of make-up, hair, skin-tone and facial features amongst people of colour, and the way in which these motifs have been both accepted and rejected within Eurocentric culture. The narrative draws upon a galaxy of black stars of film, fashion, music, television and sports. From Josephine Baker to Beyoncé, from traditional African hairstyles to coloured contact lenses and blonde weaves, ‘Black Beauty’ has become the key text for all studies of this branch of beauty history. Now a three-part BBC documentary.
Alongside my writing I also work as a voiceover actor and television broadcaster. I recently narrated the BBC documentary, ‘Space Volcanoes’, (see adjacent), and I was also chosen to narrate Charles Darwin’s controversial 1859 text, ‘On The Origin Of Species’, as part of publisher Penguin Classics audio series, alongside some of the UK’s best-known actors and writers, including Andrew Scott, David Harewood, Emilia Fox and Jeanette Winterson. I am represented by Sue Terry Voices.
APP DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN
365 POSITIVITY is a start-up digital publisher. We create innovative health, well-being and self-improvement apps that are designed to entertain, inform, inspire positive actions, or even change behaviours. We achieve this via creative writing, crafting original quotes and thought-provoking prose to convey big ideas within small sentences. Our apps cover a wide range of topics, from mental health to music. They combine the power of words with elegant designs that are simple and easy to use. Learn more about 365 Positivity here..
ART DIRECTION & DESIGN: King-sized Photography Books
I HAVE WORKED as creative and editorial director on limited edition, king-sized photo-collectables, producing a number of titles on a range of subjects, from Pelé to Pink Floyd.
ART DIRECTION & DESIGN: ‘Extract’ Magazine
SURFING ahead of the zeitgeist for 'reality' media, I launched ‘Extract’ – a bi-monthly style magazine about non-celebrities. It rejected the lives of the rich and famous in favour of interviews and profiles with unknown personalities from around the world. As well as publishing the magazine, I also edited and designed its pages. It attracted international attention, not only for its then radical editorial agenda, but also for its creative page layouts. Images were supplied by an army of talented young British photographers who were as unknown as their subjects. The title drew a cult audience globally.
ONLINE JOURNALISM by Ben Arogundade
I write across a range of subject areas, including history, politics, fashion and beauty, sex and relationships, health and wellbeing, sports and the arts.
Contrary to what many believe, around the world there are numerous examples of people of African ancestry with naturally blue or green eyes. How does this happen?
More couples now meet online than off. But complaints about dating apps are rife. Do they really work? If so, how can daters learn to identify the best matches, and thereby increase their chances of finding the person they seek?
Are big lips considered cooler on white women than black? For centuries, blacks with fuller lips felt ashamed of theirs in a European culture which relegated the aesthetics of African beauty to a lower value.
With the proliferation of European beauty values everywhere from the hairdressing salon to Hollywood, dark skin and afro hair have been relegated to the margins. So what does it mean to be “black and beautiful” today?
Is President Donald Trump mentally unstable? Does he have a personality disorder? A group of eminent US psychiatrists say yes, despite having never examined him personally. Are they being irresponsible?
After eight years in the White House, the legacy of the USA’s first African American president is still being debated and defined. Were the media’s portrayals of him and his achievements accurate, or did they get it wrong?
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