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Tonight on SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be talking with Erella about her upcoming release, "The Flip Artist."
Erella is an aspiring urban fiction author from Cleveland, Ohio. Born and raised in the predominantly African American suburb of East Cleveland with both parents and three siblings, she was raised in a deeply religious household, that is, until she left home to escape family violence, abandoned her religious upbringing and quickly became entangled in the excitement of street life and ended up getting married to the “dope man” in the early 1990’s. This resulted in her experiencing a series of unfortunate experiences including domestic violence, federal drug trafficking charges, divorce, homelessness and relocation to New York City where she began writing The Flip Artist. After 9/11 she returned to Ohio, re-enrolled in college and has earned two Bachelor’s degrees, in Africana Studies in 2005 and in Spanish in 2012.
Her novels chronicle the experiences of women who have survived drug addiction, hardship, loss, legal problems, crime, same-sex relationships, intimate partner violence, homelessness and other issues. She describes her writing style as “Pan African faction,” - fiction fused with historical and cultural facts. Currently single, she has three offspring and resides in Cleveland with her fourteen year old daughter. In addition to writing, she is an entrepreneur, who started her own publishing company, Wrong 2 Write Publishing and is also an English Language Learner Instructor for refugees and new immigrants preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Exam.
On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be talking with Ms. Michelle Nicole.
About Michelle Nicole:
Michelle Nicole was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She began writing poetry at the age of 15. Her writing style developed into short stories as a young adult. With over 20 poetry pieces written and three books self-published, she plans to continue her independant writing career for as long as God gives her the strength.
Not only is she a writer, she is also the founder and CEO of a nonprofit organization which focuses on healing and positive engagement for youth that are affected by domestic violence. Within this organizational umbrella, services provided span from community outreach, youth workshops that cover topics such as teen dating violence, bullying and suicide prevention, and camps that focus on music and literacy development.
With all of this, Michelle Nicole has also returned to school to complete her degree in Psychology. She plans to complete the Ph. D program in the future and use her skills and knowledge to work with youth in crisis.
The Sting - Released August 2014
Can one man make one woman do things that she knows deep down inside is wrong? Manipulation is a terrible thing. It can make one really good person fall victim to one really bad act. This can be simply stated as random moments of insanity. In the end, the really good person is the one who pays for the sins of both. When you have a weak minded person and a strong minded person, someone is bound to get hurt. Stacey is no exception to the rule. She put herself in a situation that could have been avoided if she would have just followed the path God had for her.
This week on SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be interviewing 16 authors of Shan Presents.
Tonight, Trinity, Desting Raysor, Lucinda John, and Mz Lady P will be in the hot seat.
Trinity Stevens is 25 born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. She started writing in the 7th grade after reading Omar Tyree’s fly worker. She currently works as a Parent Educator helping pregnant moms and when she’s not doing that she’s writing her next novel. After reading a Shan presents book and saw that they were taking submissions she decided to submit her work. She’s currently working on the sequel to her first book Love From a One Night Stand as well as working on a new series.
Destiny Raysor was born and raised in downtown Jersey city, NJ, Destiny lived in the struggle, learned from her struggle, and built an empire with her struggle. Everything she ever wanted, she pressed her way through it.
Lucinda John, is a 21 year old,resident of Florida. . After reading numerous book from various of authors, that is when she realized that she should put her gift into use. With the help of Myss Shan she was able to release her first book Fallin' For A Boss, and Finessers all in one month! Nothing stop her from pursuing her dreams and making huge accomplishments. 'With God everything is possible' is the motto that motivated Lucinda to always aim high despite any circumstances.
.Mz. Lady P was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Patrice grew up in the ABLA Homes. A housing project located on the Near West Side of Chicago. In her teenage years she discovered Urban Fiction and became a fan of the genre. She found what it is to relate to the characters and the plots. This encouraged her to start writing Urban Fiction.
LSO Author of Taste and Treats:
Brooklyn’s own Author, LSO, presents her erotic book of poetry “Taste & Treats". "To read my work is to feel it, embrace it, to welcome it into your life, and make it your own". The words are designed to magnetize your inner virtual character. It is erotica at its best created with the intent of helping you to relate and/or reminisce. In your mind, the work can be a combination of fantasy and truth; either way you care to enjoy, it is all up to you. LSO helps to enhance your intimate experiences and she also helps to bring back to memory a joyous time you may have encountered: "creating magic with words".LSO's motto is to “speak positivity into the atmosphere”, and “make things happen”. She was told to “do big things”, and holding on to that statement, November 18, 2013 she proudly self-published “Taste & Treats” which is heading towards success.
Vanessa Santiago Jerman Author of Love Storms and Solace:
Vanessa Santiago- Jerman was born and raised in Harlem, New York. Writing has always seemed to be an outlet for her. Wanting to express her undying creativity, Vanessa began to write poetry and published a book of poetry entitled, Love Storms and Solace. Over the course of her career she has published several children’s books as well including Kennedy Loves Cupcakes and Harlem’s Day Out.Vanessa prides herself on being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. In the future she plans to continue to use her voice and writing to encourage both young women and children to accept who they are and they are unique.
Authoress Lexxi born and raised in Chicago, IL is a 25 year old mother of three. She has been writing since elementary starting out with poetry before moving on to short stories and eventually pursuing her dream of publishing her first urban fiction love story.She is currently signed to Shan Presents where she released her best selling series A Scandalust Love.
Natavia Stewart is twenty-six years old and from Annapolis, Maryland born and raised. She has been writing since the age of twelve. It started out in her journal and as years went by the stories became longer. She is the mother of one child, Logan, whom is her heart and because of him it made Natavia want to pursue her dreams. She gave up writing for five years. Natavia has set out to make a change in how plus-size women feel about themselves. Her writing is to inspire them to be comfortable with who they are. Also, with her being plus-size, it encourages her more to continue to write and encourage others.
Syrius was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been an avid reader since before the age of 5. She self-published her first novel in 2005 and her first stage production in 2007. Syrius loves reading works such as Machiavelli, Socrates, Plato, Langston Hughes and various other great works.Syrius loves the outdoors and embraces her “me” moments and also enjoys spending time with her children Coco and Tre. She is signed to Shan Presents where she released Sex, Lies, and Murder: House of Croix 1 &2.
On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be chopping it up with Troi Fields, author of Wife Tales.
Troi Fields is a 38 year old native Bahamian who now resides in South Florida. Troi discovered there was power in words at a very early aged and began mastering her skill at using them. While growing up in what would be considered an economically disadvantaged area, Troi was bussed to schools that forced her to become to hone her writing skills. She used writing as a means to express the frustrations that she felt growing up the daughter of a drug addicted mother and being the “nerd” amongst her peers. Troi has turned her writings into stories that many women and men can identify with. They come from real life experiences but are wrapped in suspense and drama. Troi is a part of the King Publishing Group family of authors.
Meet Chateau, Bailey, Whitney and twin sisters Aja and Asia; five ladies whose friendship is centered around their mates and children. But, don’t be fooled by this group of lovely women that appear to be stereotypical wives.
In an area of Florida where most come to play and relax, you will soon see that what these ladies live through is far from a day at the beach. When the veil is completely removed, their lives are put on front street.
Sex, lies, drugs, infidelity, and lots of drama!
This week Yara Kaleemah will interview 16 authors from Shan Presents.
Tonight Treasure Bee, Denetra Shuntelle, and Kyra Spencer will be in the hot seat.
Treasure Bee is 25 years old. Born and raised in Jersey City NJ she has always had a passion for writing even as a young girl. She is a dedicated Mother and soon to be wife who takes joy in her family. She signed with Shan Presents and released her first book In Love with a Dope Boy in 2014. Treasure is new to the urban fiction. In Love with a Dope Boy 2 and 3 are currently available on Amazon.
Denetra Shuntelle 28 raised in Jupiter Fl. she graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School in 2004 and started a career in Banking. In my younger years her uncle inspired her to write poetry. She would write to express her feelings. Like most people Denetra Shuntelle had a few tragedies that hit close to home. She started reading books to help her escape her reality. This past summer she got a grip on life and channeled all of her anger, energy and emotions into writing her first book ‘Team Us’.
Meet new upcoming author Kyra Spencer, born and raised in the dangerous streets of Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in one of the most dangerous cities in the world Kyra figured she probably wouldn't be as successful as she would like in a city that she once trusted, the only city that she knows so well, she felt it was holding her back. Although she loves her city and knows it will always be home sweet home she had to find her way out. She is now 25 years young and recently moved to Dallas,Texas for a fresh start and new beginnings
Jan'a Sullivan is twenty-years-old and originally from Covington, Ky but, currently resides in Cincinnati, Oh. She began writing at the age of thirteen as a outlet to ease the pain. After years of writing for closure, she decided to let the world in on her stories and talents. Her biggest motivation is my daughter, Ceriyah. When she look in the mirror she's staring back at myself. She used to be afraid, scared that people would question her about her life and her stories but she found her self. Writing is more than a hobby its her life.
Born and raised in Detroit Michigan. Dominique has always had a love for reading and writing. She completed her first novel at 16. Dominique now lives in Michigan with her husband and four children.Nique is the author of Love’s Pain within the Game and Love’s Pain within the Game 2. Being an avid reader since she was a child, Nique’s best friend encouraged her to write due to her many life trials and tribulations. Some of her favorite authors whom she was inspired by are Shan, David Weaver, Deja Joy King, Eric Jerome Dickey, Whidia Clark, and Zane. Nique is a single mother of three beautiful girls and one handsome son.
Born and raised in Houston Texas, a mother, a daughter, a college graduate, and now an author, Ms. Neicy has been truly blessed. She was born November 27, 1990 in Park Plaza hospital. Throughout her earlier years, she did not enjoy reading whatsoever. She excelled in school always, but never really enjoyed reading books. Shan presented her the opportunity of a lifetime when she said her story seemed interesting and she wanted to publish the book. Ms. Neicy was thrilled. She had not come up with a title or anything but was determined to make her dreams a reality.Her sister definitely pushed her work. When she just needed a listening ear she was there, so big shout outs to her.
On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be chopping it up with Tywanda Brown, author of Love Games.
Tywanda M.Brown was born and raised in Newberry SC. She is the proud mother of two boys. Her passion for writing developed at the young age of 11 with dreams of one day being a published author. Two years after graduating from Newberry College in the Spring of 2012 with a Business degree, she decided to make her dream come true. In the summer of 2014 she released her debut book Love Games. Two months later she released Love Games 2.
Have you ever loved someone who was married to someone else? Did you feel like you were playing second place but deserved to be his MVP? Most of us answered yes to at least one of the questions and that makes you susceptible to this thing called Love. Take a journey to Newberry, SC for a few Love Games. There you will find multiple Love Games being played, by Newberry's top players.
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