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February 2014 Archive

Author Spotlight: Arkeedah McCormick

How to Start A Blog: 10 Essential Steps You Need To Know


“How do I start a blog?”

If you’ve collected a dollar for every time you’ve been asked that question, how much money would you have right now? Beauty Blogger and Fashionista Arkeedah McCormick penned a quick and dirty guidebook that provides tools to get a beginner blogger the confidence to get started.


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“The focus of this book is to provide a resource for new and upcoming bloggers, something that is simple and straight to the point without all the fluff.”


If you’re ready to jumpstart your blogging game, head over to to purchase Arkeedah’s book. {$7.99 Kindle and $11.50 paperback}



Arkeedah_HeadshotEstablished in 2009 by Editor-in-chief Arkeedah McCormick, was created to display an appreciation for Fashion and Lifestyle events and showcase the hautest fashion trends as well as cosmetics and hair products. provides daily doses of what’s chic, trendy, what’s haute and what’s not in the urban world of fashion.

Visit and follow her on twitter at @itsarkeedah

Author Spotlight: Jill-of-Many-Trades @AnandaLeeke

This month, Ananda Leeke celebrates her 10th anniversary as a blogger. Leeke entered the world of blogging at the request of her book editor to overcome a serious case of writer’s block during her novel writing journey. Two years later, she gave birth to Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (2007), a Lorraine Hansberry-inspired novel perfect for honoring Black History Month and the many ways people love each other in their daily lives.

She discovered her passion for blogging and social media while marketing and building an audience for Love’s Troubadours, and later decided to blog about her creative journey as a lawyer-turned artist, author, coach, yoga teacher, and innerpreneur. Her blog posts launched the publication of her next book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (2009). By the time That Which Awakens Me was published, she started attending women’s social media conferences including Feminism 2.0, BlogHer, and Blogalicious. At each conference, she walked away with a deeper appreciation for the power and presence of women in social media and technology. Her appreciation laid the foundation for the Digital Sisterhood Network and her latest book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (2013).

9781491706398_COVER_FQA.inddBy the time That Which Awakens Me was published, she started attending women’s social media conferences including Feminism 2.0, BlogHer, and Blogalicious. At each conference, she walked away with a deeper appreciation for the power and presence of women in social media and technology. Her appreciation laid the foundation for the Digital Sisterhood Network and her latest book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (2013).






Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One tells the story of Karma Francois, a thirtysomething Oakland-born BoHo B.A.P. (Bohemian Black American Princess) with Louisiana roots and urban debutante flair. The novel begins with Karma’s life in an uproar. Her relationships and the museum curator career that she struggled to form in New York City have crumbled, leaving no viable options to rebuild. Relocating to Washington, DC, Karma struggles with denial, depression, and debt. A lack of full-time employment opportunities forces her to craft a gypsy existence as a Jill of Many Trades: yoga teacher, art consultant, and freelance curator at Howard University Gallery of Art. Unable and unwilling to appreciate these jobs as gifts, she wallows in a pool of lost identity-and doesn’t see a way to keep from drowning. When she looks in the mirror, Karma sees a woman whose choices have dishonored her true character. Now, for the first time in her life, Karma must learn to see herself for who she really is. Visit

Her books are available on Amazon:


About the Author: 

anandapicThe best way to describe Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke is with a six-word memoir. Yoga + Creativity + Internet Geek = Ananda Leeke. Leeke is a lawyer turned “Jill of many trades:” innerpreneur, author, artist, coach, and yoga teacher. Currently, she serves as a blogger ambassador for AARP, Macy’s Heart of Haiti Campaign, and Maiden Nation. She is the founder of the Digital Sisterhood Network and a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by Blogalicious, BlogHer, Howard University, and Spelman College. Black Enterprise named her as one of the Black Women in Tech You Should Follow on Twitter in 2011. In 2014, the White House selected her to participate as a social media leader for the State of the Union and French Arrival Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande. She lives in Washington, DC. Visit




Author Spotlight: Benjamin and Alisha Walker aka @iluvbeinmarried

I Love Being Married: A Guide to Divorceproof Your Marriage




I Love Being Married: A Guide to Divorceproof Your Marriage , The Marriage Coaches: Benjamin and Alisha Walker,  share common sense tools to develop and maintain a happy, loving and peaceful marriage. They also show you how to avoid the pitfalls of divorce in a straightforward, practical approach, and reveal secrets to singles before they walk down the aisle. Whether you have a marriage in crisis, a healthy relationship, or are a single person wondering what it takes to be married, you will discover that throughout the tools in this book, it is possible to say, “i love being married”.

Click the link to read Chapter 10: In God We Trust that is featured in the book.

To learn more tools about maintaing a happy marriage you can purchase the full book on and Barnes & Noble. {$13.50}

Here’s to lasting marriages!



About the Authors: 

AlishaandBenwalkerAs sought after marriage and relationship experts, marriage coaches, counselors, educators, speakers and entrepreneurs, Benjamin and Alisha Walker, are the founders of The Marriage Coaches, a coaching and consulting practice in Atlanta, GA. Alisha is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia and together, they have coached thousands of couples on relationship strategies to enhance and divorce-proof their relationships  Alisha and Benjamin have been married for 15 years and have 5 children. Visit to learn more.



Author Spotlight: La’Tanyha Boyd aka @SpiritualFoodRA

Spiritual Food For Thought: 31 Inspirational Quotes to Jump-Start Your Day! 

Amazon best selling author, La’Tanyha Boyd knows there are times when each one of us needs encouragement and inspiration; especially when you’re dealing with the challenges of life. ‘Spiritual Food for Thought: 31 Inspirational Quotes to Jump-Start Your Day,‘ will not only offer daily words of inspiration but promote spiritual growth in one’s day to day living. The book consists of inspirational messages that offer daily words of empowerment, and promote spiritual growth and development in the Lord Jesus Christ for your day to day living.


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In this journey called, Life, I’ve learned that God never consults our past to determine our future. It is us, who determine our own future by our actions. As such, I have made sure that my book is full of powerful nuggets that are sure to equip and encourage each one of us to take life head-on, live it to the fullest and provide it with a meaningful direction.

The book is available on {$2.99 Kindle} and Barnes & Noble bookstores {$5.99 paperback}.

About the Author

latboyd.jpgLá Tanyha Boyd, is living her dream and walking in her calling to empower, and inspire others. She has traveled around the world via the airwaves as an Inspirational Speaker and is also the International Radio Host of Spiritual Food for Thought Global Radio. Through this syndicated radio broadcast she empowers others across the globe to follow their dreams and to live life with purpose, passion, fire and determination. To learn more visit:

Author Spotlight: Krystal Grant aka @KandidKrystal

In continuing our “Love of Books” theme this month, today we share Krystal Grant’s debut novella. Being an author was on Krystal’s bucket list for a long time. After years of hard work, we are so excited to see Krystal’s dream of becoming an author come to fruition. We love seeing passion projects succeed.


Under the Palmetto Tree




After years of wandering through life filled with anger and hatred Doctor Clyde Sable has finally come to terms with his feelings of resentment towards his brother. Adam Sable was the cause of it all: the pain, suffering, and anguish. Now Doctor Clyde Sable is faced with a choice-reconciliation or revenge.

You can find the book for purchase on {$8.99}


About the Author:

KrystalGrantHeadshot3 smaller resizeKrystal Grant is a digital publisher and online influencer. A native of South Carolina, she uses her southern roots as an inspiration for her writing. The former high school English teacher successfully balances marriage and motherhood in the Atlanta, Georgia suburbs where she is a blogger and freelance writer.

New! #ShopTalk Monthly Series for Entrepreneurs: January Recap

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Introducing #ShopTalk ! Hosted by Blogalicious.   A virtual coffeeshop for digital rockstars.

We know that being an entrepreneur can be lonely and that it has its own unique set of struggles – that’s why we created #ShopTalk.  Join us on the last Friday of every month at 12pm ET, where we’ll meet via Google Hangout to check-in, chat, and share. You can expect special guests, topics directly relating to where YOU are, and most importantly, open and honest conversation about this crazy, special lifestyle that we love!


On Friday, January 31st, we hosted the inaugural chat! The topic was: “Transitioning From Employee to Entrepreneur” and our special featured guests were Kris Cain (@LittleTechGirl) and Christie Crowder (@ChatterboxCGC): one, a recently new entrepreneur and the other, a veteran entrepreneur.  They each had great perspective on the process and gave some honest and practical advice – here are some highlights from the conversation:

From Kris Cain:

Take Breaks.  As an entrepreneur I find myself working ALL THE TIME. I try to take breaks to watch a movie or play games with the kids.

Take It Seriously.  Failure is not an option for me. I was divorced in 2010, so I’m currently an one-income household. I’m sometimes envious of my blogger friends with husbands with well-paid jobs because they can use their blogging income for travel, conferences, or fun stuff. A huge part of my income goes towards paying bills.

Marketing yourself is important. Have your elevator pitch down. Create a media kit. Purchase your and create a profile page. And have business cards that stand out.

For more insight into her life as an entrepreneur, check out her recent post:
‘2013 Was My First Year as an Entrepreneur: The Struggle Is Real’

From Christie Crowder:

Set boundaries for yourself. And for your clients and work, and for your home, family, and friends.  In order to help everyone involved (professionally and personally) understand what you are doing and take you seriously, you have to take yourself seriously and set the boundaries.  Give yourself “business hours” and everyone must respect those.  Not only that YOU must respect your own boundaries too.  If you blur the lines, so will everyone else.

To find out more about Christie’s work, visit her site HERE.

See You on February 28!  RSVP HERE.

Author Spotlight: Telisha Ng aka @Goddess_I

“All the single ladies… All the single ladies … “

*Cues Beyonce hand wave* 

While couples and lovers celebrate February 14th as the National Day of Love, singles patiently wait for February 15th so they can take advantage of half off candy sales. Singlehood comes with it own set of adventures. Telisha Ng of Goddess Intellect shares a few stories of the all too familiar subject among the single crowd: Friends with Benefits. Read on, spread a little love and if you have dating adventures of your own, please share in the comments!


Friends with Benefits: The Grey Area In Between




Friends With Benefits is a dating guide for women that gives in depth insight into relationships that often described as “Its complicated” or “we’re just chilling”. Learn about 3 categories men automatically place women in as well as how to move up from being “just a friend” to his girlfriend.


 I’ll never forget the day a group of girlfriends and I sat at one of my favorite restaurants sharing a girls night out platter filled with man drama, second life facades and crushed college girl dreams. The taste was somewhat bitter but I tolerated the food and was pleased with the fact that the girls and I actually made it out, together. No obligations, children, dates, or excuses; it was just us ladies.
I listened intently as they shared their male-driven stories, the ups and downs. I nodded and smiled as if I could relate completely. I agreed as if I also had that special someone who drove me mad with his perfect mistakes. Then my social anxiety kicked in; all of a sudden the group of carnivorous ladybirds fixed their gazes on me. I froze like I do when I know the conversation is about to expose a deep part of me.
Tony, the guy I was seeing at the time treated my life like a revolving door, coming in and out as he pleased. I refused to let his chiseled medium chocolate dream boy behind go. I was disgustingly loyal because I was turned on by the idea of him, the imaginary bond we had and, oh, yeah, high voltage sex. If you ask me to recall what was so high voltage about the sex, I honestly cannot remember.
“Hun, it’s not really a relationship if you don’t go out on dates”


Intrigued? Want to read more? You can order “Friends with Benefits: The Grey Area Between” {eBook version only: $4.72} on Amazon.


About The Author:

TelishaTelisha Ng is the Creator of Battle of the Sexes Show, and Goddess Intellect Relationship Blog. You can always find Telisha offering fun wisdom and sound advice on relationships. It’s her mission to bring men and women together for love, respect and flirtatious freedom to make the world a better place.




Author Spotlight: Eva Greene Wilson aka @SocaMom


Put down the Candy Crush and turn off the SWV:Reunited (just for a little bit)! Our theme for this month on the blog is: “For the Love of Books” where we are shining the spotlight on books that you have written, or inviting you to guest post about a book that you’ve read recently and loved.  First up, we have a book written by the Blogalicious community’s very own Eva Wilson Greene (@SocaMom).  I have fond memories of the Anansi tales from my own childood, so I can’t wait to share this one with my own kiddos.  Read on, spread the word and let us know all about your love for books…


Anancy’s Family Reunion





In Anancy’s Family Reunion, Anancy the spider has been up to his old tricks, but a visit from family will change everything – or will it? This new and imaginative take on Anancy folklore reintroduces a new generation of children to a character deeply rooted in African and Caribbean oral tradition.

Click the link to view the Video Trailer or enjoy a full chapter preview here: Anancys_Family_Reunion_Preview

Want to add the book to your collection? The book is available for purchase via You can purchase the eBook here and the paperback here.


About The Author: 

eva Eva Greene Wilson is the editor and owner of, an award winning        website for Caribbean parents. Eva graduated from North Carolina A&T State    University with a degree in Marketing. She has been writing and telling stories since  she was a child and has been using her talent as a storyteller to entertain and educate t  the readers of her blog since 2011.

This busy wife and mother of three has been honored with two Black Weblog Awards, Best New Blog and Best Parenting Blog. She sponsors offline groups for Caribbean parents and has hosted the annual Anancy Festival in Washington, D.C. Eva’s writing has been featured in several publications, in print and online.

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