Peeps, this is the Prime Time Edition of GPA TALKS!! Our special guest this week is Ms. FAF(Feminist as Fuck) Alicia Swiz!!! WELCOME!!!
Alicia Swiz is a professor, performer and professional feminist. A Jersey girl in Chicago by way of North Carolina, Alicia holds an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies and a BA in Sociology. She is committed to raising awareness of feminism and women’s issues through humor, candid observation and being really smart.
Drawing from her personal experience and her academic training, Alicia facilitates conversations about feminism, gender, sex and pop culture. As a brand ambassador for Smear Campaign Cosmetics, Alicia is the founder of SlutTalk, a performance and dialogue that raises awareness of slut shaming and encourages sex positivity. She is a writer of feminist rants, raves and film critiques for The Frisky, Role Reboot and Huffington Post Chicago, among others. A graduate of Feminine Comique, Alicia has performed at The Kates, Fillet of Solo, Under the Gun Theater and more.
Find her on stage, in Chicago or on the Internet @popgoesalicia
Upcoming Shows: Reading Under the Influence: Wednesday 3/2 The Blackout Diaries: Saturday 3/12 Drinkers With Writing Problems: Friday 3/25 SlutTalk v.2: Wednesday 4/13
mes ( GPA) Gordon is a real life Superman working to perfect his craft and also leading the way at his own pace in the poetry world. Not just the greatest poet alive, but he’s also a very talented actor and accomplished author. With many more things to achieve, he is just getting started so stay turned folks you might miss something very important. A native of Chicago, IL he is quite the personality, funny and most definitely leaves good vibes where ever he goes. I personally sat down with GPA and learned a little more about this incredible man and also to let our UIM readers in on what he’s into as well.
UIM: Who is James ( GPA) Gordon?
J.G: James Gordon is to G.P.A. As Bruce Wayne is to Batman. He is the mild mannered individual you might look over or past. But as part of the vaunted 3 Headed Monster (James, G.P.A., and Pizzle), he is the glue that keeps them together. James is a an award winning children’s author and champion storyteller.
UIM: What is the inspiration behind your career choices and at what point did you realize you wanted to be a poet/ author / actor?
J.G: Well, I was messing up my life, just floating along and not giving any contribution. And I had always written poems, so I directed them into a book. Then, I published a book and began performing. I don’t believe in accidents, yet the acting venture wasn’t planned. I was approached about appearing in a film(Animals), which led to appearing in all of the shows that filmed in Chicago (Fire,PD,Med, Sirens, Shameless, and Empire), and leading up to my role as Lloyd Gordon in “A Slice of Life”, a movie based off a novel by DC Johnson. And here I am in it.
UIM: Being that you are a poet what has been the response from your fans with both creative outlets?
J.G: My supporters love us, and the fact that we have branched off into other outlets and have demonstrated success makes them join in even more.
UIM: Would you like to share with us the many other projects you have going on?
J.G: Right now, completing the Exclusive Ladies Night with G.P.A. cd for the Ladies Night with G.P.A. Event happening March 5th at Let Them Eat Chocolate, finishing up “Here Comes Bobo”, and working on “A Cruel Summer”. And we are still working on TV, movies, and commercials.
UIM: How do you find time to do it all and balance your everyday life?
J.G: I just go get it. It isn’t as easy as it looks, but in order to conquer the world, you conquer the world.
UIM: What are your future plans with acting and poetry going forward?
J.G: I really want to play a villain in a superhero movie. And I want to be mentioned as one of the greatest poets ever while still alive and kicking.
UIM: In your downtime what do you find most relaxing to do?
J.G: I hang with my family, play video games, storytelling, and reading. Oh, I love watching movies.
UIM: How has life changed for you since becoming a poet and actor?
J.G: It is fulfilling to have my artistic hunger satisfied, but there’s more to do.
UIM: Where do see your brand in five years?
J.G: I see our brand as the blueprint for individuals to follow going forward.
UIM: What would you like to leave the readers with?
J.G: There has not been such a combination of talent that we possess and the level of excellence at which we utilize that talent. Stay with us because the best is still coming.
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This week on GPA TALKS, we welcome talented author Shaunna Peterson. WELCOME!!
Shaunna M. Peterson I was originally born in Lynn, MA. But moved to Tennessee with my family when I was about ten years old, been here ever since. I am thirty six years old (yes I admit that.) I have been married for almost ten years with two children. My son who is going to be eight on Valentine’s Day and my daughter who will be six in August. Two children is enough for me I don’t have enough arms for any more. We also have one dog, one cat and a few fish to round out what appears to be a normal family.
As far as my education goes…..I could fabricate the story and tell you I went some fancy school but I won’t, that’s just not my style. I went to a local school, Sullivan East High School (for those that live locally I can hear the groans). I was what you would call a wall flower in high school. I had descent grades and joined the swim team. I loved and adored my team mates and was completely dedicated to the sport. I would arrive at the school at 6 A.M. do an hour to an hour and a half of practice and then go on to class. Then I would return back to swim practice after school and then go to my part time job at Arby’s. As you can see I didn’t have much time for a social life and I was okay with that. I was dedicated and loyal to school, swimming and working. Hence the reason I was a wall flower. I didn’t pursue writing in school, I loved reading but I never took to writing until further down the road. I did a semester at ETSU but that just didn’t work out either, but even then I still didn’t pursue writing. It wasn’t until years and years later that I started thinking about writing. It’s kind of funny what made me go from reader to writer. I was home with my two kids watching T.V.(which I rarely do now.) and I saw something that made me shake my head. I saw that Snooki (from Jersey Shore) had written a book and it had made its way to the New York Times Best Seller’s List. I just looked on in awe and I thought to myself. ‘If SHE can write a book then I can write a book.’ So it wasn’t long after that I watched the documentary on either Animal Planet of The Discovery Channel, Mermaids the body found. I was utterly fascinated with idea of mermaids being real and that is what inspired my first book Diamonds in the Sea.
Diamonds in the Sea was my baby. My first book. It took me years and an unexpected twist of fate to finish it. I was working full time at a local grocery store gas station, I was and I still am a full time mom and wife. I would spend hours at night, after home work with the kids, and dinner ect. Writing and producing my story. It wasn’t until I was unexpectedly fired from my job of almost four years that I found the time to finish the story and publish it. I was devastated at the time but it turn out to a blessing in disguise. After publishing Diamonds in the Sea, I literally had a few opportunities fall into my lap that allowed me so explorer the “spicier” side of writing. So I tried my hand as erotic writing and found that I was actually pretty decent at it.
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Golden Reflections: The Hunt for the Ancient Fleece. Amazon-http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Reflections-Ancient-Fleece-Diamonds-ebook/dp/B01BFMJM5A/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 CreateSpace-https://www.createspace.com/6041995 Nook-http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/golden-reflections-shaunna-peterson/1123360470?ean=2940152735116
Author: Tumika Patrice Cain Title: When a Man Loves a Woman: A Season of Change Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction Synopsis: The stars seemed to have been aligned for Avery and Alicia. From the outside looking in, Lady Luck passed their way and left a fortune! They had a whirlwind, fairytale romance filled with all the little things that make dreams come true, a wedding of grace and beauty, and perfectly magical careers that produced almost enough money to burn. They were the picture-perfect couple. Unfortunately, time has a way of revealing fissures in what appears to the naked eye as impenetrable. The results send this fairytale romance spiraling out of control. Avery, as perfect and so right as he seemed, struggles to free himself from his demons. He clings to this delicate relationship that he desperately needs as if his last breath depends on it. Alicia, on the other hand, struggles to make the necessary corrections that will release her from a prison of unexpected, agonizing turmoil. A novel of enduring strength, undeniable empowerment, and the compelling ability to overcome incredible odds, Book one in the When a Man Loves a Woman series is a powerhouse that will impact readers long after the last words have been read.
Excerpt: Avery: Feeling better than I’d felt in a while, I walked into the condo with a purpose. “Alicia, where are you, baby?” “I’m in the tub, Avery.” I burst in on her and she looked up at me with a curious expression. “Ave, are you okay?” Her eyebrows raised in question. “Baby, I’m great!” I dropped down to my knees by the side of the tub to plant a kiss on her perfect face sticking up from the sea of bubbles. She looked adorable. And incredibly sexy. “Mmmm. I missed you.” She stared at me for a long time before answering. “I missed you, too.” Her face was so serious. Her eyes bespoke of a great turmoil burning in her soul. It was a hard admission for her to make, but nevertheless true. I began to nibble her neck, and I heard her moan. It had been a month since the “incident” and we’d barely touched. Not that I hadn’t tried. She wouldn’t let me too close to her. I missed her softness, and I could tell she wanted me as much as I wanted her. Felt her breath quicken and become labored against my cheek. “You wanna join me, Avery?” The look on her face was a cross between come hither and nervous anticipation of what was to come by letting me into her space again. In her life. Seeing as how, until that point, I’d been hovering near the edge, just barely able to keep from falling off. That was the sweetest question I’d ever heard. “Yeah, baby. Oh, yeah.” I growled deep in my throat. Before I could even finish my answer I’d already stripped down to nothing and was climbing into the oversized whirlpool tub to join my wife. The sight of her reaching up to me excited me tremendously. I heard myself groan. Heated sounds of moaning and ecstasy filled the air as I nibbled and sucked her neck, lips, breasts. A romantic urgency eased between us. “Come to me, Avery,” she panted against my ear. I thought she’d never say it. Our mating was fast and furious as we loved away our hurt and frustrations. We were left panting and clinging to each other. She looked into my eyes and I felt her reach for me again. I picked her up and carried her to our bed. All the urgency of the first encounter was gone, so we were able to love each other slowly, tenderly. Tears slipped silently from her eyes, releasing a host of unanswered emotions, finally being let loose. I licked them away and looked deep into her eyes. “I love you, Alicia. And I’m so very sorry I hurt you. Please forgive me.” I couldn’t touch her enough. I wanted to mold us together to absorb all of the hurt she was feeling. Excerpt from When a Man Loves a Woman: A Season of Change by Tumika Patrice Cain http://www.amazon.com/When-Man-Loves-Woman-Season-ebook/dp/B019HLV65U/
Excerpt Bio: Tumika Patrice Cain is an award-winning author and media personality. She wri
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http://www.ellemclin.com/narcissistic-by-g-p-a/ I blinked
Found myself in a moment of introspection
Not surprised by the developments that played out like a 3d movie
Turned my hands palms up, and it was day
Turned them the opposite, then night arrived
Shaved my head bald so that no land would be barren
The sweat from my brow, though small, provided rain; farmers would never worry about droughts.
Had dialogue with Stephen King, Alfred Hitchock, Clive Barker, and Rod Serling about bad dreams i had, thus spawning books, tv shows, and movies that will define horror and suspense.
Conversely, the fantasies floating through my mind are depicted in the Songs of Solomon and what every lover aspires to but never reaches.
When i run ,my feet leave both Barry Allen, Eobard Thawne, and Pietro Romonov in the dust.
Superman and every creature with wings follow my flight plan when i take to the air.
And all the inhabitants of the sea, Aquaman, Namor, and Neptune imitate my strokes; my name is Leviathan.
Women want to be with me, whether single or taken.
A glance from me causes their hearts to stop then rage threatening to leap from their breasts.
My voice is such a hypnotic tango; when it caresses their ears, the effect is of Lorelei or Pied Piper.
And if I place a finger upon their flesh, willingly they give themselves for a day plus eternity.
Such a heartthrob am i?
Every moment in the past, present, and future, my presence has influence.
Stepped in front of the bullets that would’ve slain Kennedy, King, Lincoln, and X, eradicated the African Slave trade, prevented the Holocaust, stopped the bombing of both Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor, made everyone color blind, kept the towers from being hit on 9/11, rendered guns useless at Columbine, Colorado, Virginia Tech, and Northern Illinois, and paying teachers what professional athletes make.
But before all of that, tapped the Almighty on the shoulder Saturday night to let him know that I’ll take care of Sunday.
Smiled at this reflection
Think i blinked
And realized that not only was my ego tripping, but it’s owner is narcissistic.
NefretitiM: What inspired you to write Angelica’s Box?
G.P.A: I started out writing a book of poetry by myself. Then, another person appeared and took up the pen. Angelica’s Box is a ode to women, all women.
NefretitiM: Another person? Care to elaborate?
G.P.A: Another person yes. His name is Pizzle, Pizzle Orgasm. In this triumvirate known now as the 3 Headed Monster with myself, G.P.A., and Pizzle. In the middle of writing Angelica’s Box, Pizzle made himself known, let me know he existed. And now he is here.
NefretitiM: Oh wow! That sounds intriguing! How long have you been writing?
G.P.A: I’ve been writing since 2007.
NefretitiM: What do you hope to achieve through your writing?
G.P.A: I will become the greatest poet, mystery writer, children’s author, and romantic ever.
NefretitiM: Nice. So what other projects are you working on now?
G.P.A: Our third, James Gordon is working on the next installment of Bobo (children’s/young adult novel).
NefretitiM: Sounds interesting. Tell me what is the writing process like for you?
G.P.A: Very simple actually. I just write, but enjoy doing so at night.
NefretitiM: Are they any poets and/or authors that have inspired you?
G.P.A: Pizzle, James Gordon, Kottyn, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Carl Weber, Treasure Blue
NefretitiM: Thanks you for doing this interview tonight, and giving readers the opportunity to learn more about The Greatest Poet Alive. Where can Angelica’s Box be purchased?
G.P.A: You are welcome, Thank You for having me. Angelica’s Box can be purchased @ www.iblowyourmind.net or http://amzn.com/151947850X
NefretitiM: Thank you Mr. James Gordon. Hopefully you will grace us with another interview, once you complete your next project.
Get your copy of Angelica’s Box!!!
This week, we are very fortunate to introduce an energetic and very popular gentleman of all trades, Andre Carter!!! WELCOME Andre!!
About The Author
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Ordained Minister, Author, Relationship Management Specialist, Media Personality, Motivational Speaker & 3 x U.S.A Library Of Congress Award Winning Poet.
Andre Amour Carter has wowed fans all over America and the Caribbean as a poet. He has written numerous poems and received many awards for his poetry. His poetry has been included in weddings, as well as the US Army where soldiers have sent his poetry home to their spouses. He is the 3-time winner of the United States Library Of Congress Editors Choice Poetry Award three years in a row. He has written numerous articles that were placed in several magazines, all over the world. Andre Amour Carter is the author of "The Man-ual" The Relationship Manual Created Just For Men But Loved By Women, as well as the upcoming sure to be a blockbuster “Don’t Regret What You Accept” and “The Love Commandments”. Andre Amour Carter has also been the Keynote speaker at many Organizational events as the Ultimate Relationship Expert. His question & Answer sessions on love & marriage are legendary. For booking info email Andre Amour Carter at AndreAmourCarter@Gmail.com
Meet Andre Amor Carter
• Ordained Minister • Relationship Guru • Poem of The Month for Poet Publishers Of America • 3 x U.S.A Library of Congress Editors Choice Award Winner for Poetry • Who’s Who In Poetic Expression From Across The Border • Best Selling Author Of The Man-ual (The Relationship Manual Created Just For Men) • 5 stars on Amazon • 12 Television Appearances • Multiple Radio Interviews • Multiple Published Magazine Articles • Radio Host For Master Mindz Of The Grind Radio 2013-2015 (Giving Authors a platform as well as teaching marketing techniques) • Has appeared on stages from the U.S.A to the Caribbean • Mentored over 20 Authors • Upcoming books “Don’t Regret What You Accept” & “The Love Commandments” For More Info: AndreAmorCarter@Gmail.com On FB: www.Facebook.com/4AndreJamesfans
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! And our first guest on GPA TALKS is award winning author Krysten Lindsay Hager. WELCOME!!!
Bio: Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series and the new Star Series and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image in True Colors and Best Friends…Forever? as well as in, Next Door to a Star. The sequel to Next Door to a Star (Competing with the Star: Star Series: Book 2) will be out March 22nd and the 3rd book in the Landry’s True Colors Series (Landry in Like: Book 3) will be out January 12th. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in southwestern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint. WEBSITE: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/ GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8298036.Krysten_Lindsay_Hager INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/krystenlindsay/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/KrystenLindsay FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/KrystenLindsayHagerAuthor Amazon Author Page: Krysten Lindsay Hager