Toya Carter celebrated the release of her new book recently with a book signing held at Barnes & Noble in College Park, Georgia.
In Priceless Inspirations, Toya takes her readers through the pain of being a teenage mother struggling to raise a child while still a child herself?without the benefit of the guidance of her own mother.
It may seem that Toya has it all, but hers has been a life of peaks and valleys. Abandoned by her parents as a child, Toya was passed from family member to family member as her mother sank deeper into an addiction to drugs.
It was during that time that Toya fell into the arms of a 15-year-old rising rap star named Dwayne Michael Carter, known these days as ‘Lil Wayne’, and ended up pregnant at the tender age of 14.
Using the words she recorded in journals she kept as a teen, Toya bares her soul by sharing her own personal struggles, using them to offer young women real and heartfelt advice about sex, relationships, motherhood and growing up.
Toya’s and Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter is now a bright, talented 13 year old and she sent StraightFromTheA readers a lil shout out…
While I was napping at the beach last weekend, Dr. Ian Smith and his crew converged on Atlanta to promote healthy living and weight management.? Thankfully my girl Joi held it down for the A-Team and got some great photos!
Dr. Ian enlisted the help of RHOA’s Kandi Burruss and Congressman John Lewis as they walked the “Makeover Mile” along with several health conscious Atlanta area residents.
The event kicked off the CVS ?To Your Health? program in Atlanta with a one mile health walk that ran from Fair Street near the AU Center to CVS on Joseph Lowery in West End.
More than 1000 Atlanta residents came out in an effort to fight obesity, walking toward a healthier lifestyle.
Remember when R.L. was dissed by one of the Jagged Edge twins?
Well a few weeks ago, R.L. was insulted when Kyle of Jagged Edge refused to pose for a picture with him, so what does he do? He Bogart’s Jazze Pha’s interview b*tchin’ about it.? (Click HERE if you missed it.)
RL & Kyle reunited recently and… ummm let’s just say that old school beef dies hard. 😯
Q Parker (of 112) held a birthday bash at Atlanta Justin’s restaurant where all of the 90’s crooners took to the stage.? Kyle, who apparently wanted to get a message across to RL, managed to grab the mic to make the following statement:
I don?t give a damn what yall saw on that Twitter page, but RL don?t mean a got damn thing in ATL?.
Last week, I had the distinct honor of being invited to speak to the youth of Sugga’s Industries International, Behind The Scenes in Sports & Entertainment after-school program.
Held at Atlanta’s Turner Middle School, the program provides training to high school students in an effort to assist the sports and entertainment industry in diversifying its audience and talent pool.
Anyone who knows me is quite aware that I’m not a “public” speaking type of girl, so it was initially uncomfortable but because I was talking about something I love to do, the information flowed freely.
We discussed blogging, advertising, event coverage, video editing… just about everything that entails StraightFromTheA.com. Including social networking via Twitter, Facebook, etc…. we even touched on a bit of industry gossip (and you will be pleased to note, I kept it strictly P.G.).
[Sidebar: I almost fainted when told the others that Phaedra was my lawyer and I was at her wedding… you people really do pay attention, huh? 😆 ]
I’d like to take a moment to thank Tiphanie Watson and Suggas for inviting me out to speak to the kids. Hopefully, I shared some insightful information about this crazy world of entertainment blogging.