I'm an expert in collaborating to help a coauthor write a book. Here are some of the projects I've worked on. 

In November and December of 2014, I had the pleasure of writing a memoir with Mo'ne Davis for children ages 8-12.

Everyone knows Mo'ne for being a whiz on the mound; she's also a great point guard. More importantly, she is an academic high achiever. Since she arrived there, Mo'ne has been on the honor roll at a very demanding school.

In addition to inspiring girls and boys -- and even grown women and men -- with her fiery fastball and steely nerves, Mo'ne embodies the promise of low-income children -- kids who many of us overlook or even disparage -- when they have the same resources and opportunities as other children. And caring adults in the village that helps to raise them -- people like her baseball, basketball and soccer coach Steve Bandura, at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia, who has coached Mo'ne since she was seven. 

I pray that Mo'ne's story not only encourages children of all backgrounds -- and particularly girls -- to fulfill their potential, but also that it inspires adults who have access to opportunity to invest in inner-city children to give them a chance to share their gifts and talents with the world. 

 



Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life
$16.20
By Dr. Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Hilary Beard

An unprecedented guide to helping black boys achieve success at every stage of their lives—at home, at school, and in the world.
 
Black boys face a daunting array of challenges—and the surprising fact is that those challenges appear regardless of how wealthy or poor their parents are. All black boys must confront and surmount the “achievement gap”: a divide that shows up in our sons’ test scores, but also in their social and emotional development, their physical well-being, and their outlook on life. As children, our sons score as high on cognitive tests as their peers, but at some point in their young lives, the gap emerges. Why?
 
This is the question Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson sought to answer when their own son, Idris, began struggling in a new school. As they filmed their son’s experiences for their award-winning documentary American Promise,they also set out to discover the reasons for Idris’s struggles, struggles he shared with black boys everywhere. Their investigation led them to meet an array of researchers who had not only identified the reasons for the gap, but had come up with practical, innovative solutions to close it. In Promises Kept, they explain
 
• How to influence your son’s brain before he’s even born
• How to create a home environment that’s structured, supportive, and stimulating
• How to tell the difference between authoritarian and authoritative discipline—and why it matters 
• How to create an educational program for your son that matches his needs
• How to prepare him for explicit and implicit racism in school and in the wider world
• How to help your child develop resilience, self-discipline, emotional intelligence, and a positive outlook that will last a lifetime
 
Filled with innovative research, practical strategies, and the voices of parents and children who are grappling with these issues first-hand, Promises Kept is a groundbreaking, critically important guide for every parent and caregiver of black boys. It will challenge your assumptions, give desperately needed advice, and inspire you to do all that you can to make sure your child isn’t lost in the gap.


Health First!: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide
$19.68
By Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, Hilary Beard

NAACP Image Award-nominated, Health First! connects the dots through every stage of the life cycle—from adolescence through maturity. It addresses Black women’s most pressing health concerns—ranging from informative and reassuring conversations with experts on heart disease, reproductive health, and HIV to the crucial facts about the most urgent medical conditions that Black women face. Grounded in vital research, as well as the realities of Black women’s lives, the focus is on prevention, awareness, and action, across generations and circumstances, presented in an authoritative, yet reassuring personal voice. In an age of uncertainty, Health First! provides the invaluable tools and insights that Black women need to re-prioritize their lives and establish new traditions of self-love and well-being.


Detox diets are making news as the quickest, easiest way to shed pounds, boost your energy, and get yourself on a wellness track. Popular in the 1970s, cleansing fasts are again all the rage among celebrities like Gisele Bundchen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, and Madonna.

One of the key advocates of the health benefits of cleansing detoxes is Roni DeLuz, ND, a licensed naturopathic and health practitioner at Martha′s Vineyard Holistic Retreat, part of the renowned Martha′s Vineyard Inn. The idea behind DeLuz′s new detox plan is the belief that the foods we eat (along with the coffee, tea, and alcohol we drink and the air we breathe) contain harmful and toxic substances that accumulate in our bodies and need to be removed in some way. In 21 Pounds in 21 Days, DeLuz offers three different detox programs, including the original and most effective 21-day "MasterFast," which promises a 21-pound weight loss in just three weeks and focuses on detoxification through antioxidants, fasting, stress reduction, and lifestyle changes. Also included in the book are:

∗maintenance plans

∗dozens of easy, delicious recipes

∗real-life tips

∗an extensive glossary of terms

∗a guide to supplements

Meals consist of supplement-laden drinks, herbal teas, thick, delicious vegetable purees, and "live" juices, along with nutritional supplements, vitamins, and enzymes designed to keep the body′s systems stable and its cells nourished while harmful toxins are flushed out. 21 Pounds in 21 Days isn′t just for those looking to lose weight; everyone can benefit from this revolutionary detox diet that results in a clean, refreshed system that functions at its best.


Friends: A Love Story
By Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance

Courtney B. Vance met Angela Bassett….

They ran for years as friends in the same small circles. They had some hits, but mostly misses with other partners, and they shared one spectacularly dreadful first date together. And then, Courtney and Angela connected.

Experience the up-close-and-personal, real-life love story of this inspirational African-American celebrity couple. Learn how they navigate the fickle tides of fame, while keeping their relationship fresh and true. See how they've carved a meaningful life together in spite of humble beginnings, family tragedy and the ups and downs of stardom with love, faith and determination.

 


Venus and Serena: Serving From The Hip: 10 Rules for Living, Loving, and Winning
$11.35
By Serena Williams Author, Hilary Beard Author, Venus Williams

Venus and Serena Williams have something to say. But it isn’t all about tennis. It’s about life and how to play it.

These superstars and super sisters share their secrets in this straight-talking smart guide. Speaking candidly about their personal experiences, the sisters give you the inside scoop on:

• What it takes to rise and stay on top.
• Who watches their backs when the pressure is on.
• How they spend—and save—their money.
• Dating—their real deal on romance.
• Book smarts—keeping grades up and study stress down.
• Loving the skin you’re in.

This book offers solid advice for getting an advantage in every game you play.

In this remarkable memoir, Lisa Price shares the extraordinary story of how she went from bankruptcy to successful entrepreneur—grossing more than two million a year while working from her very own Brooklyn home. Intoxicated by fragrance and scent even as a child, Lisa was famous among her friends for always smelling good. She never imagined that the oils she enjoyed mixing up for her own pleasure would give way to the hugely popular “Carol’s Daughter,” a luxurious, all-natural line of bath and beauty products. 

How did a young black woman in financial straits, unable to get a business loan and deeply in debt, churn out a multi-million dollar enterprise? With $100 in cash, her own kitchen, and the simple notion that people should follow their hearts (which Lisa did by following her nose!) But first Lisa had to face down her demons—her fears about money, low self-esteem, and a history of failed relationships. But as she tackled each problem, her confidence soared and her business was unstoppable. She met her husband and business partner, began a family, and bought a large, beautiful space in her Brooklyn neighborhood to sell her products—favorites like Honey Pudding, Mango Body Butter, and Jamaican Punch that stars such as Halle Berry, Erykah Badu, Maya Angelou, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Rosie Perez buy religiously. 

In Success Never Smelled So Sweet, Lisa Price charts her amazing journey in lively, down-to-earth stories about her childhood growing up in Brooklyn and the often unexpected “accidents” in the kitchen that led to her bestselling scents. From the early cultivation of her sensory gift through cooking with her Trinidadian grandmother to her painful years in a rigid school system where she was berated by teachers and bullied by kids, Lisa speaks tenderly and wisely about the subtle ways in which life can guide us to our inner truth—even as it throws out difficult obstacles along the way. 

For any woman who has ever longed to leave the nine-to-five grind and work successfully from home, Lisa Price’s story is a must-read. Filled with inspiring anecdotes, life advice from her own mother, Carol, and the recipes for some of her best-loved products, Success Never Smelled So Sweet is a book to read by candlelight while soaking in a silky rose-milk bath.


In her ob-gyn practice, Dr. Hilda Hutcherson has seen women of all ages who have questions about sex. Now, in this down-to-earth book, she answers those questions and more as she addresses every sexual matter that has an impact on the lives of women.

Combining up-to-date medical science with good old-fashioned girl talk, Dr. Hutcherson discusses sex in a lively tone that’s as educational as it is engaging. With facts on female (and male) anatomy, aphrodisiacs, fantasy, orgasm, birth control, and more, she shows how to overcome sexual problems — and achieve sensational sensual experiences.

Your mother may not have known what to tell you about sex, but Dr. Hutcherson will give you a real, honest education on sex and sexuality. And with a special chapter on talking to your daughter, you can pass your wisdom on to the next generation.

 


Designed to address the major health issues facing African-Americans, such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, Lighten Up: The HealthQuest 30-Day Weight-Loss Program uses a three-part approach -- nutrition, fitness, and body-mind-spirit awareness -- to provide a sensible plan for permanent weight loss, without sacrificing the foods folks love. Lighten Up is an eye-opening look at the relationship between African-Americans' chronic health issues and their ancestral diet, and it examines soul food (notoriously high in fat, sodium, and cholesterol) and the role it plays in the African-American community.

The nutrition component of the plan includes five comprehensive food pyramids as well as instructions on how to adapt them to individual diets. The program is also bolstered by "Think It Through" and "For Your Spirit" exercises, using affirmations, meditations, and self-reflection to empower the reader. Finally, more than thirty delicious, low-fat, low-sodium adaptations of favorite African-American dishes are provided, along with two weeks of menus and meal and exercise planners. Lighten Up is a true path to permanent weight loss for African-Americans.