Goldie Taylor is creating a podcast, writing books and publishing social commentary.
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"Everybody good for something and everybody got somebody who loves them."

My maternal grandmother used to say that. Usually, it was when she heard about or happened upon somebody who had done one egregious wrong or another. I woke up this morning thinking about Miss Alice.  Her photograph stands atop my dresser, among a collection of others, in an ornate silver frame. She's wearing a powder blue housedress, a string of pearls and those fabulously large, round eyeglasses.

She was born Alice Beatrice Cole outside of Tunica, Mississippi in 1901. I was 21 and mother of a 7 month old baby girl when she died in 1990. I can still hear her joyful laugh as she played with little Katie, musing about her river blue eyes and plump cheeks, that Christmas morning in 1989. It would be our last together.

Alice stayed on my mind today as I took down the Christmas tree this morning, packed away the ornaments, unstrung the lights and swept up a mound of pine needles.

"Every soul is and has a gift," I told myself, as my back began to ache from all the stooping, reaching and pulling. I wonder what Alice would have thought about the woman I have become. When the days are rough, as they sometimes are, I wish I could curl up in her bed again and listen to a Cardinal game on her transistor radio perched in the window. 

In this life, I have known my share of misfortune. But, I have also been blessed in ways I cannot number and sometimes cannot name. Among them were writing, cooking and singing. My Aunt Gerry said I used to sit in front of a mirror and sing my face off until I hit every note. I had a thing for ballads. Sometimes, it was Anita Baker's No More Tears or Luther Vandross's A House Is Not A Home. Others, it was Heart's What About Love? 

I don't do much singing these days, at least not in public-- thanks to three decades of brown liquor and menthol cigarettes. I gave up tobacco. Watching my Uncle Willie Byrd battle various cancers-- including lung and pancreatic-- was heart wrenching. But they'll have to bury me with my bourbon. 

And, well, that leaves me with writing and cooking-- two things, like singing, that I taught myself. I have made multiple careers with my writing-- journalism, public relations, advertising and novels, among them-- though I have mostly kept the cooking to myself. 

Today, I am a full-time writer and remain editor-at-large for the Daily Beast. After a ten-year hiatus, my third novel, PAPER GODS, was published by St. Martin's Press in October and got an excellent review. I am currently working on the sequel, as well as and an original drama series bible and pilot. A story I wrote about my second-great grandmother is being packaged for a feature film and, if the gods are with me, some time this summer my literary agent will take a shine to my first full-length, non-fiction manuscript. Maybe one day I will publish that long planned cookbook. However, I am most excited about an investigative journalism podcast I am developing. The subject matter is confidential, for now. I can say that it is similar to Sarah Koenig's Serial and Payne Lindsey's Monster, and based on a piece I wrote for the Beast some years ago.

Some stories never leave you.  

But if you know anything about book publishing or Hollywood, then you know that both work on their own time and pay something between nothing and just above peanuts in advance. I spend most of my days writing, cooking, hunting for freelance creative and consulting projects (after all, I am a pretty damn good brand marketing and communications architect) and raising my five year old granddaughter. 

Alice was famous for saying something else: If you can't find a job, make one.

Ultimately, I hope to garner enough subscriptions to support my work as a full-time writer and multi-platform journalist. In addition to exclusive content and the chance to preview multimedia projects, I have created several rewards that include a special recipe bible and a writer's gift box. 

I would be honored if you joined me on this road.

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About Goldie Taylor

Goldie Taylor is editor-at-large at The Daily Beast. She is, perhaps, known for her work as a cable news contributor and political analyst at CNN and NBC News. Taylor has been a working journalist and communications executive for more than 30 years. She started her career as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and as an assignmentdesk assistant with CBS Atlanta.

In the years since, Taylor has been an executive consultant to the presidents of both NBC News and CNN Worldwide and has been a senior leader with Edelman Public Relations, Burrell Communications and GCI Atlanta. She has cultivated an extensive background in consumer brand marketing, corporate and executive communications, digital engagement, public policy analysis and social innovation. Dually, Taylor has also been a political communications and field operations consultant to candidates for local, statewide and national office.

As a news analyst, correspondent and opinion writer, Taylor has been featured on NBC News, MSNBC, CNN and HLN. She has also been a guest on programs such as HBO’s Real Time with BillMaher, The Dr. Phil Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and Good Morning America. She appeared in “Light Skinned Girls,” a documentary released by the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and “Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now” on PBS.

Then too, Taylor has been a frequent guest on a full host of local and national radio shows, including NPR’s AllThings Considered, and has been regularly published in print and digital publications. In recent years, she has written dozens of guest op-ed columns for Salon, Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Creative Loafing, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Grio, HuffingtonPost, CNN.comMSNBC.comEbony, and Essence among others.

A sought-after public speaker, Taylor has addressed audiences at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Harvard University, Morehouse College, Emory School of Law, Princeton University, Duke School of Law, Spelman College, National Association of Black Journalists, University of Missouri School of Journalism, The King Center and the Cambridge Speaker Series.

Taylor is the author of In My Father’s House (Wheatmark Press, 2005) and The January Girl (Warner Books, Grand Central Publishing, 2008). After a 10-year hiatus, her third novel--Paper Gods-- was released in October 2018 by St. Martin’s Press. 

A self professed connoisseur of mediocre whiskey and a somewhat less than devoted runner, Taylor is the mother of three grown children and three grandchildren. Thus, she is wholly convinced that God has a sense of humor. 

Tiers
Guest Pass
$10 or more per month 6 patrons

Shout outs and exclusive content.

Insider
$25 or more per month 2 patrons

Exclusive content and access to Goldie's members-only recipe bible.

VIP
$50 or more per month 2 patrons

Everything the "Insider" gets + a signed copy of my newest novel.

Backstage Pass
$100 or more per month 0 patrons

Gift boxes for writers and cooks, member-only recipe bible, signed books, and other exclusive content. 

Green Room
$250 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons

Everything in the "Backstage Pass" tier + quarterly gift boxes. 

Tour Bus
$500 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons

Everything from the "Green Room" tier, plus all those gift boxes AND I'll line edit full length manuscripts. You can even join my writer's circle. 

Creative Partner
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons

Okay, so we're besties. Tell me what you want. You can design your own Creative Writing program, get ARCs for all of my books, monthly gift boxes and an exclusive invitation to my podcast launch event. You'll get a welcome bottle of champagne and good wine in every gift box.

Executive Producer
$2,500 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons

I'm hosting an exclusive dinner party at my house and you are invited. You'll be named executive producer on my podcast and take home all of the "Creative Partner" benefits. You're invited to my podcast launch event, of course. You'll get a welcome bottle of champagne and good wine in every gift box. Oh and I'll wash your dog and clean your windows, too... 

Goals
13 of 250 patrons
  • Purchase podcast equipment and begin pre-production planning.
  • Post 2-3 additional pieces of content.
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"Everybody good for something and everybody got somebody who loves them."

My maternal grandmother used to say that. Usually, it was when she heard about or happened upon somebody who had done one egregious wrong or another. I woke up this morning thinking about Miss Alice.  Her photograph stands atop my dresser, among a collection of others, in an ornate silver frame. She's wearing a powder blue housedress, a string of pearls and those fabulously large, round eyeglasses.

She was born Alice Beatrice Cole outside of Tunica, Mississippi in 1901. I was 21 and mother of a 7 month old baby girl when she died in 1990. I can still hear her joyful laugh as she played with little Katie, musing about her river blue eyes and plump cheeks, that Christmas morning in 1989. It would be our last together.

Alice stayed on my mind today as I took down the Christmas tree this morning, packed away the ornaments, unstrung the lights and swept up a mound of pine needles.

"Every soul is and has a gift," I told myself, as my back began to ache from all the stooping, reaching and pulling. I wonder what Alice would have thought about the woman I have become. When the days are rough, as they sometimes are, I wish I could curl up in her bed again and listen to a Cardinal game on her transistor radio perched in the window. 

In this life, I have known my share of misfortune. But, I have also been blessed in ways I cannot number and sometimes cannot name. Among them were writing, cooking and singing. My Aunt Gerry said I used to sit in front of a mirror and sing my face off until I hit every note. I had a thing for ballads. Sometimes, it was Anita Baker's No More Tears or Luther Vandross's A House Is Not A Home. Others, it was Heart's What About Love? 

I don't do much singing these days, at least not in public-- thanks to three decades of brown liquor and menthol cigarettes. I gave up tobacco. Watching my Uncle Willie Byrd battle various cancers-- including lung and pancreatic-- was heart wrenching. But they'll have to bury me with my bourbon. 

And, well, that leaves me with writing and cooking-- two things, like singing, that I taught myself. I have made multiple careers with my writing-- journalism, public relations, advertising and novels, among them-- though I have mostly kept the cooking to myself. 

Today, I am a full-time writer and remain editor-at-large for the Daily Beast. After a ten-year hiatus, my third novel, PAPER GODS, was published by St. Martin's Press in October and got an excellent review. I am currently working on the sequel, as well as and an original drama series bible and pilot. A story I wrote about my second-great grandmother is being packaged for a feature film and, if the gods are with me, some time this summer my literary agent will take a shine to my first full-length, non-fiction manuscript. Maybe one day I will publish that long planned cookbook. However, I am most excited about an investigative journalism podcast I am developing. The subject matter is confidential, for now. I can say that it is similar to Sarah Koenig's Serial and Payne Lindsey's Monster, and based on a piece I wrote for the Beast some years ago.

Some stories never leave you.  

But if you know anything about book publishing or Hollywood, then you know that both work on their own time and pay something between nothing and just above peanuts in advance. I spend most of my days writing, cooking, hunting for freelance creative and consulting projects (after all, I am a pretty damn good brand marketing and communications architect) and raising my five year old granddaughter. 

Alice was famous for saying something else: If you can't find a job, make one.

Ultimately, I hope to garner enough subscriptions to support my work as a full-time writer and multi-platform journalist. In addition to exclusive content and the chance to preview multimedia projects, I have created several rewards that include a special recipe bible and a writer's gift box. 

I would be honored if you joined me on this road.

/g


About Goldie Taylor

Goldie Taylor is editor-at-large at The Daily Beast. She is, perhaps, known for her work as a cable news contributor and political analyst at CNN and NBC News. Taylor has been a working journalist and communications executive for more than 30 years. She started her career as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and as an assignmentdesk assistant with CBS Atlanta.

In the years since, Taylor has been an executive consultant to the presidents of both NBC News and CNN Worldwide and has been a senior leader with Edelman Public Relations, Burrell Communications and GCI Atlanta. She has cultivated an extensive background in consumer brand marketing, corporate and executive communications, digital engagement, public policy analysis and social innovation. Dually, Taylor has also been a political communications and field operations consultant to candidates for local, statewide and national office.

As a news analyst, correspondent and opinion writer, Taylor has been featured on NBC News, MSNBC, CNN and HLN. She has also been a guest on programs such as HBO’s Real Time with BillMaher, The Dr. Phil Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and Good Morning America. She appeared in “Light Skinned Girls,” a documentary released by the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and “Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now” on PBS.

Then too, Taylor has been a frequent guest on a full host of local and national radio shows, including NPR’s AllThings Considered, and has been regularly published in print and digital publications. In recent years, she has written dozens of guest op-ed columns for Salon, Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Creative Loafing, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Grio, HuffingtonPost, CNN.comMSNBC.comEbony, and Essence among others.

A sought-after public speaker, Taylor has addressed audiences at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Harvard University, Morehouse College, Emory School of Law, Princeton University, Duke School of Law, Spelman College, National Association of Black Journalists, University of Missouri School of Journalism, The King Center and the Cambridge Speaker Series.

Taylor is the author of In My Father’s House (Wheatmark Press, 2005) and The January Girl (Warner Books, Grand Central Publishing, 2008). After a 10-year hiatus, her third novel--Paper Gods-- was released in October 2018 by St. Martin’s Press. 

A self professed connoisseur of mediocre whiskey and a somewhat less than devoted runner, Taylor is the mother of three grown children and three grandchildren. Thus, she is wholly convinced that God has a sense of humor. 

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Tiers
Guest Pass
$10 or more per month 6 patrons

Shout outs and exclusive content.

Insider
$25 or more per month 2 patrons

Exclusive content and access to Goldie's members-only recipe bible.

VIP
$50 or more per month 2 patrons

Everything the "Insider" gets + a signed copy of my newest novel.

Backstage Pass
$100 or more per month 0 patrons

Gift boxes for writers and cooks, member-only recipe bible, signed books, and other exclusive content. 

Green Room
$250 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons

Everything in the "Backstage Pass" tier + quarterly gift boxes. 

Tour Bus
$500 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons

Everything from the "Green Room" tier, plus all those gift boxes AND I'll line edit full length manuscripts. You can even join my writer's circle. 

Creative Partner
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons

Okay, so we're besties. Tell me what you want. You can design your own Creative Writing program, get ARCs for all of my books, monthly gift boxes and an exclusive invitation to my podcast launch event. You'll get a welcome bottle of champagne and good wine in every gift box.

Executive Producer
$2,500 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons

I'm hosting an exclusive dinner party at my house and you are invited. You'll be named executive producer on my podcast and take home all of the "Creative Partner" benefits. You're invited to my podcast launch event, of course. You'll get a welcome bottle of champagne and good wine in every gift box. Oh and I'll wash your dog and clean your windows, too...