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Onyx McFly Saves the Day By Crystal Judkins

5CRYSTAL JUDKINS

If you’ve seen little girls dressing up as a superhero with afro puffs, then chances are they’ve probably read the book, “Onyx McFly Saves the Day.” The colorful page-turner chronicles a tough and determined 8-year-old girl, who is as bright as she is brave. With her multi-colored sidekick named “Boom” by her side, Onyx uses her imagination and surroundings to transform herself into a superhero, using her flair and resourcefulness to solve real life problems. Her adventures teach her, and supporting characters, unforgettable and important life lessons. Author and FAMU alumna Crystal Judkins, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, draws from her own childhood experiences to bring Onyx to life. It was at the tender age of seven that she began writing and eventually evolved into a poet, songwriter, and now a published author. Her goal with “Onyx McFly,” she says, is to promote diversity and to encourage children of all abilities to think big and reach for the stars by using their imagination. Judkins begin her writing career as a student at FAMU with her first published poem, titled “Responsibility.” She is the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications. For purchases and more information, visit: www.onyxmcfly.com.

More Than Sisters By W. Mason Dunn

5W. MASON DUNN

It has often been said that secrets can tear a family apart, but a new novel by W. Mason Dunn reveals that secrets also have the power to bring people together – if only they could love past the pain. In the debut novel, “More Than Sisters,” Dunn uses the backdrop of her hometown Bossier City, Louisiana to tell the story of one of our world’s greatest blemishes (rape) and how it can change the course of a family and its faith forever. Inspired by her award-winning sister, screen and playwright Judi Ann Mason (“Sister Act II: Back In The Habit,” “A Different World,” and “I’ll Fly Away”), W. Mason Dunn showcases her love and passion for writing in the top-ranked Amazon book. The compelling story follows the Rev. Daniel Ferguson and his wife, as parents of three girls: 20-year-old Olivia, 8-year-old Gayle, and 18-month-old Dani. Mrs. Ferguson seems healthy, which is why it is a surprise to everyone when she has to go to the hospital, and things are no longer the same. Olivia promises her dying mother that she will help her father care for her two young sisters. Years pass and their father dies of a heart attack, causing a series of unexpected occurrences to draw the sisters into adverse situations that lead to a dark secret – one that could drive the family apart for good. Dunn is currently an administrative coordinator and long-time employee of FAMU’s Office of Human Resources. She is often invited to authors’ circles and literary events to share her remarkable personal and fictional story. For purchases and more information, visit: www.wmasondunn.com. A&M MAGAZINE // WINTER 2017 // 53

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Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...

Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...