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Booker T. Mattison is an author and filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's classic story, The Gilded Six Bits, which aired on Showtime. It starred Chad L. Coleman(The Walking Dead ,The Wire) in his first leading role. The film also starred T'keyah Crystal Keymah (That's So Raven, In Living Color), Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Treme), and Novella Nelson (The Antoine Fisher Story). The Hollywood Reporter said, "Mattison's direction and feel for her characters match up to Hurston's sterling piece of fiction...full of atmosphere and strongly developed characters."
Mattison's film Habeus Corpus starred Chad L. Coleman, Tim Ried (Sister, Sister, WKRP in Cincinatti), and Jamie Hector (The Wire, Bosch). Habeus Corpus has won numerous fil festival awards and is streaming on KweliTV.
Mattison's latest short film Bosniak had its Florida premiere at the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival in 2019. The film has screened at the University of George, Clark Atlanta University, Ohio Christian University, as well as at the Roxbury International Film Festival in Boston, Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival, and the Russel Byers Charter School in Philadelphia.
Mattison's sophomore novel Snitch received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly that stated, "Author and filmmaker Mattison's sophomore outing reads like it's ready for screen adaptation. Mattison has a superb ear, and his skills keep on growing." His debut novel, Unsigned Hype, was nominated for a South Carolina Book Award.
Mattison received his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Norfolk State University.
Mattison has taught at the College of New Rochelle, Brooklyn College, and also at Regent and Hampton Universities. Presently, he teaches screenwriting and directing in the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!)
Keith Childs was born and raised in the urban city Washington, D.C.. He is married with three beautiful daughters and two lovely grandchildren. Keith was educated in the District of Columbia Public School System, graduating from Dunbar Senior High School, and furthering his education at Norfolk State University.
Keith discovered his love for entertainment and literature as a young child. His days of dreaming finally became a reality. He has enjoyed a prolific, storied career, but has consciously chosen to never stop growing or give up. He is a trailblazer and trendsetter who focuses on empowering others.
He has over twenty-five years of experience in the Entertainment Industry and was a R&B singer back in the early 90s.
Keith is the founder ad CEO of MPower Group Entertainment and the author the EZ Prey Trilogy.
Keith has years of experience as a motivational speaker, radio show guest, and is now the host of the new and hottest radio show on WBGR Entertainment Radio Network, "In the Lab with Author Keith Childs."
With his ambitious appetite, and as each day passes, Author Keith Childs is more determined than ever to fulfill God's plan for his life.
F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival Reigning Man - Keith Childs
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Andre Polite is a father, author, Spoken Word Artists, cultural activist, as well as, a Keynote Speaker and Entrepreneur who resides in Tampa, Florida.
Mr. Polite is the host of "The Super Food for Thought Podcast."
He is the author of T.I.P.S. Taking Initiative Produces Success: Your Guide to Transform Adversity into Prosperity and StarSeeds: The Children of the Ancients.
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Derek Triplett is a change agent.
The mission of Derek Triplett Ministries and 3DTrip Enterprises is to inspire and equip urban citizens to live at full strength.
His vision is clear: he would like a world where everyone has a real chance to become their best selves.
Through his writing, speaking, coaching, and community service, Triplett seeks to inspire and challenge, as well as, give citizens the tools to build impactful lives.
F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival Reigning Man - Derek Triplett
Keith Kareem Williams is the author of nineteen books and is currently working on his twentieth (20th!). He still resides in his hometown of Brooklyn New York, where he delicately balances his time between his responsibilities as a single father as well as the challenges of being a full-time author.
"In interviews, one of the most difficult questions I've been asked is, 'What genre are your novels?' because honestly, I never write with any particular style in mind. I enjoy blending styles and mashing different genres together in interesting ways. Basically, I pen whatever is in my heart and soul. However, if I had to describe my style, I would use musical terms and say that I write Urban, Hip-Hop fiction with the rhythm of Reggae that crashes into Heavy Metal and then begins to bleed Neo Soul. I write Alternative Urban Fiction."
"One of the things I'm most proud of is how my children look at me with pride because I'm accomplishing my goals and doing the things I set out to do with my career. They recognize and respect my passion. I write constantly, and I already have the titles and plots lined up for my next sixty-nine novels. This is what I do, and I'm just trying to let the rest of the world know this. My ambition is to become as legendary as some of the writers I admire. I believe that a GOOD writer pulls you into their story. A GREAT writer makes the world around you fall away as you read. The LEGENDARY writers tell stories that become a part of your life ."
Victor McGlothin almost lost an athletic scholarship due to poor reading skills. Ultimately, he overcame that obstacle and later completed a Master's degree in Human Relations and Business.
After he developed a love for the written word, Victor left a Vice-President position with a local bank to pursue a career in literature.
He now lives in the Dallas Metro-area with his wife and two sons.
"I've always loved telling stories--just ask anyone who knew me in my youth. They'd say, "That Victor sho' can lie!"
"They were right; I could come up with some whoppers! Still can. Now, I'm trying to earn a living writing fiction...telling lies. Some things never change."
"Oh, man. I love my job."
F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival Reigning Man - Victor McGlothin