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The Little Girl Who Lost Her Smile made its public debut in a big way this past weekend. Many local residents came out to support Tiffney Cambridge on her new journey as a children’s author at her book reading and signing held at Books and Cookies in Santa Monica on Sunday.


“I wanted what was best for Cali and Justice,” said Tiffney right before reading the story to attendees. “I wanted them to not lose their smile even though through the process, I had lost mine.” Although, as the story goes, they did lose their smile, Tiffney and the kids managed to regain their happiness in time.

Books and Cookies did a spectacular job of hosting the event, with Chudney Ross serving as a great hands-on owner. Although the celebrity had other staff members to help her, she was very much involved with setting up the event. Chudney even rushed out to bring the decorations inside when the storm rained on the celebration.

Daphne Wayans, Aja Metoyer, and Sundy Carter were three of many celebrities to attend the signing. Aja Metoyer was there with her three children Amara and Aniya Wayans(dad is actor Damon Wayans Jr) and Xavier Wade(dad is NBA star Dwyane Wade). Daphne Wayans and her daughters Jolie and Nala Wayans were also on hand to support as was reality star Sunday Carter and her daughter Kennedy.

Although many adults were present, the focus of the day was essentially on the children. Even Tiffney took time away from her reading to tell parents, “You have to get along.” She further explained, “Harlem’s mom and I, we get along fine; actually we’re good friends … She has not given me one bit of trouble for the entire ten years that I have been with Jayceon.”

Tiffney has two kids, Cali and King, with rapper Jayceon Taylor, a.k.a. The Game. Harlem is Jayceon’s son from a previous relationship. The Little Girl Who Lost Her Smile is available for purchase at Books and Cookies in Santa Monica, and online at Tiffney’s website.

See more exclusive pictures from the event below! Stay tuned for our interview with Tiffney and daughter Cali!

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Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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