Today, Florida writer Nikesha Williams joins us to talk about how her fiction writing career morphed into a full-time publishing career. Her press focuses on "publishing great writers who weave compelling narratives that intrigue, foster great conversation and debate, and urge people to action" much like Nikesha's first book, Four Women, did. At the end of the podcast, we talk about American Beach and what it means for the Black community – and Florida's history.Links we mentioned:Four Women: newreadspub.com/books/four-womenNikesha's website: newwrites.comNikesha's publishing website: newreadspub.comThe Spirits of American Beach: bittersoutherner.com/2020/the-spirits-of-american-beach-floridaBeans and Rice: bittersoutherner.com/southern-perspective/2020/beans-and-rice-more-than-a-poor-mans-mealAx Handle Saturday: bittersoutherner.com/southern-perspective/2020/ax-handle-saturday-60th-anniversary-jacksonville-florida-civil-rights
#RealTalk #16 Black Girl Magic Vibe: A conversation with Nikesha Elise Williams
For those who are keeping a keen eye out for rising talent, you are in for a treat. Today’s podcast features a very talented young lady who has an extremely bright and creative future ahead of her.Nikesha Elise Williams is a two-time Emmy award winning news producer and author. Born and raised in Chicago, she graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Communications and a passion for writing. While Nikesha began her career as a news producer, she is now a full time writer and has authored four books including the acclaimed Four Women. Four Women was awarded a 2018 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Award and also recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists as an Outstanding Literary Work.She’s a millennial and she is courageously finding diverse ways to deliver her creative talents.
S2 S10: Emmy Award Winning News Producer and Author Nikeshia Elise Williams
Taste Test Live
“I’M A BLACK WOMAN WHO WRITES FOR BLACK WOMEN ABOUT BLACK WOMEN. PERIOD.” — Nikeshia Elise Williams Damien Lamar was compelled to speak more with this week’s guest who he originally met at a PB&J (Party Benefit & Jam) Jam Session at the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida a few weeks ago. There, Nikeshia Elise Williams presented her 20x20 slide and “spoke about the state of education and how despite decades of attempts at integration, schools are still segregated which has led specifically to the situation that Duval County School finds themselves in; with the fight over the half-cent sales tax, [and] the schools that it would benefit, and the political wrangling in the city over that issue.” She discussed the parallels of the education system in Chicago and feels the root cause are based on issues surrounded by race. “I feel like across the United States, teachers are taken for granted. They’re not protected. They don’t get paid well enough. They don’t get the credit for what they do (especially at the elementary or secondary level.) … We, as a nation need to take better care of our teachers because are literally taking care of our children.” About Nikeshia Elise Williams Nikesha Elise Williams is an Emmy award-winning news producer and author. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and attended The Florida State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Communication: Mass Media Studies and Honors English Creative Writing. Nikesha’s debut novel, Four Women, was awarded the 2018 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Award in the category of Adult Contemporary/Literary Fiction. Four Women was also recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists as an Outstanding Literary Work. Nikesha is a full-time writer and writing coach and has freelanced for several publications including ESSENCE, Very Smart Brothas, and Shadow and Act. Both Four Women, The Appeal of Ebony Jones and Adulting are available on Nikesha Williams’ on Amazon. Visit her website, or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ or contact her on good old-fashioned email.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message
Bookshop Interview with Author Nikesha Elise Williams, Episode #029
The Bookshop at the End of the Internet
Author Nikesha Elise Williams is an award-winning news producer. While developing story ideas for her novel, Nikesha was inspired by news coverage of the Trayvon Martin killing and similar events, but she wondered how many cases involving black women and girls were not receiving the same degree of press coverage. Inspired by what she was not seeing in the news, Nikesha wrote her novel, Four Women, a story about four African-American women are forced together by a single event, all while the world watches.
Nikesha Elise Williams is an Emmy award winning news producer and author. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Florida State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication: Mass Media Studies and Honors English Creative Writing. Nikesha’s debut novel, Four Women, was awarded the 2018 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Award in the category of Adult Contemporary/Literary Fiction. Four Women, was also recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists as an Outstanding Literary Work. She has subsequently published two additional novels: The Appeal of Ebony Jones, and her latest, Love Never Fails. She joins Darlyn on Scribbler's Corner at River of Grass to talk about her writer's journey, including the inspiration of Nina Simone, the importance of being heard, the "Jacksonville Renaissance" and how she lost the first draft of her first novel, Four Women, and had to start over. Her advice for new writers: Start writing, and don't ever stop.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/bkuhnfl)
Chad Chat: Amanda Mills (of Mother bar) and artist Elise Williams
Creative Loafing Atlanta
Today, in Creative Loafing’s Short Notice Studio, Host Chad Radford joins local music promoter Amanda Mills and artist Elise Williams for a conversation about what Mills and Williams have in store at Mother Bar + Kitchen for Valentine’s Day.