What I Watched: Fan Made Video of Nicki Minaj + SB


I watched this, thinking it was going to be some sappy ol’ “I Miss You’ type song and it was actually clips of Nicki and SB with various remarks she made about him and their breakup in interviews. Ugh….and it just put me in all of my feelings as I started going down memory lane…Still I wanted to share.

Save The Date: Interview with WordSexy Radio


Join me along with host, author Red Snapper (The Heated Addiction Within, Scandalous Motives, Memoirs of a Creole Crime Cartel ) as we discuss books, being an author, and more on WordSexy Radio! The interview will take place at 9pm EST on Tuesday, July 7th. The call-in number is 917-889-8206.

Interview: KeKe Palmer on the Breakfast Club


This interview was originally posted on May 1, 2015, but I never watched it in completion only clips, but there is some really good stuff in here for young adults and women, period.

Here are some highlights:

  • You can be a boss and be sexy at the same time
  • Give in abundance, you get in abundance
  • Nobody’s blessing is going to take away your blessing
  • I shouldn’t have to feel like I need to be defined by social necessities in order to feel like I’m being who I am

Check it out…

Book Spotlight: Irresistible Woman II by J.W. Smith


JW Smith In His Words, Meet Author J.W. Smith:

The man behind the post and this is my story……I am J. W. Smith an aspiring writer, inspirational speaker and motivator to all. I was born and raised in one of the toughest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, California. At a very young age I was taught to survive by any means necessary or fall prey to society’s statistics. In the early 80’s when the crack epidemic hit the circulation of the inner city, I lost my father’s guidance and teachings to the drug, and my virginity to the streets. After many years of incarceration both as a juvenile and an adult, I finally woke up and started taken responsibility for my own actions rather than continuing to search for blame in others. With a lengthy stint of incarceration ahead of me and a high-school diploma to fall back on, I diligently set out to write my first novel “No Love Lost”, while the spirit of God provided the faith and the strength to conquer the obstacles I would face along my journey. I am the proud father of three young adults, two girl and a 23 year old young man, with the youngest graduating high school and set for Texas AM College this semester. My oldest daughter was in a tragic accident at the age of 16, paralyzed from the waist down, with every bone in her body broken per the doctors. She’s the inspiration that I look forward to and my 24 hour rock to lean on. She exudes the unfathomable determination to walk again. She’s the woman that gives me motivation to fight harder in becoming a successful provider, entrepreneur and inspiration to all. The perseverance and dedication within allows me to continue on this journey to master what avid readers can relate to, which is real life. I am the C.E.O of Shinning Starr Publications with several authors in the making on the roster.When I’m not writing I am enjoying a day of relaxation with the family or catching up on the politics of the world. I am Author J.W Smith and leaving a legend to be greatly remembered by is what I awake every morning with the anticipation of doing.

Untitled-1Q& A with Author J.W. Smith

1. What genre are your books?
I write Urban Fiyah with a touch of inspiration for the ladies.
2. How much research do you do?
I write about what I know and what I’ve experience.
3. What are you working on at the minute?
Synopsis for Irresistible Woman II: The Boss Take Over
A series of fast paced events are set in motion when Cynthia is manipulated into captivity by a childhood associate. With the loss of a friend, child and the urgent search for a missing teen triple threat squad formulates a plan of action that will ultimately leave everyone involved, stunned, to the core. This title shows the power of one woman’s sheer determination to break the cycle of generational curse with an unsuspecting person as her mentor. With vivid descriptions and play by play action, Irresistible Woman II will never leave you with a dull moment. This book will have you laughing, crying and filled with an abundance of emotion as you take a tour inside the transitional phase of one woman’s plight to raise the bar on life.
4. Tell us a little bit about you and your books.

Synopsis for Irresistible Woman I:

When three of the most diverse young women are adjoined at the hip by loyalty, the threat of death, murder nor mayhem could separate the trio. Bound by blood and a vow made back in the 3rd grade, the girls are made to endure atrocious activity to survive the gritty streets of Texas.  But when one of the pack member’s are suspected of being an informant for the F.B.I., their loyalty is put through the test.  With Jonetta facilitating the way and Ingrid doing hard time, Samantha is left behind to deal with the dingy street’s alone. With street credentials of a true project Diva, Samantha springs into action, readjust her values and commence to handling her priorities. This book is a fast pace novel, with great influential wisdom throughout it’s contents. These women were born and raised in poverty and destined to be a product of their environment, but eventually through believing in one another’s dreams, goals and aspirations, the girls were able to make a determined transition to the top.   

5.How long have you been writing?

I started this journey of sculpturing my first novel “No Love Lost” in 2004 while incarcerated in Federal Prison.

6. What inspired you to start writing?

Being determined to excel beyond measures.

7.What are your plans as far as writing in the future?

Being able to connect with the people on all level of understanding.

8.What do you hope to accomplish in your books to your readers?

To continue to enlightening the avid readers with Inspirational words of wisdom..(Thanks to the Almighty)

Irresistible Woman II will be released on April 5, 2014. To check out Irresistible Woman I, please click here and to check out No Love Lost by the author, please click here

On My Soapbox: Black Diamonds + T.I. +Addresses + Rolling Out


After being stuck in the house due to the snowstorm, I spent the day, working on Black Diamonds (the fourth book in The Diamond Collection series), watching YouTube (movies, music videos, and interviews), and chatting on Facebook.

One of the music videos I watched and a favorite song of mine by rapper, T.I. is his song, “Addresses” from Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. The song’s title actually inspired the title of a chapter in Black Diamonds. While watching the video, I noticed there was a video suggestion on YouTube for an interview T.I. conducted with Sway in the Morning. The YouTube video was posted December 17, 2012 by SwaysUniverse. In the interview, T.I. discusses the motivation behind the song, “Addresses,” and says in the interview, “When there is a violation, there must be a demonstration.”

This quote reminded me of the plot of Black Diamonds. If you are familiar with the series then you know that this book is focused on Carmen and Kane, trying to find Kristian, their daughter who has been kidnapped by a drug dealer, Blu. If you are not familiar with the series then this is the storyline of the book. Since Blu has violated them (by kidnapping their loved one), a “demonstration,” must now take place, which will be illustrated in the chapter, “Addresses,” the title inspired by the song by T.I. I decided the name chapter, “Addresses,” because in this chapter they learn the location of where their daughter is.

As I am known to do, I made an InstaQuote picture which contained the quote because it reminded me of my novel (see below).
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In addition, I made another InstaQuote picture, with a lyric from “Addresses” that contained an image of T.I. from the movie Takers, because it reminded me of a scene from my novel as well (see below).
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What I didn’t expect was for T.I. to ever see the picture or repost it. When I saw he did, because I do follow him on Instagram (@troubleman31), I was very excited and even reposted that he had done so (see below).
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Moreover, I didn’t expect for anything else to come of the picture. Since I did use to blog about celebrities, I still follow some online magazines and blog sites. I actually receive a daily email from a few including Rolling Out Magazine. I visited the website to read an article about Michael Ealy’s son and saw the headline, “T.I. Finally Responds to Cheating Rumors.” I read the article and my mouth dropped open when I saw my InstaQuote picture being tied in with his “alleged” response to photos of his wife, Tiny:

“Tip then addressed the criticism he’d received over politely asking his wife to stop posting photos of her butt on Instagram,” was the statement prior to the picture.

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I cannot speak for T.I. as to what he was thinking when he reposted the picture or what in particular he was addressing. However, I can say that when he initially made the statement, it was in reference to the motivation behind his song, “Addresses,” from his album. The InstaQuote picture was also not created to aid in any of the rumors against him and his wife. I do not know T.I. or Tiny personally and only made the InstaQuote post because it reminded me of certain scenes from my forthcoming novel.

Radio Interview Alert: Let’s Talk Too!


Join me as I chat with fellow author, Sharnel Williams, author of What Do A Mother Do? The Shakil Williams Story! and host of Let’s Talk Too! The show will air on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:30-7:00pm EST. You can call in to listen to the interview at (347) 215-9970 or stream the show online at www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsharnel. Happy Listening! *Razzle~Dazzle*

Radio Interview Alert: The Midday Release with Doctor Passion


47568_157872140890415_6947181_a Join me as I chat with Doctor Passion of The Midday Release on Friday, May 24, 2013 about my journey as an author. The show airs from 12pm-1pm EST. You can call in to listen to the show at 646-478-5209 or you can stream it live at Blog Talk Radio by clicking the logo to your left. Happy Listening!

Author Conversations with Vogue #KontrolReads


kontrollogoFor many of you who followed my blog on Facebook entitled The Morning Talk, you probably remembered me referencing Kontrol Magazine a lot. I visit the site on a daily basis to get the latest in entertainment, interviews, beauty tips, etc.! So imagine the excitement to finally be featured on the site! Check out my interview with Kontrol Mag by clicking the Kontrol logo! Happy Reading!

Did You Miss My Interview on Conversations Live! Check it out here!


aceofdiamondsfinal copy So if you missed my interview with Cyrus Webb on Conversations Live! Tuesday night, don’t worry! You can listen to the podcast by clicking the book cover for The Ace of Diamonds to your left! Enjoy and Happy Listening!

Radio Interview Alert with Conversations LIVE Radio!


Tune in to Conversations LIVE! Radio on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 8:30pm EST as I discuss The Diamond Collection and much more! To listen in, simply visit www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive. You can also call in at 347-426-3645.

Partying with Goddess Fish!


Partying_with_Goddess_Fish_button_200_copy (1)The Party Pavilion is the kick-off for all authors who are touring throughout the month of April. The Ace of Diamonds Blurb Blitz Tour, commences on April 15th through April 26th. Check out the Party Pavilion today for a book feature, excerpt, and guest blog! Simply click the banner to be directed to the Party Pavilion.