1st Annual Cherry Mae Reynolds Christmas Hope

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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!

 

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We purchased 41 gifts for the children ages 3-17.

 

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Dropping off gifts to the social workers of the Infectious Disease Clinic of Grady Hospital!

 

 

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His Final Deal by Theresa A. Campbell

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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:

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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.

Theresa would love to hear from her readers. You may contact her at:
http://www.theresaacampbell.com
https://www.facebook.com/theresaacampbell
https://twitter.com/theresaacampbel
http://theresaacampbell.blogspot.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/theresaacampbell

BEST SELLING AUTHOR NI’COLA MITCHELL LAUNCHES “PUM PUM” SHOP & SIP EVENT

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

Follow Ni’cola Mitchell on Twitter and Instagram: @MsNicola & @Mz_Nicola

This event is on social media here: #PumPumShopNSip

Media Recap

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Ni’cola Mitchell launches new book Pum Pum

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Q/A with Ni’cola Mitchell and DJ Devi Dev

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Audeo Piouz performing live during the Pum Pum Shop N Sip

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Bartending provided by Biouj Events

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Catering by Debbie DC Cole

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Author’s Prelude from the book Pum Pum, from the pen of Ni’cola

Being a Jamaican national, but growing up in the United States, I always felt out of place. Whenever we went back home to Jamaica, my family members would say that I chat like a Yankee (spoke like an American) and was a fake Yaude… In America, especially the West Side of Las Vegas (the hood), where back in the 80’s there were very few West Indian people. My friends and their parents, would shun almost everything about my heritage. From the food we ate, the way that we spoke, to the way I could wind my hips when I danced. The constant ridicule made me embarrassed of my roots, my upbringings. It made me hate it whenever my Mother would blast the Calypso music from the floor model stereo in our living room and my step father would stand in the door way dancing for our neighbors. I began hating who I was and practiced to speak American and tried to become someone that I was not. I felt like no one understood me except my best friend Steeve Washington. He embraced my culture with open arms, and would come over and dance and learned how to chat Jamaican Patois, a dialect that is also known as Jamaican Creole by linguists. (It is an English-based creole language with West African and Spanish influences.)

It wasn’t until the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back in the 90’s, which was depicted from the book by Terry McMillian that being from Jamaica finally became cool.  This is when dancehall singers like Patra, Shabba, and Spragga Benz became popular. Now all my friends and American born cousins, were asking me to teach them how to dance like that.

Then in 1997, when my all-time favorite independent Jamaican film Dancehall Queen came out, my love and respect for my country grew even more. This movie told a story of a struggling single mother, who worked as a street vendor while trying to raise her two daughters. She had a man that offered her household money, in exchange he wanted her teenage daughter, a neighborhood thug that was after her brother, and the most important issue, her lack of money.

This is when she decided to take matters into her own hands and create this dancing celebrity that competed for cash prizes and became the dance hall queen. This movie made me become fascinated with the story of real dance hall queens, and I began researching them. I never knew that 15 years later, I would be writing a story inspired by them and their everyday struggles and journeys.

So in 2013 I began writing my story of the dance hall queen, but kept getting stuck. It didn’t seem authentic to me. Yes I was born on this island, but I was raised in America. So I changed the story up some. I decided to write the story from the perception of my oldest daughter Destani’s biggest fear. That one day immigration was going to snatch me up, and deport me back to Jamaica.  Even adding that element to the story, it still felt like it was missing something, so I again, I put the book to the side.

It wasn’t until July of 2013 when I heard the story of Dwayne Jones, a homeless transgender 16 year old boy that was murdered on the streets of Montego Bay during an Anti-LGBT attack. Not only was this child murdered, for wearing female clothing, but he beaten, stabbed, shot, and run over by a car. When I heard of this story, I was not only horrified, because this baby was the same age as my child, but it baffled me that no one was charged for his arrest because Jamaica is one of the 70 out of 195 countries in the world that still honors the buggery law. This law, also known as the sodomy law which outlaws “unnatural” and immoral sex which includes: anal, oral, and bestiality.

So I added this component in the book as well. Now that I told you where I came up with the concept of this book, I want you to understand one thing.  Yes there are many social issues in this book from  deportation, LGBT, and being a dancehall queen, but I the main objective that I want you as the reader to get from this book is to not judge. You may not agree with one’s lifestyle, their background, their belief system, or who they want to be intimate with, but it is not for you to agree. If we all agreed on everything, we would not be human species that God put us on this earth to be. So with that being said, I hope that you enjoy this book. After all the time that I have spent on it, I can honestly say, it has grown to be one of the best books that I have written. Sit back and enjoy!

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Check out God Has Spoken by Theresa Campbell

GOD-HAS-SPOKENHOW HARD IS IT TO FORGIVE?

After finding the biological mother who abandoned her as a baby, learning the identity of her birth father and her biological brother, Dupree is left distraught and betrayed. Like a volcano about to erupt, she vows to have nothing to do with her newly discovered family–so help her God! However, if Dupree’s mother, Tiny, has anything to say about it, Dupree won’t be able to keep that vow.

How does a former teenaged runaway become a wealthy, sophisticated business executive? Tiny’s quest for happiness and independence in Kingston, Jamaica, has taken her on a life-altering journey through hell. After a vicious attack and a serious sickness that leaves her fighting for her life in the hospital, Tiny prays for death . . . but then God speaks. Will she listen to His voice? What exactly is He saying?

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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 associate’s degree in business administration from Bronx Community College, a 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.

Theresa would love to hear from her readers. You may contact her at:
http://www.theresaacampbell.com
https://www.facebook.com/theresaacampbell
https://twitter.com/theresaacampbel
http://theresaacampbell.blogspot.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/theresaacampbell