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‘The Strawberry Letter Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn’t Sexy’


I don’t know about you but I listen to the “Steve Harvey Morning Show” on Washington D.C. 96.3 FM with co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, delivers no-nonsense, woman-to-woman straight talk to eight million listeners in the radio segment The Strawberry Letter” Strawberry is an infamous “Diva”,  Shirley Strawberry” chimes in with real advice to folks with some out of the world stuff! Go out and purchase her book….girl reveals the “TEA” about herself and strawberry letters. I love the segment….it makes me think, chuckle and ponder.

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About the authors
Shirley Strawberry is one of the most recognizable names and voices in radio today.  Dubbed “The Best Voice in Radio” by Steve Harvey, this native Chicagoan knew even as a young girl that being a radio personality was her destiny.  But what she never imagined was that one day she’d be sitting in the co-pilot seat of one of today’s biggest, nationally syndicated radio morning shows in the country with nearly eight million listeners.

Shirley started her career as a radio jock in the mid 1980s at Chicago’s WCGI-FM, where she was the co-host of the Doug Banks Show.  By 1990, her popularity locally had soared and Hollywood came calling.  Shirley was wooed by 92.3 The Beat, KKBT-FM, in Los Angeles and quickly built a loyal fan base there.

In 2000, the radio mogul Cathy Hughes and her Radio One empire took over the station and made a huge deal with comedic superstar Steve Harvey to host his own morning show.  Shirley was offered the job as his co-host.

The Steve Harvey Morning Show took the Los Angeles airwaves by storm.  From  2000-2005 it reigned as the #1 morning show in Los Angeles, having a tremendous impact on the entire city.  What really propelled the show was Steve, Shirley Strawberry, and the rest of the morning show crews’ tireless community efforts: from helping students get desperate needed books, to honoring women and teachers, to feeding and helping the underprivileged all over the city.  The Steve Harvey Morning Show eventually became a nationally syndicated show and moved to New York City.  There the show zoomed to the top of the morning show heap once again and was crowned the #1 morning show in New York City.

Today,  the Steve Harvey Morning Show is heard by nearly eight million listeners, and its syndication has grown to a whopping 60 markets that include NY, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta, Washington DC, and Los Angeles, to name a few.  For a decade, Shirley has sat side by side with Steve Harvey and the country has fallen in love with “the voice” of Shirley Strawberry and her wisdom during the show’s Strawberry Letter segment.

Lyah Beth LeFlore was the writer for the national bestseller I Got Your Back: A Father and Son Keep It Real About Love, Fatherhood, Family, and Friendship by Eddie and Gerald Levert.  She is the author of the novels Last Night a DJ Saved My Life and Wildflowers as well as the teen book series The Come Up.  LeFlore has been a television producer and entertainment executive for more than a decade and has worked for Nickelodeon, Uptown Entertainment, Wolf Films, and Alan Haymon Productions. For more information visit:

Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn’t Sexy
By Shirley Strawberry with Lyah Beth LeFlore
A One World Hardcover * On Sale: April 5, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-345-52550-5 * $22.00 * 192 pp

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