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  • 01:45

    SWAG Radio Presents: Akilam and Chimia Hill- Burton

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    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.

  • 00:45

    SWAG Radio Presents: Slyce and Forever a Gangsta

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    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! 

  • 00:56

    SWAG Radio Presents: The Chase with Xyla Turner

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    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.

  • 01:48

    SWAG Radio Presents: Blacc Topp and Satoya Smith

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    Blacc Topp was born to a father who was a gangster turned preacher and a mother who was a singer, artist, and scholar. Blacc Topp was born in Benton Harbor, MI and raised in South Dallas, Texas. At the age of 13, he lost his father who was very instrumental in ensuring that he walked a straight and narrow path.  After the death of his father, feeling as though he had nowhere to turn, he turned to the neighborhood gang, Dixon Circle 357um Gangsta Crips. Although he was deep in the gang he continued to excel in his studies for fear that his mother would make him move to Florida if there was a slip in his academic performance. 

    Even though Blacc Topp did well in school, the gang still remained a big part of his life and he was headed down a path that could only lead to jail or a casket!  By age nineteen, he was on his way to the Texas Department of Corrections with a forty year prison sentence.   Through his pain, he began to chronicle his life, his mishaps and his capers which gave birth to The Hustle Chronicles, his debut novel and soundtrack of the same name, which was released November 23, 2012.  Blacc Topp has gone on to release five other titles, The Hustle Chronicles 2 and 3, Tainted, Corporate Amerikkka and the newly released Tainted Too!  Blacc Topp is the first African American Urban Author to have a mobile gaming app created and named after his Hustle Chronicles Trilogy novels, which was released, November 29, 2013.

    Satoya Smith is a native of Daingerfield, Texas. She has been an author for just about a year. Her debut short story titled “Tied In A Bow” chronicles true to life events. With her debut book, she hopes to empower and motivate. She is currently going to school to obtain her Bachelors’ in Psychology. She plans to continue with her writing, bringing her stories to life. She hopes to focus her writing in the fiction & non-fiction genres.

  • 01:57

    SWAG Radio Presents: Chatiela Underwood and Sonya Jenkins

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    Chatiela Underwood is very active and engaged in the community and the education sector. She has passionately worked in higher education and directed schools across the country in business development for over ten years. Ms. Underwood, loves to spend quality time with friends, family and travel. She also is a Motivational speaker and truly believes in inspiring others through her testimony.  She is sophisticatedly passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, and was encouraged to share her compelling story by writing her debut novel “Eyes Wide Shut.” 

    Sonya Felice Jenkins, former model, former professional singer/songwriter, professional and corporate certified trainer, life coach, mentor, entrepreneur, host of the Internet radio show, "Raven's Closet Talk Show," and now a published author.  

    Stepping from out of the spotlight now going behind the scenes is where she feels the most comfortable. January 2012, Sonya created, produced and hosted “Raven’s Closet Talk Show.” A show focused on adult theme topics such as love/relationships, health/wellness, financial/entrepreneurial, motivation/encouragement and other adult topics. Raven’s Closet Talk Show broadcast live for 2 seasons. While on hiatus from hosting, Sonya took the time to focus on her next venture which would be self-publishing her book. Writing took hold of Sonya in high school and refused to let go, but the creativity and imagination has always been a big part of who she is and how she has been able to adapt and thrive in various industries over her personal and professional life. 

  • 00:42

    SWAG Radio Presents: The Sting with Michelle Nicole

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    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.



  • 00:32

    SWAG Radio Presents: The Flip Artist with Erella

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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.


  • 01:38

    SWAG Radio Presents: The "Shan Presents Take Over"

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    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.



  • 00:28

    SWAG Radio Presents: Dream Killers with Slyce

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    On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be chilling with one of the hottest interviewers around, Marilyn Brown aka Slyce, of the Interrogation Room. 

    She will be hitting us with an discussion of DREAM KILLERS... 

  • 01:58

    SWAG RADIO PRESENTS: Peter Mack and Tonya Barber

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    Peter Mack is the author of Dirty Licks, his forth published novel. It follows his erotic romance trilogy featuring Ayana Cherry. He is from Los Angeles, California and writes with a witty flow that is dramatic and innovative for its delivery and content. Dirty Licks is a novel collective that finds twin brothers caught in a scheme to kidnap a murderous drug dealer's wife whip trying to escape a crooked narcotics detective. The reader is thrust into a world of sexual fetish and amateur criminal hijinks..

    Tonya M Barber was born and raised in Newark, NJ where she currently resides. Her love of the written word began at the tender age of twelve, developing poetry that read like stories. During her writing journey, she discovered that her craft was not only entertainment, a way to pull people into her imaginary world but it was and always will be a form of therapy, a way to cleanse her soul.
    To date, Tonya has had a few of her poems published in anthologies in the UK. She has self published three poetry books, one short story, four romance novels and four urban literature books including "The Changing The Game" series.
    You can contact Tonya at:
    On Facebook and Twitter @ladytb

  • 01:40

    SWAG Radio Presents: Elijah Forman and Reds Johnson

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    Elijah believes that although he never went to prison or hasn't experienced certain things dealing with street life that he is just as important to Urban Fiction and African American Literature as whole as the people who have. He knows what its like to be homeless and not have a dollar to his name. He knows what it's like to have nearly everyone close to you turn their backs on you. He knows what its like to lose one of the most important people in a person's life (His Mother) and have to fend for self and find his own way. And he believes that he brings some of that to life in his work. His titles have strong messages in them and his mission is to have you wanting more. Elijah works hard on his craft and works hard to make sure the growth is shown and seen in every release. There will much more to come in the horizons for this young talent. 

    Reds Johnson is a twenty-one year old author from New Jersey. She is currently signed to Lock Down Publications. To be such a young woman, the stories that she wrote hit so close to home for many. After being homeless and watching her mother struggle for many years, Reds knew that it was time to strive harder. Her passion seeped through her pores so she knew that it was only a matter of time before someone gave her a chance. Not only does she write , but she's looking to be an inspirational/motivational speaker for teenagers. Being a victim of rape, and being bullied when she was younger and as she entered her adult years; Reds knows that she could be an inspiration to some. One of her main goals is to provide for her family and make sure her nieces and nephews have something to look forward to in the future.