true measure of a man lies in his heart and in his soul.
Publisher, Poet, & Visionary is the author of two
poetry books and three novels.
We first met this incredible talent with her debut collection
of strong and moving verse, Stand and Be Counted. Focusing
on themes of love, race, religion, inspiration and society,
Elissa Gabrielle has put together a collection of inspirational
poetry geared toward positive change that is both moving
and entertaining. Through insightful visions and strong
declarations, Gabrielle instills confidence in readers
as she illuminates the path to a more self-rewarding and
Utilizing the resurgence of her desire to write and "a
God given talent that wouldn't go away," Elissa Gabrielle
was inspired to pen Peace In The Storm, which has testimonials
from some of the entertainment industry's finest.
Peace In The Storm came to Gabrielle while reflecting
real life experiences, both her own and from the lives
Elissa is the Creator and CEO of Greetings From the Soul:
The Elissa Gabrielle Collection which is a greeting card
line that features poignant messages and heartfelt poetry
and themes. Find out more at www.greetingsfromthesoul.com.
A contributor to several outstanding literary works, Elissa
has graced the covers of Disilgold Soul Magazine, Big
Time Publishing Magazine and Conversations Magazine.
Gabrielle is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.
She also holds a degree in Communications. Elissa has
a certificate in Business from Tulane University's A.B.
Freeman School of Business which she earned March 2004.
Gabrielle is a member of NABFEME, the National Association
of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment,
a professional empowerment, networking and support base
for African American women in radio, recorded music, the
media, and related entertainment industry fields.
Elissa is the creator of The Triumph Series, and the first
book in the series, The Triumph of My Soul was nominated
for several literary awards. The Soul of a Man and The
Breakthrough are the second and third in the Triumph series,
Elissa is the Founder and CEO of Peace In The Storm Publishing,
LLC, which will release incredible titles from gifted
authors beginning in January 2009, www.PeaceintheStormPublishing.com.
Elissa Gabrielle is the Media Consultant for both First
Bethel Baptist Church and the Baptist Ministers Conference
of Newark & Vicinity in Newark, New Jersey. Find out
more at www.TheTriumphofMySoul.com
Gabrielle is this generation's Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka
and Sonia Sanchez. Her visualizations of inner and outer
loves, of subterranean fears laced in anger, of unrelenting
urgency to evoke change and betterment, is fresh, vital,
and burning with eroticism. She creates new scents from
familiar smells. She is confrontation, passion, love on
fire. She is to be digested, discussed and passed on.
She is to be cherished, protected and honored. She is
our ancestors and our children yet to be born."
-Max Julien, Author, Filmmaker, Designer & Activist.
Star and co-writer of "The Mack"
Thomas’ musical career spans over four decades;
during that time he has performed throughout the world.
began to play professionally at age fifteen (with his
older brother’s guidance) in small clubs. He met
the fabulous James Moody, who was then playing with
the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. Moody told Joe to pursue
his craft and Joe did just that, including a short southern
tour. A three year stint in the United States Army interrupted
his career, but after he was honorably discharged he
continued to play his horn, touring Canada for three
returned to the United States and helped to form a group
call “The Rhoda Scott Trio”. Featured in
that group along with Rhoda and Joe was drummer Bill
Elliott. The group stayed together for three years.
They made two albums together.
then formed his own group and made nine albums. He was
featured on the flute and saxophone. He also appears
on several other albums including a couple of Jimmy
McGriff”s. Two of his albums have been re-issued
as CD’s “Platos Retreat” and Masada.”
has performed at the Blue Note, Birdland, Carlos One,
The Cave, Count Basies, La Détente and Smalls
Paradise. All of these places are/were in New York.
was one of the “All-Stars” invited to play
at the Pythodd Club (Rochester, N.Y.) and Pine Grill
(Buffalo, N.Y.) reunions. Notables performing at these
jazz festivals were: Charles Erland, Hank Crawford,
Jimmy McGriff, Nat Adderly, Houston Person, Etta Jones,
and many others. Joe has performed with the legendary
Carrie Smith blues/gospel singer on three jazz festival
has received the Key to the City of Newark from Mayor
Gibson and the Whaler’s Emblem which is tantamount
the “The Key to the City” from Mayor Edward
Harrington of New Bedford, Mass, for his musical accomplishments.
He has also performed for the former President of Haiti,
Jean Claude Duvalier.
was an intelligent child who was raised by a single mother
in Atlanta, GA by way of Indianapolis, IN. By the age
of 16 he was selling drugs and embarking on a criminal
career that six years later would lead him to prison,
but not before his lifestyle would cause him to be stabbed,
shot on three different occasions, and left paralyzed
from a car accident. Although over time he miraculously
regained the use of his legs he still served over seven
years in six different federal prisons up and down the
east coast. While serving time, Jihad gravitated towards
a group of older, socio-political, self-taught prisoners
who raised his awareness about himself and his past. He
discovered a love of books, mostly by black authors and
historians, which was something that had never grasped
his interest while in school. Jihad started researching
and writing about subjects that he was sure many misunderstood.
Subjects like history, religion, hood-psyche and society
in general. His focus and discipline prepared him to write
his first book, an autobiographical novel entitled Street
Life. Since penning his first title from prison back in
August of 1998, Jihad has gone on to write four other
thought provoking, enthralling novels, Baby Girl, Riding
Rhythm, MVP, and his latest Preacherman Blues. Jihad is
highly energetic, provocative and compassionate about
youth issues. He's a highly sought after inspirational
speaker who always avails himself for interviews. For
more on Jihad, log onto www.jihadwrites.com.
Fredrick Cooper. An Assistant Managing Clerk at a midtown
law firm, a member of First Corinthians Baptist Church
in Harlem, New York and a proud father of a lovely daughter
named Maranda, Mr. Cooper is the active secretary of
Brother 2 Brother Symposium, Inc, a non-for-profit literacy
program that encourages black men and young adults to
read fiction literature. An ordinary guy trying to make
a difference, Mr. Cooper is the author of the critically
acclaimed novel Six Days In January as well as the African-American
Literary Award-Nominated, National Bestseller There's
Always A Reason. Described by writing peers as a message-delivering,
emotional masterpiece within the African-American Community,
There's Always A Reason was a Master's List Finalist
for a 2008 NAACP Image Award Nomination in the Outstanding
Literary Work Fiction Category. Touching minds when
giving thought-provoking radio interviews or in the
alternative, moderating or facilitating panel discussions
throughout North America, capturing hearts when writing
enlightening, uplifting fiction, and arousing female
bodies when composing white-hot erotica tales, he has
contributed articles to national periodicals such as
EBONY MAGAZINE and many Bestselling anthologies and
novels such as Zane's Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About
Sex and Love, Twilight Moods: African-American Erotica,
Zane's Caramel Flava, Sistergirls.com, Morning, Noon
and Night: Can't Get Enough and Erogenous Zone: A Sexual
Voyage. He can be reached at his e-mail address: email@example.com
C. Romer, is a Freelance Writer, Journalist and Essayist
calling Miami, Florida home, and is the father of 5. He
is the Founder and Editor of a popular online African-American
literature site, THE ROMER REVIEW and devotes quite a
bit of time as an Editor, Literary Publicist, and as an
Independent Book Reviewer in the African-American publishing
Diaspora. He frequently hires himself out as a Demographer
and as a Technical Writer in the corporate world. A successful
businessman, Romer currently is self-employed as the CEO/President
of ACR Data Research, Inc., a Deacon in his church working
with the Children of the Kingdom, and a successful grant
writer and motivational speaker. All things literary and
a supporter of the humanities, he strives to keep the
muse as directives in his quest for legitimacy. Teaching
creative writing and giving workshops on the publishing
industry are also a part of his legacy. Much of his literary
acumen can be found on his website which houses the subsidiary
Write On! Literary Services, an organization that helps
aspiring writers, edits manuscripts, plan events; generate
marketing & publicity, along with book reviewing.
His non-profit organization, The South Florida Literary
& Education Foundation (SFLEF) is committed to making
life and attaining educational goals a priority for needy
and risky kids. Mr. Romer aspires to one day join the
ranks of published novelists, and is currently producing
a two-volume set of essays, short stories, and poems.
own Marc Lacy, a graduate of Alabama A&M University
nationally renown, award-winning poet/author and spoken
word artist. He
has performed all of over the country for many national
literary events and
spoken word venues. Marc is the author of Rock &
Fire - Love Poetry from
The Core, and The Looking Heart - Poetic Expressions
from Within. He is
also the producer of REFlux and RTIQLation spoken word
CDs. Marc is the
contributor to many anthologies such as: The Soul of
a Man, Step up to The
Mic, and Witness the Truth. He is the co-host of Essence
Author Donna Hill's...The Donna Hill Blogtalkradio show
which airs weekly.
Marc is due to release during the summer of 2009: Wretched
Spiritual Fiction Short Stories, LyriCode 256, and LickOrice
cds. Marc is a member of ArtNSoul Society of Expression,
Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc., Church Street CPCA, Huntsville Literary
National Society of Black Engineers. He credits his
faith in God and love
of family for providing energy to succeed. Checkout
myspace.com/mlacy, and Facebook (Marc Lacy).
"Baba Simba" Mollock
B. Mollock, a native of Maryland's Eastern Shore, is number
five of eight children who grew up on a farm. He was diagnosed
with a speech disorder while in the fifth grade. After
speech therapy and years of practice he began to master
the English language. Before and after integration in
1966, he developed a love for reading. That love enabled
him to be the only minority to graduate in the National
Honor Society. Pursuing his number one love - Pottery
- he graduated from Bowie State University with a degree
to teach Art. Shortly after receiving a Masters Degree
in Art Education from Towson State University, he meant
Mother Mary Carter Smith, a storyteller. She was later
proclaimed Maryland's Official Griot. With her guidance
he, too, became a storyteller. She inspired him to write
his stories of accomplishments and failures - of pain
and pleasures. In 2005, Clarence retired after teaching
Art for thirty-two years. He is a member of the National
Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. and a past President
of the Griots' Circle of Maryland, Inc., the local affiliate
in Baltimore, Maryland where he resides. Today, many know
him as Baba Simba Mollock
Ganges is a native New Jerseyan who resides in Houston,
Texas. He has written many articles that are very thought
provoking, principled, informative and insightful. His
topics (including secular) of interest are: current
events, politics, health related topics, economics,
relationships, and principles for daily living; which
are always from a Christian worldview. Brian is currently
working on his debut book entitled "The World According
to BG: Real Perspective for Real Issues," to be
released summer/fall 2008. He communicates with his
growing audience via his website www.insightfortoday.blogspot.com
regarding his new articles, speaking engagements, radio
interviews and upcoming events. Brian has also worked
with and/or met some prominent politicians in the past,
which includes radio interviews that he did with 2008
US Presidential candidates Former UN Ambassador Alan
Keyes and US Congressman Ron Paul. Brian can be reached
for more information.
Imes is the author of the Hold On Be Strong Teen Series,
a collection of books that focuses on young black men
and their issues. He is a contributor to OurTeenVoices.com
He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his family,
where he is working on his first Street Christian Lit
title. The Journey to Create Fiction for Young Black Men
Continues... SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT!
was born and still reside in South Jamaica, Queens,
New York. At 40 years of age I am a Christian, a father
of four, a teacher for the New York City Department
of Education over ten years, and recently married. My
lovely supportive wife is my strength, best friend,
and 1st editor of most of my work. I obtained my A.S.
in Business from Kingsborough Community College, B.S.
in Education from York College, and holds a Master's
Degree in Education from Walden University. I anticipate
beginning my PhD. studies in late 2008.
A writer of fictional stories and poetry I have completed
my first book titled "A Man in Transition".
A mixture of poems, stories and my observations of the
world. Over the years I changed my writing focus from
erotic based content to romance and spiritual inspirations
due to my religious choices. I hope to offer the world
focused insight of a man who has completely changed
his life. I believe my writing expresses my growth as
a man who now attempts to offer counsel, entertainment,
and guidance to all I meet.
Pinkney's love for books and reading naturally turned
into book reviewing. His book reviews have been featured
on the websites of The Urban Book Source, C&B Books
Distribution, RapWars, Glover Publishing as well as his
and on Myspace, myspace.com/joeyreviews.
He also produces the "5 Minutes, 5 Questions With..."
series where he interviews authors of various genres.
The closet novelist, Pinkney is honored to be a part of
The Soul of a Man anthology. "Like Father, Like Son"
is his first published short story. He wants to continue
being a book reviewer/interviewer and add author as a
regular part of his repertoire
Ashburn, Jr. has had a passion for writing since high
school. He is the author of God's Greater Glory: Why
We Experience Hardship. Thomas graduated from Norfolk
State University with a bachelor's of arts in journalism.
He has written several articles for daily newspapers
on topics like religion, race, and entertainment. Thomas
is a member of St. Mary's Holiness Church in Chesapeake,
Virginia where his father, Thomas Ashburn, Sr. is pastor.
He is a deacon and financial trustee at St. Mary's.
Thomas's purpose for writing is to glorify God and to
inspire others to overcome every obstacle. He can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DeVon Floyd. This twenty-something innovative poet, writer,
and radio personality hails from the Great Northwest.
Although Seattle, WA is chiefly known for its beautiful
scenery and memorable rain falls, it can also stake claim
as being home to one of the up-and-coming minds of story
Invoking passion and emotion through deep story lines
and raw subject matters, the words of Tyrell DeVon Floyd
are sure to resonate with readers.
Whether it be a love poem such as Butterflies Arrive as
Beauty Flies Away, or a romantic poem of intimacy such
as Into Her of Course, this young writer seamlessly connects
his words with the interests of those who read them.
M. Gray, Jr.
M. Gray, Jr. is an author (of two novels), an editor,
a speaker and a comedian. He currently serves on the
faculties of the Sandy Cove and the Greater Philadelphia
Christian Writers Conferences, where he evaluates manuscripts
for conferees and teaches workshops. Along with Lacricia
A'ngelle, Dr. Linda Beed, and Wanda Campbell, he is
a member of the Damascus Road Authors. As a Christian
comedian, Maurice has worked with the likes of James
"The Storyteller" Ford and Pat "Sister
Betty" G'orge-Walker. Maurice is a member of Bethel
AME Church in Wilmington, DE, where he is active in
many ministries (including the Singles Ministry and
the Men's Chorus). He is also a member of Kappa Alpha
Psi Fraternity, Inc and of the Greater Newark Area Toastmasters
club. He lives in New Castle, DE with his family. Please
visit Maurice online at www.MauriceMGrayJr.com.
Dejuan currently lives in St. Louis, Mo. He is a veteran
having served a stint in the U.S. Air Force. He is the
author of the entertaining book Madam Eve and the owner
of Atonement Publishing. He is also building his publishing
company into a brand, all the books released by the imprint
will feature the theme of revenge and forgiveness. Every
book that he writes will have the main character go on
a journey from wanting to getting even to forgiving. Eddrick
Dejuan can be reached at email@example.com.
Please visit his website at www.eddrickdejuan.com