ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.