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.
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I think we've all been there......
That point in your life where you're full.... so full you just need everything to stop. You fill if you could just step out of yourself and get a chance to revive you'd be fine.... better....able to cope.
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With all of the preachers we have produced throughout African-American history (and I'm one of them), with all of our degrees, and with all of the money we've spent acquiring them, with all of the funds we've raised and all of the ministries (and buildings) we've built; with all of the conferences…Continue
SAVE THE DATE 2013 African American Author's Expo
2012 3rd Annual 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.
MARSHALL C. BELL
Midday Magazine Talk Show with Marshall Bell
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"
JILL A CLOUD
Jill Cloud is the founder of Queen Be and Customized Solution Inc. - a company whose mission is "building people, sustaining organizations." She is the author of the book, “From the Hood to Harvard: Capturing the American Dream”. Jill has degrees in Human Services Management and Psychology. She has been featured along with Judge Lynn Toler (of Fox Network's Divorce Court) in an explosive 2-day workshop titled "Taking Your Dreams Back From Life's Nightmares" and "Keeping Your Course In The Midst of Crazy." Jill was honored by the National Congress of Black Women for her tenacity, courage, and leadership ability. Some of her life changing workshops and seminars include:
• Freedom: Coming Out of the Shadows
• Instinct & Intuition: The Necessity of Feeling Your Own Feelings & Thinking Your Own Thoughts
• Lord He Gets On My Nerves: Embracing Differences
• Rules for the Road (for Youth): Saving Dreams from Life’s Nightmares
• Season’s Greetings: Mastering Times & Seasons
• True Identity: Reconnecting to Vision & Values
ELDER LEE MICHAELS
Heaven 600/Grace & Glory morning show
The life and calling of Elder Lee Michaels is one that breathes hope into the lives of those who feel that their humble beginnings condemn them to a life without promise. Born in the inner city and raised in public housing his humble beginnings echoed the saying, “It’s not where you start but where you finish that counts.” Things began to change for lee on May 23, 1975 when he enlisted in the USAir Force. After six honorable years of service, Elder Michaels then enrolled at Coppin State College in Computer Management. Around his junior year the call of destiny became so strong that he changed career pursuits and enrolled in the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland. There he discovered he had a tremendous passion for radio where he placed on the President's list, and was the first to receive a job out of a class of 48.
Elder Michaels then began his career in broadcasting in 1979 at WCEM/WESP-FM in Cambridge, MD and 1981, moved to WEBB radio. By 1983 he moved on to what was the first all Gospel radio station in Baltimore, WBGR 860 AM. It was there that Lee endeavored to learn all aspects of radio from broadcast programming, promotions, marketing and sales. It was also during this period of his life that he began to seek a closer relationship with God and faith. This quest resulted in a sincere concern for souls and on a blistery cold day in February 1988, he locked himself in the studio for 24 hours and raised $63,000 toward the plight for the homeless.
Pastor Lee Michaels has received numerous awards as a result of his countless hours of community service and commitment to ministry excellence from the Baltimore City Council, The mayors’ office, the Maryland State Senate, and the U.S. Congress. In 2005, Lee was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio and nominated best Program Director by R&R magazine. He also was recognized as “Announcer of the Year”, in 2001 by the Gospel Music Workshop of America.
To add to his credentials, Lee Michaels authored a book called “Spiritual Vitamins” (volume two is currently in the works), recorded a Spiritual Vitamins spoken word CD, and is host of the television program “Grace and Glory” viewed on WMAR TV 2 on Sunday mornings.
In addition to being married and the father of four, Lee Michaels is Pastor of Manifest Wonders Christian Center. Preaching and teaching messages that are instilling hope and transforming lives. Now after 35 years in broadcasting Lee continues to maintain a demanding schedule that includes Shepherding the MWCC flock, programming one of the most successful gospel radio stations in the country, hosting a weekly television show and maintaining high visibility in the Baltimore –Washington corridor via radio, television, print, preaching, speaking engagements, and community service.
As Pastor and Visionary, he continually finds ways to give back, feeding families during the holidays, speaking and mentoring young people and allowing his life story to become a source of inspiration for others. As an inner city boy, product of a dysfunctional home, raised in the projects and influenced by the streets of East Baltimore, Lee now finds himself positioned in the city that gave him birth committed to making a difference and helping others discover their God given potential, develop their gifts, fulfill their dreams and then step into a promising future that their lives may be full and complete.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ghislaine Pierre is an extraordinary woman, who is known for being one of the greatest multi-talented artists of her time. She is a singer, songwriter, poet, playwright, writer, entertainer, spiritual leader and radio anchor. She is an educator who travels the world spreading messages of LOVE, HOPE, WISDOM, and FAITH.
Within the rhythm of her creations, Pierre's humbled power captures a reader's mind through each line of her writings and every note of her songs. Her works change lives and make the weak regain strength. She is called the voice of the voiceless. She empowers the young and the talented to live dreams that the world sees as impossible. She continues to engage in community programming and social challenges to break the walls of ignorance, intolerance and mediocrity.
In 2011 Ghislaine started the radio show VCH and, became the Voice of the voiceless. The show is a blend of praise and worship, prayers, love songs and more: a bridge between the past and the present; every Sunday from 4: PM to 6: PM on wrcr.com.
2013 AAAE PARTICIPATING AUTHORS
Michelle Addison Jones is a licensed Minister in the State of Maryland (AFC). She is the Visionary of Universal Ministries and serves as an Associate Minister at New Shiloh Baptist Church where she currently teaches the New Members Class. She attended the Harold A. Carter Determined Biblical and Theological Institute and matriculated at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where she is a lifetime member of the National Honors Society Religious & Theological
Studies (Theta Alpha Kappa). Michelle Addison Jones has served in ministry for twelve years. She is a member of the following ministries: Ministers & Evangelist Council at New Shiloh Baptist Church; the National Coalition of Prison Ministries, The Voices of Christ Literary Ministries International, and on occasion she tours with Christian Authors On Tour (CAOT).
She resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband while endeavoring to pursue the completion of her academic studies. She is the author of two books, “As the Deer Pants for Streams of Water”, and “Strengthened by Prayer (Interludes of Oneness)”. New Release!
DONTE W. FORD
As featured in the 2012-Fourth Edition of Who's Who in Black Charlotte, I'm the assistant manager of the historic Excelsior Club. The nation’s oldest running African-American social institution! I'm the founder and chief executive officer of Concerned Father's Unlimited, an organization that coaches single fathers into strong, responsible fatherhood. I volunteer for various community groups throughout Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas.
A native of Los Angeles now living in Charlotte, NC by way of Boston, I was educated at Burdett Business School and Boston College. I am a single active dad of Noah and Alyssa Ford, who are the center of my life. I’m excited as a new author! I have a lot to share, so I ask you to follow my new passion and build with me. Thanks in advance!
C. NaTasha Richburg has been married to her husband Melvin for over 26 years. She is the mother of four children. Mrs. Richburg is a preacher, teacher, and speaker positioned to bring forth illustrations in her short stories that allows us to find a reflection of peace in the middle of life's storms.
Mrs. Richburg has a Masters of Business Administration from Morgan State University and a Masters in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. She has attended, and completed many courses at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. Mrs. Richburg is currently attending Morgan State University in pursuit of a Doctorate in Urban Leadership Education. Mrs. Richburg professes Proverbs 24:5 (KJV) which says:
"[a] wise man is strong; yea a man of knowledge increaseth strength."
Norwood Holland is a freelance writer, lawyer, and author of the Drew Smith legal thriller series based on the capers of an urban trial attorney. He is currently promoting two titles in the series Sleepless Nights and Minus One. A graduate of Howard University School of Law the author also earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Fisk University where he studied under the renowned Harlem Renaissance author Arna Bontemps. Holland favors D.C.'s local color in his fiction and currently writes the blog editorialindependence.com devoted to diversity issues and labor law.
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
Delaina M. Waldron is a Screenwriter, Novelist and freelance writer in her spare time. She wrote two feature length screenplays one of which was adapted to her novel "HerStory" and the other a comedy called "Ghetto Ghost Hunters" was a finalist in the 2011 Hollywood Screenwriting contest. She also wrote a short screenplay a thriller called "Peeper", which is currently in production.
Delaina M. Waldron is a single mother of one and is currently a city bus driver and a military veteran for the Army Reserves, based in New York City. Twitter @delainawaldron
KELLE' AVENT is a native Baltimorean raised by grandparents from the age of 10 months. She is more than a survivor. Faced with many trials as a result of her parents’ addiction to drugs throughout her childhood, she chose to rely on faith to fuel her future. A 2006 graduate of Delaware State University, Kelle’ has received the opportunity to work in many industries including: radio, film, theatre, and fashion designing to name a few, earning many honors. However, her most prized honors are personal: as a wife to Carlos, mother to Lyric and mentor. Kelle’ mentors teen girls and young women, challenging them to overcome the worst, encouraging to obtain the best, and igniting them to accomplish it all through faith. She is one of God’s prophetic mouth pieces for her generation, committing to be the oil that reminds young and seasoned people of Christ’s undying love and desire to see them well.
MONICA MATHIS STOWE
Monica enjoys reading all genres, but her favorite is contemporary and romantic fiction with strong, independent women as lead characters.
Her novels describe the drama in relationships among families, lovers, friends, and colleagues. She likes to take her readers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions that will make them laugh, cry, gasp, think, and question people and their actions. Her first novel, Where Did We Go Wrong? is scheduled to hit bookstores in April 2012. In the meantime, she is busy at work on future novels. There is nothing more exciting to her than creating a fictional world with flawed characters who consume her thoughts and tell her how they want the story to play out.
Monica is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Nyack College with a degree in Organizational Management. When she's not pounding the keyboard crafting her next novel, she works as an investigator in the metropolitan Washington area. She currently lives in Prince George's County, Maryland, with her brave, sexy firefighter husband and their loving, handsome son.
Author Joey N. Jones
Dr. Joey N. Jones, a native of Reidsville, North Carolina has served as an award-winning educator for over 25 years, focusing on the development of youth as a middle school principal, high school administrator, technology education teacher, curriculum writer, mentor, minister, coach, and tutor. He earned undergraduate degrees from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland, in College Park, Maryland. Among numerous awards and recognitions, he was selected to participate in the Washington Post’s Vincent E. Reed Principals Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. 100 Percent The Power of Giving Your All – 31 Ways to a Better You is his first of many motivational and inspirational books. Dr. Jones is married to Kinta C. Jones. They have three daughters and reside in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Dr. EUGENA GRIFFIN
Dr. Eugena Griffin pursued a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in the field of General Psychology as an undergraduate at Morgan State University (MSU) in 1997. During that time, Dr. Griffin began her interests in minority health research. Specifically, she began studying the effects of racism on physiological outcomes, including galvanic skin responses, heart rate, and blood pressure among African American college students. As a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina (USC) in 2002, pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Clinical-Community Psychology, Dr. Griffin expanded her research interest and began studying coping typologies in response to racial stress among African American adults.
Dr. Griffin’s overall objective is to use her training as a clinician, researcher, and community programmer to educate, empower, and develop programs for African American communities in various cities and states. Thus, she released her first book, titled, “Letters to the Black Community” which combines her minority health research and clinical intervention within the Black community. “Letters to the Black Community”, aims to educate individuals about the multitude of ways in which internalized oppression affects the Black psyche. Not only does Dr. Griffin point out this dilemma, but she offers solutions to combat this phenomenon which is hoped to serve as a catalyst for Black community change.
AUTHOR AKEDA PERASON
Education maven, Akeda Pearson is an aspiring author, entrepreneur, marketing consultant/assimilation coach, public speaker, community activist and school district official who lives by the motto: "Excellent Is The Standard". Her first published work, What In Hell Do You Want? Finding Peace From Living Hell On Earth is the epitome of triumph over being in a low place, suffering from depression, fear, isolation, rejection and abandonment dawning from years of domestic violence. This electrifying debut is based upon Biblical Scriptures reaping a harvest of victory to a strong Christian woman who presents her message of hope, encouragement and resolve. Reviews, book endorsements and excerpts can be viewed at www.akedapearson.com.
MENTAL FITNESS - PEBBLES ARMWOOD
Pebbles Armwood is a 30 year old native Baltimorean raised with her three siblings by a single mother. She attended Baltimore City Public Schools systems and graduated in 2000. After high school Pebbles attended Cosmetology school, Massage Therapy school, and she is presently a student at The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). Pebbles was introduced to the philosophy of Sankofa, and adopted it as a lifestyle. After adopting Sankofa she fell in love with the discipline of Africana Studies/History. This discipline gave her the passion to make changes around campus, so she ran for a position on Student Government. Pebbles served a year as a delegate, planning Meet and Greets, Town Hall Meetings, and SGA presentations for the college. Once her term was over she ran for Student President and won. To add to her accomplishments she became the first recipient of the Outstanding African Studies Award at CCBC, and she was chosen to be the student speaker for Advocacy Day in Annapolis, MD. Pebbles started a blog and Facebook page called Mental Fitness after being on The Dr.Oz Show, WBAL TV 11 news, and becoming the first feature on WBAL “Be More“. Mental Fitness was an idea she came up with after losing 50 lbs. Pebbles has an eagerness to enlighten people about mental, emotional, and physical fitness. Her blog discusses how Mental + Emotional = Physical Fitness. Pebbles uses the alter ego of Mental Fitness Girl to motivate, encourage, and inspire the guess on her blog. Mental Fitness Girl posts Every Tuesday at 5PM www.mentalefitness.wordpress.com.
AUTHOR FOLAKEMI AYODELE
Folakemi Ayodele, owner of Folafan a company that provides the following services; tutoring , coaching and mentoring for young adults, care giving for the Senior Citizens and a ministry project for Ladies and Gentlemen on how to achieve their goals and dreams using spiritual nuggets from The Word of God. She recently launched her Online ministry “Dorcas Davies Ministry” whose mission and goal is for the uplifting of Believers.
She has over 20 years secular working experience in retail, banking, healthcare, counseling and tutoring. Her ministry experience is in counseling, follow-up, discipleship, soul winning, evangelism, teaching and ministering The Word of God. She has spiritual relationship, partnership/mentorship relationship with the following ministries; The Stone Church Nigeria, Kingsway International charismatic Church London, The Wisdom Center, Texas, Creflo Dollar Ministries and her new home Church is Redeemed Christian Church of God Jesus House Dc. She relocated to The USA from the United Kingdom after a fulfilling career with London Underground Ltd in Heathrow Airport. She is also the Author and publisher of two books,” Nuggets for Ladies” and “Nuggets for Men” and her upcoming book is on relationship and marriage. She just recently got engaged .Her website is www.folakemiayodele.com and she can be contacted on twitter @Folakemiayodele and Facebook @folakemi Ayodele and her books are available on Amazon.com, Amazon Kindle, Bn.com and audible.com as paperback, E-books and audiobooks...
AUTHOR FREDERICA ARMSTRONG
Drica Armstrong was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ. As a child Drica never thought of becoming a writer because she wanted to be a Lawyer. A homework assignment given to her by an English teacher in the 8th grade sparked her interest in writing. While attending high school, Drica wrote several short stories and poetry but starting writing her first novel, Beautiful Liars, during her first year of college. Writing her first novel was just a hobby but soon after gained much interest from friends and family to take her writing further. After graduating from Newbury College in Brookline, MA with an Associate and Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Drica started to pursue publishing for her debut novel. Finding no luck with traditional publishing, Beautiful Liars was self-published in 2009. Soon after the release of her new novel, Drica finished her second novel, Hide and Seek. Hide and Seek is the first novel to be published on Drica’s self publishing company, Double Take Publications, in 2011. In 2013, Drica will be publishing two new novels, Trust No One and Game Over. As of the present time, Drica has been in two anthologies, including Fire and Desire. Drica is currently working on her new novel while attending school for Paralegal Studies while residing in Elizabeth, NJ with her son.
AUTHOR DEVIN HUGHES
Gail Moss gave her life to the Lord at the tender age of seven. As a teenager, writing became Gail's outlet to express her emotions after the death of her mother. During difficult times, she found inspiration and motivation through the greatest words ever penned, the Holy Scriptures - which continues to encourage and inspire her today.
Gail Moss is a Wife, Mother, Life Speaker, Published Author and Artist of Poetic Expressions. She enjoys using her gifts to share the love of God with audiences, and encouraging people from all walks of life. It is her prayer that her work will draw people into an intimate relationship with God.
AUTHOR SONYA PRIVETTE JAMES
Minister Sonya Privette- James was educated in the Philadelphia School System; Minister Sonya is a licensed minister and graduate of Anointed for Destiny Prophetic School, a graduate of the Mel Floyd School of Evangelism, graduate of Christian Research and Development Training Institute, a Certified Biblical Counselor, a member of the National Biblical Counseling Association, instructor for the Creative Writer’s Support Group, a member of the Christian Author’s on tour and African American Author’s Expo, a student of New Life Bible Institute Missionary Training Institute majoring in Biblical Studies.
She desires to help people increase their relationship with the Lord with her writing and teaching ministry through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Sonya is an author of several books, Nothing But The Father’s Love, Leading Beyond the Pulpit, The New Member’s Handbook for the Christian Believer, there are others that will be released this year in 2013, My Father, My Love, My Lord, and The Need for Evangelism in a Dying World. Minister Sonya Privette-James is married to Minister Brian James and has five beautiful children. To purchase and of these books please visit sonyaprivettejames.tateauthor.com, tatepublishing.com, and buybooksontheweb.com. Or call Tate Publishing at 1-888-361-9473 or Infinity Publishing at 1-877-289-2665.
LARITA S. SMTH
LaRita S. Smith was born and raised on the South side of Chicago. She began writing poetry, short stories, and plays at the age of ten. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Trials Of The Heart is the first book in a series of fiction novels based on the life of Shana Barlow. The story chronicles the life of a young girl who is molested by multiple predators; who also happen to be children. Although the subject matter is a bitter pill to swallow, the author felt it was a story that needed to be told. LaRita has also published two books of poetry titled, Grains of Sand... (Poetic Life Expressions) and Limerick Speaks in Haiku. When she's not focusing on her writing, she is dedicated to her career as a Registered Dental Hygienist.
AUTHOR SHERRY BURTON WAYS
As the Principal and CEO of Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC a Washington, DC based, interior decor firm, Sherry Burton Ways is a Certified Feng Shui Redesigner, Certified Interior Environment Coach, Interior Color Therapist and holistic Interior Designer who designs soul satisfying spaces. Her designs have been featured in the Washington Post, Washington Examiner, and Uptown Magazine to name a few. In 2011, her firm was nominated as small business of the year by the Washington Economic Partnership in and nominated as Best Suburban Decorator by I AM Modern Magazine. Sherry has been listed among DC, MD, VA Home & Design Magazine's 100 Top Designers in 2011.
Sherry has been quoted in Essence Magazine, Forbes.com and has appeared on WBAL Channel 11 in Baltimore and WUSA Channel 9 in Washington, DC.
Sherry’s work focuses on designing interiors that promote health and well being for both residential and commercial clientele. She is the author of the Amazon Best Selling book, Feel Good Spaces A Guide to Decorating Your Home for the Body, Mind and Spirit (2012 Wealthy Sistas). For more information check out her website at http://www.myfeelgoodspaces.
Teleah Scott-Williams’ life has been a courageous journey of tragedy and triumph. The unexpected death of her son, Timothy, sparked her to conduct research to deepen her understanding and knowledge about sudden cardiac death in young athletes. In doing so, she gleaned a deeper insight on how important it is for children to receive heart screenings. A native of Harrisburg, PA, Teleah currently resides in Owings Mills, Maryland with her family. Never ashamed of her testimony, Teleah is a living witness that God is bigger than any tragedy life can bring you. She founded the Timothy Q. Scott Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help spread awareness about sudden cardiac death in young athletes.
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.
ONDREA L. DAVIS
Ondrea L. Davis is a Washington, DC native and has 11-year old twin daughters and a 9-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 Social Behavior in 2012. Ondrea is affiliated with Foresight Publishing, co-authoring her debut novel, How could my husband be GAY? She is currently working on two new projects and an anthology to be released in 2013. Her goal is to bring awareness to important issues that many people tend to ignore. In addition to writing, Ondrea is an avid reader and reviews for Foresight Literary Lounge and Black Literature Magazine. For more information, please visit www.ondrealdavis.com.
Deborah D. Jenkins, a Pastor, Author, Adjunct Professor and Success Coach, is a wife and mother of two and lives in Bronx, NY. A national speaker and Social Mediablogger, Deborah is committed to assisting and providing resources for women and girls to live successfully through the full activation of their faith.
While still operating the consulting firm, she started DvineExpressions Book Club (2010) which promotes Self-Published Christian Authors through Social Media and hosts an annual book awards reception for those authors submitting books for review to her team.
Her greatest business accomplishments have been the publication of her first and second books, Leading Through Adversity: Lessons from the Prophets and Preparing the Princess to Be Queen: With 31 Successiprations for the Princess. These books have allowed her to expand the reach of J.A.J. Legacy Enterprises by offering Business to Business (B2B) services and working directly with women and girls preparing them for Entrepreneurial Enterprise.
Tremayne Moore is the founder of Mayntre Manuscripts, LLC, a publishing company with a vision of writing to right the broken soul. Tremayne is committed to educate youth, parents, pastors, and community members concerning child sexual abuse/teenage suicide through social media and community involvement. Moore holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Florida State University. His book “Deaf, Dumb, Blind & Stupid: Michael Anderson’s Fight for Life” was listed on OOSA Bookclub’s The Best of 2012.
Tangerlene Cornish is a native of Baltimore, Maryland where she currently resides with her two children Jasmine and Jawad, who are the backbone of her motivation.
Tangie is an inspirational author and speaker who has a heartfelt desire to help change the lives of hurting women. She currently has two books published that is guaranteed to change your life, “You Can Make It” and “What It’s Like to Be Single 4 Real!” (new release).
Tangie has survived many storms in her life that drew her closer to God. She enjoys sharing her testimony of where God has brought her with hopes someone’s life can be changed. She has submitted her life to the lord and has declared to touch every life she possibly can.
Attorney turned Speaker, Editor, Writing Coach, Publishing Consultant and Executive Producer of The Anthony McCarthy Show, DeBora M. Rick, is the author of two non-fiction books, Why Did He Break Up With Me? Lessons in Love, Loss & Letting Go and Love Addicted: One Woman's Spiritual Journey through Emotional Dependency. About Love Addicted one reader said, "It changed the course of my life!" Why Did He Break Up With Me? is chocked full of breakup stories from powerful women, tips on how to "get over him," wisdom and advice from therapists, life coaches and sex advocates and much, much more! You want these books for your library. DeBora is the editor of more than ten books. www.DeBoraRicks.com
I have been writing since I was 13 years old. My first book was published in August of 2012, named Sisters Just Love Strong. I love writing and I love what I write about. What makes my writing unique is the fact that all of the women in my books are Big Beautiful Women. I write about the things I don’t see on TV, the things I don’t read in books or magazines. I write about the positive, strong, beautiful, educated, determined, honest, self-motivated, soft, caring, loving, sexy side of the Big Beautiful Women. In today’s society a woman is judged for her size, shape, skin tone, height, weight and even her bra size. The media, music videos and written words are always telling women what is beautiful and what is sexy and what is acceptable. All of the words used to describe a BBW are all negative and the way they are portrayed are always as, ugly, unconfident, self-loathing, sad, sloppy, nasty, depressed and suicidal. And all of the BBW’s are in need of a small, model type woman to come to their rescue to make them lose weight just for them to be happy and accepted. I can’t relate to any of the portrayals that are seen everywhere so I write the real ways BBW’s live, love and look. All BBW’s are not in need of saving nor are we in need of weight loss. There are a lot of BBW’s that are healthy, happy, strong, beautiful, mature, professional, confident Mothers, Sisters, Friends and Lovers and that is what I write about. I take you on a journey with my words into the wonderful world of the BBW, a journey that you will talk about for years to come. If you want to contact me or check out my new books, ‘Loving You’ ‘Attributes of a Good woman #1’ ‘Assumptions can be Dangerous and Deadly’ ‘Proof that Doctors are Not GOD!’, ‘Sisters of XKP’
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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.
Pat. Moore, a native of Wichita Kansas, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Kansas State University. Following her graduation Pat. and her husband relocated to Maryland where they raised four wonderful children.
Pat. spent many years working in the Children’s Ministry of Celebration Church. She also created design businesses “To God Be the Glory Graphics” and “AtMyOwn-Pace.com”. She currently markets two of her unique products “Stick-it-to-Me!” pin cushions and “LolliLocks”.
Pat. has always enjoyed writing and creating short stories. Her love of children and Christian values led her to write a number of children’s stories often based on the adventures (and misadventures) of her four children.
Her first book, "Fall Rain", published by AuthorHouse Publishing in 2012, is a delightful story inspired by her youngest son while on a family outing in Washington D.C. She is currently working on her next book
REV. DR. MARY H. WASHAM
Rev. Dr. Mary H. Washam is Senior Pastor, and Founder of Hope Christian Tabernacle Church, Philadelphia, PA., New Beginnings Deliverance Tabernacle Church, Middletown, CT., and Hope Christian Tabernacle, New Jersey Division, Lindenwold, NJ. Rev. Dr. Washam received her Ph.D and Masters in Religious Education from the United Bible College and Seminary in Orlando, FL., a B.A from Jameson Christian College in Philadelphia, PA. and courses in Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Washam’s ministry uniquely promotes a theological platform invoking persons to acquire wisdom and knowledge which should be evidenced by a lifestyle of character, leadership, stewardship, and worship. Rev. Washam is surrounded by love and appreciation from family, friends and colleagues. She is also a mother of three beloved children and grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren. Rev. Washam is a published author of “Does God Really Talk?” and “A Believer But…Do Believers Really Believe?”
VANESSA FORD TAYLOR
Vanessa Ford Taylor born in Fayetteville, NC, is the fifth of six children. Her mother passed away when she was only five years old. After being separated from her brothers and older sister, she was raised by her aunt along with her younger sister. At the age of 13, she met a man who would later become the father of her oldest children. It was at this point that her life of physical, drug and alcohol abuse began. She endured the physical and mental abuse for many years; her only means of escape was her addiction to drugs and alcohol. She was beaten so severely by the father of her children with a baseball bat that she was confined to a wheelchair and told by doctors that she would never walk again. Through God’s grace she is a walking, talking miracle. Today, Vanessa tells of how she is able to forgive her abuser because this is the only way that she is able to cope with her past and live for the present. Her motto, ‘To forgive is to set free that which was held prisoner, and that which was set free is you’.
In 2000, she founded her ministry “From Behind the Mask”, an outreach that meets the needs of females who are hurting and scared. In addition to her other many accomplishments, Vanessa founded “The Ford Foundation”, a non-profit 501c organization that awards “The Vanessa Ford Scholarship” to a high school senior who has been affected or lost a parent/guardian to the hands of Domestic Violence. Vanessa released her first book, “Behind The Mask”- A Survivors Story in 2012.
Vanessa’s gratification is knowing that her life is an example of the consequences of domestic violence, but that you don’t have to be a negative statistic. You can be triumphant!
EVERETTE TODD ADAMS
Brian J. Fischer is the founder and president of Fischer Financial Group, a non-traditional financial planning firm specializing in reforming people addicted to Wall Street. He believes that the stock market is no place for the average investor as it creates a false sense of security. Through his educational workshops and seminars, Brian teaches the fundamentals of money, how to make a single dollar perform multiple functions and the significance of creating wealth without risk. Brian is a graduate of James Madison University and currently resides in Fredericksburg, VA with his wife and two children.
Tiona Blyden is a Baltimore native and graduate of Morgan State University's Telecommunications program. Since graduation, she has done great things such as land a producer's position at WJZ-13, start her own public relations firm, get married and receive more than five certificates and inductions for my service to my community. As a student at Morgan State, she was an extreme underachiever, procrastinator and was not aware of my life's mission. Because of this, she constantly changed my major, forfeited scholarships, repeated courses, spent more than six years trying to obtain a degree and just barely earned an acceptable GPA.
Today, Mrs. Blyden on a mission to enlighten future generations through education, self-awareness, and youth mentorship. It is an honor for her to have the ability to reach back to and assist students to help them through the same issues that she faced just a few years ago. Through her books, workshops, and seminars.
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Beverly Broadus-Green is the mother of entertainer
Beverly Broadus Green is an Evangelist and Author that is coming onto the public scene with a new image, new leash on life and a new story as she reveals an update to her life story as she releases her 2nd book, Real Love, 2nd Edition (Victorious Life Media Publishing Company). Beverly has always known Real Love and reveals several testimonials about her challenges and victories of love. Beverly will move your spirit as well as your heart as she shares with you her most intimate details about her childhood, her teenage years, her marriage, her children and her spirituality and religion. Real Love, 2nd Edition will capture your heart as this super woman and Mother of one of our nation's most notorious hip hop stars, Entertainer Snoop Dogg shares her story with you. Real Love, 2nd Edition will be released in July 2012.
STACY LATTISAW JACKSON
"I Am Not The Same Girl:RENEWED"
Stacy Lattisaw was not yet even a teenager when she recorded her first album. Although she already had been singing since the age of six yrs old she was well on her way toward developing a vocal style of her own.
She was born and raised in Washington D.C. At the age of eleven, she sang before an estimated crowd of 30,000 people at Fort Dupont Park in South East D.C where she was the opening act for Ramsey Lewis. It wasn’t long before Henry Allen, President of Cotillion Records heard of this young sensation and signed her up posthaste. Stacy continued to on to complete a total of 12 albums during her R&B singing career.
At the age of thirteen Stacy toured with the Jackson’s in 1981. She was the opening act on a thirteen week tour. She also traveled to several foreign countries, some which included Germany, South Africa, Jamaica, London, Bermuda, Japan, and the Bahamas where she performed with some of the biggest names in the recording industry.
As Stacy began to mature in age and mind, her desires began to change. She always felt an emptiness inside that she could not quite understand. After suffering with bouts of depression Stacy began to seek God. Then one day she dropped to the floor and said to GOD “I have heard about you”. “I need to know that you are real”. And she experienced a presence that she had never felt before. Behold, the emptiness inside had been filled. She is fully committed to serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
She now ministers in word and song. And she often says that everything she’s been through has made her who she is today. Along with her husband Kevin, they own and operate two businesses in Maryland. Stacy is also a published author: Renewed: I Am Not the Same Girl. God has given Stacy a ministry for women; Women Walking with Authority. She also leads a Youth Empowerment program where she goes to schools encouraging youth (the next generation) in the importance of integrity and becoming leaders, not followers. Stacy says she’s a well kept woman, kept by the grace of God! Her mission is to share her testimony about the keeping power of GOD!
Celebrity Aunt of NFL Football player Mike Vick
Tina L. Vick was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia in the southeast community. She was educated in the public school system and graduated from Homer L. Ferguson High School in 1980 and went on to receive her Bachelors of Science degree in communications in 1984 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. In 2001 she attended the Alpha College of Real Estate. Tina has one daughter, Teunsha Vick and son, Terrance Vick and grandsons Shamar Vick and Brandon Diggs.
Her professional experience includes Resource Specialists with the Office of Human Affairs, Marketing Specialist for the Community Arts Program, Counselor at Peninsula Marine Institute and Director of the New Orleans Marine Institute. She later became a real estate agent for John E. Wood Realty, Inc. and the Director of Peninsula Community Development Corporation. She is the current owner and principal broker of Tina L. Vick Realty & Development, LLC.
The Honorable Tina L. Vick was elected to City Council in 2008 and currently represents the South District of the City of Newport News.
Ex Wife of Convicted and Now
Executed, DC Sniper John Muhammad.
Mildred Muhammad is 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.
She has become a "National/International Spokesperson" for domestic violence and has been honored as being the keynote speaker, telling her story, for many conferences regarding domestic violence. She speaks to victims/survivors of domestic violence, law enforcements, advocates, judges, therapist, counselors, military facilities, medical professionals and at various universities. She is an advocate and accompanies victims & survivors to court. She is a consultant with the Office for Victims of Crime and is a board member of different domestic violence organizations.
She was interviewed on HLN Issues, with Jane Valez-Mitchell, The Tyra Banks Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America with Charlie Gibson, Anderson Cooper Talk Show, The Huckabee Show with Governor Huckabee, appeared on several CNN documentaries, MSNBC documentary, Court TV documentary, Investigation Discovery documentary, BET, and other TV interviews. She has also been interviewed by various newspapers, internet blogs and magazine, to include the Washington Post, Redbook and Newsweek. She has spoken on various syndicated radio shows as well as blogtalk radio on the internet.
Her book, ‘Scared Silent’, was released October 2009 by Simon and Schuster. The reviews have been very favorable and supportive. Many have identified with her story and have expressed gratitude to her for sharing her personal story.
She has also written a working journal, ‘A Survivor’s Journal’ specifically for victims and survivors to help with those anxieties that others may not understand which is available on the organization’s website. The responses regarding the journal from others in the field have been spoken to the fact that this journal is unique in its own right and has the potential of unlocking the emotions victims/survivor carry around for so long. It is a great journal to have to tap into those emotions.
AUTHOR BERNICE LAYTON
Bernice is married, mother of one daughter and employed full-time in Baltimore, Md.
Her love of reading has lead to the publication of her first novel, Promises Made, which was published, November 2008 for Genesis Press, Inc. Indigo.
Bernice is a member of Romance Writers of America and has plans to write many more novels, with believable plots and well-developed characters for a thrilling read.
Her 2nd novel, Crossing the Line, an interracial romantic, suspense novel was released April, 2010.
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.
About the Author
Ashanti S. Kenyatta has been working for the United States Postal Service for 28 years. She is the author of two memoirs, “I Thank my Lucky Stars” and “Anointed with the Holy Spirit.” She is currently writing her third memoir, “Anointed with the Holy Spirit Vol. 2.” She resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her only child Tiara Carr who is one of God’s precious gifts to her.
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