Gwendolyn Quinn of Mighty Quinn Management is pleased to announce the release of two books by two debut authors, Jacqueline Rhinehart and Kerika Fields. “We are excited about the release of two of our debut authors,” says Quinn. “We will be working with a diverse group of African-Americans authors, and look forward to making additional announcements in the near future.”
Jacqueline Rhinehart, author of MY ORGANIC SOUL: From Plato to Creflo, Emerson to MLK, Jesus to Jay-Z — A Journal to Help You Discover Yourself Through Words of Wisdom from Visionaries Past and Present will be released in September 2008(Harlem Moon/Broadway). MY ORGANIC SOUL — is a journal, gift book and guide to self-discovery for the hip-hop generation and beyond. Augmented with a diverse array of quotes from Plato to Malcolm X to Common, with scripture mixed in for good measure, MY ORGANIC SOUL — draws from the moral fruits of the past and mingles them brilliantly with the street philosophies of today to reach a 21st century audience who is wandering, seeking and in need of discovering the answer to the one of life’s ultimate questions: “Who Am I?”
The journal has been a long time coming for Rhinehart. “I have collected my ‘thoughts’ and the quotes of others since age 11 in what I called a journal,” says Rhinehart. “I was not creating a record of my daily happenings, but a repository of thoughts and ideas. I discovered that many of my ‘original’ ideas were in fact phrases, philosophies and quotes from others that permeated my thoughts and, by osmosis, had seemingly become my own. In that ‘Ah-Ha’ moment, the importance of journaling became evident.”
Jacqueline Rhinehart is the president and founder of Organic Soul Multicultural Marketing, Inc., a firm that integrates entertainment concepts into creative marketing and branding opportunities. She is a masterful omni-media strategist, creating, developing and implementing memorable campaigns in the music, entertainment and lifestyle industries.
As an executive, she has held numerous positions at various music and entertainment companies including senior vice-president of marketing at Universal Music Group; the director of publicity at Arista Records (two tenures at the label); senior director of marketing and artist development at Uptown Records; vice-president of Hiram Hicks Management; director of artist development at Mercury/PolyGram Records and director of artist development at Hush Productions. She also worked in advertising at PENTHOUSE magazine and as the director of the South Carolina’s Governor’s mansion while still in college.
Throughout Rhinehart’s career in music, she has developed highly visable marketing and artist development campaigns for such artists as Nelly, Erykah Badu, Cash Money Records, Boys II Men, Master P, and P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment, Mary J. Blige, Heavy D., Keith Sweat, BBD, TLC, Vanessa Williams, Oleta Adams, Brian McKnight, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Jon Lucien, Third World, Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore, Najee and many others.
During her tenure as a public relations executive, she worked with legendary music impresario Clive Davis and oversaw the urban publicity department and developed media campaigns for Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, TLC, Deborah Cox, Monica, The Notorious B.I.G, Faith Evans, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Lisa Stansfield and numerous others. In 1989, Rhinehart helped launch Arista Records’ joint venture LaFace Records with hitmakers L.A. Reid and Babyface. She created the media campaigns for the launch of both LaFace Records and Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records.
Rhinehart is a graduate of University of South Carolina. She is a contributor to INSIDE THE MINDS/CMO LEADER STRATEGIES: Top Executives on Creating and Delivering Successful Marketing Campaigns That Impact the Bottom Line (ASPATORE Books) and the forthcoming book, HANDLE YOUR ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS in stores March 1, 2009 (Grand Central/Warner Publishing).
Debut author Kerika Fields’ HE’S GONE — YOU’RE BACK: The Right Way to Get Over Mr. Wrong will be released in January 2009 (Soul of My Sisters/Keningston). HE’S GONE — YOU’RE BACK is an inspiring book to help women navigate the dark, scary post-relationship abyss, and come out on the other side ready to laugh and love again. With humor, understanding and real-life stories from women just like you — Fields shows you how to mourn the loss, and move on. “I am extremely excited about the release of HE’S GONE — YOU’RE BACK,” says Fields “I look forward to sharing my hard-earned life experiences with women who are seeking support in moving past life’s inevitable losses and disappointments. I hope my book’s information and insight will inspire readers to let go of past pain and move forward with their lives in positive and productive ways.”
HE’S GONE — YOU’RE BACK will guide and reassure you through the worst days, and prepare you for the future — because the best really is yet to come. The book helps women to discover how to commit to their recovery like they were committed to their relationship; to avoid becoming another angry, bitter woman (there are enough of those!); to discover how to keep showing up to their lives no matter how disillusioned or depressed they are; and to fight and win the toughest battle between themselves and their demons. HE’S GONE — YOU’RE BACK is complete with a daily self-love checklist, affirmations, recommended reading, an uplifting “You’re Back” playlist to get you dancing through your tears, and much more. Whether you’re stuck in the limbo of a painful relationship or struggling in solitude, this invaluable book will see you through. Because once there’s no turning back, the only way is forward.
Fields is a writer whose articles examine the arts along with social and cultural issues. Her work has appeared in The Amsterdam News, BELLE Magazine, Black Elegance, Black Noir, Black Issues Book Review, Caribbean Life, City and Suburban Styles, Impact, The Source, Spice!, Sisters In Style, The New York World, and NRG magazine.
Fields is also a photojournalist who has covered entertainment and corporate events for over a decade. Her keen, creative photographer’s eye has been utilized by The American Black Film Festival, ESSENCE Communications, The Studio Museum of Harlem, Film Life, Inc., The National Urban League, The Ron H. Brown Foundation, Uniworld Inc., GQ Media & Public Relations, Inc., Motorola, Lincoln and numerous others.
Her images have been published in national publications and appear in the Deborah Willis photography book, BLACK: A Celebration of a Culture (Hylas Publishing, 2004) and I GOT YOUR BACK: A Father and Son Keep It Real About Love, Fatherhood, Family, and Friendship by Eddie Levert, Sr. and Gerald Levert with Lyah Beth LeFlore (Harlem Moon, 2007).
Fields’ photographs have been exhibited at The African American Museum of Philadelphia, The Brooklyn Historical Society, Aurora Gallery and 40 Acres Art Gallery in Sacramento just to name a few. Fields is a founding member of the She Shootin’ Photography Collective.
An artist and philanthropist, Kerika Fields founded the A.R.R.C. Foundation (Ayofemi Richards Robert Conner Foundation) in 2002 after the untimely deaths of two young family members. The 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization is committed to enhancing the lives of underprivileged youth via scholarships, job/internship information, and access to the arts.