Individual Author Record
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I am a product of both the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Housing Authority. I attended UIC and I continue to live on the grest WestSide of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional Information
I majored in Spanish and minored in education. I have a diploma in Computer Programming. I have spent over thirty years in the insurance industry. I write for the Austin Weekly News newspaper and am proud to have received an Illinois Press Association Award for one of my columns.
- Billion Dollar Winner , Penknife Press, 2009
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Billion Dollar Winner (Hip-Hop)
Penknife Press. 2015
Meet Valencia (Val) Banks Freeman. Chicagoan, WestSider, Malcolm X College graduate, Owner-Publisher of BlackSide Press, the largest community newspaper in the city, Community Activist and winner of one billion dollars from Lotto-50 - the first entire All-Fifty-States lottery. What? An activist winning the lottery? How can that be? True Activists don't buy lottery tickets. They protest against them. If you ever listened to black talk radio or seen the activists on television, then you know that the activists always have all the answers. But seldom do they ever have the money to fix the problems. Billion Dollar Winner tells the story of what happens when one of the main individuals who protested the loudest against the Lotto-50 lottery game turns out to win the very lottery she so actively disparaged. Will Val remain true to her activist nature? Or will the love of money, which is at the root of all evil, change her and make her the hypocrite everyone calls her when they find out she won the money? And just how did someone who never bought a lottery ticket in her entire life come to possess one in the first place?