Founding Sr. Editor of Oprah Magazine Interviews Transgender Author Toni Newman for Ebony Magazine

Founding Sr. Editor of Oprah Magazine Michelle Burford Interviews Transgender Author Toni Newman for November 2012 Ebony Magazine as Feature in Spirit Quest Section. Toni discusses her long journey to finding happiness and peace and joy of self.
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Transgender Author Toni Newman Ebony Magazine Nov. 2012
Transgender Author Toni Newman Ebony Magazine Nov. 2012
Oct. 11, 2012 - PRLog -- Founding Sr. Editor of Oprah Magazine Michelle Burford Interviews Transgender Author Toni Newman for November 2012 Ebony Magazine page 91 as Feature in Spirit Quest section. The Spirit Quest section of Ebony magazine speaks to overcoming obstacles and finding happiness and joy in life against difficult odds and circumstances. The November 2012 Ebony Magazine features President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover and their four years in the White House.  The photographer was Eric Scot.

Michelle Burford is one of the Founding Sr. Editors of Oprah Magazine and Harvard-trained journalist.  She is currently working on the Autobiography of 2012 Olympic Gold gymnast Gabby Douglas called Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith: The Gabrielle Douglas Story by Garbrielle Douglas and Michelle Burford (Dec 4, 2012) available now for pre-order on

Toni Newman is only the 3rd African-American transgender to write a memoir in the United States and the only one in the 21st century.  The memoir I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman is Available now on Amazon,  It is gut-wrenchingly honest, factually supported, and well written.  Dr. Marc Weiss Ph.D., Former Associate Professor of Urban Development, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University wrote the foreword to this memoir, is a best-selling author, and a former member of the Clinton administration.  The editor to the book is Kevin Hogan, Former Assistant Professor and Graduate of Boston College with Masters Degree in English Literature.
The Memoir was nominated in 2 categories for the 2011 Lambda Literary awards and ranks #24 on the Flaier List of All Time Best Top 25 Transgender People Biographies.

I Rise is the true story of Toni Newman’s transformation from an internally conflicted male to a proud, pre-operative transsexual. Born the eldest son into a strict Christian family, Toni admits knowing from her earliest days that she “was a different bird born in the wrong body.” With laser-guided sincerity, curiosity, and above all, humor and compassion, Toni tells her story of being a “sissy boy,” a scholarship student, a business professional, an escort, a drag queen, a NYC prostitute, an LA dominatrix, and finally, a transsexual attending law school in order to help her transsexual sisters in need.

From cross-dressing and Bible Study classes in Jacksonville, North Carolina, to writing and studying while tending to the fetish fantasies of Hollywood’s A-list, I Rise is far from a tale of fitting in. It is instead a unique and mesmerizing study of finding oneself in a world where gender and beauty can be hard fought for and earned. And Toni Newman, more than anyone else I know, deserves to be proud of her identity. Through the complete loss of friends, family support, employment and shelter, Toni was never deterred from seeking the path that was right for her.

When a minority community so stricken by drug abuse, sexual exploitation, explosive suicide rates, and lack of education, has a voice rise out of it as courageous and profound as Toni Newman’s, you do everything you can to make sure it’s a home run heard the world over.

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British Film Director Keith Holland and Actor/Producer Alton Demore has turned Chapter 7 (The Erotic Professionals) within the Memoir I Rise into Feature Film called Heart of a Woman. :  Heart of a Woman ( starring Angelica Ross, Rachel Sterling, Daniel Sobieray, Elisabeth Rohm, and Leslie Jones hopefully to be shot this year.

To read the article on Transgender Author Toni Newman in November 2012 Ebony Magazine page 91 go to  For more information on Author Toni Newman and Memoir I Rise go to  The publicist to the Memoir I Rise and Feature Film Heart of a Woman is Kayo Anderson at 310.405.9839.

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