Get to know the team members that are the foundation of AAMBC


Tamika Newhouse

From teen mom to CEO by the age of twenty, Tamika Newhouse, the author of 16 novels, has landed on numerous best sellers’ lists and is the winner of 8 African American Literary Awards. Only nine months after debuting her first novel in 2009, she landed a major publishing contract without an agent and went on to become the CEO of Delphine Publications. To date she has published nearly 200 titles, launched the careers of hundreds of writers, and produces the only entertainment award show for African American writers, called the AAMBC Literary Awards.

LeGendary LaQuita

Director of Operations
Hailing from Washington, D.C, Legendary LaQuita is no stranger to hard work and pursuing dreams. An entrepreneur by the age of 20, LaQuita first journeyed into retail which quickly became a million dollar investment. Once the owner of a bookstore retail chain, distribution center, and publishing company, LaQuita branched out into producing award shows and other major productions in the Entertainment, Hair, Fashion, & Beauty Industries. A talented writer herself, LaQuita has ghostwritten several fiction books and plans to release her debut novel soon.

Chanel R. Smith

Web/Graphic Designer
Known as Chanel Renee on the socials and founder of WPD Media, Chanel is a self-taught web developer who later went on to get a degree in web design and marketing. Coding caught her attention in 1998 while initially navigating the web trying to make money as a SAHM. In 2004, a major discovery, Photoshop and its ability to be easily used to merge web and graphic design to craft beautiful websites. It is her goal that encompasses with the company's slogan "Creatively Designing Your Web Presence" that allows her to continue to pursue her love of creating beauty for the web along with bringing visual branding to life.

Ailya Williamson

Community Manager/Literary Analysts
Aiyla W. is Delphine Legacy Media's lead literary analytics expert. With a cradle to grave approach, she has cemented herself as an expert in ghostwriting, developmental editing, literary consulting, and book launches. In 2019, every project Aiyla had her hands on debuted in the top ten on Amazon, with one project remaining at the number one spot for three weeks. With extensive knowledge of e-book realtor algorithms, Aiyla has become a sought-out expert for digital publishing.

Sandra Nnaji

Brand Ambassador
Sandra, founder of Just1PR, LLC is a unique, one of a kind, creative, straight-to-the-point, and accredited, certified Public Relations specialist. A Nigeria native born into family full of Business moguls and entertainers, Sandra has always had a passion for the entertainment field. She has acquired extensive knowledge with many years in the Entertainment Industry where she's worked for various companies and has held many positions such as Artist Manager, Marketing Manager, Promotions Manager, On-Air Radio Personality and Public Relations. But with a passion for Public Relations and Marketing, Sandra establish an Independent Entertainment & Lifestyle Public Relations agency called Just1PR so she can continue to service and continue growing her client base. This is the third year Sandra is working with AAMBC which has practically become a family to her and she is looking forward to working on future projects. social media handle @Just1PR on all platforms.

Tawonda Smith

Content Writer
Belle Heiress began her vision for Belle of All Things after becoming burned out in the medical field. No longer wanting to feel boxed in, she quit her job in November of 2019 and put her trust in God. With creative writing skills that she gained over the years from youth, she was able to solidify jobs as a blog writer and a script writer's assistant. Along her journey of reaching new career heights, she managed to land experience with video and audio engineering that eventually led to her launch of her business. Belle of All Things is a one-stop-shop for creatives that will help them write out their ideas. Rather it be a book, script, or short film, Tawonda's mission is to help others bring their vision to life and influence other creatives to take risks and follow their dreams.

Sheri Simmons

Sheri Simmons is an Author, Ghostwriter, and Transformation Coach from New York City. She started writing at the age of twelve as an outlet for depression. In March 2012 her first book, Tales of the Broken Hearted was published. Since then, she has penned several titles including her memoir, You Know My Name Not My Story. Since 2012 she has added ghostwriter and self-publishing consultant to her resume. Sheri is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. Her purpose is to educate, inspire, lead, uplift, and motivate people. She is very fortunate to be able to do so in the career paths she has chosen. Sheri always strives to work hard and be the best version of herself. Pursing her passion has inspired Sheri to help others do the same.
Kelcey Anyá

Kelcey Anyá

Content Writer Intern
Kelcey Anyá is a Chicago based multi-disciplinary performing artist hailing from the bayous of South Louisiana. She began her performance career at the tender age of 2 years old where she began dancing and fell in love with all things performance. Her passion grew when acting and singing entered the picture. A few of her favorite credits include The Stories of Scheherazade (2008), Shakin' The Mess Outta Misery (2013), The Color Purple (2014), and Same Blood (2018). In April of 2019, Kelcey Anyá wrote, produced and performed her first solo show Out of the Box, followed by choreographing the regional premiere of A Hard Knock Life: A dance adaptation of Annie with Cincinnati Black Theatre Company in June, culminating with receiving her Master's of Arts in Theatre, Performance and Practice with certificates in both teaching and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies from Miami University (Oxford, Oh) that following August. The art of storytelling is one that Kelcey takes extremely personally. Whether it be through dance, acting, writing or oral traditions, storytelling is the bread and butter of all that she does. Kelcey Anyá is also the Founder and Director of the Kelcey Anyá Performing Arts Academy, LLC (KAPAA) an organization geared towards amplifying the voices of young Black and Brown storytellers through the performing arts.
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Shalisha Bynoe

Bynoe continues to grow as a writer, teacher, and filmmaker. She possesses numerous collaborations with an array of individuals from directors, photographers, makeup artists, non-profit organizations, and theatrical companies. Bynoe is a two time graduate of Full Sail University. She has received her Bachelor's Degree in Filmmaking and an MFA in Creative Writing.

Marckus Newhouse

Personal Assistant Intern
Marckus Newhouse Jr. is the youngest employee for AAMBC Inc., at 13. Since he was little he has always helped with the company, and now has his chance of showing himself to the world for the first time. His love for video games and reading has inspired him to one day become a video game designer as well as a writer. He's written multiple drafts of books, helped with AAMBC Inc. direct sales, and now he's ready to start his real journey into the real world.

Reginald A. Harris

Graphic Design Intern
Reginald A. Harris is a gamer and foodie with a passion for branding design. While attending Campbell University, he worked as a freelance graphic designer, sports graphic designer, and photographer. After graduating in 2020, he launched RHStudios, where he continues freelancing. He is now working with AAMBC as a graphic designer, specializing in social media graphics, stationery, and website graphics.

LaShondra Davis

Lashondra C. Davis is the true definition of kindness, love, and integrity. Davis, was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, a city that allows the exploration of your dreams to flourish! With the knowledge, expertise, and experience, LaShondra currently is the Executive Accountability Pal to CEOs within the Atlanta metropolitan area. Reflecting as that passionate and determined professional, LaShondra has began pursuing her passion by being her authentic self and applying all of her experiences as a creative content writer.

Lele Bell

Lele is a driven, studious, and motivated independent horror filmmaker. She's a Chicago native working with other aspiring filmmakers from Chicago on independent projects. She's worn several hats on set from playing an extra on Chicago- based television shows to directing her own short horror film. Co- directing a short drama film and co-writing Christian plays, Lele is adaptable to whatever projects come her way. She works with special effects makeup as well as prop work on set. She is a hands-on creative who never turns away a new opportunity or challenge. "There's ALWAYS an opportunity for optimism"
Michelle Barnes Screenwriting Intern

Michelle Barnes

Screenwriter Intern
Michelle was born in Queens, New York and raised in the suburbs of Long Island, NY. She has a litany of experience, both in the corporate world as well as the world of entertainment. She was a social worker and professional plus model for over tenyears landing many campaigns, commercials, and fit modeling gigs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University in Psychology in 2006. In 2013, she completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University where she was chosen to give a speech during her MSW commencement where she conducted a call to action for all attendees. She graduated with credits towards her PhD in Social Welfare. Michelle later decided to put a pin in PhD candidacyafter three years completed coursework to pursue her creative passions. In doing so, Michelle applied for and was awarded three separate scholarships to attend Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB) where she completed both their Improv and Sketch programs. Michelle’s sketches have since been featured on the UCB main stage in their inaugural UCBLA’s Spotlight Presents. Currently, she creates stories focusing on non-nuanced black character-driven stories that focus on identification, healing, and self-empowerment. Her superpower is comedic timing and fast dialogue pacing.