Nicole Bird-Faulkner is a native New Yorker who currently resides in Atlanta, GA. As a mother of four, Nicole enjoys writing the stories she can escape in. Nicole wrote her first book, Yet Holding on in 2006 and has since written a number of short stories and blogs. She is currently working on her next book, The Games People Play, with 

ReShonda Tate Billingsley. 


Nakecia Bowers has worked in multiple areas of public service for over 20 years, giving her a unique insight into the lives of many and how to convey a story. Nakecia juggled acting and college for a few years while getting her degree in Psychology. Even though she stepped away from the entertainment business, she kept friendships with people in the industry. Nakecia was tapped by several established writers for ideas and later, took on writing assignments for film and television, which ultimately lead to her writing and sharing her own stories. After several screenplays and short films, she was encouraged to expand her writing and her focus moved to writing novels. Nakecia currently resides near Los Angeles and she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Visit her on FaceBook under Author Nakecia Bowers.

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Renee Daniel Flagler is an award-winning writer, adjunct professor, and a speaker who is passionate about encouraging women and youth to pursue their passion and purpose. Over the years, Renee has published multiple fiction books including several romance titles under the pen name, Nicki Night. Renee’s book Society Wives has been optioned for film. Renee is also working on the release of her first non-fiction title, Dream Journey: 7 Steps for Turning your Passion Into Your Lifestyle. She is often called on to speak to groups of woman and young people about finding their passion and purpose. To fulfill her passion for teaching the written word, Renee facilitates literacy programs, develops curriculum and teaches creative writing to students from kindergarten to college.


Renee is also the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Long Island, whose mission is to empower girls to be strong, smart and bold. As an advocate for youth both in the United States and abroad, Renee had served as a founding board member and former Board Chair for LEAP (Literacy Empowerment Action Project) Global, an organization with a mission to provide innovative literacy, youth empowerment programming, and high school scholarships to students in Ghana, Africa. Renee has been honored for her writing and community service work by several organizations including The City of Long Beach, NewYork Association of Black Journalists, and Black Star News.


Nina Foxx is an award-winning filmmaker, playwright, and novelist. She writes as both Nina Foxx and Cynnamon Foster. Her work has appeared on numerous bestseller lists around the country, and her films have won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes, and the Rome International Film Festival. Originally from Jamaica, New York, she lives with her family near Seattle, Washington, where she works in Human-Computer interaction for a major software company. Nina is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, The Links and Jack & Jill of America. Follow her blog at

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Cynthia Freeman Gibbs is a native of Lansing, MI. She earned her undergraduate degree and M.B.A. in Business Administration from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL after which she had a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry for twenty-two years. Cynthia currently resides in San Antonio, TX with her husband where she is a member of the Tobin Library Writer's Group. She is passionate about serving in various church ministries, community organizations, and as a dedicated lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.


Cortney hails fromCleveland Ohio and has been seen on HBO's Def Jam Bet's COMICVIEW  Martin Lawrence's First Amendment and the Jamie Foxx Show. He's toured all over the world bringing audience to laughter. Currently he resides in Seattle with his lovely wife and his cane corso Baron.


Princess F. L. Gooden is respected in all of her gifts.  She is a first-time novelist, dramatist, poet, motivational speaker, educator, producer, director, actor, dancer, and singer.

Presently, Princess is married to Reginald R. Gooden, a Command Sergeant Major in the United States Army. They collectively have six children, all of which are wonderfully gifted as well.

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Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a homeschool mom, writer, prolific knitter, freelance graphic artist and former Army wife (left the Army, not the husband). She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight to read all the books and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She is a storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers into the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives. 

Terri is a 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest finalist, and a 2012 semi-finalist. She is also a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist. Her publishing credits include Cup of Comfort for Military Families,, the Secret Place Devotional, Vista Devotional, and Publisher's Weekly. 

Terri and her husband pastor a church where she serves as executive pastor and worship leader. Terri lives in Maryland with her three wonderful children and her husband, who often beg her not to kill off their favorite characters.


Visit Terri on Facebook, Author Terri J. Haynes and Twitter, @Terrijhaynes.

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Terri Ann Johnson is a national bestselling author for her contribution to the Brown Girls Books anthology 'All I Want for Christmas'. She has always had an enthusiasm for reading, which blossomed into a desire to write. Terri is a mom and loves to travel with her family and friends. She is a finance professional in Washington, D.C. and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Visit her online at

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Washington, DC author, Candy Jackson is a cosmetology teacher who loves to create poetry and short stories. Her reading rose to a brand new height with the discovery of many black writers whose work exploded in the ‘80’s. An avid reader, she began to tap into her own creative side and decided to write stories of her own. Candy is the mother of three young adult children and one grandson. 

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Over twenty-five years as an entertainment industry veteran, Stacey Evans Morgan is a television writer and producer with credits on scripted series such as Love That Girl, The Parkers, One on One, Jamie Foxx Show and live programs such as The NAACP Image Awards, The Gracie Awards and DNC Live 2016. She is also a published poet, essayist, motivational speaker and President/CEO of SEM PRO Inc., a production company creating content for TV, film and new media platforms. 


Stacey resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter where she continues to #writethevision and as an author, she is proud to present her debut novel,

Follow her: 


Instagram @staceyevansmorgan


Greg Marshall was an innocent youngster-turned-gangster whose journey took him from the dangerous streets of South Central Los Angeles to the Deep South in Natchez, Mississippi. A life of crime, several stints in prison, all led up to Greg being shot and left for dead in a drug deal gone bad forcing him into the ultimate struggle for survival. After undergoing an intense rehabilitation, in which Greg had to overcome paralysis throughout the right side of his body, he penned his story about the deepest secrets of street life and the underworld, but also of how he eventually embraced God’s redemption and forgiveness. Greg’s story is one of pain, despair, crime, love, healing—all leading to where he is today—hoping to make a positive difference in the lives of others and becoming a beacon of hope for those who need it most.


Sydni Derek Moore is a senior and President of her class at a high school in the greater Atlanta area. She is also an A student, football cheerleader, basketball cheerleader, captain of the golf team, a member of FCA, and newspaper journalist at her school. Sydni was selected to attend the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. She volunteers with several local organizations, is a page for a senator in Georgia, is a member of the youth leadership team at her church, and is a Debutante. She currently lives with her parents, Derrick and Stephanie Moore. She has an older brother in college and a younger sister in high school. Sydni plans to attend college and aspires to be a broadcast journalist. She longs to see her peers know they can be anything they want to be…all they have to do is work hard at their dreams and have faith.

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Marisa Readus and Alisha Readus are identical twin sisters originally from Alabama. The pair moved to Dallas, Texas in 2007. They initially self-published their book, “Breaking Through the Bars” in 2008. The book is a riveting tell-all of the time they spent in prison and the hardship of regaining their lives with their children. The sisters had no idea that the book would open up doors for numerous speaking engagements, trainings, and thousands of book sales.

Today Marisa and Alisha are published authors with Brown Girls Books. Their powerful story has also been optioned for film.

The two sisters are also the founders of “Double Impact” Youth Empowerment and Leadership, which provide educational trainings to at-risk youth, detention centers, school districts, and motivational speaking to an array of organizations/companies.

Marisa and Alisha share their story in a memorable, mesmerizing presentation without cutting corners of their trials and tribulation. Their realness captures the crowd as they strive to empower youth with the power of choice and change. Their aim is to re-direct the path of youth and to give them the tools, and direction needed to make better choices that will ultimately affect their future.



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Karen Roberts Turner has been imagining stories since childhood. She penned her first "book" in grade school and has loved creating stories ever since. Her calling as a storyteller took a 22-year detour while she pursued a career as a trial lawyer. Inspired by her daughter, she revived her passion for creative writing in 2016 and began writing the story that would eventually become her debut novel.

A native of Washington, DC, Karen graduated from D.C.'s Cardozo Senior High School. She then earned her B.A. in Biology and Africana Studies from Vassar College, her M.A. in Bioethics from Georgetown University, and her J.D. from George Washington University.

In addition to writing, Karen loves cupcakes, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and her fur baby, Duke.

Karen harnesses her creative power with the simple motto - "Be Inspired and Write."  As a brain cancer and breast cancer survivor,  she finds inspiration in all things, great and small.



LaChelle Weaver is a bestselling and award-nominated author of two titles, The Dating Game Anthology where you can read her short story, "We Ain't the Huxtables" and her acclaimed debut novel, Sister Surrogate, which has sparked thought-provoking discussions regarding family dynamics and a feature in the Huffington Post entitled, "The Truth Behind the Question of Fertility".

LaChelle has also been a guest on FOX TV's Tarheel Talk. For more about LaChelle and to stay informed about her future projects, you can visit her at and sign up to join her mailing list.




Called "impossibly talented" by Lucky magazine and "Carrie Bradshaw with melanin and a blowout" by Heart and Soul, Tia Williams is the ultimate style insider. Known for her witty, sexy, tell-it-like-it-is style, the novelist is a veteran magazine beauty editor (she's worked for Elle, Lucky, Glamour, Teen People, and, and in 2005, she created one of the first beauty blogs, the award-winning Shake Your Beauty. She's the best-selling author of THE ACCIDENTAL DIVA and the IT CHICKS series, and co-writer of Iman's THE BEAUTY OF COLOR. Her blog and books have been featured in The New York Times, Essence, WWD, The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Currently a copy director at Estee Lauder Companies, Tia lives in Brooklyn with her 7-year-old diva daughter and all of their various accessories. Follow Tia for chit-chat, beauty babble, and book updates: Twitter: @shakeyourbeauty Instagram: @shakeyourbeauty Facebook: Tia Williams Pinterest: @shakeyourbeauty

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