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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"January in Review"

January was a very pivotal month for me. It started off with a bang with Marshawn Evans' Reinvent ME Live video challenges. These challenges were very insightful as they forced me to take an introspective view of what I wanted my life and pupose to be for 2012. Resoundingly, I decided it will be my abundant year to set new goals both personally and professionally and achieve them. I'll post more about the Reinvent ME Live video challenges in the upcoming weeks.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

"2012 Chinese New Year Celebration in Washington, DC"

This afternoon, I joined a crowd of folks in Chinatown in Washington, DC to watch the Chinese New Year Celebration parade. Although it was cold and chilly outside, everyone huddled and waited patiently to see the dragon dance, kung fu demonstrators, and the firecrackers. It was a great performance and one which I'll likely attend next year.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Author Spotlight - Seriously Sensual, Blog Talk Radio"

This evening I was the guest author on Seriously Sensual with hosts, Gabrielle Newsam and Nicole Brooks. I had a great time talking about my novel and what makes for a good novel. Here's the replay:

Monday, January 16, 2012

"Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!"

This day has great significance for us simply because of what Dr. King envisioned for us all which was captured in his infamous I Have A Dream speech. Interestingly, I just completed the 4 part Reinvent ME Live video challenge with Marshawn Evans today where she talked about realizing our dreams.

She talked about 5 dream shifters that will help us to recognize that our dreams should not be delayed and that we should walk into our higher purpose:

1. Deciding it's time.
2. Defining your WHY.
3. Upgrading your strategy.
4. Connecting with a Mentor.
5. Make winning your lifestyle.

With that being said, I leave this quote with you on this very special day:

"Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"

- Martin Luther King Jr., Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963

Sunday, January 15, 2012

"Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

Wow! This movie was awesome (the English-language adaption of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson). A lot of my friends told me about it and I finally saw it on Friday. I loved the entire concept of solving this mystery and the way that the main characters (Rooney Mara - who played the computer hacker/girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig - who played the disgraced financial journalist, Mikael Blomkvist) went about conducting their research. It was nothing shy of genius. When I get some time I'll have to check out the original of the trilogy - I don't mind subtitles :) Anyway, see below the synopsis of the movie and if you haven't seen it, you should definitely go check it out (David Fincher's version).


Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her beloved uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and the tattooed and troubled but resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) to investigate.

When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger’s are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Two Thumbs Up!

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Tonight, a very good friend of mine and I went to Centerstage to check out Gleam, a play based on the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. It's been our yearly tradition for the past couple of years to see a play the beginning of each new year. And tonight was great since we both enjoy the works of Zora Neale Hurston. The actors were awesome, some of whom were making their debut at Centerstage but had done extensive work in television and in the movies. We thoroughly enjoyed the play and encourage others to see it too before it ends its run on February 5, 2012. Two thumbs up!!

The synopsis of the play which is directed by Marion McClinton and the cast of characters are detailed below.


At 16, Janie faces a marriage of convenience and a life of quiet drudgery. Instead, she embarks on a journey that brings successes and losses enough for several lifetimes—a passage to fulfillment so singular that it manages to speak for all of our dreams. This soaring saga brings to life the vivid characters of Zora Neale Hurston’s beloved novel, a shining jewel of the Harlem Renaissance by one of America's literary giants.

The Cast (in alphabetical order):

Axel Avin, Jr
Jody Starks/Ed Dockerty

Stephanie Berry
Pheoby Watson

Brooks Edward Brantly
Tea Cake

Thomas Jefferson Byrd
Logan Killicks/Sam Watson

Christiana Clark

Erik LaRay Harvey

Tonia M. Jackson
Lulu Moss/Nanny

Celeste Jones
Daisy Blunt/Nunkie

Gavin Lawrence
Amos Hicks/ Johnny Taylor/Lias

Jaime Lincoln Smith
Lige Moss/Bootny

Sunday, January 1, 2012

"Happy New Year"

Greetings! I want to take this time to wish everyone a wonderful and successful New Year. As I sat home and made reflections of the year past, I was thankful for the people who came into my life and expanded my creative circle. I was also thankful for the many experiences that I enjoyed as an author. I learned from the ground up that promoting and marketing my book, Gotta Let It Go, which was published in December 2010, was not an easy task. However, I was eager to learn as I participated in the following activities throughout the year:

• Two Talk Books Blogtalk Radio Interview, March 12, 2011 – This was my very first blogtalk radio interview and the host, Starla Faye, made me feel very welcome and gave me some good exposure.

• Interview with Patrick Tandy, Maryland State Bar Association, April 28, 2011 – This was my very first print interview which appeared in the May 2011 issue of the Bar Bulletin.

• Taste N Books Event, May 15, 2011 – This was my very first event as a published author. I had a very good time and met a really cool group of fellow writers who gave me some great tips and advice for participating in upcoming events.

• My novel won a Finalist award in the multi-cultural fiction category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and I attended the award reception in New York, May 24, 2011.

• Harlem Book Festival, July 23, 2011 – I had an author’s table at this event.

• Baltimore Book Festival, September 24, 2011 - I participated as an author in the Authors' Tent.

• I was the guest author at a book club (Beyond Books Book Club) on November 19, 2011.

• I have another blogtalk radio interview with Seriously Sensual Radio scheduled for January 21, 2012 at 8 pm. More details to follow.

• Indie Soul: Music & Book Boutique Bookstore (2437 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218) - I'm very excited that my novel will be available at this bookstore very soon.

• Baltimore Urban Book Festival, May 6, 2012 (The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park) – I’ll have an author’s table at this event.

So thanks again for supporting me and stay tuned for my next novel coming soon this year!

Peace & Blessings,