Wednesday, March 25

STATIONS FOR KIDS: Children's Books by Dr. Lynda J. Mubarak

STATIONS FOR KIDS:  Children's Books by Dr. Lynda J. Mubarak

Age Range: 6 - 10 years  |   Grade Level: 2 - 4

Listen to the author discuss her series: 

The Detective Maxine Hill Series is now available in Spanish!
Diversify your home library collection and encourage others to do the same.

The Stations for Kids Series is a collection of stories emphasizing early childhood literacy, human compassion, and community service. Each story can be used as a classroom supplement to teach social skills, personal and civic responsibility, and encourage career exploration.

The characters are family members who find themselves facing everyday life challenges, but they find ways to address, solve or cope with each situation. Dr. Lynda believes that social skills and community service are an integral part of early childhood education.

In addition, these two components are essential in creating a balanced child who understands that he or she is part of a global community. Visit their website today:

Children's Books by Dr. Lynda J. Mubarak
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STATIONS FOR KIDS is dedicated to early literacy and community service. The best way to ensure your child's personal and career success is to begin the learning process as soon as possible. Academic success is always necessary, but your child also needs to see how he or she fits into the world community. A combination of community service and applicable educational concepts will give your child a balanced view of the world.

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Delayed But Not Denied 3 by Asia Williams

Delayed But Not Denied 3 is a compilation of stories told by Black Women who were interested in sharing life experiences hoping to be helpful to others. These stories demonstrate the power of prayer, faith, and strategies for triumph. Listen to her story:

The one common thread that binds the co-authors of Delayed But Not Denied Book 3: Real People Sharing Stories About Healing and Growth, is that they put their fingers to the keyboard to share parts of their life experiences. The contributors of the book share a diverse tapestry of insight, which is woven together by the drive to define their own successes.

They share their stories of tragedies and triumphs with the prayer that, a sentence, a paragraph or a chapter will empower others to push a bit harder and to be their authentic self. In this collaboration, each woman’s testimony lets readers know that regardless of what you have been through you are extraordinary too!

Asia Williams’ Contribution: The experience I chose to share was about how I have dealt with being the daughter of a father, whom I love very much, but has been incarcerated most of my life, and how that impacts me and my children. For additional information go to:

Chapter Excerpt: Delayed But Not Denied 3
My way of dealing with being broken is to pretend not to be broken. It sounds like the perfect way to deal with it, right? The only thing about that is it takes just the slightest thing to trigger reality and send my emotions into a state of crisis. This particular day, the trigger was hiding in a pile of books that caught my attention when I was at work. An image of Elmo from the famous Sesame Street caught my eye. Naturally, I stopped and picked up the information packet to see what it was about. I read the title: “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration.” At that moment, my body froze and a slight tear came to my eye. I opened up the pamphlet; a book and a DVD were inside. And you know what happened next—the floodgates opened and I began to cry hysterically, sending myself into crisis mode.

I mean, you would think that I’d react differently since my father was a free man and I was once again rebuilding a broken relationship, but the memories of letters and drawings that I had exchanged with my own father over the years kept me in crisis mode. I didn’t realize I was having a crisis until I heard my principal’s voice blaring over the walkie-talkie, “SA (Student Advisor) Williams, pick up!”

So many thoughts rushed through my mind. Do they see me on the camera crying? How will I respond to this radio call and not sound like a big crybaby to my administrative team and to our School Safety Agents? The only thing I thought to do was take the pamphlet and run!

I ran and didn’t stop until I arrived at room 202, the women’s restroom on the second floor. I slammed the door of the stall and read the entire booklet, ignoring the radio calls to my attention and hoping my partner would respond to my principal on my behalf.

I needed this moment. I deserved this moment to feel—to feel the hurt that I had tried to keep bottled up since I was in the first grade. This was the first time that I was aware I was having a crisis, and I needed to live in that moment.

( Continued… )
© 2019 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Asia Williams. Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

Purchase Delayed But Not Denied 3: Real People Sharing Stories About Healing and Growth by Asia Williams. Go here:

About the Co-Author
Asia Williams is an English teacher turned assistant principal for NYC. For 15 years she has dedicated her life to building and uplifting children while raising two of her own. Her son, Kamari who attends Howard University and her daughter Khloe that is beginning her school career as a kindergartner. Asia was very reluctant to share her story, but she believes that being transparent about her life has the potential to help millions of children and adults who are going through a similar situation.

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Family Is Not Everything: How to Minimize Their Mess, Maximize Your Happiness and Enjoy Emotional Baggage Breakthroughs by Anita Washington

Family Is Not Everything

How to Minimize Their Mess, Maximize Your Happiness and
Enjoy Emotional Baggage Breakthroughs by Anita Washington

Are people constantly dumping their negative energy on you? Do you find yourself bombarded with painful thoughts from your past? What if with seven simple steps you could minimize their mess and maximize your happiness? Interested? Read on…

In Family Is Not Everything: How To Minimize Their Mess, Maximize Your Happiness and Enjoy Emotional Baggage Breakthroughs, author Anita Washington details personal stories of surviving a homicidal alcoholic father, a neglectful mother and an emotionally and physically abusive brother to show you how childhood trauma turns into adult dysfunctional behavior. 

She includes lessons to learn from her abuse and her life-altering mistakes, along with teaching you how to use the affirmations, techniques and activities of her 7-Step Method to resolve the effects of emotional baggage and create a life of purpose and meaning. The 7-Step Method is a process of seven sequential steps she had seen produce the greatest results. It has not only worked for her and her previous clients, it can also work for you!


5.0 out of 5 stars  This Book is Riveting!
I finished this book a few days ago and I’m still mulling over what I’ve read. So much of Family Is Not Everything is heartbreaking and painful to read, and my heart ached for Anita. I rejoice in the fact that despite EVERYTHING that happened in her childhood and young adult-hood, Anita TRIUMPHED. She shares realistic, actionable steps that can be taken by others who feel trapped by their past or the circumstances of life. I applaud Anita’s courage and transparency in writing this book. I’ve been impacted profoundly as a result of reading this, and I know I’ll be thinking about what I’ve read for years to come.

5.0 out of 5 stars  A must read!
Amazing book, hard to put down. It’s heartbreaking to read about the horrible things Anita endured, but despite what she went through she didn’t let it destroy her. This book is for everyone who grew up in a dysfunctional family, it gives you hope and inspired you to use what you’ve gone through to help others. We are taught that family is everything, yet the Word even says that your enemies will be members of your own household, Matt 10:36, therefore family is not everything and it’s okay to cut them off if it means saving your life. The book helps you under generational curses and educated you on how to be an overcome and not stay a victim. This book is going to help a lot of people who want to be free from the prison of their past, it gives hope for those who grew up in a negative or toxic environment. Freedom can be yours if you put into actions the steps Anita lays out in this book.

Sharon Lawrence, LCSW-C
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, Resilient, and Courageous!!
This book is amazing!!! It speaks for many who are afraid to share their stories of pain and trauma. Anita takes us on a journey while providing us with tools to improve our own lives with no guilt. It will teach you how to establish self-respect, set boundaries and live a free life. Thank you Anita!!!

Rhonda Dickerson
5.0 out of 5 stars  Family is Not Everything!!!
This book is sooo good. It is very hard to put down. After reading this book it gave me a extra push to finish my book and not worry about others opinion. I am so happy for you Anita. Thank you for allowing God to use you to help and health others. Love you!!

Charlie Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars  A helpful book that gives you actionable steps to work on
Everyone has traumatic events happen in their childhood and this is what shapes and molds our psychological behavior and outlook.

Ultimately we all have traits we don’t like because of this, and they vary in so many ways depending on what exactly we’ve been through. For me I mainly struggle with a mixture of anxiety and emotional detachment which grew from going to boarding school at a young age. Reading this helped me analyse why I had these personality traits, dissect that a bit and deal with it. It showed me how these had formed and gave me steps that I can actively follow to change this way of thinking and behaving.

Grieving the Death of a Child: Emotional Responses to their Death with Tonda Wright


#Goal50MPW - Mothers who lost children to crime in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area coming together to walk for healing.

Watch video from the 50 MOMS PEACE WALK, log into Facebook and click here:

Our mission is to bring together moms who lost their children to crime in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan area. Let’s walk together in peace to free our minds of pain, stress, depression and release the guilt of feeling as though we have failed our children. Let’s fellowship, pray and share great memories of our children. Let’s bond through our pain with other moms who walk the same path toward healing! It’s important to get some professional help sort your fears and live a healthy life.

Author, Speaker, and Entrepreneur

Tonda Wright, author of My Son’s Fugacious Life: Two Murderers, One Conviction, is a powerful force in the community. Through her book, speaking engagements, and building several businesses, Tonda encourages people to create memorable brands and use them to inspire, impact the community, and create opportunity. Her goal is to continue writing books, style her own shoe line, and continue to move in God’s purpose. She’s on a mission to complete her assignment from God.

Black Pearls Magazine: Ms. Wright, first allow us to offer our condolences in the loss of your son Johnquan Douglas Wright (1990-2008). No parent should have to bury their child at such a young age. We are here to provide a platform for you to share your story and how you are coping with your loss more than 10 years later.

I would like to start off by sharing the actual definition for Public Duty Doctrine: “The public duty doctrine provides that a governmental entity cannot be held liable for an individual plaintiff's injury resulting from a governmental officer's breach of a duty owed to the general public rather than to the individual plaintiff.” This will play a huge part in the rest of this interview with Ms. Wright.

BPM: How does this book, My Son's Fugacious Life: Two Murderers, One Conviction, honor your son and his life?
Tonda: As with any tragedy there is always going to be gossip and speculation. I wanted to tell Johnquan’s, my son, story from my perspective—from my eyes. Writing this book was a way I could start to heal, but my primary goal was to inform the public of the careless treatment by the Fire Department after arriving at the scene of my son’s murder.

BPM: I read a poem at the beginning of the book written by your son. Tell us more about it. What's the story behind his poetry? Readers you can listen to a reading of this poem here .
Tonda: I always encouraged Johnquan to write about his pain and frustrations—to write about his life through his own lens. I hoped that his writing would be a way for him to creatively cope with not having his father around to guide him in handling peer pressure and the negative views society forces on today’s young men.

The particular poem, that’s in the book and shared here, is one of the most descriptive one of his poems and best conveys how he felt. Prayerfully, at a later date, I will be able to publish some of his other works that might be an inspiration for other young men to put their feelings and issues on paper.

BPM: Your book details what it was like for you to get the call that your son was shot. That call is feared by most parents! Most parents feel as if this is “the worst that can happen.” What were your first steps? Looking back now, how do you think you regrouped after that first call?
Tonda: It’s hard to really put my first steps and thoughts together where others can really understand me unless they have been in this position, but anger is the first thing I remember. Angry with God, not believing my son was dead, asking myself how he could not survive considering I spent my life working as an Emergency Medical Technician helping to save so many others.

After that first call, I had to turn to my support team, family and close advisers to just keep it together and handle the business of laying my son to rest. I was so fully charged with finding out what exactly happened to him and why, it sustained me when physically and mentally I was struggling.

BPM: Was there ever a time where you felt like “I have to survive this to fight for my son's legacy?”
Tonda: Every single day from the time of his death and beyond, I’ve felt like I have to do this, survive this, speak on this and advocate for others in his name. I could not sit by and silently let the system kill him for the second time!

I never really wanted to sue over this matter. No monetary amount could fix this or bring Johnquan back, but I knew a lawsuit was the only way to bring the people responsible for his ultimate death to the table to talk to me. I also wanted the public to hear the real story behind Johnquan death that went beyond what was initially reported in the papers. All I wanted was an apology for mistakes that were made on the day of the shooting. Once I realized no one was going to be culpable or own their mistakes, I was forced to protect my son’s legacy and to lay all the cards on the table for people to see and use however they saw fit.

BPM: This is a tough question to ask, but how do you grieve and recover from the death of a child? Bereaved parents need to work through their grief in their own way and in their own time, but how did you start the process?
Tonda: Everyone grieves on their own terms and the supporters need to understand there are so many stages of grief; at times I was living out 2 or 3 of them simultaneously. I had to live out all the stages— anger, denial, bargaining/guilt, depression, moving beyond the pain to find meaning for what’s next and acceptance.

The anger and depression were the most debilitating at times. I first had to get past blaming myself for not being there as a mother to protect my child. The coulda-woulda-shouldas almost got the best of me. Like other parents who have lost a child due to a traumatic situation, I had to get beyond feeling as a failure as a parent, as his mother. It took some time, but I began the process by understanding that I had to live to fight for my son even though he was gone.

BPM: After 10 years, do you feel as if you have healed from the pain?
Tonda: Healing cannot be assigned a timetable, for sure, but I do believe I’m still healing each day. Let's be clear, when I speak about healing, I don’t mean I’m never sad. It means I’m more equipped to move forward in life from a healthier state.

Sometimes things happen to bring back a bit of the pain, such as his birthdays, holidays or even looking at his daughter, who is so much like him and looks like me.

BPM: What was your support system like during the healing process?
Tonda: Everyone in the family was affected by the loss of Johnquan, I have another child, and my son had a small daughter as well. My child’s death was a family loss, I know this, but I’m a loner. Coping with this pain alone feels better at times. Sometimes writing feels more comfortable to me than talking or turning to others.

I do have truly close, loyal friends who understand my need for solitude and space; they are there when I need them, whenever I reach out to them. My friends and family were there to uplift me as I dealt with funeral plans, sitting through the trial and they were great sounding boards as I worked through the final lawsuit.

BPM: Did you join any support groups for bereaved parents?
Tonda: I didn’t join any formal support groups but I did seek therapy. Since grief is so complicated when a child dies, I realized that it was important not to solely handle the depression alone. Professional help worked better for me, in a private setting.

BPM: Let's talk about your book. I know that it had to be hard reliving that dreadful day when Johnquan was taken away on August 14, 2008, what was the writing process like for you? How long did it take you to write the book?
Tonda: It only took me about 6 months to write “My Son’s Fugacious Life: Two Murderers, One Conviction.” I was so eager to get his story out so it could help others who needed to heal after the loss of a loved one.

I also needed people to fully understand what I was going through at that time as a single parent and how I was able to survive it all. I hope other parents can use my story, his story, in such a way that it makes their journey just a little easier.

BPM: Did you work with your family in writing this book? Did your daughter have any input? The death of a sibling is often traumatic. I pray that she is in a safe mental space after the loss of her brother.
Tonda: Murder shattered assumptions of what our world should be. Life is forever altered once that one word begins the evolution of your life as you know it now.

This story was too close, too personal for me to consult with others. No, I didn’t seek any input from outside the family nor did I seek input from my daughter. I shared the facts and I tried to deliver my son’s story with one single focus based only on our shared experiences.

Stripped For Greater: Walk By Faith by Michele Nicole

Stripped For Greater: Walk By Faith by Michele Nicole
I am homeless.

I looked at myself in the mirror and the conversation in my mind began. "It's all your fault. You did this to me. You. YOU failed us. You are 46 years old and you have nothing. You are stuck. You are yet again in "starting over" mode. You are not all here, you are functioning broken.

How do you go from having a job with benefits, having your own business as a travel agent, having almost paid off all your debt and making plans for the next season of your life, to sitting in the front seat of a car with $0.06 in the bank and $5 in your purse, your items in a borrowed storage unit, your clothes in a travel garment bag, a job paying $8.50 per hour working 15-25 hours per week and you have two college degrees?

How the hell did this happen to us Michele...please tell me...I would like to know."

Book Reviews

“Michele’s book reminded me of my own story of struggle. Her words painted a very clear picture for me that immediately took me back to when I lived in my car. This book will inspire and encourage anyone that is currently down, that they can recover and excel.”
-Pastor Johnson

"Your book has truly inspired me to be a better me. While reading, I found myself reading the scriptures that you referenced. It has motivated me to let peace be still, and listen for my directions from the most high."
- Ms.Tracy W.

"Truly an easy, inspirational page turner. As I was reading, I laughed and reflected on God's amazing grace. The author is truly gifted. I look forward to sharing and reviewing this book with my book club."
- Ms. Karese M.

"I loved everything about the book , the emotional roller coaster, the scare, the bravery, the encounter with strangers later to know they was messengers God angels ,the willingness to learn how to obey and trust in oneself and in God. I recommend this book to anyone who needs reassurance that you'er not alone. This book goes to show you that no matter the place ,the time, the situation , if you feel you are lacking something in life or you feel lost, need change in yourself take a leap of faith ,believe , in the journey ,the change the season. Thank you Michele Nicole. P.S part 2 please"
- Ms. Michelle J.

"I do not know where to begin. When I started reading, I immediately felt chills and the tears started. I found that the book is so relatable because a lot of the experiences that Ms. Michele went through or have gone through. I remember being homeless for half the time that she was when I was in high school with my mom and twin. We stayed in a couple of family houses for no more than a week and then in an extended stay. There were days were money was so tight and we both went to different schools. I was in Atlanta and my sister in East Point. My mom works in Riverdale and I was in the Magnet Program where I was miserable due to being overweight, teased and bullied. 

Talk about a wake up call and stress build up, huh?? We made it through after a while and discovered who was really for us. I am so thankful that Stripped For Greater was written because I can start to finish my healing from grief and put my energy into my livelihood. Its a new dawn, its a new day and I a feeling good. Ms. Michele, this book is powerful, motivational and life changing and the best 10 hours spent. I appreciate you. Thank you!!
- Ms Mariah

Left for Dead - Reclaiming Your Life After a Tragedy

Ebony Canion, Author, Philanthropist, Founder of The Survival Story™ Movement

Topic:  Left for Dead - Reclaiming Your Life After a Tragedy

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Ebony Canion Speaks: 

“I am nobodies victim...only victorious! I'm a survivor of the unthinkable and a believer in the undeniable Jesus Christ!”

“Every single incident that happens to us, be it good or bad, should be learned from. Unforeseen situations are meant to throw you off guard. If we knew what was to come we would prepare for them taking away from the lesson to be learned! It's the shock factor that teaches the lesson and shows us just how much we don't know! Each lesson is a step that takes us higher in life and closer to our destiny!”

Imagine having your innocence stolen at an early age by someone you trust, or struggling financially before even knowing the meaning of the word struggling . Ebony Canion has had her share of tumultuous events, yet even she was stunned when a speeding car hit her intentionally, dragging her through the streets with her body folded underneath the vehicle. In a coma for nearly two months, Ebony had no idea her tongue and face had to be sewn back on, or the list of thirty other life-threatening injuries she had sustained.

Ebony’s scars show that no matter what situation she is confronted with, she will survive. Her book, Left for Dead will show that despite her many obstacles, she will never be defeated—she will survive. Listen to the reading and share with friends:

As an inspiration to all who know her, Ebony’s will to overcome, more importantly to survive, is unparalleled. She started a T-shirt company, Survival Story Tees, which empower others to let their scars tell their story. Ebony wants to show people all over the world that despite your scars—your journey and disappointments—they tell a story.

Turn the Page: Re-inventing Yourself with Bernice L. McFadden

Bernice L. McFadden, Award-Winning, National Bestselling Author says, “I write to breathe life back into memory.” Listen to her empowering message:

Topic:  #LifeAfter - Living Beyond the Hashtag 
Topic - Turn the Page: Re-inventing Yourself & Live Your Dreams 

Seven years ago, I sold my house, placed my belongings in storage and set out on a journey that would include cutting off my locs..traveling to several countries, completing my MFA in creative writing, becoming a professor of creative writing and publishing two novels.

I started this journey soaked in heartbreak. I started this journey obsessed with all I had loss... and if I may be honest, it’s taken six years to shift my focus from obsessing over loss to celebrating all that I have gained. And I’m not talking about material or monetary gains. I’m taking about self-awareness and rediscovery.

If I am to be completely transparent - the unraveling of my old life really began in 2008... so it’s been a decade of upheaval and reorganization. I feel a seismic change heading my way - but unlike the one that occurred in 2008 - this one feels warm and fuzzy. I’m ready. I’m so ready....#ImStillHere 

Bernice L. McFadden is the author of The Book of Harlan (winner of the 2017 American Book Award and the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.) This in addition to eight other critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a four-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA. Praise Song for the Butterflies is her latest novel.

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Release the Baggage and Live Out Loud with Tumika Patrice Cain

A Season of Change: Release the Baggage & Live Out Loud with Tumika Patrice Cain, Author and Women's Rights Advocate.  
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Topic: A Season of Change - Release the Baggage and Live Out Loud
Topic: Empower Yourself by Challenging Yourself to Find Your Inner Peace

Tumika Patrice Cain is an award-winning author and media personality whose works center around the complexities of the human experience. Through her writing she takes a global look at issues that affect women and crafts authentic, well-rounded characters and plots so rich that are so relatable they feel like personal friends to the readers. 

She is also the founder of Say What?? Book Club, book reviewer, contributing writer for The Belief Magazine, and former columnist/book reviewer for PEN'Ashe Magazine. 

Her works center around the complexities of the human experience and in uplifting the spirit. An assignment for a second grade class sparked her interest in writing that would quickly become her raison d'etre. 

As an educator, she wholeheartedly believes that each one should reach one; each one should teach one. Tumika is also a respected editor and publisher. When she is not writing, she may be found teaching writer's workshops, blogging, volunteering, and otherwise beautifying the world around her. 

She is the author of the award winning novel, When a Man Loves a Woman: A Season of Change; After the Rain...a Poetry Collective; and The Heart of a Woman: Poetry, Short Stories & Tekaisms. Book 2 of the When a Man Loves a Woman series will be released in April 2016. Her works have been published in a number of anthologies, magazines and periodicals. 

You may follow her on Facebook: Tumika Patrice Cain and on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & Goodreads: @TumikaPatrice.

Tumika Patrice Cain is changing lives one word at a time... 

Photo Credit by Torrence Allison Photography

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Failure to Protect by Pamela Samuels Young

The author of the award-winning thriller Anybody’s Daughter is back with an addictive legal thriller that tackles bullying and its devastating aftermath.
What Really Goes on Behind School Doors?
When the classroom is no longer a safe space for her child, a grieving mother is determined to seek justice for her bullied daughter. Enter hard-charging attorneys Angela Evans and Jenny Ungerman. From the very start, the two lawyers face more than an uphill battle.
An ambitious school principal is far more concerned about protecting her career than getting to the truth. She flat out denies any knowledge of the bullying and prefers to sweep everything under the rug. But just how low will she go?
As the battle enters the courtroom, the attorneys fight hard to expose the truth. But will a massive coverup hinder their quest for justice?

Listen to a reading from Failure to Protect by Pamela Samuels Young

Failure to Protect by Pamela Samuels Young
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About the Author
Award-winning author and attorney Pamela Samuels Young writes mysteries that matter. Dubbed “John Grisham with a sister’s twist” by one reviewer, Pamela’s fast-paced novels tackle important social issues.
Her most recent legal thriller, Failure to Protect, takes on the bullying epidemic and its devastating aftermath. Pamela won the prestigious NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction for her thriller Anybody’s Daughter, which provides a realistic look inside the world of child sex trafficking. Her courtroom drama Abuse of Discretion centers around a troubling teen sexting case. #Anybody’s Daughter and #Abuse of Discretion are young adult editions of the two books. A young adult version of Failure to Protect goes on sale in December 2019. 
Pamela also writes erotically sassy romantic suspense under the pen name Sassy Sinclair. A natural hair enthusiast, Pamela share her own empowering natural hair journey in Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide
The Compton native is a frequent speaker on the topics of sex trafficking, bullying, online safety, fiction writing, self-empowerment, and pursuing your passion. To invite Pamela to your book club meeting or to read excerpts of her books, visit and .
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Inspirational Performance: (Poem: I Am a Tree) Nakia R. Laushaul

Inspirational Performance: (Poem: I Am a Tree) Nakia R. Laushaul, award winning author and CEO of A Reader’s Perspective, a typesetting and interior book design firm. Listen to the awesome presentation from The Truth As I See It:

Award winning author, Nakia R. Laushaul resides on the West Coast with her lovable adult son. She is an inspirational poet, motivational speaker, novelist and entrepreneur. She recently stepped away from Corporate America to pursue all things literary and started a video blog,, an inspiring community hub for aspiring entrepreneurs. She is the CEO and chief designer of a typesetting and interior book design firm, A Reader’s Perspective.

Her debut novel, Running from Solace, is the 2011 Best Books Award Winner and a 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist. She also penned, The Truth As I See It: In Poetry & Prose. She is currently working on her next novel. 

Nakia truly believes that by doing what you love, you become happy! She hopes that you will go find your happiness. 

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The Art of Visual Storytelling and Re-branding Yourself with Sherryle Kiser Jackson

The Art of Visual Storytelling and Re-branding Yourself with Sherryle Kiser Jackson

Sherryle Kiser Jackson is an Educator, Visual Storyteller, Playwright, Mixed Media Artist and Multi-published Christian Fiction Author.  Listen to her Sisterhood session today:

Sherryle Kiser Jackson is an author of 10 titles, most recently The Promised Land, Path to Promise and Land of Promiscuity. She has been traditionally published for years and later indie published books under her own publishing house. She is also founder and host of the Write Away Weekend, an intensive writer's residency. Connect with Sherryle's Lit World at:

A Perfect Vocal: A Revision Model
Teena Marie had one in the song, “Fire and Desire,” and Luther Vandross had several throughout his career, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Phillip Bailey as a lead in the mega –group Earth, Wind and Fire. I’m talking about a perfect vocal where notes are delivered so clear that they touch down masterfully onto the musical melody. It’s undeniable, not a note, rift or run has to be changed. Most likely a production engineer did not say,” Let’s run that back and try again.” No remix needed. A remake by another artist is not advised.

This is why I listen to music while I’m editing a novel. It reminds me that perfection is possible. Artistry begets Artistry. We are all looking to produce as Larenz Tate described in the movie, Love Jones, ‘the definitive work’.

Julia Cameron in the book, The Artist Way talks about taking an artist date where you nourish your inner artist by indulging in muse-worthy activities. It could be a day at the theater, a movie or a leisurely walk through a park. You can find me taking my date tethered to Beats headphones with my 1418 song playlist. What defines us- our brand – our message must all be contemplated when you’re editing. How will this work measure up to other books, and how will it stand out?

Revising a novel like recording a song must concentrate on what a work is saying. A great beat is cool, but a song has to be lyrically strong for me to make a connection. Everyone knows or has known someone who can just,” . . .love them and leave them.” Still others may identify with the raw and vengeful voice of newcomer, Jazmine Sullivan who boldly confesses, ‘I bust the windows out your car.”

Plotlines are everywhere. I create a playlist with each book I write as if I were asked to make a soundtrack for the movie version. Each song reminds me of the minutest detail in my story make up. When I edit, I whittle my first draft back to my characters motivation and the pursuit of their goal. My goal is to reach the very nerve ending of my characters certainly, but my readers as well, and poke at it.

In fact on of my themes of my new book, Submissionary, about an unlikely missionary on his way to Haiti, is about editing his relationships after a long absence. It’s a process, you either love or hate, but it is necessary. Revising a novel like recording a song is all about the way in which you say things. Who can forget Adele’s break out hit, “Someone Like You.”

Now, that’s a perfect vocal in its mix of what its saying and how it is said. It has very poignant lyrics, and it is haunting in its delivery. I try to be a relationship weaver in that same respect to show those bonds between people, and, certainly the bond between a person and their creator is what art is all about.

It’s about experience. I guesstimate 85% of the songs written at its core are about relationships. Most of them are not ever covered the same way. Love has subtle nuances you don’t get right the first time whether on a digitally mastered MP3 or the printed page.

The way people meet, how they love and how they clash, ultimately calls for creativity in one’s delivery. I must remember as a novelist that it’s not just the outcome but how my characters arrive there. It’s about the journey that seems fresh and new.

When you achieve what you’re trying to say and how you are trying to say it, you’ve just laid the perfect track. Admittedly, not everyone achieves it. You got to tinker with the elements- Earth, Wind and Fire – your Fire and Desire to get it right, and the saving grace of talent.

About the Author
Multi-published author, dynamic speaker, teacher, wife and mother, Sherryle Kiser Jackson hails from Prince Georges County Maryland. Trained at Salisbury State University, she’s a teacher by profession, but a writer by pure passion.

She serves up her unique brand of Soul-Satisfying Reads as her writing style reflects an honest commentary on her life with Christ. Her first novel, Soon and Very Soon, was published in 2007 followed by her sophomore title, The Manual, in 2009. Soon After, Taylor Made, Land of Promiscuity, Path to Promise round out her traditionally-published bookshelf.

Submissionary and most recently, The Promised Land are published on her own publishing company Holy*Ghost*Writing*. Sherryle lives in Charles County, Maryland (DC) with her husband and children.

Books by Sherryle Kiser Jackson

Did Life Fail You: The Perfect Find at the Perfect Time with Tia Williams

Tia Williams, Award-winning Novelist, Ultimate Style Insider and Magazine Beauty Editor 

Topic -  Did Life Fail You: The Perfect Find at the Perfect Time with Tia Williams

Listen to her Sisterhood session today:

Tia Williams is the ultimate style insider. For fifteen years, she was a magazine beauty editor (at Elle, Lucky, Glamour, Teen People, and, and created one of the first style blogs, the award-winning Shake Your Beauty. Tia is a copy director at Estee Lauder Companies.

Meet the Author
Tia Williams, author of The Perfect Find, lives in Brooklyn with her sassy 7-year-old daughter, Lina.  In 1997, she graduated from University of Virginia and Amtrak’ed it to New York City, landing a position at YM as Beauty Assistant.  She worked her way up the mastheads of Elle, Glamour and Lucky, and finally, landed the Beauty Director position at Teen People.

While at Glamour in 2001, Tia went on a brief sabbatical to teach English in Seville, Spain, and ended up writing a novel.  Published in ’04, THE ACCIDENTAL DIVA received glowing coverage in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Lucky, Elle, Shape, Allure, Today’s Black Woman, Publisher’s Weekly, The New York Times, and The New York Daily News. Tia was also nominated for the African-American Literary Award Show’s Breakout Author of the Year.

In April ’05, launched one of the first beauty blogs, Shake Your Beauty, (named one of Women’s Wear Daily’s Top Ten Beauty Blogs of 2008, and’s top 20 of 2008), and published three more books:  Iman’s THE BEAUTY OF COLOR and two young adult novels, IT CHICKS and SIXTEEN CANDLES.

Tia was also an original co-host on Cosmo Radio’s morning show, “Wake Up With Cosmo (Sirius Satellite Radio), and In Touch Weekly’s On-Air Personality, covering beauty, fashion, and celebrity new on networks like MTV, VH1, Fox and CNN.  And in 2006-2007, she starred in a national Olay commercial, as herself!

In 2009, Tia joined, where she worked as Beauty Editor for several years — and then freelanced for several outlets, like,,, XOJane and Marie Claire. These days, Tia is Copy Director at the global hair care brand, Bumble and Bumble.

Monday, March 23

Creating A Great YOU! by La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson

Creating A Great YOU!  by La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson

La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson, educator, writer and Certified Integral Coach is Founder and CEO of BARUTI Enterprises; dedicated to creating and supporting environments for transformation. She was born in Oakland, California and was a product of Oakland public schools before entering San Francisco State University.  

She received a Bachelor’s of Social Work in the winter of 1984.  La Rhonda, a much sought after speaker and facilitator, is proud of her almost 35 year career focusing on women’s wellness.  She currently devotes her time to writing and her transformational coaching practice.

Topic:  Creating A Great YOU! by La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson

Wellness is more than the absence of disease or illness.  It is a way of physical, spiritual and emotional well being that empowers you to create a life of purpose and joy.  Creating A Great You is filled with wellness practices that bring you to your best self.

This was one of the best session of the conference! You must listen to this amazing, empowering session with La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson. Go here:

Empower Thyself: A Guide to Improving Personal Health and Professional Growth

"Empower Thyself" A Guide to Improving Personal Health and Professional Growth. Anne Alston, CEO and Founder of Alstntec, LLC speaks on the Seven Principals and Techniques used to Empower Yourself to Move Forward. Listen to Alston Sisterhood session today:

Meet Anne Alston, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Anne’s extensive background comes with the precision of providing Career Transition, Professional Development, Mentoring, and Empowerment Services.

Anne’s consulting experience began as the owner of A & M Creations in 1997 operating as a desktop publisher, business strategist and IT Support. The company’s motto was “Serving the Needs of Small Businesses.” Not only did she support small businesses, she also served the needs of individuals who aspired to become entrepreneurs or needed career guidance. The company name changed to ALSTNTEC to reflect the new type of services offered.

Over the years, Anne expanded her consulting expertise to the field of career transition, small business start-up consulting, and mentoring services. Her endeavors would later embark on a new journey to change and enhance lives through her personal coaching sessions, empowerment speeches, and learning publications. Her primary mission is to bring awareness of the importance of career and business development for your overall personal and professional life. Her successes in this effort has led to a number of great partnerships along the way, which have yielded her opportunities to present her platform to a number of organizations that work directly with the local community, educational institutions, and private/non-profit organizations.