A lot of people will see the number of books that I have written and will think that I started out on this journey purposefully; but, I didn’t on January 31, 2014, I woke up like any other Saturday. I thought I was just going to chill. I wrote twelve books.

I am here because of this book. It won the Ohioana readers’ choice award. It is a book about my daughter and how much I love her. I talk about being a parent about being an immigrant, getting to know who I am and getting to know my daughter when she is being raised in a country that is not mine, with a language that is not mine.

We have seven uplifting and inspiring rhyming stories for children with positive messages. I used to home school. I didn’t see a lot of those books on the shelves written by people of color, about people of color, with positive messages. I decided to change that.

I did not start out to do all of this. My background is in journalism. I worked as a freelance journalist for a long time. I did digital marketing for a long time. I am an avid romance reader. One night two characters, the ones from my first book, showed up and would not leave me alone.

I have a lot of clients that have come to me and said, “I’m not crazy; so, I’m not sure if I want a therapist.” I tell people, “Therapy does not mean that you are crazy.” Therapy is a partnership. I am partnering with you for your journey, to help you navigate through your journey.

I grew up in New York on Long Island. Me and my friends would get into trouble and spray paint on whatever we could. We didn’t have trains in my neighborhood; so, we painted on warehouses, eighteen wheelers, or whatever we could. I developed from there.

We are a faith-based organization. B.R.E.A.D. was formed because the faith community had untapped power. Here is what the faith community agrees on. They agree that God exists. We may call him different things, have different faith traditions, different congregations, and worship differently. As long as an organization can agree that God exists and He is a God of justice, you can be a part of B.R.E, A.D.

Most of the time, I am trying not to stick in a certain theme. Most of the time, I will do letters. I will take the same letters and put them in different orders, different styles, change the way I do a 3D (dimensional), change the color, change the heights, change the widths, change the thickness, change the way they pop out.

For me, the real focus of chess is how it develops young people. My focus is young African Americans and young people of color. Young people everywhere; but, particularly young people of color because there have been special challenges in our community.

I am volunteering on behalf of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. I am the Chief Economic Equity and Inclusion Officer. It is important for me to be here to support my black community.