ampliFLY – “Black and Blue” Book


The Time to be heard is NOW! AmpliFLY is an entertainment company created to promote women’s voices and has kicked off its debut with a book entitled “Black and Blue; Love, Sports and the Art of Empowerment,” by Andra Douglas.

“Black and Blue” will strike a chord with anyone who grew up before title IX but its poignancy and appeal go beyond that. Andra Douglas covers it all.
— Billie Jean King
Sports Icon and Social Justice Pioneer


Click here to purchase your copy of Black and Blue

In the Deep South, football is a religion and even as a young girl, Christine dearly loved the game. Her passion to not only watch, but actually play and excel, was apparent. However, by the time she reached her teens, the South’s particular message that women are second-class citizens had seeped in. ‘Black and Blue’ is a book about what happens during her poignant, hilarious, ofttimes demoralizing but ultimately successful journey into a world few people know about—-the wild west of women’s pro football. From her roots in the Deep South to the streets and boroughs of New York City this is a book about coming of age, and the vivid characters who impact Christine along the way. When the unexpected opportunity to finally play tackle football comes along, Christine must purchase the New York Sharks, a pro tackle franchise, to keep her dream alive. Christine and her teammates embark on a rollicking quest for the national title that is ostensibly about football, but when tragedy strikes, ultimately becomes a meditation on being different and requires Christine to re-examine herself, her motives and the choices she’s made.



About the Author
A Native of central Florida and graduate of Florida State University and The Pratt Institute, Andra Douglas has been a National Champion athlete in rugby and women’s tackle football, a Vice President and Creative Director at Time Warner, and the founder of the Fins UP! Foundation for Female Athletics a not-for-profit organization that benefits at-risk young girls through sport (

She also owned the New York Sharks Women’s Pro Football Team for 19 years ( and is a known artist.

She lives with her parrot, “Pie” in New York City where she spends much of her time working from her rooftop studio in Greenwich Village on her mixed media artwork (