The Freedom Fair, which celebrated the contributions of African-American artists and entrepreneurs during Black History Month, brought a roomful of authors and business people together Saturday in Bartlett. The event, held at the Singleton Community Center, gathered a roomful of authors, book distributors and entrepreneurs in cosmetics, jewelry, nutrition and more.
The event was hosted by the Writers’ Block organization, which hosts periodic community events spotlighting creative artists and entrepreneurs in the greater Bartlett area. See details at
The Freedom Fair, which celebrated the contributions of African-American artists and entrepreneurs during Black History Month, brought a roomful of authors and business people together Saturday in Bartlett. Photos by Carolyn Bahm.
Event organizer Yvonne James, an entrepreneur and author herself, presented her book and related merchandise at the Freedom Fair. She is the author of “Baring My Soul, A Collection of Poetic Literature, Inspirational Articles, and Short Stories.”
Kim Bowden of Memphis shared details of her wholesale travel business, Pay to Sve Travel. Members get deeply discounted prices for their travel arrangements.
Jhordynn, an adult fiction author and ghost writer out of Shreveport, La., was guest-ready with her books for sale and a glamorous display at her booth Saturday at the Freedom Fair in Bartlett.
Beauty consultant Celestine Rice came up from Aberdeen, Miss., to share information about the 18-hour lipstick and other fine cosmetics she distributes through her business, Kreative Kisses.
Nickcolus D. Blackwell Sr. took the time to explain his military fantasy novel, “The Thomas Chronicles: The Legacy Begins,” to visitors at his booth. See details on amazon.com.
Timeko Davis-Wade, originally of Chicago and currently of Arlington, showcased her business Pops Kernel and its approximately 40 flavors with seasoning baked onto the air-popped popcorn.
Kenneth Deveraux compared the topics in his book of short stories, all set in the Caribbean, to the popular “50 Shades of Grey” novel.
DeQuona Taylor is an independent consultant for Paparazzi accessories, and she hosts parties and sells fun and trendy jewelry directly to women. Each item is only $5.
Tammy Hill displayed an array of soy-based wax products that can be poured into wax warmers and enjoyed for their color and scent. She and Melissa Chatham (not pictured) operate the business, Pink Zebra.
Theresa Joseph, an independent distributor for It Works!, offered samples of her nutritional products, supplements, wraps and other beauty innovations.
Shaniya Dennis of Columbus, Ohio, just started her dream career as an author a year ago, and she has already launched a five-star series. Now the 21-year-old has started her own publishing company. She released its first book, “You’re a Reflection of Me,” on the one-year anniversary of her father’s death.
Sisters Yvonne and Sonya Johnson, both with doctorates, are Memphis natives who wrote about “The Ride of Pride.” The book is about a family that uses black inventors to motivate their son to show more interest in school. Illustrations are by their father, Lee Johnson.
Author Brian Bowman of Columbus, Ohio, writes urban horror novels with figures such as werewolves, zombies and vampires, all set in the hood.
Usborne Books and More, a home-based book business operated by Stuart and Cyndi Bothwell of Bartlett, distributes a wide range of children’s books to homes, schools, libraries and more all across the country.
His Christian faith undergirds all his writing, according to local author Wintrell Pittman. He’s written a series of 12 colorful children’s books on morals and values, as well as books aimed at adults, such as “God Works in the Housing Projects Too.”
Theosphist J.J. McIntyre Sr. and his daughter were at the Freedom Fair Saturday to promote his book on seven Biblical principles for growing a business, as well as a CD of music he co-wrote and sang.