Atlanta, GA)- Featured on major media platforms including WGN, Majic 102.1, The Yolanda Adams Morning Show & more, Rahkal Shelton is back at it and released her sophomore title “Blackbird.” After publishing her debut memoir, Dreams Bigger Than Texas, author, mentor, and media specialist Rahkal C. D. Shelton went from single career woman to instant mother of two. Losing a close relative to cancer prompted the sudden suspension of her book tour and her introduction to motherhood. Her second book, Blackbird: The Story of a SistaMom, details this account. Imagine receiving a call that your beloved aunt, the matriarch of your family, is dying of cancer and will pass any day now. As a result, you’re forced into making an on-the-fly, life-changing decision. This happens to Danielle, a beautiful, single, and successful thirty-two-year-old career woman, who has published her first book and works in Atlanta for one of the largest media companies in the world. She’s living the dream and all set to announce her memoir while planning an epic release party and homecoming in Chicago after relocating three years prior.
Life drastically shifts as she learns her beloved aunt has Stage IV lung cancer. This relative played a prominent role in Danielle's childhood and in the lives of her two young half-siblings by a drug-addicted father she hardly knows. As their aunt lies dying, the children, ages ten and eight, are fighting for their lives. Raven and Man Man are growing up on the South Side of Chicago, exposed to drugs, violence, and chaos and almost sure to become statistics themselves. Days away from being taken into state custody due to their aunt’s illness, fate brings Danielle and the children together, radically changing the trajectory of all their lives. Danielle takes them in after the death of their beloved aunt, and becomes an instant mom.