Author Sharon Jones – Scaife

Sharon Jones-Scaife is a native of Marvell, Arkansas. Born to the late Mr. & Mrs. E.J. & Beatrice Jones, she is the fourth child of fifteen. Sharon graduated from Marvell High School in 1985. She later attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design and minored in Illustration. Upon graduation from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, she moved to Dallas and began working as a graphic artist for Jones Custom Products, Inc. There she created and designed specialty food labels for clients like Decker Foods, J.C. Potter Sausage, Oak Farms Dairy, etc.

Sharon was married to the late Albert Scaife and they have 2 loving sons (Cedric, 34 and Christopher, 21) and 3 grandchildren (Rihanna, 12 and Deshawn 9). Mrs. Jones-Scaife is a member of Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church. She is a member of The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and American Business Women Association (ABWA).

During Sharon’s stay at Jones Custom Products, she began free-lancing offering her graphic design services to individuals and friends within the community to build her company and client list. In 1994, Sharon decided to form her own company called “SJS Graphic Arts”. After a year of freelancing part-time and gaining over 10 years of graphic design and printing experience, Sharon left Jones Custom Products to pursue her company full-time. To date, some of her clients include NTTA, The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, Commissioner John Wiley Price, St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, Joy Promotions, Inc., North Dallas Gazette, The Black Economic Times, Mail-Well Label, All Temps 1 Personnel Service, Inc., Blue Ivey Schools, Garland NAACP, Galaxy Ranch Schools, Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church and many other local businesses to name a few.

Mrs. Jones Scaife founded Teens Reaching Teens, Inc. a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Teen Graffiti, a project of Teens Reaching Teens, Incorporated; mission is to be the voice of all youth by providing quality, community-based programs, and services that motivate and empower youth to strengthen and enhance their social development, educational, leadership, and business skills.

In October 1999, aware of the growing number of teens seeking answers to life’s circumstances and situations from places not in there; nor society’s best interest. Mrs. Jones-Scaife’s goal became to create a forum where inspiring and positive information and advice are shared. A forum that would give our young people recognition and encouragement to continue to do positive things in our community and make a difference in the lives of others. Therefore she founded Teens Reaching Teens, Inc. a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, and later in February 2000, as a project of Teens Reaching Teens, Inc. she started a monthly magazine known as Teen Graffiti. This magazine is designed with teens in mind, to share the positive creativity and energy of our young people and to serve as an avenue of communication. The imaginary walls once responsible for preventing the sharing of information will be the same walls she will use to scatter their achievements, concerns, and opinions throughout the Metroplex and the world. Sharon will accomplish this without defacing property, but by capturing the artful effectiveness of graffiti on the pages of her magazine.

Within the pages of Teen Graffiti, Sharon features scholar students and athletes, teen entrepreneurs and volunteers, unsung heroes, and other teens that are making a contribution to society. Also, she features the creativity of our youth by including original essays, poems, and artwork that allow teens, our future leaders of tomorrow, to Speak Out, Speak Up, and Become a Voice!

Sharon’s mission for Teen Graffiti is to provide an avenue for teens to voice their opinions and concerns on issues they are faced with today and to highlight their positive achievements and accomplishments. The most effective way of doing this is by eliminating the imaginary walls once responsible for preventing the sharing of this information. Her vision is to become the premier teen magazine that voices the opinions, concerns, and ideas of teens while providing nuggets of information that will help build the solid foundation they will depend on for years to come.

In August 2004, Teens Reaching Teens and Teen Graffiti magazine hosted its first back-to-school conference entitled, “Keepin’ It Real: Youth Empowerment Summit” at Lakewest YMCA. The purpose of this FREE one-day youth conference was to provide our teens with “real life” solutions to problems they face and in the process help build their self-confidence as they prepare to return to school. During the day, each student participated in a series of workshops on topics such as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)/AIDS, cheese, school security, college financial aid, relationships, getting fit, and many other great topics. Our first year we served over 150 students from throughout the DFW Metroplex. Since its inception, we have grown tremendously from serving over 150 students to over 500 each year since.

During our second year (August 2005) of hosting Teen Graffiti’s “Keepin’ It Real”, we wanted to do more. Therefore, we introduced our Backpacking for Education program where we would provide low-income students with the necessary school supplies to start their school year off right. This program has been a big success as well, since its inception, we have provided over 20,000 low-income students with backpacks filled with school supplies.

Sharon Jones-Scaife is also the author/illustrator of I Miss You Papa, Mrs. Hughes is Missing, It’s Bedtime Lil’ Marco, Lil’ Marco Plays Hide, and Seek, Maddie on a Mission and Becoming, a collection of original poems and illustrations. She is also the illustrator of the soon to be released book, A Champion’s Heart, written by former NFL player, Brian Mitchell.

A resident of Sachse, Texas, Sharon Jones-Scaife spends her time supporting her son in basketball, creating adventures with her grandchildren, running, cycling, playing softball, writing, and of course, reading.

PWH: What inspired you to start writing?

SS: First, I’m the 4th of fifteen children, so I experienced plenty of fun and exciting things on a daily basis while I was growing up. I think this helped fuel my very over-active imagination. And lastly, I was inspired more recently by the passing of my husband of 25 years. Now I’ve found an outlet that I get to put to good use!

PWH: What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

SS: If you can’t find writing that represents you, take it as your chance to fill in the gap. You have a right to be in the world fully and you have a right to see representations of yourself wherever you go. If you don’t, write your way out.

PWH: How do you come up with the titles to your books?

SS: Most times, I use these steps to find my titles. I get clarity on my book goals; Brainstorm several potential titles; make sure this title is not already popular. Then I pick my favorites and test them within other author groups. I imagine people saying the title and which they prefer.

PWH: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

SS: I considered myself a writer from the time I made my decision to write. I considered myself an author when I got my first manuscript finished and published.

PWH: Describe your writing space.

SS: My ideal writing space is my bedroom, at my computer desk with a little R&B playing in the background. I do not mind anyone being around, but I do want it QUIET – free from talking.

PWH: What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

SS: Writing is hard, plain, and simple. There are days when it comes easy when every word you type is gold and every page is poetry. Getting started, putting my ideas on paper. The middle, starting out with the steam and then hitting the dreaded writer’s block. The end, you’ve finally pushed through the middle and hit your stride. It’s been built up so much in your head, it can get tricky trying to create the perfect ending.

PWH: On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

SS: On a typical day, I spend a minimum of an hour writing; however, depending on the day and how I’m feeling, it could go longer.

PWH: Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

SS: Have fun! Write the things you really want to write, in the way you want to write to them. Re-write; re-write; re-write and listen to your publishing editor. Remember that though you can learn techniques all writers operate differently. Learn your craft by practicing and practicing and allow your work to be constructively criticized. Read a lot and enjoy the process.

PWH: How do you deal with the emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

SS: Meditation and lots of prayer!

More information is available on her website at www.coffeecreekmediagroup.com.

Q & A With Modest Fashion Designer Asiya Rafiq

Asiya Rafiq is a Modest Fashion Designer from UAE. Designing fashion for People With Different Cognitive And Physical Disorders.

PWH: Describe your style in four words?

AR: Modest, Feminine, Vintage Mix, Comfort

PWH: What inspired your start in fashion?

AR: Inspiration touches each of us in different ways, we just need to open our eyes to the world around us.

I am an art lover, any sort of creativity attracts me and since my childhood, I always wanted to transform people by choosing outfits that help them feel amazingly self-confident and make a great impression. It was a kind of observation which inspired me to even thought of an idea sparked to think of presentable clothes for our employed domestics, whether it is your helper women at your home, should wear presentable clothes. I make sure not only to style myself but my helper women should also look presentable. We’re all human, we all have a desire to feel good about ourselves. I think it’s essential. Everyone should be able to feel like what they wear is comfortable and have outfits and appropriate clothing for every occasion.

Even when I was a kid, I used to just think of creating new designs that can be brought to life. And even after becoming an Advertising Professional I couldn’t ignore that creative side of me and ended shifting to fashion.

PWH: You have a passion for designing clothes specifically for people with physical disabilities, where did this passion come from?

AR: With most of us leading super busy lives, I believe the idea of volunteering-giving your time and money to a worthy cause is a great way to help the community.

The more we give, the happier we feel.

In 2019 I volunteered in Special Olympics World Games. My work involved helping people of determination. I remember this one instance when a young man wanted to go for prayers but was having trouble with his shoelace. He finally asked me for help and I obliged. But from then on, it opened my eyes to the fact that small things, such as being able to untie laces, can go a long way towards making someone feel helpless and frustrated. I wanted to do something that could make life easier for him- and people like him. Volunteering for the event made me realize it wasn’t just laced that people of determination had trouble with- removal of undergarments could be difficult, I already had the talent of designing clothes and wanted to use my talent for something to benefit others, It all just happened to come together.

PWH: How can readers find your collection?

AR: My clothing line is taking baby steps at the moment. God willing I will be successfully putting all my efforts into making it easier clothing to reach people in need. Right now I am showcasing my designs on my Instagram Page named ‘Adaptive By Asiya’ Besides my product design I am working to start my own Youtube channel to launch my project ‘Make My Style Accessible’ to provide more information about adaptive clothing, styling, and more to the next generation of designers and simultaneously to raise awareness about fashion for all.

Recent News My work was featured in a New Book “Modesty A Fashion Paradox”.

CEO Leah J and The #10DollarIGAudit

Coming into her own and figuring out her purpose was no easy task. You live, you learn, you reflect, you grow and you sometimes slip-up – but life has a way of coming full circle and greets you with your destiny, hence the birth of Leah J. Leah J is a Woman of Influence using her various platforms to inspire and evoke change

Leah holds many titles, the daughter, the mother, the businesswoman, and the boss. Each one equally important, carrying multiple responsibilities that she manages on a day to day basis and she wouldn’t have it any other way. With literally a dollar and a dream she urned her passion into reality – creating Leah J Branding LLC which segue into FRESHDailyInc a DC-based blog in 2014, Black Girls Do event-based social group, Luxy Bombs natural bath, and body line and Living Leah lifestyle brand. 

Each entity has gone through phases of re-branding and just like in life, in business a little change is necessary. Though some of these entities are no longer they have helped her find her niche in content management and creation. There was no big team,  just a woman,  her phone doing a lot of cutting, pasting, cropping, and editing for each of her brands. 

As we hit the fast forward button to now during these times of COVID-19 Leah was able to find her pivot take what she learned on her own and with research to create #10DollarIGAudit an audit service for Instagram Profiles. In just over 30 days she has helped over 30 businesses and counting find their profile’s voice using her suggested recommendations. 

The Mission is to help you define your Brand’s voice through the use of content creation and management by creating a cohesive Theme that speaks on behalf of your Brand or Business.

The Why behind #10DollarIGAudit now #10DollarThemeRevamp

“I launched this venture after recognizing the need for such services in the wake of COVID19 and as companies are being tasked with reconnecting with customers in a virtual atmosphere.”

PWH: Tell us something about you that supporters wouldn’t be able to research?

LJ: I didn’t lose all of my baby teeth until 10. The majority of them had to be pulled.

PWH: You hold multiple titles, how do you balance it all while being a BOSS?

LJ: I don’t balance it all by myself, I have a support system that helps where I fall short. There’s a community within my household. I’ve also learned that it’s okay to admit that balance doesn’t exist. You have to be okay with not being able to give everything or everyone 100% of you.

PWH: What exactly is the 10 dollar Ig Audit?

LJ: An Aesthetics assessment of a brand’s IG Instagram profile. The purpose is to create a cohesive theme representative of one’s objectives and goals. It’s one thing to have content, it’s another thing to understand placement.

PWH: What is the biggest struggle you see brands face on Instagram?

LJ: Lack of consistency and not understanding the importance of distinguishing their brand voice.

PWH: What other services do you have?

LJ: We now offer a content management service where we will create and manage content for brandS monthly. Customized IG Story Templates and Posts. Soon to come to a creative direction service.

Connect with Leah J Online www.10dollarigaudit.com

Instagram www.instagram.com/10dollarigaudit

CEO Danielle Humes & Indigenouz royalty

Indigenouz Royalty as a brand came about from a deeply rooted desire to create a source of influence that reflects the true history, roots, and culture of Blacks from the Ancient Kemet to present day time. So much of what we as a people don’t know and see about our history has been silenced, mocked, looked over, and falsely duplicated for others to gain from. This brand seeks to restore unity, pride, humility, strength, and dignity for every Black Man, Woman, boy, and girl! We must TRULY know where we’ve come from to know where we can go!

Born and raised in several areas of Chicago (South, North, & West), Edward Humes III has seen first hand how family, education, music, art, culture, politics, and money can influence your mindset and upbringing. As a grown black man that uses his conscious and subconscious mind to positively influence his family and peers professionally and personally, his true ultimate goal is to provide a life and upbringing for his two sons that are rooted in truth, values, and ideas reflective of our true history!! His wife Danielle Humes, born and raised on the West Side of Chicago- shares in his sentiments and values about the power, strength, and influence of black history & culture.

Indigenouz Royalty is a family & lifestyle brand designed to spark the subconscious mind in a way that influences everyday morals, ideals, and beliefs. We must UNLearn to RELearn! Our history is drenched in lost information that must be brought to light, taught to our children, and shared in a way that positively molds the future- one message at a time! Open your eyes, Open your Mind! We are the Original people; We are a people of Royalty!

PWH: Describe Indigenouz Royalty as a whole in four words.

DH: Indigenouz Royalty as a whole is a lifestyle brand for the people that is culturally nostalgic; conscious yet trendy

PWH:What inspired your business name?

DH: My husband came up with the name based upon the definition of the words. Indigenous means the first, the original. Black people are the first to inhabit the land, the earth, we kicked this s**t off lol literally; he flipped it a bit by adding a Z 🙂 Royalty is self-explanatory- we must think highly of ourselves in our actions, our habits, our mindset, and the way in which we lead our families and influence the culture. It’s such a lack of confidence and love in our people when poverty, lack of resources, and struggling to survive runs rampant in some of our communities and we’d like to impact that in a visual way by reminding each other of how much of an impact and influence we have as a culture, as a people!

PWH: What is the design concept process like for you and your team?

DH: Designs come from the brains of my hubby and me; we both have really tapped into our creative side with this brand; nothing is off-limits. We strive to find ways to keep our brand fresh and stand out from the rest of the well-known Chicago brands. We like to pull influential elements of our culture out and bring them to the forefront- movies, music, art, sports, political figures, historical events, etc. with an artistic flair that you can see from how the pictures look on our tees. Highlighting them in a way that is educational, fashionable and shows pride in where we come from, what we represent, and where we are headed in the future- this is key to our brand style. Highlighting the not-so-well-known historical figures and events is key as well; we want our two sons to know more about our history way back further than MLK, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, etc. Our history isn’t defined by and didn’t begin with slavery!

PWH: Describe your brand’s style?

DH: Women should rock our brand because of what it represents and what we stand for! Every time I rock our clothes, I feel like the ancestors are smiling down on me with pride and that I’m setting a positive example as a Mom for my sons- we have a family business that exemplifies our heritage, our culture, our history to the fullest extent. Women hold so much strength, power, and influence in our homes, our careers, our businesses, and circles of influence so rocking Indigenouz Royalty is what a true Queen does effortlessly!

PWH: What advice do you have for women who want to start a T-Shirt Business?

DH: My best advice for any woman wanting to start a T-shirt business- Sis, start the business and make it perfect later! It is a journey and a learning process that makes it fun and rewarding. I knew NOTHING about making clothing when we started; I’m a nurse- I take care of people lol! It has been such a fun journey and perfecting this craft, learning new skills has allowed me to shock myself like wow sis, you are the bomb! Let your new business journey do the same for you; shock yourself; you are more skilled and capable than you think you are!!

PWH: Do you have any upcoming releases or projects?

DH: We’re currently working on adding more items to our collection beyond hats, hoodies/sweatshirts, and tees- we’ll have sweatsuit sets, hoodie dresses, jackets, accessories (pins, patches, mugs, bags), and maybe even some activewear so stay tuned! I also have a financial services business so I’m working on a statement tee collection for that– highlighting generational wealth, legacy building, mindset/affirmations, and catchy phrases!!

PWH: What is your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustles?

DH: A Pretty Woman who Hustles is a woman who is clear on her goals and understands her WHY- it drives her with passion, resilience, persistence, and determination! We work on days we don’t feel like it, we are up late and up early finding ways to stay ahead of the competition while striving to beat our prior best! Becoming the next best version of ourselves is the competition we see in the mirror; doing and giving our best but knowing that the next level will always require us to reinvent ourselves; definitely down for that challenge!

Support Danielle and Indigenouz Royalty by visiting http://www.indigenouz-royalty.com

Connect with Danielle on Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/danielle.pope.07

https://www.facebook.com/INDIGENOUZROYALTY/

http://www.instagram.com/danielle_fab_fit_rn

http://www.instagram.com/indigenouz_royalty

https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielle-humes-26b34720

Author Haelee P. Moone

Haelee P. Moone is the author of The Rules of a Big Boss: A book of self-love. She is a 7th Grader and Honor Student. She resides in North Carolina with her dad, Dedrick and their dog, Oreo. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, writing, drawing, and designing various products.

The Rules of a Big Boss is a personal journey of how she overcame depression, anxieties, and betrayal. She found the Lioness within her and rose up (found her self esteem) instead of sinking

Haelee and Dedrick worked in concert to develop a clothing and accessory line. The products are centered around her book. The products allow women, men, and children to increase their self-esteem through the visualization of wearing her Big Boss Rules.

Please check out her collection, grab a few products, and join her in finding the Lioness/Lion within you.

PWH: What sparked her interest in writing?

HM: My fourth-grade teacher told my [former] classmates and me that one of her former students went onto becoming an author. She shared with how she went onto doing big things like travel the world through it. I told myself that I would love to do that one day and I shared it with my Dad when he picked me up that. I didn’t know what I wanted to write about though, but I always kept it in the back of my mind.

I had a lot of free time over the summer with everything being shut down due to COVID-19. I used that free time to journal. I started writing about past and present feelings and experiences (e.g. low self-esteem). I began to think that I could turn my journal into a book. I shared my thoughts with my friends Rachel and Myanna. They encouraged me to go for it. To get started, I searched for templates in Microsoft Word that I could use as a model for it. I showed my manuscript to my Dad once I was halfway done with it. He said that I was too good not to share with the world and he asked me if I wanted to publish it. I said yes. He responded that we could do it together and that he would invest in my dream. He did so by editing and publishing it for me free of charge. He taught me about distribution rights, copyrights, citing sources, royalties, and marketing. We worked together to choose a cover design, size, sales price, and distributor. Finally, my dad helped me set up social media accounts and record a promo video for the book.

PWH: What was the inspiration behind the title “The Rules of a Big Boss”?

HM: Based off of Amber Rose’s book, How to Be a Bad Bish. She has all of these rules in it that she feels are essential.

The second thing that inspired the title was that I was on this girl’s Instagram Live feed. She called herself a “big boss.” I thought to myself that would be a good name for a book, my book.

PWH: What message are you wanting readers to gain from your work?

HM: I want people to love themselves and embrace the things that make them different. Those things that make us different are what makes all of us beautiful. I want readers to appreciate that and grow within themselves.

They will receive better results when they manifest their self-love.

PWH: You have a clothing line along with the book, what can readers expect when going online to shop?

HM: I sell clothing and accessories. I do it through two levels. My Dad helped me create a promo video for that too.

• Level one is the basic product level. These products have my trademarked logo adorned on the front. It is also inserted on either the inside collar or back of the products for branding. It encourages the wearers to remember the rules that they read about in the book.

• Level two products go deeper in that the basic rules are adorned on the front using customized fonts and clip art. It allows the wearer a visual representation of their favorite rule (e.g. Self-love, Respect, etc). My thoughts are that it will help them most improve in that area. My logo is also inserted on either the inside collar or the back of the products for branding purposes.

Do be mindful that I do not include all of the rules in my clothing line. I did this on purpose to encourage people to read the book. It’s like my personal drip. The combination of my clothing, accessories, and book are keys to finding a better version of yourself.

PWH: What’s next for you?

HM: My current book is the first in a series. Version two will dive deeper into affirmations and the psychological aspect of things. I’m planning to release it sometime next summer but don’t quote me on that. I will continue to sell clothing and accessories that are centered around self-esteem building both now and into the future while also promoting version one of my book. I hope to open boutiques around the world as I grow and hopefully become a successful luxury brand.

To learn more about Halee and her brand visit www.thebookofselflove.com

CEO Kira of Kira’s Erotic Soul Food

Kira is the CEO of Kira’s erotic soul food and wings catering. Kiara aims to feed your M.I.N.D B.O.D.Y and SOUL with love. Kiara resides in Atlanta and has been in business for over 8 years. Cooking is Kiara’s passion and would to share the love of food all over the universe. She currently hosts Private events, baby showers, date nights, video shoots, and talk shows.

PWH: Describe your food style in four words.

K: Liberating, Love, Body, and Soul

PWH: What sparked your interest in catering?

K: My Great Grandmother

PWH: What can women expect when visiting Kiara’s Erotic Soulfood and Wings?

K: A Liberating Sexy Experience Feeding The Mind, Body, and Soul With Love

PWH: What has been most rewarding in your career as a caterer?

K: Meeting and Greeting A lot Of Wonderful People that love Kira’s Erotic Soulfood and Wings That’s Priceless 

PWH: What advice do you have for someone wanting to enter the food scene?

K: Embark in your dreams there are a lot of great opportunities in the food Market 

Author Yolanda Coleman

Elder Yolanda “Monique” Coleman was born May 26, 1970, in South Jamaica Queens, New York. She is married to Elder Jerome Coleman of twenty-two years. She is a mother of a “blended” family which consists of eight adult children and twelve grandchildren combined.

Elder Yolanda Coleman is the only child born to her mother, Cheryl Pinkney-Jones. She graduated from Satellite Academy High School in June 1989 and her first child was born three days after graduation. She graduated in 2006 from John Tyler Community College with her Associates in Human Services: Substance Abuse.

She later graduated in 2013 from Liberty University with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology: Christian Counseling. In 2015, her studies led her to South University under their Doctorates in Ministry program where she is currently attending. She took biblical training classes in Evangelism and received a certificate of completion and her Evangelism license from St. Paul’s Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, Bronx NY in 1999. She attended Mason Kelly Washington Religious Training Institute where she successfully completed Chaplains Ecosystems and received a Para Chaplain badge in 2001. Where she and her husband ministered the Word of God in the prisons of New York City.

Elder Yolanda Coleman has been saved and serving the Lord for over twenty-four years. She was told by her former Pastor back in 1998 that, “God has something special for you to do!” She didn’t have any idea how this was going to happen or when it would happen. God continued to tug on her heart and eventually, Elder Yolanda Coleman surrendered to the call on her life and to do the Will of her Heavenly Father. She was ordained as a Minister in 2015 and in October 2017, she was ordained to the office of Elder by Apostle John Gray of Life Touch Ministries, Williamsburg, VA. She is a faithful member and currently serves at Restoration Assemblies Church RVA under the leadership of Pastor Steven M. Hawley, Jr. She is one of the Senior Administrator Leaders, she teaches Christian Education and serves on the Outreach Ministry Team. She solely believes the Bible is the engrafted Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit & contains every answer to people’s problems. “It is The Lord’s will for us to reach out to all those who are poor, oppressed, widowed, brokenhearted, and orphaned.” By using the “Word of God” and the “Love of God!” She proclaims the gospel verbally, no matter how intriguing a person’s lifestyle might be.

Elder Yolanda Coleman is the CEO and Founder of F.A.I.T.H. (Families Attaining Integrity Thru Hope) Mentoring Program, Hearts Desire Wedding Officiant, and holds public office as a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Elder Yolanda Coleman and her husband Minister Jerome Coleman both hosted an Internet radio talk show called L.I.F.E. (Living in Freedom every day) Broadcast Ministries. Elder Yolanda Coleman is a published author and released her first book in April 2019 called, “From Broken to Reborn!”

She has over nineteen years of experience working in the Human Service field which include substance and alcohol abuse and mental health. With all of Elder Yolanda Coleman’s skills, ability, and life experience. She is committed to mentoring at-risk youth, teens, and young adults who struggle with addiction, mental health disorders, domestic violence, and who is the transition from the Criminal Justice back into their communities. Elder Yolanda Coleman’s prayer is that someone’s life would be healed, delivered, and set free. Elder Yolanda Coleman believes in her motto, “Be Stronger Than Your Excuses!”

PWH: Describe Yolanda in four words.

YC: I would describe myself as Compassionate, Tenacious, Modest, and Down-to-earth. I have other words that I could use to describe myself but these four came to mind.

If you would have asked me this a few years ago, I probably would have a different response. 

PWH: How do you balance the demand of Ministry, Author, Coach, and Entrepreneur?

YC: I have to set healthy boundaries, prioritize, and knew my limitations, not taking on more than I could chew. I’ve learned my lesson from my past experience with burn out. Which entailed working a full-time job, attend college(working on Doctorates), fulfilling ministry assignments, and supporting a Mom who was ill at the time and a child with mental health disorders. It was a lot on me. When I became ill myself, it put a lot of things in perspective and I had to learn that being busy doesn’t mean being productive. 

PWH: At what moment did you realize you had a calling on your life?

YC: Honestly, after I nearly overdose on drugs. I had a flashback of my childhood and seen how God’s hand of protection was over me. After I said, “Yes” to His will, I knew He had called me to the ministry of reconciliation and evangelism. I enjoy outreach ministry the most just because of where I came from. I know first hand how it is when someone can’t relate to the things a person is going through. I’m grateful for the experience.

PWH: What does self-care and devotional time look like for you?

YC: Self-care means different things for different people. My self-care could consist of doing nothing at all to binge-watch a television program, read(books & Bible), listening to music(good ole Gospel), take a relaxing bath, sleep, or just take a 15-minute time-out from everything(peace & quiet). As I stated in the previous question, I’ve learned my lesson of burn out. I don’t want to burn out again. It depleted me, physically, mentally & spiritually. I’m comfortable with saying, “No” and not feel guilty about it. 

PWH: Tell us about your ministry F.A.I.T.H and Talk Show  L.I.F.E.?

YC: Families Attaining Integrity Thru Hope (F.A.I.T.H.) Mentoring Services is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was founded in 2013.  I had just graduated from college getting my Bachelors degree. I had a turning point in my career.  Yes, I went back to school when I was 42 years old & graduated. You’re never too old. My focus were to assist youth, teens and young adults with mental health disorders, childhood traumas, substance abuse, legal issues and vocational so they could live a productive & healthy lifestyle

Living In Freedom Everyday(L.I.F.E.) talk show began in 2017. My husband JColeman who is my cohost had given the name “L.I.F.E.” once we were accepted to begin our show on Legacy Internet Radio, December 2017.  The name no longer became a talk show for us but a Ministry. As we continued to embrace the name “L.I.F.E.” We decided to brand it as part of our ministry and what we do. Recently, maybe a year ago, we decided to make the name stand out as part of our ministry assignment. Which is now called “L.I.F.E. Outreach Ministries”

PWH: What inspired the title of your book, “From Broken to Reborn?”

YC: When I began to write the first book, I actually had a different name. It was called, “My Story, His Glory!” One day I was discussing my book with a particular family member. It was funny how she interrupted me and said, “God told her the name of my book was called, From Broken To Reborn.”  I was sitting on the phone with my mouth open. She continued to tell me, I would be writing several books and gave me the name for 3 books. Well, let’s say I’ve almost fulfilled my project.

PWH: What message do you hope readers gain from your book?

YC: I would like readers to gain insight into just how much childhood trauma, abuse, and addiction couldn’t impact, distrust, and destroy your self worth, your career goals, and family relationships. The main purpose of my book was to disclosed the traumatic events and to shine the light on how I became addicted to drugs. I wanted individuals to see everyone using drugs is not “junkies” but maybe a product of some suffering that may have been afflicted by someone or something. Just don’t judge a book by its cover before you had a chance to know the story! I feel this is my message.

PWH: Do you have any upcoming projects, you would like to share with us?

Yes, I do. I have a few projects coming up. One, I’ll be releasing my second book called “Road To Recovery: Predestined for a purpose” which discusses the process of healing and recovery. It is scheduled to be on Amazon the second week in August. I’m currently working on book three, called “Transparency: The Naked Truth” which will discuss church hurt, infidelity, and other struggles individuals have in the church but are hidden because no one wants to talk about it. I call it, “Silent Sufferers!”

My husband and I will be releasing our new Podcast called L.I.F.E. Living In Freedom Podcast every Saturday beginning at 7 PM streaming on Anchor.com, and other platforms like Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcast, & RadioPublic.

Author Amy Watkins

Amy Watkins is a Washington, D.C. native. She received an undergraduate degree from Frostburg State University and a medical degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She served in the US Navy for 8 years. She currently works as a family medicine physician for the Navy. She is a single mother of three and has one adopted fur-baby. She is a very active member of her church. She also is a strong advocate for justice, equality, and human rights. Writing has always been a hobby for her and now she is making it into a career.  200 Letters is her debut novel.

PWH: What sparked your interest in writing?

AW: In childhood, I hated reading.  Then I picked up The Coldest Winter Ever by Sistah Souljah and my life changed.  Books turned from boring stories assigned by my teachers of which I could not relate to exciting dramatic relatable creations that I could learn life lessons from. I started writing poetry and short stories in college.  200 Letters is my first published novel.

PWH: What motivated your book 200 Letters?

AW: 200 Letters is based on my personal life and the lives of some of my closest friends.  I combined our stories of struggle and growth into this novel.  The book started as a stress reliever for me as I was going through these horrible circumstances and it developed beautifully into a very inspirational work of art.

PWH: What message do you hope readers gain when reading 200 Letters?

AW: There are many enlightening messages in 200 Letters.  Some of those lessons include:

1. Know your worth. You are not obligated to put up with abuse. 2. Realize the difference between love and lust. 3.  Mass incarceration is a very real and unjust profit scheme. 4. Forgive those who hurt you. 5. Do not judge others. We all sin and fall short of God’s glory 6. The Bible is still very applicable to modern life and problems. 7. Both kindness and betrayal can come from the most unlikely sources. 

PWH: Where can readers find your book?

AW: 200 Letters is available through Amazon and is free with Kindle Unlimited. https://www.amazon.com/200-Letters-Amy-Watkins-ebook/dp/B086J52X4L/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=200+letters+by+Amy+Watkins&qid=1585913095&sr=8-2

PWH: Do you have any upcoming projects?

AW: I have two spin-offs from 200 Letters which I have started recently. They are background stories from two of the smaller characters in 200 Letters. 

Author KJ Dunn

KjDunn was born and raised in Texas. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, mentor, and friend. She began writing at a young age and noticed in 5th grade the potential of her poetry. Her sophomore year, Robert “OG Bobby” Cox, her English teacher gave her a challenge to push past poetry and tap into her full writing capability. Her imagination is endless and her writing is real, raw, and transparent. Although “My Mother’s Daughter” is her first published book, she looks forward to creating more relatable material to promote hope and freedom.

PWH: What inspired you to start writing?

KJ: Honestly, LIFE! I had a lot going on when I was a kid and I had a teacher who would make us journal every day. Then we learned poetry. From there, I was hooked.

PWH: How would you describe your writing style?

KJ: Organically, I just flow. My finger touches the keys or the pen/pencil and I just start writing. No real plan or heavy thought. 

PWH: What does a typical writing session look like for you?

KJ: A yeti cup full of tea, silence, and my CPU or notebook. PWH: What inspired the title “My Mother’s Daughter”? KJ: Growing up as a kid who was abused and scared into silence, it formed a huge wedge in my relationship with my mother. As I grew older, I realized, there were more women in the world like me. All of us, afraid to heal and be free. I took small steps, then huge leaps with mending the relationship with my mom. It was a long, hard process but through me taking those steps, I was able to discover how much we had in common. It became clear that I was chosen to carry the torch because I was her daughter.  That mandate to tear down the strongholds and generational curses fell into my lap. I couldn’t fail the women that will grow in lineage. Then I got to thinking, how many others could benefit from hearing my story?

PWH: What message do you hope readers gain from reading your story?

KJ: I hope that people read my story and see a light. I hope that they see a chance to heal and flourish. I hope that this book helps people change their perspective in some areas and start the conversation to heal the mother-daughter relationship. Childhood trauma is not an easy thing to escape but it most definitely is possible. The one thing that I have been saying a lot is that their voice has SOUND. You don’t have to be silent anymore. Your healing and your peace for that little girl who is stuck in captivity in your mind,  is yours for the taking. 

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