I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman has been featured in Advocate and Ebony Magazines and honored by Wake Forest University. The Memoir focuses on her 25 year journey to become her authentic self and losing everything so she could find her true identity. Her struggle to overcome defeat, poverty, obstacles and discrimination are featured in the memoir. The book was just turned into short film called Heart of a Woman featuring transgender actresses Angelica Ross and Isis King. The other leads in the short film are Rachel Sterling, Justin Berti, Jason Stuart and E.P. McKnight.
Toni is currently the Development Manager for Maitri AIDS Hospice, state residential care facility in San Francisco, caring for the poor/homeless with advanced AIDS. Toni graduated with a BA degree from Wake Forest University, MBA and is now working towards Juris of Doctorate (J.D.). She is also on the Development Committee for the Transgender Law Center.
To find out more about the 3rd annual Literary Soul Symposium in Dallas Texas on September 16-18, please go to: http://www.literarysoulsymposium.myevent.com/3/events.htm