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On this episode of SWAG RADIO, Yara Kaleemah will be talking with author J Summers and author Sharnel Williams. Join us for an exclusive interview of two authors who are breaking into the literary world and sharing their talents across the nation!
On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be chatting with Akilam and Chimia about their outstanding novels. Malika Dews fell in love with reading around 18 years ago. She’d frequent the library leaving sometimes with five plus books. She often participated in summer reading contests’ as well. When The Coldest Winter Ever was released in 1999 by Sista Souljah, she developed a love for street literature and started to read more of that genre. She chose authors like Treasure Blue, Donald Goines and several others that were authors under Triple Crown Publications.
In 2001, while following Kimberla Lawson Roby's literary work (The Rev. Curtis Black series), she found herself reading more and more. This soon turned her into an avid reader choosing different genres and also a variety of series and stand alone titles.
In the fall of 2008, she picked up A Hustler’s Son by Toy Styles. This was before Toy launched The Cartel Publications. Malika loved the book so much, she reached out to her via email and they shared an insightful conversation. She knew then that she wanted to write a book. However, she still did not pick up a pen for fear of failure which delayed her writing.
In the winter of 2012, Malika came across a contest on Facebook which required a short store submission with the max word count of 12,000. Her first day after two rewrites and a test read by her mother, the response was “girl you better not submit this. Write your own book.” That same book, is now almost 40,000 words and still yet to be released.
The creativity she's bringing to the literary world will be under the genres' of Urban, Drama, Erotica, Romance, Christian Fiction. Chimia Y. Hill-Burton was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in December of 1981. She was raised in Giessen, Germany. Chimia is the proud daughter of Arline Crawford-Stevens and Eric Hill. She is the eldest child of four children, her brothers Henry, Lemuel and sister Hadijah.
On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah and Deidre Lashay will be interviewing A'Zayler and Dimitria Davenport.
Patrice Watts is a Graduate student furthering her knowledge of Criminal Justice at Troy University. She is expected to graduate in 2016 with her Master’s degree. She’s a graduate of Columbus State University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She has plans of becoming a social worker for juvenile offenders, and adopted children upon completion of her second degree. When asked about what compelled her to writing she answered, her love for reading. She says reading provides her with a plethora of ideas, and imaginable escapes from reality. Growing up, reading was her favorite past time and still is today.
Dimitria Davenport was born in Jersey City NJ. She attended Bethune Cookman College but left shorty after and begain a career in Business Mgt.She enjoyed her job but knew she was destine to become writer.She'd been writing poetry since 7th grade.From poetry to Writing short stories.At the age of 17 she begin dating drug dealers who'd quickly introduce her to another form of living.From there she had a serious addiction to greed which inspired her very first novel "Token" Although the character is completely the opposite the one Dimitria a lot of the events hold truth.With more great stories to come Dimitria is definitely the new Author to watch.Dimitria now resides in Florida with her lovely Husband and best friend of many years Jesse and her sons whose also known as her boyz :Justin ,Carlton,(CJ) Elijah.
On this episode of SWAG Radio Deidre Lashay and Yara Kaleemah will interview romance author, Xyla Turner.
Xyla Turner was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has always been a writer, even as a teenager, she wrote short stories and essays that won awards and nation-wide competitions. Xyla is an avid reader of romance novels and a sucker for sassy females and dominant males. She is a lifelong learner, Vice-Principal at a Brooklyn High School and a pretty good Auntie. Outside of reading, Xyla likes to spend time with her family and friends, experiment with dangerous adventures and travel. She writes different genres, but her favorite is contemporary romance.
Xyla has her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Masters in Education Administration. She is also a web designer and a Life Coach. She will forever be an educator, innovator and entrepreneur.
Ready to break into the writing scene with her debut novel The Chase, Xyla will merge her interest in social nuances and incorporate them into romantic story lines.
On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be talking to none other than Slyce of Slyce the Book Club. Marilyn Brown is known for extending her time to upcoming authors in the interrogation room but we will find out if she can stand the heat on SWAG Radio with Yara Kaleemah and Deidre Lashay!
Yara Kaleemah was born and raised in Newark NJ where she attends NJCU and studies to become a sociologist. Currently, she owns SWAG Presents and has six published novels. Yara is also the host of this show, SWAG Radio. During her free time, Yara enjoys sewing and quiet time at the movies. This week, her book Even the Bluest Eyes will be released...
On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah and Deidre Lashay will be talking with upcoming hip hop artists, Colors and Shys Debiocci.
Join in on this colorful conversation about Independant rap artist and the dynamic change in hip hop over the years.
Kenni York is the author of over 11 titles to date. Kenni's love for the literary arts drives her every move. She has ghost written several novels, teaches creative writing classes for youth and adults in Atlanta, serves as the creative and executive producer for the online series Literary Ladies of the ATL, while still finding the time to pen her own titles. Kenni's works have a creative flare that is a combination of mind blowing dialogue, vivid details, and compelling story lines. Her goal is to make a difference with all of her projects and not just a dollar.
In southern Dallas, Texas, Sunny Giovanni, or "Gio" as she likes to be called, was born on the fifth day of June in 1989. Born to a mother who was a teacher and a graduate from Texas A&M University, you couldn't so much as watch a Disney movie if you hadn't read the book before hand. Gio has had a very strong history with literature, diversifying from poetry (winning placements in oratorical contests), to thriller short stories as a way to vent her frustrations.
My name is Sherene Holly Cain. I was born prematurely 3 months early in a car to Gwendolyn Baker and Sammie Holly. I was raised in Compton, CA. I'm 40+ and married to a wonderful man by the name of Darrell Cain. I have 3 beautiful children. My oldest son Demetri is 23 and I have a set of twins, I'munique and Shameek, age 15.
I love reading, singing, cooking, and of course writing. I have a full time government job but hope to one day pursue my writing on a full time basis. Writing has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I wrote a stage play at age 9 and several poems, songs and short stories thereafter.
Briana Cole is an Atlanta native and proud mother of two. Having graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2009, she immediately began working for the federal government. Briana enjoys acting and public speaking but writing is her first passion. She has coined the term 'spiceual' to describe her style of writing; a mix of spicy and sensual romance that stimulates the reader mentally, physically, and emotionally. Tired of reading the same type of books in the urban industry, Briana prides herself on bringing unique plots and a distinct voice to the bookshelves. Her debut novel, Heart Breaker, is only the beginning in, what Briana considers, ‘a new experience’ in African-American literature.
Her motto and ultimate drive towards success is a famous quote from Mae West: "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."My name is Margaret Flack and my pen name or other persona is Mz. Demeanor. I am a 32 year old Louisville, Kentucky native (Derby city stand up). In October of 2014 author and CEO of Write House Publishing, Cole Hart signed me. In November 2014 I came out with my first book series called Bout Last Night. As of March 26 My second series A Hood Love in Atlanta was published. When I am not writing I am working on my masters in criminal justice which I will complete in October. I have no children right now just a husband and a very spoiled dog named Gnarls Barkley. I am not sure what the future holds because I allow God to order my steps. I appreciate the blueprint that I have been given and I intend to keep building from it.
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