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When I first started my novel I wrote just to unleash my creativity. To clear my mind of the voices inside my head. After realizing I had message to share with others I decided to publish it. However, what I didn't prepare myself for were those comments in which people said, "Your work changed my life," or "It was okay, but it had...." It's funny, no matter how many people tell me they love my story those that have something negative to say, their words seem to standout in my mind the most.As a…See More
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I find it funny that no matter what I do or where I go, I always come back to the one thing that makes me happy and bring me peace. I've been writing and writing ALL my life, I thought that it was normal and that everyone did it. Given a topic I can make it rhyme sound sad, give words character or simply make a joke of what would normally hurt. I thought it was normal, I thought everyone did that, and anyone that wanted could just needed to try. But the more I get to understand things,…


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Welcome to my Blog for Fade to Black –the novel. Well first let me say THANK GOD!! After 20 plus years, Fade to Black is finally here. I am really excited about the message that Fade to Black brings to all of America. At a very young age I learned a valuable lesson from Dad, he would always ask, “Son you are standing on the shoulders of GIANTS?” Honestly I had no idea what he…


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I have been hard at work building the As you can imagine you just don't launch a blog without content or an objective. My objective is to gain the attention of black people and keep them informed of what's happening in the cyber world. Its amazing but I find few black people who are really interested in what is happening in this area. Its sad because a lot crime is happening and I want to protect my people. Black women are being scammed on dating sites and…




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Literary fiction author Lynda Jones-Burns is a Washington, DC native. She was influenced by inner-city realities of boarded-up storefronts, abandoned brownstones, 1970s empowerment movements, and the punk-rock attitude of the 1980s. She learned and fell in love with the power of the pen at Cardozo High School and honed her craft, concentrating in written communications at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has operated a successful technical publications company for more than 20 years.

Jewel Amethyst Daniel & Lynelle Martin

Jewel Amethyst Daniel is a scientist, author, and educator who enjoys combining her love of science and writing to teach kids about exciting science concepts.  Jewel also writes under the name "Jewel Amethyst".  Her first full length novel, "A Marriage of Convenience" was released August 2009 and received a four star rating from Romantic Times. Jewel Amethyst's new romance novel, "Hurricane of the Heart" will be released in summer 2015.

Lynelle Martin is currently a sixth grader in Baltimore County.  She has an avid interest in science and loves adventure.  Inspired by her mother's writing, she began penning her first novel at the age of 8 and enjoyed seeing her labor of love come to fruition when her debut novel, "Zapped! Danger in the Cell" was published in 2014.   Lynelle enjoys soccer, playing the clarinet and gymnastics.  But even more fun, is letting her imagination run wild while writing her stories.


Tracé Wilkins Francis’ second childhood dream was to own an established dance studio that she successfully accomplished. After the birth of her son, she decided to focus more on her first dream of writing. Her ambitious drive and determination of starting a publishing company was inevitable. She served as one of the editors for an online women’s ministry, and will be starting a marriage and family blog, The Narrow Path of Love with her husband Michael Deep Francis. Tracé serves as assistant producer for several of her husband's independent films and stage plays for his company, JetFarm Pictures. She will also have a role alongside Michael in an upcoming movie "John" - The Real Life Story of John Henry. They currently live in Long Island, New York with their son Joseph aka “Jo Jo Bean”, her inspiration behind her book series. Tracé has also completed a chapter book for young readers.


Michael Coombs works in the insurance industry.  He finds however that what he really enjoys is the written word.  Sight unseen is Michael's first outing as an author but will likely not be his last.  Michael was born on the island of Jamaica but now lives and works somewhere in Maryland.  Home, however, is in a totally different locale.  Didn't someone once say home is where the heart is?


Mz. Modesty has been writing since she was 13 years old. The very first award she received for her writing was in 8th grade. She won the Creative Writing award for her short story titled, Mama's Loss. But Modesty did not just receive awards in short stories she also received awards for her poetry. Modesty has had 8 of her poem published in the different Library of Congress Anthologies. While getting her Associates of Arts Degree, Modesty won awards for her creative writing.


She is an Evangelist, Author, Poet, Actress, Public Speakers, and a Veteran who served 8 years in the United States Army Reserve.She is a graduate of Norfolk State University and University of Maryland University College. She was called to Evangelism, specifically, Street Outreach in 2010. She spreads the Good News in Baltimore, MD. 

Arrow Mike  

Arrow Mike is the son of Sherika Sadler.  He received Jesus as his Savior at the age of 6 years old and was baptized at the age of 10 years old.  When he becomes an adult, he would like to become a politician. He wants to make changes within the legislative branch. Arrow Mike enjoys ministry work as well, he loves to pass out water and assist in giving food to the poor. 


Brenda Leigh Wells, aka"Born2Praizz", is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She has been graced to be a minister, entrepreneur, poet, author, playwright, actress, and media personality. Brenda began writing poetry as an outlet to cope with daily life and spiritual frustrations.  She found that they gave her an emotional release, as well as, internal hope. Her favorite poem that ministers to so many people including those who are incarcerated is entitled "Quitting Is Not An Option...I Choose To Win!"  Brenda's passion and concern for the youth of today motivated her to pen her first book in the series entitled "The Adventures of Pete and Repeat...I Am You-Nique".  It is based on the speech that she enlightened the youth with at their back to school revival in 2011 and was released nationally in November, 2013.


Alicia and Tameka McKenzie are twin sisters who were born in Brooklyn, New York on August 12, 1988. They grew up in Staten Island, New York and Silver Spring, MD before moving to Columbia, MD in 2002. They attended Spelman College and received their Bachelor's degrees in 2010--Alicia has a B.A. in English and Tameka has a B.A. in Psychology. They received their master's degrees from Towson University. Alicia has a Master of Science in Professional Writing and Tameka has a Master of Art in Teaching, Early Childhood Education. Alicia loves writing poetry and reading books. Tameka loves teaching and fashion. They wrote their debut children's book series, The Anti-Socialites, in 2013.


Mary B. Banks grew up in Baltimore, MD. As a child, she loved to read Beverly Cleary and R.L. Stine. Banks, a Baltimore City College High School alumnus, graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2007, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars. After her undergraduate studies, Banks entered the MFA program in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore and graduated in May 2011. She is the owner of La Muse Press, an indie publishing house that focuses on literary and experimental fiction. 


Joy T.J. Riley began writing at age eleven to channel feelings she could not express in spoken word surviving child sexual abuse. Yes, becoming an author was always a dream but she had no idea that by submitting to God her dream would come true. Get Your JOY In The Morning is not just about finding faith, but to show that it is through faith that one finds purpose.

 Joy has dual Bachelors of Science degrees in Marketing and General Business Management from the University of Maryland College Park. She was commissioned as a teacher of the Word of God in August 2006. On December 15, 2007 Joy accepted God's call upon her life to be an evangelist. 


Leticia A. Fitts was born in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of Morgan State University, she earned her B.S. Degree in Psychology in 1998. As an innovative and spirited educator, she excelled as a teacher and reading specialist. In 2003, she received her M.A. Degree in Education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. With certifications to teach grades 1-6 in all subject areas, in addition to providing reading instruction for K-12 curriculums by the Maryland State Department of Education, she is a proven subject matter expert. She has published the educational workbooks, African American Sheroes and Heroes and Telling Our Tale.


Aria Craig lived as a single mother for twelve years until marrying in 2011, thus welcoming a step-son and two step-daughters into the family. Raised with two siblings by a single mother who received support from her parents on how to raise her children, she has learned to make different choices in life. Aria desires to educate, encourage and empower other single mothers and fathers with making better life decisions and succeeding in single parenthood.  Aria currently resides in Illinois and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. She also owns her own publishing company, MNT Publishing, L.L.C. Aria Craig is in the process of writing volumes 2 and 3 of the The Single Mother Diaries and several fictional novels.


Sharman J. Monroe, a native Washingtonian, gave her life to Christ in 2003.  At that time, she was a successful judge in the District of Columbia.  In 2008, she suddenly retired from the practice of law to follow God's call to begin a new journey in her life. The journey has led her to owning a successful business that enriches people's lives and to writing that encourages others. She writes the world-renowned blog, My Journey to Me-The Discovery (, sharing her personal growth experiences and successes at this juncture in her life.  She shares encouraging messages on Twitter @sharmansjourney.  Ms. Monroe manages and contributes to the Anointed Women in Christ Blog  (, writing articles to uplift women. Ms. Monroe also contributes to the e-zine for Whine and Cheese, a group designed for women to support each other as "they whine about the stresses of life and cheese (smile) in acknowledgement of their blessings" and writes encouraging messages for The Leap of Faith Network blog.


Mary Detweiler worked as a mental health professional for 27 years and served as a recovery ministry leader for 10 years. She is the author of When Therapy Isn't Enough, When Religion Isn't Enough, and When Doing Isn't Enough. All of her writing is rooted in her own life. She writes in the hope that others will benefit from her experiences and the lessons she learned from them. She and her husband live in Lancaster PA. They have two adult children.


Patricia A. Saunders is Self-Published Author who was inspired to release her work after the passing of her mother who had Alzheimer’s.  Patricia is dedicated to leaving her legacy of poetry by releasing a book every year.  Her books have been on coast to coast book tours, interviews with Stu Taylor, and featured on various blog talk radio shows. Not knowing if the disease will knock at her door one day her passion is releasing her words that are influenced by life to paper. She collaborated on her first nonfiction this past fall. Saunders lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works in management for a financial institution. In her spare time she likes to travel, cook and go winetasting.


Avalon Sequoia Brandt, Esq., is the author of Still I Love: Loving after Three Divorces.  She is a successful attorney in Baltimore, Maryland who for over 14 years has practiced complex civil litigation. Since 2008 Avalon has served on the Board of Directors for L.I.F.E. (Living In a Free Environment), Inc. a successful non-profit that provides housing, daily activities and job training for persons with physical and mental disabilities.  In the Spring of 2015 Avalon will launch her workshop Still I Love - Healing for Victory.  In this workshop Avalon will explore with others what it means to love and how to overcome the pain of being hurt by love. 


Haki Ammi is a best selling author, radio host, entrepreneur, community organizer, speaker, job and career coach, network marketer. A United States Navy veteran and currently a 9 year veteran serving as an EMT/FF in Baltimore City Fire Department. Business Marketing Major which experience having lead to starting and joined several network marketing companies from 1998 to present. Community organizing work consisting of culturally conscious raising, economic empowerment events.  Haki Ammi work has been featured in, Baltimore Afro and the Baltimore Times Newspaper. Haki Ammi has hosted radio programs on and 1590 AM WURD in Baltimore.   He has been on the Newsmaker Line for the Larry Young Morning Show on 1010 AM in Baltimore.


In 2005, Gerald obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University and in 2008 he obtained his Masters of Administration degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Cincinnati.  In 2010, Gerald released his first book entitled “We Come in Peace”.  In 2012, he released his second book, 27 Hours (What Would You Do If Faced The End?) through his own publishing company, Gerald C. Anderson Publishing and it is currently available through Amazon. In 1992, Gerald turned his life over to Jesus Christ and a life with Christ at the head. He is currently a musician in church and teaches piano to a select few students. He also manages his own blog and designs web sites.  Gerald continues to reside in Maryland and has one son.


Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Bernice Layton works full-time and is an avid reader of romantic suspense novels.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Black Writers' Guild of Maryland. Happily married, Mrs. Layton resides with her husband and is the mother of one daughter, NaTiki who inspires her to keep writing with this phrase in mind, "all things are possible with love and friendship, and the endless possibilities of past, future, and present encounters."

Mrs. Layton has published four romantic suspense novels for Genesis Press, Inc. Promises Made, Crossing the Line, Lies in Disguise and Mind Games.  


N. Sophronia Crosby is a teacher, a writer and a leader. She has had an extensive and diverse career where she has used her personable, charismatic, people skills to teach everything from job readiness to Standard English. As a writer, she recently published her memoir entitled - Five Loves: Stories of Misguided Love, Lust and Betrayal.

After graduating from the City University of New York (CUNY) with highest honors and receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Ms. Crosby entered the non-profit arena. She has worked with prominent organizations including the New York Urban League, The Community Service Society of New York as well as Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the CUNY and transitioned from College and Career Coach to a teacher of English as a Second Language. For the last three years she has taught English to students from around the world who recently arrived in the United States. N. Sophronia Crosby was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Staten Island with her two sons where she enjoys reading, writing and travel.


 Fanita began her career as a Juvenile Probation Officer and later worked in Adult Probation before taking a short break to pursue her love of teaching as a Criminal Justice Instructor at a local technical college. Recently Fanita stepped back into law enforcement, and is now a Parole Officer.  Fanita blazed on the scene with her Criminal Romance Series: Shoot First Ask Questions Never 1-3, Fist Full of Tears 1-2, The Moscato Diaries, MOET: Money Over Everything, Moet’s Revenge, and Open Marriage. An avid reader, Fanita holds a special place in her heart for the unsung genre of Urban Crime and Urban Romance Dramas, and in her youth, devoured the works of such greats as Donald Goines, and Iceberg Slim. She is an author with SBR Publications and a card carrying member of The Bank Roll Squad #TBRS Family.  Fanita is Owner of Blaque Diamond Publications an Urban Moon Productions Company where she is now giving young authors their shot at making their dreams come true.  




Oumar Hill was born in the USA and raised by southern parents from the Atlanta, GA and Greenwood, SC. Based on his extensive life experiences, Mr. Hill has dedicated his life to being a catalyst for change and a voice for generations to come by becoming a motivational speaker and life coach. Mr. Hill prior experience comes from serving the federal government the past twelve years in project management and writing position. Through the power of experience, a commitment to serving others and a desire to teach, Mr. Hill has connected with people with his signature from-my-heart-to-yours approach which has inspired many and instilled motivation and possibility in others. 


C. NaTasha Richburg is a wife and mother of four grown children with a catalog of books focused on the reality of the Hip Hop generation. 

Mrs. Richburg is also the visionary for Jeremiah's Kall, an urban Spoken word and Hip Hop music platform presented in a manner that is "Real-Raw-Responsibly Rebellious" with indie artists accountable to the Word of God. 

Mrs. Richburg's brand of motivation includes promoting Jeremiah's Kall concerts and having inspiration sessions with audiences of all ages that combine her wisdom with artistry to present an electrifying brand of edutainment that motivates positive change.

JC GARDNER(Jackie Gardner)

Ever since the age of twelve, I aspired to be an author.  Writing stories became an escape, a way for my imagination to come alive.  A closet writer for many years due to my 7th grade teacher humiliating me in class, when it came to sharing my writing, a cloud of self-doubt would follow that it wasn’t worthy or good enough; so it would stay buried, deep within a drawer or just locked up in my mind. I learned what God has placed in your heart, no one can take away.  

I understand what it is like being afraid to pursue what is in your heart because of naysayers or those who don't believe in your project/passion. I have been there, done that, and now it is time to give back and help others do whatever it is they believe their next level to be. After many years, I’m finally able to walk into my destiny.  I want to work with others to break out of their shell (like I did) to get started on their dreams.

We can do this together!

By day, JC Gardner is a manager at an international nonprofit. Her writing credits include a novel, Sinful Liaisons, published by Aberdeen Bay Publishing in 2011, two published short stories, ghost writing/coaching, and numerous articles for various publications. Visit her at


Haikeem Stokes, a South Philly native, is the eldest of three brothers and three sisters. He first fell in love with writing in the third grade. In junior high school, he wrote several short stories, then later illustrated and penned a series of comic strips. In the eighth grade, he used those creative-writing skills to transform short stories into rhymes. By the twelfth grade, he won first place trophies for rapping in talent shows. It was during his high school years that Haikeem’s skills in rhyming had evolved into poetry. He has taken his passion for word play and literary arts and cultivated it into realizing the dream of creating, “Works of Heart.” These “Works of Heart,” include 2 novels, I Need You Too and At 12, After and 2 books of spoken word, Reality Life Conscious Struggle and Earlixer. Haikeem believes that the gift of writing allows one to blend imagination and reality to create a wonderful universe. He writes from his heart in order to convey his message of life and love. 


B.A. Pinkney is a retired federal employee and resides in Baltimore, Md. She has always had a passion for reading and writing. She won her first writing contest while an employee of the Veterans Administration, Baltimore, Md. The essay was entitled "What it means to be a Black Woman living in America." In October 2011, her short story was one of four chosen out of over a thousand plus entries to be published in a local magazine called "The Urbanite." The "OTHER SIDE OF LIGHT," is her first fiction novel. She has also written and published the children's book "NAYA AND THE MAGIC WHITE HAT.


CEO, at Griot’s Roll Film Production & Services Inc., Author of The Marketing Mogul Manual: Improve Your Marketing Brand &I Built It But They Ain’t Coming: The Marketing Mogul’s Manual on How to Pursue, Date, and Engage Your Customer. Graduated from City-As-School, with an academic high school diploma, Associates degree from Queens Borough College, majored in Performing Arts and minored in Business Management and Marketing, Bachelors Degree from Brooklyn College in Film Production.  Mr. Guest is pursuing his masters in communication. Mr. Guest was the 2011 winner of the Charles B. Benenson Project Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2011 British Airways Face of Opportunity Video Marketing Contest, his company was flown to the UK for the British Airways Face of Opportunity Small Business Conference. 



Jayana Wood is a 9-year old author and aspiring entrepreneur who has combined her love of reading and art into her first children’s book, in a series of books for new and emergent readers, designed to inspire children to think about what they want to do and become as they grow up.  Jayana is a fourth grade student at John Hanson French Immersion School where she is learning to speak and write French.  Based on her love of learning a secondary language, Jayana decided to translate her first book, Opening My Imagination, into French.


Hattye Knight was born and raised in the Bronx and is a graduate of the esteemed Bronx High School of Science.  She attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. After her junior year of college, Ms. Knight joined the U.S. Navy as an Air Traffic Controller.  She quickly rose in rank and served as an Air Traffic Control Tower Supervisor at Roosevelt Roads (Roosey) Puerto Rico.  Unfortunately, Ms. Knight suffered a career ending injury and after serving 5 years was discharged while stationed in Norfolk, VA. Ms. Knight’s sense of adventure and her willingness to learn new things, allowed her to work in various positions.  Ms. Knight was a meter reader, an insurance specialist, an assistant to a General Manager of a large military entertainment facility, a substitute teacher, a mentor to Boys and Girls club students, and  a rater of standardized tests offered through Educational Testing Service (ETS).  She worked for several fortune 500 companies including USAA, T. Rowe Price, and Saks Fifth Avenue.


Carrie Alexander Colella received a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from the graduate school of Business and Management from Argosy University, Washington, DC campus in November, 2013. She received a Masters of Social Work degree from Howard University, Washington, DC and a Bachelors of Science from the University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia.  She has worked in the child welfare profession for over twenty years post masters degree and has a particular interest in the communication practices in large organizations and how these practices directly affect those working in the organizations as well as how these practices can affect outcomes for children.




BERNICE L. McFADDEN is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Nowhere Is a Place, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of two fiction honor awards from the BCALA. Her sophomore novel, The Warmest December, was praised by Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison as “searing and expertly imagined.” McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Victoria Christopher Murray always knew she would become an author, even as she was taking an unlikely path to that destination. A native of Queens, Victoria first left New York to attend Hampton University where she majored in Communication Disorders. After graduating, Victoria attended New York University where she received her MBA.

Victoria spent ten years in Corporate America before she tested her entrepreneurial spirit. She opened a Financial Services Agency for Aegon, USA where she managed the number one division for nine consecutive years. However, Victoria never lost the dream to write and when the “bug” hit her again in 1997, she answered the call.

Victoria originally self-published her first novel, Temptation and in 2000, Time Warner published that novel. Temptation made numerous best sellers list and remained on the Essence bestsellers list for nine consecutive months. In 2001, Temptation was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literature. February 2014, Victoria received another nomination for an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literature for her novel, Never Say Never.

Since Temptation, Victoria has written fifteen other adult novels, including: Joy, Grown Folks Business, The Ex Files, The Deal, the Dance and the Devil, her newest novel, Never Say Never and the popular Jasmine Cox Larson Bush series.  In 2012, Victoria joined ReShonda Tate Billingsley to write two collaborations, Sinners and Saints, and Friends and Foes which pits Victoria's Jasmine character against Rachel Adams, a first lady created by ReShonda. In her latest novel, it has been quoted by USA Today as “a book club recommendation.”

Victoria has received numerous awards including the Golden Pen Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being a pioneer in African American Fiction.  Since 2007, Victoria has won six African American Literary Awards for best novel, best Christian fiction and Author of the Year - Female.  Her 2013 NAACP Image Award nomination for Destiny's Divas was her second Image Award nomination.

In 2008, Victoria’s first novels in her Christian fiction teen series - The Divine Divas – were published and were optioned to become a television series.  She is currently in negotiations for her novel, The Ex Files, to become a movie.

With over one million books in print, Victoria is one of the country's top African American contemporary authors.

On February 3, 2014, Victoria and her writing twin, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, launch their very own boutique publishing co, Brown Girls Publishing. (

Victoria splits her time between Los Angeles and Washington D.C. In Los Angeles, she attends Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church under the spiritual tutelage of Dr. Beverly “BAM” Crawford and in Washington, D.C., she fellowships at Metropolitan Baptist Church under Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.  She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.


Sheri J. Booker is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, and teacher. She is the author of the poetry book, One Woman, One Hustle (2003), Vook, I am the Poem (2011) , and memoir Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home (2013), which won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author .

In 2007, she lived in rural South Africa where she helped to teach journalism skills to African women and worked as an editorial assistant for an international literary magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, and Essence Magazine.

Most recently, Sheri has discovered a passion for teaching. She currently teaches a refreshing course called Mind, Body, Soul at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.

Sheri has an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. Visit her online at



Ondrea L. Davis is a Washington, DC native and has 12-year old twin daughters and a 10-year old son.  She graduated in 2010 earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and received a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling in 2012.  Ondrea is an author with Foresight Publishing, co-authoring her debut novel, How could my husband be GAY?  She is also one of the contributing authors in the Weary & Willanthology.  She is currently working on two new projects to be released in 2014.  In addition to writing, Ondrea is an avid reader and reviews for Foresight Literary Lounge and Black Literature Magazine, and very active in her church.  For more information, please visit



Sheliece Marilin is a twelve year old, first time author. She is the middle child, with a twin sister and younger brother.  A seventh grader in the Prince George's County Public School system in Maryland, she enjoys middle school life.  Her favorite subject is reading. 

Some of her favorite things to do are writing stories and poetry, singing and praise dancing. She is an active member of her church, where she participates in the youth choir. Sheliece has a blue belt in karate and is a championship grappling contender, winning a number of medals and competition swords.

Landin's Deal of a Lifetime is Sheliece's debut title. She is currently working on her second book in the Kids' Choice Series, Mikael's Close Call. 

Dr. Steven Haymon

Steven Haymon, Ed.D, has over 38 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist/ consultant. He has treated thousands of clients for issues including childhood disorders, marital and couple counseling, family counseling, parent/child conflicts and chemical dependency. Dr. Haymon has also done extensive work with mood disorders, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. He has a wealth of knowledge in conducting training, workshops and seminars in his various fields of study and research.

Dr. Haymon has a B.A. in Education, M.S.W. in Social Work and a Ed.D in Educational Psychology. He has also pursued and completed Christian educational course-work at Bethesda Temple Bible Institute, under the tutelage of Dr. Rachel Webb. Dr. Haymon is a member of Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith in St. Louis, Missouri where the Honorable Bishop James A. Johnson, D.D. is pastor.




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Senior Pastor of Set The Captives Free Outreach Center

Dr. Karen Stanley Bethea is a Wife, Mother, Friend, Author, Teacher, Psalmist, Recording Artist, and Senior pastor of Set the Captives Free Outreach Center. She is known for the deliverance mantle on her life. Under her anointed teaching and preaching, many people have been set free from past addictions, pains, wounds, and negative lifestyles and have been brought into a spiritual and wholesome lifestyle. Dr. Bethea firmly believes that "she can do all things through Christ which strengthens her!" Her eagle mentality is contagious to those around her.

Perhaps her greatest challenge came in April 1997 when she was called to the pastorate. After three years of preparation, the church was planted and opened on April 9, 2000. Set the Captives Free Outreach Center, which has grown to over 2,000 members, is a center for healing and an incubator to discover and birth destinies. She is the author of Foundational Steps, an interactive Bible-based children's church curriculum through which children ages 2-14 learn Biblical concepts in a systematic manner. Many churches are using it successfully in their children's ministries. She has also written "Doors," (May 2011) and co-wrote "Testimonies From Overcomers" (Nov. 2010) and "Grow Wings" (Nov. 2012) with the Women Who Soar.

Dr. Bethea is under the spiritual covering of Bishop R. C. Hugh Nelson, D. Div. He is the pastor of the East Flatbush Church of God in Brooklyn, New York. She also serves as the apostolic covering and mentor for several churches and ministries in the United States and Bermuda.

In addition to being a minister, she is a wife and mother. She is married to Pastor Linwood E. Bethea, with whom she co-pastors. They have two beautiful children: Tiffany and L. Jamaal Bethea and two grandchildren Natalie and Jordan. As of February 14, 2012, they have been married for 31 years.


Tanya Blount Trotter spent many years looking for something useful to do for the girls and young women she encountered in her career as an entertainer. As a artist who formerly topped Billboards Music Charts (Island Records) and a Soul Train Award Nominee this actress/singer/author and now SocialPrenuer best known for her unforgettable performance singing "His Eyes on the Sparrow" with Lauryn Hill in the hit movie 'Sister Act 2" on a daily basis watched girls and young women around the world struggle with their identity.

Her search ended when she married her husband Michael Trotter Jr who due to a previous marriage brought two little girls into her life, Michaela and Courtney. The mother of one teenage son before marrying Trotter, Tanya never understood the details and daily stress that goes along with raising young girls and young women in today's culture. In the process of co-parenting and surviving low-self esteem and depression herself Tanya's personal victories along with those two angels she channeled all of her energy into starting the I Am Beautiful Corporation.

In developing the I Am Beautiful Corporation in the United States, Tanya developed the Butterfly Beautiful Conference for Girls and Young Women. Girls of all backgrounds attended the conference which was filled with workshops, empowerment and inspiration. The conference gave the young girls the opportunity to develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.With this success Tanya's life mission is to assist parents and walk along side of them as they prepare their girls for future roles as mothers and wives, as professional women—in the arts, sciences and business.

Tanya Blount Trotter has not abandoned her musically roots in conjunction with the conference Tanya released a new single entitled "Butterfly Beautiful" which is available on I-Tunes as well as a new book "Butterfly Beautiful". All of the proceeds with go towards international trips, programs and workshops to help support the I Am Beautiful Corporation's initiative.

Tanya's first love is music however her social mission is to create a world where every girl and young women will have the inner strength and God Esteem to say three simple words without hesitation "I Am Beautiful"



Larry Gibson began managing political campaigns in Maryland with the 1968 election of Judge Joseph Howard and the 1970 elections of State’s Attorney Milton Allen and Congressman Parren Mitchell.  He served as campaign manager for Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke in his successful elections in 1987, 1991, and 1995.  During the administration of President Jimmy Carter, Larry Gibson served in the U.S. Justice Department as Associate Deputy Attorney General and as Director of the National Economic Crimes Project.  In 1992, he was Maryland State Chairman of the Clinton/Gore presidential campaign.

Since 2001, Gibson has served as a campaign consultant and political advisor to African political leaders, including Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the President of Liberia and Marc Ravalomanana the former President of Madagascar.

Professor Gibson has researched and designed several exhibits, articles, newspaper series, and other presentations on the history of civil rights and African American lawyers in Maryland.  Professor Gibson was the principal advocate for the law passed by the Maryland General Assembly that renamed the BWI Thurgood Marshal Airport.

His book, Young Thurgood:The Making of a Supreme Court Justice (Prometheus Books 2012), describes the environment, people and events that shaped Thurgood Marshall's attitudes, work habits, and priorities in his formative years

Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor

Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor, a native Baltimorean, graduated from Edmondson High School in 1963 and attended Community College of Baltimore and Morgan State University to study business and law.

Rosa’s trade name is “Rambling Rose”, a name that was given to her by the late great Nat “King” Cole when she was touring in the 50’s as his opening act. The color red has always been her favorite color and when she used to perform, she always dressed in red exotic, sexy gowns and gave out her favorite flower, a long stem red rose, which became her signature. During this time, Rosa was not only a singer, but a musician, playing piano and saxophone; she was a recording artist, record producer and song writer.


Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor was the Entertainment Editor, Account Executive and Entertainment Columnist for the Baltimore Times and the Annapolis Times for ten years. “Rambling Rose”, as her readers affectionately call her is currently an entertainment columnist and reporter with the Afro-American Newspaper, and has been since 1998; The Informer Newspaper, The Northwest Voice and she freelance for other periodicals and have over 200,000 readerships. Since May 2011 she is back writing also for the Baltimore Times Newspaper. Rosa is a long time member of the National Association of Black Journalist, (NABJ).

Rosa is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund, Inc. created in 1991.  The fund provides money for gifted and talented children aspiring musicians, ages 5-17 years old to help pay for tuition, voice and music lessons and purchase instruments. Her organization is the only one of its kind in the country. She is also the Co-founder & CEO of an entertainment company with her husband, William “Shorty” Trusty, called “RoseGarden Entertainment Enterprises, Inc.”. This is a company that provides entertainment, local and national for clubs, casinos, hotels, social events and racetracks, (but not active at this time).


In 2001, Rosa became Mrs. William (“Shorty”) Trusty. They are partners in Business and soul mates! She is the mother of 4 and grandmother of 22 and great- grandmother of 17. For additional information her email address is



Hattye Knight was born and raised in the Bronx and is a graduate of the esteemed Bronx High School of Science.  She attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. After her junior year of college, Ms. Knight joined the U.S. Navy as an Air Traffic Controller.  She quickly rose in rank and served as an Air Traffic Control Tower Supervisor at Roosevelt Roads (Roosey) Puerto Rico.  Unfortunately, Ms. Knight suffered a career ending injury and after serving 5 years was discharged while stationed in Norfolk, VA. Ms. Knight’s sense of adventure and her willingness to learn new things, allowed her to work in various positions.  Ms. Knight was a meter reader, an insurance specialist, an assistant to a General Manager of a large military entertainment facility, a substitute teacher, a mentor to Boys and Girls club students, and  a rater of standardized tests offered through Educational Testing Service (ETS).  She worked for several fortune 500 companies including USAA, T. Rowe Price, and Saks Fifth Avenue.




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