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Author Leah Janell Talks About her Book Entitled: Champagne Dreams and Beer Money


Leah Janell, hopes that her life will serve as a testament to young women everywhere.

Born in the projects of Brooklyn, New York Janell moved to Los Angeles, CA in hopes of pursuing a career in acting during her early adulthood. She chronicles what led up to this big move, why her acting career ended, and how you can learn from all of the events that transpired in between.

“…myself I feel like I have always lived in this fantasy world where I feel like I wanted things my way… I always thought that I was doing things my way and the better way but its like you have this fantasy and dream if living this luxurious lifestyle when really you don’t know that you’re kind of staying on the surface…” 


Janell’s memoir gives the uncut truth of her triumphs and mistakes which she is not shy about sharing. She wants women to learn from her story so they can steer clear of making the same mistakes in their lives, when faced with similar circumstances.

“…In every chapter women will find something that they can relate to… my target is more so young girls because I kind of want them to be able to see that there is so much more than what is offered on the block and just not to settle…”

Listen to our full audio interview below!

To purchase “Champagne Dreams and Beer Money” visit or Follow Lean’s social media accounts IG: @Champagnedreaming  and her Facebook: Champagne Dreams and Beer Money.




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  • A5

    05.11.2016 at 10:42 Reply

    Great Inspiring Interview …. Young Women Will Be Able To See A Brighter Future After Reading This. Great Work 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

  • Jon

    05.11.2016 at 11:12 Reply

    It’s a good read, I believe the young girls will latch on and get the message That Leah is trying to get across and learn from it as well like she intended them to. Also good interview as it gave a more in depth look as to why the book was written, inspiration etc…

  • Shameeka White

    05.11.2016 at 11:13 Reply

    The interview was great! Leah Janell you are an inspiration as well as your book. I hope the young female readers can learn from your mistakes and make better decisions. I wish you all the best on your successful journey. ❤

  • S.H

    05.11.2016 at 11:28 Reply

    This interview was inspiring and strong but the Book! Like changing… for so many young women trying to find themselves they get a lot of “Do as I say, Not as I do”. Leah Janell has found a way to tap into a space with young women where relating to our youth and showing them that we as adults/parents etc. have way more in common and we’ve been through some things that our stories if we are willing to be vulnerable and honest can lead to a better way for them experiencing these life struggles now. And it opens the door for conversation otherwise not able to be had between us and young women.

  • AW

    05.11.2016 at 11:31 Reply

    Great interview and Such an inspiring story.

  • Sam M

    05.11.2016 at 12:11 Reply

    Great interview! Just ordered a copy!

  • J. L.

    05.11.2016 at 12:58 Reply

    Great interview! Love how Leah Janell relived her past in her memoir and can now uplift and inspire the youth.

  • D.D.P

    05.11.2016 at 14:19 Reply

    Great Interview! Great book. Inspiring story Leah! Your selflessness won’t go unnoticed. Thank you for using your past experiences to show young girls like myself, that it’s okay, mistakes are going to be made. Learn from them and use your voice to help the next female to not make the same mistakes. Love it

  • Tito Smile

    05.11.2016 at 16:51 Reply

    It’s a great book. What really captured my attention was the trailers she released for it. They were amazing and the book didn’t disappoint. It was a great story and I wish she continues to write more!

  • SSD

    05.11.2016 at 17:15 Reply

    Inspiring story and interview!

  • Tracy Dickerson

    06.11.2016 at 01:59 Reply

    Kudos to you LeahJanell for telling your story to help others. Great interview, super proud of you. ❤️

  • Bridget Dickerson

    06.11.2016 at 11:29 Reply

    insp[ring story…..proud of leah janelle

  • MJ

    07.11.2016 at 09:16 Reply

    This is so raw and real. Thank You Leah Janell for your memoir. Great Interview!!! Can’t wait to see what you do next!!!

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