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Dangerous Lee Interviews Tamika Newhouse – Founder of Delphine Publications

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Attention single mothers who think they can’t live their dreams; Tamika Newhouse became a single mother as a teen and is now a best-selling, award winning, self published author and the founder of a highly successful book publishing company, Delphine Publications. She is also the CEO of Obsessive Soul Media with plans for short films, stage plays and much more. She has been featured in Uptown Magazine, Essence, Juicy Magazine, Vibe Vixen Magazine, and now The Dangerous Lee News & Entertainment Network!

In a recent letter written to your younger self published on your website, The Passionate Spot, you mention that you have a hard time relating to people. Why is that?

I am a unique person; I lack the desire to want to be in crowds and within groups. Naturally I am a loner and choose to be a home body. The simple life is me. So I lack the skills sometimes to interact with others thus I don’t relate to them as I should.

You moved from Forth Wort to Atlanta, a city known as Little Hollywood; do you see California as a future home?

Absolutely not. Not only am I going to return to Texas one day and be bi-coastal but California is expensive. I like Atlanta because it’s still the south but I choose to live in the suburbs of Atlanta because the city itself is too crowded and full of a lot of fake people.

You’ve been very open about your past weight issues, what type of health and fitness routine do you follow? You look great!

I now eat every three hours or so in small portions and I am in the gym 3-4 times a week. I had the desire to lose weight so that I could have better odds of living a longer life. I did a drastic change in my life, hence I had a life style change not a diet.

You recently tweeted that you’re working on titles to be released in 2014. What type of writers/books catch the attention of Delphine Publications?

I like to look at hungry artists. Ones who don’t mind be taught the business and how to brand themselves. I am looking for novels that reflect black readers currently.

Have you experienced any downsides of receiving a certain level of success and notoriety?

Absolutely I have. My level of success brings a lot of hate and sometimes stalkers. I have been threatened or stalked before due to my public figure platform. I have also been talked about negatively from my peers. I shake all of the negativity off because in the end their opinions do not determine my future. God does. I use it as motivation.

Many women, including myself, are looking for revenue to further promote their business and brand. Did you receive any type of grants along the way?

No ma’am, I simply work hard at every dime that comes into Delphine. The investment I have put into myself for years has now come back tenfold. If you do lack the resources to do what you desire fundraisers and donation campaigns for a particular project are always ideal.

Tell us about your new release, Cookie Too:

Cookie Too is a story based on the life of a young woman who is the sister to the character of Cookie in the first book. It details the story of a young girl who did whatever she could illegally to be loved by any man who would accept her. It gives an example to young women on what not to do.

What is the future for Delphine Publications and Tamika as a person?

We are building onto our roaster of authors and have numerous titles set to release once a month of a next several months. We also will be touring the country hitting major cities like Cincinnati, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Charlotte, Miami, and more.

Twitter @TamikaNewhouse

Instagram @BossLadyTamika

www.TamikaNewhouse.com

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National Poetry Month Spotlight: Indi Wright – Infinite Hope

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Infinite Hope

For once in a lifetime
I have great expectation
Along with confidence
No more false hopes
Nor empty promises
This hope is a trust
Transferred the stock
From man’s investment
Granting sole custody
In God I now trust
This hope is endless
Immeasurable
It never runs dry
All encompassing
A wellspring of joy
Spouting rivers of peace
An abundance of rain
No droughts in sight
Against odds of what
The eye doth see
This hope surges beyond
And above all derision
Infinite hope is timeless
That’s before time existed
Yet newly found by me
‘Twas there all along
It endures through
All circumstances
Denials and delays
In the face of hope
Against hope when
It seems like it’s hopeless
That’s when I hope most
For I know
In whom I trust and
I can rest assured that
He is more than able
To obtain the victory
As a master of success
He works best
When it seems that
All hope is lost
My hope has no limits
It’s boundless
Self-replenishing
Securing me eternity

Bio:

Emerging from the obscurity of the world into the marvelous light of Christ, Indi Wright is a trailblazer for the Lord. Leaving the ‘glamorous life’ and a background in entertainment, Indi uses her testimony of what God can do through you if you allow Him to use your talents for His divine purpose and glory. Indi Wright is a nationally acclaimed poet, prolific author, pastor, Licensed Massage Therapist, devoted wife and mother of one. Indi has a passion to not only reach but forever impact the lives of many through her powerful, thought-provoking and inspirational literary works.

Her mission is to encourage and empower others to rise above and overcome adverse circumstances in order to walk in divine purpose. Her writings are God-breathed, bringing life and instilling hope in the souls of each reader. After releasing three books, her next two projects are set to debut in Spring of 2013. She is the founder and CEO of IWright publishing company. It is a revolutionary company that goes beyond the typical publishing needs, equipping aspiring writers with valuable information and resources needed in their literary endeavors. As Co-Pastor of True Ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ, a prophetic and healing ministry, her bold teaching style is one-of-a-kind, fresh from heaven. Indi is currently embarking on a Midwest book tour with events at Books a Million stores in Sandusky and Chicago.

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Black History Month Spotlight: Alisha Somer – Writer, Editor & Publisher

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What do you love most about being a Black woman?
I love the color of my skin and the kinkiness of my hair. I love how we hold so much mystery: everyone wants to know our secrets. I love the strength we possess and our ability to build and uplift a community.

Who or what inspires you most?
The women who contribute to the magazine who have the courage to share their art and their trust in me to showcase it inspire me so much.

My children’s energy, their big dreams, and their unwavering belief that anything and everything is possible–that inspires me!

Advice for Black men and women?
Sometimes you need to leap before you look. When I started my magazine I didn’t have a 5 year plan or any capital, but I believed in my dream and I took a risk. If you want to do big things, you have to take big risks.

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What are you working on that we need to check out?
I am currently gathering submissions and laying out the next issue of BLACKBERRY: a magazine, a literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. This is my way of giving a voice to those who would otherwise be silent. I hope to continue to expose readers to the diversity of the black women’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in mainstream and independent literary markets.

Where can we find you online?
You can find my writing at http://www.alishasommer.com