TARGET leads the way with their motto CELEBRATE DIVERSITY

TARGET leads the way with their motto CELEBRATE DIVERSITY

How did you get TARGET to put your books in their stores? People often ask me that question with a curious surprise in their tone of voice.  Then they go on to add,” That is HUGE!!” My answer is always, simple, “Belief and determination”. And yes, any new unpublished author starting their own publishing company with the first book to get Target as their first client IS huge, indeed. But, beyond that, the most wonderful aspect of the story is the Target team themselves. I was invited to visit the Target Corporate office with my books, apparel and dolls not once, not twice — but five times. And each visit was a total joy because Target has managed to hire the most innovative, smart, tech savvy and ultimately cool team of young professionals that really know...

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BARNES AND NOBLE, AMERICANA presents I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL!

BARNES AND NOBLE, AMERICANA presents I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL!

THANK YOU! to the amazing BARNES AND NOBLE AMERICANA team (TAMMY and KRISTEN) for inviting illustrator CLAIRE ARMSTRONG PAROD  and myself to a GREAT day with the children for the book signing and story time presentation! It was a blast! Let’s do it in Barnes and Noble in New York City — and other cities,...

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KTLA 5 LOS ANGELES MORNING SHOW for I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL!

KTLA 5 LOS ANGELES MORNING SHOW for I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL!

http://video.ktla.com/Black-History-Month-Im-A-Pretty-Little-Black-Girl-25629001?playlistId=11925#.UwJZH0qha9J Yay! This LOVE goes out to our little Black girls! YOU totally...

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NAACP gives RED CARPET for I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL!

NAACP gives RED CARPET for I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL!

“It is truly an honor to nominated”. How many times have we heard this from award nominees? Well, in this case, I can honestly say, IT’S TRUE! You may have a dream that starts out as a few notes on a piece of paper — then you get the courage to actually make those notes into a book.  When the book actually touches the hearts of little girls and parents, that is the true statement of success. So to be nominated for being courageous enough to make a dream happen, it is an honor.  And to the NAACP IMAGE AWARD nominating committee, I thank you for the honor because you selected me, and for the LOVE and support of our girls for whom this book is created and dedicated, I thank you with all my heart. Love,...

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NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE: “OUTSTANDING LITERARY in CHILDREN’S!

I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL! is an NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE for OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK in Children’s books! How did we come this far?  By the grace of God, I assure you. If anyone has read interviews or read any articles about the journey of getting this book published, then you will have an idea of how amazing it is to be nominated for the honor of this award. It is no small feat to find the I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL!  book title among other works by major publishing houses that were created, edited, financed and marketed with a wheelhouse of huge corporate funds that make my little independent book financing look like –  not peanuts, but the peanut crumbs. I feel like it’s a “David and Goliath moment” to be...

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I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL! New BOOK PROMO on YOUTUBE!

Here is the I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL! BOOK PROMO ON YOUTUBE!

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NUMBER #1 on Amazon in AA books I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL!

NUMBER #1 on Amazon in AA books I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL!

How amazing!  I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL! book is holding steady on AMAZON as NUMBER #1 in African American storybooks! When I first decided to create this book for our little Black girls, I was either rejected by every major publisher, or told that I needed to change the title and the text to make it more “universal”. In other words, take out the description of “Black” in the title. I responded to one particular publisher, that “if I did that, then it would defeat the very purpose of the book designed to celebrate little Black girls” — thus, alienating the very audience that I want to attract with the intent of love and honor. It is difficult to get publishers to see that the old ways of reaching an audience...

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“Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine”: The true need for I’m a Pretty Little Black Girl!

Understanding the “why” of the title “I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL!” I have always dedicated my life to raising my son in the best possible way. I am one of those Moms that believes when it comes to the betterment of my child’s education and life. “If it’s out there, I’ll find it. If it’s not, I’ll create it.” So with this, I have raised funds for his elementary school orchestra, set up on-site tennis lessons that never existed, created a Spoken Word/Hip Hop Poetry Performance program –with my kid involved too — specifically for academically successful Asian kids to inspire them to “get beyond the books” and live out their inner “hip/hop desires”(and we...

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