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REST, RENEW & RECHARGE YOURSELF!

Ah! when was the last time you took more than a few moments to rest from the daily pulls of life?  Seriously the demands of life here on earth in the current times we live in can place a strain on even the strongest people we know.  God never intended us to get so busy with the affairs of our lives that we never take the time to rest in the most sincere yet simplest forms of relaxation. When was the last time you took a long-winded walk around your neighborhood or local park just to do so? If your response is two weeks ago or longer – you may not be resting intentionally in order to renew yourself for your best interest and those family members and loved ones who are counting on you to live a long life. I happen to love running, cycling and live a very active lifestyle that also involves caring for my two daughters but even with my active lifestyle and as a vegetarian – I recently heard the Holy Spirit whisper Rest, Renew & Recharge! You see in the beginning when God completed creation in 6 days, he rested on the 7th day (Genesis 2:2). Even the Most High God knows we all need rest for he created rest. 

If I am being totally transparent, as a single mom – the word rest has always sounded a bit foreign to me because I used to believe I needed to complete a majority of my long list of action items before resting. Perhaps you too have an extremely busy lifestyle that involves working full-time, caring for your loved ones and quite possibly your parents.  Listen, Jesus knows all the past, present and future demands you will ever face but in order to Renew – you must first find Rest. Your mind, heart, blood pressure and body will all thank you in the long run! Do not wait until you are faced with a health scare before you take the necessary rest you need. Consider good rest will lead to the re-establishment of your health in Christ Jesus! While this may be easier said than done, if you lead a busy lifestyle – make sure you seek the Lord’s help in showing you how to rest. One simple way I have found rest is by purposely leave my cell phone downstairs during my much needed rest period. Yep – I simply place my device in silent mode and disconnect from the world to avoid unnecessary interruptions. Our bodies are not electronic devices powered by batteries intended to operate in non-stop mode, No! we are limited human beings created by an unlimited God so rest is found first in our Heavenly Father. 

So here’s to your goal of Recharging your body, mind and spirit. To Recharge simply means to regain energy or spirit! To fulfill all the things God has purposed us to do in the earth, we must regain energy expended during the course of our daily demands. What I know for sure is that my daughters are depending on the best version of me to take care of them. I simply cannot give them that best version unless I intentionally press pause on the pressures of this world, renew my mind in Christ Jesus by getting the much needed rest the Father intends for me to have.  Likewise you cannot be superwoman or superman to anyone while you are exhausted from the cares and demands of society.  Remember we are reminded in Matthew 11:28 “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Here are a few simple ways to add relaxation back into your daily routine:

Unplug your phone for an hour; Grab your journal, favorite cup of tea and sit outside for 30 minutes while you write a letter of gratitude for the many blessings you already have

Schedule a 1 hour massage which can help to relieve tense muscles.

 Research shows those who intentionally unplug by resting purposefully are more productive in fewer hours than those who do not. 

May we find comfort in Psalms 23:2 “He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams” (NLT).  I am standing in agreement with you as you Rest, Renew and Recharge for God’s glory!  Remember, you were fearfully and wonderfully made for such a time as this!

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Whatz in Oneika’s Closet!

It’s not about brand, it’s about Style”

This quote is so true. People get so caught up in all these brand name clothing and going broke. When you can take something old and make it look like it cost just as much as that Big name brand that your chasing. I never been caught up and wanting that Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton or that Chanel bag. Just wasn’t raised like that.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing wrong with these items but don’t go broke trying to keep up with the Jones’s because they are broke. Trust me I would love to get some of these items but I’m all about living for what I have in my pockets! I’m not about trying to impress others with some high end garments, but will impress you with inexpensive pieces with my STYLE.

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I will walk into a store and go to that sale and clearance rack in a minute. Just like these checkered black & white high waist pants from Rue21 for $9. I love a awesome deal and can find some big name brand items mentioned before in a Thrift Store with tags on them as well. So brands are great for the right price at your local Thrift Store 😀. This entire outfit is under $50!

“Fashion fades, Style is eternal”-Yves Saint Laurent

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Endure T-shirt: @schznsession @cadsvabrands (IG)

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35-year old man Randomly Stabbed at a California Restaurant while with his Daughter

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We all know that we are going to eventually die soon, but how soon is soon?  As for 35-year old Anthony Mele, he was randomly stabbed in the neck while holding his 5-year old daughter in his lap at a crowded Southern California restaurant on April 18, 2018.  49-year old Jamal Jackson who is homeless was convicted of first-degree murder.  According to patrons and restaurant staff, the two haven’t exchanged words prior to the random attack.  

Mele was taken to the hospital and later died after being taken off of life support.  There is a go-fund me page that Mele’s friends and family have started to raise money for his funeral arrangements. 

Source: Los Angeles Daily News 

Time’s Most Influential People

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Time Magazine has officially released the 100 Most Influential Leaders for the year 2018.  This year’s turn outs were very pleasing to the eye and an honor.

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Some of the people that made it on the list are:

Chadwick Boseman; Actor in 42, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, Captain American: Civil War and now Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War.

Rihanna; Singer and Entrepreneur of Fenty Beauty Line

Cardi B; Rapper and Singer

Tiffany Haddish; Comedian, Producer, Actor and Writer

Issa Rae; Writer and Producer

Ryan Coogler; Writer, Producer and Director

Lena Waithe; Writer and Producer

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Jesmyn Ward; Writer

Jennifer Lopez– Singer and Actress

Maxine Waters; American Politician

Sterling K. Brown– Actor

Oprah Winfrey- Producer, Writer, Entrepreneur, Correspondent

 

 

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Was Blac Chyna Wrong for Her Actions at Six Flags?

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The news with Blac Chyna and 18-year old boyfriend YBN Almighty Jay is surfing and eating the internet sites like crazy! Of course by now, I hope you all have seen the video of Blac Chyna’s rant and out-of-character rant at Six Flags while enjoying herself with her kids and boyfriend.  I’m not going to repeat what happened; you can simply visit http://www.tmz.com to read the detailed story.  But yoooo, really?? I understand trying to protect your children from danger and harm and yes that’s totally fine, but when you get buck-wild and show your “ghetto” side, it can be very messy. Now hear me correctly that I felt Blac Chyna was only trying to protect Dream, but it turned almost into a deadly scene.  If you don’t want people touching your kids, just simply tell them “Please don’t touch my child or children” in a nice respectful way.  But nahhhhh, Blac Chyna decided to show her ghetto side and tried to “swing” the baby stroller at the victim (who is 18 years old and came forward)  I mean by watching the video, the girl did called Blac Chyna a hood rat and that’s what sparked a fuel in Blac Chyna to go beat her butt!  So the real question is, “Is Blac Chyna in the wrong for checking the random chick about touching her daughter without permission?” In these days and times, you don’t touch NOBODY’S child unless you have permission to do so!  But the whole stroller situation was a bit insane, because now new news has been confirmed that  a stroller company she was collaborating with called “Momiie” has now been terminated according to The Hollywood Unlocked website.  After the stroller incident used as a weapon was the final last straw and pulled the plug with Blac Chyna.  SMH.  First her sex tape was leaked and now this! When will it be over?  Not only to mention that her EX Rob Kardashian wants to take her to court and try to reduce child custody for Dream.  A lot of people agreed that Blac Chyna should have handled the situation in a better way.  It would have made things a lot better in my opinion.  

Then to have your boyfriend try to jump in and allegedy punched the victim in the face? (according to the 18-year old known as Sexxii Lexxii on Twitter)

 

So Rob is thinking about having some rules for Blac Chyna and her boyfriends she has that they aren’t allowed to be introduced to the kids unless the relationship has been solid for at least six months.  I totally agree with that new solution.  

 

 

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So after doing some more research of the story of Blac Chyna and the stroller incident, I come across this video that now the victim has CHANGED up her story when she talked to TMZ! We got the official receipts and the exact words of this victim claiming “she slapped the Dog S*** out of Blac Chyna!” I’m not sure if Blac Chyna should sue this young chick but now I’m wondering why she changed up her story? Lawwddd, I’m getting stressed reading all this mess Blac Chyna has stirred up and not to mention, her young boo thang is caught in the middle defending his boo no matter what the wrong she has done.

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Hustle and Soul Recap: I’m Back Bishes!!!

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“Can somebody please turn off the heat, because it’s flamming in this kitchen! If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!”  

Whew! The new season of Hustle and Soul is Flamming sky high and has officially broke the thermometer!  The Pink Tea Cup located in Brooklyn, New York is ran by Lawrence which is the Owner and CEO and it’s lovely staff, Ana, Thandi, the twins Dominic and Stefen, Sana and now the new bartender, Cola.  Besides the great food and hospitality, the drama is very public at the popular restaurant and everyone can feel the heat front and center.  It’s like sitting in the audience at the Jerry Springer show because you never know when a fight is about to break out.  But the drama has still rolled over to the new season and Lawrence has gotten himself into a bit of a love triangle I should say.  Okay so Ana is the “baby mama” of their son and has been together for about seven years.  Seven long years of staying together and not married. That’s the question I would like to know, “Why didn’t Lawrence pop the question since they already acting like husband and wife?”  The ladies must really love Lawrence because the now floor manager and once general manager has a thing for him and it’s more besides business.  Ana took her in when Thandi didn’t have anywhere else to stay and she was actually the one that brought her to the Pink Tea Cup to work!  Sounds like pure betrayal to me and now she’s after Lawrence for good.  I want to know why Lawrence couldn’t committ to Ana long enough so none of the nonsense didn’t have to happen.  

Like the saying goes, you can’t mix business and pleasure and that is exactly what Lawrence is doing.  He got these ladies all sprunged, especially Thandi.  I mean that’s Ana’s ex, but she is still the baby mama with more power.  Ana and Thandi never really got along for some reason at the Pink Tea cup because Thandi felt some type of way.  Maybe she wanted what Ana has, even Lawrence.  Last season when Candice (former bartender) was working there, her and Lawrence got into a huge arguement and Candice broke a lot of the glasses at the bar.  That was a very hard time for Lawrence and Thandi hung around claiming she would always be there for Lawrence.  He was crying and all and laid on Thandi’s chest for comfort.  I guess Thandi used that moment and ran with it because now she already done told Ana that her and Lawrence are a couple who apparently is sleeping together. Yes, he admitted that to Ana when he moved out of their place.  He really is in the dog house for sure and has dug a deeper hole for his grave.  Of course Ana did leave the Pink Tea Cup last season, but guess what?  She gave it some thought and is now back there and yes she took Thandi’s position as the General Manager; she took it back right from under her nose.  So now Thandi is back to being floor manager.  The expression on her face was PRICELESS! You sleeping with Ana’s ex knowing that they have a son together and you still don’t care?  I don’t feel sorry for Thandi at all from this point on!  She has no respect for Ana whatsoever.  

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Lawrence did admitted to Ana that he wants his family back.  What do yall think? Should Ana take him back and try to work things out after all?  I’m just not sure if Thandi’s heart and soul can take it if they ever got back together, but it’s really not her decision to make that call.  A girl got to learn how to stay in her lane for real.  But when Ana holds her first staff meeting after coming back and regaining her position as GM, I could feel that Thandi felt threatned and insulted.  Now Candice on the other hand did get fired from the Pink Tea Cup because of the incident last season and was working at another bar.  Sana and Candice were extremely close while working together and decides to pay Candice a little visit to see if she would consider coming back to the restaurant.  The twins has something up their sleeves trying to get Candice and Lawrence to sit down and talk one-on-one by telling both Candice and Lawrence that they wanted to apologize.  Although it was a big set-up, they eventually talked it out and both of them apologized. Now as far as Candice coming back to the restaurant, that’s going to add more drama on top of the old drama because Ana doesn’t like her. 

 

All-White Affair: The Big Surprise

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If you watched the first season of Hustle and Soul, then you know Lawrence is big for surprises.  He always has something up his sleeve.  But this surprise will blow everyone away!  The big surprise everyone at The Pink Teacup has been waiting for is…….*drum roll please*……..The new Pink Teacup in MIAMI!!!! That’s right, there will be a second restaurant on the beach!  And guess who will be the owner of it? It’s ANA!  That was always her dream to own her own restaurant in Miami.  Way to go Lawrence making boss moves!  And that means Thandi will be running the one in Brooklyn.  So if Ana is in Miami, that means no more drama…for now.  But I’m curious though, will this be a good idea since Lawrence is in love with both Thandi and Ana?  Or should he just choose which restaurant to stick with? Honestly I thought it was a proposal all-white affair.  Oh well, Ana was very happy and I haven’t seen her that happy all last season long.  She deserves it!  But why is the new bartender Coca saying that Lawrence will be having different hoes in different area codes? Lol, lawd she’s a mess already.  

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So Lawrence thought it would be a good idea for both Ana and Candice to meet up to hash things out since they both had a lot of drama.  I’m not sure about the social media beef they had going on about Ana’s son, but Ana was really heated by that.  They didn’t have much of a conversation, because next thing you know, Ana done ran up on Candice and popped her on the face..the end!  OMG! Ana done put them paws on Candice.  Until next Thursday catch a new recap on what happened with Ana and Candice and will Candice be considering working at the Pink Teacup after all?  

 

Tune in every Thursdays on WE TV at 10 PM for new episodes of Hustle and Soul and read new and juicy recaps only on That Riverz Gurl Media Entertainment News.  

 

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I love that Monster!: Cookie doesn’t play around!

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Chile get a cup of hot tea or better yet some Mascoto cause you gonna need it for the first episode of the new season! If you didn’t already seen the season finale last, then let me spill the tea and catch you up. 

Luscious Lyon was visiting his son Andre in the hospital because of a mental break down he had due to some medications.  Luscious was already suffering amnesia from a plotted death by his son Andre.  Luckily he survived, but his memory didn’t. The family hires a nurse whose name is Claudia to work with Luscious to gaining his memory back.  But let’s just fast forward to the new season.  He is drugged by Claudia who portrays to be a nurse working at the hospital.  So this psycho patch kidnaps him and takes him back to her place which looks like a place to kill people to be honest. Looks like a scene from a lifetime movie on the real.  Claudia has been known to take “her methods” a little bit too far.  Well heck yea!  What nurse kidnaps their patients and chains them to a piano?! Lawddd! This is too much tea yall!  But keep sipping.  She likes it better when he is Dwight (Luscious’s real name) because Dwight is that kind and sweet-hearted person and not that hard-core thug who kills people. When he lost his memory, Luscious had a hard time coping with his identity so his family tried to help him remember a lot of music he wrote and recorded hoping it will trigger some of his memories.  But nawww! Claudia wasn’t about to have that.  So now she is trying to win his love by kidnapping a man everyone knows and Cookie loves.  

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Claudia wants Dwight who is kind and has a creative soul so to speak.  She tries to brainwash Luscious to thinking he is Dwight. Like really? Luscious will never be no doggone Dwight!  Do you know what he is capable of? Somebody lock this honey boo-boo psycho up for real!  Let’s pause and switch over to how Cookie’s sons are doing.

 

Jamal is dealing with another rough patch in his life, the first one was getting shot at an event for Empire and the second one was shooting and killing someone while protecting someone else.  As you all may or may not know Taye Diggs played on the last couple of episodes last season as this bad-ass politician named Angelo who fell for Cookie hard.  But things got pretty dirty and messy when Angelo’s mother played by Phylicia Rashad sets up the family by giving Andre the wrong medicine making him hallucinate, turning the Lyon brothers against each other, having Bella taken away from Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) It was just too much drama last season.  So Angelo go pays Jamal’s boo-thang a visit and things just gets out of hand and luckily Jamal (Jussie Smollet) comes to the rescue and they end up fighting and Angelo pulls out a gun.  After all the fighting, Jamal pulls the trigger and now Angelo is dead.  That’s something hard to deal with, but he was only protecting someone.  

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Becky who is Empire’s assistant and played by Gabby Sidibe has had a great season on the show since the first season of Empire.  But last season we could see that Becky was dabbling around with a secret boo.  But now she ends up pregnant.  It’s really bothering her because she didn’t see being a mother in her career life.  I mean Becky was always on top of everything for the company, hands down!  She had a whole bag full of pregnancy tests in her purse that read all positive.  Girl you pregnant! You will be alright Ms. Becky!  Now let’s get back to Luscious who is still chained up and has to find a way to get loose from the psycho.  He tricks Claudia to thinking he still needs her therapy and when she gives her a hug, he tries to kill her by choking her.  Too bad she doesn’t die.  They get into a brawl on the floor and she attacks him with a gun (not with bullets) but with one that had a tranquilizer in it.  She has some type of device that puts out a red bright light to give him a migraine and all of his music plays on top of each other.  Now that’s a nut on the low!  Of course when Cookie gets word on where Luscious could possibly be, she goes off to find him and indeed she does.  Of course Claudia let’s her in after Luscious promises her that he won’t do anything stupid after Claudia threatens to kill Cookie. He turns back into Dwight and plays that role pretending that he still needs more therapy so that he can save Cookie.  Smart, but crazy move.  So of course Cookie leaves the house confused and hurt.  A quarter of a mile down the road, she realizes Luscious is lying and that he wasn’t working on any new music when she has flashbacks to the song he was playing at Claudia’s house. 

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When Luscious reveals his love for Cookie to Claudia, she becomes irritated and upset and ol’ girl wasn’t having that!  Cookie returns and Claudia hits her upside the head hard.  Down goes Fraser! When she wakes up, both of her hands are tied up with rope to a table and so is Luscious’s .  Cookie and Luscious has a deep understanding and connection that no one would ever understand not even Claudia who didn’t understand their life from the get go.  Of course she tries to play a therapist again and telling both Luscious and Cookie that their love isn’t real.  Luscious revealed that the game and the streets brought them together, not love.  But trust me, if you have been keeping up with the show, they both show their love in such a crazy way that nobody will every understand.  I believe they don’t understand it themselves.  Claudia is only playing with Luscious mind to help him realize it.  Cookie is claiming Luscious to be a real monster, but she confesses to Claudia that “that monster” is hers and she is willing to fight for what is hers!  Ok now! Claudia you better watch out!  Cookie escapes somehow and Claudia and her both go toe to toe.  Claudia tasers Cookie and Luscious tries to free himself and when he is, he punches Claudia in the face.  That’s what you get psycho!  Cookie wanted her dead, but Luscious or Dwight doesn’t do it just to prove to Claudia that he isn’t a killer.   She ends up going to jail or a nut house I should say.  Now that’s a lot of tea to spill in just one episode!  Tune in every Wednesday at 8 PM EST on Fox for new episodes of Empire.  

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Love N Hip Hop Just got Juicier! Erica Mena feeling Ms. Tommie Lee?

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We all have seen Erica Mena’s crazy love triangles ever since being a cast member on Love N Hip Hop New York and now Atlanta.  With the lust and back and forth with Richie Dollaz, the infamous Cyn Santana where she decided to take a dip in the “lady pond” and now she has eyes on the aggressive star Tommie Lee.  While at Mena’s welcome to ATL party, she took a true interest when Tommie step into the building as the ultimate VIP.  Erica laid it on her thick leaving Tommie speechless for real, and yall know that Tommie has never been speechless a day in her life.  It was more like scared of how Erica was being a little bit too much aggressive.  Watch out Tommie! Erica is definitely after you boo!  

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But the real question is why did Erica decided to rejoin the cast of LNHH after the tweet Erica made from last March stating “So many reasons why I would never go back to LHH.  Those who do go back clearly need the money….” So if she doesn’t need the money, then why did she come back?  Do she think she will be the lead on Stevie J’s label and lay down a track? Be careful girl because you already know how Stevie J preys on all his female artists.  I mean look at poor Estilita and how he was trying to sleep with her already.  Lawwd, please ring the alarm on this man!

 

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The Drama Continues on LNHH Atlanta

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The cast members are back at it again with brand new drama! And is that Erica Mena I see back on the show of Love N Hip Hop? Yes it sure is with new heated confrontations.  Ain’t no stopping for Ms. Mena from speaking her mind and opinion.  

Stevie Stevie where art thou Stevie.  Now that Joseline Hernandez is out the picture, is he still continuing his lust for the artists he signs on his label? A new flesh has gotten his attention and it ain’t the business he’s after if you know what I mean.  But will he go back to jail again?  

Tommie has been trying to turn up her music career for the longest now and we are all waiting for her career to sky high in the rap industry.  But when stress is always the common factor in her life, no work will ever get done.  Who will be her new rivalries this season? 

Since the crazy and rocky ride of Mimi’s relationship with Stevie J, Nikko, Chris (not a dude) and now a new love bug has sparked Mimi’s interest and it isn’t another guy.  You will have to find out on the Season Premiere.  The main question is “Has Mimi officially joined the women pond?” 

Rasheeda and Kirk’s marriage has been on the rocks for some time now and we are always wondering is Kirk still cheating.  But things are about to get real and emotional and Rasheeda is there for Kirk, like she always is.  That is what a real wife does. 

 

Tune in to the Season Premiere of Love N Hip hop Atlanta on Monday, March 19th at 8 pm EST on VH1

 

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Author Spotlight: Bianca Lynnette

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  • How did your writing journey begin?

I started writing as a pre-teen. I was a quiet child growing up with a lot on my mind, so I resulted to writing poetry.

  • Was writing something you always wanted to accomplish as one of your goals?

Yes, most definitely.

  • What do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?

My number one message for my readers is for them to know that they have the power to speak lyfe no matter what’s going on around them.  I want them to be empowered and to know they have a voice.  It is very imperative that they know how much their voice matters.

  • How many books have you written?

I’ve written and published one book and co-authored on one book.

  • Do you plan to publish more in the future?

I sure do!

  • Have you had any book signings? If so, how did that go? If not, do you plan to have one to connect with new readers?

Yes I’ve had a few book signings and I’ve also sold my books at my events. I think book signings are an awesome opportunity for your readers and supporters to get to know you as both an Author and a person. They get to hear about your mission and I truly believe people support purpose. I do plan to have future book signings because I love connecting to new people and I also plan to add on to my current book.

  • What marketing strategies do you use for your books?

For my marketing strategies I use social media to promote my book, I host events that are centered or include my tagline to help promote my book and I’ve also added shirts to support my Speak Lyfe movement.

  • Are there any challenges getting people to support you?

Yes, unfortunately. I’m grateful for my stream of supporters, however, it definitely can be a challenge.

  • What is your writing style like? Any special places you like to go and write at?

It really depends on what I’m writing. Sometimes I like to write in an open space or outside. At times I like to write to music, it helps me to stay in my zone. My ideal writing location outside of Starbucks would be near water on a beautiful day.

  • How can readers connect with you and buy your books?

They can reach me on fb as Bianca Lynnette Speak Lyfe, IG: Speaklyfe_bianca, my books are available on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well as my website Iambiancalynnette.myshopify.com

  • Tell the readers more about the types of books you write? Are some of them based on real life experiences?

“Speak Lyfe: 31 Days to a New You!” will always be a personal favorite of mine. When I was going through a dark place in my life, I literally had to look myself in the mirror and say these exact affirmations everyday for 30 days. This along with daily prayer helped to save my life. In the “Walking in my Identity” book collab I shared on a very personal point in my life that stemmed from me learning to embrace my voice. Overall I prefer to write both about my life experiences and on empowerment but I won’t limit it to that because you never know what God has planned for you.

 

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