Cotman by R. D. Smiley
The Jaylene Olivia Josalene Story

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Jaylene Cotman waited for the arrival of her family, being under God’s midst for twenty years. The first to arrive was her brother’s only son, Meko Cotman, and his family. Meko, excited to finally have some clarity about the whole twenty years, asked his aunt to tell the story on how the family began. Jaylene went deep into her memory as the ancestral winds brought her to the past, present, and future, taking Meko and kinfolks as she spoke. The shadow dazzled then into Bronx, New York, and the power began to take a turn in this adventure of love, romance, and family.

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R. D. Smiley, a.k.a. Rene’ Denise Pearson, is no stranger to the hip-hop world.  Inspired to create one of hip-hop’s first female DJ MC crew, RD experienced something that she thought was gone forever: music.  As an inner-city child, the world of beats and hardcore verbal flow had RD putting away her wants and desires to make the group a success;  but the music world left a bad taste, leaving R. D. hurt and disillusioned about life.  However, the creator of all gifts saw something different in this woman and brought back an experience that awakened RD for good: the Redbone Queen. It was an open vision that came back to her from the past and sparked an interest in something that she was told she could never do: create stories.   At seven years of age in school, she experienced and ran with the character of this very book.  This character or ancestor stayed with her throughout her growing years until RD came to a crossroad. With the heightened glow in her life, RD received a BA in theology, and it was then that the Redbone Queen surfaced and inspired her to write this book—and so she did just that.
Published June 13, 2011 by Xlibris. 333 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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