FSO Literary Stage Schedule 2013

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Check out the For Sisters Only 2013 Literary Stage Schedule:

11 AM

Jewel Carter of V101.9 introduce Best Selling Author Cheris Hodges seminar “How to Write Yourself A New Life.” Her current book is Forces of Nature.

12 PM

Poetry Slam Hour starring The Black Ink Monks and Hosted by Bluz of Slam Charlotte.

1:30 PM

Cappriccieo M. Scates will talk about his career in managing at Arrow Records and his new book 10 Steps to Successfully Managing Recording Artists.

2 PM

Hour of Inspiration with Shauntae Jordan and Kenston Griffin

3 PM

Winter Ramos from “Love And Hip Hop” talks about her new book Game Over.


Bios Of Literary Speakers

Black Ink Monks
This student organization aspires to create a platform for people to express their emotions by giving students a positive outlet, to assist poets in evolving their talents, to develop oratorical skills, to encourage students to take situations more seriously and to practice good anger management.

The group is a student-initiated writers group that was founded in 1994. They are known for their on-campus monthly Grimes Lounge poetry jams and their appearances over the years at various slam venues in Charlotte. In any given year, membership ranges from five to ten or more students.

In 2002, a Charlotte Observer article on their creative activities led to an invitation to do a writing workshop for Advance Placement students at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. In 1003, The Black Ink Monks worked in collaboration with students at Myers Park High School and The Echo Foundation to host an open mic event to raise money for the Cities of Asylum Project.

In 2003-2004, Monks directed performance workshops in high schools in Union County. Former Black Ink Monks have gone on to successful careers in graduate school, film production, graphic production, web design and teaching.


From humble southern beginnings Bluz has risen through the ranks of spoken word entertainment. He is the slam master and coach of SlamCharlotte, A competitive team of poets whom he led to back to back National Poetry Slam victories in 2007 and 2008. Bluz is the 2008 LEAF Festival poetry slam champion. In 2003, Bluz solidified a spot hosting a segment on Charlotte’s #1 urban Radio station every Friday morning at 9:50am.
Bluz has been performing spoken word and hosting events for 7 years. He was the host of the RedBull StreetStyle Contest, Fresh fest B-BOY break dance contest and participated in the Redbull “SayWhat” spoken word workshop. An active member in the community, Bluz has worked on several projects with organizations such Junior Achievement, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Wachovia, Bank Of America, CBS Radio, Radio Disney, ESPN, SPEED TV, BET, and NASCAR where he wrote and performed several intros for the Nationally televised showed NASCAR:TODAY in which he won an Emmy.
Bluz has shared the stage with several distinguished poets, Taylor Mali, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Gil Scott Heron and he has opened for many national recording artist such as Outkast, Amel Larrieux, Yung Jeezy, Little Brother, Pink Floyd, Last Poets, D’Angelo, John Legend, Soulganic, Del La Sol, KRS ONE and more. He is the author of a book of poetry(Articulate Slang), released 3 cds, and featured at world famous Nuyorican poets Café and Bowery Poetry Club. All of these accomplishments pale in comparison to his role as father to three beautiful children, husband to a dynamic wife, and friend to a core of poets known as the Concrete Generation who constantly help him push the limit of poetry. Bluz remains a visionary in the art of spoken word and slam poetry. His relentless pursuit to reinvent himself and the art form keep him in the upper echelon of poetry. This is Bluz

Cappriccieo M. Scates

Mr. Scates is currently the General Manager for Arrow Records. Prior to joining Arrow, he was Senior director of Writer/Publisher Relations for SESAC. He also served as the Director of Operations for PM Music Group. He also spent time as former Director of National Radio Promotions for Ruffhouse/Columbia Records and has been responsible for promoting the careers of artists such as Fugees, Cypress Hill, Bone Thugs and Harmony, Alicia Keys, and Boyz II Men.

He is also the author of 10 Steps to Successfully Managing Recording Artists , which was published in October 2004. He is currently on the Atlanta Chapter Board of Governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and is a member of the Atlanta Chapter Board for the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP). He is also vice president of the Georgia Music Industry Association.

Winter Ramos

Winter Ramos, one of the new faces of VH1’s hit reality television show, Love and Hip Hop New York Season 3 delivers a brazen and unabashed memoir of her life in the world of hip hop. In Game Over Winter puts all of her emotions on the page—leaving no experience, emotional abuse, or former lover uncovered. From her days as assistant to Fabolous and “friend” to Jada Kiss, to appearing on Love and Hip Hop and being Creative Costume Designer for Flavor unit Films, Winter delivers “a tell-all book on her roster of famous ex-boyfriends and her life in the music industry (”

As the chick that was always in the mix and “cool” with everyone, Winter was privy to the cray beyond the videos, private flights, and limos that the cameras caught for us. Her reality and theirs was no game. Game Over is Winter’s cautionary tale for the next generation of young women who believe that the fabulous lives of celebrities unveiled in blogs and on reality television shows are all FIRE! Stay tuned, because this GAME is about to get real.

Cheris Hodges
Opposites attract in this contemporary romance about a straight-laced idealistic woman who meets her match.

Author Cheris Hodges has the unique ability of being able to appeal to readers of women’s fiction as well as urban fiction with her edgy and sassy characters. Her stories are fresh, modern and sexy. RT Book Reviews praised her most recent release Too Hot For Tv calling it a winning romance that readers will love” while author Farrah Rochon simply says “count on Cheris Hodges to deliver a sassy, sexy romantic read.” Now, Hodges returns with FORCES OF NATURE, a contemporary romance about a straight-laced idealistic woman who meets her match.
When Crystal Hughes handcuffs herself to the receptionist’s desk at the lobby of Welco Industries, she just wanted to prove a point–no one was going to tear down the more than 100 acres of farmland that had been in her family since the turn of the century. But she never expected that the person at the head of the project would be as handsome as Douglas Wellington, III. Likewise, Douglas Wellington, III wasn’t going to let some grassroots protester stop his plan. Tearing down the farmland and turning it into a multimillion dollar business park was going to do wonders for the city–invigorate the community and add thousands of new jobs, but when he spots Crystal, who’s spunky and full of fire, the project seems to be the last thing on his mind. Now these two opposites will have to figure out what’s real and what’s really worth fighting for.

Shauntae Jordan

Shauntae Jordan is a well recognized, award winning motivational speaker and life empowerment coach, in addition to being the author of a highly respected publication titled: “Learn How I Made a Fortune While in College: A Real-life Student Strategy Guide.”
Her slogan, “Ignite the Drive within You,” speaks volumes, as her mission is to help people feel good about themselves. Prior to founding SMJ Speaks, Shauntae had a successful career in financial services, consumer products, telecommunications and retail industries within Fortune companies. She is a proud graduate of Winston-Salem State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, followed by her earning her MBA from the University of Phoenix. She currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at York Technical College.

Mr. Kenston J. Griffin

Mr. Griffin is a premier educational specialist, best-selling author, and top performing trainer and coach. Mr. Griffin is a nationally/internationally known keynote speaker for Educational Systems, NFL, NASCAR, NBA, Fortune 500 Companies, Mental Health, Faith-Based, and Federal/Judicial Systems, as well as entertainers such as Ludacris, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and Dwayne Carter better known as Lil Wayne to name a few.

Mr. Griffin is a native of Statesville, NC, and currently resides in Charlotte, NC. His educational background includes Social Work and Psychology. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Livingstone College, and his Master’s Degree, in just one year from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Griffin is the Founder and CEO of Dream Builders Communication, Inc. (DBC) which is recognized and consults internationally. DBC provides training and development in the areas of: Academic Enhancement/Retention, Diversity and Inclusion, Professional/Organization Development, Supply Change and Demand, Board Development and Peak Performance Coaching. Finally, Mr. Griffin and Dream Builders Communication, Inc.’s aim is to educate across the globe by raising one’s awareness and belief system in every field of human endeavor. Upon doing so, Mr. Griffin realizes and knows that for you, “IF BETTER IS POSSIBLE…GOOD IS NO LONGER AN OPTION”.

Dream Builders Communication, Inc.
PO Box 481945
Charlotte, NC 28269
(704) 595-1735 office
(704) 595-1736 fax
(877) 595-1735 toll free

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