From the Basement to the Stage: I Am the Arts
In his first autobiography, writer, dancer, and serial entrepreneur Darnell Richardson reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his life as a dreamer in the basement to becoming a highly sought-after entertainer.
Growing up in North Philly, Darnell was privy to what the streets had to offer. Wanting something more, Darnell was determined not to become the statistic that society had already labeled him. Instead of following the easy path to chaos and self-destruction, Darnell found his passion in the arts, a place where he could “speak his truth” and escape, losing himself in the characters that he portrayed. The arts became more than just a passion; it is the air that he breaths and the sun that warms him.
In From the Basement to the Stage: I Am the Arts, Darnell pens an autobiography depicting the struggles and the many doors slammed in his face that he endured in his journey to success. The denials inspired Darnell to create his legacy and his lane to success. Darnell shares his joys, mistakes, and looking forward to what possibilities lie ahead. This story will make you believe in the possibilities that many will say are impossible. Come and join Darnell on his road to success!
My Side of the Story
by Charron Monaye
The newest collection of poetry entitled, My Side of The Story, focuses on the thoughts, feelings, emotions, life’s obstacles, racial inequality, and heartbreak, in which women often leave untold. As Women, we are told to be strong because that is our nature, Don’t Stop at Adversity because we have the strength to overcome mountains. We can never give up no matter what, because we carry the nations on our shoulders. These poetic stories, written by Charron Monaye, are the thoughts of many women finally having the voice to speak out, including her own, allowing others to know how it feels to be hurt, abused, taking advantage of, loved, cared for, appreciated, or in enraged.
Rediscovering Dad and Discovering Myself: A Journey Through the Impact of Alzheimer’s
By Brandon Burke
Brandon Burke grew up not always having the closest relationship with his father. However, as life would have it, his father’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 2015 afforded the opportunity for Brandon not only to become closer to his father but also to become his steadfast caregiver. Through this disease, Brandon has found his passion and inspiration to help others who are in similar situations by sharing his experiences. Brandon tells the story of his relationship with his father growing up, leading up to him being diagnosed, and he hopes to shed some light on a devastating diagnosis and his family history of Alzheimer’s.
“It is my hope that this book will provide a path for Alzheimer’s caregivers to follow so that they will know they are not alone; shed light on the role of caregivers who are often unsung heroes when it comes to serious and/or terminal illnesses; bring more awareness to the world about the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease; and highlight the bond between father and son,” Brandon relates.
Rediscovering Dad & Discovering Myself: A Journey Through the Impact of Alzheimer’s is a compassionate and insightful journey with Brandon Burke, as he comes to understand the immense impact that his father had on his life.
Coming November 2020
Get Out Of Your Own Way: Overcoming Adversity to Live In Your Truth Out Loud
Compiled By: Charron Monaye
Get Out Of Your Own Way: Overcoming Adversity to Live In Your Truth Out Loud is a collection of personal short stories from C.E.O.’s and Entrepreneurs who have learned the valuable lesson of focusing on Faith, instead of Fear!
From Break Up to Come Up: 8 Life Lessons to Navigate The End of Any Relationship like a BOSS
By Stephanie Arnold
No one ever teaches us how to break up and be happy, but what if your broken heart was the best thing to ever happen to you….
Pivoted from questions about love and loss to growth and healing during a period of transition, Stephanie unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances of how she mitigated trauma following the end of her years-long relationship.
In From Break Up to Come Up: 8 Life Lessons to Navigate The End of Any Relationship like a BOSS, Stephanie invites us to join her journey of revelatory experiences and the self-affirming processes that cleared the path to her “come up”. Instead of focusing on the challenges that ended the relationship, Stephanie decided to look at the positives, giving her renewed motivation to pursue her life’s purpose.
Stephanie offers her transformative playbook to support anyone ready to move on from the end of their relationship towards making life after their most fulfilling time yet.
Instinct and Intuition: The Uprise of the Resilient Woman
By Simply Speaks
Are you looking for a way out, a way in, or a way around? Are you trying to find your purpose for your life? You may be confused by all of these things, but what Simply Speaks wants you to know is that you possess an untapped superpower, a power that will catapult you to your greatest desires. You may have decided the life you yearn for is out of your reach, but Simply is here to tell you that is simply not true.
In her new book, Instinct and Intuition: The Uprise of the Resilient Woman, Simply Speaks offers you the opportunity to take a journey to discover your strengths and rely on your intuition, helping you to become the best version of yourself. An entrepreneur and transformational speaker, Simply inspires women to assert themselves boldly and unapologetically. This book takes a bold and daring approach. Simply Speaks is transparent in telling the raw story of her life and how she overcame the obstacles that almost derailed the dreams and goals she had for herself. She speaks candidly of her abuse at the hands of the very person who was supposed to keep her safe––her kinship care guardian. Simply was kicked out and introduced to the streets of the Bronx, learning to navigate. Determined to survive, she began taking control of her life despite her past.
Simply Speaks provides exercises at the end of each chapter to help you create your personal determination needs assessment. Simply believes it is never too late to readjust your crown!
Living, Laughing, and Loving My Way Through
by Charron Monaye
Following her first successful book of poetry, My Side of the Story, Charron Monaye is ready to show the world how she is Living, Loving and Laughing her Way Through. In this new book, Charron Monaye lives past telling her side of the story, to living a life full of love, joy, purpose, peace and passion. Once again, the author releases waves of emotions and stories that readers from every walk of life will relate to. Living, Laughing and Loving My Way Through is Charron Monaye’s testimony of how moving forward is all apart of healing.
by Jaguar Wright & Charron Monaye
Jaguar Wright— mother, culinary queen, original member of the Okayplayer Collective, and Soul/R & B vocalist who has performed with the likes of: The Roots, Jay-Z, Al Green, Terri Lynne Carrington, and a host of others — candidly shares her story of the fame, fortune, setbacks, and success that she experienced as a recording artist.
They say, “life imitates art far more than art imitates life”; this could not be further from the truth for Jaguar Wright. Her new book project, The Woodshed, reveals how Jaguar’s personal and artistic journey intertwined with her struggles as an eclectic artist who could only seemingly thrive in her own creative space. Her story began on the streets of North Philadelphia, which shaped a series of life events leading her to sign a deal with MCA Records. Jaguar created and performed music that spoke to her extreme highs and lows. Her business struggles in tandem with her personal struggles with divorce forced Jaguar to pick up the pieces and learn how to create a new masterpiece without losing her creativity and the heartbeat of her artistry – her career as a vocalist. At the pinnacle of her struggles, Jaguar was subjected to incarceration as a consequence of protecting her child, but all in all – the tough battles gave Jaguar a new voice.
Combining her story with bold advice and fierce wordplay, Jaguar Wright teaches, motivates, and gives the real nitty-gritty truth about surviving as an artist while trying to be true to self.
I Want To Quit My Job: 8 Entrepreneurial Strategies For Massive Results While Employed
In a society where entrepreneurism is celebrated and promoted, everyone has become eager to quit Corporate America in order to pursue their dreams full time. While commendable, it has resulted in the downfall and bankruptcy of many individuals. Resigning without a plan, a vision, a legitimate business, or proper knowledge have caused many individuals to return to employment within three to six months. What if I told you that I have eight strategies that will help you create, build, and maintain your business while still employed so you don’t have to worry about looking back once you resign?
Take Charron Monaye, the founder of Pen Legacy, LLC and an award-winning playwright and author. Since 2010, Charron Monaye has authored eight books, co-authored two books, employed to adapt novels and life stories into theatrical scripts, published eight individuals, and pen/produced two theatrical productions. She has accomplished all of this while employed.
Now an entrepreneur coach, Charron Monaye shares the lessons that have helped her build her successful career, along with all of the failures, mistakes, and lessons learned along the way. The freedom of an entrepreneurial lifestyle may look appealing, but the road to quitting your job and pursing it full time requires preparation and purpose. In I Want to Quit My Job: 8 Entrepreneurial Strategies for Massive Results While Employed, she offers eight strategies to help any visionary, employee, and dreamer prepare, plan, and execute their goals of being a full-time entrepreneur:
- Identify The Purpose
- Business Set-Up 101
- Remaining Committed to the Goal.
- Your Job is your First Investor.
- Balancing Time and Family with No Time Left In A Day
- Self-Care Is Necessary
- How Bad Do You Really Want It?
- Financial Responsibility is Key
This book features entrepreneurial conversations with: Life Coach & Trainer Nesi Ewing * Network Marketing & Direct Sales Guru, Na’Kesha Johnson * Professional Mental Health Counselor & Business Consultant Annette Morris * Education Consultant Nikia Hannon * Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Vanessa Mbamarah and Financial Coach & Accountant Khristina Barnes