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Supporting Black-Owned Bookstores

Post COVID-19 and the amplification on #BlackLivesMatter, I had read that independently-owned bookstores were flourishing after nearly being ignored into extinction. I think that speaks to the heart, dedication, uniqueness, and passion of the owners who have fought to keep these much-needed parts of communities afloat. Despite all of the setbacks that 2020 has offered, […]

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Racism undermines mental health. Here’s what we can do

“Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can’t we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans…It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get […]

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Who do You Wish to Stand For? Avoiding Social Media Landmines

“Beware of Chris Columbus and folk like that…” This was a directive that I shared with my team when we were discussing branding, social media, and what I want Make A Way Media to stand for. It is a very timely topic and much-needed discussion. It is indeed a new world and I have to […]

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When L.O.V.E is Spelled T.I.M.E | a book about Dads as Role Models

Maybe there are not a lot of men who would ever think to request a kid’s book as a present for Father’s Day, but I cannot think of a better present for one of life’s many unsung heroes. Since becoming a children’s author I have met so many people who say they still love and […]

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Minding Mental Health During This New Normal

Just like that, life as we know it has changed. For some, it may have felt like a gradual, creeping-along change. For others, it felt like they were blindsided out of nowhere. And we are all still feeling kind of stuck. We’re living with a virus that has taken our world by storm and those […]

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Creating Characters that Steal Reader’s Hearts

During my author journey I’ve learned many things. I’ve learned how important it is for kids to see characters in books who look like them and who have similar stories and journeys. Growing up, I didn’t have the luxury of seeing role models who looked like me in the books that I read. Some of […]

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