Tag: Art

New book reviews coming soon…

On a Saturday, July 16, 2016, I attended the Soulful Chicago Book fair on Chicago’s south side.  In 2015; Founder, Asadah Kirkland brought over 20 years of experience to create The Soulful Chicago Book Fair . On this beautiful summer afternoon, I had the great pleasure to meet several authors with phenomenal, warm and intense stories to share. We talked about life journeys, family, relationships, being proud to be black, and what it means to grow up in urban communities.

From block to block, authors stood in their booths proudly holding books with confident smiles on their faces. Each block represented a genre of literary work. On the children’s story block, I got a sense of proud parents teaching, learning and sharing powerful stories that will be told for generations. Often times, young adults and children were the authors of the books. It was a proud and humbling experience to witness strong African-American relationships surrounded by books.

Here are a few authors I had the pleasure of meeting and discussing their work:

I Love My Hair by Author, Candace Edwards shares an amazing book that’s fun with phenomenal illustrations by Edward C. Kidd.

Growing up, I didn’t embrace and love my hair as much as Madison. I started to appreciate the beauty and unique qualities of my hair as I got older. I’m thankful Ms. Candace Edwards is sharing this story of confidence.

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Candace Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Because by Author, Chiquita Camille Payne shares a heart-warming story about accepting one another and the importance of family love.

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Chiquita Camille Payne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneaky Little K by Author, Sheenita Robinson and Illustrations by Jason Holmes shares an incredible book on discovering phonetics and sounds with the Sneaky Little K.

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Sheenita Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Love of Debbie La’treck” by Author, Habeeba B. Pasha and Illustrations by Pavel Melecky shares an amazing story about a girl name Vivian that has a creative spirit.  She’s an avid reader and loves to live through literary characters. The story and illustrations perfectly flow.

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Habeeba B. Pasha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legally Branded, A Memoir by Author Shanna Red is a memoir about Shashanna Wilson. She is a woman who survived a heroin-addicted mother, physical and mental abuse at foster homes that ultimately caused self-identity issues, unhealthy relationships, and education problems. “Legally Branded, A Memoir” takes you on a journey in the shoes of Shashanna as she fights to overcome the darkness of foster care.

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Shanna Red

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Voices by Author Rebekah S. Cole is an intense story about Jonetta Miller. A young, pregnant and unwanted young lady sent away by her mother to live in Chicago to live with her Aunts. She is faced with tough choices as family tensions rise.

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Rebekah S. Cole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call Her by Her Name, Poems by Author Bianca Lynne Spriggs is a book of poetic genius. She tells stories that are rarely told. The book is a celebration of women. It breathes life into the complexity of women.

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Bianca Lynne Spriggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s read together and start conversations about  amazing authors and important topics!

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3 Easy Ways to get the attention of consumers ignoring your ads on Social Media

Contrary to popular belief, lots of research has proven that consumers are ignoring ads on their social media pages.  In an article, When Brands Try Too Hard on Social Media Pages, (2015) by Forbes Contributor, Blake Morgan, she references a Forrester research that states, “Brands are using social media more than ever, and users are ignoring them more than ever.” Last year,  posts from brands created interactions with 4.2% of a brand’s followers. This year, that fell to 2.2%. On Pinterest, interactions fell from 0.1% to 0.04%. Consumers are developing what used to be called “banner blindness.” Social Media is the primary go to spot for brands to hangout on the borders of consumers’ screens. In 2017, interaction with these ads continue to drop. It’s time to engage instead of bombarding folks with ads.

Here are 3 alternative ways to find and engage consumers:

  1. Collaborate with coffee and tea houses; trendy restaurants, museums and popular entertainment venues.
  • Offer bundle deals for using a product or service.
  • Connect to an important cause.
  • Give real life experiences. Believe it or not, people like touchy/feely experiences. Don’t worry, they’ll share it.
  • The Art of Institute of Chicago just had huge success allowing people to experience the Vincent Van Gogh exhibition. They collaborated with Airbnb.

Check it out here: Chicago Art Institute and Airbnb

  1. Smart Phones
  • Don’t just text a bazillion coupons and deals. I always assume a better one will come the next day if I don’t click on my fresh coupon. Just saying!
  • Introduce super cool mobile Apps that interact with your product and/or service.
  1. Good old fashion billboards always warm my heart
  • Street marketing is by far the most organic way to reach an audience.
    • If you never seen a billboard advertisement, chances are you’ve never been in public or perhaps not born.
    • Yeah, people are obsessed with their gadgets. True!  But don’t snooze on some of the super dope and creative billboards hugging the expressway, on bus stops, on train platforms, and anywhere there’s public transportation and foot traffic.

Check out these awesome billboards: Creative Billboards Around the World

When consumers vanish from social media, do not be discouraged. People are still paying attention to what matters to them. Connecting is not exclusive to social media.  Connecting is a relationship joined by links established from many means of communication.

 

Now, go out there and be great!!!

Feel free to read my pairing of this article on Caramel Lattes and Stilettos Blog

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