For the past few months I have spoken to my mother in regards to creating a Caribbean themed event in Atlanta where the proceeds go to an Aids organization. After a long debate, we have decided to purchase Christmas gifts for the kids of the infectious disease unit of Grady Hospital. She was even going to come down and help work the event. We even decided to have her prepare rum cakes to put inside of the VIP gift boxes the day before she passed….
So my family decided to instead of asking people to send flowers for the funeral, we are requesting for people to donate money towards purchasing presents for the hospital. Since she passed November 10, 2015 during the holidays, we have decided to pick a different county hospital in different cities and do the same thing every year.
The 1st annual Cherry May Reynolds Christmas Hope fund was a success! We raised 725 in total allowing us to purchase gifts for 41 children ages 3-17.
We shopped at several different stores but we started off at Care Mart. For every hundred dollars spent in this store provided cared for a family of 4 including their utilities. We were able to provide for 8 people on our first run shopping!
Raymond Brown, popularly known as Smooth Suave, is one of Jamaica’s biggest drugs lords. With eight children by six baby mommas and counting, he’s a player for life. A true baller, he lavishes in his wealth. He’s a shot caller with “soldiers” wheeling and dealing all over Jamaica. It’s Suave’s world, and everyone else just lives in it . . . or so he thinks.
However, his nemesis, King Kong, sees it differently. Rivals since childhood, King Kong is hell-bent on destroying Suave at any cost. As the war over power, drugs, and money intensifies—from Wilton Gardens (Rema) to Arnett Gardens (Jungle)—bodies are dropping like flies, washing the island of paradise in blood.
But it is the murder and kidnapping of two of Suave’s loved ones that bring him to his knees. Being framed for murder, hunted by the cops, pursued by his enemies, betrayed by friends, tormented by a horrid secret, and fighting to protect his family and empire, Suave is nearing his breaking point. Yet, he isn’t going down without a fight.
Voilà! Suave makes a deal to eradicate his enemies—but if it backfires, it could very well cause him his own life. Then God counteroffers Suave’s deal with His own—one that will undoubtedly give Suave the victory he needs but requires him to give up his drug empire and turn his life over to the Lord. With his motto being, “I don’t do God,” will Suave accept God’s deal or take the risk of his own deal?
About the author:
Theresa A. Campbell is the author of the captivating novels, “Are You There, God?” and “God Has Spoken.” She was born and raised in Jamaica West Indies. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baruch College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Theresa has had a deep passion for reading since she was a child. It is her desire to inspire readers by writing stories from the heart to uplift their faith in God.
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PANEL DISCUSSION I – 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
MONICA CROFT – MODERATOR
Lois Beh – Leslie Best – Brian Burns – Chirskira Caillouet – Karen Ford – Tony Lindsay
Felicia Madlock – Arnetta Randall – Bonnie Taylor-Williams – Brenda Tucker-Jeffries
MINI-WORKSHOPS I – 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
So You Want to Publish a Book: 101 – Dr. Constance D. Shabazz
Memoir Writing – Tony Lindsay
Rules of the Road for Story and Character Development
Felicia Madlock & Karen Ford
PANEL DISCUSSION II – 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
MONICA CROFT – MODERATOR
LaToya Nicole Benson – Dr. Debra Majeed – Kyle Marshall – Ni’Cola Mitchell
Walter M. Perkins -Jamal Rasheed – Evan Roberts – Talayah Stovall
Ted Williams – Naleighna Kai
MINI-WORKSHOPS II – 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Rules of the Road for Non-Fiction and Research Writing – Dr. Debra Majeed &
Walter M. Perkins
Building Your Book Platform – Ted Williams, Ni’Cola Mitchell, LaToya Nicole Benson
Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing: Two Paths to Becoming a Best Selling Author
Naleighna Kai & Talayah Stovall
PANEL DISCUSSION III – 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
MONICA CROFT – MODERATOR
Michael Applegate – Demetrice Cross – Anita “A. D.” Davis – Dorian Mendez-Vaz
N.J. McDaniel – Kirstin Smith – Kevin Whitaker – Yvonne Williams
NEW SESSION ADDED
SPECIAL WORKSHOP – 4:15 P.M. – 4:50 P.M.
NALEIGHNA KAI, SUSAN PETERS, J.L. WOODSON, & VALARIE PRINCE
Michael Applegate – The Prescription for Impeccable Customer Service (Business)
Lois Beh – The Father of Chicago: DuSable (History/African American)
LaToya Nicole Benson– Ordinary Women: Extraordinary Purpose (Inspirational)
Leslie Best – The Afro-Latino: A Historical Journey (Non-Fiction/History)
Brian Burns – Mastering the Art of Interviewing: A Guide for Success Interviewing (Self-Help)
Chirskira Caillouet – Honey Licorice (Poetry)
Demetrice Cross – Delivered From Darkness (Autobiography)
Anita “A.D. ” Davis – After All Is Said and Done (Fiction)
Karen Ford – Thoughts of a Fried Chicken Watermelon Woman (Non-Fiction)
Naleighna Kai – Rich Woman’s Fetish (Fiction/ Romance)
N.J. McDaniel – The Promise (Romance)
Felicia Madlock – Selfish Raine (Children’s Stories)
Dr. Debra Majeed – Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands (Non-Fiction/Religion/Sociology/Women’s Thought)
Kyle Marshall – The SuCCCCess Journey (Christian Living/Professional Development)
Dorian Mendez-Vaz – Sometimes in December (Inspirational Love Story)
Ni’Cola Mitchell – Pum Pum (Contemporary Fiction)
Walter M. Perkins – Write Right Right Now (Non-Fiction/How To)
Susan D. Peters – Sweet Liberia: Lessons from the Coal Pot
Valarie Prince – The Virus: When Love Turns Deadly
Arnetta Randall – Stereotypically Me (African American Literature)
Jamal Rasheed – It’s Mandatory to Identify and Kick Slave Habits (Sociology/Religion)
Evan Roberts – How to Become Influential and Highly Successful (Young Adult/Self-Help)
Kirstin Smith– Lotus (Women’s Contemporary Fiction)
Talayah Stovall – Light Bulb Moments: 75 Lessons for Everyday Living (Non-Fiction/Self-Help)
Bonnie Taylor-Williams – With These Hands: A Country Girl Came to Town (Non-Fiction/Biography)
Brenda Tucker-Jeffries – Mother of the Bride – So Your Daughter is Getting Married (Wedding Planning)
Kevin Whitaker – The Party Girl (Urban Fiction)
Ted Williams – The Way Out: Christianity, Politics and the Future of African Americans (Sociology)
Yvonne Williams – “Before I Lay Me Down to Sleep” (Urban Romance)
J. L. Woodson – NAACP Image Award Nominee
Meet the ladies of Sistah Mind in Motion Book Club (SMM)
Sistah Minds In Motions (SMM) is a group of women with diverse backgrounds located in the surrounding areas of the greater Atlanta area. SMM stemmed from a vision of desiring to bond resilient African-American women in cultivating friendships, encountering new and unique
experiences, social gatherings, networking, taking part in community events and the overall encouragement of each member. They are women that are married, single, employed, in school, educators, working moms,
stay-at-home moms, and women from all walks of life. We chose to come together to share wisdom, advice, opportunities and discuss the ripples of day to day issues in life.
SMM was established in November 2009 by Bobbi Ramey. Their first official book club meeting took place on January 16, 2010. Bobbi Ramey is an avid inspirational reader. The idea was to bring together a diverse group of women who enjoy reading and to bond spiritually. She asked her family and friends if they would be interested in joining and the rest is history! SMM was born!
As black women, time and time again we have exclusive desires and concerns that are not recognized by those who cannot relate to our cultural issues. They speak openly and honestly to each other about all aspects of life. They continue to respect our differences give our
support, uplift, and celebrate one another.
On Saturday October 3rd, I met with the ladies to discuss Pum Pum my 10th title. We cried, laughed, and debated for hours my characters, and why I chose to write about Iyana and Phe Phe. We celebrated the club members birthdays who were born in the month of October, and even I love meeting with these beautiful ladies and just wanted to share my experience with you.
For more information contact Bobbi Ramey at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing is a lifestyle Las Vegas Edition
LAS VEGAS – Best-Selling Author/Advocate Ni’cola Mitchell launched her 10th book, “Pum Pum” and hosted Shop & Sip, where an audience of over 100 toast-makers, readers, and media at Devanna Love Boutique and Beauty Bar owned by Las Vegas Socialite Melissia Rene, an opportunity to have an intimate experience with Mitchell and an ability to support an organization that provides so much support to the AIDS community in Las Vegas. .
Guest where able to enjoy food, wine courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits, special performances provided by Audeo Piouz and GQ and Eurotrash Collective, prize give-a-ways, shopping, and live music by 97.5 Rock Star D.J D-Money. In honor of Mitchell’s Caribbean culture, she also had models dressed in Caribbean Carnival attire providing refreshments and books to the guest. AFAN, Aid for Aids Nevada was also onsite providing health awareness.
Guyanese “Cooley” DJ Devi Dev sat down with Ni’cola Mitchell where she asked specific questions from her new book Pum Pum, where Mitchell got her start from, and how did her Caribbean heritage inspire her on this project. Ni’cola Mitchell gave a glimpse into her life and upcoming projects, then followed with an intimate Q&A period with her audience. “I just wanted to provide an entertaining and thought provocative tool to allow people to learn about social issues that lies within the Caribbean, while providing support to a worthy cause, AFAN.”
The live audience voiced enjoying stories and shared experiences with Mitchell, and the gifts and services of all sponsors involved Hustle Water, Peace Love and Buttercream, Southern Wine Spirits, and Conspire Designs.
About Ni’cola Mitchell:
Best-Selling Author and recently featured in Black Enterprise 2015 as one of the 5-Follow Worthy Bloggers to Watch, entered the literary scene with one main objective: To Stimulate Your Mind, One Word at a Time. Through her independent publishing company NCM Publishing, Mitchell published numerous titles which have been featured on various best-selling lists throughout the country. Mitchell’s distinctive writing talent has led her to become a featured columnist for Urb Society Magazine, a nominee for the 2014 I Am a Diva Literary Awards, and was recognized by University of Nevada Las Vegas, Upward Bound Program as their 2015 Honoree.
For more information visit: www.nicolacmitchell.com
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This event is on social media here: #PumPumShopNSip
Leaving the island of Jamaica as an infant with her parents, the only home that Iyana Cambell knows is the United States of America. At the age of sixteen, not only does Iyana lose both of her parents, she meets a law student named Bradley. Bradley has taken a caring interest in her and promises to pick up the pieces of her past tragedies. Now in her third year in college and engaged to a powerhouse attorney, Iyana feels that she has met her knight in shining armor. However, one 4th of July, Iyana is set up on a drug charge. Iyana realizes that Florida is home to her, and according to immigration law, she is deported back to Jamaica: a culture she has never known. Iyana is forced to stay with an Aunt she never knew and live in poor conditions. Determined to obtain some sense of normalcy, she tries to finish her education and enroll in the University of the West Indies. With no loans or financial aid, she must find another way to make money to pay for school and other necessities. Now at the end of her rope, Iyana meets another American deportee, Phe Phe who helps her get into school and teaches her the ropes on how to make it on the streets of Jamaica, as a Dance Hall Queen. Phe Phe is reluctant of letting Iyana know too much about her life, but soon the two become best friends. Phe Phe introduces Iyana to a lawyer Marlon that works to get her deportation overturned and help her discover the beauty that Jamaica has to offer. From the Pen of Ni’cola Comes a tantalizing tail of lies and deceit woven into the exotic life of a dance hall queen. The island of Jamaica has many secrets and taboo to offer. Will Iyana naivety cause her to be overtaken by all the deceit or will her Pum Pum bring her into the light?
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