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Bronzeville Cultural & Arts Fest

It’s a vending day today. I’m out today on NORTH & MLK in Milwaukee selling my wares. I’ve got some books, photo prints and t-shirts with me. Stop by if you’re in the area.I’m next to the gospel stage so you may see me singing and dancing in the street! 😘Cheers for a great day! Peace and Joy to you all! #afro #from #tangledlocks #festival #fest #day #rainyday #cloudy #day #bronzevillemilwaukee #bronzeville #artsfest

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Harvest Update: Summer 2018

July 5, 2018, Volume 3, Issue 2

I AM WOMAN: Photo & Essay Project

Through SH-Images, I am developing a photo and essay book with the goal of sharing a collective story of womanhood. The first phrase of this project spotlights the Black Woman’s experience of womanhood in America. There is an open call for written submissions via Submitters can live any where in the United States. You must complete a profile on Submittable in order to submit your work for consideration. There is no charge for the profile. The submission fee is $25.

Even though Phrase 1 is about Black Womanhood in America, we are embracing women of all ethnicities who want to participate in this project. Our goal is to develop multiple sister projects based on the themes that emerge from the our conversations with participants.

Women of all ethnicities are welcome to participate in the FREE mini portrait sessions that will be held in Chicago, Milwaukee, New York City, Phoenix and Tucson through August 2018. Though the sessions are open to the public, women are encouraged to register for a time slot on Eventbrite. Each open portrait sessions is scheduled for 2-3 hours. All photographs for this project will be taken by LaShawnda Jones.

For more details, please visit the announcement page.

Free Mini Portrait Sessions

Women of all ethnicities and faiths are welcome to participate in the free photo shoots. However, the first phase of the project is dedicated to capturing, cataloguing and presenting a collective story of experiencing womanhood as a black Woman in America. The portrait session schedule is below. Click a date to reserve your spot on Eventbrite.


Sunday, July 8, 2018 1:00-4:00pm

Battery Park @ Bowling Green

Theme: Liberty & Water

Sunday, July 22, 2018 1:00-4:00pm

Central Park @ Columbus Circle

Theme: Nature & City Images

Thursday, July 26, 2018  7:00-9:30pm

59th Street @ Columbus Circle

Theme: Night & Subway Images


Thursday, July 12, 2018  7:00-9:30pm

Location: Burke Brise Soleil

Theme: Sunset & Twilight


Saturday, July 14, 2018  12:00-3:00pm

Location: Cloud Gate (Bean) at Millennium Park

Theme: Old School Glam/A Day in the Park


Saturday, August 18, 2018  8:00-11:00am

Location: TBD

Theme: Desert Refreshment/Renewal


Saturday, August 25, 2018  8:00-11:00am

Location: TBD

Theme: Grace in the Valley

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Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace Trailer


If you have read, or plan on reading, Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace, please share your thoughts in a review on:, and Reviews are a form of “street cred” in the industry and are EXTREMELY important for indie authors. Additionally they are helpful with future endeavors. Many thanks in advance.

Excerpts from Desert of Solitude

Preface: A Note About Desert of Solitude

Introduction: Wonder-Filled Living

Verdant Valley/Faith Challenges

Love Anyway: Things I Learned During My Harvest

Set Fire to the Rain…

Supporting Multimedia Links

Contents & Themes

Soundtrack & Sermons

Referenced Bible Verses

Video Messages



Sunday, July 15, 2018


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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Vendor and Presenter



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If you, or someone you know, is in the market for a one bedroom, one bath apartment with an attached terrace, please let me know.

My apartment is on the first floor of a twelve story building on 111th Street between Park and Madison Avenues. It faces the back of the building (south) and looks out onto the building’s community terrace, which is enclosed on all sides and has no street access. The terrace attached to the apartment is fenced within a larger community terrace. There are oversized windows in the living/dining area and the bedroom which allows for amazing light throughout the day all year round. These two rooms also have high ceilings (nearly 10 feet) which make the space feel extremely spacious. Wide plank, honey oak floors throughout, except for the tiled kitchen and bathroom.

There is an income limit on the unit, 130% AMI, however there is no asset limit. Board approval is not required, but financial elements will be verified by the management company.  The maintenance fee is low, and should remain affordable (with modest increases) for the next ten years due to special status of the building.


Apartment: 750 sq ft, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, wheelchair accessible
Terrace: 150 sq ft (pictured)
Amenities: Laundry, Gym, Bike Storage and Community Room on the same floor.
Trains: 2, 3, 6
Buses: M1, M2, M3, M4

Indie Author, Publisher, Photographer

About LaShawnda Jones

LaShawnda Jones eagerly embraces the process of her personal evolution and the results of her choices. She is the independent author and publisher of Spirit Harvest Publishing Company. She maintains several blogs which focus on spiritual growth, social justice, women and photography. She speaks nationally on self-image, self-esteem, identity in Christ and living the life you envision for yourself. Prior publications are Love & ForgivenessMy God and MeClichés: A Life in Verse and Go, Tell Michelle (State University of New York Press). She holds degrees in Marketing Management and Political Science as well as a MA in International Affairs.

Thanks for reading! All my best,


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Harvest Update Newsletter, December 2016

December 2016 Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 2

Hello Dearest!

I have a quick holiday update for you! I’m participating in two great events this week. If you’re in New York City, I would love to see you. If you’re no where near NYC, you can still visit me virtually and browse my wares online.

Art Show: Artists @ Work

Last year, I was invited by a colleague to see her photography on display at the Employee Art Show at work. This year, I submitted my own photography and one of my images was selected for display at the Henry DeFord III Gallery. The opening reception is Thursday, December 1, 5:00-7:30 pm. The art show runs until March 15, 2017.

Henry DeFord III Gallery
One Court Square (Lobby)
Long Island City, NY

If you aren’t able to make the reception, the gallery is in the lobby and accessible for viewing. It’s also free. And of course, all my images are online on my Images+Life blog and you can view them from the comfort of your desk!

light-of-the-world-and-me-at-gallery  darkness-as-noonday

That’s me on the left proudly and excitedly dropping off the wrong image to the gallery two weeks ago. 🙂 I call the piece Light of the World (metallic paper mounted in gallery plexiglas). The Art Show Director actually wanted the image on the left, Darkness as Noonday, but asked for Light of the World. Both images are self-portraits and anchor a photo series I’m still working on titled Selfie-Evaluation: I AM Light. See more here.

Harlem Holiday Expo

Harlem Park to Park presents Shop Harlem Live Harlem at MIST Harlem on December 3.

I have quite the selection of creative items to choose from – art prints, greeting cards, books, and t-shirts – all my own writing, photography, designs, and compositions. Prices range from $2.00 (matted wallet prints) to $340.00 (mounted gallery prints). You’re sure to find a great gift or a great item to keep for yourself!

Registration is free but required through Eventbrite.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST

MIST Harlem
46 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10026
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If you miss me at the Expo, find me on weekends on 125th Street or 24/7 at

SHLH-Holiday-Expo-design-Poster-ONLINE.jpgThanks for being a loyal email subscriber. We appreciate hearing from you. Let us know if you ever have any questions.


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P.O. Box 1130
New York NY 10029