EDUCATIONAL EVENT: June 23, 2021,
The Black Experience
Putting Pain, Purpose and Triumphs on the Page
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June is Black Lives Matter month. We all understand the current context of Black Lives Matter, but what does that mean day-to-day for people living through inequity and re-experiencing trauma in the nightly news?
Join USA TODAY Bestselling author Naleighna Kai, National Bestselling author Shakir Rashaan, and Award-Winning Author J. L. Woodson as they discuss the interesting times we live in through a BIPOC lens, and how they use the written word to express their hopes for unity and inclusion across the publishing industry and beyond.
This webinar is open to all, especially our BIPOC sisters and brothers. It will be centering black voices, highlighting self-care, and the role that book publishing can play to both unveil the darkness and lead us into the light.
Naleighna Kai is the USA TODAY, Essence®, and national bestselling and award-winning author of several controversial women's fiction, contemporary fiction, Christian fiction, Romance, Suspense, and Science Fiction novels that plumb the depth of unique love triangles and women's issues. She is also a contributor to a New York Times bestseller, one of AALBC's 100 Top Authors, a member of the Chicago Vocational School Hall of Fame (CVS), Mercedes Benz Mentor Award Nominee, and the E. Lynn Harris Author of Distinction.
In addition to successfully cracking the code of landing a deal for herself and others with a major publishing house, she continues to "pay it forward" with the experience of NK Tribe Called Success, the Kings of the Castle Series, the Knights of the Castle Series, and by organizing the annual Cavalcade of Authors which gives readers intimate access to the most accomplished writing talent today. She resides in Chicago where she is working on her next two books and co-writing three books with younger members of her family.
J.L. Woodson is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, with a focus in in Graphic Design. He is an active member of AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Arts), The One Club, and CAA (College Art Association). He splits his time working on design projects for businesses, corporations as well as traveling for different Design and Literary Events.
His career area shifted from award-winning author of The Things I Could Tell You! and penning fiction such as Superwoman’s Child: Son of a Single Mother and Knight of Irondale to Graphic Design in 2009, creating Book Covers, websites, and other marketing materials for New York Times and National bestselling authors as well as independently published authors. During that year he also founded, Woodson Creative Studio, and has dedicated his company to providing, high-quality Book Cover Design as well as other Graphic and Web Design support for his clients.
Shakir Rashaan has been “corrupting minds, one book at a time” for the past ten-plus years and is best known for creating lavish worlds and introducing readers to topics they’ve never encountered before. Rashaan has gone on in recent years to pen a series of bestselling novels, including In Service to the Senator, a sexy political thriller that has been called "heart-pounding" and "an edge-of-your-seat suspense" by several reviewers, The Devil's All-American, a unique paranormal romance featuring a rising college basketball star, and Unthinkable, a not-so-conventional romance set in the entertainment industry. With his prolific writing prowess and openness on his social media platforms making him one of the more popular authors in the literary world, Rashaan has plans to be a mainstay for years to come.
Rashaan currently resides in suburban Atlanta with his wife and teenage daughter and is the proud parent of a son currently serving in the Armed Forces. You can find out more about him at When he isn’t conferring with characters, new and old, inside of his “NEBU Universe,” he can be found binge-watching series on Netflix or Hulu. Find out more at www.ShakirRashaan.com.