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A New Rap Artist Sparking in the Hip Hop Era: Deetranada Tells it All

She is no stranger to the music world when it comes to getting her hands dirty.  Deetranada is from Baltimore and is already changing the game with her live activism through her music.  Her face might look familiar because she has been on Jermaine Dupri’s show, season three of The Rap Game, which is the most popular show on Lifetime.  The passion to started rapping was due to the fact that she used to get bullied a lot at a young age.  That motivated her even more when she was also was introduced to the poetry game where she used her words to talk about hardships and things she went through.

Deetranada has big dreams and big goals and being in the music industry was one of them. The opportunity of being on the Rap Game went smoothly being that she was already claiming that in the atmosphere before it actually happened.  Doing freestyles every Friday on Instagram, tagging became her best friend; tagging Jermaine Dupri and the Rap Game in her posts.  When JD started following her and the producer from the show reaching out to Deetranada asking her to be apart of the show paved other opportunities for the world knowing what she was really all about.  The only difference between her and the other kids on the show was that they had more experience with being in the studio and performing on the stage with celebrities, but that didn’t stop Deetranada from doing what she love the most.  She had the confidence to make things happen and through her music, she was doing actually what she was called to do and that was to make a difference through her rap.

The one thing that sets her apart from other rappers is the fact in her music she doesn’t cuss, but the biggest thing is talking about the things that are happening in the world right now.  She is a young activist living her dream and wanting to make a difference in her community and to the world.

“It’s kids dying, black-on-black crimes.  Most kid and adult rappers won’t speak on that,” says Deetranada during the interview.

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Five years from now Deetranada sees herself as being a millionaire and winning awards for the best female rapper for making a difference.  It’s all about speaking things into existence.   The latest project that she is working on is called “Dee vs. everybody which is set to be released this year.  Other projects she released was “A Bunch of Nada” that was released this past February and “Adolescence Swim” last June.  You can find all her music on You Tube, Spotify, iTunes on her website at www.deetranada.com

 

Follow her on IG @deetranada

 

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Children’s Book Author, Lenny Williams Inspires Children in the Black Community; New Book Releases August 18th

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  • It’s amazing to see a male author that writes children’s books because it’s very motivational! How did your journey as a children’s book author came about?

Well anyone who knows me personally knows that I absolutely love children. I may not want any of my own since I’m already the oldest of eight, but I still love the energy and joy children bring to the world.

Now when it comes to my journey as a children’s book author it was a very difficult one. In 2013 when I decided to write a bedtime story called ‘Dreaming Their Way Out’ I had no idea how I was going to publish it. I had also looked everywhere in the state of Delaware (which is where I live) for an illustrator for nearly two years, but the artists I contacted were inconsistent with communication, or sometimes didn’t want to take on the challenge of illustrating a book—even if I was paying them well.

So by 2015, I found an illustrator named, Ohana Tozato, on Instagram. The crazy part is that she lives all the way in Germany, but she was the only one who responded to my message, and from there on we created Dreaming Their Way Out. After a year and a half of working on the finalization of the book, and finally finding an independent publisher; my road to being a successful author had begun.

  • Tell us more about your books

 

When it comes to my books you will always find a common theme.

 

MAGIC!

 

I love creating unique and magic books! I have this undeniable urge to pull my readers right into my stories and into my world. I’ve found that once people read my stories they never want them to end or better yet they want sequels added to them. That makes me proud because it reminds me that I’ve just created a classic.

 

As an author I’m striving to be the best of all-time, and I also strive to be pioneer in the writing world. I don’t want any of my stories to be similar to someone else’s; it has to be on a level of its own. Don’t get me wrong I love supporting my fellow authors, but at the same time I love a friendly competition, and if you aren’t striving to be the absolute best in your field, then you’re wasting your time in my opinion.

 

Alright so about my books:

 

Dreaming Their Way Out is a magical bedtime story about seven orphans who are desperately yearning for a family. One night while dreaming about escaping the orphanage something indescribable happens; and they discover something amazing about themselves. They do not realize that this discovery will change their lives forever.

 

The Holiday Dream is a sequel to Dreaming Their Way Out. In this story the children take a trip to the North Pole to find the perfect gifts for their guardians. Throughout this journey they meet a peaceful nun, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, and Rudolph.

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Asha the Princess of Matana is about a young black American man who meets an African Princess, outside the gates of her enormous kingdom; and the deeper you get into the story you learn that they ultimately fall in love with each other

 

Asha is filled with magic, romance, and adventure.

 

Snippet: After winning a trip to Matana, Africa, Jamal and his friend Tamir stumble upon a kingdom full of mystery and wonder. During the process of their journey they meet a princess named Asha. Jamal eventually helps the princess discover a power within her that she never knew was there. This story is dedicated to our ancestors and most of all to black women.

 

Education Is Power: A Snippet of the Life of W.E.B Du Bois This story is about African-American civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois and it teaches children about the need for education. Young W.E.B. Du Bois will be talking about how education gave him the POWER to become a great learner and a great teacher. This power, found through education, led him to become a leader, an author, a humanitarian, an activist, and an overall great person that made an impact in the world. Du Bois encourages children that they can do whatever they put their mind too through the power of education.

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She’s Divine Literally separated by two dimensions, the universe somehow finds a way to bring Noah King, and Diana Divine together, and ultimately teaches them that there’s beauty within life and the afterlife.

 

Hardworking college student Noah King earns an internship as a therapist at a care center for the elderly. He’s determined to complete it and finish his psychology degree early. But things take an unusual turn one night when one of his patient’s dead granddaughters, Diana Divine, appears in his room. Throughout their journey to figure out how and why they met and what their purpose is, their chemistry grows into an unbreakable bond.

 

This novel is romantic, magical, heart-wrenching, and wondrous all at the same time.

 

  • Everyone has to start from somewhere when it comes to writing and finding what they are truly good at. I read the story in your bio that you started writing your junior year of college in which your professor inspired you to do so.  What was going through your mind at that time?

 

At that time during my junior year of college I was going to school to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice to become an FBI Agent or detective one day. I was also interning with a law firm and the police department at the same time. I was so focused and concerned with being in law enforcement that it never truly occurred to me that it wasn’t a passion of mine. I believe I was more concerned about having a financially stable career over anything.

 

Now before I get to the actual story, I have to tell you that my 10th grade English teacher, Mrs. Szczuka, and my 12th grade English teacher, Mrs. Sylvia, told me that I should become a writer one day. Every time the class had creative writing assignments, my teachers were blown away. They loved my imagination and where I would go with my stories. At the time I appreciated their comments, but I never thought that writing would be something that could impact my life financially, so I didn’t take it into consideration.

 

By my junior year of college after completing a creative writing assignment, my professor pulled me to the side and told me that I should seriously consider being an author. The funny thing is that I can’t even remember what I wrote about that day to make him even want to say that to me. But at that point I knew I had to give it a try.

 

Once I applied myself and truly devoted my time to writing a story that year, I noticed that not only was I a gifted fiction writer, but that this writing thing was also a passion of mine. In my mind, I told myself that once I graduated early that I would take a year off from applying at any police departments or law enforcement jobs to write stories.

 

That’s exactly what I did and from there on my life changed.

 

  • The fact that you have a very great imagination, your topics of choice are wonderful when you wrote your books. Where did the inspiration come from?

 

Thank you so much for saying that. Hearing compliments like that make my day.

Growing up I was inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Space Jam, and every Disney movie you could think of; but for the most part I believe most of my inspiration comes from nature, especially the night sky. Once I star-gaze my imagination goes wild.

 

It sounds crazy but it’s something I can’t control. I think I’m just the source or the messenger God is using to bring new creative stories to the world.

 

  • How long does it typically take you to write your books?

 

It usually takes me a month to write a bedtime story or a very detailed children’s book.

 

Education Is Power was the quickest story I’ve ever written. That only took me a day to write because it was biography and it was an educational book for pre-k – 1st graders, so couldn’t write a super long story like I’m used to doing.

 

When it comes to my novels it takes about three months to write them, but about six months to a year to finish up the editing and re-drafting.

 

  • What type of message do you want people and kids to take away from your books?

 

After reading my stories I want people to spread love, magic, and positivity throughout the world because we truly need it.

 

  • I really like the character Asha you created. It reminds me of an animated movie she could definitely be in!  Have you thought about submitting the story as well as the character to the Disney network for possible movie or TV suggestions?

 

Thank you! People really love Asha. That story is going to be a hard one to top. While writing Asha I truly knew in my heart that I could convert it into an animation film one day.

 

I’ve actually submitted my early work to Disney before while I was in college but they told me they couldn’t accept it because it was against their policy too; and they also said they weren’t hiring writers either.

 

 So when Asha was published last year, I didn’t even attempt to send it to Disney because I didn’t want them stealing my work. But I did reach out to black owned film companies and animation studios about working with them, or to at least give me some advice, but they never answered me. I even tried reaching out to famous black directors, producers, and writers, just for advice, but I still haven’t received a response. So I know this is all going to have to be done on a grassroots level.

 

The sad thing is that once Asha continues to grow and it ends up in Hollywood, the people that I emailed and messaged before for help, will probably try to reach out to me then.

 

That’s just how it works I guess.

 

 

  • I see that you have a new book coming out called “She’s Divine” which is scheduled to be released August 18th. How long did it take you to write the romantic story? The story that’s on your website that led up to this story is very powerful.

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Yes my handful of fans are really excited about this upcoming novel She’s Divine ha-ha. It took me three months to write this story, or probably even two months.

 

And thank you! God truly intervened during that tragic moment in my life. When my cousin died last year it was hard for me to function through daily life. That’s why glad God caused a divine intervention throughout those difficult months because I truly needed it. Even though it’s hard to talk about I’m glad I wrote about the situation on my website. So if anyone is confused by what you and I are talking about right now, they can check out my website lennysimagination.com to find out how She’s Divine came about.

 

  • Since your books has been released, has there been any fun events you been to promoting your books?

 

That’s a tough one; I guess it’s a tie between every black book festival I go to.

 

  • Where do you see yourself five years from now?

 

Five years from now I see myself working in Los Angeles writing movie scripts and probably directing films.

 

  • When it comes to writing, what keeps you motivated and inspired?

 

I believe God, nature, my family, and good people continue to inspire me and motivate me to write. For me, writing is like a flame that will never burn out.

 

I would also say that having a great working relationship with my illustrator keeps me motivated. If you follow my page you can probably already tell that Kaitlin June is my favorite artist.

 

She’s the one who illustrated Asha and she’s going to illustrate the covers for my upcoming novels. I think Kaitlin is the only illustrator I’ve worked with who lives in the U.S. But besides that Kaitlin understands me and my themes, she does a fantastic job bringing my vision to life.

 

On top of that she’s very patient with me. Trust me I know because I can be very tedious and a hard-ass sometimes when it comes to having books looking and sounding immaculate.  But she continues to help and I honestly hope that her art travels all over the world, and that she becomes one of the most famous artist of our generation.

 

  • Are their any special writing techniques you use when writing?

 

Yes, first I write down notes and I mean as many notes as possible!

 

Secondly, I come up with a cover concept and contact one of my illustrators while I develop an outline of the story.

 

Once the outline is developed I begin to work on the 1st rough draft. This is the most important part when it comes to the writing process because you want to bring out all the imagination you can. The more information and detail—the better. 

 

I usually create about 50 rough drafts.

 

After my last rough draft is finished, I start on my first final draft and polish up what I’ve written.

 

After working on multiple final drafts, and I usually come to a realization that there is nothing else left for me to do, so I submit the work to my editor.

 

Once my editor is finished I submit everything (cover, back cover, edited draft) to my publisher.

 

Then the book is published once I find a perfect date.

 

  • What is next for Lenny Williams?

 

Well I have 4 novels left to write, and three more children’s books left to write.

 

Spoiler for the novels: They both have a sequel, which adds up to four novels.

 

I guess I can also spill the beans on the titles at least but I can tell you what they’re going to be about yet because that’s a surprise:

 

 

Roxanne’s World

Jackie’s World

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Zena: Andre’s Last Hope part 2

 

 

After that I’m going to use my imagination to make a change in the filming world by consistently working on movie scripts.

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  • How can readers connect with you?

 

They can contact me at sugarraylenny@gmail.com or itsonus247@gmail.com

Or on Instagram at sugarraylenny or lennys_imagination. I basically message everyone back besides the pages that ask if I want 1,000 more followers, or if I want to make $2,000 in 25 minutes.

 

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The Renaissance Man Prescribes a Good Dose of Good Health& Motivation

  1. Tell me more about your career of being a doctor

I am a Behavior Scientist.  I focus on helping individuals, parents, teams, and organizations change their unwanted behaviors to desired behaviors.  This is done by preparing different interventions, based on the individual’s history and life. No two individuals have the same experiences; thus every intervention is different. It is always based on the client’s needs and focus.  

  1. How did growing up in a low-income area make you want to become a better person? Did you face any challenges growing up?

The biggest challenges I faced growing up were having to grow up quickly and realizing that my future depended on my efforts.  Understanding that my Father was addicted to narcotics and spending time in and out of prison, forced me to observe, behave, and act as an adult at a very young age.  I did not have the luxury of a responsibility-free childhood. As my Mother worked hours on end to make ends meet, I knew that whatever I wanted for my future I had to make happen through my efforts. There was no safety net for me to fall back on as I walked the tight rope of life.  Adding academic and athletic excellence into the mix, it taught me a discipline and focus that allowed me to thrive. Seeing what I saw as a young child and understanding the focus needed to succeed, forced me to be the best possible version of myself from a young age. Admittedly, I still struggle at times being my greatest self but the pursuit for excellence is forever present, 

  1. I see that you are doing a lot of great things in your life, has your motivation helped others in their personal lifestyle?

I do believe it has helped others.  That can come in the form of me working with a client, my football players (I coach high school football) wanting to work as hard for me as I do for them, or old friends, family, and former students reaching out asking for my assistance in many endeavors.  It is a form of flattery when someone looks to you as motivation and shares their desire for your help.

  1. When did you decide that you were going to create the “Docs Daily Dose for Dads” podcast? How did you come up with the title?

It has always been an idea, I just wasn’t sure when to start it or what to call it.  I knew helping parents, especially Fathers was something I loved and was one of the best ways for me to be of service to those in the world.  After my first podcast with a friend ended, I knew I had the experience and know how to avoid some of the earlier hurdles and decided to get rolling on Doc’s Daily Dose for Dads.  As for the name itself, it simply came after some brainstorming in my office one night. As soon as I thought of it, I knew that would be the name of the show.

  1. What do you want people to take away from your motivational tips on your podcast?

There are 3 things I really want people to get from my daily tips.  The first is that I am not perfect and will never try to act as though I am.  I am a different cat. I may be the messenger for some and I may not, but that is okay.  Some of the things I share may work or they may not, specifically for you and that is okay as well.  The point is, I am you. The second thing coincides with the first in that I am not telling anyone what to do.  I am offering suggestions and hope to hear feedback from those who listen. It takes a village and that is the concept I am sharing.  Basically, here are some things I know work well and hope they can be of use. Lastly, though I will give insight on mindset and perspective taking, I always have something tangible, an activity you can do to see things change in your life.  So many people who offer advice talk about changing mindset but essentially, they do not provide ways to do so. This leaves the listener excited when they leave but as they enter the real world and do not have actual tangible things to do, they become lost and suffer even further.  My focus is to talk about some mindset issues but to provide everyone with a practical approach that will change behavior, behavior you can see and changes you will observe.

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  1. When did your writing career as an author come about?

I have always loved to write since a very young age.  My Father did a lot of random writing and I believe watching him fill yellow notepads fueled my love for writing.  Observing him is where my writing career began. It was honed further throughout school and when publishing research experiments in graduate school.  The interesting thing is there is no genre in which I defer with respect to my writing. I have written a manuscript for an academic, peer-reviewed scientific journal to a one-man show production to philosophical papers to poetry.  If the idea is present, it can be put on paper.

  1. How many books have you written? Do you plan to write any more books in the near future?

I currently have written one book that I have never attempted to publish (saving it for some reason); a research experiment in an academic journal; a poem for an anthology; an e-book being released before the new year; and am focused on a book now that I plan on publishing.  

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  1. As a motivational speaker, what places have you traveled to speak at? What message do you want people to hear?

I have traveled through the United States to speak including California, Colorado, New York, Florida, and Iowa.  There are many different topics I cover. However, I think the most important is the message of understanding the necessity of the things we deem “negative,” “evil,” “bad,” or any other adjective you can come up with that we do not like as a people.  Everything in this world is inherently linked to it’s opposite. We cannot know short without tall, big without small, or good without bad. As so as everyone fights to stamp out the negative, we give no thought to its necessity. I am not suggesting we do not fight against the things we see as injustice.  What I am saying is that there is no justice without injustice. This allows us fighting for the good to respect the entity we are fighting against and understand that it is necessary for growth. If all the “bad” was demolished and only the “good” was left standing, where do we go from there? There is nowhere to go.  Thus, all growth comes from death and all death begins the process of life. Take this for what you will but know that there is nothing in this world that stand alone without it opposite. They are inherently linked and necessary for not only the balance of life but the essence of life itself.

  1. Are you currently working on any new projects?

There are a few projects in the works.  We are providing workshops, talks, one-on-one services.  There are multiple retreats for parents and their children being developed.  We also have a few video productions in the works as well as a theatrical performance, all meant to stimulate the idea of growth and changing your behavior for the better.  All info on these projects can be found on the website as well as the option to book for any services, workshops or talks.

10) How can readers connect with you? What is the link to your social media, podcast and you tube series?

All of my information is available here.  

Dr. Antonio M. Harrison

Cell: (626) 316-3622

Email: aharrison@rebirthbx.com

Website: www.rebirthbx.com

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Guest Post from I Am Queen Magazine: Interview

I had the pleasure to interview Actress and singer Daniela Torchia about her career and journey as both an actress and singer.  You can read more on I Am Queen Magazine Blog!

 

https://iamqueenmagazine.com/2018/08/08/actress-and-singer-daniela-torchia-talks-about-music-and-new-film-projects/

 

 

 

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Interview: Let’s Laugh with EB4REAL!

Laughing is apparently good for the soul! So why not laugh some more with EB4REAL! He has been entertaining family and friends since elementary school and since performing and auditions, he is definitely ready to take comedy full time!  Making moves is what he is all about and making you laugh is what he does best!

 

In your bio you mentioned you have been making people laugh since you were young.  What type of jokes did you tell back then?

 

I’ve been snappin’ on cats since I was 12 years old so it was a game we used to play in the neighborhood called Casin’ or what is known now as Roasting. It was all fun amongst childhood friends and was not intended to be hurtful or malicious.

 

Did you ever participate in the talent shows at school? 

 

No school talent shows it was more like street talent. Poppin’ n Lockin’ in front of the school.  Anyway…I was actually more of a band geek.

 

How did you decide that being a comedian is what you wanted to do?

 

Let’s just say….I didn’t choose comedy, comedy chose me.

 

Do you travel to perform at events? Were they successful? 

 

Yes, I have traveled on numerous occasions and have been received very well. At times, it’s been an unnerving feeling to discover how different audience members will respond to my material. But, then again, that’s part of the fun of it.

 

How has comedy helped you in your life?

 

They say laughter is good for the soul.  I don’t know about good for the soul, Ha! Ha! But, I try to be positive and look for a humorous vein in every aspect of my life.

 

In order to tell a good joke, are there any necessary steps involved?

 

I’m an observational comedian and when I see something I choose to write about the setup and punchline come easy and it’s always relatable to audiences.

 

What do you normally do to get prepared for a big show?

 

I’m very passionate about my comedy career and I’m always prepared for a feature performance (15 – 20 minutes). I always have prepared material and never need to improvise.

 

How many years have you been doing this? Part-time or full-time?

 

I wrote my first set in 2003 and performed on open mic part-time but after that I decided I wanted to have a career in comedy. I have invested a lot of time and I am passionate about performing regularly.

 

What keeps you motivated/inspired doing what you love doing the most?

 

First and foremost, I believe in myself and I have invested in the belief that I can be successful in comedy and I have a very strong family support system.

 

Have you faced any challenges in your career so far? 

 

Yes, there are challenges in the comedy industry. However, I take those challenges on the chin and appreciate them to make me a better and stronger performer.

 

What is next for you?

 

Well, that’s a big question. I was just informed that there are auditions in August for America’s Got Talent and I’m strongly considering it.

 

How can readers connect with you? 

Please connect with me on my website at EB4REAL.com. Follow me on IG @comedyreal47, and my Facebook fan page @EB4REAL8. I look forward to connecting.