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 Literacy Nation. ••• 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, a
One of the proudest moments of my life will take place from July 28, 2021 - August 1, 2021. I will get to take the stage with my one and only 13-year-old daughter, Haelee as an Author and Business Owner at the 11th National Conference of African American Librarians. The Cofounder of Literacy Nation, Director of F.O.R. Sto-Rox Library, and the Immediate President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Richard Ashby placed our books in his libraries catalog. H