Monday, September 26, 2011

This Week's Spotlight~Shirelle “Diamond” Hogans- A True Diamond in the Rough

She is a spoken word artist, actress and playwright. She's an ENCOURAGER and MOTIVATIONAL person by nature, so she expresses herself in creative avenues. After surviving ALL that she has, she cant allow people to give up or think that things have to stay the way they are. She decided to share her hurts and pains, trials and tribulations but most importantly her triumphs over those situations through literature. As a result she birthed RADIKAL PUBLICATIONS in Jan 2011 and in May 2011 released 7 books. As of Oct 2011 it will be 16 books with 33 authors added to the family. All in which share their stories to impact another. Newly added to her list of projects is emPOWERment Coach of the RADIKAL CRUSADE.

Shirelle has been a nurse for 11 ½ years, 10 of which have been working with Special Needs children. She loves working with the youth and have recently been asked to speak at Youth Empowerment events. Although it seems she's been pushed into the spotlight, she loves working behind the scenes and find more pleasure in assisting and volunteering to help others achieve their goals/make their dreams and events happen. She loves Networking, meeting new people and connecting them with others with hopes of fulfilling their vision.

My Greatest Accomplishment to Date Has Been:
Providing hope to others in the same situations that I barely survived. It brings my heart joy to know that my words and actions have impacted people for the better, so that they too can live a joyous life.

The Most Challenging Thing I Ever Experienced is:
Surviving Sexual abuse including molestation and Rape, Domestic violence-emotional/mental and physical, 5 Miscarriages between the ages of 17-23, and almost losing her 10yr old ADHD ODD son in a car accident. (to name a few)

Most Valuable Lesson(s):
Joy comes from within and is not contingent on any outside source. Passion is personal, you will have to locate it within you, ignite it and allow it to explode in every environment you come in contact with, even if everyone seems to deserts you.

Final Remarks: 
Everything you need is already deposited on the inside of you. Once you determine you want to Explore all that you can be, then go after it at all cost, knowing it will hurt at times but is well worth the results. Embrace your uniqueness and don’t be afraid to live life RADIKALLY! Why settle for flying when you were born to SOAR!

For more information on Ms. Hogan visit her at

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