As A Little Girl

I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. I grew up in Newark, DE. My mom gave me my first journal when I was like 10 or so. I’ve been writing ever since. I have one big brother who I think is absolutely awesome. I’m biased. My parents were married until I was 17 years old and I’m still really close with both of my parents.

Hampton University

I graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology. I then went on to get my Master’s of Arts degree in Sociology from Morehead State University. Morehead is in Kentucky. I loved going to a HBCU. Even now I still wear my HBCU gear. I met great teachers and great friends while attending Hampton.

Mad Rhythms magazine

Before I started writing books or directing film, I was the Editor In Chief and publisher of a hip hop magazine called Mad Rhythms. I’ve interviewed everyone from Sean “P.Diddy” Combs to the Notorious Big, to Martin Lawrence to Brandy, Lil’ Kim, Johnnie Cochran, Foxy Brown, Queen Latifah, Kimberly Elise…

Today

Today I live in Los Angeles. I’m married and I have two wonderful kids who I sorta worship. I run an organization called Black TV Film Crew which promotes diversity on TV and Film sets. I still write books but I also write, direct and produce film/tv projects.

AUTHOR

My first non-fiction young adult series, The Blueprint for My Girls was featured in Essence, Teen People, CosmoGirl and Ebony magazine. My first adult fiction series, Exclusive, is an Amazon best seller. And now, my first young adult fiction series, Retaliation is a two-time award winner. To see all of my books, click here.

Trenton, NJ

Girls in Trenton were aware of my books and attended a signing and screening of Can She Be Saved?

New York City

I was signing my adult novel, Privacy, in NYC after a screening of my short film, They Call Me Dae.

Washington, DC

I had a Retaliation book talk at a Boys and Girls Club in DC.

Niagara Falls, NY

I had a book signing and keynote speech with the public schools in Niagara Falls, NYC.

ALA in Chicago

I was a featured author for the American Library Association conference in Chicago. This is a picture of me and one of the junior librarians.

SCREENWRITER / DIRECTOR

My first film was the 27:31 minute documentary Can She Be Saved. I produced and directed a couple of web series and short films after that. In December 2016, PBS aired my documentary, Growing Up Positive on To The Contrary. My latest project is the emotionally stirring piece, Seeds of Doubt.

They Call Me Dae

I directed a short film entitled, They Call Me Dae. This is me with the two lead actors from the piece.

Every Corner Web Series

My web series, Every Corner, won an award at the Mid Atlantic Black Film Festival.

Can She Be Saved?

I won the Emerging Filmmaker Award from the NC Black Film Festival.

Can She Be Saved? screening

Can She Be Saved? was screened for the city of Trenton.

Teen Suicide Film

I was talking to one of the lead subjects in my film, The Difference.

SPEAKER

I’ve spoken at nearly 100 colleges and universities. I’ve keynoted youth day at the Essence Music Festival. I’ve worked with public schools, private schools, and non-profit organizations.

Girl Bullying Conference

I presented Can She Be Saved at this conference to a ballroom full of educators, counselors and activists.

Blueprint for Success College Tour

As a part of my collegiate empowerment initiative, I’ve toured colleges giving lectures and workshops on tools for success.

Youth Violence Prevention Lecture

Politics of Hip Hop Culture

I toured colleges on the east coast speaking about the politics of hip hop culture: Race, Money, Power, and Fame.

Elijah Cummings Youth Summit

I conducted a self-esteem seminar for Baltimore youth. Esteemed Entrepreneur B. Smith was a keynote speaker at the event.

Youth Violence Assembly

I screened Can She Be Saved at Trenton High School and we talked about gang violence and gang prevention.

MEDIA EXPERT / PERSONALITY

I’ve been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates throughout the US. I’ve spoken about self-esteem, youth violence and entrepreneurship.

The CW in Atlanta

I was a featured guest talking about self esteem and girl fights.

Fox 5 in Washington, DC

I was a featured guest talking about risque clothing for pre-teens.

WHUR in Washington, DC

I was a featured guest speaking about youth issues and African American culture.

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