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Andrea Woods

Andrea Woods

Andrea Woods started her professional career as a partner in an urban marketing company at the young age of 22 years old. This was a position that would catapult her to the top of her field, working with such prestigious artists as Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, Snoop Dogg, and the rock group Korn.

Although the work was rewarding both personally and financially, Andrea remained living in South Central Los Angeles during the time that she made many of her achievements. This allowed Andrea to experience and evaluate life from two very different standpoints; viewing cultures who live extremely privileged to cultures who live extremely poor. A simple cross of a highway and you were in a different world, said Andrea. Inspired by what she witnessed firsthand, she immediately wanted to get more involved with her local community. This is where she started the successful urban female teen magazine Lil Miss Thang.

This urban publication attracted a huge following of teenage young women from all over the United States -- and discussed many current and vital issues, such as teen pregnancy, health, fitness, education, fashion and other teen concerns. In facilitating many teen inspired events such as the LMT's Teen Focus Groups eventually the young mentor was challenged and led her to deal with and confront similar issues that she'd also faced as a teen growing up South Central Los Angeles.

As the memories flooded back, Ms. Woods was driven and motivated to become a self-published author with an amazing story of triumph through extremely rough and turbulent waters. The first work in her autobiographical collection is entitled, Cycles of The Ghetto -- Memoirs by Andrea Woods.

Although she has clearly experienced a lot of opposition and turmoil, Andrea presents her stories with a refreshingly honest and wonderful (and much-needed) sense of humor too. To read her book is to step into the mind and shoes of Andrea as she walks back -- from her youth to adulthood. These memories will make you cry, laugh, and even become angry. But they are ultimately uplifting and inspirational to all.

The author is currently working on her second book while promoting her first memoir. She is also co-producer of the 2007 Teen Palooza Extravaganza Fashion Show, a show that will benefit and bring awareness to the HIV crisis and the need for literacy programs within the teenage community.

One thing is for certain: Andrea Woods' good and bad times have never defeated her. The philanthropist strives to overcome her situations in life and teach other young women to do the same. Experience is the best teacher; class is now in session with the ghetto doctor, Andrea Woods.

Book signings/appearances will begin in May 2007 , so please check this website for all the latest information: www.cyclesoftheghetto.com, www.myspace.com/cyclesoftheghetto

Andrea Woods looks forward to sharing her "Cycles of the Ghetto" with each and every one of you. After reading this work, you will agree and see how she embodies the expression that love and faith can truly conquer all.

Cycles of the Ghetto

Cycles of the Ghetto
Andrea Woods
Retail Price:$15.95
C&B Price: $14.00
ISBN: 071438313

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Book Description
There was a time when speaking ebonics and wearing your pants past your ankles was appaling and or totally unexcptable by most red-blooded Americans, now things have changed. As the world of Hollywood continues to grow and evolve, supply and demand are bringing in new trends; is being ghetto one of them? From the chains hanging low, gold teeth, pants sagging, cornrows, Babymomma movies to the every channel hip-hop inspired commercials, being ghetto made its way to the screen. Although seeing the culture divide crossed is beautiful, most vendors and many consumers don?t quit grasp what it really means to be ghetto. Well author and philanthropist Andrea Woods has broken it down for everyone, and has made herself a must have read amongst the Hollywood elite. Her memoir Cycles of the Ghetto is a brutal but beautiful firsthand, narrative account of Ms. Woods' childhood -- growing up in the ghettos of Los Angeles and ultimately triumphing over her dangerous and difficult situation.
BR> Already hailed as "one of the freshest and most unique voices to arrive on the literary scene since the early works of Toni Morrison", Ms. Woods will astonish you with her real tales of brutality, drug-addiction and abuse in her family's home. But this is truly a book of life lessons that shows how anyone can rise up out of even the worst adversity and heartache.

Her story is witty, funny and inspiring. The authors amazing humor about her ghetto realities has placed her amongst the holywood elites must haves for the summer. Many are calling her the hood- doctor, as she breaks down each cycle of the ghetto. If you have never been to the ghetto this is difinately a glimps that will retain your attention. And if you have been to the ghetto theses story will make you laugh and cry so much you will be exhausted but refreshed.

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