The Harlem Fine Arts Show comes to White Plains to celebrate its 5th Annual Event, honoring African-American Artists and Authors from the New York metropolitan area, Tuesday, March 29th. This event is sponsored in cooperation with the White Plains Youth Bureau and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. One of its honorees will be White Plains’ own novelist, Monica Michelle.
Born one of two children to Philip Cooper (a real estate investor) and Lillian McClain (a White Plains Assistant Teacher), Monica was one destined for greatness. Showing an interest in business and entrepreneurship very early, Monica made pot holders and sold them to her neighbors, and ran a candy operation along with her brother in their elementary school. She experienced her first true taste of entrepreneurship by successfully opening and operating a Nail Technician business while acquiring a BS degree from Norfolk State University in Virginia.
Setting goals and working hard to accomplish them was something that came natural for Monica. “My Dad is a Real Estate Investor, and I always watched how he conducted his business. It had a lasting impression on me and made me want to do it all,” she says. She next founded Shopaholics, Inc., a personal Concierge and Errand company, and Brown Eyed Beauties (BEB), a bi-monthly brunch series geared toward the cultivation of friendships and fellowship for African-American women as well as charity and philanthropy. Currently, BEB has two chapters, its founding chapter in New York and an Atlanta, GA chapter.
Monica is being honored for her literary work, Tuesday. Her novel Lucky No. 5., a contemporary women’s fiction novel about a single woman’s pursuit at finding love. Writing poetry and short stories for a few online blogs as well as Time-Place-Circumstance influenced Monica’s decision to write her book. People would always ask me when my book was coming out. I didn’t know the answer myself,” she states. Eventually the concept was sparked and I started writing it. The novel was published by her own Publishing House, Novelista Publishing in 2013 and currently maintains a 4.5 of 5 star rating on Amazon and Good Reads. She is currently working on the second and third installments in the “Lucky” Series which should arrive in early 2017.
Presently, Monica is an award-winning Associate Broker/Realtor and Relocation Manager for Better Homes & Gardens Realty in White Plains, NY. In lieu of her pastime as a cigar enthusiast and devotion to women’s empowerment, she co-founded her latest and most successful business venture to date. “I noticed the lack of events for women who enjoy cigars that would provide opportunities for growth and networking, so we founded Stixx & Stilettos.” Stixx & Stilettos is a series of professional networking events that are geared towards ladies of the cigar leaf. These events, attended by both women and men, promote Financial Awareness, Cultural Enrichment and Entrepreneurship. As a result of the group’s success in NYC, Stixx & Stilettos embarked on a five-city tour which launched in Washington, DC in February. Tour stops include Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, New York and will end with a five-day trip to Cuba. (For more information go to www.stixxandstilettos.com)
Monica Michelle is a wonderful example of a few of White Plain’s great success stories. Along with the City of White Plains Youth Bureau and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, I salute her.
For more information on the Harlem Fine Arts Celebration or to purchase
tickets, please contact the White Plains Youth Bureau, 914-422-1378.