Acknowledgments

First, I would like to thank my Heavenly Mother-Father God from whom all creativity flows.

I would like to thank my parents, Dierdre and Charles, for their love, support and guidance and for cheering me on and believing in me.

I want to thank all of my family and friends (you all know who you are)! Sending all my love to my family across the country: the Joli, Skinner, Lockett, Robinson, and Hill family.  And to my extended family: the Ambrister-Graham-Spellman clan, Ledia Boles, Princess Vines, Eugenia Boykin,Tyrone Cloud, James Kamal Jones and Alida Johnson and their families. 

Thank you to my loved ones for being patient as I talked about writing this book and my plans to publish and showing me love and support. 

I especially want to thank my NAMA Harlem (New Amsterdam Musical Association) family for their love and support. Iā€™m so glad to have found a second home and community of artists who are passionate about their art.

A special thank you to my editor, Joan Russell, for working with me and doing a great job; and to my website and logo designer, Troy Oraine of Nine Tribe Studios for his designs and exquisite work.

I also want to give a special thank you to my alma mater, the City College of New York (CUNY) and the Business and Economics Department and all of its professors and alum who nurtured me while I studied there. A special shout-out to Dr. Kevin Foster (now Dean Foster) and Dr. Yochanan Shachmurove for their dedication and devotion to the students at City College and CUNY.

And last but definitely not least, I want to thank the village of Harlem and its people for surviving and thriving and inspiring me through the years.

And for Kiss, Lucky Paw-Paw, Tricky, Tiger Lily, Callie and Machito for spending many lonely nights with me as I stayed up late writing. xoxo