About jaehendersonauthor

writer, book author, college professor and founder of www.imagoodwoman.com

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!

HouseofMtenziI just wanted to drop in and say hello. One of my goals in 2019 is to be more consistent with my communications efforts. Wish me luck! 2018 has definitely been a year of highs and lows. There are a few I wish I could have skipped, but we don’t have that luxury. Here is the condensed version.

I was selected as the host of a revised and revamped podcast called 3BC ( 3 Black Chicks). It’s a roundtable discussion with myself and 3 phenomenal black women. So far, we have embraced the topics of being single and women in business. Please take the time to check it out and feel free to give me your feedback. Click here. That great banner above was actually featured on a billboard. People were driving down the highway looking at me!! Join our FB page.

My father, Gean Allen Henderson, was murdered. He was beaten and robbed the Friday before Father’s Day and died as a result of his injuries the day after Father’s Day. You don’t really know the impact of violence until it happens to you. Each day is a fight to remain whole when a large part of you has been snatched away.  In case you are wondering, the man who killed my father was caught and is now awaiting trial. I was told it could take two years or more to complete the judicial process but my siblings and I are dedicated to making sure that justice is served. I miss him terribly.

I received the award for Best Book Author Activist from House of Mtenzi (see first picture). I am grateful and humbled.

I was a featured extra in the Hallmark movie “Christmas At Graceland”. It was kind of cool seeing myself on television again. For those who don’t know, being an extra has become an unintentional hobby of mine. That speaking role is coming soon. I can feel it in my bones! 

I was featured on the cover of the “Tri-State Defender Newspaper” promoting the Southern Heritage Classic. If you have never visited Memphis or attended an HBCU classic football game join us September 11 -15 2019. Inbox me for more info.

Mario D. King and I are working on the sequel to “Where Do We Go From Here”. We committed to three books, and we are working to make it so. “From Here to There” should be out in April of 2019.

Thank goodness there were more highs than lows. Love and joy still reside in my heart, and I am looking forward to a happy and prosperous 2019. Well, that’s all for now lovelies. May your 2019 be as awesome as you are!



Storealities Book Launch Saturday


My First Compilation: Storealities

How was she able to recognize the gifts in everyone else but not acknowledge her own? Why did she give compliments and encourage others but could not affirm herself? This woman was a real contradiction. This woman was me. –
Jae Henderson “Happy, Beautiful, Blessed”

Storealities: A Collection of Stories by Empowering Women to Empower Women
Saturday, August 25th, 2.p.m.
Novel Memphis
387 Perkins Extd.
Memphis, TN 38117

This Saturday in Memphis, TN I will be a part of the official book launch for the book “Storealities” by Roquita Coleman-Williams. It features stories by 22 women, myself included. Roquita, one of the few black female executives in the railroad industry (She actually has her conductor’s license!!) is no stranger to hard work and breaking glass ceilings. She created this book to give a voice to everyday woman. We each tell a story about a moment in our lives that helped define us. I have read the book and I must say that I truly enjoyed each testimony by these amazing women from all walks of life. I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful endeavor. It’s not easy taking off the mask and allowing others to see our flaws but if it helps someone, it’s more than worth it.

Please attend the book signing if you can. It’s currently only available in paperback. Unfortunately, it is SOLD OUT on Amazon for the time being.

This past weekend, several of the featured authors did a podcast to discuss the book. Take a look. The interview starts around the 8:33 mark.

I pray that you accomplish all your dreams. Be blessed!

Literary Jewels Summer Schedule

Literary Jewels

Me showcasing Literary Jewels at a local vending event

Hello Everyone!!

Summer is almost here and Literary Jewels has several stops. My goal is to schedule a vending opportunity every weekend unless I am on vacation. For those who don’t know, Literary Jewels is a subset of my company I created back in October of 2017 when I became a Paparazzi Jewelry consultant. It’s the place were books and jewelry meet and allows me to showcase my books along with some lovely pieces of jewelry. I must say that so for the endeavor is going quite well.

Here’s a video I did this week to showcase some pieces and books I will be selling during the Splashtastic Pool Party this weekend at Dean of Fashion Glamtique. It is at 5963 Summer Ave. from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.



Spalshtastic Display

Proceeds from the jewelry sales are used to fund the scholarship I created in memory of my mother, Lillie Marshall. Each year, I want to use it to assist a young man or woman who is pursuing a college scholarship in spight of challenging circumstances. We are actually accepting applications now! Feel free to visit my memorial site to learn about the scholarship and the qualifications for acquiring the scholarship, www.lilliesdaughter.com.

If you’re in the Memphis area, come see me. If not, check out my schedule to see if I’m coming to a city near you. I hope to add several more dates. So, if there’s an event you believe I should be a part of, feel free to invite me.

Also, if you would like to buy some jewelry, visit my online store at https://paparazziaccessories.com/121940/ and get whatever tickles your fancy.

Have a fantastic weekend!!!

Book Lovers Appreciation 2018


Your hosts, Jae Henderson and Angela Kay Austin, would like to invite everyone to join them Saturday, March 31st for Book Lovers Appreciation Day in conjunction with The Life Center’s Community Festival. This day of family fun from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. will feature food trucks, entertainment, prizes, a Kids Korner with story hour at 2 p.m. The celebrity reader is 88.5’s Michael Adrian Davis and our entertainment is being provided by comedian LaToya Tennille and vocalist/musician Kiña del Maran. There’s even an Easter Egg Hunt! The best part is you get to mix and mingle with some of your favorite authors and receive a discount on their books. The Life Center is located at 6385 Winchester Rd. (The Old Barnes & Noble Book Store). We can’t wait to see you! Admission is FREE. The first 40 adults will receive a special gift bag.


For more information, to RSVP and learn more about vendor space, visit the Eventbrite site at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-lovers-appreciation-2018-tickets-42929453150.

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Check out the website at www.bookloversmemphis.com.



Happy & Single Game Night

Game Night

Join us for another exciting Happy & Single Game Night in a new location. Bring your friends, your favorite game, your favorite drink (BYOB) and your game face! We’ll have games on hand as well. Thanks to the owner of Evergreen Grill, this one is FREE!

Friday, October 27, 2017
Evergreen Grill
302 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Begins at 6:30 p.m.

It’s hosted by myself and Miguel Grandberry, former co-host of the relationship talk show Venus vs. Mars. There will be live entertainment with the band Bamboo Forest featuring Will Graves performing. It’s also Trolley Night on South Main so early arrival is suggested. We’ll see you there! For more information, visit our Facebook Event Page.


Little Writers Workshop

2017 Flyer

Hey Guys!

It’s almost time for The Little Writers Workshop. Saturday, June 24th myself along with author Angela Kay Austin will be instructing children ages 7 -12 on the art of writing. Students will also learn the basics of writing a good story and participate in a writing project. It is suggested that students who attend have moderate to strong writing skills to get the most out of this workshop. We still have some slots left and just because I think you’re special we are offering a 20% discount. All you have to do is register your little writer and put in the code littlewriter10.

Check-In begins at 9:00 a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Students must register in advance. The workshop is $20.00 per child.

Here’s a link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/little-writers-workshop-tickets-33972418418

MarioJae2017BTW….I recently linked up with my writing partner, Mario D. King in Atlanta to present our books during the AAMBC Urban Book Bash. This was our first official event together. We had a blast. If you haven’t had a chance to check out “Where Do We Go From Here I & II” I highly recommend you do and if you have, please leave us a review.

Click here to purchase I for $1.99

Click here to purchase II .99

Author Jae Henderson Adds Photos To LilliesDaughter.com & Launches Scholarship Just In Time for Mother’s Day

LDMothersDayCard(Memphis, TN)—Inspirational author Jae Henderson has once again donned vintage clothes and accessories that belonged to her late mother and taken a few photos worthy of a spread inside the pages of a fashion magazine. For her, it was the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend and mark the launch of the Silver Bell Scholarship. This scholarship was created in memory of Jae’s mother, Lillie Bell Marshall, and will bestow a college student, who is excelling despite challenging circumstances, with $1,000.00 towards their education. Jae first released her vintage photos on June 21, 2016 to commemorate what would have been her mother’s 70th birthday. The pictorial tribute garnered favorable coverage from several media outlets, most notably ESPN’s online sports and pop culture publication, “The UnDefeated”.  To see Jae Henderson’s latest photos and learn more about the Silver Bell Scholarship, visit www.lilliesdaughter.com.

Jae, a former radio personality and a professional voice over artist, is most recognized for her work as a published author. To date, she has released six solo titles and two with fellow author Mario D. King (www.jaehendersonauthor.com). However, her title of Lillie’s daughter is the one she wears most proudly. “My mother was a wonderful person, and she will continue to live on through me,” said Jae. “She also had some challenges but never let that get in the way of being a good parent. This is just the beginning for the scholarship. I am planning additional fundraisers to enable me to give away more money to more deserving students. Excelling in school was very important to my mother. She encouraged me to study hard. I know she would approve of what I’m doing.”

Lillie Bell Marshall passed in 2014, at the age of 67, after battling kidney failure and congestive heart failure. She was a single parent and Jae is her only child. Jae’s latest tribute photo features a white knit poncho, a wooden necklace, and leather gloves that belonged to Marshall. Jae decided to give it some additional 70’s flare by wearing an afro wig and adding a few of her own accessories. Her outfit was expertly arranged by personal wardrobe stylist Kim Newsom and the pictures were taken by photographer Isaac Singleton. According to Jae, taking these photos allows her to enjoy a common bond they shared in her mother’s absence.

“I realize that what I’m doing may not mean anything to anyone else, but it’s my way of continuing to share one of the things we both loved ─ fashion! My mother had all these wonderfully preserved clothes and accessories from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I like that I can take her style, intertwine it with my own and have fun with it. I hope I inspire others to find creative authentic ways to remember their loved ones. Participating in something he or she enjoyed is always a good one,” said Jae.

Others seem to like her mother’s clothes as well. Jae showcased her mother’s vintage red and black leather coat on prime time television as an extra during NBC’s hit show, “This Is Us”.  The popular drama came to her hometown of Memphis, TN to shoot the season finale. The episode aired February 21st.  “I was really happy when the wardrobe stylist said I could wear my mom’s coat. I actually got to see it in two scenes from behind and the side. I didn’t get any face time,” laughed Jae. “But I’m grateful for the opportunity, nonetheless.”

Jae looks forward to awarding a deserving student with money for college while simultaneously honoring the most influential person in her life. Those who desire to apply for the scholarship or make a donation can visit www.lilliesdaughter.com to learn more.


Little Writers Workshop Is Back!

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Do you have a child between the ages 7 – 12 of with aspirations of being a writer? Bring them to the Little Writers Workshop. This is our second year helping develop literary creative in children. It is being taught by myself and my friend and fellow writer Angela Austin. During the event children will learn the basics of writing a good story and then begin a writing project. It is tailored for each age group but we suggest that your child have moderate writing skills in order to get the most out of this workshop. A snack will be provided. This cost is only $20.00 child.

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/little-writers-workshop-tickets-33972418418.