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Anna Christian was born in New York, but has spent most of her adult life in California. For over twenty years, she taught high school and community college in Los Angeles and Moreno Valley. Her first book, published in 1999, is titled Meet it, Greet it, and Defeat it! the Biography of Frances E. Williams, Actress/Activist. It was Mrs. Williams’s inspiring life and her motto, “Just Do It!” which motivated the author to keep this unsung hero’s memory alive.

Christian has since written and published six more books, Mrs. Griffin is Missing and Other Stories, The Newcomer, and Mr. Moore’s Menagerie, Bobby and Sonny Mystery for preteens; The Big Table, a children’s picture book; and two adult contemporary women’s fiction, Daniel’s Wife and Then Sings My Soul. 

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. And two articles in Black

She has edited and published three anthologies, Aged to Perfection 1, 2, and 3, 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. Presently she facilitates a Creative Writing/Life Story class at the Moreno Valley Senior Center.

She has traveled to several countries in Australia, Fiji, China, Spain, Africa, Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, France, Brazil, Cuba, Turkey, Greece and several Caribbean countries including Tobago, Antigua, Grand Bahama Island and the Virgin Islands.

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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)