Love’s Persuasion


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About the Author
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Ola Awonubi was born in London to Nigerian parents and grew up in Nigeria.
On returning to England, she went on to spend three years taking intermediate and advanced writing courses at the Centerprise Literature Development project in Hackney before studying for an MA in Creative writing and Imaginative Practice at the University of East London.
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A wide range of themes influence her writing – universal themes that people any where in the world can identify with. Family, love, relationships are a particular interest. For her thesis for her MA in Creative writing – she wrote a collection of short stories that reflected how colonialism had changed African society, culture and relationships.
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In 2008 and 2009 respectively, she won two prizes; one for the short story ‘The Pink House’ in the National Words of Colour competition, the other, ‘The Go-Slow Journey’ for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize in the fiction category.
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Since then she has had two stories featured in anthologies – Illusions of Dreams published in Naijastories and Green Eyes and an Old Photo in African Roar 2013. Other short stories have been published on African writing.com, Brittle Paper, Story Time, This Reading Life, TheSiren.co.uk and naijastories.com. She has featured in Words of Colour, the Newham Recorder and Amina magazine, a woman’s magazine with large readership in the French-speaking world.
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She has recently had her first book – Love’s Persuasion – a slight adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion – published by Ankara Press – the romance imprint or Cassava Republic. The theme is a second chance to find love again and the story is set in the hustle and bustle of Lagos and London. She is currently working on a collection of short stories based on the African experience, and another romantic novel.

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About the Book
Love’s Persuasion is one of the first six titles in the series published by Ankara Press the romance imprint of Cassava Republic Abuja.
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Ankara Press a fresh new voice publishing romantic fiction for the African market, and is devoted to publishing easy-to-read, purse-size books with African settings, storylines and characters. The Ankara Press series launched in December 2015 with six new titles, set in locations as diverse as Lagos, Jos, Cape Town and the Obudu Mountain Resort in Cross Rivers state.
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Description
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Things are changing for the staff of Lagos firm City Finance, and not necessarily for the best. But for Ada Okafor, a bright, dedicated and beautiful trainee accountant, the only change worth noticing is the dashing, British-trained new assistant managing director Tony Okoli. Ambitious and determined, Ada ignores her feelings for Tony and focuses on juggling her work in accounts with completing her degree in business and finance. But their love of books draws them closer together and soon they embark on a secret relationship. They soon discover that the course of love does not run smooth and a host of obstacles – from Tony’s disapproving family to jealous colleagues – litter their path. Their passion for each other is truly tested as they fight to persuade themselves and the world that love, in the end, trumps social status.
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Avaliable at www.ankarapress.com for introductory price of N500 – also available in £ and $. The romances have been published initially as e-books, and are easily downloadable to mobile devices.
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Links to publications by Ola Awonubi:
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‘The Go Slow Journey’, winner 1st prize in the Wasafiri International Writing Competition 2009. Published in the Wasafiri Journal Issue No 61 spring 2010
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‘The Pink House’ winner 1st prize in the Words of Colour writing competition 2008
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Short story – Illusion of Dreams published in Naija Stories – Of Tears and Kisses, Heroes and Villains – An Anthology of Short fiction from Nigeria.
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Understanding English – Story Time March 2012
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Green Eyes and an Old Photo – African Roar 2013

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Blog: www.easytowrite.wordpress.com
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Facebook page: Olawritesfiction
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Twitter – createandwrite

Dedicated to Love



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About the Author
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Nicole Dannielle, an exciting, passionate, fiery and driven Author and Poet is on the brink of greater success. Beneath the surface, Nicole has seen words as art and with passion to unviel the depth of poetry. In her new book, “Dedicated to Love”, available now on Amazon.com, Nicole Dannielle showcases her depth and vulnerability to the art of spoken word combined with a love story. “Dedicated to Love”, is Nicole Dannielle’s first publication of her writing career with a poetry book soon to follow. Nicole Dannielle can be heard on up and coming radio spots and slams all over Ohio.

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Nicole Dannielle’s poetry pieces and varied scripts can be found on her Facebook page/nicole.dannielle.1 or on Twitter@Nd17Dannielle. Dates of appearances can also be found in both media social sites. Nicole Dannielle is very transparent, vulnerable, inspiring, well-versed and true to her art. Nicole Dannielle defenitly has a promising career ahead of her as being well known in the world of literary art and beyond.

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About the Book
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Rayna Ransom, a fun, fiesty, sensual and driven telecommunications company executive is on the brink of greater success. Beneath the surface, Rayna struggles with the demons of her past that make her feel ill-equipped to face the challenges of a budding career and a promising love life. Because of a failed marriage, an absentee father, and struggles with alcoholism, Rayna decides to focus on her career and family to shield herself from the potential of another heartbreak. Rayna’s best friend, Shonda, introduces her to Dorian Sloan, a man with outrageous good looks and a questionable past. With too much on the line, Rayna is afraid to lose at love again. She initially resists his advances but when she is finally ready to admit her attraction, her future gets caught in the cross-hairs of her past. Believing that her best friend has betrayed her with her new lover Dorian, Rayna sets out to make her betrayers pay.

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More about Nicole Dannielle:
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Unfamous Book Two

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About the Author
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Born and raised in London, England, Shakira ‘Scotty Unfamous’ Scott burst onto the scene in 2009 with her candid, loud and proud YouTube show ‘SDTV’.
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In 2010, Scotty originally posted her first published book, ‘Unfamous’, on Facebook. Later on that year, Unfamous was adapted into a stage play by the Flourish Drama Company. The Unfamous play went on to become the first stage production in history to sell out London’s Lost Theatre.
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In 2012, Unfamous secured Scotty the BYA Literary Arts Award, and in 2013 it was turned into a web series. Scotty received multiple award nominations from the BEFFTA and Screen Nation awards including Best Author, Best Web Series, Favourite Web Series and Favourite Web Series Ensemble. The buzz around the Unfamous series made Scotty catch the attention of the Virgin/EMI group who hired her later on that year as the assistant producer for a short film for Rap/Vocal group, ‘The Rascals’, to promote the release of their ‘Class 90’ EP.
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Along with Unfamous and SDTV, Scotty also has also had her own radio show, hosted events, been featured in various blogs, magazines and much more. Scotty is currently signed to the Peppergrain Media Agency, and is managed by Deb McKoy.

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About the Book
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After a hectic first term at Brompton, Rio is back to face old demons and inherit some new, darker ones. As the second term plays out, things for the Unfamous wannabe go from one extreme to another when the pressure of being a ‘one of them’ leads her down a path that ends up costing her a lot more than she bargained for.

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More about Shakira Scott:

Imagine Potential

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About the Author
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Public Speaker, Certified Life Coach, Iraq War Veteran, Forensic Fingerprint & Mortuary Expert, Juvenile Justice Advocate, Deputy Sheriff and Active Humanitarian. T. Denise Manning imagined a future for herself and refused to stop short of her potential. Learning early that life provides some children with little more than an imagination and a potential, T. Denise has overcome hardship and loss to succeed where failure is the easier path. Raised amid rampant gang violence and a raging drug war near Oakland, California, she found her way out through inspiration, action and drive. A story of family upheaval, grief, goal identification and brazen tenacity, Ms. Manning’s life and worldview is a shining example of what the human spirit can endure and achieve.
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Born just one generation beyond prostitution and abject poverty, T. Denise Manning first moved beyond expectations by graduating high school with honors when many thought she would never walk the stage. Entering the military allowed her to pursue her education without interruption and to focus on her many intellectual interests. Today, with over thirteen years’ military service in the United States Army, including a one-year tour in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom, OIF 09-10), Ms. Manning holds degrees in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration, Psychology Life Coaching as well as receiving a PHD, in Theology .T. Denise has also worked with various police departments in fingerprint analysis and crime scene processing. Currently Denise is a well sought after Life Coach and Public Speaker; Denise is the Life Coach for Florida A&M University. Ms. Manning also serves as a Deputy Sheriff Reserve for Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and has worked diligently for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice advocating for Youthful Offenders.
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Never one to forget others, Denise has also dedicated herself to public service with programs forat-risk populations. She has established and facilitated several creative writing and poetry classes for youthful offenders already in the criminal justice system; Ms. Manning has received numerous commendations for Outstanding Service and Distinguished Service and has been highlighted for community service leadership in several print publications, on television, and on the web and from various organization’s and universities.
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It’s no secret that Ms. Manning is an overachiever and she holds membership in many social and civil organizations, She is the charter president for the Greater Tallahassee National Council of Negro Women, a Commissioner for the status of women and girls for Leon County Florida, a Human Relations Council member for the City of Tallahassee, A board member for the Boys And Girls club, Chair of the Leon county Minority, Women & Business Enterprise Council, A recognized national top leader for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and the list goes on….
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Charismatic, direct, inspired and POWERFUL, Ms. T. Denise Manning speaks to the core issues of overcoming hardship and achieving personal success – through courage, tenacity and imagination. Denise Manning inspires others to reach the potential they’ve always imagined!
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About the Book
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To any and every girl that needs an extra push, to the girl that was told she wasn’t good enough or ever felt that she couldn’t or wouldn’t accomplish her dreams because of what someone said or her upbringing. This book is for you! Tap into your thoughts and control them. Realize that you have a power inside of you that has authority to thrive.
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Never give up on whatever it is you hope for. Use your imagination and zone out. Get in your zone and use your imagination. Never stop, never stop planning, never stop talking about it, never stop wishing for it… Never! To all the young women that love themselves so hard that they refused to listen to the haters, the men that caused havoc or the family members that didn’t believe in you. You don’t owe anybody! This life is for YOU to live.
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More about  T. Denise Manning:
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Tea Leaf: What Hides Beneath

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About the Author
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I was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in multiple places including California, Colorado, and a few other areas around Texas. I graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and Western University in Pomona, California.
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I started writing poetry and short stories when I was young (around nine) and continued through high school. In college, I drifted away from writing to focus on my studies in the sciences. Years later, after graduating from Spelman, I took a creative writing class that re-ignited my passion for telling stories. I began with random short stories, which led me to revisit poetry. At the time, I began to learn the guitar, so my love of music led me to learn how to write lyrics, which led to songwriting.
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After I finished graduate school, I was able to write my first novel, Tea Leaf: What Hides Beneath. It is an urban fantasy story that was born from a strange dream. When I’m not writing or reading, I enjoy listening to music, going to concerts, trying to play guitar, playing basketball, and drawing. I live in Texas with my plants.

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About the Book
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Tea Leaf: What Hides Beneath is an urban fantasy filled with multicultural characters, that includes stories of friendships, love, and a little bit of action, with a supernatural and paranormal twist.
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While out with friends, Jasiri, a fortune teller, reveals that Cinnia’s life will be turned upside down. Cinnia hopes it is due to a new job she is after at Sciecor, a company that she has long dreamed of working for. But she has no idea of the secrets that hide in their basement.
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A new neighbor moves in with a hidden agenda. Friendships change.Cinnia will realize that things may not be as they appear. Magic may not only belong to fairy tales. And we may not be alone. Will Sciecor still be the company of her dreams? Will she be able to live the life that destiny has seen? When she finds out what hides beneath.

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More about Mia Mitns:
www.miamitns.wordpress.com

Return to Kemet

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About the Author
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JoAnn Gardner began using her gift as a child. In venues ranging from the Comedy Store, the African-American History museum, to Biola University. She has performed one-woman shows, head-lined a show for the deaf community, and composed for a U.S. Senator. As a member of Toastmaster’s she views each occasion to speak, as an opportunity to affect change in someone’s life.
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About the Book
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Return to Kemet, is poetry for those who travel faster than light. It sheds light on the fact, that we each have a responsibility to complete the purpose, we were sent into the world to accomplish. Whether that purpose is surrendered in waves, or a single act, it is God’s plan for our journey. These poetic thoughts are an offering to my people, they were written to up-lift, reflect, and celebrate our unique crossing.

Holiday Shopping Guide to Etsy Black Owned Businesses

The 2014 holiday season is in full swing and many Black shoppers are stimulating the economy and buying Christmas and Kwanzaa gifts. A 2014 Nielsen Company study reported that African Americans will have $1.1 trillion in collective buying power by 2015 (increasing to about $1.3 trillion by 2017). Sounds good right? Unfortunately, the NAACP has reported that only 2 cents of every dollar an African American spends goes to Black owned businesses.

So, why not do something different this holiday season and forego the meandering lines? Etsy, an online shopping mall, offers you a chance to spend your money at the many Black owned and operated Etsy stores.

Shopping on Etsy allows you to support Black businesses globally, as there are Black owned Etsy stores in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, from numerous countries in Europe, and from across the African continent.

On Etsy you can buy everything from jewelry, accessories, natural beauty products, clothing, to art and home furnishings; and these products are often custom and handmade. There is another bonus to shopping on Etsy, and that is that you are able to speak directly to and build relationships with the designers and creators of the products that you are purchasing.

Check out the list below and make note of the holiday sales and discounts that these shops are offering.

Feel free to let us know any of your favorite Etsy stores that we may have missed in the COMMENTS.

Jewelry & Accessories

The Maasai Shop, based in Kenya, showcases very affordable handmade jewelry and accessories.

Salone Starr also offers a plethora of jewelry and accessories. Many made with Ankara wax fabrics.

Soul Art

Soul Art sells a wide and eclectic array of custom made jewelry and art. Seriously there is much to choose from here.

Ini Vibez offers a variety of afrocentric accessories. Want to make a statement with your wardrobe, then check them out!

House of Ofola is a London based Store offering affordable Ankara wax fabric accessories.

Afrique La Chic features African inspired accessories with a tribal vibe. Looking for something different? Check them out.

Face of Nubia offers handmade jewelry and custom woodburnings, that can only be described as wearable art.

Monabbey, based in Athens Greece has eye catching jewelry and accessories that are really affordable.

Bella Duafe has a lot of colorful and versatile accessories. The shop is offering FREE shipping on all orders in the U.S. through December 20, 2014 with code: freeshipping.

Need an eye-catching statement necklace or other accessories? Check out Ear Jeans.

Do you like to wear bold accessories? Check out Dare Accessories.

Looking for a unique gift? Check out the wearable art pieces at Peace Images. Discounts are available to those subscribed to their website. Subscribe at peaceimages.fanbridge.com

Lunaversoul offers just that. Soulful accessories that make a statement!

Razondalee Artistry features handmade knit beanies, tams, hats, caps, and more; providing the perfect gifts for staying warm this winter.

Boabw House is the place to go for handmade and hand-painted accessories. Which are painted in painstaking detail in vibrant colors, shapes, and patterns.

Ankara Statement

Ankara Statement is the place to go to pick up distinctive jewelry and accessories.

Eclectic Life offers just that, an eclectic mix of eco-friendly, repurposed, and handmade accessories. The shop is offering 20% off of all items until December 31st. Use code: BLACK2014.

Clothing

GyvMeBody is a line of swimsuit, made for Real women with Real bodies. Accommodating sizes Small to 4X. The store is offering 20% off during the holiday season using code: SAVE20.

Infinite Art Tees offers unique and artistic shirts and more. They are offering 20% off all items this holiday season.

Kwaibas Fashion Place showcasing sleek clothing designs is offering 10% off any purchase (Tgiving14) or %15 off purchases of $100 or more (Giving15).

Sovereign Garments has unique winter ready handmade knit garments.

Aziza Shopping offers very fashionable clothing that has an afrocentric style.

Looking for a gift for a fashionista, but do not want to break the budget? Check out Diyanu.

Accra Ghana based Zoharous offers an array of colorful tailored clothing that would complement any wardrobe.

House of Afrika, based in Purely England, boasts eclectic clothing designs. The store is offering discounts with code: GF001.

There is only one way to describe the designs at Toronto Canada based ZNAK, Stylish!

Gitas Portal, based in London, is a true fashion house offering gorgeous custom made clothing with an afrocentric flair.

Jaalyi a modern African clothing line has some fabulous crafted and well-tailored clothing.

Tribal Groove is a fashion house offering custom made clothing in a colorful array of African wax print fabrics.

Ms Alaba features some of the most stylish designs, which can of course be made to order.

Need a gift for a fashionable naturalista on the shopping list? Check out Three Little Birds Tees. They are offering 25% off all items for their holiday sale. Use code: HOLIDAY14.

Design of Diaspora, based in Toronto, is a fashion house featuring chic afrocentric fashions.

Fabrics

Are you more creative than most? Well then perhaps, you are just looking for great fabric to create your own masterpieces and gifts. Well check out the offerings from these stores.

Tambo Collection has a plethora of fabrics to choose from. You can find wax prints, tribal prints, Ankara and more.

Art & Home Furnishings

Looking for items to celebrate Kwanzaa or other afrocentric home furnishings? Well then drop in on Heavenwood and peruse their custom wood pieces.

My Junky Trunk features funky, fun, and beautiful art prints, which would make Great gifts. The store is offering a BOGO Christmas Sale. (Buy one item at regular price and get the other one FREE), oh and shipping is FREE too! Do the following in order to take advantage of the sale: Just select and purchase any print at regular price, then when checking out in the shopping cart, specify which FREE print you would like.

DynaSmiles offers personalized party invitations, wall art, and stationary gifts. Their works of art, are sure to make you smile.

The talented designer at Afrikards creates highly detailed works of art – Afrocentric note cards and prints.

Soapbox Theory has some of the most charming prints and other items that would be perfect for the little girl(s) on your holiday shopping list. The store is offering 10% off all items through December 20th. Use code: blacklove.

thatArtista shop has striking art prints that would be sure to make any art lover on your shopping list happy.

Nikkis Grove, based in Paris France, has some of the hottest AFROlicious art prints and cards! Even more amazing are the prices.

The Bazaars

Looking for a gift for someone whose style is bold, daring, and provocative? Then head on over to Forever Audacious, which boasts a number of unique items.

Tribal Immunity is a store where one can find re-mastered and hand-painted clothing, accessories, and home furnishings.

Art by Cleatress offers a funky mix of handmade accessories and art prints

Soul Seed Apparel is a place to head for unique gifts. The store’s holiday sale includes

Check out Baobab Tree Jewelry Designs, which offers more than just jewelry, for affordable gifts with an afrocentric flair.

Zabba Designs has custom made clothing and jewelry, crafted shoes, and even an assortment of fabric to choose from. The store is offering 30% off the entire shop and $5 earrings and bangles during its holiday sale.

The Ila Designs, based in Trinidad, offers handcrafted beaded jewelry, hand painted clay earrings, handbags, and more items displaying the shop’s distinctive “AfroCrochet” style.

Menogu Designs

Menogu Designs features handmade clothing and accessories made from African kente and ankara fabrics.

Beauty Products

Royal by Nature features 100% natural hair, body, and face products that contain no artificial preservatives, colorants, or fragrance oils. The products contain 100% essential oils and the ingredients are sourced locally when available. All for amazingly affordable prices.

Nakia Amour

Nakia Amour offers handmade, all natural hair products that are extremely affordable.

Cherise

Cherise Charleswell is a self -and- internationally published author and writer, activist scholar, radio show host and producer, as well as a model; who openly and actively pursues these various interests and endeavors due to her refusal to be placed “in a box” or limited by societal labels. She is currently working on the book projects: “The Link Between Food, Culture, & Health Inequities in the African Diaspora” and Walking in the Feminine: A Stepping into Our Shoes Anthology”.

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