Today we’d like to introduce you to Latasha Bethea.
Hi Latasha, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Latasha Bethea. I am a native of Sanford, NC. I am a License Clinical Social Worker, playwright, and author. I began writing and directing stage plays in church before I branched out into doing plays in the community. While I was working as a social worker for a group home in Pembroke, NC, the idea of a black history play came to me. The residents at the time performed for their families and staff. It was a great success. I continued traveling with this play and incorporating more components to it because of the rich history of Black Americans. My cast has grown from just actors to actors, dancers, singers, and musicians.
During that time after meeting so many people with limited information about Black History lead to the development of mu children’s book series The Historical Adventures of Miles and Nina. My goal is to teach children ages ten and up about Black History through my characters Miles and Nina Sutton. So far, I have three books in the series (Civil Rights Movement, Discovering Black Inventors, and The Black Power movement).
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
One thing I have learned over the years is that our hobbies and skills changes over time. Change is definitely a good thing in most cases when it is linked to our purpose in life. Growing up I was not a fan of reading or writing. I would have never imagined being a published author, but my purpose outweighed my dislikes.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about DaVine Connections?
My business is centered around the performing arts, from directing plays to hosting community events such as open mics and paint parties. It is all about bringing wholesome activities to rual communities such as my hometown Sanford. I also provide book consultations and promote my children’s books under my business name.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
Being a believe of Jesus Christ, I don’t use the term luck but blessings. I have been blessed to have opportunities to travel to different areas to share my books with students in various areas. I have been able to travel and network with different businesses and community organizations to promote my play Black 365. This has allowed my circle of friends and supporters to grow over the years, which has been a blessing to my life.
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