Janet Stickmon is a professor of humanities and faculty director of the Cultural Center at Napa Valley College. She is the author of Crushing Soft Rubies—A Memoir (Broken Shackle Publishing, International, 2003), Midnight Peaches, Two O’Clock Patience: A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Short Stories on Womanhood and the Spirit (Broken Shackle Publishing, International, 2011), Male Strippers as Healers and their Emcee as Griotte: Why Magic Mike XXL is Deeper Than You Think (Broken Shackle Publishing, International, 2016), and To Black Parents Visiting Earth: Raising Black Children in the 21st Century (Broken Shackle Publishing, International, 2019). Stickmon’s essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, Mutha Magazine, Read to Write Stories, Positively Filipino, and Red and Yellow, Black and Brown: Decentering Whiteness in Mixed Race Studies (Rutgers University Press, 2017). Stickmon is the founder of the Black Leaders and Mentorship Program and an educator trainer with Acosta Educational Partnership. Janet Stickmon holds a Master’s of the Arts Degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, a Master’s of the Arts Degree in Religion and Society from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. For over 20 years, Stickmon’s work as an educator, writer, and performer has influenced thousands of adults and teens across the country. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband Shawn Taylor and their daughter.