Give the Gift of Knowledge

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BAN Meet and Greet

Thank you for joining us on the Black Authors Network Blog Community. We welcome you! Please take a moment to tell us a little about you. Answer the questions below as a way to take part in our meet and greet. At any time tell us your news and what's going on in your world.

1. What's your name or screen name? Where are you from? What's it like in your town?
2. Do you read alot of books? What genre is your favorite?
3. Who are your favorite authors? What you ever considered writing your own book?
4. What do you hope to accomplish this year? What tools or resources will you use to do it?
5. Share with us your news, events, information and your website address. Myspace will do.

After introducing yourself, don't forget to return to the featured activities and discussions. There is alot to see here too! We have tons of author and book club interviews. Check out the catergories and the archives to find interesting stories to read. Remember we give busy bloggers free books, so leave your email address with each post.

Please join in the discussion by leaving your introduction, questions, news, comments or congrats below.

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  1. Hello,

    My name is Cheryl Lacey Donovan and I am the author of the soon ot be released Ministry of Motherhood.

    I am an avid reader and prefer to read christian fiction and non-fiction as well as motivational and inspirational books.

    I look forward to participating in the Black History Literary Affair.

    To learn more about me and my books visit

  2. My name is Patricia Neely-Dorsey. I am from Tupelo,MS. I am the author of Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems. My book is a celebration of the "south and things southern". My goal for 2009 is to make Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia a household name.
    I am very excited about this wonderful literary affair.

    Patricia Neely-Dorsey

  3. Peace,

    I am N. Quamere Cincere, promoter of Black Knowledge and author of We Ain't No Niggas! Exposing the Deception of YOUR World History Education. We'll talk during the BAN BHM 42 day event! Please visit or or for a quick sample of the knowledge we need to boost our groupd cultural self-esteem.

    N. Quamere Cincere

  4. My nick & my screen name is Missy I was born Laverne. Currently I live in Chi Town and its very cold. However we have a lot of culture and diversity in the city. We also have a lot of afrocentric history in the historic Bronzville section of Chicago.
    Umm I read many books a week currently with my commute time being 90 minutes give or take I'm afforded the opportunity to read 2-3 books a week. I love it; when I was able to walk to work I was not so blessed....

    I have so many favorite authors to name a few plus I don't want to narrow it down to names. I have read some good books and not so good. Good & bad books don't solely make a favorite author for me, its the grace with which they write, respond to reviews and how they help other up & coming authors. I've written short stories and articles in a couple of magazines. I continue to write even though I keep telling myself there isn't a story in me. But the Holy Spirit says differently.

    I hope to accomplish the ability to stomp on my fear of driving and get my license. I'm in my late forties and still unable to drive. I never wanted to in the past, but now I think I should learn. I'm still praying on it and where the Lord leads I will surely go!
    The good news is not just my news its for us all. It's simply this

    Isaiah 43; 19

    Forget about what's happened;
    don't keep going over old history.
    Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new.
    It's bursting out! Don't you see it?

    See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
    I am making a way in the desert
    and streams in the wasteland

  5. Hello Cincere, Patricia and Cheryl! Welcome to the event. Take a moment and explore the archives and share your thoughts and opinions. It is a pleasure to have you here.

    Ella Curry, EDC Creations

  6. Hi Ella,

    And thank you so much for once again hosting such a wonderful event. I look forward to full participation. I know that I will acquire some much needed information and I hope to share what I can as well.

  7. Hello,

    All, it's a pleasure to virtually meet each of you. I hope to have the opportunity to interact with each of you during the event.

    In the meantime, feel free to learn more about me at God bless

  8. I'm Karyn Beach and I'm a life coach ( a writer. I just completed a short workbook called Feelin' Fine in 2009 which takes people step-by-step through a process that will help them set goals they are excited about achieving and then help them create a path to make them happen.

    I also have the SuccessQuest newsletter which comes out monthly as well as a blog (

    I am passionate about helping people make the most of their talents and dreams. I'm defintely looking forward to connecting with other writers.

    Thanks Ella!

  9. Hello All, I'm glad to be part of this year's Black History Month Literary Affair. My name is Shelia E. Lipsey. I am an award winning Christian fiction author of five books (four Christian novels and one nonfiction book). I am also a literary expert, professional copyeditor, inspirational speaker and the founder of Memphis African American Writers Group and Living Your Dreams Now Foundation! I am passionate about writing and just as passionate about helping others bring their dreams into fruition.
    I read everything I can put my hands on, so it is definitely hard to name a favorite author or book.

    I am the mother of three wonderful adults sons and two grandsons. I love my family and my two siamese cats, Rogue and Storm.

    To learn more about me and my books please visit or follow me on

    To learn more about Living Your Dreams Now Foundation, please visit

    I am holding my First Annual Living Your Dreams Literary Arts Seminar in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday, March 21, 2009. If you can, I'd love to see you there!

  10. Kevin Wayne JohnsonJanuary 28, 2009 at 5:02 AM

    Kevin Wayne Johnson here to support this dynamic vision of Ella again this year. As the author of the award winning Give God the Glory! series of books and devotionals, I intend to encourage everyone who reads our books, articles and devotionals to experience the love of God in their lives. During the recent inaugural events of the 44th President of the United States, we just witnessed how God can work in our lives to change the world. No one can convince me that God did not raise up Barack Obama to be used as the change agent at this time in world history. God can do the same in your life - if you let Him!

  11. I am Kim Robinson - Author of The Roux in the Gumbo
    I am so glad I figured out how to get in my blog so that I could be here LOL
    Look forward to playing with you guys

  12. I can't wait to read the many wonderful articles each of you will share for this 42 day event. We are blessed to have such talent in the house!

    Ella Curry, EDC Creations

  13. Hello,

    I'm Vanessa Davis Griggs author of BLESSED TRINITY, STRONGHOLDS, IF MEMORY SERVES and May 26, 2009 release PRACTICING WHAT YOU PREACH. I am the mother of three young men and the grandmother of two adorable girls.

    I love to read all types of great books including lots of nonfiction. I pen novels and a weekly column for "The Birmingham Times" called May I have a "Word" With You? Some of these articles end up on my blogs. I am blessed to speak to various groups and love encouraging and inspiring others whether it's through written words or spoken.

    I thank those who have been supportive in my journey of following my own dreams.

    My Web site is:

  14. This year is already starting off with a bang. Have you checked out some of the new posts?

    Here is a post I would like to see you all comment on:


  15. Hello All,

    My name is Unika Howell-Molden. I am an avid reader and aspiring writer. I fell in love with books at an early age. Now, I feel that it is time to take my love of reading and writing to another level.

    My goal for 2009 is to set my business ventures in motion. I am so thankful for Ella Curry and the Black History Literary Affair. I have learned so much already!!

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  17. Greetings -

    I am Irma Williams, affectionately known as 1st Irma. I'm an up and coming writer with emphasis on poems, essays, jokes and stories with a tasty Christian flavor. I sing and am an actress as well. I have to my credit a Grammy Award nominated album done with Rev. James Cleveland when music was recorded on black wax :)

    I have worked with Alex Haley on the television network series called Palmerstown, USA. I have also done several stand-up comedic routines at various venues in the Metro AT of L here in GA

    I am honored to be a small part of this network and look forward to creating new and lasting relationships with people of like passions. I am equally excited about being a part of the Black History Literary Affair, the atmosphere here is explosive!

  18. Hello,

    I am Robin Ayele, the author of BROKEN, which is a dark murder mystery set in the shadows of Washington, DC. I am looking forward to the spring 2009 release of the sequel, BROKEN IN 2.

    Since an early age, I have enjoyed gobbling up novels from different genres including horror, mystery, romance and contemporary.

    I am really thrilled to be a part of the Black History Literary Affair! It is the perfect venue for networking and connecting with other writers and readers.

    For those in the DC area, come check me out at Howard University Bookstore for a booksigning from 2-4 PM on January 30.

  19. 1st Irma forgot to leave vital contact info:

    1st Irma is Up and Coming!

    By the way, 1st Irma 1:27 says
    Keep Looking Up, SomeOne's Coming Back Soon!

  20. Hi Family,

    My name is Tracy Darity and I am the author of "He Loves Me He Loves Me Not!" This is my debut novel but the first of many to come. I invite everyone to check out my website to learn more about me and my book. And if you decide to purchase a copy, I have just put up a page on Ning ( that will serve as a hub for my supporters to share their thoughts on the book and to keep up with my happenings.

    Thank you Ella for inviting me to be a part of this great event.

    Much Love


  21. Greetings from Las Vegas, NV!

    I'm Rekaya Gibson, Author of The Food Temptress by Xpress Yourself Publishing Company. It's available in bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. I hope to complete the sequel this year.
    Watch the book trailer or to read a synopsis, go to Thank you!

    I look forward to meeting everyone during this journey!

  22. Blessings and Breakthroughs to all! I am Marc Medley, host of THE READING CIRCLE w/Marc Medley on WP88.7 FM. I had a wonderful interview with Ella this morning at which time she informed me about this site. I see many familiar names as I scroll through the posted comments. If anyone is interested in being a guest on my show, please feel free to email me. My goal is to continue to build the show one listener at a time.

    "To manifest your inspired dreams, help others manifest theirs. We get what we'd love to have in life by helping others get what they'd love to have."

    THE READING CIRCLE with Marc Medley - Talk Radio Program

    William Paterson University offers a wide variety of radio programming on its independent network WP88.7 FM. One program in particular is targeted to the educational and book reading audience. THE READING CIRCLE with Marc Medley is aired every Saturday morning from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M. The show is webcast live at

    The program is solely dedicated to increasing and enhancing listener’s interest in reading. During the show, listeners are treated to the best in autobiographies, biographies, self-help books, and literary classics. In many instances authors are interviewed live on the air. This is a great show for book lovers, avid readers, students and teachers alike.

    A spinoff of The Reading Circle is The Critical Thinker. It is a forum for Mr. Medley to share his thoughts and for you to share yours in return. You can access The Critical Thinker at

    For more information about the program or if you are an author and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Mr. Medley, the show host at

  23. Marc has recommended you check out this Ustream Video: 1. 31. 2009. Theresa Nance Show

    Click here to check out the Video:

    "Check out this ustream Video: 1. 31. 2009. Theresa Nance Show"


  24. Hello Ella and guests,

    Thank you for the invitation to this wonderful event for a second straight year. As always, I am looking forward to exploring your site and listening to the many interviews you have lined up as well as participating in some of the events.

    Take care,

    Cheryl Robinson

  25. Wow! So much talent in one room! Thank you all for joining me on the Black History Month Event Blog. BAN Radio was created for YOU!

    Tell me chatters:
    What do you hope to accomplish this year? What tools or resources will you use to do it?

    Ella Curry, EDC Creations

  26. My name is Marchel Alverson. I am the author of Savor the Sweetness and Painted on Souls. Both are available on and

    I am currently working on my third book to be released this year.

    I am an avid reader and lover of African American fiction.

    You can find me on or to name a few.

    Thank you BAN. This is a wonderful idea!

  27. My name is Dr. Maxine Thompson. I am the author of The Ebony Tree, No Pockets in a Shroud, The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sells, How To Write and Promote your Book through E-Book Publishing (2000), (Anthologies), Never Knew Love Like This Before, Secret Lovers, All in the Family, Saturday Morning, Upcoming novel, Hostage of Lies, in December 2009, and an upcoming nonfiction book, Heal Thy Soul. I am also a literary agent, an editor, a writing coach, ghostwriter, and Internet Radio Show Host on

    You can find me at


    It is a pleasure to be able to enjoy this BHM Literary Event. I am looking forward to all the treats here this morning.

    I am Agnes B. Levine, Founder/President of Levine-Oliver Publisher. I will contributing to the African-American Literature in just a few short days with the release of my first book,
    "Cooling Well Water: A Collection of Work By An African-American Woman Bipolar Woman." ISBN 0975461206.

    This Collection shows God's love and raises awareness about treatment for a brain disorder!

    I am also the publisher of the 2008 Black Authors Network Top 20 Award-winning Swaggie Coleman. Experience Swaggie's Voice at and pick up your Subscription today!

    Ok, time to enjoy the site (love this idea) and have some fun.


  29. Greeting Ella and all present and accounted for

    What's your name or screen name? SiStar Tea
    Where are you from? Bronx, NYC
    What's it like in your town? I love it a lot of Authors live in the tri state area. It always something to do. It the city that never sleeps
    Do you read alot of books? Yes I read at least 2 a week and 1 on the weekend if I have a free weekend to spend reading
    What genre is your favorite? I love street Lit but I will read anything as long as it good and holds my attention
    Who are your favorite authors? Moses Miller, Steven Van Patten, Dwayne Murray Sr., K'wan, Erick S Gray
    What you ever considered writing your own book? I have not but I get ask that question a lot as I usually have a book in my hand
    What do you hope to accomplish this year? To find New and exciting authors to get lost in their work
    What tools or resources will you use to do it? As a member of ARC Book Club Inc. We were humbly choses to review for Micheal Baisden radio show where he spotlight and Author and a rep from Book club once a month. So we have been receiving great books from a lot of new authors who haven't reach mainstream status yet. so I am getting to read books where as not for MB I wouldn't of even known they existed.
    Share with us your news, events, information and your website address. ARC Book Book will be celebrating 5 yrs in Sept 09.

  30. Hi. My name is Zhana. Well done for putting on this event. It's really important that you are promoting and celebrating African American authors and books.

    I am a writer/publisher and personal growth consultant. You can read about my books Success Strategies for Black People here:

    and What They Don't Want Us to Know here:

    My job is to help you change your life and get the results you want.

    Here's to your success!

  31. Hi Everyone,

    My name is Twana Lawler. I am a screenwriter/playwright and I'm so happy to be here.

    I have an online family magazine entitled "EMBRACE" and a Ministry/Organization entitled "Caregivers Corner"

    Caregivers Corner will help abused children and adults through the healing process via the arts. We are a new 501C3 Organization.

    Please visit this link to see what we are about. We will present short skits and stage plays as well as other art forms.


    Please visit the sites at

  32. Hello All, My name is Shelia E. Lipsey. I am an award winning Christian fiction author, speaker, writer and literary entrepreneur. I am also the founder of Living Your Dreams Now ( It is a non profit organization whose mission is The mission of Living Your Dreams Now Foundation is to provide resources, seminars, learning tools, and the inspiration to pursue one's life dreams through reach out programs, conferences, workshops, retreats and human mentors. Whatever your dream is, make sure it is positive, that it will provide self-benefit, and always be willing to learn as much as possible about what it takes to pull your dream from the dream world into the realm of reality.

    Visit our website to learn about our upcoming Living Your Dreams Literary Arts Seminar!
    Shelia E. Lipsey

  33. Hello,

    My name is Nanette Buchanan and I am the author of "Family Secrets Lies & Alibi's and the sequel "A Different Kind of love.

    I am an avid reader and member of Shared Thoughts Book Club. My readings include all genres.

    I'm looking forward to being a part of "Ban Meet and Greet".

  34. Hello All,

    My name is Linda Hayes. I'm originally from Brooklyn, New York but I now reside in Delaware. I read in spells. My favorite genre is sci-fi/suspence. My favorite authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Tananarive Due and Octavia Butler.

    Learn more about my books at

    follow me at

  35. Hello,

    My name is Skip Shockley.I am from Dallas,TX. Am a new auhtor,the name of my book is Mother's Son. Please visit my website to view my book.

  36. Hello All

    My name is Teisha Bourne and I am the author of Motif. I reside in Memphis, TN and I'm looking forward to networking with you all. Thanks

    for more information: please visit

  37. My name is Janet Thompson Hilliman and I live in Somerset, NJ. Something about my town, it is supposedly the 5th Best town to live in according to Money Magazine. I am particular abou the books I read. I love all genres. My favorite authors are Toni Morrison and Terri McMillan. I have just completed my first novel "Hearts in Motion." It is an inspirational novel about one woman's journey for redemption. This stripper/call girl turned minister truimphs in her love affair with herself which empowered her to deal with all her drama. I hope to have this book ready by Thanksgiving 2009. I am so excited to have found this website. I look forward to the interaction and support. I don't have a website just yet but I am on Facebook.

  38. Hello! My name is Danielle Mcchristian and I'm the proud author of Isis Jackson.Pimpin Ain't Easy! It will be released April 2010. Writing is my passion and I love to lose myself in my characters. I want readers to identify and to feel connected with them as well. I live in chicago.Il and am the proud mother of one perfect angel Skyler. I love to read books from all genres:urban,science fiction,chrisian,mystery etc..My website will be up in 2 weeks, but until then if you'd like to chat or converse about upcoming events or opportunities or even give some helpful hints for this first timer, please email me at

  39. Hello!

    My name is Folake Taylor. I am an MD and debut author of the non-fiction motivational book "The Only Way is Up." It is a book about empowerment especially for women and African Americans. This book focuses on identity, self esteem, self worth, success, health, nutrition, single parenthood, teenage preganacies and so much more.

    "The Only Way is Up" is available on as well as my website. I look forward to networking with you all.

    To find out more about me, my book, how to contact me and information about my blogs, etc, please visit my website

    Thank you.

    Folake Taylor, MD.

  40. Greetings,
    My name is Dr. Marvin A. Ellis. I am the author of 11 books. I have began a series of books for African American children called The Ankh Akademy (books 1 and 2 are available).

    I am the founder of The KaLu Akademy, a private, cultural and language education project. I am also of the founders of The Center For Human Spirituality.

    Dr. Marvin A. Ellis

  41. name is RYCJ. Philly (PA) is home for me. Normally about this time it's ridiculously cold, but apparently someone up there has been far more busier than me.

    I write, and READ a lot. I'm always looking for great storytellers with unique 'point of views' to read.

    Brandon Massey, Zetta Brown, Sheila Peele-Miller have managed to snare my attention with their unique voices and writing. I as well enjoyed Patricia Neely-Dorsey's collection of Southern poetry. Quite refreshing, and quite different... still laughing out loud..."…where the Southern man gets his stroll!' Ha!Ha!

    I am the author of the Rhapsody Series and blog at OEBooks (

    Please feel free to email me a description of your book, or point me to your website. I'm reading fiction this year and may be able to provide you with a review!

  42. Hello, all. My name is Chris DeBrie. I live in Roanoke, Virginia.

    Do I read a lot of books? Ever since I was a kid, I've been that guy who brings an empty backpack to the public library, if that tells you anything. Now that I am full-time freelancing, writing fiction, and cartooning, there's not much time left to read for pleasure.

    Right now the goal is creating name awareness by doing more radio and print interviews, guest blogging and covering local events. Along with constantly coming out with new product and content, of course.

    Like me on Facebook under "Chris DeBrie/WYHP"... everything I'm doing can be found from there, or from my home site, Take care, but be bold, y'all. Todo o nada.

  43. Hello All,

    I am Tucker Davis, author of Derrin's Hot Pursuit, the first novel in my Chasing Love series. Derrin's Hot Pursuit was released November 23, 2011 and is available on and either on paperback for $12.95 or as an eBook for $5.99.

    I absolutely love reading and writing romance novels about couples facing challenges in forming or maintaining a committed relationship. My novels are filled with an array of emotions, including laughter, sensual arousal and serious dialogue.

    The series will continue with Calvin's Trick or Treat which is scheduled to be released in March 2012.

    Visit my website to view the book covers and back flaps for all four of the books in the Chasing Love series.

    I hope my books lift your spirits and unleash your passion. Happy reading!

  44. My name is Melissa Love and I am from Detroit, Michigan. I am the author of Secret Affair. I am a reader, blogger and writer.
    I would to reach my goal and have my book on Essence Best Seller list.
    You can visit my site www.Scandalous


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