Saturday, October 22, 2022

Black Woman, Auditor Turned Illustrator of Coloring Books For Kids and Adults

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Nationwide -- Meet Jazmine McFadden, a former internal auditor turned artist who is the founder and CEO of her very own online gallery and art store called Art of Jaz. As a painter, writer, and illustrator, she has created her company with a mission to bring back creativity and exploration of life’s abundance for all ages within the African American community.

Based in Charlotte, NC, and as a huge advocate of representation and culture, Jazmine’s colorful artworks and illustrations are relentless and know no bounds. Her inspiration is creating contemporary artworks and coloring books for children and adults that exemplify and pay homage to ongoing themes of self-love, social justice, femininity, unity, family, and spirituality in the African American community. Jazmine’s vision that “art is wonderfully ambiguous and can transcend time and circumstance,” has newly inspired a generation of young collectors and aspiring artists.

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Harold Phifer has announced the publication of his second book, a collection of autobiographical short stories exploring his sad and often appalling upbringing in Columbus, Mississippi.  Kept secret for more than 50 years, Phifer’s childhood was largely forgotten until an explosion during a job in Afghanistan forced him to take some time off to recover in a paradise beach resort in Thailand.

While there, he met an unusual but compassionate stranger who pulled him into a long discussion about his experiences growing up. Hours later, Phifer finally found a measure of peace from the ghosts of his past and began planning out the stories that would later appear in Surviving Chaos. The book is available for purchase via AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Audible.  For More Info Click Here

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Author and U.S. Army chaplain James Darren Key highlights 40 lessons and stories about race, love, honor, and faith to inspire people during changing times in his new memoir A Long Way from Crenshaw: Lessons and Stories about Race, Love, Honor, and Faith for These Changing Times (published by WestBow Press).

With the purpose of being accessible to all, the author writes in a conversational style. Exploring how life can change, and not always positively, he demonstrates how the human spirit can overcome those circumstances.

Additionally, Key speaks candidly about growing up Black in California in the 1970s and 1980s. Wanting to empower others, the author examines his own weaknesses and fears.

Through this study, he hopes to help people:

• recognize failures and successes along their journey;
• approach race and diversity with sensitivity and courage;
• heal from an unhealthy relationship before starting a new one;
• face trials and controversy with unshakable faith.

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Her career-focused coloring books for children and affirmation-focused coloring book for adults are currently available via her website at

Color Your Way: Inspirational Career Coloring Book (For Boys and Girls- ISBNs: 978-0-578-37347-8/ 979-8-218-01161-1) are career coloring books for boys and girls, respectively, containing a collection of 18-20 careers designed to stimulate imagination, promote confidence, and encourage black and brown youth to dream big and take up space! Each career includes a coloring page, quotes, and word puzzles for exploration into each career field.

Abundance in Color: Affirmation Coloring Book (For Women- ISBN: 979-8-218-06593-5) is a two-for-one coloring and affirmation book for women includes 22 fun illustrations and affirmations to inspire, transform, and expand your mindset while manifesting ABUNDANCE!

Jazmine, a native of Uniondale, NY, officially launched her company, Art of Jaz, LLC, in 2020 but has been working hard to spread the word about the brand through social media and talking to potential customers since 2017. With a lifelong love for the visual arts, Jazmine has grown up under creative influence her entire life. Jazmine began painting in 2017, as a mere hobby with no formal education or training, but she has since transformed into a self-taught contemporary artist and now illustrator and author selling her works through online platforms, and in-person events.

Over the last five years, Jazmine has shown her work locally in Charlotte, NC, as well as in Atlanta and New York. Her art is her therapy, and she intends to make an impact by creating authentically and being an inspiration for the African American community reminding them that it’s okay to turn your dreams into reality and flourish.

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 New Children’s Picture Book Honoring A Mother-Son Bond And Black Hair Pride 

See How Author Shellice Beharie pays tribute to the memory of her loving son in her debut picture book, "PRINCE AND HIS MOTHER’S CROWN: Tales Within my Mother’s Hair."

This read-aloud narrative communicates that in their early stages of childhood boys can find comfort and creativity in their mother’s tresses. Checkout this is very uplifting reading for our challenging times: Click Here. Or to orderClick Here

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