Independent Book Authors in the Metropolitan Area
A.A.A.E. is a free event open to the public where book lovers can come and be up close and personal with many independent ebook authors.
Since writing my book on "Communication" in the work environment, I've come to better appreciate that communication between individuals is of major importance. If we could learn to give each other the time and respect needed during conversations, there is a guarantee that better outcomes will result.
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,…Continue
Before You Tie the Sacred Knot by Dr. Angela B. Chester guides readers in premarital education from a do-it-yourself approach; second book in series is geared towards Christian couples.
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…Continue
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FEATURED AUTHORS /SPEAKERS APPEARING AT THE 2015
DR. GEORGE C. FRASER
Dr. Fraser is also the publisher of the award-winning SuccessGuide Worldwide: The Networking Guide to Black Resources. He is the founder of the national annual PowerNetworking Conference, where thousands of Black professionals, business owners, and community leaders gather learn the art and science of networking, entrepreneurship and wealth creation.
Dr. Fraser is the Chairman of Phoenix Village Academy; which consists of three afro-centric charter schools that serves Cleveland inner city children. A popular speaker and author, George C. Fraser’s inspiring talks on success principles, effective networking, wealth creation, business ethics, and valuing diversity, are as popular among corporate professionals as they are among college students.
George C. Fraser is Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc. A company he founded some 25 years ago with the vision to lead a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources to increase opportunities for people of African descent. He is considered by many to be a new voice for African Americans and one of the foremost authorities on economic development, networking and building effective relationships.
Jan Gaye is the former wife of the legendary superstar Motown Artist Marvin Gaye. Her book After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye was co-written with award winning author David Ritz who is the quintessential expert on the Prince of Motown. David Ritz is best known for his book Divided Soul, the go to biography of her late husband. Jan is the mother of two adult children, Nona and Frankie and grandmother to her only grandson, Nolan. Jan is a survivor of breast cancer, drug addiction, sexual and physical abuse. After spending most of her life in Los Angeles, she currently resides in Rhode Island along with her children and grandson. Jan and her children continue to work tirelessly to protect Marvin’s legacy, that struggle is ongoing.
Executive Producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show
Multi-media personality, Social Media and Personal Branding Coach, Motivational Speaker and Voice-over artist, NIKKI WOODS is the senior producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the most successfulsyndicated urban radio show in history reaching more than 8 million people on a daily basis. Born in Rock Hill, Missouri, Woods studied education at HowardUniversity in Washington D.C. and journalism at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Her journey in broadcasting landed her in various markets, including St. Louis, Boston and Chicago, before Woods became senior producer of the acclaimed, nationally-syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” (TJMS) where she is responsible for the engaging on-air content heard each morning on the over-100 affiliate radio stations that air the award-winning program. Tom Joyner says, “I completely trust her judgment and know that she brings her A game every day. You can see (the) result(s) of that in the ratings and listener response.”
SYLVIA TRAYMORE MORRISON
When’s the last time you saw Wendy Williams, Diana Ross, Mo’Nique, Whoopi Goldberg and First Lady Michelle Obama in one evening’s performance? Well, all you need to do is catch the Sylvia Traymore Morrison Show the next time she’s in town. Originally from Washington, DC, Sylvia is the first African American Female Impressionist in the country. One of the first solo artists to tour and open for Whitney Houston in over 20 major U.S. cities, Morrison's career in Hollywood is legendary, even if not well known. The iconic Redd Fox recognized her talent early on and signed her to her first management deal.
When heavyweight boxing was at its zenith and Muhammad Ali was in his prime, Sylvia was asked to host a Roast of the Champ at the legendary Apollo Theater. The hosting job was so prolific and the imitation of the World Heavyweight Champion was so spot-on that he looked at her in amazement and said, “You'’re doin’ me? A woman doin’ me? That’s awesome!”As a result of that roast, Sylvia was offered a position as an associate-writer for one of America’s longest-running TV shows, Saturday Night Live. She is one of few African American Women offered that position.
Although she is one of America's best kept secrets and because of a profound career, Sylvia has released her first book, based on her true story, entitled "Almost There, Almost...The Many Faces of Sylvia Traymore Morrison." 90% of readers say they read it in less than 2 days and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. It reads like a roller coaster ride filled with thrills and chills. The book was selected by the American University's Public Relations Department as a project for the senior class. It is rare that a book is selected in that capacity.
DR. HATTIE N. WASHINGTON
In her new memoir, Dr. Hattie N. Washington reveals how a country girl, from the backwoods of Meherrin, Virginia, succeeded through life with optimism, drive and a belief in God to become an honor student, a teacher, a parent to two successful daughters, and a foster parent to over one hundred foster boys over a twenty-year period. She writes about family, relationships, and the complexities of growing up during the segregation and desegregation era, where the strike at R.R. Moton High School, in Farmville, Virginia in 1951, led to the historic landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education.
She shares her personal sacrifices and accomplishments in her memoir that overflows with warmth and wit. She also shares the long journey she had starting a non-profit foster boys home in Baltimore, Maryland that she affectionately named Aunt Hattie’s Place, and the challenges of opening a third eco-friendly home for boys in May 2010, in Sandy Spring, Maryland. You’ll read how an ongoing series of personal setbacks brought on many stumbling blocks, yet she broke down barriers by becoming the first female vice president of Coppin State University.
Dr. Hattie N. Washington’s Driven to Succeed: An Inspirational Memoir of Lessons Learned through Faith, Family and Favor is complete with historical photographs from the R.R. Moton Strike and personal photographs of her life. Her riveting story provides inspiration for generations to come.
CHERYL WOOD EMPOWERS
Speaker, Coach and Author
Participating Organization at the 2015 A.A.A.E
Shade will produce books of various genres as well as, paraphernalia that support each book, such as bookmarks, mugs, hot cards and t-shirts. Authors accepted by Shade will also be available for a service fee to deliver speeches, seminars and do social appearances. Shade will offer new authors the opportunity to be published and promoted based on genre. Services provided will include, printing, marketing, sales, book signings arrangements, and enrollment in a distribution program with the hired company distributor.
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PARTICIPATING AUTHORS AT THE
2015 AFRICAN AMERICAN AUTHORS EXPO
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 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.
Maha-tara Youssef, is a descendent of the Choctaw/ Creek nations. She comes from a long bloodline of healers and medicine women. For more then 11 generations she and her family have managed to preserve the culture and healing methods from their ancestors. Maha-tara was born in the United States, sharing both African and Native American cultures as well as being raised Muslim and Yoruba. Being born into a highly artistic family Mahatara spent her life with the world as her back yard, dancing and performing all over the world. She was raised with a Zen lifestyle, beginning Yoga and Sanskrit Mantras at the age of 10. As she got older, became a mom, and wanting to reach new levels of awareness, Maha-tara decided to take the ultimate leap of faith and moved to Africa with her two small daughters, not knowing a single person or the language. The beautiful journey was so inspiring she put it into print and became a self-published author in September of 2014.
TRACE' WILKINS FRANCIS'
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.
SHERIKA SADLER & ARROW MIKE
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 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.
Sherri Grimes has over 20 years of experience in preventive care. She has been an advocate for children’s oral healthcare and worked in urban educational settings in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. Sherri has a Master of Human Services degree with a concentration in Counseling from Lincoln University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Maryland Action Dental Coalition.
TRACE 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.
Author Nicole Brodie takes great pride in inspiring people to live a happier, more productive life through her articles on topics covering self-esteem and accepting personal responsibility in the pursuit of freedom. Her latest effort to motivate the world she lives in reveals itself in her self-help book, "Exposing the Bondage Within." Nicole offers a unique view of Mental Bondage that you won't find in many text books. Nicole's personal struggles and triumphs have aided her in defining Mental Bondage as anything that keeps a person mentally, emotionally, and physically paralyzed by the responsibility of forward movement. Nicole has embarked the journey of self-evaluation, and what she has discovered is that self-evaluation is a never ending journey of discovering truth within ourselves, and navigating that truth to improve our existence. Nicole believes that the way to freedom stems from personal revelation that is motivated by belief and determination.
A domestic violence survivor with a story to tell the world. It is not just "a" story – it is "one of the many" stories built on the experiences of domestic violence and the depths of its terror. After her children were kidnapped and her inability to go on living without them, she began the silent struggle of looking for them, knowing that if she exposed herself, John Allen Muhammad would locate her and kill her. She was triumphant in her struggle to get through those 18 months of not knowing where her children were and re-gained full custody of them. She fled from her estranged husband and moved to Maryland with the children. She was frightened during the horrific sniper shootings, sat through court proceedings during the trial, and last but not least, began re-gaining her strength to start a 501©3 non-profit organization, After The Trauma, to assist survivors of domestic violence.
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.
ALICIA & TAMEKA MCKENZIE
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
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.
Since reclaiming her first love of public speaking, coupled with her natural knack for teaching, Kenya has become a force to reckon with, as she inspires, motivates, and teaches audiences about the courage to live their dreams, how to overcome fear, and how to break the barriers that are keeping them from living their best life. Kenya is a published author, speaker, and empowerment coach. She is a member of the NSA DC Chapter, a Certified World Class Speaking Coach, and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Kenya’s latest book “Better Than Ever” just hit the stands and is getting rave reviews! She is on an all out crusade to help people who want change in their lives but just not quite sure how to make it happen.
KRBankston is an escalating serial novelist, following in the famous footsteps of her idol, VC Andrews. She is CEO and Founder, of Kirabaco (ki-rah-buh-ko) Publishing LLC, which houses her works. She has written and published to date some 25 novels. KR's "BookOpera" series “Thin Ice” was voted Serial Novel of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Her other series, “The Gianni Legacy” has been touted as The Godfather of modern day. Her novel, Christian was voted #75 of Top 100 Books of the year. Her novel X-Mafia was voted 2014 Urban Fiction of the Year.
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 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.
Vel Humbert is a newly published author of her first book “Encourage Your Soul: It’s Not As Bad As It Seems.” The book is designed to encourage others through difficult times. The story takes place in the minds of each character as they share their experiences from a Christian perspective. Oftentimes we are so consumed with the “go-throughs” of life that we neglect to put our focus where it really belongs. We identify with so many issues in our lives that as much as we say we have confidence and faith in God, we oftentimes waiver when it comes to our own personal issues. There are times when we look to others to get us through when all we need to do is keep our faith in God, trust in His word and be confident in who we are in the Lord.
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-
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
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 Bmorenews.com, Baltimore Afro and the Baltimore Times Newspaper. Haki Ammi has hosted radio programs on www.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.
GERALD C. ANDERSON, SR.
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.
MICHELLE " SHELLEY" SPENCE
Michele "Shelley" Spence by trade is a Cosmetologist; she has owned and operated her own salon for over 25 years. She is an ordained Elder and author. She is the founder of a non-profit organization called, "My Sista My Self" and is currently enrolled in college earning a degree in Psychology. She is feisty but transparent, with a "down to earth" approach in her mentorship to others. Her goal is to leave a legacy for her offspring, the next generation and to help hurting women who are seeking a way out of emotional and psychological issues. She is a survivor and understands the plight of one who is searching for inner peace and real joy. She plans to pass the baton on by teaching others the value of God's love, true forgiveness, and self-awareness. In addition, she wants to help show people the way to inner peace by helping them to come to terms with what haunts and taunts at their self-image daily. She is the wife of Chef Donald Spence, a mother and grandmother, who absolutely LOVES her family. Her favorite quote is "To thine own self be true."
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.
Born and raised in Charlotte, NC. My desire to write came at a time in my life when I felt there was nothing for me to do. I was sitting on my job one day and started to write poetry. From poetry I went to short erotic stories. Not really having the desire to write a novel I continued to write and until my first novel “When Church is Over” was formed. Try to decide which passion is greater the passion to read or the passion to write a conflict but I continue to do both. My literary interest include mysteries, and urban fiction.
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.
CAILAH " HEALTH COACH" BROCK
Cailah "Health Coach" Brock, CEO of The Rock Solid Fitness LLC, is an author, model, and speaker, as well as a certified Health Coach, Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Personal Trainer through both the American Council on Exercise and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Cailah recently published a book on health, fitness and weight loss titled, "Design Your Body: Your Guide to Cutting Through The Fat" which has reached more than ten states in the US and spans as far as China. Cailah has also published an exercise video titled, "Design Your Body in 25" to expand her reach and further assist clients on their journey to health and wellness. Through her work Cailah has been improving the performance of athletes and the lives of health seekers for over 11 years.
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.
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.
DERRICK M. GUEST
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
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.
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.
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.
LEROY C. MCKENZIE JR.
Participants at the 2013 AFRICAN AMERICAN AUTHOR'S EXPO
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.
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 email@example.com
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