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.
“Confidence Unlocked” is based on a true story that goes into ones life’s journey to finding and fulfilling purpose.
This nonfiction shares her testimonies of surviving a domestic violent relationship, lack of but wanting daddy’s girl relationship, seeking love in the wrong places, attempting to turn to man for self-healing, depression, battling insecurities, becoming the abuser, failed engagement, single parenting, being hurt by the church, backsliding, losing her faith and self-identity. The story begins by not embracing self-love. Falling for a male that she believed to be the one. The beginning was beautiful, a love that she’s never experienced nor wanted to let it go. As time progressed
she began to accept verbal, physical, mental, and emotional abuse. Since then, turning to man for self-healing. Failed relationship after relationship, struggling with insecurities, blaming self not knowing self-worth, and lack of confidence. Battling with stress and depression began addictions, developing medical conditions. She began to turn her back on God, not understanding purpose through her pain, until she’s had enough of a dark shallow life.
Fearing the judgement of others she kept so much bottled in, carrying adequate amount of hurt. She embraced the chapters of her life being able to grow and learn from her relentless mistakes. The pain she wore began to turn and show her glow of healing letting that hurt go. This is her journey through truth, change, freedom, testimony, this is her “Confidence Unlocked”.
Passing As Straight: Beautiful Women Whose True Sexuality Went Undetected by a Judgmental Society
By Kinyatta Gray
How many times have you felt invisible in a room full of people? How many masks have you worn to hide your true identity? How many heterosexual relationships did you engage in pretending to be in love? What was your biggest fear when finally letting your family and friends know, you are a beautiful feminine lesbian?
Passing As “Straight: Beautiful Women Whose True Sexuality Went Undetected by a Judgmental Society, compiled by Author Kinyatta Gray, brings to life a book that takes a deep look into the individual, personal and complex stories of lesbians whose true sexuality went undetected to prevent labeling, judgment, or even death. Six courageous women will share real life situations where they had to make the dreadful decision of hiding their sexual identify to find acceptance, respect, and love from those who truly matter.
This book is not meant to define who’s right or wrong, but rather examine this very real issue and the choices that lesbian women must make about love! Our intention is to provide a heartfelt resource for women who wake up daily having to navigate through a society pretending and hiding who they really are. You are not alone! We all have been there! But, as you read through these pages, you will find the comfort and strength to know exactly how to live unapologetically and uniquely who you are.
John’s Journey to Outer Space
By John Xavier
Astronauts and space are perennial kid-favorites. John’s Journey to Outer Space offers an exciting look into the imagination of a young, African-American boy who experiences many extraordinary galactic adventures in outer space. Written in an accessible and fun style, this informative text is perfectly complemented by visually stunning, large-sized, full-color illustrations.
This is the perfect book to encourage children aged three and over to engage in S.T.E.M by using their imagination, thinking creatively and learning about basic cosmic terminology.
- Supports Learning:
- Promotes problem-solving
- Encourages focus
- Supports early learning of outer space terminology
- Inspires creativity and imagination with lively illustrations
- Empowers children with a ‘Can Do’ mindset
STOP Asking for Permission & Give Notice: A Guide to Living Unapologetically
by Charron Monaye
Author, Playwright, and all-around Writer, Charron Monaye shares her journey from pain to peace, outlining steps everyone can take to create an unapologetic life — while removing toxic people and hardships. Eight years ago, Charron Monaye was faced with a divorce, eviction, unemployment, and emotional breakdowns as a result of anxiety. Being a single mom and struggling to make ends meet to provide the basic necessities for her two children, she was faced with a decision: Allow life’s challenges to overwhelm her, or STAND UP and OWN her life.
There are countless self-help books that preach and teach you the things you need to do to “obtain” the right life. In “STOP Asking for Permission & Give Notice”, this woman shares her insights to “maintaining” a life that is rich, simply by owning it. Charron Monaye gives the reader access to her successes by focusing on the three areas of personal ownership that must be refined to bring true liberation, what she has termed “the 3 A’s”–Acknowledge, Accept, Attain.
Honoring The Legacy: A Guide of African-American Monuments and Statues
By Tammy Gibson
“Black history is more than 28 days.” Living historian Tammy Gibson takes us through her travels around the United States, digging deep into the soil of American history to tell the stories of African American heroes so often edited out of the history books.
In her book, Honoring The Legacy: A Guide of African-American Monuments and Statues, Gibson locates the statues and monuments of African Americans that changed the course of history. From grave sites of forgotten African American to monuments of men and women who shaped our modern lives, this book chronicles Gibson’s journey of discovery, and will leave you with newfound knowledge, respect, and understanding for the figures of her heritage. The reminders of the past will sadden, inspire, and provoke readers who take the journey within these pages with her.
This guidebook provides an outdoor museum of a list of over 500+ monuments and statues of prominent African Americans and historical events that have shaped history and past and present African American sculptors, through their artistic work, who have created beautiful and impressive monuments that will withstand the test of time.
Coming September 2020
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
Get Out of Your Own Way: 11 Game-Changing Stories on Mastering the Power of Trust, Faith & Success
In this riveting and timely anthology, these fearless writers, entrepreneurs, and survivors unpack lessons on spirituality, finances, sexual identity, self-love, trust, and overcoming obstacles during their journey, navigating from what they were taught to what they know now to be true.
Get Out of Your Own Way: 11 Game-Changing Stories on Mastering the Power of Trust, Faith & Success, compiled by Charron Monaye, moves beyond societal norms and generational curses. The stories within this book highlight how one’s mindset, faith, commitment, and journey dictates their final destination. These storytellers share how they “Let Go & Let God” by first simply loving and trusting the power within themselves. Although letting go wasn’t easy, they withstood the test, overcame the trials, and lived to tell the testimony of how getting out of your own way not only elevates your vision but also offers a powerful opportunity for you to soar.
Featuring Testimonies By: Aleka Melson, Chris Hopson, Kiawana Key, Shaster Powell, Sheree Devereaux, Fatima Lewis, Tyrone DuBose, Lisa Washington, Charron Monaye, Toni Moore, Esq., and Sharon Y. Judie
A Leap Of Faith
By Tam Yvonne
Leilani Jordan is young, gifted, and blessed. Prophetess of a successful ministry in Charlotte, North Carolina, Leilani is still reeling from the death of her husband, who passed away early in their marriage from prostate cancer.
The emotional scars from that event have quelled Leilani’s desire to love or be loved. That is until she meets Floyd Hamilton, who has been hired as the new keyboardist for the church. Mr. Hamilton’s presence has ignited feelings in Leilani that she thought were long dead and buried with her husband.
Leilani questions if this man is God sent, or is he trouble on the horizon? Leilani is conflicted over her faith and the flesh. She prays that God will guide her path to His will. Is she willing to listen to God and take a leap of faith?
Coming November 2020