About the author
Veronica Blakely, the author of the best selling book of poetry titled, I Want What Most White Women Got: A Black Man, is a native of Tampa, Florida where she teaches Reading to inner city High School students. She previously worked as a Manager in Corporate America; however, she considers being a Teacher the most important, challenging and rewarding opportunity of her career. Veronica is working on her second book which will be the novel version of her first book.
Veronica is also a Voice Over Talent, Speech Coach, Reading Coach and she teaches life skills to inner city kids and adults on a consultant basis. She is a devout Christian who attends church regularly and she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Veronica is currently working on her doctorate in Education
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Veronica Blakely, a dark-skinned divorcee, has opened a can of worms and an opportunity for some dialogue in her book of poetry titled, I Want What Most White Women Got: A Black Man. The book looks at relationships in the African American community and ponders why some Black men prefer women who are “light” or white.
The book does NOT bash males NOR is it about racism. The book instead brings to the forefront how dating and marriage has changed drastically for African American women.
The book is written in three parts starting with The Issues at Hand with topics like:
* Color Struck
* P.H.A.T. vs. FAT
* Drama Queen
* W.W.W.F. (White Women Won’t Fight)
* Low-down vs. Down-low
* She is Still White to Me
In addition, there are poems of affirmation on the beauty Black women possess in spite of feeling they have been snubbed by Brothers.
The second section titled, Words of Wisdom is dedicated to women on life, love and living. Tips such as:”Find a God fearing man instead of just a good feeling man,” among other meaningful and uplifting tips.
The third and final section wraps up with B.M.W. “Black Men Wanted”, with poems describing men in all shapes, shades, sizes, and stages of their lives who are celebrated just for being who they are.
Veronica’s book was released in December 2006 and was listed as the #2 Best Seller on Mosaic Books.Com in February 2007 (2 months later). Her book is still on the top ten best seller’s list and has received critical acclaim from readers around the country.
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Kent State University's Dr. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy was recently recognized for her book, "Ph.D. Stories: Conversations with My Sisters." She is the recipient of the 2009 American Educational Research Association Narrative and Research Special Interest Group's Outstanding Book Award.
Her book is a collection of interviews with tenured, African American female professors in Northeast Ohio and their experiences in obtaining a Ph.D. and working in academia.
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Conversations with My Sisers paints a colorful and vivid picture of nine African American women professor-scholars, in their own voice. Dowdy sets out with the goal of exploring the strategies these strong women used to survive and thrive in the academy. Through the sincere stories of these nine women, we become present in their daily stories of trials and tribulations.
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Anna has been writing for ten years and she has completed a number of romance/drama/suspense stories. She started writing short stories and poems, and moved over to full length novels about six years ago. Her talents have been enjoyed by a select few in the past, now she is here to deliver her page turners to you. Originally from the southside of Chicago, she was raised to dream big, and now her dreams of publishing her work has come true. "Now you Wanna Come Back," is her debut release, but Anna is not taking a break. She is anxious to also release "Luck of The Draw," February 14, 2010. Anna is here to WOW her readers, and give the readers of today, something to talk about.
She currently resides in Texas with her husband Chris and daughter Tyra.
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Letting go is not always easy, and in some cases it can be close to impossible, like it was for Leila. She was stuck on her husband, and never thought she would ever stop loving him; even through the constant pain and suffering, she still had hopes that he’d come back to her. Cold and unwilling to do right, her husband, Devon did what was best for him, and that was treat Leila horribly and lie to her time after time, leaving her no choice but to be rescued by another man. Rayshon Johnson, not the perfect man - but a good man - came along, and rolled the storm away and gave Leila back all the things that Devon took away. He kissed her where it hurt, and helped her to get over her insecurities about herself. By giving her back that confidence, she let go, and letting go was the wrong answer for Devon, and he refused to let her move on without him. He was determined to get his good thing back - no matter what the cost, he was determined to come back.
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Grace Virtue is a graduate of Howard University, Washington, D.C. and the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.
A keen student of history, societies and cultures, Virtue has received major international recognition including her designation as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and a fellow of the Inter-American Press Association.
She is also a professional writer and has published numerous newspaper articles in the Gleaner, the largest newspaper in the Caribbean, for Women’s Features Service/Inter Press Service (WFS/IPS) and the former Caribbean News Agency (CANA).
She is a frequent contributor to the Howard Magazine, an alumni publication with a circulation of more than 80, 000.
Virtue is a fine public speaker with an uncanny ability to electrify audiences with her authenticity, her simple message of hope and mesmerizing story-telling techniques.
Her areas of interest include mass media and social responsibility; poverty and marginalization, particularly as it affects women, children and minorities; faith, parenting, the achievement gap between minorities and other groups, and multiculturalism.
She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her two daughters and her dog.
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How Will I Know My Children When I Get to Heaven? A Mother’s Tales of Hope offers a blunt critique on child rearing in America in the 21st century from the unique perspective of a single, immigrant mother and writer raising two daughters in Montgomery County, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
The work is inspired by the children’s questions and the family’s real experiences over 12 years in the United States.
Children and the environment, sexism, racism, multiculturalism, the Achievement Gap, abortion rights, gay rights, unmarried motherhood, stranger danger, sibling rivalry, media influences, obesity, body image, death and dying, integrity, life’s uncertainties, selfhood and materialism, faith, hope and other issues impacting the modern family, all come under the writer’s insightful gaze.
Further, the book explores the wisdom of choices made, as well as our ability to turn even the most unfortunate situations into opportunities for renewal and growth. The classic quotes at the beginning of each chapter capture the essence of the lessons learned and add to its inspirational values.
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Cynthia Banks is the owner and director of The Little Teapot Daycare Center, founded in Fort Worth, Texas in 1993; and is President of Banks Entertainment, LLC a Concert, Tour Booking and Management Company. She is also an Accreditation Validator for the National Association of Family Childcare and a board member of Agape, Kids, an organization that supports the needs and concerns of children of battered women. One of the most rewarding organizations that Cynthia has the privilege of being a part of is the Stop Aids Leadership Project. S.S.A.L.P. was conceived out of the concern for the growing number of AIDS/HIV infected African Americans in the community. Cynthia hosts and participates in events and HIV/AIDS testing sites throughout Texas to encourage the public to “Know Your Status”.
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Drunk for 27 years, the compelling true story of Priscilla Gibson, mother of singer, actor and model Tyrese Gibson, suffered 27 years with alcoholism. The book reveals the unconditional love that her children had for their mother, who despite all they had experienced remained just the strength she needed to make it through.
Suffering abuse at the hands of an alcoholic mother, Priscilla began drinking at a very young age, and continued into her adult years. Many factors manipulated the course of Priscilla’s life, causing her to make one bad choice after another until she finally made the choice to live and not die.
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A Renaissance woman defined as a self-taught artist, writer, community activist and advocate of the arts, E. Joyce Moore, whose artistic name is JEMI, holds a passion for the arts since childhood. Her initial career choice was fashion design. She pursued that dream, majoring in Home Economics at Ambassador University in Texas. "I took one cooking class because it was required. I attended both Ambassador and Kilgore College concurrently and full-time in my junior year, so that I could take courses in Fashion Merchandising and still get my degree. Although I took twenty-four hours a semester, I had fun because I had a passion for what I was pursuing." After college, her road toward design took a detour, as family responsibilities took priority. While living in Chicago, Joyce worked toward a Master of Arts degree in Advertising at Northwestern University, but decided that it would not help achieve her creative and financial goals. Joyce spent nineteen years in management with AT&T where she developed her strategic, entrepreneurial and developmental planning strengths, along with formal training in project management.
In 1997, she combined her corporate-honed business skills with her passion for the arts and education, to found a grassroots organization supporting the education of and about artists of color and African descent: the Alliance of African American Artists, Inc. In 1998 the Alliance took its first major exhibition to Grand Rapids, Michigan. In fall 1998, Joyce was the sole juror and curator of the annual Ohio Art League Fall Exhibition of Art. From 2000 through 2004, the Alliance was invited to participate in the National Black Fine Art Show in Manhattan, a show previously hosted by such celebrities as Danny Glover, Susan Taylor, Leon (Robinson) and others. As a result of the Alliance’s consistent success in its exhibition of high quality fine art, the Alliance’s was invited to participate in the 2000 COLOR: National Black Fine Art Exposition in Chicago, which was hosted by Oprah Winfrey. In June 2001, the Alliance hosted LINES™, a four-day program event, at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. In May 2002, the Alliance also developed, sponsored and promoted the New Harlem Renaissance™ exhibition in Indiana, renting the Indianapolis Art Center as the venue. In 2003, the Alliance was invited to include an exhibition of its member artists’ work in the Indiana Black Expo Cultural Pavilion. Her passion for fine arts have given her the opportunity to work with such talents as author Dr. Halima Taha, Ora Reed – cultural ambassador for the state of Mississippi, jazz musician Pharez, and classic tenor Derrick Alton.
Joyce is a poet and a writer of numerous articles published by Black Suburban Journal newspaper, American Vision magazine, and Newslink, a professional development publication, including an on-going column "From the Stoop." She wrote play and movie reviews for NUVO newspaper, and has op-eds and articles published with an array of e-zines, national and international online news sources and various hard-copy magazines and publications. She wrote for New Vision Magazine was a feature writer for BBM Magazine. She has written for Huffington Post and comments regularly on HP articles. Her writing experiences include interviews of public figures such as Kwesi Mfume, Ed Gordon, Slide Hampton and the Hampton family. She self-published her first non-fiction book, “Gettin’ to the Good Wood” which received exceptional reviews from the Indianapolis Recorder and the 2004 Midwest Book Review, and has completed her first collection of poetry “ Ramblings Through the Attic of Thought” which was published by All Things That Matter Press and received the 2009 SORMAG Poetry Book of the Year and Poet of the Year awards. She is a contributor to a number of books, including Chicken Soup for the African American Soul, What is the Purpose of a Banana by Dr. Cartlon Green, Gumbo for the Soul and MoAD Stories Project.
She has expressed her creativity on film, directing a cable television show in Indiana back in 1984, creating an infomercial for AT&T products in 1988 and producing a video, introducing various emerging artists, for the 2000 National Black Fine Arts Show. Joyce has a television drama series concept with two scripts. Joyce is a member of the Chicago Film Producers Alliance. She also completed a screenplay, one short animation play: Sand and has other concepts in the works. She has two children’s book projects – Princess Jahzzara -- that she is developing and hopes to launch as a multimedia project and I Like Brown illustrated by fine artist Charlotte Riley-Webb. She can be reached for presentations, lectures and panel discussions via e-mail email@example.com.
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There are always at least two sides to every story. Somewhere in between is where the truth is hidden. Those who seek the truth, even when it is not what they want to hear, will live the most genuine life. Your decisions may be the same, but they will be based upon an unadulterated integrity. If there is a small voice inside you whispering questions, have the courage to seek the answers, lest your personal truth becomes counterfeit by omission. Decisions made, actions taken, judgments ruled -- sans listening to every faction with as much objectivity as humanly possible -- will always be based upon warped evidence, ultimately causing those who continue stand upon such flawed reality, to fall.
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