Kambon Obayani is a retired professor of Literature, English, Writing (creative and expository), ESL, and Music at Pierce College and California State University Northridge, and is President of Jasmaya Productions and Publications. He has written seven novels, co-authored a biography of Jr. Walker, edited anthologies of poetry, prison writings, African American art, as well having ten plays produced, and selling film scripts. Obayani holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brown University, and a MFA from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
Phillip B. Middleton was born August 10, 1947 in Rocks, Maryland and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia where he was educated through college. After serving two years in the U.S. Army as a military policeman, he attended Tennessee State University, and Southern Illinois University, and prospectively earned a M.A. and a Phd. in English. He then began to travel and teach abroad, first in Tripoli, Libya for two years; then in Niamey, Niger, for three years, and later moved to Bristol, England, and began to write full time. He has held Fulbright Fellowships in the Sudan from 1984-1987, in Romania, from 1995-1997, and in Syria for one year.
Tears and Shadows was his first book.
Cush is a globe trotting, side walk high school, street wise, academically educated writer, and musician, from the bowels of Venice, Ghost Town, California.
AUTHOR: KING E. CARTER
The author was born in Sawyerville, Alabama and raised in Ramona Gardens Housing Projects, in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School, where he majored in Science and Foreign Language. Upon graduating from high school, he entered the University of Redlands (1966-1970), majoring in Sociology, Philosophy, and History. After Redlands, he earned his MA Degree in Education at Claremont Graduate University (1970—1972). His formal educational studies ended at UCLA (Administrative and Policy Studies in Education), with additional courses taken at UCSD, CSULB, and CSUDH. His teaching experiences includes Ganesha High School in Pomona, California (United States History, African-American Literature, and Cultural Anthropology); the Los Angeles Community College District (African-American History, History of African Civilization, United States History, Humanities, Sociology, Critical Thinking, and Ethics; the University of Phoenix (General Education courses);, and, California State University, Northridge (Developmental Reading, Developmental Writing, Effective Composition, and Critical Thinking and Race). The author has over 44-years of teaching experience, and has administrative experiences as the Acting Director of Black Studies (University of Redlands), Regional Coordinator of TRIO Programs Training (Atlanta University), and as the Director of the Program for Accelerated College Education (PACE) with the Los Angeles Community College District. Formally retired from teaching, the author spends his time writing poetry, mentoring students, serving on the Ronald McDonald House Charities Future Achievers of America Scholarship program, and as a member of the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum Board of Directors.
Ma’at em Maakheru Amen is a Brain Balanced Kemetic High Priestess, Yoruba Initiate, author of the book: Whatz In Your Womb?, 10 year veteran Reiki Master/Teacher and Belief Management Counselor. She is also known to some as the Hiphop Reiki Master. She is the founder of the Ma’at Foundation, Inc, Soul Psychic Fair, and Groove Movement. She co-founded Being A Part with her husband, Yah-I Ausar Tafari Amen where they offer relationship and lifestyle advice. She specializes in releasing subtle and core energies stored as beliefs. She has traveled across the country speaking on Energy from an Afrikan and interactive perspective and has presented her seminar at the Congressional Black Caucus, Urban League Young Professionals Group, as an opening speaker for KRS-One lectures, and the currently tours with Natural Hair Care Expo.
Now as the author of Whatz In Your Womb, Ma’at has focused her energy on clearing womb energy and beliefs in order to restore the true function and frequency of the womb in Black Women. Out of this movement, she has developed a technique called A.W.E. (Ancestral Womb Elevation), in which the participants identify and elevate the traumatized womb energy of their first enslaved ancestor. She is currently writing her 2nd book, Whatz Your Womb Thinking which deals with the introduction to the inner workings of the body, brain, personality, and soul, introduction to the brain of the womb and her various functions, understanding power versus light, being an analyzer versus a god, and the “real” activation of the god genes through brain balancing. For more information about Ma’at, visit WhatzInYourWomb.com or call 919-590-WOMB.
Author: MUHAMMAD YUSUF
About hundred years ago Uzbek poetry gave several unique talents to the world literature. Each of them has a specific place in the history of literature with their own literary skills, peculiar icons, and new versions. There are such creators that directly continue the most important traditions of the literary process. There are furthermore such categories of creators, who are different from others with their methods and different feelings which can’t be contained by any standards. Muhammad Yusuf is a creator who emerged in the world of literature with his own peculiar voice. His ordinary, simple, and hearty lyrics greatly contributed to the development of the national poetry. There are many writers, who desire to “imitate” his poems.
Samples of the poet’s poems were first published by an early press in 1976. Ten years later his first book of poems was published under the name of “Tanish teraklar” (“Acquainted poplars”) which were widely read and acclaimed by readers. Therefore, he found his place among modern Uzbek literature with his tens of poem-books, and several magnificent poetic works.
The poet lived with literature, and with a poetry, until the end of his life. He completed all the work which was given to him by destiny with responsibility, and proved that real talent and the burning word never dies, and are forever and unforgettable. It is known that the “Me” of the creator is clearly seen in his literary work. When we analyze his poems, the poet appears as a truthful and faithful person. His poetry easily takes its place in the soul of the ordinary reader, and the Lyrics of Muhammad Yusuf describes the most simple, ordinary, as well as the greatest feelings. He is a truth -worthy poet, with his truth-written poems. That is why people love and admire him.
Iroda Juraeva was born in 1970, March 18 in Fergana region. She graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Philology of National University of Uzbekistan named after Mirzo Ulugbek. She has been teaching English for 20 years at the university in the department of English philology. She is PhD, assistant professor. Her research work is also in comparative linguistics. Her scientific articles were published in local as well as international journals. She has visited in Great Britain, India, and the USA for professional development. She likes literature very much. Therefore, she is translating Uzbek stories into English.
Author and Translator: MUKHTASAR ABDULLAEVA
Mukhtasar Abdullaeva was born in 1977, May 13. From her school period she was interested in translating short stories from Uzbek into English and from English into Uzbek. Her interest directed her to the faculty of foreign philology National University of Uzbekistan. In 1994 she passed all the entrance exams successfully and became a student. In 1999 Mukhtasar Abdullaeva graduated from this faculty with honor and her teachers offered her to stay at this faculty in the position of a teacher. Since that time she has been working at this faculty. She teaches students with enthusiasm. She has been to several foreign countries as China, India and England for professional development.
Besides that she works on the scientific research connected with translation theory. She has published several articles in scientific journals in Uzbekistan and other countries.
Author: ABDULLAHI OSMAN EL-TOM
The author was borne in Darfur, Sudan, 1954. He is currently a Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Maynooth University, Ireland. His most recent books include: Growing Up In Darfur, Sudan, The Crooked Merchant of Khartoum, Ethnography of Breastfeeding: Cultural Contexts and Confrontations, Bloomsbury, 2015 (Edited Jointly with T. Cassidy); The Zaghawa Aptitude for Commerce: A Biography of Bushara Suleiman Nour of Darfur, Sudan. RSP, USA, 2014; Study War No More: Military Tactics of a Sudanese Rebel Movement. RSP, USA, 2013; and Darfur, JEM, and the Khalil Ibrahim Story. RSP, USA, 2011.
Author: DENISE ST PATRICK-BELL, PhD:
nee Denise Richardson, is a native of Waterbury, Connecticut. She earned her bachelor and master degrees from the University of Connecticut and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Arizona. She also completed postgraduate work at Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Bell is an award winning educator, administrator, and community leader with a career that spans 30 years. She is the founder and president of the Genesis Group International Consultants (GACION) and a principal in Global Strategic Partnership Alliance. She is also a certified life coach.
Professionally, Dr. Bell has been a top-level corporate executive, school and college administrator, curriculum director, program developer, teacher, speaker, trainer, counselor, researcher, evaluator, technical writer, editor, human resource consultant and entrepreneur. She has conducted workshops and seminars on a variety of topics in the United States, the Caribbean, South America and Europe.
Both professionally and personally, Dr. Bell is committed to work that furthers the growth and wholeness of individuals while bringing about practical and positive results in their lives.
This is her first published biography. Look for her soon to be published book “Healing from Betrayal” in which she discusses the five sources of betrayal that can lead to emotional tearing, scarring, and crippling. Dr. St. Patrick-Bell is a resident of South Florida. Follow her on facebook.com/GAICONLLC.
Schauntte Hezekiah”Tay” Parker Jr. was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan,and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Venice”Ghost Town” California, where he was schooled at Sidewalk High, Venice High School and Santa Monica High School. Vowing to never work for “Charley”, he mastered and was employed by the streets, then became a business man, owning Tays Playas Tattoos, one of the most successful tattoo shops in South Central Los Angeles for (17) seventeen years. From The Lobby to The Penthouse is the first book of his autobiography.