Parent Talk Live
Getting Over Writer's Block and Other Challenges To Writing
Joining host Dr. Mike Robinson on Parent Talk Live to discuss the challenges facing aspiring writers are award-winning authors Gina Humber, she is the author of Diversity Is A Verb, Mr. Dan Blanchard he is the author of The Storm: How Young Men Become Good Men and The Evaluation of Professional Development in An Urban High School. Also joining us is Suzanne Hobbs author of the Amazon Best Selling Children's book, The Hungry Snake.
Gina I. Humber is a national speaker on diversity and education, a NYC teacher and an accomplished author. She graduated from City College of New York, where she earned her master's degree in Special Education and a minor in African American History.
Gina has self published It's All Good- A children's book that helps build self acceptance and esteem in children who look different or feel different in a world that minimizes people to categories and biases. While at the same time gives a true child's perspective on diversity and opens up children to discuss and celebrate their differences. Gina has been a radio guest on the Maggie Linton Show on Sirius xm, and on the Manny Faces radio show here in NYC. And remains to be a highly sought after guest speaker on numerous other media platforms. Her expertise and frankness on race and education has catapulted her to creating Diversity Is A Verb LLC. This company works with schools and youths org, empowering them with books, educational material and speakers geared to improving academics, social behavior and self acceptance.
Gina is married to Reginald Frierson, they have 5 children. They reside in Connecticut at their home, and in Pelham Manor NY.
Dan Blanchard the Award Winning Author, Speaker, Educator, two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach grew up as a student-athlete. However, Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Dan has now successfully completed fourteen years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Special Education in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school where he was chosen by the AFT-CT as the face and voice of educational reform and is now on the speaking circuit for them. Dan was with the team that put forth Connecticut’s new Social Studies Frameworks and is also a member of the Special Education Advisory Board to the Connecticut State Department of Education. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Writing Project. Finally, Dan is a double veteran of the Army and the Air Force.
Suzanne Hobbs has been a storyteller since she was a young girl. That passion turned into a nearly 14-year career as a news reporter and news anchor in her home state of Idaho.
One significant story Suzanne covered was in October 2000. A tragic story of a baby found thrown away in a dumpster led her to advocate for a Safe Haven Law in Idaho. That law (now in all 50 states) allows for birth mothers to safely surrender their newborn babies to designated safe places like hospitals, fire stations and places of worship. (The law specifics vary state to state.)
Incredibly, in 2003 Suzanne adopted a newborn who was safely surrendered at a hospital under the protection of the law she helped implement. Her powerful story has been told in several magazines, two books, on television and radio. She also appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show to share her story to millions of viewers.
Suzanne keynote speaks about her story and is a national advocate for the safe surrender of unwanted newborns under the Baby Safe Haven Laws. She is also available to speak at your next event! Click here to book Suzanne.
Suzanne wrote The Hungry Snake after making up the story to her daughter, Lilly Love, one night at bedtime. It became a favorite story Lilly asked for over and over. It’s become the story this mother and daughter have used to bond at those special bedtime snuggle moments.
This is Suzanne’s first book, but she has many more fun stories to tell!