Florence “Flo” Anthony may be best known as a gossip columnist, but she is so much more. The Howard University grad and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority member, is a radio show host, reporter for the New York Daily News, publisher and editor-in-chief of Black Noir Magazine and blogger.
Anthony’s career covering celebrities began in the mid 1980s when she worked as a press agent for Muhammad Ali, Lynn Whitfield, Tyra Banks and many others. Using the press rooms of Las Vegas as a classroom, she quickly moved up the ranks of the sportsworld, eventually publishing her own sports magazine, Gladiator.
As a columnist for the New York Post, Anthony was the first African-American female to work in the sports department, the entertainment department and the world renowned Page Six. She was also the first African American to write a weekly column in the tabloid, the National Examiner.
Anthony’s latest novel, “Deadly Stuff Players” (Atria/Strebor Books; $15), follows gossip columnist Valerie Rollins and football hero-turned-private investigator Rome Nyland as they try to find a serial killer. Readers will meet jockeys and racehorse owners, hungry starlets, rappers, reality stars and all six existing Black billionaires who will do anything to get to the top of their game. Valerie, the most popular African-American gossip columnist in the United States, and NFL Hall of Famer Rome Nyland are the go-to team for solving Hollywood mysteries.
According to Anthony, teaming up with Zane as her publisher added some X-rated steam to the text. “Zane is magnificent,” raved Anthony. “And because she is the queen of erotica, there are some sexy scenes in my book, but even in my last novel I had a couple sexy scenes. This one has six sex scenes in it, and the one with Rome and Turquoise is a little graphic but the rest of them are real artsy and very poetic.”
Anthony resides in New York City, and is a familiar face on television, appearing on many talk shows and networks, including “The Insider,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Inside Edition,” the Fox News Channel and MSNBC.
“Deadly Stuff Players” has been chosen as the book of the month for Frankie Darcell’s Book Club, which connects Philly’s reading audience through featured books, author interviews and live in studio meetings and discussions. “ worked with Frankie Darcell in Detroit at WJO-B there, so I am very excited about doing this for WDAS,” said Anthony.
Florence “Flo” Anthony will make a special Philadelphia appearance to read and sign copies of “Deadly Stuff Players” during “Frankie’s Book Club” at WDAS on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at 111 Presidential Boulevard, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004