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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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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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FEATURED AUTHORS APPEARING AT THE 2015 

AFRICAN AMERICAN AUTHORS EXPO

LYNDA JONES-BURNS

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.

MICHAEL COOMBS

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?

BRENDA LEIGH WELLS

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.

JOY T.J. RILEY

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 FETTIS

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

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.

 SHARAMAN J. MONROE

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 (www.myjourneytome-thediscovery.com), 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  (http://anointedwomeninchrist.wordpress.com), writing articles to uplift women. Ms. Monroe also contributes to the e-zine for Whine and Cheese http://foreverywhine.com), 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

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 SAUNDERS

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.

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HAKI AMMI

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 Bmorenews.com, Baltimore Afro and the Baltimore Times Newspaper. Haki Ammi has hosted radio programs onwww.harambeeradio.com and 1590 AM WURD in Baltimore.   He has been on the Newsmaker Line for the Larry Young Morning Show on 1010 AM in Baltimore.


 BERNICE LAYTON

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

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.

FANITIA PENDLETON

 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.  

 

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OUMAR HILL

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

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 www.booksbyjcg.com.

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JAYANA WOOD

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

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.

2014 FEATURED AUTHORs

BERNICE L. MCFADDEN

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.

FEATURED AUTHOR VICTORIA CHRISTOPHER MURRAY

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. (www.browngirlspublishing.com)

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.

FEATURED AUTHOR SHERI BOOKER

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 sheribooker.com.

 

ONDREA L. DAVIS

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 www.ondrealdavis.com.

 

YOUTH AUTHOR SHELIECE MARILIN

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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KEVIN WAYNE JOHNSON

With the fundamental belief that God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things, Kevin Wayne Johnson lives to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. His passion is reflected through his national best-selling book series (Give God the Glory!) that have earned 17 literary awards. since 2001, all published through his Christian-based publishing company - Writing for the Lord Ministries - as a former radio and television host, and in several leadership positions within the local church, the Christian publishing industry, and the National Association of the Church of God
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JEARLEAN ALSTON-TAYLOR

Jearlean Alston-Taylor was born and raised in Southwest Baltimore, MD. She grew up in a happy home. Her parents had six children. Could they imagine one of their twin daughters would develop a rare form of cancer (Rhabdomysarcoma) at two years old? Doctors thought she would not live beyond  the age of three. Although her parents had a sick child that needed medical attention, their family's structure did not change. Her illness was discovered at University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, MD. After several consultations with the doctors, her parents were advised to seek another opinion with other hospitals that specialized in Jearlean's type of cancer.

Her chemotherapy and radiation treatments began at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Because of this rare type of cancer, Jearlean's childhood included several reconstructive surgeries, lengthy hospital stays, and close evaluations of medical needs.

Jearlean's life was an journey of unexpected challenges. She never imagined struggling with low self-esteem, shame, insecurity, suicidal thoughts, severe medical complications, and a secret she hid for years. Jearlean had insecurities and they did not change overnight, but she learned to be a survivor. As a result of her struggles, journal writing would be the source of her internal healing.

Pretty Girl Blues: An Autobiography is an intimate journey into Jearlean's life of being a survivor. Her obstacles have made her strong. The adversities that she has overcome allow her to inspire, encourage, uplift, listen, understand, and spread her testimony abroad. She states, "It is no secret to what God can do, what he has done for others He can do same for you."

 

 

DR. KAREN S. BETHEA

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
Singer/Actress

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 S. GIBSON

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 rosapryor@aol.com

 

 

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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I am a twenty-eight year United States Postal worker who has been blessed to be able to attend the many shows, concerts, plays, book signings, VIP parties, and other venues put on by well-known celebrities with the opportunity to meet them.

In 1988, I was determined to meet Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Then I met Stevie Wonder. I thought to myself, If I can meet Magic Johnson and Stevie Wonder, I can meet anybody. What I found out was that they are just as real as you and me. However, because of their fame, they carry a regal spirit around them. This spirit will cause you, the fan, to become tongue-tied or shocked in their presence. 

Come inside and see how a blue-collar worker from Baltimore, Maryland, met and reacted in the presence of sixty-six well-known celebrities.

 

 

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