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About There is Something About Center City...
There Is Something About Center City is a multi character story about those who live, love and work in Center City, Florida. Malcolm and Cinnamon Black, the stalwarts of the community are present in and supportive of the lives of those who come after them. The Felipes, Jeremy and Francine are integral characters who with The Blacks are creating opportunities and uplifting the new blood, including their daughter, Lasha and her fiancé Rashad who hold the future.
But of course there are the interlopers and those who challenge the community fabric but are hunkered down with plans of their own, because There IS Something About Center City.
There Is Something About Center City
Lasha was flanked by her dad as Malcolm and Cinnamon Black gave her the keys to Center City. At twenty her mentoring and public relations foundation, Lasha Leads was official. It had taken her a few months and graduating from undergrad but she was officially a business owner and in graduate school. She was beaming as Rashad, her boyfriend, stood across the room with her father and stepmother, Jeremy and Francine. Next to them was her mom, Linda and her lover, Mikaal.
“Thanks everyone. I’m so overwhelmed and who even knew about me being the youngest and blackest woman business owner in Center City history." She did a little step and fist bump dance that had her supporters stomping and clapping.
One person in the audience didn’t clap or applaud. She stood near the back, her arms folded across her chest, watching. Joi Bennett, at twenty three was born and bred in Center City, well in the county and had been the youngest black woman until Lasha Felipe usurped her, in her opinion. Cinnamon watched Joi as Lasha made her speech. She knew Joi and sensed her feelings. Joi, in her own mind, was the future. Her father Nathan was formerly a city councilman , attorney and a black man with many firsts to his credit. Her mother Liza, was a white woman who advocated education and was an administrator at the community college. They had nurtured her business acumen but hadn’t taught her how to create allies, especially with other women.
“Joi, are you going to congratulate her?” Liza asked. Nathan stood at attention beside them. He couldn’t stop looking at Cinnamon Black. She tutored him as a freshman in high school when she was senior and more than forty-five years later he still heard her husky voice and his nose was filled with the honey scent of her hands.
“No!” Joi snapped. Turning on her well-shod heel, she left the building fuming, to stand on the front steps.
“Joi, there’s lots of room at the top.” Cinnamon said softly, having walked out behind her.
“Mrs. Black, there’s only one number one spot but thanks!” Joi said, never turning to face Cinnamon.
Cinnamon wanted to wrap her arms around Joi but knew that wouldn’t be well received. She said a quick prayer and made her way back inside. Nathan stepped in her path.
Angelia Vernon Menchan is wife, mother, nana and mentor. Since January 2006, she has published 40 printed books and an additional 124 ebooks through her small publishing company, MAMM Productions. She is also the Co-founder of Honorable MENCHAN Media, through which she has published books for 15 authors to date.
Her personal motto is, 'There is abundance through God for all of us; we simply have to be open for our blessings.'
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