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Pamela Smith Author Interview

Blackface is a celebration of African Americans’ success in politics, art, and culture and how they can build their own success in their businesses. Why was this an important book for you to write?

It was important to write because we want to see more Black faces building big personal brands and positioning themselves as leaders. We want them to feel empowered and equipped while also letting the world know that we are equally capable of leading.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

Personal development, leadership tips, and personal branding advice is for everyone, no matter the race, so the hardest thing was not what we wrote about, but the fact that we had to specifically write to blacks due to the lack of representation and systemic issues that prevent us from having access to tools and resources

What is one piece of advice someone gave you that changed your life?

“What you think about self is more important than what anyone else thinks. Make sure your internal dialogue is positive.”

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

Having a black face should not exclude an individual. Black faces can lead well, build well, and serve well.

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African-Americans need more representation. It’s empowering to see those who look like you leading in their homes, communities, social circles, and careers. This is why building a personal brand is so important for black-faces. This book equips African-Americans with practical tools to build a personal brand develop as a leader, and serve with excellency. In this book you will learn:

– Why it’s vital for Blacks to think big, win big, and develop a big brand
– Personal Development Tips to be a self-leader
– How leadership at home helps with leading in society
– Community service and impact
– How to be an influencer in your social circle
– How to stand out amongst your colleagues in your career
– and the framework for creating a personal brand strategy that will elevate your life, business, ministry, and career

Pamela D. Smith is an Award-Winning Author, Evangelist, and Brand Developer. She has written over nine books and is proud to collaborate with her husband and three sons to empower other black faces.

Blackface

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Blackface, by Pamela D. Smith, is a celebration of African American’s success in politics, art, and culture. For the longest time, black faces have been associated with mockery, misery, pity, and everything negative. Pamela D. Smith, however, brings positivity to the words and gets readers to revisit the misrepresentation of the term. Smith is not trying to forget history but she wants readers to use these experiences to become a leader. The Author shares painful memories of African Americans, the impact slavery has had for generations, race dynamics, the struggles Black people have gone through, and how African Americans rose up, and are shining.

Smith has written a powerful and inspiring book sharing her experiences as an African American woman and asks the reader what they would do if they were in her situation. Many of the situations the author describes are some that many readers don’t face that often so this was an eye-opening read for me. I also admired that the author debunks the stereotypes given to African Americans, some of which I wasn’t even aware of.

The author writes in a conversational tone that is not out to point fingers but instead to educate us. I feel this book can be relatable to people of different races, not just African Americans. Smith inspires and provides tips on how to be a leader for yourself and how to be the best version of yourself no matter what you face in the world.

The author is honest and open with the reader and she does not hold back about what African Americans have gone through and still go through today. The author’s vulnerability is inspiring and a remarkable feature of her writing.

Every chapter in Blackface has a lesson that will benefit the reader. My biggest lessons were on how to brand and package yourself for more visibility. By creating an exemplary brand with your name, you will be able to skillfully sell whatever product or service you have, impact lives, sub-consciously mentor future leaders, and live a fulfilling life. Apart from the wise teachings, I also loved the quotable texts in various chapters. One of my favorite quotes from Blackface is ‘To become internally self-aware, we must be open-minded’. This quote is powerful and helped me change my perspective.

Blackface: An African American guide to building a personal brand, developing as a leader, and serving with excellency is an insightful look into how African Americans can grow in their professional lives. It gives a realistic look into the struggles and roadblocks that People of Color face.

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