THE BLACK BLOOD IN MY HEART
The Black Blood In My Heart tells the story of a young woman’s experience and escape from domestic violence. Through her ordeal, she had to learn how to escape from her abuser, reclaim her dignity, reconstruct her life, and rediscover her peace. Domestic violence doesn’t just happen “out there” somewhere. It happens in every state, city, and town.
In this “real-life” story, La’Mena Marie shares her personal accounts of being battered, raped and humiliated at the hands of her husband. When we take the vows of marriage, never do we expect for the phrase “Til death do us part” to be a literal action that our spouse attempts to make a reality. But when La’Mena said, “enough was enough” her attorney told her to write down the particular events to build a defense case in court to help her break free.
What was supposed to be a timeline of events to build a case against her ex-husband became a window into this woman’s story, this Diary! Every woman who has left an abusive man—every woman who has yet to leave—will find encouragement and hope from the voice of La’Mena Marie, a woman who broke free.
The Shadow In My Eyes
by Deborah Rose & Charron Monaye
A shockingly, true story of child sexual abuse and a 10-year journey chronicling the journey from a happy childhood, to molestation, abuse, depression, and ultimately the witness stand. Her name is Deborah Rose. She was twelve years old when she was taken to Fairmount Park by a police officer and sexually assaulted. Deborah’s world came crashing down when this highly-decorated and respected officer in the community made it clear that if she ever told, he would kill her.
The Shadow in My Eyes was born of Deborah Rose’s personal experiences to stay alive through the struggle and pain of abuse. This book details her experience and provides her readers with recommendations for overcoming the trauma of sexual and physical abuse. “I was a victim, but now I am a survivor, and the purpose of this book is to inspire you to forgive yourself and your abuser. It was written to educate you on how not to allow your past to dominate your present and future. Also, it will encourage readers to accept, own and embrace the past. Understand that there is life after abuse.”
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.