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BOOK CORNER: Author shares stories and secrets to thriving

By Marissa Wells

Contributing Writer

Dr. Venus Opal Reese has gone from living on the streets of Baltimore to earning multiple degrees, including a Ph.D. from Stanford, to becoming a seven-figure sister.

In her new book, “The Black Woman Millionaire: A Revolutionary Act That Defies Impossible,” Reese sheds an unapologetic light on the economic impact that slavery has had on black women’s sense of self in terms of money.

Part memoir, part personal transformation and part business development this is a story that Reese knew must be told. The author was inspired by her life’s story and her tribe of supporters to self-publish her book.

“I wanted my life to be useful,” Reese said. “This book helps me empower my sisters in success (and the brothers who love us) to see a regular black woman who came from the streets — literally — heal her way to her first million in under three years.”

Her book will inform and transform readers as they absorb all it has to offer.

Venus Opal Reese

“This book is a mixture of different learning modalities: storytelling, instruction, action items, history, straight talk, humor,” Reese said. “My intention is for readers to heal an aspect of themselves they didn’t realize was undermining their money.”

In addition to being an author, Reese is an inspirational speaker and creator/CEO of Defy Impossible Inc. She teaches purpose — driven professional and high — achieving women and entrepreneurs how to defy their impossible and thrive financially.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Reese will be in Los Angeles June 2, for a book signing and seminar event at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 W. Century Blvd. The event begins at 1 p.m. For more information, visit

“The Black Woman Millionaire: A Revolutionary Act That Defies Impossible” is available for $19.99 on and