Fall 2019 Artist in Residence
Peppur is an international writer/actor/director who strives to live her voice and inspires others to do the same.
For the past twelve years, she has been developing her women’s lifestyle brand, Brown Betties™ which includes an award-winning webseries (Brown Betties Guide: How to Look For Love In All The Wrong Places), women’s empowerment workshops (Be Your Own Bettie), a dinner-theater show (“Harlem’s Night: A Cabaret Story”) and her published novella, Harlem’s Awakening (Black Hill Press, 2013), of which she’s currently writing the second installment.
Her original plays “House Rules”, “The Build UP”, “Dick & Jayne Get A Life” and her one-woman show based on her novella, “Harlem’s Awakening: Storytelling Live” (nominated for performer award) have been produced in Los Angeles and Prague.
Recently, Peppur appeared on CBS News This Morning, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Talk 1380 WAOK discussing “Knowing Your NO” about sexual harassment.
She has presented at The Pan African Film Festival, Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Festival and The American School of the Hague (Netherlands) where she created panels on the power of women and collaboration, women empowerment and spoke to students on what it means to be great. In October 2018, she was invited to present at a women’s conference in Paris on healing and rising from injustice.
Known affectionately as “The Hot One”, Peppur is a three-time valedictorian and record-holding athlete who has been inducted into the Kenosha Athletic Hall of Fame; she’s an award-winning actor and singer who has met Oprah and Barbara Bush and danced for thousands as a former World Champion Chicago Bulls Luv-a-Bull dancer.
A graduate of Marquette University’s College of Journalism (BA Advertising/Marketing), Peppur taught journalism at Prague College and has contributed to Circle+Bloom, Prague Pulse Magazine, Bridge/Gate Magazines, Boned, Prague Literary Microfestival, Humor Mill Magazine, LA Beat, and The Firm FM radio show where she did a weekly, relationship-advice segment, “Keep It Spicy”. She’s also a freelance Social Media and Marketing Content creator for small businesses through her company Pen & Peppur, LLC.
A Mid-Western girl at heart, Ms. Chambers is a proud aunt to one niece and nephew, a new dog mom to rescue pit/American bulldog mix, Molly and lives in Los Angeles.
As a writer, it is my job to explore and to explain, when I can. It is my focus to highlight and dissect when I should. It is my gift to use words to do this.
When I started writing Ancestry.com as a short story, I was thinking about my own history. When I was in London for a visit, a security guard told me, “Ah, you are my people! You are from Ghana!” This was the first time in four decades that someone had said this to me. When I lived in Prague, I was always asked, “Where are you from?” I’d say, “America,” or in Czech, “Jsem Amerciká,” but they would shake their heads, “No, in Africa where are you from?” I didn’t know. I want to know.
I know I’m not alone in this quest and as I kept asking the question, in my imagination, I started to see the women who came before me come to me to answer it. They rose from the earth and from the sea, collecting their bones and their stories to fill in the missing links that were lost along the way, that would never be found on Ancestry.com. They were rising to help me know and others know, from whence we came. And I was listening.
As a writer, I hope I can relay what I’ve heard and accomplish this huge task of providing an answer that is fulfilling.