Vid Lamonte´ Buggs, Jr. is not one to be put into a box, and his genre-defying writings reflect that. Some think of Vid’s work as motivational books or books about leadership and personal growth. Others have classified them as inspirational, multicultural non-fiction or essay/creative non-fiction. They’re all spot on, because Vid’s highly creative books are all of this and much more.
His unique style of writing resulted in his debut, You Ain’t Until I’m Starving, appearing on several must-read and bestsellers’ lists.
Nicole S. Mayor is the author of The Question of LaHash. Nicole served seven years in the United States Air Forces. She also worked for a brief stint as a political aide but chose instead to be a full-time home educator to her kids. She received a BA in international relations from the American Military University. Nicole continues learning by reading as much as possible. Traveling, books, and overseeing the education of her children are her passions.
K’BANA BLAQ is a creative being who allows his gift to flow in all areas of artistry. He is a singer, model, photographer, designer, CEO and now an author. K’BANA’s mission is to heal the world through his talents – one person at a time.
Shant’a Miller is a mother, entrepreneur, consultant, pioneer and community advocate on behalf of hundreds of children and their families in Virginia and across the country. She is the Executive Director and founder of the not-for-profit organization “Parents Against Bullying, Inc. (P.A.B.), and CEO of P.U.S.H. Professional Consulting, LLC. Whose acronym stands for Patience, Understanding, Stability, to Handle your business.”
Miller has dedicated her life to serving families everywhere and to stamp out bullying wherever it raises its ugly head.
The youngest child of a career firefighter and educator, Jarray was afforded all the necessities a child would need to be set-up for success. However, once elementary school was over and Jarray was subjected to negative influence, he took to it like a fish to water. It would take years and dire consequences before he was able to reclaim that same sense of direction he possessed as a child. Jarray is currently a Maryland resident, a husband, and a father of four. He has made a name for himself as a hospitality professional over a period of ten years, having risen through the ranks from cleaner to general manager within the first four years. Jarray is also a speaker, mentor, and author of “After Attraction: Relationships Are Simple, Right?”
Alesia Johnson Sargent is a native of the East End community in Newport News, Virginia. Alesia’s writings consist of her struggles with depression and addiction. While these are difficult times in her life, she hopes her story will encourage others to stand in the face of adversary. Her main goal is to spread motivation and awareness of depression and addiction. Her works serve to encourage others to speak up and look beyond the stigma attached to mental illnesses.
Dr. Owen Watson is a retired U.S. Navy Sailor, with 29 years of faithful service, and author. He enjoys writing books that encourage others to go beyond yesterday by living today in preparation for the extraordinary moments of tomorrow. Dr. Watson believes that a change of pattern is the difference in how one is perceived and how far one can go in this life.
Chef Akemi Parker is the author of Superfoods – Powerful Foods that Beat Cancer and Chronic Illness. She is a passionate food activist, advisor, and strategist to food businesses and an executive chef/baker of over 20 years with a focus on local, organic, health-promoting, from-scratch cooking. Chef Akemi is also an inspirational motivational speaker, voice-over actress, and a dynamic educator and trainer.
Community activist. High school Track and Field coach. Father. Disciple. CG Mclean Jr. is a man who lives by the scripture of Isaiah 40:13. As a minister in training, CG has been called by God to preach the word. As a vessel of God, CG uses his diverse talents to spread the Gospel.
Adrienne “Goody” Goodson’s basketball journey began at the age of seven in Bayonne, New Jersey on 20th street. Adrienne’s childhood was filled with possibilities, brokenness, tragedy, and a mother’s love that propelled her to do better. Goody’s journey has led her to play basketball at Old Dominion University; professional basketball overseas; in the American Basketball League, and the WNBA. Adrienne has shaped herself into a sharp charismatic businesswoman through a mixture of ideas created from her life’s journey.
Hip Hop artist and poet, Walter “Walt-Leon” Davis Jr. messages of inspiration are told in a unique way and lead by his faith. Walt-Leon’s purpose for writing is to help transform others’ minds into thinking positively no matter the circumstances.
Terry “Tee” Marshall is a contributor to the automotive field, who writes about women in automotive, car shows and auto shows. She is the founder and organizer of Vette Girls Online Magazine.
Andre St. George is a professional speaker, trainer, and mentor who has followed his entrepreneurial journey into delivering a message of empowerment and belief in one’s potential. Andre finds himself focused on raising future leaders and being a willing participant when it comes to community involvement. After experiencing many of life’s challenges and overcoming them, Andre wrote Living V.I.T.A.L…A Story of Adversity. “Living V.I.T.A.L book captures the highs and lows of life that many people experience and the process it takes to go after what you desire.” Andre has made it a point to live each day by these words.
When June Bartlett was fourteen years old she had a dream that her parents bought her a black on black C3 Corvette. June has been a lover of America’s greatest sports car ever since. In 1993 she bought her first Corvette, an ’82 Collector Edition. June discovered a club by the name of the National Afro-American Corvette Club (NAACC) which originated in Houston, Texas in 2003. A New York chapter of NAACC was formed in 2011 of which she became Secretary and later President.
June Bartlett and Terry (Tee) Marshall met at a New York Auto Show. They began to talk and eventually Tee created the Vette Girls website of which June became a contributing writer.
Kevin Bates has spent his entire life embracing the power of other people’s words; through both human authors and the word of God. Now for the third time, he is taking his own thoughts and wisdom public through a book of poetry that can only be described as life-changing.
Yayha Muhammad was born in Bronx, New York and raised in Washington D.C. by a single mother. From an early age, he always felt the presence of God in his life; even while living an ungodly life. As a teenager, he found himself serving a life sentence due to circumstances and more accurately -bad decisions. While incarcerated he traveled the road of self-development. He submitted and committed himself to the spiritual guidance of Minister Louis Farrakhan. One day while studying a lecture, he learned that in order for man to justify his existence within the world – he must be a producer. Now Yahya is free amongst civilized society as a father, entrepreneur and an example of God’s ability to redeem.