Nothing Short Of Greatness with Trent Shelton (Event)

On a stop in the ‘Nothing Short Of Greatness’ Tour, Motivational Speaker Trent Shelton, NSOG founder Rondell Anderson, and others rocked Atlanta, GA. The event was held at Midtown Art Theatre. Empowerment filled the atmosphere as Shelton addressed the crowd, and the audience shared their insight and questions. The discourse was lively, engaging, and extremely motivational. Nothing Short Of Greatness held up to it’s name, by delivering greatness and beyond!

The event brought out the best members in the Atlanta community, highlighting and engaging more inspirational media outlets. Professional Speaker and Blogger Ashley Poptodorova set the stage for Trent by sharing a positive testimony. Breath Of Life Daily captured a bit of the event. 

The next stop on the ‘Nothing Short Of Greatness’ Tour’ was Phoenix, Arizona. The complete list of event times and dates are posted at  For more updates and info about ‘Nothing Short Of Greatness’ connect with the founder Rondell Anderson on Twitter and Instagram:  @rondellaa. Follow the hashtag #nsogATL for more “touch down” times in Atlanta.

Check out Trent Shelton’s Interview with Clifton Davis on “Praise The Lord”. (below)


Good Bread Alley Launches KickStarter Campaign


Good Bread Alley Created by Actor/Writer/Producer April Yvette Thompson Is an epic period play with Afro Cuban and Gullah music, dance and myth exploring the most fundamental truths about a mother’s love and the struggle to become better than what was promised.

The Team behind the production recently launched a KickStarter campaign to back funding. Below are some links to the campaign video, words from the playwright as well as a fantastic article on IndieWire about the work of the producers, SimonSays Entertainment.  The goal is to have supporters of the arts be a part of making the magic that is Good Bread.

How Does the Good Bread Alley KickStarter Work?

Why Did April Write Good Bread Alley?

Who is SimonSays Entertaiment and Why Are They Producing Good Bread Alley?

Find out more about the project by connecting with Good Bread Alley on Twitter and Instagram: @GoodBreadAlley


April D. Byrd


Brown Girls Publishing Authors In Atlanta


Recently Authors Victoria Christopher Murray and Reshonda Tate Billingsley made a visit to Medu Book Store in Atlanta, Georgia at the Greenbriar Mall. The Authors talked about their latest books and their new publishing ventures. Both are leading African-American Authors in the publishing industry who founded Brown Girls Publishing.

The Authors founded Brown Girls Publishing to help get the voices of other talented Writers out into mainstream media.  The partnership between the two Authors has been very productive. Reshonda’s book “Let The Church Say Amen” is set for film adaptation to be produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Productions, among others and Directed by Regina King. The film will include a cast of notable stars and entertainers, along with a cameo by Reshonda herself.

At Medu Bookstore in Atlanta, the Authors caught fans up with their latest works and introduced one of their new premiere Authors in the Brown Girls Publishing line up. Their latest book “Fortune and Fame” tells the story of Jasmine Cox Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams two first ladies who get caught up in a whirlwind of Drama, Murder, and Reality T.V. with a twist only the partnership of Billingsley and Murray could offer.

At the book signing and event, they shared an excerpt of the book with fans.  A small snippet from the reading was captured. Victoria Christopher Murray reads. Check out the video (below):


For More information about the Authors new projects and Brown Girls Publishing visit and twitter: @BG_Publishing


Yours Truly,


Thinking Like A Cheating Man Is Useless


It’s Apparent that the new genre of “Men Teaching Women How They Think” style of book publishing must be thought of as a growing and effective tool in relationship advice.  After the recent  release of Tyrese Gibson’s and “Rev Run” Simmons’s new collaboration: “Manology: Secrets of Your Man’s Mind Revealed” and the inspirational Juggernaut “Act Like A lady, Think Like A Man  it’s no doubt that women will probably be bombarded with a lot more of these self-proclaimed “insider secrets”… to understanding a man’s mind. While, it’s highly accommodating to have the influence of wise and learned voices contributed to the world’s knowledge, the format is fickle.

Actually the book “Manology “in particular, is a great read! Run’s unique, insightful wisdom mixed with Gibson’s charming wit throughout the book, makes for that awesomely addictive type of read that’s hard to put down. However, as enjoyable and enlightening as these types of books are, they’re still very useless in regards to maintaining a successful romantic relationship with anyone.   Despite all the generalizations or universal expectations we may place on men in this society, the representation of “all men” or even “most” is still irrevocably limited to the concept of the Author. Every dynamic of an Author’s life plays a role in the content they create, and their specific culture definitely has a major impact in it.

Without a doubt American men or men who were primarily raised in America tend to have a common defect that’s really no secret, especially not to a smart woman. Books like these don’t do much more than publicize some men’s choice for infidelity, over monogamy. Airing dirty laundry in chapters titled “Why Men Cheat” or sharing their dirty little “Secrets” just exposes the illusive misguidance of a culture.

Since this problem, excuse me “thought process” is now being published boldly out in the open, it’s best to stop so much writing about it, and start putting strategic solutions into action, like the Authors starting mentor programs for young men for example. However, Infidelity is not exclusively set to men, its rationale can conquer any soul ungrounded from a system of healthy, principle -based living.  Our best thoughts and advice as individuals are not determined by understanding the general truths of the opposite sex; they are derived from where we place our own unique and sacred values as individuals, whether we‘re male or female.

A practice of Vows or even celibacy until marriage is first a commitment to self. Improving ourselves first is the only training ground we have before we get into a relationship with anyone else. Practice makes perfect! A woman is prized through virtue; THIS JUST IN…So is a Man. Men should be taught moral excellence as much as a woman is. It’s ok that it’s MEN like Tyrese, T.D. Jakes, Steve Harvey, and Tyler Perry seem to be the leading voices in content directed toward women, but some of these men have admitted to infidelity themselves.

When it all boils down to it the success of our relationships is based on our values. If you claim to be a man of Faith, or woman of integrity then own it, and owning it is really committing to it.  If spiritual values are compromised to satisfy physical wants then there is already a problem, and NOBODY no matter what sex, wants to voluntarily be in a problematic relationship. Indeed all relationships have problems, but there is one that is filled with complete wholeness.

In the end we all are subject to weakness, or some longing unholy desire. We all make mistakes. We try to impress one another, then we fall short, but the aim is not to please man; it’s to please God. When our ways please the Lord, we make even our enemies live at peace with us. This is the “thinking” that makes love pure and gives us reasoning to resist foolish temptations. Keep Calm and Let Christ’s love adorn you. Committing to sanctity, is committing to empowering ourselves for the best possible relationships, you may like it, but if you absolutely LOVE it, then put a ring on it! A bit of advice for “All my single ladies”…and Gentlemen:  think like God intended.


*this post was published on YBW