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Intimate Conversation with Marian L. Thomas

Childless by Choice: Why I’m More Like Oprah Winfrey
Than I Realized by Marian L. Thomas

Yes, we both have beautiful black skin, strong hearts, and are great at multi-tasking. It seems we both enjoy natural hair, the bigger the better. Yet, there is something deeper that connects the Oprah Winfrey’s outlook on life to my own: our childless by choice decision.

It’s a tough decision for many to accept. Hard for many to fathom that a black woman who has much to give would consider not giving. I am an educated black female. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications. I have written five fictional books that have received some level of recognition including one that was a recommended “must-read romance” by Michele Monkou, USA Today book reviewer. Of course, not on the Oprah Winfrey level, but nonetheless, each book was a dream that I had to work hard to accomplish. Reaching dreams and accomplishing goals is highly important in Oprah Winfrey’s eyes. As an author, she has written articles, conducted national conferences, and spoke very highly and boldly on the subject of attaining goals. She also has spoken about her decision to remain childless by choice; a term I refer to as being an ‘empty carriage woman’.

Empty Carriage Woman: a strong, loving, kind, unselfish woman who has decided to forgo pushing the baby carriage.

While the term ‘empty carriage woman’ may not be familiar to many reading this, it is in fact not a new concept. A report posted by the Pew Research Center back in 2010 showed that 24% of women between the ages of 40-44 who held a higher-education degree, had not had children. The study also reported that the while white women are more likely to not to have children, the childless rate among black women had risen rapidly over the past decade.

Can an empty carriage woman really be deemed unselfish? Absolutely! Oprah is a classic example of this. Years back, she opened a beautiful school for young females. She gave unselfishly of her time, energy, and love to each of them. No, I haven’t opened a school, but I do give my time, energy, and love to volunteer work that I know benefits others, young girls and the like.

So, while I don’t have millions. Oprah and I do have more things in common, than even I realized. We both have made the decision to put on our empty carriage t-shirt, so to speak, and wear it out in a society where being childless by choice is still unthinkable.

Isn’t that how dreams are accomplished? Doing the unthinkable?


About the Author
Marian L. Thomas
is the award-winning author of the new book: Living The Empty Carriage Way of Life, see here.
She is a dynamic story-teller with five engaging novels to her credit. Her books have been seen on national television stations such as, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation and the A&E Network. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on many broadcast and online radio stations.

Her latest title, “Blue Butterfly” recently scored top honors as one of the 2014 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS Fiction/ African-American Finalist. Each of her contemporary fiction books have reached a bestseller position on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. Visit the Author’s Website: http://www.marianlthomas.com 



Living the Empty Carriage Way of Life: Childless By Choice
by Marian L. Thomas 


Author Marian L. Thomas delivers a hilarious, yet candid discussion of why she made the life-long decision to remain childless. This chapbook has the perfect blend of non-fiction and fictional elements that make it the perfect recipe for a delightful read.

According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, “Millennial-focused media is just beginning to recognize this emerging mindset and celebrities are popularizing and glamorizing this path, too, with powerful women like Chelsea Handler, Zooey Deschanel and Cameron Diaz leading the charge.”

Thomas said it’s a myth that she just doesn’t like children. “It’s like saying, I don’t like ice cream. I don’t want to make it, but I certainly enjoy it on occasion. Similarly, I don’t want children, but I certainly do love children…I don’t want to babysit them either (just in case any of my friends are reading this book). I’m okay with being childless!”

Another article from the Huffington Post reported the happiest couples are those without children– at least, that’s according to research out of the United Kingdom’s Open University. The study titled “Enduring Love?” found that childless married and unmarried couples reported being more satisfied in life and feeling more valued by their partners than did pairs with kids. Unmarried parents were found to be slightly happier than married parents.”

Thomas was also quoted as stating: “Being childless, is not a revolution. Being childless can be a good decision for you. Your decision to remain childless doesn’t need validation from others.”


For more information on how to order the book, please visit the website:  http://www.theemptycarriagelife.com 


Order on Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/Living-Empty-Carriage-Way-Life-ebook/dp/B00P16OFYA

Print Edition:
http://www.amazon.com/Living-Empty-Carriage-Life-Chapbook/dp/0984896783


Intimate Conversation with Marian L. Thomas


Award-winning novelist, Marian L. Thomas is a dynamic story-teller with five engaging novels to her credit. Her books have been seen on national television stations such as, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation and the A&E Network. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on many broadcast and online radio stations.

Her title, “Blue Butterfly” recently scored top honors as one of the 2014 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS Fiction/ African-American Finalist and has been adapted into a stageplay. Each of her contemporary fiction books have reached a bestseller position on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. Visit the Author’s Website: http://www.marianlthomas.com 

BPM: Tell us about the book, Living the Empty Carriage Way of Life.
Living the Empty Carriage Way of Life is my first non-fiction, chapbook. It’s a quick easy-to-read, hilarious ( I hope) but candid take on my decision to remain childless. Some call it, CBC (childless by choice).

BPM: What can readers expect to get out of the book? 
The book covers some common misconceptions about me and why I made the decision to remain childless. It also gets into some interesting topics that I think would make for a very lively book club discussion such as:
a. Do women without children take freedom for granted.

b. Is it a myth or fact that women who make the “childless” decision do so because they don’t like children.

c. Do women who decide to be childless do so because they feel they aren’t parent material.

d. Is there really such a thing as being “Phobic” about giving birth?

Readers have to keep in mind that I can only speak for myself. I don’t claim to represent every woman out there who has made the decision to be childless.

BPM: What’s your favorite chapter in the book?
Well, Living The Empty Carriage Way of Life  is broken down into situations that I have found myself in over the years. I added some elements of fiction in each one, but then I give you my candid and honest take on it afterward. My favorite chapter is on the subject of a woman’s biological clock. I cracked up just doing research on it.

BPM: Do you think that women who decide to remain childless seek some sort of validation from others?
In 2008, 24% of women between the ages of 40-44 who held a bachelor’s degree, refrained from entering into the nine-month birthing cycle. So, I think that women are finding that it’s okay to be childless. That making the childless by choice decision is not some type of a movement and it’s certainly not a revolution against motherhood. In fact, being childless can be a good decision and that decision doesn’t need or require validation from others.

BPM: Where can readers get a copy of Living The Empty Carriage Way of Life?
Readers can order now on Amazon and get the book delivered to their front door within days. It’s also available for most digital readers too. The reader can check out the book immediately. To learn more about the book, you can also visit the website, www.theemptycarriagelife.com  or my author website at www.marianlthomas.com.

  
 
 
 
 

Movie: AMERICAN VIOLET

AMERICAN VIOLET opens in theaters on April 17 starring Alfre Woodard, Michael O’Keefe, Tim Blake Nelson, Will Patton, Charles S. Dutton, Xzibit and newcomer Nicole Beharie.

AMERICAN VIOLET
Based on true events in the midst of the 2000 election, AMERICAN VIOLET tells the astonishing story of Dee Roberts (critically hailed newcomer Nicole Beharie), a 24 year-old African American single mother of four young girls living in a small Texas town who is barely making ends meet on a waitress salary and government subsidies.

On an early November morning while Dee works a shift at the local diner, the powerful local district attorney (Academy Award® nominee Michael OKeefe) leads an extensive drug bust, sweeping her Arlington Springs housing project with military precision. Police drag Dee from work in handcuffs, dumping her in the squalor of the womens county prison. Indicted based on the uncorroborated word of a single and dubious police informant facing his own drug charges, Dee soon discovers she has been charged as a drug dealer.

Even though Dee has no prior drug record and no drugs were found on her in the raid or any subsequent searches, she is offered a hellish choice: plead guilty and go home as a convicted felon or remain in prison and fight the charges thus, jeopardizing her custody and risking a long prison sentence.

Despite the urgings of her mother (Academy Award® nominee Alfre Woodard), and with her freedom and the custody of her children at stake, she chooses to fight the district attorney and the unyielding criminal justice system he represents. Joined in an unlikely alliance with an ACLU attorney (Tim Blake Nelson) and former local narcotics officer (Will Patton), Dee risks everything in a battle that forever changes her life and the Texas justice system. AMERICAN VIOLET also stars Emmy Award® winner Charles S. Dutton and Xzibit.

For more information – http://www.americanviolet.com

 

SISTAH TEEN NETWORK: New Conference Video

SISTAH TEEN NETWORK: New Conference Video Featuring “CHRISTIAN GIRL” by The Perrys

View the new SISTAH Teen Video featuring “Christian Girl” by The Perrys Click here

Visit the SISTAH Teens Network. Click here to join!

Encourage your daughters, granddaughters, nieces and goddaughters to join the network and have fun in the fellowship. They can feel free to interact as well as share their thoughts by posting blogs in the SISTAH Teens Network Group. . .

The Staff – The SISTAHS Ministry International

Sister Sharnae Coakley, Director – SISTAH Teens Ministry
http://www.thesistahsministry.com/sistahteens.htm

Magdaline Ihaza Okoduwa, Director – International Chapters
Torino, Italy & Nigeria, Africa
http://www.thesistahsministry.com/internationalchapters.htm

Sister Tracy Spence-Banks, Director – FL Chapter
http://www.thesistahsministry.com/p3110groupflchapter.htm

Sister Veronica Denyse Truell, Director – MA Chapter
http://www.thesistahsministry.com/p3110groupmachapter.htm

Evangelist Carmen West, Director – NV Chapter
http://www.thesistahsministry.com/p3110groupnvchapter.htm

Deaconess Cheryl Braxton, Director – NY Chapter
http://www.thesistahsministry.com/p3110groupnychapter.htm

Vis. Valarie D. Coleman, Director – PA Chapter
http://www.thesistahsministry.com/p3110grouppachapter.htm

Minister Lois Grady, Director – TN Chapter
http://www.thesistahsministry.com/p3110grouptnchapter.htm

Minister Teresa Coleman – Prayer Intercessor
http://www.thesistahsministry.com/prayerrequests.htm

Evangelist Jean Overman – Victorious & Blessed
http://www.thesistahsministry.com/victoriousblessed.htm

Sister Wanda Burnside – Facilitator, Soul SISTAHS Cafe
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Minister Celeste Kelley, Co-Founder & Director
http://www.thesistahsministry.com/p3110groupmichapter.htm
P.O. Box 401121 * Redford, MI 48240-1121 * (313) 820-1315

E-Mail: http://us.mc314.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=TheSISTAHSMinistry@yahoo.com
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Rod oF God Comedy Live…Laughter Is Legal

Comedian Rod Allison’s tribute to a real life character, a deacon from his hometown that always sang songs in church without knowing the words…even Christmas Carols! (from Rod’s DVD “The Best of Rod of God Comedy”)(From “The Best of Rod of God Comedy” DVD)

Whether he’s performing hilarious stand-up comedy, playing the trumpet or giving motivational speeches to national and international audiences, Comedian/Singer/Trumpeteer Rod Allison (aka Rod of God Comedy) is truly committed to presenting positive entertainment.

His career has been highlighted by performances ranging from large national stages to smaller, more intimate venues including:

· Performances with Legendary Recording Artists such as: Kirk Franklin; CeCe Winans; Byron Cage; Kelly Price; Vickie Winans; Karen Clark Sheard; Kim Burrell; Richard Smallwood & Vision; Tramaine Hawkins; The Mighty Clouds of Joy; Shirley Murdock; etc.

· For several corporations and organizations such as: Pfizer Inc.; Novartis, Inc.; Radio One Inc.; The National Medical Association; Christian Connection Network, Inc.; Urban Sports & Entertainment Group; etc.

· Performances in diverse settings for audiences of all ages, races and backgrounds including: The National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.); CIAA Basketball Tournament Soulabration; Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Conference (Phoenix, AZ); 100.3 FM “The Beat”(Los Angeles); numerous churches (various denominations); colleges; and organizations

The many faces of this phenomenal entertainer include that of a gifted trumpeteer and singer. Rod was a featured trumpet soloist for the highly acclaimed NCCU Jazz Band which performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, Brandford Marsalis and other notable musicians. Further, he is a powerful motivational speaker and emcee with a unique ability to captivate his audience.

In response to requests from fans nationwide, Rod released his first video, “The Best of Rod of God Comedy”, featuring a compilation of his signature comedy material in 2006. In 2008 Rod recorded his first Live DVD, “Rod oF God Comedy Live…Laughter Is Legal”, which features a full-length comedy, singing and trumpet-playing performance.

Rod is known as the “Attorney by Day and Comedian by Night Entertainer”
because… believe it or not, this entertainer is also a lawyer! When he’s not performing, Rod can be found providing legal services at his private law practice in North Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina Central University in 1995 as class valedictorian and earned his law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1998. Rod inspires audiences, young and old, to not only dream big…but to then go and grab their dreams!

Simply put, Rod is living proof that there is still a place for Good Clean Comedy!
Website for Rod of God Comedy:
www.rodofgodcomedy.com

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