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Anna Christian is the author of six books, Then Sings My Soul (2015); Daniel’s Wife (2010); The Big Table, an illustrated children’s book (2008); Mrs. Griffin is Missing and Other Stories (2005); The Newcomer (2013); Bobby and Sonny Mysteries for preteens; and Meet it, Greet it, and Defeat it! The Biography of Frances E. Williams, Actress/ Activist (1999). She has two biographical entries in the 2008 African American National Biography Project published by Oxford University Press: one of Frances E. Williams and one of Rupert Crosse, actor. She also has a personal narrative in Black Lives Have Always Mattered, a collection of essays, poems, and personal narratives, (2017) edited by Abiodun Oyewole, published by 2Leaf Press. In addition to her blog, “Celebrating Life” on, she writes book reviews that appear in She has also blogged for Oxford University Press.

She has edited and published two anthologies, Aged to Perfection and Aged to Perfection 2, a collection of essays, short stories and poems written by the Moreno Valley Senior Scribes.

Christian is the recipient of the 1999 Research and Status of Black Women in the Arts award from the Southern California Conference Branch, Women’s Missionary Society of the AME Church.

Christian has an M.A. in English from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).  She has taught Language Arts for LA Unified School District, Moreno Valley Unified School District from which she retired, and was an adjunct professor at Riverside Community College.  Presently she facilitates a Creative Writing/Life Story class at the Moreno Valley Senior Center. She currently resides in Moreno Valley, California.

Ernest Roscoe Dickerson (1951- )

Ernest Roscoe Dickerson is an American director, cinematographer, and screenwriter. Most notably, he directed Juice (1992), which he co-wrote along with Gerard Brown. He also directed TV episodes of Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knights (1995); Bones (2001); Never Die Alone (2004); and several episodes … Read MoreErnest Roscoe Dickerson (1951- )

Reg E. Cathey (1958-2018)

Best known for his roles as Norman Wilson, newspaper-man turned-political-operative in The Wire (2006 and 2008), and as Freddy Hayes in House of Cards, owner of the BBQ joint frequented by Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), both HBO series, Reg E. Cathey was a well-known character actor.  Nominated three times, … Read MoreReg E. Cathey (1958-2018)