Haelee and I would like to thank Tammy Baggett and staff at Durham County Library. They allowed us to borrow their colorful, festive, and decorative, children’s room to do our first public reading of Brown Girls Have Superheroes Too. We concluded it by having a fun and empowering craft activity with the children. Sarah Rudlang of Spectrum News was on hand to hang out with us and cover us in a story regarding the event. We had a fabulous time throughout but it was truly bitter
Liberty Public Library is about 30 minutes away from my hometown of Greensboro, NC. It's nestled away in a quaint and rural small town called Liberty, NC. It's a diverse community that's united in their efforts to promote growth, leadership, economic development, and family values while moving towards the future. The library holds true to those values stated above under the leadership of Brenda Hornsby-Heindl. She and her staff are resolute in creating an atmosphere that's w
I originally planned to release my latest book, Dear Daughter on December 16, 2021. It would’ve/will say many of the things that I forgot to say to my daughter, Haelee over the years. I failed to do so however because acts of service is my principal love language. I’ve realized in hindsight that hers is more words of affirmation. In releasing it before Christmas my sentiments were that it would be one of the best gifts that I’d ever placed under the tree. It would be my way o
Randolph County Public Library is headquartered in Asheboro, NC. Whether you’re a business owner, visitor or resident, Asheboro Is exactly where you want to be. It is home to rich economic, natural and cultural resources (E.g. Asheboro Zoo). Asheboro's come as you are attitude invites you to jump in and become a part of the community whether you're a permanent resident or a weekend visitor. Asheboro Public Library offers a full range of free services to the public to include
My magnum opus entitled Dear Daughter was scheduled to release on December 16, 2021. It will/would be my lifetime achievement because it reveals my heart through a series of short illustrated love letters to my daughter, Haelee. It says many of the things that I should have said to her over the years as she was growing into the young lady that she is now but failed to do so because I’m more action oriented than verbal. My intent in scheduling it for that date was so that I co
I’m a creative so I developed a Christmas Tradition with my daughter when she was much younger. We gift each other personally selected Christmas Ornaments for one another in secret. She uses her own money to buy one for me and sneaks it into my stocking and I do the same. We place them on the tree the following year and start all over again. 🎄 I didn’t always let her pay for mine though. You see what I used to do was give her the money and let her buy one for me in secret.
While I’m a native North Carolinian, I have yet to visit every city and town within the state. To be specific, I had only been to Liberty one time in the entirety of my life prior to yesterday. I’m somewhat upset about that because I didn’t know what I was missing with particular regard towards Liberty Public Library. My daughter and I received an invite from Brenda Hornsby-Heindl, Branch Manager to attend their Christmas Party. Their invite included us participating as vendo
I am putting the final touches on my magnum opus. Have you heard about it? If not, it's called Dear Daughter: A Love Story. It's an expressive story that reveals my heart through a series of short love letters to my daughter, Haelee. Those of you that are in the know, know that I write it not only for her but for girls across the world. You also know that she she's my editor, her company is the publisher, and she receives 100% of the profits. I write it not only for her but f
I experienced assaults on my character, job loss, health challenges, and a whole host of other things in 2020. I thought that I was going to lose everything that I worked so very hard for but God had another plan. ••• He sent me rams in the bush in the form of Dr Vanessa Raynor, Shanique Davis, Genesis Kemp, Karen Brown-Tyson, and Kiescha Cherry. They reminded me that God was shoving me down in the dirt so that I could be planted and that He would do a new thing in me through
It was an utter joy to celebrate the grand opening of Next Chapter Bookstore and Gift Shop with friends, family, and my fellow creatives on September 18, 2021. ••• We chatted it up, laughed, and celebrated one another. But not only that we put on singing and dancing performances at my table. I even serenaded my daughter with a live rendition of Isn’t She Lovely. If you weren’t there or missed the lives you missed out on fabulous time. ••• Next Chapter nor Ben’s Boyz owe us a
Haelee has been through a lot in life to only be 13-years-old. Those things caused her to lose the innocence of her smile. It’s difficult for me to trust others with her as a result of those traumas. It’s a part of why I’m very much reclusive. ••• Jasmine Jones (Jasmine J), founder, The Primplife Plan interviewed her several weeks ago as part of her Behind the Inspo Series. There was an instant connection between them in that they both fell in love with one another’s energy.
Haelee and I stopped by Next Chapter Bookstore and Gift-shop (Next Chapter) to drop off additional copies of our books. ••• Nextchapter is run by Sherricka Carpenter-Stanley and it’s located inside Ben’s Boyz. She is an author, publisher, and God fearing woman who’s based out of my hometown of Greensboro, NC. You can read more about her by going here. ••• Ben’s Boyz is the first black owned restaurant in the prestigious Friendly Shopping Center. It was created as a brand to f
I found out this morning that my daughter, Haelee and I have been featured as authors on AALBC under the umbrella of LiteracyNation. ••• AALBC is the oldest, largest, and most popular online bookstore dedicated to African-American and Black literature from around the world. Its principle mission is to promote literature and literary nonfiction from all over the world to readers of all backgrounds. The mission of Literacy Nation is to encourage and promote youth and adults, as