On My Father's Side: A true and miraculous story about a father, a daughter and their forty year journey to reunite.

On My Father's Side: A true and miraculous story about a father, a daughter and their forty year journey to reunite.

by LaRita Shelby


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Out of the eyes of a child and the heart of a daughter who would never forget the man that she first called "father" comes On My Father's Side by LaRita Shelby. A bright eyed baby girl had entered the world in the early 1960's at Nashville's Hubbard Hospital. Against all odds the child was born to an aspiring & beautiful gospel musician named Florence Hawkins. One day without explanation something changed. The little girl saw less and less of her mother, whose career pursuits re-routed her to Detroit, Michigan. Eventually the child never saw her father again.

As the years went by, life took its toll and one by one death peeled away the blanket of security that had made Beanie the woman that she was, strong, confident and accomplished. She had been a ballerina, a beauty queen, a Hollywood actress, a singer and an international radio star for the United States military. Her face was seen and her voice was heard all over the world, she had known many famous men, but her heart could not forget the man who first took her breath away, her father. One night the fully grown Beanie did one simple thing that changed her life forever and ended the forty year mystery of what happened to her dad, and finally explained why he never came looking for her. The story moves from Nashville, to Memphis, to Washington, D. C., to Los Angeles, Joliette, Illinois, to a jazz club in Kansas City It's filled with funny stories, heartwarming moments and a huge dose of inspiration for anyone who dares to believe in miracles and love.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780971202153
Publisher: SB Media
Publication date: 07/13/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 853,539
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a multi-media entrepreneur whose credits include The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Radioscope and the Armed Forces Radio Network. She has appeared on TV and in films, and she starred in the urban classic "South Central." As a writer her work has been performed in New York, Tennessee, Florida and St. Croix. Shelby is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and she holds a Masters In Media & Communications Psychology from Touro University. She is the mother of one son, Justin. They reside in Studio City, CA.

Table of Contents


1. What I Chose To Believe 5

2. What I Remember 10

3. My Other Family 21

4. Journey to Washington, D. C. 36

5. Questions About Daddy 54

6. Mrmphis, Four Royal Years 64

7. L. A., The Land of La La 79

8. Spiritual Growth 86

9. Time For The Reach Back 98

10. The Official Search Begins 131

11. The DNA, Marriage, Divorce, Motherhood 140

12. The Death Of More Family and Friends 144

13. Modern Day Woman With An Issue 154

14. Google and The Kansas City Connection 171

15. The Other Shelby Family 190

16. The Letter, The Truth About Daddy 199

17. My Christmas Miracle and My Journey 221

18. Me and Daddy Across The Miles 244

19. My Dad and My Son 254

20. My Daddy Told Them 261

21. Forty Years, Like Moses Crossing Over 287

22. Making It Right 312

23. Room In My Heart 314

24. Mother's Talk, Father's Go Back 323

25. My Mother's Side, My Father's Side 332

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