The past can be painful, but it can also motivate. Entrepreneur and author of the bestseller Soul Beneficiary: The Good, Better, Best Guide to Success in Selling Insurance Jessi Park faced hardships during her childhood and later as a single parent. “I feel like whenever you experience choosing between paying a bill or eating, that you find yourself saying to yourself ‘I will never be in this position again,’” … Read the rest
Interview With The Black Fairy Godmother Simone Gordon!
Many are familiar with Whitney Houston’s timeless role as the fairy godmother in Cinderella. In real life, there is Simone Gordon, whose generous deeds around the world earned her the moniker Black Fairy Godmother, which spawned her award-winning nonprofit foundation of the same name. The New Jersey-based organization is holding its 3rd annual Purple Diamond Awards on November 5 at the Newark Museum of Art, which will honor 8 … Read the rest
Interview With Chang-E Founder & “YES, I AM A FEMINIST” Author Luomei Lyu!
It’s no secret that text written in all capital letters can be off-putting for some people sometimes because it can come off as hostile and/or dramatic. 18-year-old Luomei Lyu, who is aware of this reality, has her reasons for capitalizing the main title of her book YES, I AM A FEMINIST: An Introduction For Young Students On Their Way To Becoming Life-Long Feminist.
“I know using all capital … Read the rest
Interview With Speaker & “Unoffendable” Author Ryan Leak!
With his book, Unoffendable: No Offense. None Taken, executive coach, speaker, author, podcaster, and viral documentary-maker (The Surprise Wedding), Ryan Leak, seeks to help people change the way they handle an offense, and ultimately, not stay offended. He references author Brené Brown’s ‘generosity hypothesis’, which encourages the offended to consider the most generous assumption for something one did or said. “Because all of us are Christopher … Read the rest
Interview With Businesswoman & “The Heart of a Leader” Author Kristin Harper!
If award-winning businesswoman and former Fortune 15 executive of 30-plus years, Kristin Harper, could tell her younger self something about the woman she is today, she probably would have said to have more fun. This prompted the next question: should professionals carve out time in their schedules to have fun now or wait until they reach their milestones? The Heart of a Leader: 52 Emotional Intelligence Insights to Advance … Read the rest
Interview With “Urban Xcellence” Author Malcom X. Bowser!
Urban X.nyc Blog and Urban X Podcast founder and co-host Malcom X. Bowser believes it is time to start highlighting and championing shining examples from one’s community. It is why he wrote Urban Xcellence: Unveiling Extraordinary Stories by Everyday People (January 21, 2020). Initially, Bowser conducted interviews with his peers to provide a platform and gain inspiration. Learning about their journeys helped him navigate his own life such as figuring … Read the rest
Interview With Gatekeeper Press Co-Founders Rob Price & Tony Chellini!
Many of us are aware that rejection is often part of the process of trying to get one’s manuscript published. Some aspiring authors give up, some don’t and are eventually published, and some decide to self-publish. As a self-published author (The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training) and publishing professional, Rob Price is intimately aware of these circumstances and was inspired to make a difference. He re-branded his publishing … Read the rest
Interview With To The Next Step Founder and Author Kyle Grappone!
It’s no revelation that many people are unhappy with their jobs. In fact, the whole miserable-on-the-job, making-it-to-Friday, and barely-enjoying-Sunday-because- tomorrow-is-Monday culture has been normalized. This mass dissatisfaction is what Kyle Grappone observed in his ten years of working various roles in corporate America. He was compelled to research this trend and even surveyed college graduates who revealed regrets about how their lives turned out. Well, Grappone is hoping to help … Read the rest
Interview With “Ella’s Greatest Adventures” Author & Founder Ashley Thompson!
Peace at the Dental Office is not only helping to put children at ease during a dentist appointment, but adults as well. The book was also written to interest youth in pursuing dentistry as a career. It is the first in the series of Ella’s Greatest Adventures, which is also a company, founded by Ashley N. Thompson. The medical lab professional and Biology graduate has always been passionate … Read the rest
Interview With Curtis Bunn, Essence’s Bestselling Author and Founder of the National Book Club Conference!
Curtis Bunn founded the National Book Club Conference (NBCC) so readers could have the opportunity to interact with their favorite authors and/or writers. The idea was conceived after he attended country-wide book club meetings for his debut novel, Baggage Check, which became the first Essence magazine bestseller by a black author, with a black editor and agent, a black cover designer, a black distributor, and a black publisher. The … Read the rest