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A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Michelle Dartis is an author, adjunct faculty member, blogger, freelance writer, and works in case management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and three distinct graduate degrees in library science, higher education with a specialization in leadership for student success, and human and social services. Currently, she is a Ph. D. candidate in Human and Social Services with plans to graduate in May 2024.

Michelle is the recipient of various awards, including the Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity MLS Fellowship Project and the American Library Association/Spectrum Institute REACH 21 Scholarship Initiative.  She has over thirty-five years of professional experience in mental health, developmental disabilities, sexual assault counseling, case management, and teaching.

Michelle’s debut novel, “This Ain’t That: An Erotic Novel” was published in September 2021 on and became a first-time children’s book author in December 2023 with “Trinity’s Earthly Arrival From Heaven.” Her books are available on her website at as well as on and Barnes &

Gloria Twine Chisum (1930- )

An experimental psychologist, Gloria Twine Chisum, is primarily known for developing protective eyewear for pilots in extreme conditions. Chisum was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1930. She grew up in Muskogee but then attended Howard University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in psychology in 1951 and completed an MS … Read MoreGloria Twine Chisum (1930- )

Jackie “Moms” Mabley (1894-1975)

Jackie “Moms” Mabley found fame and fortune as a stand-up comedian during the twentieth century. Beginning as a staple on the chitlin’ circuit and late night talk show favorite, she went on to become an internationally known entertainer whose career spanned five decades. One of … Read MoreJackie “Moms” Mabley (1894-1975)

Sherman Alexander Hemsley (1938-2012)

“Image Ownership: Luke Ford” American actor Sherman Alexander Hemsley was an Air Force veteran and postal worker before becoming a television actor. He is best known for his role as George Jefferson on the CBS television series All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and as … Read MoreSherman Alexander Hemsley (1938-2012)

André Leon Talley (1949-2022)

Known as one of the fashion world’s most recognized personalities, Talley stepped down as Vogue’s editor-at-large after three decades to become the editor-in-chief for Numero Russia, an international magazine based in Russia. Talley was the son of William C. Talley, a taxi driver, and Alma … Read MoreAndré Leon Talley (1949-2022)