Elaine Brown is a former leader of the Black Panther Party. She is author of A Taste of Power (Pantheon, 1992) and The Condemnation of Little B (Beacon Press, 2002). A Taste of Power was recently optioned by HBO for its miniseries The Black Panthers. Elaine is presently  co-authoring For Reasons of Race and Belief, The Trials of Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) with Karima Al-Amin (for 2015 publication by Lawrence Hill Books), and she is completing the non-fiction book Melba and Al, A Story of Black Love in Jim Crow America (for 2015 publication by Feminist Press). She is the editor of Messages to Our Brothers and Sisters on the Other Side of the Wall, a collection of autobiographical essays by black prisoners in New Mexico, published by the New Mexico Department of African American Affairs (2007). Elaine grew up in North Philadelphia, is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, and attended Temple University, UCLA, Mills College and Southwestern University School of Law. She is the mother of one adult daughter, Ericka Abram. Her papers have been acquired by Emory University. She currently resides in Oakland, California.