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Posted by Marc A. Beausejour on November 24, 2015 at 2:41am 0 Comments

Hello everyone, my name is Marc A. Beausejour and I'm a new author based out of Atlanta, GA. I was born July 28, 1987 in Queens New York. I've been writing since I was twelve years of age. I started writing poetry first and have participated in poetry readings, talent shows and even read poems at weddings and funerals. I have written three books, two of them are spiritual poetry books and the third book is my first young adult fiction novel entitled "The Preacher's Web" which was published…

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Communicate!

Posted by Carrie Alexander Colella on February 25, 2015 at 11:27am 0 Comments

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.

When it's in you...

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I find it funny that no matter what I do or where I go, I always come back to the one thing that makes me happy and bring me peace. I've been writing and writing ALL my life, I thought that it was normal and that everyone did it. Given a topic I can make it rhyme sound sad, give words character or simply make a joke of what would normally hurt. I thought it was normal, I thought everyone did that, and anyone that wanted could just needed to try. But the more I get to understand things,…

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Helping Engaged Couples Fight Divorce Rates, Dr. Angela Chester Explores The Universal, And Denominational Patterns That Govern Our Lives

Posted by Dr. Angela Butts Chester on August 5, 2014 at 9:32pm 0 Comments

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.

 

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8TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN AUTHORS & EMPOWERMENT EXPO

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7, 2017 - 11AM-5PM
MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Free & Open to the Public

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PARTICIPATING FEATURED AUTHORS

JACQUIE HOOD MARTIN

Dr. Jacquie Hood Martin, PhD, is a full-time servant leader and a woman “with a yielded Spirit.” Hood Martin inspires people to action with her matter-of-fact teaching and leadership style. As owner of J. Hood & Associates “A Life Management Firm™, she offers a range of personal enrichment, professional development, community engagement, and strategic planning services. She is a former Dean of Career Programs, and College Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs within the City Colleges of Chicago system. A highly skilled and educated book author, Hood Martin is anointed and ordained as a minister helping people to set priorities which lead to smart, sound, faith-filled decision-making. 

MARTIA GOLDEN

Co-founder and President Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation, Marita Golden is a veteran teacher of writing and an acclaimed award-winning author of over a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. As a teacher of writing she has served as a member of  the faculties of the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and in  the MA Creative Writing Program at John Hopkins University. She has taught writing workshops nationally and internationally to a variety of constituencies.

Among her books are the novels After and The Edge of Heaven and the memoirs Migrations of the Heart,Saving Our Sons and Don't Play in the Sun One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex. She compiled the collection of interviews THE WORD Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing. Her most recent book is Living Out Loud A Writer's Journey. She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets and Writers and the Fiction Award for her novel After awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her new novel The Wide Circumference of Love will be released in March 2017.  

STEVIE D - OF FORCE MD'S

In Necessary Force, Stevie D will for the first time tell the full story of his life and set the record straight, about the group and his relationships.

Stevie D has been one of the most compelling American artists of the past thirty years, a magnetic and talented figure who successfully crossed over many musical genres, including R&B and Hip Hop, as well as the mainstream. n the early 1980s, Stevie D was a member of the Force MCs the first rap group from Staten Island-then later he became a founding member of the Force MD's the first group to incorporate Hip Hop and R&B-garnering multiple hits on the Billboard top ten list.  The group is most known for the overwhelming commercial success from the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-penned classic "Tender Love." The song proved to be a huge success, peaking at #10 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, remaining there for 19 weeks, and helping Jam & Lewis garner a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year. Incredibly, the group would follow this success in 1987 with their first #1 R&B hit "Love is a House." But the Force MD's deep catalog of classic R and B/ Hip-Hop staples including "Tears," "Here I go Again," "Let me Love You," and their continued release of new anthems for all occasions has allowed them to maintain a consistent presence at radio and in the hearts of their fans.

OMAR TYREE

Omar Tyree, is a New York Times best-selling author, journalist, lecturer, poet, screenwriter, songwriter, playwrite, host, blogger, publishing consultant and literacy advocate, who has won a 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award for Body of Work in Urban Fiction, a 2008 Citation from the City Council of Philadelphia for the African-American Children's Book Fair, and a 2010 HBCU Legends Award for his tiresome work in urban literacy.

LEONARD PITTS JR.

In a career spanning more than 35 years, Leonard Pitts, Jr. has been a columnist, a college professor, a radio producer and a lecturer. But if you ask him to define himself, he will invariably choose one word.  He is a writer, period, author of one of the most popular newspaper columns in the country and of a series of critically-acclaimed books, including his latest, a novel called Freeman.  And his lifelong devotion to the art and craft of words has yielded stellar results, chief among them the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

His books have also been widely praised.  Tavis Smiley called him “the most insightful and inspiring columnist of his generation” in writing about Pitts’ 2009 collection of columns, Forward From This Moment.  Publisher’s Weekly described his 2009 first novel, Before I Forget, as a “rare, memorable debut.” 

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CHERYL POLOTE-WILLIAMSON

Cheryl Polote Williamson is a visionary entrepreneur who consistently delivers and impacts. As founder and CEO of Cheryl PW Speaks LLC, she helps female entrepreneurs build business and personal relationships that are built on honesty, integrity, and trust.
Cheryl tours nationally as a sought after motivational speaker that encourages, captivates, and empowers audiences. With her business development expertise, she can provide positive and tangible solutions to other female entrepreneurs looking for growth and success. Her clients, peers, and audiences value her transparency and direct style that helps them affirm their God given skills and abilities.

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SHANI MCILWIAN

Hilarious and transparent are two words that describe Shani as a speaker. Known for her candid personal stories she weaves her “messy” moments of life into practical teaching moments for others. Shani McIlwain is the host of her own BlogTalk radio show that airs every Monday night where she shares love, light, and life with thousands of listeners across the country.
Shani motivates her audiences with practical principles to be effective in all areas of life. Shani’s transformative messages help people change their mindsets, shift perspective and maximize the potential within. Shani is a 2x bestselling author and helps other author and speakers transition into full-time entrepreneurship by offering administrative support services.

PARTICIPATING AUTHORS AT THE 2016 AUTHORS EXPO

RO BROOKS

Jerome "​Ro​" ​Brooks ​is ​an Author, Actor, Producer and Director who grew up in West Baltimore​. He landed his first role as an Extra in the feature film "Meteor Man", directed by Robert Townsend. He has gone on to work with other acclaimed directors such as Michael Bay, Quentin Tarantino, Tyler Perry and Michael Mann. Ro has worked on numerous films, commercials and television shows including: BET’s 3 day mini-series “The New Edition Story”; Starring​ as​ "Michael" on Tyler Perry's "The Haves and The Have Nots" on the OWN Network; HBO’s critically acclaimed "The Wire"; FX’s "Sons of Anarchy"; Showtime’s "Shameless"; FOX’s Brooklyn "Nine Nine" and "24"; CBS’s "CSI New York"; El Rey’s "Matador"; "Toyota Avalon Commercial Campaign" starring opposite International Actor Idris Elb​a​; “Medinah” new drama/SciFi Tv series starring Academy Award nominee​ ​Eric Roberts at the helm​ (Fall 2017) and more.

Ro's book​ "How To Go From Extra To ACTOR: The aspiring Actor's Guide To Stardom"​ is a pocket guide full of important tips on how to obtain and maintain success as an actor in the film and television industry. Attendees of the book expo can meet Ro, purchase a book, get it autographed and chat with him to receive inspiring and resourceful information about pursuing an acting career. View more information about Ro on Instagram @robrooks_ and his website www.robrooks.com.

MAURICE BUTLER
 Maurice Butler was born and raised in northwest Washington DC. He is a proud product of DC public schools, having graduated from Cardozo High School and Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME). He served as a DC public school teacher, varsity coach and administrator for thirty-five years most of which was at Theodore Roosevelt High School.  He has been happily married to Patricia J. Butler for thirty-six years and has two sons, Steven and Cardell. His desire to write and publish resulted from his affiliation with the DC Area Writing Project, which is the local site for the National Writing Project. 
  Visit Maurice Butler at www.Facebook.com/Maurice-Butler

MIKE WARREN

Mike Warren is a native Baltimorean and found his love for writing while securing his degree in Communications from Morgan State University. And although he had been writing since college he didn't take it seriously until 2004 when he began writing his first book, A Private Affair. It received such high reviews and so controversial that he followed up with a part 2, titled Sweet Swagger and part 3, Sir Yes Sir. Mr. Warren is a former U. S. Army Specialist and spends his free time watching movies, writing or reading a good book. Mr. Warren has since written over 35 novels and books. He is also in a loving relationship and still lives in Baltimore

JASMINE JOHNSON

Jasmine L Johnson was born and raised in Baltimore City, Maryland. Jasmine developed a passion for writing in high school. In the tenth grade she decided that she would grow up to be a writer. She also became a fan of urban fiction.

Johnson self-published her first book, THE VACANTS, in 2017. Most of Johnson’s influence for her writing comes from growing up in East Baltimore. In her first novel, THE VACANTS, she tells stories of crime, poverty, and various mental illnesses that residents of Baltimore City experience every day.  Her ultimate goal as a writer is getting more people to read, especially ones who have never picked up a book before.

Jasmine is also a mother of two girls and hopes her journey as a writer will influence her girls to chase their dreams, too.

 

JOREEN SYKES

Joreen Sykes, was born in Heidelberg, Germany but was raised and resides in Dover, DE. Joreen is a small business owner, speaker, entrepreneur and reluctant author.
4AM....was intended to be a private journal of conversations with her decease son, Marcus. In the process she felt compelled to share the gambit of emotions she experienced over a two year period, to bring awareness to the devastating impact gun violence has on everyone.

TERYL BAKER

Teryl became a licensed and ordained minister of the gospel in 1996 and has since served as a leader in the Kingdom of God. For eleven years, Teryl, along with her husband, pastored Abundant Life Family Church in Fairfax, VA. In September of the year 2017, they will plant Resurrection Church in Merrifield, VA. Teryl is a studious student, terrific teacher, powerful preacher, and intentional intercessor. Teryl possesses a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and delights in helping many to live healthy lives in Christ Jesus. One of her passions is to train young girls and inspire adult women to revere and serve the Lord as they fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. Teryl also serves as a mentor to females at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Teryl enjoys life and resides in Fairfax, VA with Ken, her husband of 28 years. Together, they have three children, Kimberly (26), Kelley (24) and Kenneth (21). Knowing, Growing, and Going with God is her first published work.  

TAMMI CAPRI

With an infatuation for penning edgy, titillating, crazed tales about revengeful women, Tammy Capri is an Amazon bestselling author of six novels and three short stories. Tammy ruptured the literary scene with her debut novel, Loyalty, in 2012. She has also collaborated on several anthologies, one being the bestselling e-series, Hush Money. Her dramatic urban novella, The Mobster’s Wife, got her nominated for best Philadelphia Author at the 2013 Philly Hip Hop Awards.  Tammy Capri has multiple hits under her belt, and she is now taking her brand and talents to the next level. With the birth of the Tammy Capri foundation and the Hustle your Hustle Workshops, Mrs. Capri certainly has a promising future ahead of her. Tammy Capri is surely one name you won't forget!

DEBRAYTA SALLEY

Debrayta (Dee) Salley is a compassionate, fun-loving, resilient and God-fearing woman who enjoys writing, reading, and sharing the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ.  She has been an Accounting professional by vocation for over 25 years; however, in October, 2010, she also realized a longtime dream to become a Certified Life Coach.  She has a gift and passion for writing and has been anointed by God to compassionately help others unlock the broken and hidden places of life and draw them into the Lord’s light for healing, restoration, and renewal. She is a fighter and an overcomer who has survived many challenging life transitions and a host of other test and trials which have made her the woman of faith she is today.  Ms. Salley has been blessed with the opportunity to share her stories of perseverance and faith as an Author in multiple Published Works including her Memoir:  Back to the Scene of the Crime: Breaking Unfruitful Patterns by Bringing Hidden Things to Light {May, 2016} several book collaborations including: Volumes I & II of the Cheers to your Success Anthology with her chapters titled: Liberated for His Purpose{2010} and Humbled and stripped to be raised and clothed for service {2012}; Cultivating Your It Factor: 14 Must Haves to Discover, Define and Refine Your Signature Brand {2015} and more recently, Notes to Younger Women {January, 2017}

ALIKA TURNER

Bestselling Author Alika Turner took on the children’s book industry in 2015 with her bestselling book June Peters, You Will Change the World One Day. Alika now has 4 published and very successful books. This includes her new release A Passionate Killing. As a children’s book author breaking into the urban adult fiction industry Alika found that there are no limitations when you were born to write.  With less than two years as a published author Alika has experienced success on inconceivable levels. From radio interviews to blog features everyone has taken a liking to Alika’s work. Currently, she is working on her next book in the June Peters series, starting a new book series of children’s chapter books, teaching a publishing class designed just for kids, and writing the 2nd installment to her very juicy book, A Passionate Killing.

DENISE POLOTE KELLY

Knowing the true love of God is what Denise believes to be the greatest gift in the life of a child of God. Psalms 34 inspires her; I will bless the Lord at all times His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Denise learned values and biblical principles very early in childhood and she also teaches and lives the six “P’s” Proper, preparation and practice prevents poor performance a motto her late husband Winston lived. She says when we properly prepare and practice to give God time, study and live the word daily we have everything needed to prevent us from performing poorly.A successful entrepreneur and founder of W.H. Kelly, Sr. Memorial Foundation 501(c)3, a motivator, event planner, a # 1 and two time Best Selling author. A writer of bereavement etiquette and grief process material and she is an encourager. Currently Denise is studying for certification in bereavement care. Life coach and grief therapy.
Denise Polote-Kelly, is a widow, the proud mother of Michael (Windi) and Jasper Jaye, Jr, grandchildren MaCail & Micah. Denise says it’s a blessing that her parents, godparents, grandmother and siblings are all living to witness her walk with God and her turn from dark deep pit of grief to a bright shining light.

L.C. ROGERS

L.C. Rogers, a successful regional sales manager, wife, and mother with several publications to her credit, has completed her new book “Pocketbook Diaries: Part One – The Escape from Aphrodan”: a fantastical adventure introducing Zyaire Ryan, an intelligent and determined teenaged girl swept by forces beyond her control to Aphrodan, a parallel world like Earth in many ways but very unlike it in others. 

DONNA RUTHERFORD

Donna R. Rutherford is a native of Washington, D.C., and was educated in the D.C. public school system. She was raised in a Christian home by her wonderful parents, who are both deceased, but did not discover the need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ until an adult. As a child, she was always searching and asking questions. Little did she know, God’s hand was on her at an early age, and He would be the only one that could fill the void in her spirit and heart.  

Donna Rutherford is the author of the book, The Mask of Many Faces, which is dedicated to everyone who has experienced the pain of rejection and self-worth. This book is about her story and journey in discovering her true identity in Jesus Christ.  Her second book, It’s Time to Manifest, is an inspirational book as a reminder of the promises of God to continue to walk in the calling He has placed on a person’s life, while pursuing Him.She is a motivated author, poet, speaker and lyricist dedicated to giving inspirational and biblical encouragement.  

RAQUEL SOLOMON

Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, Raquel moved to Sacramento in the early 1990’s where she began life as single mother.  Now a mother of two daughters and a grandmother she is now living her life drama free.  In 2005, she founded an organization that mentors young girls called “Foundation TAMARA,” located in Sacramento, California.  She feels that all young women should have a place to go for empowerment, encouragement and uplifting.  For more than 10 years Raquel has used writing as a form of therapy to cope with heartbreak and unhappiness from failed relationships that made her question her self-worth.  Now she has transformed her journal into a novel that all women around the world can relate to.  She has learned the importance of loving herself and making the most of her life.  Raquel Solomon was born and raised in Bakersfield, California, and is a proud graduate from Sacramento State University.

 

 C.NATASHA RICHBURG

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

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

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

BERNICE LAYTON

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

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

BIANCA WILLIAMS

Bianca Williams was born and raised in Baltimore County, MD. She discovered her love for creative writing at college while pursuing a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Finance & Management. After graduating at the top of her class, achieving a 15+-year career in finance, and co-founding an event planning company, Bianca began penning her autofiction series. When she isn’t writing, Bianca is an active volunteer in her community. She currently resides in Maryland with her daughter and four-year-old Morkie. Sidelined is her debut novel

 FANITIA PENDLETON

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

BLAQUE DIAMOND

Blaque Diamond is a rare diamond. Her composition sets her apart from other writers and from other authors of all kinds. Diamonds range is from children books to memoirs, but it is Blaque Diamond's uniqueness that makes her most interesting. Blaque Diamond is the owner of BlaqueDiamond Enterprise (BDE) and the author of In My Mother's House. He mission is to support individuals and families as they go through the journey of parenting, kinship care, foster care, and adoption.    

Blaque Diamond has three biological children raised nine nieces and nephews, four of whom are now adults, two of whom she was granted custody, two she adopted and one of whom she will adopt from the NYC foster care system. Diamond currently lives in Dundalk Maryland and is working on the sequel to "In My Mother's House" and her third children's book to be released December 2015.  As a model for family advocacy she demonstrates strategies for strength perspectives for professionals and parents as they identify their own strength.  
 
ROBYN F. EVANS
Robyn Franceen Evans grew up between Baltimore, Maryland and York, Pennsylvania. The daughter of a pastor and an administrative assistant, Robyn was always surrounded by sermons and letters. Her earliest compositions date back to pre-school, when she would write poetry about everything she saw, from street lights to her mother’s red 1978 Monte Carlo. She is an author, speaker, health enthusiast and freelance writer determined to use her writing to open eyes to spiritual truths and win hearts to Jesus.

LETICIA FETTIS

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

 HAIKEEM STOKES

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. 

 ROSA PRYOR-TRUSTY

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

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

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

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

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

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BRENDA JACKSON

I began my writing career in the eighth grade at Northwestern Junior High School, when I would hand- write my stories for fellow classmates to read. I’m proud to say some of those same classmates are still Brenda Jackson readers today!!

I have published more than 100 novels and novellas. Additionally, I have over 3 million books in print. My professional writing career began in 1994 when I signed on with Kensington Arabesque. My first book, Tonight and Forever, became a huge success, introducing the Madaris Family. Since then I have introduced the Bennetts, the Westmorelands, the Montgomerys, the Masters, the Savoys, the Steeles and the Grangers, just to name a few. A listing of my books can be found on this website.

Over the years I have received numerous awards and made many trail-blazing accomplishments by being the first African-American author to have a book published under the Harlequin/Silhouette Desire line of books and the first African-American romance author to make USA Today’s Bestseller’s List and the New York Times Bestseller’s List for the series romance genre. 

PHILADELPHIA FREEWAY

Freeway fast became a valuable member of the Roc-a-Fella family in the early 2000s. His ascent can be traced back to an agreement he made with fellow Philadelphia native Beanie Sigel. Acquaintances from the same local nightclub, the two shared admiration for one another and made a pact: the one who first landed a record deal would pull the other along. Sigel got the tap first and stayed true to his word; Freeway made his first major appearance in 2000, on "1-900-Hustler" -- a track on Jay-Z's Dynasty Roc la Familia album. A critical point came just after the album's release, when the MC was arrested for dealing drugs; forced to choose between two careers, he opted to stay in hip-hop, releasing the excellent debut full-length Philadelphia Freeway in early 2003. At the same time, Freeway was part of the State Property collective. An album with the four-member Ice City, Welcome to the Hood, had a low-profile 2004 release. Three years later, Roc-a-Fella finally issued Free's second album, Free at Last. While Just Blaze dominated the production work on Philadelphia Freeway, a cast including Cool & Dre, Don Cannon, Dame Grease, and J.R. Rotem shared the load this time out. Upon severing ties with Roc-a-Fella, he issued the no-frills 2009 album Philadelphia Freeway 2 (Real Talk), as well as 2010's The Stimulus Package (Rhymesayers), a collaboration with Jake One. He issued the solo album Diamond in the Ruff in 2012 then collaborated with mash-up producer Girl Talk on the 2013 EP Broken Ankles. In 2015 a routine doctor's visit revealed kidney failure that required dialysis and the search for a donor. These struggles helped inspire the MC's 2016 solo album, Free Will.

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 originally self-published her first novel, Temptation and in 2000, Time Warner published that novel. Since Temptation, Victoria has written over twenty other adult novels, including: JOY, Grown Folks Business, The Ex Files, The Deal, the Dance and the Devil and the popular Jasmine Cox Larson Bush series.

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 nine African American Literary Awards for best novel, best Christian fiction and Author of the Year — Female. After four nominations, Victoria finally won an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literary Work for her social commentary novel, Stand Your Ground.

Several of Victoria’s novels have been optioned to become movies, including The Deal, the Dance and the Devil and the Ex Files series.

APRIL D. RYAN

April Ryan, a NAACP Image Award nominee, a 30-year journalism veteran, has been the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January of 1997, covering three Presidents. Along with daily responsibilities at the White House, Ryan hosts the daily feature, The White House Report, which is broadcast to AURN's nearly 475 affiliated stations nationwide. Ryan also has hosted a digital television program for Colours TV called the White House Report withApril Ryan where minority America is given the White House perspective on matters specific to their community. Ryan is also a regular panelist on Washington Watch with Roland Martin for TV ONE.  The Baltimore native is a second generation Morgan State University graduate (following in her mother's footsteps). She is the daughter of Robert C. RyanSr. and the late vivian RyanApril Ryan is also a proud mother of two daughters.

IRIS BOLLING

Iris Bolling’s published her first novel, Once You’ve Touched the Heart in 2008. This self-published work was the first of the five additional books to complete the Heart Series. The popular Heart Series has captivated the hearts of readers and awarded Iris the Emma Award as Debut Author of the Year in 2010

In May of 2011, Iris introduced a new cast of characters in her in Night of Seduction Series. The second book in the series, The Pendleton Rule was reviewed in USA Today and received, the 2014 Emma Award for Suspense of The Year.

In 2012, she began the Gems & Gents series with her novel Teach Me, which generated an importune shoe contest on Facebook that spanned the international waters. It continued with the release of the very popular Book of Joshua I and Book of Joshua II. The series has earned Iris several awards including 2014 Hero of The Year and 2015 Heroine of The Year.

The beginning of her third series, The Brooks’ Family Values, was introduced in her novel Sinergy in 2014, followed by book 2 Fatal Mistake and Propensity For Love, both released in 2015. 

In 2014, Iris stepped into a new venture geared towards bringing books to film. She produced The Heart, a television series based on her popular novels. Season two will air in the spring of 2016.

ALBERT "PRODIGY" JOHNSON

ALBERT “PRODIGY” JOHNSON, as one half of the hip-hop phenomenon Mobb Deep, has sold millions of albums and recorded with the elite of hip-hop, R&B, and rock. Prodigy is the founder and curator of Infamous Books, and is the author of the memoir My Infamous Life and coauthor, with Steven Savile, of H.N.I.C. He lives in Queens, New York.

LADAWN BLACK

LaDawn Black is a love, sex and relationship expert, author and media personality. Nightly you can hear her top-rated radio relationship show on Baltimore's Magic 95.9 - The LaDawn Black Show. She is the author of three top-selling relationship books for Penguin Random House. Black is also a frequent guest expert for many national media outlets: Wendy, The Bill Cunningham Show, BET, TVOne, Cosmopolitan, ESSENCE, match.comblackpeoplemeet.comand many others. Connect with her at IG /Twitter: @teasebyladawn or www.ladawnblack.com

K'WAN

K’WAN is a best-selling, award-winning author of over a dozen titles, including Gangsta, Road Dawgz, Street Dreams, Hoodlum, Hood Rat, Section 8, Animal, and Animal II. He has been featured in Vibe, King, Entertainment Weekly, and Time magazine. K’wan was the recipient of the 2012 and 2013 Street Lit Book Award Medals (SLBAM) in adult fiction for Eviction Notice and Animal. His credits also include featured commentary in the documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (produced by Ice-T) as well as a recurring role as an analyst on TV One’s Celebrity Crime Files. K’wan currently resides in New Jersey where he is working on his next novel. Black Lotus is his latest work.

 

NIKKI WOODS

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.”

 

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.

 

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