Akoshia Yoba is a Writer, Huffington Post Blogger, Social Commentator, and the co-author of “Please Return My Phone Call: Preventing the Demise of Personal and Professional Relationships”, which she co-authored with her brother, actor and activist Malik Yoba. Using the principles of their book they consult with corporate and educational organizations and present seminars on business communication etiquette, personal integrity and accountability. Ms. Yoba was also a contributing writer for Stedman Graham’s Insightforyouth.com, an on-line publication. Her weekly segment of “Today’s Lesson,” which focuses on prescriptions for improved relationships with self and others, is presented by way of streaming live radio every Saturday at 7 p.m. EST on “A Lesson In Affection” with host Mark Lo, www.whcr.org. Podcasts are available at http://lessoninaffection.podomatic.com
She is a recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant for her writing workshop, “Journey Through Journaling” an experiential process that enables participants to gain insights about the relationship between themselves and their environment. As the creator of “Sunday’s Child Life Expansion Workshop”, she facilitates participant processes of identifying and actualizing their life purpose.
For the last ten years, Yoba has been conducting workshops and seminars on personal empowerment, which include, The International Woman Artists’ Conference, at Barnard College, The First Annual Youth Peace Summit Conference for New York City’s Board of Education, Region 4 at homeless shelters for women in New York City and at The Teaneck Community Charter School in New Jersey.
Currently she is completing two works, So She Says; a collection of inspirational wit and wisdom to make your day and The Screw Factory; an autobiographical work co-authored with her mother, Mahmoudah Young. Akoshia Yoba graduated Cum Laude from the City College of New York and holds a BA degree in English. She resides in New York.
Commentaries: July 3, 2012 – A Lesson in Affection: Thinking With Your Heart/ August 23, 2011 – Everyday Philanthropy: The Art of Giving During Uncertain Times
Maggie Carter is the author of an unpublished title Mad Beauty, a Mind/Body/Spirit memoir. Her additional works-in-progress include a nonfiction guide on Mind/Body/Spirit that will educate individuals on how to enhance both health status and quality of life. Maggie maintains a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Virginia. She is a certified NSCA-CSCS, AFAA, Yoga Vidya Dham, STOTT, and Spinning instructor. She works as a professional Advantage Trainer for The Sports Club/LA in Washington, DC.
Commentary – October 11, 2011: Mii Amo [Journey]
Nia Imani Chin is an actress of 11 years and conservatory graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She enjoys music composition, horseback riding, visual arts, theatre, yoga, reading, and baking and lives in New York City. Her future aspiration include the incorporation of an online vegan bakery. She is the daughter of Author Rochelle Soetan.
Commentary – October 16, 2012: La Grande Ligne [The Long Line]
Hillis Pugh is a self-published poet, entrepreneur, and inspirational writer and resides in Chicago, Illinois. His creative outlets include such forms as poetry writing and graphic design. There has always been a burning passion to write poetry and become ONE with words through a variety of expressions and degrees of emotions. His poetry writings include everything from self-reflection to sensuality to how he views the happenings in the world. In recent years, his poetry has become more spiritual. This opened him up to share his work with others openly, freely, and with a new awareness.
Thank You Thursday is a blog and soon to be published book of channeled inspirational writings and original poetry to awaken the hearts of others and to see gratitude in everyday life. This blog answers questions from the soul about how we can open our minds to experience the daily life routine and expand our vision to see and feel the gratitude in every waking moment. Gratitude allows the flow of love and abundance into our life when recognized. Thank You Thursday assists in teaching others to live life in a more gratifying manner; from the smallest of unnoticed actions and thoughts to the grand life picture.
Commentary – November 13, 2012: Be thankful this day for “What I Am Not”
Beverley Golden is a freelance writer and songwriter and lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Many of her publications can be found in The Huffington Post, Advancing Life Network, and Intent Blog. Having written everything from full-length magazine articles to song lyrics, she loves to research, design and build stories. She is the author of the upcoming book, Confessions of a Middle Aged Hippie, her first full length book; a memoir combining her anecdotal stories taken from her years in the entertainment industry, coupled with her stories of survival from a lifetime lived with health issues. She has spent her life as a “self professed guinea pig” willing to find and test unconventional ways to shift paradigms and take what she has been told is impossible and turn it into possible.
Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commentary – November 20, 2012: What The Akashic Records Can Teach You/ March 5, 2013: The Inextinguishable Power of Women
Scott Hastie is a full-time writer based in the UK. He lives with his family in tranquil surroundings, out in the English countryside, some twenty miles north of London.
Primarily a creative writer and poet, Scott also has had one novel published, as well as several lavishly illustrated local history books. Seven of his books remain in print today – principally his two signature volumes of poetry to date: Selected Poetry & New Poetry and Scott also has a collection of brand new poems: Meditations, which is already scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2013.
It is already very easy to sample Scott’s poetry at his highly visual and sparkling new web site at www.scotthastie.com which openly showcases and displays both his already published and latest work. As a writer, Scott is very open and likes to encourage maximum participation and feedback from his readers. His web site offers the chance to post comments, both on individual pieces or more generally, if you wish and encourages dialogue about writing. Scott offers mentoring services to other creative writers/students around the world. He is passionate about visiting and learning from other cultures and his web site also features many fascinating photos from his travels.
Commentary – December 4, 2012: Glance From A Stranger
From being born in the two traffic-light Town deep in South Georgia in Damascus to the urban area of Columbus, Georgia, Brandon Copeland has emerged as a spiritual writer, songwriter, and inspirational messenger. Through fire, flood, storm, and rain, this 27 year-old father of three is sharing some of his great insights with you.
In his youth, he was the winner of several fine arts competitions, oratorical contest, and landed leading roles in several stage plays. Brandon enjoys reading, sports, and is dedicated to family time. His writing strengths significantly reflect awareness, elegance, creativity, and moral fiber.
Contact info: email@example.com
Commentary – December 11, 2012: The Healing Power of Love [Restoring and Maintaining Inner Peace]
From 1994- 1999 he competed in the National Poetry Slam, and was the 1998 and 99 Haiku Slam Champion. His poems have been published in; Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Callaloo, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Red Brick Review, Asheville Review, Beltway Quarterly and the anthologies Gathering Ground, Love Poetry Out Loud, Meow: Spoken Word from the Black Cat, Short Fuse, Role Call, Def Poetry Jam, 360 Degrees of Black Poetry, Slam (The Book), Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapallooza, Poetry Nation, Beyond the Frontier, Spoken Word Revolution, Catch a Fire, and The Black Rooster Social Inn.
In 1995, He received the Furious Flower “Emerging Poet Award.” Performances include the Today Show, the documentary SlamNation, on BET, and in the feature film Slam. A Cave Canem fellow and the father of a young son, he has a CD of jazz and poetry entitled ‘LibationSong’. Joel’s poems can be explored at http://www.renegadesblog.blogspot.com
Commentary – February 26, 2013: The Idea of Improvisation at Newport in ’61. He is returning in April for National Poetry Month!
Kwame Alexander is the author of fifteen books including the children’s books Indigo Blume and the Garden City and Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band, both of which received NAACP Image Award Nominations for Outstanding Children’s Literature. His first YA Novel comes out in 2013 from Harper Collins, and his debut middle reader novel will be published by Houghton Mifflin in 2014. Kwame’s Book-in-a-Day writing & publishing program has created more than 2500 student authors in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. He has led delegations of writers to Brazil, Tuscany, and Ghana. Most recently, he co-founded the L.E.AP. for Ghana initiative, which provides literacy, school improvement, and girls’ empowerment programming in the community of Konko Village, in the Eastern Region of Ghana, West Africa. Visit him at http://www.kwamealexander.com.