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Monday, July 15, 2024

[BOOK REVIEW] Stand Up to Workplace Bullying and Discrimination by Dawn Marie Westmoreland

 

When I first heard about the new book by Dawn Marie Westmoreland I knew it was something I wanted to read so I could tell others about it. STAND UP TO WORKPLACE BULLYING AND DISCRIMINATION was released in June 2021 and continues to be just right for reminding people of their power in their place of employment. After I started reading it, however, I realized that it is more than a workbook for work. It's about what we deserve in life, and the importance of doing our part to make sure that everyone feels seen and respected.

Taking real examples, including her own, Dawn shows in the book what your rights are, the right and wrong ways to handle situations that arise---and the resources that can help you and those around you.

That's right: The book doesn't just address the PROBLEMS. It provides assistance to get you SOLUTIONS. This is a book for those who want to change things, for those who want to take action as well as for those who want to share what is available for those brave enough to take a stand.

STAND UP TO WORKPLACE BULLYING AND DISCRIMINATION is a great resource for those feeling invisible and treated unfairly. It reminds you that you're worthy of being seen and heard, and you're not alone.

TABITHA BROWN: Feeding Your Soul While Building a Brand

by Cyrus Webb

I, like many of you discovered the creative and inspiring force that is Tabitha Brown during the pandemic and was instantly hooked. When I heard about her book in 2021 I knew it was something I wanted to read. FEEDING THE SOUL is all about realizing that you can do it---whatever that IT is for you. For her it was being able to find success in her career and her family. For you it might be something else. What Tabitha reminds us of is that if you can get through the challenges, keep your head down and stay focused you can be a winner.

I also love her way of delivering some tough love along the way, too. We don't have to disparage others, judge others or try to destroy others for us to be successful. That is not the way to feed the soul. If anything that will starve it.

The book shows that you can stay in your line, do what you need to do---and the rest will take care of itself. FEEDING THE SOUL will make you laugh, smile and think. Above all else, though, I think it will encourage you to ACT. I know that's what it did for me.

In 2024 Brown released I DID A NEW THING: 30 Days of Living Free, once again giving us the permission to go throughout life with less regret and more appreciation for the opportunity to TRY, RISE and THRIVE. Written in her signature style, the book shows the reader that it's okay to attempt something new, in spite of what others might think.

Throughout the year she has expanded her partnership with Target, traveled the country, explored parts of the world and taken her audience on the journey with her to witness it all. 

Tabitha Brown is more than just another celebrity. She's the epitome of everything it means to LIVE FREE.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

[BOOK REVIEW] Feeling caged in by your experiences? Jessica James Henry's TRAUMA BREAKTHROUGH shares freedom

by Cyrus Webb


For those that have felt caged in by their past hurt and experiences, Mississippi Success Honoree and bestselling author Jessica James Henry offers not just hope but keys to help you break free. 

TRAUMA BREAKTHROUGH allows you to see how Jessica has been able to recognize the events that were holding her back (some of which she contributed to), and discover why she had to learn to forgive herself and move forward. Along the way she offers strategies to help YOU as well. As she talks about in the book, it's a journey. Don't expect things to happen overnight. The important thing, however, is to do the things that will help you be the person you were created to be. 

That means sometime you have to say NO to those you love to protect your own peace and well-being. It also means you have to separate yourself to make sure that you're taking care of yourself. 

The main takeaway? No one is going through life by themselves. ALL of us can learn something from the challenges and victories of others that we can apply for ourselves. If you're able to do that then you will not just get freedom for yourself but help others do the same, too. 

TRAUMA BREAKTHOUGH is available on Amazon

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Shari Alyse: Spreading JOY While Pursuing Her Own Dreams


by Cyrus Webb

It's hard to believe I was first introduced to Shari Alyse 14 years ago. We were both competing to have shows on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2010---and since then we have been colleagues and friends. Shari's mission then is the same as it is today: spreading joy while pursuing her own goals and dreams.

It's been great watching Shari embrace her own unique power, sharing her joys and struggles with the world---and now providing a place for people to share through her talk show GOOD MORNING JOY. That talk show has been part of Shari's dream for some time, but I have to say that whether she had the show or not, she would be pouring out joy and encouragement in one form or another. 

Having Shari Alyse as one of our 25 Women Changing the World in 2024 was a no-brainer. She is a bestselling author, speaker and true JOY MAGNET---while also being an example for others when it comes to doing it afraid and not waiting on the perfect time or situation. 

Shari's persistence and drive have gotten her where she is today, but it is also her love of people that has sustained her and kept her from giving up on her goals and dreams. She's not just a TALKER. She's a DOER---and she reminds us that the DOING is important each and every day.

Stay connected with Shari's journey on Instagram


Jennifer Holliday: Showing the Power of the DREAM Day by Day


by Cyrus Webb

I had the pleasure of interviewing Grammy award-winning singing sensation Jennifer Holliday in 2022 and was immediately won over by her talent, humility and fortitude. 

Making a mark on the world on Broadway, Ms. Holliday has gone on to showcase her skills on the stage, on shows like The Masked Singer and with her own original music like the latest single SO IN LOVE. 

There is so much we can learn from Jennifer Holliday. Outside of the awards, international recognition and the praise for her stage presence and unmistakable voice, she is someone who knows what it's like to fight through challenges and struggles and stay focused on the dream.

That was evident when we first spoke and as I have seen her continue to rise and thrive with every achievement. No matter what, she stays true to herself, her faith and the love and respect she has for her fans. That focus will continue to take her to even higher heights. 

Stay connected with Jennifer Holliday on Instagram


Friday, July 12, 2024

Conversations' 25 Women Changing the World, 2024

designed by Talamieka Brice of Brice Media
There is no doubt about it: Women around the world are changing the way we look at what is possible, and they are doing it in ways that may have seemed impossible before. .

Since 2007 Conversations Magazine has worked to spotlight women who are making a difference as well as those who are showing by example what others can do if they are willing to put forth the work and not give up.

It is with great pleasure that we introduce this years 25 Women Changing the World (listed in alphabetical order):

...through Music

  1. Beyonce'
  2. Billie Eilish
  3. Dolly Parton
  4. Jennifer Holliday
  5. Taylor Swift
... through Books
  1. Shatoria Christian
  2. Reshonda Tate
  3. Tess Gerritsen
  4. Victoria Christopher Murray
  5. Zibby Owens
... through Media/Television/Entertainment
  1. Drew Barrymore
  2. Kathy Taylor
  3. Kerry Washington
  4. Omegia Keeys
  5. Tamron Hall
...through Business
  1. April Showers
  2. Courtney Adeleye
  3. Jasmine Star
  4. Martha Stewart
  5. Oprah Winfrey
...through their Missions
  1. Shari Alyse
  2. Tabitha Brown
  3. Dr. Teresa A. Smith
  4. Tina Siemens
  5. Dr. Velma Bagby

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Conversations' 31 Female Authors (and Their Books) You Should Read


 Conversations Media Group is pleased to share 31 Female Authors (and their books) You Should Read in 2024. This list was compiled by media personality and Top Amazon Reviewer Cyrus Webb and reflects titles he has enjoyed and believe you will as well.

(listed in no particular order)

ADULT FICTION

  1. Dr. Velma Bagby, The Catch No One Wants
  2. Tess Gerritsen, The Spy Coast
  3. Iris Bolling, Backlash
  4. Patricia Cornwell, Unnatural Death
  5. Ann E. Burg, Force of Nature (could double as Children's Fiction)
  6. Michele Campbell, The Intern
  7. Pam Webber, Life Dust
  8. Victoria Christopher Murray, Pride
  9. Allison Winn Scotch, Take Two, Birdie Maxwell
  10. M.J. Rose, Forgetting to Remember

ADULT NON-FICTION
  1. Debra Lee, I Am Debra Lee
  2. Susannah Cahalan, Brain On Fire
  3. Sheila Johnson, Walk Through Fire
  4. Chanelle Coleman Wesley, She Said Yes to Herself Unapologetically
  5. Natasha S. Alford, American Negra
  6. Dr. Dana Sinclair, Dialed In
  7. Ally Dalsimer, It's Okay Not to Be Fabulous Every Day!
  8. Elvira Guzman, Purpose: Awaken and Succeed
  9. Dr. Lovell Brigham, From Plan B to Plan Next
  10. Julia A. Nicholson, Move Forward Stronger
BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
  1. Hena Khan, Drawing Deena
  2. Sharon G. Flake, Once in a Blue Moon
  3. Crystal Maldonado, The Fall of Whit Rivera
  4. Bellen Woodard, More than Peach
  5. Anita Crawford Clark, The Story of Sojourner Truth
  6. Sarah Maslin Nir & Raymond White, Jr., The Jockey & Her Horse
  7. Kate DiCamillo, The Puppets of Spelhorst\
  8. Tina Siemens, The Little Sandals That Could
  9. Crystal Hubbard, Who Is LeBron James?
  10. Tami Charles, We Are Here
  11. Lid'ya C. Rivera, I Absolutely, Positively Love My Spots