Black Author Showcase & VIP Reception

This inspiring event was brought to you to bring more exposure to Black authors by providing them with a platform to present their talents to current and new readers.  The event was packed with live presentations and displays by multiple authors, book signings, door prizes, and a great selection of books and related merchandise for purchase.


A Quick Note From Your Host Mimi Wright

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the authors, family, friends and community members who showed up and supported our first Black Author Showcase.  

A quick shout out to everyone else who helped make this event what it was:  Ms. Ikea Butler for her rendition of Lost Boy" and "My Redeemer Lives"

Drew and Jordan Thomas for their rendition of "Smile" .

Cheryl Frye for helping with check in.

My family, Jean Jeremiah, Tyrik, Nia, and Gail along with  Chris and Diane Parks for all their help with setup and tear down.  Christian Parks, our official photographer.

I was honored to be surrounded by such an array of talent.  Each individual shared an inspiring story that touched others hearts.  In the words of one attendee... "There was a lot of healing done today!"

I agree!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  I'll see you next time!


Our Featured Authors

Eddie K. Wright



Eddie K. Wright is the #1 Amazon Bestselling author of his Gangster Turned Guru Presents series. Eddie began writing spiritual self-help books based on his experiences while guiding others on their path in developing a real relationship with God. 

"The Evolution of a Gangster Turned Guru," is his personal story of transformation. From being charged with running a criminal enterprise by the United States Government to being the leader of a spiritual community where he's known as the Guru, Eddie’s former gangster mentality was converted by spiritual principals and God's Universal Laws, proving there is no bad from which good cannot come out of. 

His "Parenting from Prison," "The Law of One," "God's Operating System" and "Microwave Cookbook" are expectant releases to keep his series diversified and inspirational. Eddie is the first father to write about the challenges of being the parent of a gay son in his premier release "Voice for the Silent Fathers". 


While serving his sentence, Eddie has become a fitness trainer and Yoga instructor. Recently he earned his Master’s Degree in Religious Studies and continues assisting others to awaken to the spiritual essence of who they truly are.  

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Dr. Marcia E. Theadford


The Reverenced Dr. Marcia Theadford, ordained since 1995 is no stranger to the

Gospel. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Texas Christian University, completed concentration credits toward a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Moravian Theological Seminary before transferring to Drew University where she earned her Doctorate in Ministry Theology. Her passion and involvement in ministry began as a tender branch of age thirteen when she formed a teenage ministry for girls called, “I’m a

Teenager Lord, Now What!”

The anointed pastoral mantle which Marcia and husband Odell process has broaden their territory and carried them throughout the United States of America. Her unique presentation of the Gospel has enabled her to minister to various denominations and organizations while demonstrating the awesome power of God’s love to save, deliver and set people free from the grips of the enemy. Other ministries have been birth such as, “Gathering of Friends Ministry”, and “Iron Sharpens Iron,” bible study. Presently, she is

the Visionary of the GLAM SQUAD Inter generational Women’s Ministry.

Marcia entrepreneur gifting has launched forward into a television ministry called, “Conversations with Marcia.” In addition, she and her husband started a successful tee

shirt business, “Tees That Bling and More.”

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Darno Von DeJohnette


 Darno Von DeJohnette experienced his first OBE (out of body experience) at the age of 17. After graduating from high school he enlisted into the United States Air Force and later went to work on NASA's Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs at Rockwell International Space Division as a public relations news release correspondent. It was during his tenure at Rockwell International that he discovered the sublime connection between mankind, the earth, and the universe. It was then that he discovered god consciousness. 

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Prince Sefa-Boakye


Prince is an International Public Speaker, Juris Doctor, Black Entrepreneur, and Social Media

Coach. Traveling to places like Dubai and Bahrain.

His multimedia background ranges from broadcasting interviews with speakers like Drew Dudley and Dr. Cornel West to giving political commentaries on UR Business Network. His know-how on social media marketing and entrepreneurship has helped entrepreneurs all over the world establish their products and businesses. His methods have helped Sharine Jones-Weaver

publish her first autobiography book and establish her non-profit organization RAWR (Restoring A Woman’s Reverence).

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Jordan Thomas


A 21 years old student at CSUSB, this young entrepreneur has self-published 3 books, the first two were poetry and the latest book is titled “Create, Execute, Repeat: Leveraging Creativity in Business and Life.” 

He is a music producer and sound engineer at CSUSB and if you have a moment, you should check out his social media pages to hear him and his twin brother Drew, who since they were only 5 years old have been sharing their vocal talents and love of God with the world. 

He speaks 5 languages including English, Spanish, Japanese, Jamaican and Hebrew.

He’s a social media influencer, has a podcast called “Vessels & Visionaries” and has a goal to present at a TED Talk! He submitted his application this summer so let’s wish him luck.

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Janice Freeman


Janice Freeman is the: founder, president and CEO of Catch the Change Inc., Catching the Vision of Someone Else's Dreams Catch the Change (CTC) is a non-profit, community based organization focused on foster children and at-risk youth, ages 8 to 19 in Southern California.  

CTC's mission is to inspire and
cultivate the necessary changes that positively impact the lives of youth, educationally, vocationally, and holistically. 

CTO utilizes a holistic approach to enhance academic improvement and success. Ms. Freeman is also a pastor, author, business owner, clothing designer motivational speaker, mentor, Life Skill Coach and manager. As such. Ms. Freeman is a hard-working entrepreneur who regularly burns the midnight oil of achievement. 

Today, Janice Freeman resides in Southern California with her three sons, Joshua, Brandon, and Marcus. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poignant, introspective poetry, and most recently, writing her astounding memoir. Janice Freeman loves to help others. She has a heart for change.  She enjoys listening to jazz, love to laugh, walks on the beach, long drives along the coast, quiet time and what motivates her to keep moving forward is her three sons whom she raised as a single mother.  Her son's are a blessing. The obstacles of her falls and experiences of life allowed her to grow, learn and to keep moving forward. She will not stop until she complete with the spirit of excellence. Janice Freeman,  is a great woman with a great heart who is dedicated and committed to the things she passionate about.

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Additional Authors

Tiffani K. Patterson


Tiffani K. Patterson is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and educator who

graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science

degree in business management and a California Multiple Subject

Teaching Credential. She served at multiple units in both California

and South Carolina during her nine-year enlistment and was involved

in various notable Coast Guard missions.

Dr. Leonie Mattison, EdD., MBA


Leonie’s belief in the human spirit is unwavering, and her passion for empowering others is truly infinite. As a change agent, cultural advocate, and organizational development practitioner of almost two decades, her lifelong mission is to inspire people into action, help them connect passion and talent with purpose, and deliver optimal results. After enduring personal hardship firsthand, she realized the importance of not only discovering your purpose but paving the way to the life of

your dreams. Today, Leonie’s specialty is to transform lives by helping individuals fulfill the promise that God dreamed up for them so they can live and lead in highest and truest expression of themselves as a human being.

Represented Books

Voice for the Silent Fathers


The Authors memoir detailing the controversial experience of being the young father of a son who would grow up to be the gayest man on the planet! His 'NO SON OF MINE!!' street gangster mentality evolves during his difficult life journey coming to realize that his responsibility as a loving father didn’t change just because his son is gay.  

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Gangster Turned Guru Presents: A Day In The Life of Coffee and Paradise


An introduction to my new series of self-help books that will touch on multiple topics including but not limited to, parenting, relationships, health and well being, cookbooks, physical fitness, Universal laws and Principals. 

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Just Pray About It!: The Power to Overcome


 "Just Pray About It, The Power to Overcome," signifies the importance of passionately pursuing a partnership with God through prayer and intercession. Partnering in prayer with God on behalf of others takes you to a place in the spiritual realm that brings forth deliverance through Christ Jesus. Just Pray About It shares with you the power of prayer and proclamation. Prayer is the vehicle of our faith and our lifeline to God. In order to experience God's promises in Revelations 12:11, "Ans they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death," we must not only pray but also testify of God's amazing grace. Just Pray About It, encourages you to study scripture, and boldly declare the promises of God over your life and the lives of others. It is through prayer and studying God's Word that you will begin to know His voice and the voice of a stranger you will not follow. Every page offers prayer and promise through scripture and testimonies of those who lives were challenged by life's problems, but changed by prayer! Just Pray About It also provides you with journal entries to seize the moments in which God captures your heart in prayer. 

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Circles of Awareness


The first published work in a series of seven volumes, The Bell is an introduction to Circles of Awareness: The Metaphysical Power of Psychic Control. It opens the doorway to a subconscious reality and reveals conscious awareness as the tool of creation. It explores the concept of multi-dimensional realities, expanding waves of concentric vibration, and consciousness-energy which creates the material universe that surrounds us.

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Five Steps To Live Like An Entrepreneur: A Complete Guide to Entrepreneurship


Five Steps to Live Like An Entrepreneur is a step-by-step approach on how to start your own career. This book provides real-life examples and simple language that can help anyone in the world find their product, business, and niche in the world marketplace.

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Create, Execute, Repeat: Leveraging Creativity in Business and Life


The primary purpose of this newest release is to further use this God-given gift of creativity and to be able to not just apply it in education, business, leadership, and serving God but also to bring out the creativity that lies within those around us. Some of the subjects discussed include:

  • Emphasizing excellence/continual progress instead of perfection
  • Creative confidence in Christ
  • Implementing creativity in school
  • Staying creative without compromise
  • The importance of business innovation

I would like this book to encourage people to thrive creatively as authentically as possible

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Behind the Ranks Vol. 2


Innumerable women can relate to having both visible and invisible scars from their life's journey. Yet, too often they are afraid to share how they got those scars and how they healed. That is why Lila Holley and 16 coauthors are back with Behind the Rank, Volume 2.

A unique breed, these military women who have taken an oath of duty and now belong to a special sisterhood, are leading the charge to share their stories, their lessons learned, and their messages of hope.

As you read their narratives, you will see how they dealt with an array of injuries from being wrongly accused to being denied promotions and even confined. Yet, they held on to their faith and remained positive throughout their journey. Their accounts of courage will inspire you to continue your healing process, so that you too can one day look at your scars as beauty marks. 


She Got Up!


Make No Mistake! Ms. Freeman Got Up! After a series of inexplicable, supernatural attacks against her life, Janice Freeman fought back the only way she knew how---with the supernatural forces of God! In "She Got Up" Freeman talks about the harrowing, near catastrophes which tried to destroy her life, and and how she clung to God, moment by moment. Within each experience you'll see the in-your-face proof of God's deliverance, bringing her to the safe harbor of His protection. Janice Freeman won her fight, and she's about to show you how to win yours! 

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The Thread


I am writing this book, The Thread, to inspire you to step forward, so you can use the thread of your personal experiences to discover your purpose. I want to empower and inspire you to weave your life threads together to start, continue and finish the work that God has begun in you. To do this, I will share not only some of my own life experiences but also the experiences of a few biblical figures, such as Rahab, Ruth, and Peter, who used the threads of all of their experiences, both good and bad, to discover, embrace, and accelerate their purpose. I’m going to show you how to identify and overcome barriers, break free from the root cause of shame so you can access the resources embedded in the scripture to help access the power God has placed in you to shine your light so others can find their way through this world. Each experience of your life forms a thread that God is using to design a better you. He’s aware of your struggles. He knows how to connect you the woman and the man he dreamed up for you. He’s a master builder who knows the end from the beginning. However, He wants you to surrender everything to Him. To

do that you have to disrupt and root up what is, wake up the person inside of you then replant your purpose and connect it to the best of who is inside of you. You are a repeatable miracle, and

it’s time to surrender, it is time to thread a strong re-connection to your purpose.

Book Launch 2019

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Author Victoria Sallie

"It's A Long Story" is a memoir, a release, and a testimony that A LOT can happen in 6 years. Intrigued yet

This story is a personal one, so grab a comfortable seat and grab your tea. Let's take a trip back in time to visit a younger me, in the last summers of my teenage years. Travel with me from my discovery of Brownsville, Brooklyn at the young age of 16, up until I packed a suitcase and moved across the country to Southern California at the age of 24. 

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mary & martha


Over 2,000 years ago they began serving in their home. They learned through their experiences that having people in your home isn't about the act of entertaining, but it is the method by which we invite Guests into our homes to love on them. In fact, the greatest Guest felt so welcomed in their home, He was entertained there many times.

This is where you enter the story. We are inviting you to join us, and see your home transformed. Let us show you how easy it can be. We have created products and tips to give you the confidence that you can have people in your home without it being perfect, complex, or routine, so you can focus on the main thing: the guests that enter into your homes.

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