Interviews (25)

Lamar Giles | Writer with a Purpose

Lamar Giles is an author, speaker, and founding member of We Need Diverse Books (, a non-profit dedicated to changing the face of publishing. His love of stories and storytelling began at an early age in his hometown of Hopewell, Virginia. After graduating from Hopewell High School in 1997, he attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. It was at ODU where he decided to pursue writing as a career, making his first professional short story sale at the age of 21.

Sean C. Johnson | Artist of the Year

Neoteric soul..  A sound that is uncommonly defined by the radical message in ones lyrics which inspires the heart of the listener.  But for Sean C Johnson, it’s just another form of sharing his testimony.  At first glance, one might not envision this former Air Force Staff Sergeant as a soul singer – no afro blowing in the wind and no “tortured genius” look. He does, however, have his own unique vibe - an unsuspecting and compassionate demeanor that produces a sound that draws you in.  Sean offers music that lyrically takes the listener deep into the Word, flowing hypnotically over neoteric soul ballads and hip hop beats. 


Children's Book Author & Illustrator Don Tate

Don Tate is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including The Cart That Carried Martin, (Charlesbridge); Hope’s Gift, (Penguin); Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Charlesbridge); and Ron’s Big Mission, (Penguin). He is also the author of It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw (Lee & Low Books, 2012), an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor winner.


Interview: Paul Jones


Paul D. Jones, an award-winning author and a motivational speaker, whose mission is teach entrepreneurs how to achieve success by inspiring them to act on their goals, believe in themselves, obtain financial security and also schedule their lives so that they can move forward. Both of Jones’ books;”Schedule for Success” and        Who Told You  . . .You Were Broke:” will and have changed the lives of readers all over the country.


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Interview: Jonathan Sprinkles

I’m gonna be helping a lot of people and just being led and I just want to help people get to know how cool God is.

His mission is simple “To equip people with the resources to achieve the success and lifestyle they deserve. May it all be done to the glory of God.”   His is doing this by simply helping individuals understand the power of relationships and how relationships govern every decision that you make.

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