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World Book Day: The Putt Girl Series Celebrates Golf and Girls

(Illustrated by Remi Bryant)

Author Deborah Cousar-Saunders’s Putt Girl book series is, on the surface, about a little brown-skinned girl who loves golf. But there are a lot of positive messages packed into the series’ first book, Best Day Yet (the next book is coming out in early June).

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Much of it is inspired by Cousar-Saunders’s own life.

The book reflects the close bond Cousar-Saunders enjoyed with her own dad when she was a child. An avid golfer, he took his son and daughter out on the golf course and incited in them a love for the game.

Cousar-Saunders started playing golf when she was 8, and would go on to play in the Junior PGA. At her school there was no girls team—so she played on the boys team and was its No. 1 player from 10th to 12th grade. She was eventually awarded a four-year golf scholarship to college.

Because of her rich experience with the game, Cousar-Saunders wrote the series to spread the word to African American girls, whom she rarely competed against growing up, that golf is a rewarding game that teaches many lessons.

“I wrote the book to encourage girls to try something new, to try a sport that’s different, and, of course, to read more.”

Best Day Yet tells the story of young girl named Paige who wants to spend Saturday with her mother. Her mother isn’t feeling well, so Paige has to spend the day on the golf course with her father and slightly older brother.

Despite Paige’s initial disappointment, the day turns out to be her best day yet. She meets a golf instructor and learns the basics of the game. Her passion for golf is ignited.

“The book promotes strong family connection, reading, and learning,” says Cousar-Saunders, who depicts the main character as a girl who reads the dictionary to discover big words.

And it is a refreshingly multicultural children’s book. Paige doesn’t live or go to school in racial isolation. Her friends and teachers reflect the rainbow of American diversity.

If you’re looking for a book for World Book Day—a book that encourages youngsters to try new things and to value learning, the Putt Girl series Best Day Yet is worth a look.

For more information about Deborah Cousar-Saunders and the Putt Girl series, go to, or visit the Putt Girl Facebook page.

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Empire I gets major ‘COVER GIRL’ endorsement

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International recording artiste Empire I has landed a major corporate endorsement with Cover Girl Makeup using the instrumental of ‘Passion’, one of her songs in a series of 5 ‘how to makeup tutorials’ commercials for the brand. The series of commercials is now airing worldwide, and are also available on youtube. This song charted top ten on NRJ radio in Quebec, Canada.
“They like working with me because it is easy, I am one of the few females in the urban pop landscape that owns the masters to my music. I own my publishing, when you see Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Pink in Cover Girl commercials, you never hear their song because they never wrote it or the songs were written in a big committee where everyone has a piece of the pie. In these cases to get permission to use the music, it would literally take years, so they come to me as a one stop shop because I own all my masters,” she said.

Empire I is known for songs such as “Come With Me’, ‘Ignite’, ‘Nana Power’, ‘Get Up On It’, ‘Passion’, ‘Bang Bang’, and ‘La Pongo”

She has had song placements in ​numerous ​network and cable shows and her music has been used in advertisements for Cover Girl makeup featuring Queen Latifah and Drew Barrymore. She recently landed another successful placement in HBO’s popular comedy series, ‘Girls’, with her single, ‘Get Up On It’, being used in the promotional ads for the upcoming season starting February 24th 2016 (Clink the link at ). Movies and videos games are all on her long list of collaborations with her catalogue.

Born in Wales to a Moroccan father and British mother, she was raised in Morocco. At age 7 she moved to Montreal, where she lived with her 2 brothers, mother, and Ugandan/Yemeni stepfather.

At the age of 16, Empire I moved to Costa Rica for school and began a four-year trip around the world, living with small and marginalised communities. Her love for music and anthropology led her to visit and live in 30 different countries, and to eventually put her experiences to music.

Since 2012 Empire I has been collaborating with a variety of producers in and out of Jamaica including Truckback, Jam 2, J. Hennessy, Sam Diggy, Frassman Brilli and Rebel Camp Entertainment and Got It Records “Scheme Up” riddim.

Watch out for Empire I new video for the single “Confidence” on the Cartwheel Riddim which was released in January and racked up thousands of views since its release as well as getting posted to World Star Hip Hop front page.