AJA LA'STARR is an author, educator, poet, hip hop artist & community organizer from St. Louis, Missouri.  She received her bachelor's degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and MBA from the University of Phoenix.  Aja has dedicated her life to serving underpriveleged youth and minorities by implementing empowering programs and events throughout the community.  She is the founder of IAMHIPHOPSTL and the WHAT ABOUT US FOUNDATION.  She has traveled throughout the country sharing her gift, appeared on BET several times and have opened for artists such as Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Da Brat & 50 Cent.  In addition to publishing 8 books, she has helped more than 30 authors publish their own books as well.

                                    My Daily Routine

               I laugh at myself, when no one is watching

               I cry real loud, because I am not ashamed

               So, each day, that I rise and walk out the door

               I smile real hard, like I never knew pain

                                       -Aja La'Starr