Author Spotlight: Cherise "Reese" Charleswell

Real Talk Tips CoverCherise “Reese” Charleswell is a dynamic, ECLECTIC, self -and- internationally published author, poet/spoken word artist, entrepreneur, activist, bookworm, model, fashionista, penny-pincher, accessories designer, music lover, and sista-friend, host of “Wombanist Views” radio program; who has been described as the “Mad Scientist”, due to her varied interests and passions. She is of West Indian descent, with heritage from numerous Caribbean islands, such as St Thomas, St John, Puerto Rico, Tortola, St Kitts, and Anguilla.
Cherise is also the CEO of Eclectic Life and Liquid Whine Entertainment, as well as the Assistant Director of the Los Angeles Black Book Expo.

She is currently serving as the California State Representative for the National Black Graduate Student Association and the Editorial Intern for the American Public Health Association Student Assembly. She is also a member of the Southern California Public Health Association, National Women’s Studies Association, Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues, California Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, and the Women of Color Research Network. Cherise is also the creator, producer, and co-host of Wombanist Views ( , a radio program that focuses on promoting and highlighting the achievements of women in various fields and social sectors.

Cherise has recently published the satirical self-help guide Real Talk TIPS For the Morally-Challenged, Socially Inept, & The People Who Love Them (available at She is also currently working on a book project, The Link Between Food, Culture, & Health Disparities in the African Diaspora.

Black Author Spotlight: Nina Brewton

Nina Brewton is a minister, speaker and vocalist who describes herself as “a writer who speaks and a speaker who sings,” using poetry, prose and song to motivate the masses. Nina aka the Bald Head Queen recently released her first book, a memoir titled “Dramas of a Bald Head Queen,” which is currently available at and The native of Wichita now makes her home in Hampton, Virginia with her husband Raphael. Keep up with her on Facebook, Twitter and at

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‘Dramas of a Bald Head Queen’ is a memoir that takes a look at the girl I was and the woman I am. It gives the reader a glimpse of the road that I’ve traveled with my lesbian mother and alcoholic father, all while pressing past my own issues with self-image and promiscuity, finding my way to the one thing that has always kept me upright and moving forward: The Love of Christ.

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Black Author Spotlight: Denise Renee Ervin

About Denise Renee Ervin

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Denise Renee Ervin has always dreamed of being an author. A Glimpse of My Soul, a poetry chapbook, was her first offering in 2003. In 2009, she published a novel entitled, Prelude to Praise: A Word of Testimony under her own publishing company, The Write Ingredients.

Denise was educated in the Detroit Public School system, graduating with honors from Cass Technical High School. She completed her B.A. in English at Wayne State University in and her M.B.A. in Marketing at Davenport University. While pursuing a M.Ed. degree and Secondary Teacher Certification at Marygrove College, Denise landed a position as an Adjunct Instructor at a local community college and fell in love with teaching. Denise now shares her love of the written and spoken word in the classroom as well as on the page and stage.

Denise’s calling is to revolutionize the literary marketplace and she plans to do so through The Write Ingredients. Her next project, a novel tentatively titled The Learning Curve is slated for a Fall 2012 release. More information can be obtained on this imminent literary success through her website at or by contacting her at

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Prelude to Praise synopsis
This tale of inspirational fiction chronicles the life of Kyla Woods through both natural and spiritual transformations, emphasizing the need to always move forward. From details about her marriage and divorce to her struggle for fulfillment and happiness as she seeks her place and purpose in the world, this story exposes the life of a Christian for what it truly is: a veritable roller coaster ride with valuable lessons embedded in every twist. Scriptural references from Genesis, Exodus, and Revelations help underscore the theme of redemption without succumbing to the triteness often present in Christian fiction. This story confirms for everyone, believer or no, that “a bend in the road is not the end of the road . . . unless you fail to make the turn.” (Anonymous)

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