Latisha Bridges was born in Griffin, Georgia and raised in the greater Metro Atlanta area by her mother Angela and Stepfather William. The oldest of two children, she learned responsibility at an early age. Her parents were probably not any stricter than most but to Latisha they were hard and unfair. Being the older meant that more was required of Latisha than of her little brother; further causing her to feel that he was being treated better than her and that her parents cared more about him than they did about her. These feelings gave way to strong resentment towards her family and planted the seeds of misdirection that would grow as quickly as weeds and propel her down a weary road.
Constant approval seeking behavior by Latisha only ended up in more disappointment. What she deemed as “going the extra mile” was often viewed as showing off by her family and schoolmates. It would seem that the harder she tried, the more ridicule received. The only appreciation she received for being an over achiever was from her teachers. But that wasn’t good enough for Latisha; she craved the admiration of her family. As the need for approval grew so did the feelings of being misunderstood and alone. It was during this time that Latisha found comfort in her faith and in the joy of writing. With writing she had found her voice and it cried out loudly. Writing became for her a haven from all the feelings of despair, hurt, anger and loneliness that were all but strangling her daily.
Her passion for writing grew as she became increasingly uncomfortable with conveying her emotions verbally with anyone for fear of being admonished.The years past along and so did her desire to share thoughts and feeling with anyone. “Why bother” she thought, “if they don’t appreciate it anyway and they don’t care, why should I say anything.” She resolved to “go along, to get along” behavior with hopes that she could escape the resentful attitudes of those around her but her alienating behavior seemed to only fan the flames of misunderstanding.
Latisha participated in numerous extra curricular activities in high school and college that were both emotionally rewarding and maturing but the feelings of inadequacy still gnawed at her self esteem. She continued to chronicle her pain in lyrics, poems and journaling but found no relief from the throngs of loneliness until acquiring attention from the opposite sex. The newly found attention seemingly filled the emptiness for a while. However, this event was tarnished at the unexpected inappropriate touches by a male family member.
Her self esteem suffered yet another horrible blow. She longed to tell her parents but decided that the shame she felt out weighed the horror of the incident. How does a person continue in their life after such events? “It was through the grace of God” she proclaims. “Nothing else could have allowed me to go on in my life. I felt embarrassed, ashamed and powerless. I had no one to fight for me or to help me to regain my power . . . I was like a bomb waiting to be detonated. I blamed everyone; including myself for everything that was going wrong. I was quickly spiraling out of control.” She declares.
As an adult, Latisha continued to experience countless disappointments and heartache while continuously struggling with her feelings of shame and abandonment. She became promiscuous and reckless. In 1998 she would marry the man that she deemed to be of her dreams only to live the worst nightmare of her life. After being married for only a brief period, Latisha became the unwilling victim of domestic abuse.
Battered mentally, physically and emotionally by a constant unyielding entity that hurled “I love you’s” with every strike of his enormous fist. She found herself once again feeling alienated, alone and even more ashamed. It was as she lay in a hospital bed mourning the loss of her prematurely born son Mathew that she was forced to recount every indiscretion. “I begged God to save my baby. It wasn’t my baby’s fault that any of this had happened to me. It should be me going home and not him. I told the Lord that if he would just help me to get through this and save my life that I would change and do whatever he wanted of me.” She recalls. She divorced two years later.
Two years after the lost of her son Latisha found herself gazing motherhood in the face yet again with a man that she had only known for a few months. Neither of them was ready for parenthood but agreed to see it through. In 2001 she gave birth to her son. With this new found membership came much responsibility and a new outlook on life. She recalls watching the Oprah Show when Dr. Phil was doing the “Get Real” shows. “I listened attentively with the hopes that I could learn how to help myself be free of the pain that I had carried for so many years. I learned how to love myself and my family in spite of everything. I learned that I had given over my power more and more as I waited to be rescued from the world. I learned to see my worth by viewing myself as a value and not an expense. I realized that I needed to let go of my past to truly be able to move on.”
And move on she did. She looked into her world and saw many areas of need. She no longer was running scared but strong and able to stand. The frightened little girl that she had been had blossomed into a woman. As her son grew so did her desire to see that he value himself and his abilities but how could she convey this to her child if she was still not living up to her worth? She began writing a short story about the trials of single-motherhood. The story took her two years to complete. However, continued fear of acceptance hindered her from entering the literary field but the determination to show her son that life can be whatever you make it propelled her forward as did watching the remarkable 2004 American Idol Finale.
Although the relationship with her son’s father only developed into a friendship Latisha used the events as fuel and buckled down to write another story. She scratched the previous work and began anew with a fresh outlook on life and the determination to succeed pushing her forward. And so began the inkling of When A Woman’s Fed Up, her debut novel that explores the complexities of the human spirit while shining a light on issues that relate to identity, loyalty, belief and courage.
Now the proud sole owner of BlueRaine Entertainment, Latisha is endeavoring to make her mark in life. No longer concerning herself with the need for approval, she continues to strive forward. She constantly gives thanks to the Lord for providing the strength and wisdom that kept her alive at her lowest moments. She is forging on professionally and personally. She remarks “I am so ready for this. I finally know exactly where I am headed. I know that I was created to do this, to be here, and if God is willing, I’m not going anywhere. The Lord equips each of us with the tools that we need to function in this world. I am now able to recognize that the attention and acclamation that I once craved immensely, I am able to provide that with a simple look in the mirror. I say, well done Tisha, well done.”