Press Release in the Local Paper

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I’m excited to announce that my press release about my new book was published in Village News; the local paper here in Fallbrook, California. They gave me five free copies!  🙂

Links to my new book, “All the Beautiful Girls”: 

Beautiful Girl, Felicity!

Felicity

Felicity is a beautiful girl; she is hard-working, kind and thoughtful!

I have been drawing and illustrating coloring pages at Starbucks. Interested in partnering up with the company to sell my unique, hand-drawn coloring pages. I’m passionately seeking the opportunity of my dreams. To get out a message of positive character, self-worth, self-love, fun, creativity and following your heart!

I was fortunate enough to be drawing in Starbucks on Mission Road in Fallbrook, California when I was introduced to a beautiful lady from L.A. She was at Starbucks with her husband and two children taking care of some business. I asked her if it was alright if I gave her children a coloring page to color in Starbucks. And after they finished, I asked if it was alright to take a picture of their completed work of art! The children’s mother cheerfully agreed and the rest is history.

I went to Starbucks this morning with hopes of simply recording my drawing and coloring, as I had the days before. But this time, things were different…in a good way!

I was blessed to meet Beautiful Girl, Felicity! She is in the first grade and loves to draw and color, she told me. She gladly colored the coloring page and posed graciously for the camera.

It was such a rewarding experience meeting Felicity and her family. They were a kind family full of awareness and passion for the betterment of our great nation.

Felicity and I spoke about how she worked hard on the coloring page; Felicity is hard-working. Hard-working girls are beautiful girls. Felicity’s mother also informed me about how she is kind and thoughtful in the classroom; she thinks about other children’s feelings during class! Thoughtful girls are beautiful girls.

I’m so proud of Felicity and her positive character! She is a kind, hard-working and thoughtful beautiful girl (among so many other things).

I feel excited and privileged to have met such a wonderful family.

To All the Beautiful Girls out there! May your hearts be filled with joy, ambition and love for yourself and love for others. May you shine and prosper! May you be guided to be a guiding light that in turn guides others.

Love, Leslie

Links to my book, “All the Beautiful Girls”: This book is all about a girl who learns positive character from ten different ladies teaching ten different positive characters in her dream.

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/1542558484

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1542558484

 

Topsy, Mammy & Old Black Joe

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On March 23rd, 2017, I visited ‘Village Copy Center’ in Fallbrook, California. Walking into the local printing shop, a rush of discomfort washed over me like an icy river.

Looking around the cluttered shop, I noticed racially charged, discriminatory art and collectibles littered all over the company’s walls, counters, shelves and desks; it was overwhelming and almost unbelievable. All of this with absolutely no regard or concern for the customer.

Looking around the shop, I could barely believe what I was seeing; it was horrifying.

After (unfortunately) visiting this shop, I contacted the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and the representative that I spoke with said that there was nothing that they could do. The representative advised me to contact the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), so I did just that. The ACLU told me that there wasn’t much that they could do either. They said that I could file a complaint and that an attorney could go out to the business but there probably wasn’t much that they could do, since they were just exercising free speech and displaying art.

I decided not to file the complaint but instead blog briefly about my thoughts and feelings.

A picture says a thousand words, so I posted two…

In the attached video, Maya Angelou eloquently sums up my feelings about some of what is on display at that shop (that I will never go to again). Perhaps, the overwhelming amount of racially charged and discriminatory art displayed there was meant to have a repelling affect on me, other people of color and the LGBTQ community, without someone saying outright, ‘you’re not welcome here’.

However, I still rise.

I am not a victim.

I am strength and perseverance.