Principle with a Paddle

All thru my childhood, up until I left home for Parris Island and the USMC, I lived just a few miles from Traphagen Elementary School, nestled on the north side, a suburban area of Mt. Vernon, New York.

The school buzzed with a diverse fellowship of students. Many were bussed-in from the South side of town, and still each of us shoulders our own tapestry of stories, experiences and perspectives. My perspective, of course, is a fuckin movie. Grab your wife and kids.

From K thru twelfth grade, I  marched my lil skinny ass up Primrose and then down North Fulton to get to Lincoln school  each morning. I remember my mother taking me to school the first few days and thereafter I was on my own. Today I see parents dragging or carpooling their kids to school each day, to and from, (just as I have done for my own children). For me, however, that was about as Hardknock as life got.

That, and mom’s "switches,” that more or less kept us in check.

Lincoln School wasn’t only where my education began; it’s also where I first encountered racism. And just

being honest, I can say I was probably an inattentive little prick,

probably talked in class and while “higher learning” was supposed to be the goal, maybe my mind was elsewhere. To be fair, I wasn’t an instigator and I didn’t pick fights, but I’m sure I disrupted class in my own ways.

And it’s not so much I remember how I acted. I just know who I am today and how I’ve progressed as a human being. And buddy, I was a hot little mess. Daddy is always at work. No big brothers to break me in. It was just me, my GI Joe (with the kung fu grip) and my wild imagination.

Not obeying in class was likely the reason I was forged into those secondary measures with other troublemakers,  and even forced to play “pick up sticks” behind closed doors in front of a school psychologist once or twice a week.

Eventually, my parents moved me to another school to pick up where I was falling off. The tipping point was  when this larger, grotesque White kid named Kiva Lada claimed I hit his little younger sister. Just out of nowhere, never eve

n had a relationship or a conversation with his younger sister. But I do remember his word being accepted over my own, and some parent – teacher meetings as well as some meet-ups with some kind of juvenile supervisor there in the city of Mount Vernon. There were no further incidents, before or after that one. But in retrospect, I can now see that as a pivotal era in my life that could’ve gone all the way sour.

So yes, that was my first encounter with racism on a major level. Sure, there was that one time in sleepaway camp when a group of white boys chased me down and threw stones at me.  I was briefly hospitalized with a swollen eye and stitches. But that was supposedly exciting, adventurous, extracurricular activity.  Meanwhile, this nonsense with Kiva’s little sister hit close to home; just blocks away from where we lived on Vernon Place, and here I was facing Emmett Till-type allegations that threw me into partial juvenile supervision.

Eventually I escaped Lincoln school (yay parents) and moved to Traphagan, where it felt refreshing like progress was about to set in.

From 3rd grade until 6th grade, Traphagen was my next stop.  Maybe you’ve read me bragging on my social media about how Debbie Allen and her family lived just beyond the fence that separated her residence from the school yard. Or even how I had to walk past Stephanie Mills’ home to get to school each day.

But the bigger picture is that this was an intimate residential neighborhood where the worst that could happen was unlikely to occur. And if you are on top of world events, as I am considering the conflicts, the road rage and scandals, then you know damned good and well what the worst can be. But not here on the North side of Mount Vernon, with the trees and birds and peace of mind. Yes, this is a better quality of life.  Looks like. And by better quality, I mean we were separated by yards, not walls. Our passtime activities were visits to Glen Island beaches in neighboring New Rochelle, or taking an hour-long drive to visit the huge pool at Bear Mountain State Park. Oh for sure mom kept us safe and progressive.

But in grade school, you’re sort of on your own and once I got to school, it was about thrills not higher learning. I’d look forward to recess, flipping baseball cards, or playing dodgeball at lunchtime. I didn’t have friends who I clicked-up with because they lived near me, but I did find some common ground in Parnell and Danny. I did see the older kids tossing coins and I would watch that from afar, but I didn’t have money to gamble. There was our schools Italian bombshell, Mrs. Fraoli, with her long, flowing hair, and my big stage acting debut, starring in a role as “the White Rabbit” in the school play *Alice in Wonderland. Sure those things stand out for me. But what lingers most in my memory is the daily challenge of dodging the school principal, Mrs. Gertrude Maxim.

Apparently, a bizarre rumor circulated among the faculty at Traphagan. Supposedly, I lived in another city/that neighboring town, New Rochelle. The irony is that by the time I reached seventh grade, my parents did indeed negotiate whatever they had in their bag of resources so that I would not be confined to the wayward and troubling “zoo” that I imagined Mount Vernon’s middleschool system to be. Even if that is not exactly what it was, that was the picture drawn on the walls of my imagination. And considering I was already troubled, already a troublemaker, that environment was likely where I belonged. I would fit right in like gaseline poured over an already kindling fire. On a side note, my sisters Laura and Julie made out just fine in the Mount Vernon middle school system; after all, they were girls. Mount Vernon really didn’t foster girl gangs such as we’ve heard about  in other neighborhoods. But still, my parents were clearly strategists and had greater plans for me.

But before I even had opportunity to dive into Middle school, I first had to survive elementary school and my trauma with Traphagen Principal, Mrs Gertrude Maxim.

I remembered the faculty and office staff giving me strange looks, whispering that I was “from New Rochelle,” but the truth was from K thru 6 I lived on Vernon Place, just a couple of miles from the schoolyard. In fact, every morning, I walked to school with my tomboy neighbor, Jodi Smith.. My other friends in those days were Brent Tomlin who later tragically died on the football field, there was Georgie Pascquileto who lived across the street from Jodi on Clairemont Avenue; and of course my closest friends of the day were Mike Fields and Peter Tarter; both of whom also grew up and lived on Vernon Place. To this day, I have fond memories of  the Tartar family. Even if they saw me as a nuisance, I saw them as “best friends.” I was always over at their big home across the street, always and admire of Roger Nicky Diane and Peter. In fact, it was Peter who taught me to ride a bicycle at age 5. But everyone I connected to was older. None of them fellow students at Traphagan. Here’s some more irony for you; Peter is now an award-winning film editor, pretty big deal in the world. He once dated the Actress Erica Gimpel who was a superstar in our eyes-killin’ it on the hit TV show “Fame.” And of course Felicia and Debbie Allen living in Mount Vernon not far from Stephanie Mills across the way from superstar entertainers like Jeff Red, Heavy D, Eddie F… add to that, all of us are the sons and daughters of yet another global icon. Right, in case you didn’t know, Malcolm X and his family also come from Mount Vernon, living just off of South Fulton Avenue where their home was both the target and the blessing.  (It’s now a historic landmark). And while Malcolm made a global imprint, fueling change amongst the Black race and across the globe with his audacity and purpose, I’d be out of pocket if I didn’t mention the actor, our homeboy, Denzel Washington, another Mount Vernon spirit, gift, talent and icon who will surely affect thought, progress and emotion for as long as there is oxygen to breathe.

It is in this environment that Mom kept me busy with a medley of activities: music lessons on the drums, cello, violin, and saxophone; running track; and trying my hand at baseball. I sang in the church choir at First Methodist on the corner of Summit Avenue and Lincoln. Our family was deeply woven into the community fabric—YMCA and YMHA programs, day camps, and summer camps. Hartley Park’s free lunches of cheese sandwiches, bug juice, and apples were a staple of my summer days.

I was the kid who walked up 4th Avenue to buy the latest Jackson 5 album or even Barry Manilow’s Greatest Hits. I followed Mom with my sisters as we forged our way into the local Memorial Day parade, wearing our oversized paper-mâché heads, dangerously riding on bicycles, simulating our version of the TV show “H.R. Pufnstuf.” The only other activities I remember were our frequent trips to Glen Island for beach days and kite flying.

Meanwhile, back home, my childhood was filled with my plastic G.I. Joe action figures, a treehouse in the backyard, and the repeat plays of Roberta Flack and a group called “The Pilgrims” I recall as one of those Black singing groups that mysteriously disappeared from the music scene. My dad’s vinyl record collection was my special sauce and unfair advantage in life.  Because other than the four inch thick Sears catalog, its challenger the almighty telephone book, and the three TV networks—ABC, NBC, and CBS—were the marketing giants of the time. This is where we got our information. What was trending, what was happening and how we fit in  seemed to be packaged in these devices. Eventually cable tv happened and HBO brought on my binge-watching sessions of *Godspell*.

My childhood memories also conjure daily routines included eating tuna casserole, looking forward to mom’s juicy apple dumplings, and if Mom wasn’t blowing her sports whistle to summons us back home, she was otherwise sneaking corn and ham into our pancakes (yuck!). And oh yeah, “time for your Caster Oil!” Holy shit, what children are dressed up in home-made clothes, lining  up for a tablespoon of caster oil everyday!? The Gilmore children, that’s who! And then there was our workout routine where my two sisters and I would sing after Mom:

“Bend and stretch, reach for the stars,

Here comes Jupiter, there goes Mars.

Bend and stretch, reach for the sky,

Stand on tippy toe, oh so high!”

I’m not sure if Mom got that from *Romper Room*, *Captain Kangaroo*, or *Mister Rogers*, but it was my life as an adolescent.

This painting I’m brushing for you is a diverse one; my colorful and detailed canvas of life from my younger years. Not necessarily an optimized or focused upbringing, but certainly a crisp, unpredictable and robust dive into the memories surfing thru my head.

So, how did I end up as a target, afraid of Mrs. Maxim, the school principal. Why the fuck was she bending me over the desk in her office, smacking my ass with her oversized wooden paddle as if this was Catholic school? Yes, I’m clear now that she had a fetish going on and probably satisfied herself in the moments that I left her office with my hand holding my sore cheeks. But did I deserve all that? Also, how many other little black boys did she do this to? I’m certain that old battleaxe bitch is dead now so we’re only left to imagine.  But then, since I already had such a flourishing and colorful environment of experiences and relationships, the randomness of it all, I’m feeling like it was a necessary, novel reality I lived and breathed. And with the outcomes that life has given me I wouldn’t eat it any other way.

Doing the assessment now, I can see the way society works. I can see how I might’ve been considered “slow” back in those days, especially considering my poor behavior. no, I wasn’t subjected to the little yellow bus, but then that wasn’t the only factor that makes you slow. Do I have any records of this? Maybe some old photos, maybe there is a report card somewhere. But I mean, who needs a scoreboard when you have memories of going to get the switch for mom to beat our asses or even the leather belt from dad? These were “highlights” of my adolescence. Tense but character-building moments that didn’t save me from the pen but saved me from much worse, I’m sure. This was my sense of “normal and routine” in the Gilmore household. Was it an excuse for having the school principal on my ass for no good reason? Other than to say, “I lived in Rochelle,” somehow breaking the school rules? You should see the sarcastic gleam in my eye right now. Sure.

And before you clown me, just know I couldn’t express myself then as I can today. I am god (with a razor sharp pen) today. Back then? I couldn’t explain my way out of a bowl of peanuts. I didn’t know how to debate either. In the whole scheme of things, I was in need of mentorship and on a path downhill, for sure.

But today, im thankful for life, for those early friends Mike, Peter, and my sister Julie—all of whom are still alive to experience these tech-curves. Yes, it’s still a wonderful life despite the rollercoaster ride I’ve taken.

I’m now an award-winning novelist. I have hundreds of businesses who have invested in my special skills and talents. Mom’s still kickin it and thriving into her 90’s, still talkin ‘bout “I really need to get my website goin” and as I pour myself a short glass of Crown Royal to celebrate this submission, I’ll certainly drift back in time to recall the next part of my story.

Yes, mom brought us to participate in the MtVernon Memorial Day Parade! We'd make paper-machete' heads like H.R. Pufnstuf and we'd wear thos big creations on our heads while riding our bikes!

The Man, the Myth, the Watchmaker

Pierre-Yves Müller, the notorious Swiss watch maker, is sitting in a minimalistic garden chair outside his house located in the heart of fairy tale Swiss Alps. FashionFreaks were lucky enough to get an interview with this mysterious precision watchmaker.

It strikes me the second I see him, this man is the real deal. Well groomed fingers with nails trimmed to perfection. These hands are his tools and they are taken care of in the same manner an auto repairman takes care of his tools.

Pierre-Yves greets us with a conservative smile, there is no room for small talk in this interview. But small talk is not necessary, we want to know everything about the man and his company, Tick Tock, Tick Tock...

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It’s Diddy Time Again…

“The Night Puff Tried to Kill Me”—A Gritty Memoir Of Survival In The ’90s Hip-Hop Scene

Relentless Aaron, the pen name for DeWitt Gilmore, a prominent figure in the 1990s New York hip-hop scene, announces the release of his latest memoir, The Night Puff Tried to Kill Me. This gripping book offers an unvarnished look at the cutthroat world of music promotion and his harrowing confrontation with Sean “Puffy” Combs.

Set against the backdrop of 1990s New York City, this memoir details Mr. Gilmore’s journey of ambition and resilience in an era that reshaped the music industry. The book provides a candid account of his life as a young impresario navigating the challenges and rivalries of the hip-hop world.

The highlight of the memoir is a life-changing night where a seemingly ordinary encounter with Puffy escalates into a high-speed chase through New York City, a testament to the perilous nature of fame and power in the entertainment industry.

The Night Puff Tried to Kill Me is more than a personal story. It’s a reflection on the complexities of the entertainment industry and a testament to the enduring human spirit,” said Gilmore.

The book is now available for purchase online for $4.00 at

For more information about the book or the author DeWitt Gilmore aka Relentless Aaron, visit the official website at

Also, be sure to follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

For press inquiries, contact D. Gilmore at 404-477-8257 or

Beyond the Tank: Navigating the Waters of Entrepreneurial Funding Without Losing Your Soul

Watching Shark Tank with my queen, I'm both amazed and disheartened by the spectacle of entrepreneurial dreams facing harsh realities. The platform itself is a significant win, offering unparalleled exposure. Many contestants already boast impressive sales and progress, yet they venture onto the stage seeking substantial funding, ready to relinquish large portions of their hard-earned businesses for sums that seem inconsequential in the grand scheme. This readiness to part with equity for what might seem like a quick financial fix strikes me as a dire misstep, akin to bartering away one's soul.

The demeaning treatment from figures like Mr. Wonderful and Mr. Cuban only adds insult to injury, overshadowing the simpler, more respectful routes to capitalization that many overlook. The thought of entrepreneurs surrendering their life's work so readily, possibly out of a misguided quest for exposure, troubles me deeply. It seems they underestimate the power and value of their brands, not realizing that more strategic, bold requests—like aiming for $1 million in exchange for a mere 5%—could serve both their need for exposure and their long-term interests far better.

I can't help but think that the true challenge lies in the fear of true ownership and achieving greatness without the perceived need for validation from these industry titans. While some sharks, like Barbara Corcoran and Damon John, may offer a more hands-on, nurturing partnership, the essence of entrepreneurship is in steering one's own ship to success.

For those feeling cornered by funding woes, I urge you not to despair. There are ways to secure $250,000 or even $1 million for your venture without sacrificing the heart of your business or enduring unnecessary humiliation. Remember, the journey to funding should not start with a compromise of your vision. If credit is a barrier, let's address it head-on. Don't let poor credit or fear stand in the way of your ambitions. Seek guidance, and protect the integrity of your brand at all costs. Your dream doesn’t need a shark to thrive—it needs you.

The Art of Ownership: A Slice of Watermelon Over an Entire Grape

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The Choice Between a Watermelon Slice and an Entire Grape: Weighing Your Options

In life's grand pursuit of success and fulfillment, we're often presented with choices that shape our path forward. One such metaphorical choice is between owning a slice of a watermelon and possessing an entire grape. Both options have their unique set of benefits and drawbacks, depending on one's personal goals, values, and appetite for responsibility. Here at, we understand that the path to freedom and success isn't one-size-fits-all. Let's explore the pros and cons of each choice to help you decide which fruit—whether it's the slice or the whole grape—aligns best with your vision of success.

The Watermelon Slice: Being Part of Something Bigger


**Shared Responsibility:** Owning a slice of the watermelon means you're part of a larger entity. This can translate to shared responsibilities and less pressure on any one individual. It's a chance to contribute to something significant without shouldering all the burdens alone.
**Potential for Greater Rewards:** A slice of a watermelon, in the grand scheme, represents a share in a potentially vast and lucrative venture. The success of the whole can mean substantial returns for each participant, often surpassing what one could achieve with a grape.
**Learning and Growth:** Being a part of a bigger project allows for networking, mentorship, and learning from others. It's an opportunity to grow your skills and knowledge in a collaborative environment.


**Less Control:** With only a slice of the watermelon, your say in the overall direction and decisions of the venture might be limited. This can be challenging for those who prefer to have complete control over their endeavors.
**Dependency on Others:** Your success is partly in the hands of others. If the watermelon doesn't flourish, your slice suffers too, regardless of your personal efforts or contributions.

The Entire Grape: Full Ownership and Autonomy


**Complete Control:** Owning the entire grape means you're in charge. Every decision, from direction to execution, rests with you. This level of autonomy is perfect for those who have a clear vision and prefer not to compromise.
**Simpler Logistics:** Managing a grape is inherently less complex than a slice of a large watermelon. With fewer variables and stakeholders, you can pivot and adapt quickly to changes or opportunities.
**Personal Fulfillment:** There's a unique sense of satisfaction in knowing you've built something from the ground up, on your terms. This ownership can lead to profound personal fulfillment and pride in your work.


**All Responsibility on You:** With great power comes great responsibility. The entire burden of success or failure rests on your shoulders, which can be a daunting prospect.
**Limited Resources:** A grape may only grow as large as its environment allows. Without the collective resources of a watermelon, scaling up or tapping into new markets may be challenging.
**Potential for Isolation:** Going it alone can sometimes lead to isolation, without the benefit of a support network or team to share in the journey and brainstorm solutions to problems.

Here's What It Is : Choosing Your Fruit

The decision between the watermelon slice and the entire grape isn't just about preference; it's a reflection of your goals, lifestyle, and how you define success. Some may relish the opportunity to be a key player in a larger scheme, enjoying the collaborative spirit and shared success. Others might find greater satisfaction in the autonomy and direct impact of managing their own grape, despite the challenges that come with it.

At, we believe in empowering our readers to make informed choices that align with their personal and professional aspirations. Whether you choose the watermelon slice or the entire grape, remember that both paths offer unique opportunities for growth, fulfillment, and success. What matters most is finding the route that best suits your vision and embarking on that journey with confidence and purpose.

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Accomplished: My Remarkable Journey Through Adversity

At 59, I reflect on a lifetime of relentless determination. My path to success is unconventional, marked by unique challenges that I've overcome. I'll be sharing even more about my journey in a forthcoming book. But, notably, I must say I never sent a single query letter to publishing companies for consideration in entering mainstream publishing. Instead, I blazed my own trail in the literary world with determination & resilience, to the point that major media straightened me out for life.

During the challenging phases— divorced from wife & kids, upside-down finances that were merely sugarcoated with publishing checks—I found myself homeless for over 2 years, living in my car, then a small cargo van, and finally that long stint from 2009 - 2017 in the very same model RV that made Breaking Bad one of the TV's most popular shows. Yes, that was me with the alternator & transmission issues, not to mention needing somewhere to park. That off-grid life didn't come without its thrills, but it was my entry into Atlanta, right after a difficult breakup with my ex-wife. It was a time of unimaginable struggle, but it taught me the true meaning of perseverance.

 The book industry was also undergoing a massive transformation, with thousands of bookstores around the world shutting down and the rise of e-books. Despite having a three-picture deal with Bill Duke, the big article in the Hollywood Reporter, Time magazine, the New York Daily News, and of course the New York Times, the writer's strike interrupted the plans, forcing me to pivot and adapt to new circumstances.

Throughout my journey, however, there were blessings, benefactors, and philanthropists, as well as the challenges of dealing with people. Ultimately, in 2017, owning a bed-and-breakfast brand introduced me to all kinds of individuals, helping me distinguish between those who supported my vision and those who didn't. It was a valuable lesson in resilience and determination. The supporters were judges, actors, in politicians, while the Darkside brought in vagabonds, damsels in distress, and of course those who were “Fresh Out” of jail or the hospital.

Almost three years ago, I found a remarkable partner who shared my dreams and saw beyond the smoke and mirrors of life to the truth of who I am. We've been quite transparent to the world about who we are and how we love, and we've since become inseparable in our mission and vision. I can't wait to share our inspiring story with you.

Equally significant has been the role of business credit in my journey. Access to unlimited funding through business credit has been a dream come true, providing me with the ultimate freedom to pursue my creative endeavors and entrepreneurial ventures backed by unlimited capital.

 Today, I stand stronger than ever, having overcome these challenges and emerged victorious. My story is a testament to the power of relentless pursuit, unwavering passion, and the profound impact of a supportive partner, the business credit, and even the fans who have “hung out,” watching from the sidelines to see just where this journey takes me.

Thank you for being a part of my journey.

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A Ten Million Dollar Win

This could be the most important article (from me) that you've ever read. If only you were present and intentional while absorbing my words.

Imagine this: you've just been handed a check for $10 million. The excitement, the sense of abundance, the feeling of limitless possibilities – it's exhilarating. Now, hold that thought. Embracing the $10 million mentality is not just about adopting a mindset; it's also about recognizing and seizing opportunities that come your way. While it's crucial to believe in the abundance and success that life offers, it's equally important to take concrete steps towards achieving your goals. Here's an exciting offer that aligns perfectly with this philosophy, especially if you're in the initial stages of building your wealth and looking for tangible opportunities.

The Credit Space Opportunity: A Stepping Stone to Your $10 Million Mentality

Understanding the Challenge:

From now until Valentine's Day, we're introducing a unique challenge in the credit repair and restoration space. This is not just an opportunity to earn but also a chance to help others improve their financial standing – aligning well with the $10 million mentality of giving and abundance.

The Referral Program:

  • For Every Qualified Referral: If you know someone in need of credit repair – perhaps a friend, family member, or a business owner facing growth challenges – refer them to our services.
  • Your Earnings: For each client you refer who signs up for our services, you will receive $250. This earning applies when you bring in three or more clients. For two clients, the reward is $200 per client.
  • Going the Extra Mile: If you're motivated to maximize this opportunity, bringing in 10 clients will earn you $2,500, and 20 clients will bring a remarkable $5,000.

The Timeframe:

This offer is valid up until Valentine's Day, providing a time-bound opportunity to boost your earnings significantly.

How This Fits Into Your $10 Million Mentality Plan

Daily Agenda: Start each day with a goal-oriented approach. Identify potential clients, plan your outreach, and set daily targets.

Six-Month Plan: Incorporate this opportunity into your short-term financial goals. Calc

ulate how much you aim to earn and strategize your efforts accordingly.

Two-Year Plan: Use the skills and network you develop from this challenge as a stepping stone. Building a robustnetwork now can lead to more lucrative opportunities in the future.

Five-Year Plan: Reflect on how this experience can shape your long-term goals. Whether it's expanding your network, understanding the credit industry, or building your own business, use this as a growth platform.

10-Year Plan: Envision how these skills and experiences can contribute to your decade-long vision. This opportunity isn't just about immediate gains; it's about planting seeds for future success.

And So It Is...

The $10 million mentality is about more than just a mindset; it's about action. This Valentine's Day challenge in the credit space is a perfect example of how you can translate this mentality into tangible results. Seize this opportunity to not only enhance your financial standing but also help others improve theirs. Remember, the path to wealth and success is often paved with small, consistent steps. On your mark, get set, go!

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Crafting Success in the Shadows: My Journey with ‘Ultimate Faceless Marketing

As a prolific novelist and entrepreneur, my journey in the bustling world of marketing has always been about finding balance - striking the right chord between my professional pursuits and cherishing quality moments with my queen, LaTonya. This quest for equilibrium led me to a groundbreaking strategy: Faceless Marketing. It's here that I found the essence of my latest endeavor, the 'Ultimate Faceless Marketing' eBook.

The Personal Touch of Faceless Marketing: Contrary to traditional marketing that often hinges on personal branding, Faceless Marketing allows me to focus on what I do best – creating and writing – without the pressure of being constantly in the public eye. This approach aligns perfectly with my lifestyle, giving me more time to spend with LaTonya while still driving my professional goals forward.

Why Faceless Marketing Resonates with Me:

  1. Privacy Preservation: In an era where every public figure is scrutinized, Faceless Marketing offers me a haven of privacy, a place where my work speaks louder than my personal life.
  2. Content-Centric Approach: It lets the quality of my work – my novels, my entrepreneurial insights – take center stage, unshadowed by my personal image.
  3. Universal Appeal: This strategy helps me connect with a broader audience, transcending the boundaries often imposed by personal branding.

Inside My 'Ultimate Faceless Marketing' eBook: This eBook is a reflection of my personal journey in mastering Faceless Marketing. It's packed with:

  • Unique Insights: Drawing from my experiences, I offer strategies that have worked for me, blending entrepreneurship with creative writing.
  • Real-Life Applications: The eBook includes anecdotes from my life, showing how I've applied these principles while balancing time with LaTonya.
  • Practical Advice: It's a hands-on guide, filled with actionable steps that can help anyone carve out more personal time while still achieving professional success.

The eBook's Role in My Life: The 'Ultimate Faceless Marketing' eBook isn't just a product; it's a part of my life story. It embodies my philosophy of working smart, respecting my need for personal space, and valuing my moments with LaTonya.

Leveraging the eBook in My Busy Life:

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    Master Resell Rights: An intriguing aspect of this eBook is the Master Resell Rights. It's not only a source of knowledge for me but also a passive income stream, aligning with my entrepreneurial spirit.

  • A Tool for Work-Life Balance: This eBook serves as a reminder and a guide on how to maintain a successful career without compromising on the precious moments of personal life.

Conclusion: The 'Ultimate Faceless Marketing' eBook is more than just a marketing guide; it's a narrative of how I've woven the threads of anonymity into my professional tapestry while keeping my personal life enriched and undisturbed. It's a testament to how I balance my time between my passion for writing and my life with LaTonya.

Call to Action: Join me on this unique journey. Grab your copy of the 'Ultimate Faceless Marketing' eBook and discover how you can achieve professional growth while keeping your personal life sacred. Embrace this innovative approach to marketing, and like me, find your path to success and fulfillment.

Unlocking Financial Success: The Ultimate Guide to the $250k Playbook

Are you an entrepreneur or business owner aiming for financial triumph? The $250k Playbook might just be your golden ticket. This guide has transformed the way countless individuals approach business growth and financial stability. Let's dive into what makes this playbook a game-changer in the entrepreneurial world.

Understanding the $250k Playbook: The $250k Playbook isn't just a set of guidelines; it's a roadmap to success. Born from the minds of leading business strategists, this playbook encompasses a wealth of knowledge, tactics, and insider secrets designed to elevate your business to new heights. It's a compilation of proven strategies that have helped entrepreneurs break the quarter-million-dollar barrier.

Key Strategies for Success:

  1. Market Analysis and Positioning: Understand your market deeply and position your product or service to fill a unique niche.
  2. Financial Planning and Management: Master the art of budgeting, investing, and resource allocation to maximize profits.
  3. Effective Marketing and Branding: Learn how to create a brand that resonates with your target audience and employ marketing strategies that yield results.
  4. Sales Optimization: Enhance your sales processes and techniques to increase conversion rates.
  5. Customer Relationship Management: Build lasting relationships with customers to ensure repeat business and referrals.

Implementing the Playbook in Your Business: To effectively implement these strategies, start by conducting a thorough audit of your current business practices. Identify areas for improvement and apply the playbook's strategies accordingly. Remember, the key to success is not just in knowing what to do but in executing it effectively. Regularly review your progress and be prepared to adapt your strategies as your business grows.

Measuring Your Success: Success can be measured in various ways, but the most effective method is to set specific, measurable goals. Track your progress against these goals and be open to adjusting your strategies as you gather more data. Remember, the $250k Playbook is not just about reaching a financial milestone; it's about sustainable growth and continuous improvement.

Beyond the Playbook – Sustaining Long-Term Growth: The journey doesn't end once you've implemented the playbook. The business landscape is constantly evolving, and so should your strategies. Stay informed about market trends, invest in personal development, and never stop learning. The most successful entrepreneurs are those who view growth as a continuous journey, not a destination.

Conclusion: The $250k Playbook is more than just a guide; it's a catalyst for profound business transformation. By embracing its principles and strategies, you're not just aiming for financial success; you're setting the stage for long-term business prosperity. Take the first step today – your entrepreneurial journey awaits.

Call to Action: Ready to embark on a journey of financial success? Download the full $250k Playbook now, or contact our team for a personalized consultation. Your path to entrepreneurial triumph starts here.

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"Embracing 59: The Dawn of a New Chapter in Relentless Pursuit"

Yesterday, I, DeWitt Gilmore, also known to many as "Relentless Aaron," turned 59. As I step into this new chapter of my life, I find myself reflecting on a journey that has been nothing short of extraordinary, a testament to the power of determination, creativity, and relentless pursuit of one's dreams.

Born and raised in Mt Vernon, NY, and now a longtime resident of Atlanta, GA, my life has been a vivid tapestry woven with threads of entrepreneurship, storytelling, and unwavering dedication. As an African American man, my journey has also been a narrative of triumph over the systemic challenges and historical injustices faced by people of color.

With nearly 100 books to my name, my passion for writing has not just been a profession but a calling. I've embraced the roles of an author, publisher, and visionary, constantly pushing the boundaries of traditional literature. My work is not just about telling stories; it's about creating experiences, igniting conversations, and challenging norms.

As I embrace 59, I'm excited about the future and the opportunities it holds. My current endeavors extend beyond the realm of writing into the innovative world of AI-created animations and comic strips, where satire and adult themes come to life in new, dynamic forms. This venture isn't just a creative outlet; it's a medium through which I can connect with diverse audiences, blending humor with profound insights.

My upcoming series of graphic novels is more than a new genre exploration. It's a commitment

to bridging generational gaps, offering both young and old engaging narratives that are not only entertaining but also educational. This project aligns with my passion for teaching others, particularly about leveraging personal credit profiles for business and creative financing.

As I stand at the threshold of my 60th year, I'm not looking back but forward. My ambition is to be recognized as one of the most profound, accomplished, and notable novelists in history. This ambition drives me to keep innovating, exploring, and impacting lives through my work.

So here's to being 59 – a year to continue the relentless pursuit of excellence, to inspire, to create, and to make an indelible mark on the world. I invite you to join me on this journey, to be part of a story that is constantly evolving, growing, and reaching new heights. With my Queen by my side, there ain't no stoppin us now!

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Embracing the Invisible: The Power of Faceless Marketing in a Digital World

Introduction: In today's digitally dominated marketplace, 'Faceless Marketing' is emerging as a revolutionary strategy, empowering brands to forge deeper connections with their audience without relying on a personal figurehead. This approach is redefining the art of storytelling and brand building in a unique and impactful way.

The Essence of Faceless Marketing: Faceless Marketing focuses on the brand's essence, values, and message rather than an individual's persona. This strategy is particularly powerful in an era where consumer trust is paramount, and authenticity is key. By removing the face, brands can create a more inclusive and relatable identity that resonates with a wider audience.

Benefits of Faceless Marketing:

  1. Anonymity and Privacy: In a world where privacy concerns are escalating, faceless marketing offers a strategic advantage by keeping the spotlight on the brand, not the individual.
  2. Broad Appeal: Without a specific personality, brands can appeal to a more diverse demographic, unbounded by the personal biases associated with individual identities.
  3. Focus on Content and Quality: This approach allows businesses to concentrate on the quality of their content, products, or services, ensuring that these elements speak for themselves.

Strategies for Effective Faceless Marketing:

  • Storytelling and Brand Narrative: Develop a strong brand narrative that tells your story and conveys your values.
  • Visual Branding: Invest in distinctive visual elements like logos, color schemes, and design aesthetics that become synonymous with your brand.
  • Content Marketing: Leverage blogs, podcasts, and social media to disseminate content that aligns with your brand's voice and values.
  • Community Engagement: Build a community around your brand by engaging with your audience through social media platforms and forums.

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Case Studies: Explore how various brands have successfully implemented faceless marketing strategies, resulting in increased brand loyalty, customer engagement, and market presence.

The Future of Faceless Marketing: As the digital landscape continues to evolve, faceless marketing is poised to become an increasingly popular strategy. With its focus on brand-centric storytelling and audience engagement, it offers a fresh and effective approach to building lasting brand loyalty in a face-paced world.

Conclusion: Faceless marketing presents a unique opportunity for businesses to connect with their audiences on a more authentic and personal level. By focusing on what truly matters – the brand and its values – companies can build a strong, enduring presence in the market.

Call to Action: Are you ready to make your mark in the world of faceless marketing? Embrace this innovative approach and watch your brand thrive in the ever-changing digital landscape.

The Novelist’s Path: Creativity Meets Companionship The Magic of Writing and Partnership

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I have certainly experienced the ups and downs as it relates to my writing. Whether it was personal conflict, not being settled, or just an erratic schedule, there's always difficulty when it comes to focused thoughts and crisp, coherent writing.

Maybe this is global, but writing for me is a solitary endeavor. Still, having a partner who understands and supports your creative process can be invaluable. This partnership becomes even more crucial as you navigate the uncertainties of a writing career.

Navigating Challenges Together

Facing the highs and lows of a writing career can be smoother with a partner who provides emotional support, encouragement, and practical advice. Sure, that works naturally when your partner is cohabiting with you, and I can imagine the complications if that's not the case. However, for me, cohabitation, a loving relationship, and the peace of mind that she brings to my space are “all the things” when it comes to getting that clarity into the written word. And let’s be clear I know we call it “writing” but this is nothing but living and being resourceful with what we know how we create it and how we present it. The real win is you the reader, embracing it or absorbing it into your conscious mind, and then maybe even making use of the information in your subconscious mind. Whether it’s entertaining readers in my novels or broadening your awareness in my non-fiction books, writing is my happy space and you being enriched and satisfied, is the SAUCE.!

Pivoting to Financial Stability: A Shared Endeavor

Life's Unpredictable Turns

When life demands a shift towards financial stability, having a partner who stands by you, offering insights and support, can make this transition more manageable and less daunting. I remember late 2022 when Atlanta went through a big freeze and the entire stack of luxury apartments above us flooded, and it turned our peaceful nest into one hot mess—or should I say one wet mess? But just as partners do, I supported her and she supported me, and we hugged each other through it until we were able to get approved and relocate to an even more desirable luxury apartment building just down the block. I feel like trying times will surface, no matter what. And for us, that was indeed a trying time. However, looking back on the whole escapade, I wouldn't have it any other way. It has made us stronger to go through something together and to come out on the other end with teachable moments and a smile. I feel like life must bring the push and pull for you to be tested. And overcoming such a test is a big win.

Building a Future Together

As you pivot to focus on financial security, your partner’s role evolves to include joint financial planning and decision-making, ensuring a stable future for both. You may have a situation where your credit score is lacking and your credit score is strong. In that event, she has got to be the determined one to follow the blueprint to empower and grow your resources so that you can circle back to correct your credit score. at some point, assuming you are constantly creating revenue, you will both be strong together.

Building Personal Credit: A Joint Strategy

Understanding Personal Credit as a Team

Navigating the complexities of personal credit can be less intimidating with a partner. Together, you can learn, plan, and improve your financial standing. I will write much more about this in the future, but you mustn’t show your hand while you’re playing your hand. Building credit is a strategy, and no one should interfere with that, especially outsiders who have been informed about your plans. My dad used to say, Never let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, hush-hush, and let’s get it done together.

Joint Efforts in Enhancing Credit

Working together to optimize personal credit, from monitoring credit scores to making strategic financial decisions, can strengthen both your credit standing and your partnership. Here’s an idea for couples to earn money while they’re growing: if you, your partner, have realized tremendous success as a result of correcting your credit or building your credit, you now have yet another product and service that you can bring to the marketplace. Your success should be documented, shared, and monetized. Naturally, I c

an help you with that.

Leveraging Personal Credit for Business Growth

From Personal to Business: A Collective Journey

Transitioning to business credit is a significant step that benefits from the shared wisdom and support of a partner, especially when making crucial financial decisions. Once you get that first business going, it’s time to duplicate by picking up another corporation, getting all of the compliances in place, and then setting up for the win. Please note that there’s no end to the amount of CORPORATIONS, one can have, and every corporation should be utilized to raise capital. You are not in business to use more of your energy or more of your 24 hours. You should be in business to raise funds, and those funds should be used to make more money. But you’re going to make more money with systems that are put in place, and you’re going to use those funds to set up those systems. Be clear: you only have 24 hours in a day, and the idea of taking on more corporations should not discourage you. You should already be of the mindset that you will have assistance from others who you will inevitably pay top dollar to oversee your operation. With systems, everybody wins. When you get a chance, check out the book, The eMyth, by Michael Gerber. And thank me later.

Utilizing Combined Financial Resources

A partner can offer not just moral support but also practical assistance, such as helping to manage finances or offering insights into effective credit use for business purposes. This is something that we do consistently so that we are both aware of the resources we have available and clear about how to acquire more resources. $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 are not enough money to maintain a successful, growing company. In my opinion, a business owner should have half $1 million or more to grow a company, so that is self-sufficient. Make sure you pick up my guide, the $250,000 playbook. It’s a step-by-step guide on how to raise funding by setting up an old corporation and then stacking business credit cards. Pay everything on time, and then, in 90 days, go back for more funding.

Expanding Business Credit: Growing Together

Understanding Business Credit as a Duo

Learning and building business credit can be a joint mission, with each partner contributing their own unique strengths and perspectives. For us, she watches the money, crosses the T’s, and dots the eyes while I focus on revenue, streams, and content creation. These are our happy spots in life, and we are full and satisfied at the end of each day. 

Collaborative Business Credit Building

Together, you can devise strategies to build a strong business credit profile, a step that can solidify not just your business’s financial foundation but also the strength of your partnership. We are always talking about strategies for raising more capital, creating more revenue streams, and fine. Tuning. The system we now have in place. at some point in the future, we intend to show our hand so that others can learn from our growth and success.

From Financial Stability to Empowering Others: A United Goal

Sharing the Journey to Inspire Others

Your combined experiences in transitioning from personal to business credit mastery can become a source of inspiration and guidance for others. We’ve spoken on this before, and it doesn’t make sense to hoard all of the money, information, and positive changes taking place in your life. Each one teaches the other, which is how we lift our community and become stronger. Once upon a time, we did not have access to resources like this; we did not have access to the information, but there’s no excuse today. Everyone must win. Everyone must be in a space where they can pursue their greatness, where they can pursue their life’s purpose, and where they can live happily ever after. 

Establishing a Collaborative Initiative for Financial Empowerment

In partnership, you have the chance to disseminate financial literacy, possibly by conducting workshops, offering consultancy, or creating informative content. This draws upon the wealth of your combined expertise and experiences. Annually, we invest considerably in our self-education and refinement within our industry, which includes attending seminars, purchasing reading materials, enrolling in courses, and seeking consultations. These are integral components of our business operations. Not only do these expenses qualify for tax deductions, but they also significantly contribute to enhancing our knowledge and improving our professional competencies.

Balancing Creativity and Financial Management: A Dual-Effort

Keeping the Flame of Creativity Alive

As you pivot towards financial expertise, your partner’s encouragement can be key to maintaining your passion for writing and ensuring you don’t lose sight of your creative roots.  I thank God every day for my partner and for the knowledge that we have to progress and become better people. Having access to funding gives us a sense of freedom and also helps to affirm certain characteristics in our lives. I used the following words today in a text message to a client, and I’ll share them here for you: “For me, empathy is a very important characteristic, and I have not yet perfected it, but I do know that when my mind is clear, I’m able to practice it more and more.”

Harmonizing Two Worlds

Together, you can find the balance between managing a career in finance and keeping alive the joy of writin

g, making the journey not just a professional pivot but a shared life adventure. Everything we do must include balance, and that includes your nutrition, your sleep habits, how we communicate, and how we exercise our bodies. Balance is a great resource that we all tend to overlook. Did you consider that breathing might be an important part of the balance? Did you consider that proper water intake might be part of that balance? Have you considered proper sleeping and sleeping habits and sleeping arrangements as being a part of that balance, and how about meditation? All of these things play a role in our mindset, and as a writer, my mindset is one of my greatest assets next to my heart, my experience, and my skill set.

All Cards on The Table: The Strength of Two in Pivoting

Pivoting from a novelist to a financial expert is a path filled with learning, growth, and the potential for significant professional development. Having a supportive partner in this journey adds an invaluable dimension, providing emotional support, practical assistance, and a shared vision for the future. This partnership enriches the experience, making the pivot not just a personal transformation but a journey of mutual growth and fulfillment. I expect to dive deeper into this transition so that I leave behind a testament to our evolution, to our profession, and to our love. As usual, stay tuned!


  1. How can my partner and I work together to improve our credit? Pay bills on time. Commit to making at least the minimum payments on all bills before the due date. Set up autopay or payment reminders if needed. Limit credit checks. Too many "hard inquiries" from applying for new credit can lower your scores. Consult each other before applying for new credit. Don't max out cards. Keep balances low compared to limits. Consider becoming authorized users on each other's oldest credit card accounts.
  2. What are the benefits of having a supportive partner during a career pivot? Having encouragement and practical support can help you take the leap, handle the stresses of upskilling, and get through income instability. Share your hopes and talk through any fears openly.
  3. Can a partnership enhance the process of building and leveraging business credit? Yes! Having a business partner allows you to separate personal and business credit, share funding and liability, and get more purchasing power. Consult each other before making major business credit decisions.
  4. How do we balance our creative and financial goals as a couple? Have open, honest conversations about current finances and future financial dreams. Set shared goals you both buy into. Divide financial responsibilities according to abilities and bandwidth. Revisit money talks quarterly as you pivot careers.
  5. What are some ways my partner and I can jointly create revenue streams through financial literacy? You could create an online course, podcast, or YouTube channel together. Or do speaking gigs, workshops or write a book together on personal finance topics you specialize in. Play to both your strengths!
  6. How can we support each other in transitioning from creative to financial careers? Encourage each other's growth and celebrate milestones. Listen without judgment. Help make time for learning new skills needed to pivot careers. Discuss and assist with networking opportunities. Remind each other of joint goals during tough transitions.


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"Topless" by Relentless Aaron is an urban drama that delves into the lives of three women, each a newcomer to the world of "Gilmore's," a setting characterized by a ruthless, dog-eat-dog environment. In this world, only money and sex seem to offer solace and stability. The narrative unfolds in a club called Gilmore's, a family-run establishment that becomes a central hub for characters from various walks of life. The club, known for its allure to both men and women, becomes a focal point for the unfolding drama, as it draws in individuals with discretionary income and those seeking the thrill of the nightlife.

The story starts with Valerie, a fine and curvaceous woman who has just arrived in New York, escaping a troubled past and seeking a new life in the United States. Her journey is marked by mental turmoil, reflecting on the drama she's left behind and yet feeling inspired and hopeful for her future. Valerie's story intertwines with the lives of other characters, including Mechelle and Debbie, each with their own unique backgrounds and struggles.

Mechelle Ramirez, having studied at Tuskegee University, finds herself en route to New York, reflecting on her engagement and the challenges of a long-distance relationship. Her journey takes a turn when a simple restroom stop leads to her being left behind by the bus, leaving her stranded with minimal resources.

Debbie's story unfolds as a tragic tale of loss and aspiration. After the sudden death of her brother Raymond, Debbie's life takes a turn, leading her to form a relationship with David, a man she met over the Internet. This relationship becomes a beacon of hope and a pathway to a new life, away from the urban decay and tragedy that marked her past.

Throughout the book, the author explores themes of ambition, survival, and the complex dynamics of interpersonal relationships in a world where superficiality often masks deeper struggles and desires. The characters' stories are interwoven in a narrative that exposes the raw and often harsh realities of their lives, set against the backdrop of Gilmore's club, a microcosm of the larger, unforgiving world they inhabit. DOWNLOAD NOW

Unlocking the Secrets to a Quarter Million: The 250K Playbook

Unlocking the Secrets to a Quarter Million: The 250K Playbook

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The Money Play of January 2024: Credit Card Stacking Strategy

This month, The Credit Gardener brings you "The Money Play," a strategic approach to credit card stacking that could pave the way to substantial financial growth. Our playbook is designed for those who are ready to cultivate their credit garden, planting the seeds for a bountiful harvest.

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