"Dedicated to promoting literacy and the advancement of writers and authors from under-represented groups"


  Eva G Headley resides in the UK. She is a passionate author and poet who loves writing inspiration novels and short stories that have unexpected endings and juicy storylines. Her novel Tied to the Soul  will be released in 2011. Eva is also the founder of Got 2 Get Hitched Ministries and gives talks on the topic of single hood and is not afraid to speak out about the realities of it or approach controversial issues of being single in the city.

Visit her website: http://www.evagheadley.com/





Najen a born poet lived a life of generational poverty.  Through the courage and wisdom of great women she was offered an opportunity of God's grace. Najen focused on the power of overcoming the struggles of poverty; therefore she became determined and earned her BSW degree to serve those who have experienced similar situations. Najen is the author of Jojoba Essence “A Woman's Worth” and the   erotic spoken word accompanying cd. Najen is a mother of three and believes no matter the struggles we are faced with, there is nothing more important to have in your circle than those individuals who have the ability to teach you something.

Nayen's book can be purchased at the following websites: barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com

 Shani was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. She is a country girl at heart.

 “Plainly speaking, I love the south! I have three beautiful children and a supportive husband who keeps me grounded. I've written two books and compiled two anthologies, but really I'm down to earth, love to have fun, and am at my best when I'm off to myself dancing to my own beat.

When I am not promoting my literary works, producing plays, assisting new authors, or performing my motherly duties, I can be found with my ears plugged and fingers moving while performing medical transcription at my day job” Shani states.

 “ In every aspect of my life, I love what I do and am blessed to be walking on purpose.” –Shani  Dowdell, author of Secrets of a Kept Woman

 Visit her website: http://www.shanibooks.com/

  Cleveland, Ohio native Angela Stevenson-Ringo, a talented author stepping out on faith decided it was time to share her gift with others and make writing the focus of her career. Angela brings her words to life like a flowing river as she writes each page with such passion and power. Words that define who she is but what lies deep down in the depths of her heart and soul. Through Angela eyes she captures passion, energy, hope, sadness, joy, inspiration and love in the essence of each of her poems.

She first made her debut in 2008 with “Poems For Your Soul” where she captures life situations through her words in a compassionate way that gives others hopes and help to mend the broken hearted through her uplifting and inspirational  poems. In 2009 she released her second poetry book entitled, “Poems of Love Volume One” Angela captures the meaning of love and the kinds of love - love between friends and lovers and and love between husband and wife. Winter of 2012 Angela will come out with her bestselling autobiography entitled, “Through It All Miracles Can Happen..


 Quiniece Sheppard is the author of “The Seven Deadly Sexual Sins”, published in April 2009, co-author of an e-book anthology titled “Christmas is More than a Myth: There is a Reason for the Season, published as a free e-book in December 2010, author of an e-book titled “Walking the Path to Real Love: 12 Steps to Practicing Abstinence and Celibacy, published as a free e-book in January 2011 and author of  “Before the Lights Go Out: 11 keys to Achieve Real Physical Intimacy published in June 2011.

Ms. Sheppard also established Chasing books Book Club in March 2011 for African American self -publishers and independent authors. Ms. Sheppard is founder/CEO of “I Am the Chase Ministries, LLC”: a single women’s ministry whose mission is to promote abstinence and celibacy.  

Ms. Sheppard wants to help every woman define and understand her self-worth and value so she can live out her purpose and destiny. Ms. Sheppard has spoken at several women’s conferences, a parent-teen retreat speaking on abstinence, held her own seminar in September 2010 and held her first single women’s conference in April 2011.  Ms. Sheppard currently resides in Alexandria, VA but frequently travels as a motivational speaker to deliver messages of inspiration, transformation and enlightenment to make a lasting impact to audiences everywhere. Ms. Sheppard speaks at workshops, conferences, seminars, book clubs, churches, youth groups and more.  

To contact Ms. Sheppard, please visit her website at www.iamthechase.com or www.chasingbooks.com for more information about her ministry and book club.


 Adrienna Turner is an award-winning author, professional reviewer, article writer for Religious Issues Examiner, Associated Content and Promoting Purpose Magazine, and radio host of 3 Internet Talk Shows. She is noted for the books: The Day Begins with Christ, God is in the Equation, and upcoming eBook Unleashing the Spirits, Vol. 1-3. She wrote YA novel, Mirror Beware! under pen name Dream Summore. She also has started an online Christian ministry called Dream Your Reality Prophecies and Internet radio program (DYRP Midnight Hour) to reach the lost (those who lost hope, faith, and love). Her groups are also available on Facebook: Dream 4 More Firm, Dream 4 More Reviews, Dream Your Reality Prophecies, and God is in the Equation.

Visit website: www.AdriennaTurner.webs.com


LaKesa Cox lives in a suburb of Richmond, VA with her husband and three children.  Dubbed the "Countess of Urban Drama" by none other than the Queen of Hip Hop Lit, Ms. Nikki Turner, LaKesa is truly a drama queen who enjoys stirring up trouble on paper.

An avid reader of all types of books as a child, it was not until her teenage years when she read her first Jackie Collins novel that the fire in her began to flicker. Soon after, LaKesa discovered authors like Eric Jerome Dickey (her favorite author by the way) were beginning to write more and more stories about characters she could relate to.  This paved the way for the firestorm that was brewing inside of her and it was then that she realized it was time for her to create some drama.    

After the Storm was born and Water in My Eyes soon followed.  When given the opportunity to contribute to the Nikki Turner Presents - Street Chronicles, Girls in the Game anthology, LaKesa added some spice to her pen to create Power, a story that Ebony magazine gave a  favorable review.

Next up - An urban drama titled Southern Girls' Escort Service - a short story in Nikki Turner Presents - Street Chronicles, A Woman's Work, available September 27 and Fetish for a Blue Skyy, a full length erotic, thriller, ON SALE NOW!!

LaKesa Cox attended Old Dominion University and graduated from Strayer University with an Associate's Degree in Marketing and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.

She is currently working on her fourth novel while seeking literary representation.

Hit her up on Facebook or follow her on twitter - @IamLakesa

All books available at www.amazon.com and http://www.bn.com/.

UBAWA is honoring Black authors during the months of September, October, & November. If you're a Black/African-American author, send an author photo and a mini bio to ubawa2011@gmail.com w/the subject heading BLACK AUTHOR FEATURE to be featured on our website.



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