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Moral Entertainment w/ Pastor Jonathan Sanders

Written by Ta’Mara Nicole

There is a very delicate balance between spirituality and entertainment. It is extremely difficult to give the world what it wants, from a spiritual view point, in a time where it seems like violence, sex, and drama is what we tune in for every week. As a Christian, I would be lying if I said that I don’t indulge in a safe amount of reality TV. However, I can confidently say that many of these women are not the type of model that I would like to personally portray. However, who we are at home, are who we are period. Some can model the perfect mask, yet the thing about masks is that they eventually have to come off! My point is this, in a world full of strife and temptations, it sometimes seems next to impossible to model our lives completely after Jesus, especially when each day seems to birth an elaborate plot to bring these unrighteous characteristics out of us.

 

 

 

About Pastor Jonathan Sanders

Jonathan K. Sanders is the Pastor of the Victory Deliverance Church in Columbus Ohio. He also is the founder of Victorious Living Ministries and overseer of the International Evangelistic department for the Victory Deliverance Church, Inc. His evangelism spans the United States, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Guyana, and Canada. An international preacher and motivational speaker, Sanders’ profound yet practical delivery of the Word has transformed the lives of thousands. Sanders obtained a bachelor’s degree in theology from Lighthouse Christian College in Beebe, Arkansas. He has also received a bachelors of science in psychology from the University of Phoenix. He is now pursuing his master’s degree in counseling. He has two sons who attend college in Florida.

 

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From Surviving to Thriving w/ Beverly Smith

 

People love to spew inspirational phrases about adversity. They love to talk about how it builds character. How it reveals character,and how it enhances success and progress. For some, those phrases are more than just hollow and vapid cliches. It’s the toughest strand in the fabric of their lives.

For author Beverly Smith, her adversity  fueled her  desire  and motivated her to create her own world.     beverly

 

Born and raised in Southeast Washington DC, Smith experienced the gamut of negative circumstances-from homlessness to domestic violence, Smith has endured it , but now she took that negativity  and turned it into success.  Three years ago, she released her debut novel ” He Kept Me”, a powerful and soul gripping story about a young woman’s struggle through the streets of DC.  After releasing her novel, Smith went on to establish “Momma’s Safe Haven”, a foundation that offers a bridge of support to those in need of resources to help improve their lives and two businesses.

Recently, I spoke with Smith about her book, some of her favorite things and what’s next  on the horizon for this dynamic woman.

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Jannelle: Your book, “He Kept Me” has been out for three years and has received great reviews. For those who aren’t familiar with the book, fill readers in on the theme of the story. Tell them what makes the story “pop”. How does it resonate with your audience? What makes it a great read?

Beverly: The theme of my book is ” My Testimony  straight no chaser!”  What makes it pop is the rawness of the real life situations, representing DC, and landmarks in the city. It resonates with my audience through struggle, This is for  people who have been through the fire. It’s a great read because there is a never a dull moment. It is definitely a page turner that will have you on a emotional roller coaster.

Jannelle: You have a foundation called Momma’s Safe Haven. What kind of projects and programs that your foundation spearhead?

Beverly: At Momma’s Safe Haven, we promote self love, higher education and self employment. We have ‘DC Youth has talent’, which is a program for the youth to display their talents while keeping them engaged. We had our first annual Show in February at  the Benning Park Rec Center.  Currently, we are in the planning process for our 2nd annual showcase. We  also have a program called “Never Give Up”.It is a three hour work shop on wheels. The workshop consist of me sharing my story through my book, encouraging a purge through a writing session, a vision board, letting go of guilt and shame.

 

Jannelle:  Some foundations sell products and take a percentages of the proceeds to support the the foundations or initiatives etc. Are some of your book sales funding “Momma’s Safe Haven”? If not, is it in the cards for the future?

Beverly:Yes! Momma’s Safe Haven  has several sponsors that help fund our events. Some of the proceeds from “He Kept Me”, D&B Handyman Service, and B’s Natural Products just to name a few. I believe it’s very important to maintain a great relationship with those who are heading in the same direction as you.

Jannelle: What inspired you to take on the publishing world?

Beverly:  I was inspired by pain that was eating me alive! I had to get it out. The purging was great and I knew it had to do something with the strength that I had gained from believing in God. I was inspired by wanting to help someone else who has experienced any of the things that I have been through.

Jannelle:  You are a DV survivor and many people always talk about leaving the situation. Sometimes, that’s easier said than done. What steps did you take to escape your situation?

Beverly: Yes I am a DV survivor and yes for me it was easier said than done. My strength to leave came when I gave birth to my second child my 12 grade year at Cardozo High School. I knew in order for me to provide for my children I had to leave the abuse. The first step for me was when I started to love myself more than I loved him and suddenly my fear of what happen if I left turned into what would happen had I stayed.

Jannelle: What advice do you have for women and even men who are victims of Domestic Violence?

Beverly:  My advice to anyone who are victims of DV is to tell a loved one  and talk to someone who you can trust. Leave them  (the abusers) alone They will never be worth your time because love doesn’t hurt! Love nurtures, caress, protect. Self love is key! I have a support group on my website and you can call DV Hotline 1-800-799-7233.

Jannelle: Describe your writing process for “He Kept Me” ? What was your writing schedule like? How did you deal with writer’s block if you had any?

Beverly: I purged when I wrote my book. I was unemployed, attending Ashford University studying on line for my BA in ECE Administration and I was also studying spanish with Rosetta Stone. So my schedule was pretty flexible. I  moved about an hour away from my family so I had plenty of peace and quiet. No i didn’t have to deal writers’ block. I feel writers’ block is just fear. It took me four months to write my book from beginning to end.

Jannelle: What do you find the most rewarding? Your book or your foundation? Are they equally rewarding? Or are they rewarding in different ways?

Beverly: They are both equally rewarding in different ways. My book is so personal and it draws others who has been hurt. My organization focuses on the healing process from the pain.

Jannelle: I have a few either or questions for you as well.

Jannelle: Paperback or Ebook?

Beverly: Paperback.

Jannelle: Online or Stores?

Beverly: Stores.

Jannelle: Early Bird or Night Owl?

Beverly: Early Bird

Jannelle: Country or City?

Beverly:  City.

Jannelle: Mall or Boutique?

Beverly: Mall.

Jannelle: Dress Up or Dress Down?

Beverly: Dress Up.

Jannelle: Money or Fame?

Beverly: Money.

Jannelle: What is next for you? Please give us some links to where we can learn more about you and your projects.

Beverly: I  have a short film titled  “Still I Rise”.  It’s  a ten minute movie inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou’s  poem. I entered it into a contest and won!! We finished filming my movie in July and it will premiere in the Fall! Stay tuned!

You can pick up “He Kept Me” on Amazon now and don’t forget to leave reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0073GWD86/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Check out Beverly’s  ” Momma’s Save Haven” as well

http://www.mommassafehaven2014.com/

About the author

Jannelle is the author of “Wild Cards” “Thirst”, “Thirst II”, and “Love’s Hangover” and is a fresh voice in African-American fiction, spending time on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list for two of her four titles. She’s also a freelance journalist. Her DC Bookdiva Debut, “Uppity” will be released in November, and is available for pre-order now at http://www.dcbookdiva.com

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Website: http://www.jannelle.net
Twitter: @jannelle12
Instagram: writerdiva
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jannelle1

Finding Yourself w/Author Erella

“The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.”

-Richard Grant

One of the first steps in achieving success is productive self-discovery. On your road to ultimate prosperity, expect your will to be tested. If you aren’t strong in your morals and character, you won’t get far in any capacity. Sadly many people, especially in my generation, are walking around lost and without purpose. The lack of individuals becoming one with themselves is a major problem in society today.

Our chase for instant fame and gratification becomes a thorn in our side as time wears on. Many people are too quick to sell their souls for false prosperity. It takes true courage to be your own authentic self. Do you! However, how are you going to “do you” if you don’t know what you do? What makes you laugh? What makes you cry? What are your strength and weaknesses? Proper self-evaluation is the first step in unlocking the essence of what makes you unique.

Isn’t it about time that we have literature that documents this turbulent journey? Well, I’ve created such a novel in The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson. Author Erella also crafted such a story in her novel The Flip Artist. Recently, I sat down to talk with her about it.

 

Randall: Was there a real life motivation behind your first fiction novel The Flip Artist?

Erella: Absolutely! The real life motivation behind The Flip Artist was a personal experience I had with being pursued by an aggressive stud when I lived in New York City. It was then that I became “aware” of the world of AG’s, that is, aggressive studs  and the preponderanceThe Flip Artist of lesbian relationships in our community.

Randall: Your character Dream is made out to be totally lost in the novel. What’s  the meaning behind a character like her?

 Erella: Dream is complicated. She is bi-racial, her parents are Irish Jamaican,  and an African descended Maroon. They are staunchly Catholic, while still  others practice Rastafarianism, and other religions. They are dysfunctional.  There is alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, illegal activities and  cultural taboos being broken in her family. To top that off, she is an emerging  adult who is just beginning to recognize her attraction to females and is  confused about coming out and its implications for her relationship with her  family.  Dream represents young women who are grappling with their  sexuality and gender while confronting the disapproval of family, community  and culture.

Randall: What do you think is the main reason behind women converting to  lesbianism?

 Erella: One of the things that Dream discovers is that she is a twin. In the  second part of the trilogy, it is revealed that something happened to him.  Without giving away the plot, I will say that we are introduced to the age-old  question of nature versus nurture as a dichotomy with her gender and  sexuality. In addition to this, I believe that patriarchy, sexist oppression and  women’s rejection of stereotypical, restrictive gender roles has contributed to  the increasing number of women who are coming out and accepting or even  experimenting with same-sex relationships.

Randall: What other projects do you have coming up?

 Erella: As I indicated above, The Flip Artist is a trilogy so I am working on part 2 and part 3. I also have a fiction novella due out shortly entitled The Sick Bed – El Lecho de Enfermo. Finally, I am also doing research for a novel set in London in the early 1930’s.

Randall: By the time this article is published, it will be read by many young people. What is your message to them?

Erella: I would like to encourage young people to not be afraid to question and challenge the status quo. There is no cookie-cutter mold for everyone. It is okay to explore your identity. We all don’t learn who we are immediately. Sometimes it takes time to discover who you really are, what you want to become and what your personal beliefs are. So learn yourself, accept and be comfortable with your sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, culture and religious beliefs, even if they are not the same as everyone else’s. “Know thyself and to thine own self be true.”

Randall: Where can we find you?

Erella: You can find me on Facebook at Erella Still Dreamin, on Twitter @saphiralatina, on Instagram as Erella711 and you can email me at Erella711@yahoo.com or saphiralatrina@google.com.  Thank you for your interest and support.

 

 

The cover to my novel, “The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson”. It’s coming in October!

 

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Do you have any questions, comments or concerns? Was I right or wrong on this issue? I would love to hear from you! Contact me directly at:

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The Prison Conspiracy w /Author & Publisher Benjamin Janey

“Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo – obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other.”

-Angela Davis

Earlier this year in my U.S. History class, we were going over the constitutional amendments.  A strict part of our standards, we had to have a thorough knowledge of each amendment and the affect it had on American society in the past and present. Our attention was quickly turned to the thirteenth amendments, a clever play on words that tricks many into believing that slavery was actually abolished. The thirteenth amendment states:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall9781595586438_custom-6b2e7f684e487f613a4a347b73583e98e66c09fa-s6-c30 have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

In plain text, the thirteenth amendment clearly states that slavery is abolished except when punished for a crime. I brought this up in our class discussion and was thoroughly crucified. My teacher and fellow peers in a class that was mostly filled with African-Americans argued me down about the current issue of slavery in the United States prison infrastructure. While they didn’t disagree with the fact that the thirteenth amendment doesn’t completely abolish slavery, they took the stance that prison slavery was justified.

I brought up the fact that black and brown men make up the population of most of the prisons in the United States. I even brought up the cruel reality that many of these prisoners are auctioned off and traded just like back in the 1800’s. Prisons are even a part of the stock market. There’s big business in prison labor and it’s documented. Still, the members of my class proceeded to try and debunk all of my statements.

I’ve noticed that when you get to a point where your realm of knowledge gets too deep with people, they shut you out. You immediately become self-centered and arrogant, the proverbial “Uncle Tom” of your high school or college. I’ve learned to navigate around the ignorance but it’s so prevalent in my environment that it gets hard. How can you argue for an issue that’s as inhumane as this? Honestly, I don’t even get mad anymore. I’ve went through a major maturing process this year. I now take on the philosophy recited in the Lauryn Hill song Forgive Them Father off of her legendary album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill:

Forgive them father for they know not what they do

Forgive them father for they know not what they do

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Speaking of music, rapper Killer Mike covered the prison conspiracy in his song Regan:

The end of the Reagan Era, I’m like ‘leven, twelve, or

Old enough to understand the sh*t’ll change forever

They declared the war on drugs like a war on terror

But it really did was let the police terrorize whoever

But mostly black boys, but they would call us ‘niggers’

And lay us on our belly, while they fingers on they triggers

They boots was on our head, they dogs was on our crotches

And they would beat us up if we had diamonds on our watches

And they would take our drugs and money, as they pick our pockets

I guess that that’s the privilege of policing for some profit

But thanks to Reaganomics, prisons turned to profits

Cause free labor is the cornerstone of US economics

Cause slavery was abolished, unless you are in prison

You think I am bullsh*tting, then read the 13th Amendment

Involuntary servitude and slavery it prohibits

That’s why they giving drug offenders time in double digits

 

It’s a reality that black and brown men are the subject of severe racial prejudice. We’ll even go to prison for no reason at all! Just look at the Troy Davis story and many of the black men that have been released after years in prison, only to be released after it’s realized that they were wrongly incarcerated. Their lives were altered off of a lie! How are they just going to recover after missing twenty to thirty years of their lives?troy-davis-copy-5319fc88

This is an aspect of the prison conspiracy that many people don’t think to look in to. That’s why it’s so important to have scholars, journalists, media personalities, authors and writers in the community that bring these cruel infringements to human rights. Some are widely known like public scholar Dr. Boyce Watkins and author of The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander. However, there are others standing in the gap educating the masses about the prison conspiracy as well.

When I first got in contact with my author mentor Benjamin Janey, he said that he was making it a priority to make sure that I didn’t make the same mistakes that he did. Mr. Ben has had a horrible past with the prison system that’ll be told in the form of a non-fiction book and the prequel to his first novel Up The Way called Up The Way-Reloded.  

If you read my various articles and novels, you know that I like to put a positive spin on things. We tend to love tearing down each other! However, my author mentor’s story once again shows you that success is always obtainable, no matter what your circumstances are. Never give up! Earlier this month, I got a chance to catch up with Mr. Ben and talk to him about various topics dealing with his new book and the prison industrial complex.

Randall: Your novel Up The Way, released in 2009, was your big time break into the publishing industry. It was also the first book released under DC Bookdiva Publications. How much has changed for you in the past five years?

Benjamin Janey: In the past five years, I’ve learned to believe in me. I just don’t dream without making that dream my new reality. Signing autographs still tickle me to this day. Who would have ever imagined that someone would ask for my signature on good terms? Dc Bookdiva and I have been grinding for day one and we’re still in it to win it.

Randall: What was your inspiration behind creating a novel like Up The Way?

Benjamin Janey: When I wrote Up The Way I was forty years old facing twenty years in prison. The story came about when a friend of mine, Barry, had me wait to read one of his urban novels that he just received in the mail. We playfully argued about why I had to wait because he couldn’t read two books at the same time. Then, I told me I’d write my own book. Sarcastically, he61DO2gWWFnL slid me a writing pad and pen under my cell door, the rest is history.

Randall: On your social media accounts you keep saying that your next book Up The Way-Reloaded is going to be a classic. Why do you say that?

Benjamin Janey: Up The Way was a story that I wrote to escape reality. I amused myself and let my imagination run wild. Some of it may have been too farfetched. Yet, the complexity of my mind and the bad situation I was in made it all good sense to me. Now, Up The Way-Reloaded will tell the true story of the police corruption that I had to face; the frame work that I refused to picture. The nightmares were vivid and real. The names, police reports, court transcripts and truth will be included in this next work.

Randall: Do you believe that there’s an agenda to railroad young black men into prison?

Benjamin Janey: Absolutely, there’s an agenda to railroad young and old black men into prison. Our intentions being brought to America was to be a slave and never an equal. The original Constitution and very fabric that this country was built on still explains why the scales of justice are imbalanced. We would like to believe that things have changed. But, when the enemy influences what we see, do and learn are for the better, then there’s no fact to that which has defined better. Why would a country see fit to spend to spend more money on incarceration than education? Yet, have the most prisons while calling America the land of the free.

Randall: In your opinion, can we accurately call prison the new form of slavery?

Benjamin Janey: Prison is the new plantation and mis-education has always been the most severe form of slavery. We are given heaven in the sky after we die, but the green pastures and golden gates where rivers flow they have today.

Randall: How were you able to make the transition from inmate to author and entrepreneur?

Benjamin Janey: The transition from inmate to author was simple. Once I saw that someone else believed I could do it, I was on my way. Becoming an entrepreneur came from that same inspiration. Why would I beg another man and give him the privilege to tell me no? To define my worth, I had to pay myself. Our elders always said for us to mind our own damn business. So, I had to get some business of my own to mind.

Randall: How instrumental is faith to your success?

Benjamin Janey: Failure is no longer an option in my life. I feel as though I can do anything that has a realistic plan in order to achieve such a thing. 

Randall: Did your stay in prison inspire the content in Up The Way?

Benjamin Janey: The content in Up The Way took me to another place. I let the book write itself. I felt as though anywhere was better than where I was.

Randall: What advice would you give to the young people, especially the various young black men, reading this article right now?

Benjamin Janey: Stop seeing each other as niggas and become embracers of your brothers and sisters. Know that when you win, we win. You must read, write and recite where you want to go in life and get there. We cannot afford to go with the flow or waste time complaining about how someone else is doing their thing. We must do our own thing. It’s not about being racist, it’s about being real. Look at the falsehood presenting and representing as the truth. Know the difference and be prepared to make a way out of no way. Pull your pants up, respect yourself and find a reason worth dying for. Strive to become a good man and not “that nigga”. When you don’t know, ask someone that knows and surround yourself with people that will be beneficial in your journey.

Randall: Where can we find you?

Benjamin Janey: I keep it simple. On all social media websites I use my government name, benjaminjaney.

 

Check out Benjamin Janey’s novels at Amazon.com!

http://www.amazon.com/Ben/e/B002C1WBK2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1399629356&sr=1-2

 

Do you have any questions or comments for me? Is there someone you’d like me to interview? I would love to hear from you! Contact me directly at:

Email: thediaryofaaliyahanderson@gmail.com

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Check out a preview of my debut novel “The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson” on Wattpad today! It’s coming soon!

http://www.wattpad.com/story/6314747-the-diary-of-aaliyah-anderson

 

When Characters Speak

Writing Tip: Every time a different character takes the stage by speaking, moving, etc. begin a NEW paragraph.

[EX:] “I just want you to know, you make me sick, bitch.” Tanya, stared at Nichole, with a challenge in her eye.shouting

[NP] Nichole smirked and waved her little sister off, “oh, I see you on some bullshit.” It was her son’s first birthday party. The women had ducked into the back yard. The always turnt-up Tanya claiming she needed to talk.

[NP] “Bullshit?” Tanya’s jaw was tight. She edged closer. Her voice a whisper. “Bitch, you call fuckin’ my man some bullshit?”

[NP] “Huh?” she was caught off guard. “What? Girl, you better…”

[NP] Pow!

[NP] The sudden back-hand caught Nichole off guard. “What the…?”

[NP] “Stay away from my man, bitch.” Tanya pointed. “I ain’t gon’ tell yo bitch-ass again.” She hoped no one had seen what she’d done, but, then again, she really couldn’t give a fuck. “Ole ratchet-ass bitch. I cain’t stand yo ass.”

[NP] As Tanya turned, Nichole watched, rubbed her cheek and smiled.

 

GODFATHER” Hunter is an incarcerated author from Los Angeles, Ca. He has  written several books covering a variety of genres, to include self-help/how-to/advisory, autobiography, poetry, urban romance, erotica and street lit. Godfather has even taught urban lit during his many years of incarceration. He makes an added effort to lace his writings with history, social-political consciousness and other such pearls of wisdom while penning  in a style which many have compared to the likes of James Patterson, John Grisham and Michhael Connelly.

Stop Being Afraid Of Success!

“It’s a Poor Frog Who Doesn’t Praise His Own Pond”

R.C. Moore

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Last night while scrolling my facebook timeline, I noticed a Madame Noire article titled   “Impostor Syndrome” Afflicts Even The Most Successful Among Us and I just had to click on that link.
The article opened with the author writing about how people  who are on top of their game and who have hit their zone give off the illusion of confidence to most of us, yet struggle with moments of doubt and second guessing, therefore bringing on the “impostor syndrome”  (Damn, folks are always trying to diagnose any and everything these days)  label. It mentioned how Facebook Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandeberg struggles with thoughts of her accomplishments being unwarranted despite being a Jill of All Trades and a Mistress of quite a few of them. However, that part of the article didn’t stick out to me. It was the following paragraph that moved me and inspired me to pen my first post here on “Straight No Chaser”  on this topic:

Many minorities experience the “impostor syndrome”, convinced that their achievements are only due to Affirmative Action. Many people who deal with this syndrome actually turn out to be pretty good employees but , just won’t take credit for it.”

*sighs and sucks teeth*

When will “we” stop believing and drowning in our inferiority complexes?

If you ask me, RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to stop it.

I hate to sound naive, but I’m keeping it one-hundred here! If you as an author, musician, athlete, etc put in the work…the sacrifice… the hustle and effort to make your dream a reality, then there’s no ‘impostor syndrome’ because you are not an impostor. You did that, Okay! Save that ” awe shucks” “lucky me”  shtick and OWN YOUR SUCCESS! EMBRACE YOUR SUCCESS!

Turn that “Why me” into a “Why not me”!  You’ve worked, sacrificed and worked and sacrificed some more to realize your vision and mission. You’ve earned the right to take credit for your success. Only you and your circle know how much you struggled.. .how much you have endured. You don’t have to answer to any man or woman who DARES to question your success and its legitimacy!

When I  think about that quote in the article, I wondered ” Are most people afraid to embrace success because they fear that they wont be true to themselves and the people around them?” If that’s the case, that shouldn’t be an issue. Catch this: Success and money do not change who you are at the core. It only amplifies who you are. Don’t worry about it because it will eventually come out of you in your actions anyway.

Am I advocating flossing your success and walking around like you’re the only thing that’s poppin’? Absolutely not! What I’m saying is embrace what you have accomplished without guilt and without shame and complexes.

When you take this route, you miss out on so much. You miss out on opportunity. If not the opportunity, you don’t really enjoy the ride. You don’t enjoy the moment because you convinced yourself that you don’t deserve it. It’s not fair to you, and it puts all of your efforts and drive in vain.

Think of it this way: You and about four other people completed a project and it was hit at the office. You know you did the brunt of the work but one wanted to take credit for it. You wouldn’t let that slide  in that situation, so don’t let it side anywhere else.  Owning your success will lead to more confidence and eventually more opportunities to grow. Don’t throw that away on a syndrome or a complex!

About the author

 

Jannelle is the author of “Wild Cards”, “Thirst” , “Thirst II” and “Love’s Hangover”, and is a fresh face in African -American  Contemporary fiction, spending time on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list in African-American women’s fiction for two of her four titles.  She’s also a freelance journalist, who also credits her father suggesting her to write books. The proud North Carolina A&T alum  lives in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.

 

Twitter:  @Jannelle12

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jannelle1

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/author/jannelle1

Literary Spotlight: Meet Tanisha Webb, Book Club 101 University

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About The Author

ImageTaNisha Webb is the president of the KC Girlfriends Book Club, which is a book club based in the Kansas City, MO metro area.  The KC Girlfriends Book Club was established in 2002.  In 2003, TaNisha helped rebuild the KC Girlfriends Book Club after the book club fell to only two members.   Since then the book club has been thriving and has become a great asset to the Kansas City community by sponsoring book signings, literary events and community service.  Prior to moving to the Kansas City area, TaNisha was the co-founder of the Black Expressions Book Club in Wichita, KS, which is where she was born and raised.

In 2008 and 2010, the KC Girlfriends Book Club was recognized for their community service efforts by receiving the National Book Club Conference Community Service Award.  TaNisha has also moderated the “Maximizing Your Book Club Experience” panel discussion for the past three years at the National Book Club Conference  in Atlanta, GA.  TaNisha Webb is also the creator and host of the KC Girlfriends Book Club Radio Show, which was one of the first location based book clubs to host their own online radio shows.    TaNisha is well known in the literary community all over the country for her undying support for authors, book clubs and literary resources.  TaNisha is also the founder and co-coordinator of the Fall Into Books Literary Conference, which was established in order to help readers and authors bridge the literary gap within the Midwest region.  In 2009, TaNisha co-founded THE Black Book Club Experience Social Network, which helps African American book club presidents from all over the country connect and support one another as they maintain strong book clubs.  TaNisha also launched her own line of handmade bookmarks called Bookmark It! Handcrafted Bookmarks during the same year, along with creating her own company Literary-ly Speaking Events & Services.

In 2010, TaNisha decided to push forward with supporting book clubs from around the country by assisting individuals as they move forward to create their own book clubs, along with supporting established book clubs efforts in keeping their group going strong by creating The Ultimate Book Club Experience resource website.  In late 2010, TaNisha founded Book Club 101 University, which offers quarterly eCourses, vlogs, resources and also the only online conference for book clubs called, Book Club University Online Conference.

In 2012, TaNisha created the first magazine solely for book clubs called, Book Club 101 Magazine. She released first complete book club resource guide: The Ultimate Book Club Experience: How to Create & Maintain a Successful Book Club.

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